Investigator Job

Vacancy No. INV-IB228-20-RA Department U.S. Secret Service
Salary $91,231.00 to $144,676.00 Grade 13 to 13
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/8/2020 Close Date 5/7/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Locations:
ANCHORAGE, AKBIRMINGHAM, ALBIRMINGHAM, ALHUNTSVILLE, AL
JACKSON, ALMOBILE, ALMONTGOMERY, ALOXFORD, AL
LITTLE ROCK, ARPHOENIX, AZTUCSON, AZFRESNO, CA
LOS ANGELES, CARIVERSIDE, CASACRAMENTO, CASAN DIEGO, CA
SAN FRANCISCO, CASAN JOSE, CASANTA ANA, CAVENTURA, CA
CHEYENNE COUNTYCOLORADO SPRINGS, CODENVER, COABINGTON, CT
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIAWASHINGTON, DCWILMINGTON, DEFORT MYERS, FL
JACKSONVILLE, FLMIAMI, FLORLANDO, FLGONZALEZ, FL
TALLAHASSEE, FLTAMPA, FLWEST PALM BEACH, FLALBANY, GA
ATLANTA, GAAUGUSTA, GASAVANNAH, GAHONOLULU, HI
DES MOINES, IABOISE, IDCHICAGO, ILFAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, IL
PEORIA, ILSPRINGFIELD, ILEVANSVILLE, INFORT WAYNE, IN
INDIANAPOLIS, INSOUTH BEND, INKANSAS CITY, KSWICHITA, KS
LEXINGTON, KYLOUISVILLE, KYBATON ROUGE, LANEW ORLEANS, LA
SHREVEPORT, LASHREVEPORT, LABOSTON, MABURLINGTON, MA
BALTIMORE, MDPORTLAND, MEDETROIT, MIGRAND RAPIDS, MI
SAGINAW, MIMINNEAPOLIS, MNSAINT LOUIS, MOSPRINGFIELD, MO
BILOXI, MSCHARLOTTE, NCGREENSBORO, NCGREENVILLE, NC
RALEIGH, NCWILMINGTON, NCOMAHA, NEATLANTIC CITY, NJ
NEWARK, NJTRENTON, NJALBUQUERQUE, NMLAS VEGAS, NV
RENO, NVALBANY, NYBUFFALO, NYMELVILLE, NY
NEW HAVEN, NYNEW YORK, NYROCHESTER, NYSYRACUSE, NY
ARMONK, NYAKRON, OHCINCINNATI, OHCLEVELAND, OH
COLUMBUS, OHDAYTON, OHTOLEDO, OHOKLAHOMA CITY, OK
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKOKLAHOMA CITY, OKOKLAHOMA CITY, OKOKLAHOMA CITY, OK
TULSA, OKTULSA, OKPORTLAND, ORPORTLAND, OR
PORTLAND, ORERIE, PAHARRISBURG, PAPHILADELPHIA, PA
PITTSBURGH, PASCRANTON, PAPROVIDENCE, RICHARLESTON, SC
COLUMBIA, SCCOLUMBIA, SCSIOUX FALLS, SDCHATTANOOGA, TN
KNOXVILLE, TNMEMPHIS, TNNASHVILLE, TNAUSTIN, TX
CORPUS CHRISTI, TXCORPUS CHRISTI, TXDALLAS, TXDALLAS, TX
EL PASO, TXHOUSTON, TXHOUSTON, TXHOUSTON, TX
LUBBOCK, TXMCALLEN, TXMIDLAND, TXSAN ANTONIO, TX
TYLER, TXWACO, TXSALT LAKE CITY, UTNORFOLK, VA
NORFOLK, VARICHMOND, VAROANOKE, VASEATTLE, WA
SPOKANE, WAMADISON, WIMILWAUKEE, WIMILWAUKEE, WI
CHARLESTON, WV


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 05/08/2020 to 05/07/2021

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 13

  • Salary

    $91,231 to $144,676 per year

  • Appointment type

    Multiple Appointment Types - This position is being announced to recruit CSRS and FERS annuitants on a limited basis utilizing various appointments.

  • Work schedule

    Multiple Schedules - Full-time, Part-time or Intermittent

Locations
  • Anchorage, AK FEW vacancies
  • Birmingham, AL FEW vacancies
  • Birmingham, AL FEW vacancies
  • Huntsville, AL FEW vacancies
  • Jackson, AL FEW vacancies
  • Mobile, AL FEW vacancies
  • Montgomery, AL FEW vacancies
  • Oxford, AL FEW vacancies
  • Little Rock, AR FEW vacancies
  • Phoenix, AZ FEW vacancies
  • Tucson, AZ FEW vacancies
  • Fresno, CA FEW vacancies
  • Los Angeles, CA FEW vacancies
  • Riverside, CA FEW vacancies
  • Sacramento, CA FEW vacancies
  • San Diego, CA FEW vacancies
  • San Francisco, CA FEW vacancies
  • San Jose, CA FEW vacancies
  • Santa Ana, CA FEW vacancies
  • Ventura, CA FEW vacancies
  • Cheyenne County, CO FEW vacancies
  • Colorado Springs, CO FEW vacancies
  • Denver, CO FEW vacancies
  • Abington, CT FEW vacancies
  • District of Columbia, DC FEW vacancies
  • Washington, DC FEW vacancies
  • Wilmington, DE FEW vacancies
  • Fort Myers, FL FEW vacancies
  • Jacksonville, FL FEW vacancies
  • Miami, FL FEW vacancies
  • Orlando, FL FEW vacancies
  • Pensacola, FL FEW vacancies
  • Tallahassee, FL FEW vacancies
  • Tampa, FL FEW vacancies
  • West Palm Beach, FL FEW vacancies
  • Albany, GA FEW vacancies
  • Atlanta, GA FEW vacancies
  • Augusta, GA FEW vacancies
  • Savannah, GA FEW vacancies
  • Honolulu, HI FEW vacancies
  • Des Moines, IA FEW vacancies
  • Boise, ID FEW vacancies
  • Chicago, IL FEW vacancies
  • Fairview Heights, IL FEW vacancies
  • Peoria, IL FEW vacancies
  • Springfield, IL FEW vacancies
  • Evansville, IN FEW vacancies
  • Fort Wayne, IN FEW vacancies
  • Indianapolis, IN FEW vacancies
  • South Bend, IN FEW vacancies
  • Kansas City, KS FEW vacancies
  • Wichita, KS FEW vacancies
  • Lexington, KY FEW vacancies
  • Louisville, KY FEW vacancies
  • Baton Rouge, LA FEW vacancies
  • New Orleans, LA FEW vacancies
  • Shreveport, LA FEW vacancies
  • Shreveport, LA FEW vacancies
  • Boston, MA FEW vacancies
  • Burlington, MA FEW vacancies
  • Baltimore, MD FEW vacancies
  • Portland, ME FEW vacancies
  • Detroit, MI FEW vacancies
  • Grand Rapids, MI FEW vacancies
  • Saginaw, MI FEW vacancies
  • Minneapolis, MN FEW vacancies
  • Saint Louis, MO FEW vacancies
  • Springfield, MO FEW vacancies
  • Biloxi, MS FEW vacancies
  • Charlotte, NC FEW vacancies
  • Greensboro, NC FEW vacancies
  • Greenville, NC FEW vacancies
  • Raleigh, NC FEW vacancies
  • Wilmington, NC FEW vacancies
  • Omaha, NE FEW vacancies
  • Atlantic City, NJ FEW vacancies
  • Newark, NJ FEW vacancies
  • Trenton, NJ FEW vacancies
  • Albuquerque, NM FEW vacancies
  • Las Vegas, NV FEW vacancies
  • Reno, NV FEW vacancies
  • Albany, NY FEW vacancies
  • Buffalo, NY FEW vacancies
  • Melville, NY FEW vacancies
  • New Haven, NY FEW vacancies
  • New York, NY FEW vacancies
  • Rochester, NY FEW vacancies
  • Syracuse, NY FEW vacancies
  • White Plains, NY FEW vacancies
  • Akron, OH FEW vacancies
  • Cincinnati, OH FEW vacancies
  • Cleveland, OH FEW vacancies
  • Columbus, OH FEW vacancies
  • Dayton, OH FEW vacancies
  • Toledo, OH FEW vacancies
  • Oklahoma City, OK FEW vacancies
  • Oklahoma City, OK FEW vacancies
  • Oklahoma City, OK FEW vacancies
  • Oklahoma City, OK FEW vacancies
  • Oklahoma City, OK FEW vacancies
  • Tulsa, OK FEW vacancies
  • Tulsa, OK FEW vacancies
  • Portland, OR FEW vacancies
  • Portland, OR FEW vacancies
  • Portland, OR FEW vacancies
  • Erie, PA FEW vacancies
  • Harrisburg, PA FEW vacancies
  • Philadelphia, PA FEW vacancies
  • Pittsburgh, PA FEW vacancies
  • Scranton, PA FEW vacancies
  • Providence, RI FEW vacancies
  • Charleston, SC FEW vacancies
  • Columbia, SC FEW vacancies
  • Columbia, SC FEW vacancies
  • Sioux Falls, SD FEW vacancies
  • Chattanooga, TN FEW vacancies
  • Knoxville, TN FEW vacancies
  • Memphis, TN FEW vacancies
  • Nashville, TN FEW vacancies
  • Austin, TX FEW vacancies
  • Corpus Christi, TX FEW vacancies
  • Corpus Christi, TX FEW vacancies
  • Dallas, TX FEW vacancies
  • Dallas, TX FEW vacancies
  • El Paso, TX FEW vacancies
  • Houston, TX FEW vacancies
  • Houston, TX FEW vacancies
  • Houston, TX FEW vacancies
  • Lubbock, TX FEW vacancies
  • McAllen, TX FEW vacancies
  • Midland, TX FEW vacancies
  • San Antonio, TX FEW vacancies
  • Tyler, TX FEW vacancies
  • Waco, TX FEW vacancies
  • Salt Lake City, UT FEW vacancies
  • Naval Base, Norfolk, VA FEW vacancies
  • Norfolk, VA FEW vacancies
  • Richmond, VA FEW vacancies
  • Roanoke, VA FEW vacancies
  • Seattle, WA FEW vacancies
  • Spokane, WA FEW vacancies
  • Madison, WI FEW vacancies
  • Milwaukee, WI FEW vacancies
  • Milwaukee, WI FEW vacancies
  • Charleston, WV FEW vacancies
  • ODNI - Northern Virginia, United States FEW vacancies
Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Applicants who are eligible for re-employment as a Federal annuitant; Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles in the commuting area.

Announcement number

INV-IB228-20-RA

Control number

567844800

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    Joining the Secret Service, Office of Investigations will allow you to conduct a variety of difficult and complex non-criminal national security and suitability investigations in support of meeting the protective and investigative mission.  This Investigator position starts at a base salary of $91,231 (GS-13, step 1), with potential to $144,676 (GS-13, step 10). Locality adjustments will be made based on selected locations.  For more information on the Secret Service click here. 

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities

    This vacancy will remain open continuous for one (1) year. The first cut-off date will be May 31, 2020 and subsequent cut-off dates will be every 30 days until the closing date of the announcement. All qualified applications received by the cut-off dates will be forwarded to the selecting official for review and will receive first consideration for this vacancy. A selection may be made at anytime during the opening of the announcement.

    The selectee will serve as an Investigator in the Office of Investigations, within a field or resident office nationwide. Typical work assignments include:

    • Independently conduct pre-employment security interviews and background checks that help to ensure the safety and security of the Nation.
    • Reviewing and finalizing record searches of applicants at law enforcement agencies, court houses, mental health, financial and educational institutions.
    • Compiling information in a standardized reporting format.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel required domestically.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    1810 General Investigation

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • U.S. citizenship is required.

    Conditions of Employment If selected for this position, you will be required to:

    • Obtain Obtain and maintain a top secret Tier 5 clearance. For more information visit OPM Mythbuster Page.
    • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
    • Certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so, if you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959.
    • Walk and visit sites of alleged improprieties, e.g., warehouses, ranges, supply dumps, and similar areas.
    • Work in areas where there may be exposure to uncomfortable conditions.

    This position is being recruited under various temporary appointments:

    1. Under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), an agency head may re-employ CSRS and FERS annuitants on a limited basis with a waiver of salary offset (dual compensation waiver) under certain specified circumstances not-to-exceed 1 year and may be extended for an additional year. 

      Annuitants are limited to the following number of hours:
    • No more than 520 hours during the first 6 months of their retirement;
    • No more than 1040 hours during any 12 month period; or
    • No more than 3120 hours total during their re-employment (This is a lifetime limit.)

          2. Temporary Limited Appointment – Less than one year; with a one year extension, CFR 316.401 (c).   

          3. Term Appointment – More than one year – up to 4 years, CFR 316.301 (a).   

    Qualifications

    Specialized Experience:  GS-13: You qualify for the GS-13 level (starting salary of $91,231) if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level performing duties such as: conducting face-to-face interviews and background checks for pre-employment selections; obtaining and reporting factual information for background investigations that determine employment suitability and security clearance eligibility; finalizing pre-employment casework according to applicable rules and regulations.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Time-in-Grade: Retired Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service.

    Qualifications Must Be Met: The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the cut-off date or closing date of this announcement.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Education

    Additional information

    Building on a Tradition of Excellence and Meeting the Challenges of the Future The Secret Service is a premier law enforcement organization with two critical national security missions: protect our nation's leaders and to conduct criminal investigations. Our team members continue a tradition of excellence - whether investigating financial crime or protecting national and visiting foreign leaders. In the Secret Service, we serve the country with duty, loyalty, justice, integrity and courage.

    In the Secret Service, we:

    • Protect the President, the Vice President, and other leaders; investigate threats against them; and safeguard their residences and other facilities
    • Plan and implement security designs for National Special Security Events
    • Investigate financial crimes including fraud, identity theft and computer-based attacks on banking or telecommunications infrastructure

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

    Annuitants serve at the will of the appointing official, per 5 U.S.C. 3323.

    This position is being announced to recruit CSRS and FERS annuitants on a limited basis with a waiver of salary offset (if a dual compensation waiver is requested) under certain specified circumstances. If a waiver is granted, annuitants will be able to maintain their full retirement annuity in addition to their salary without penalty until June 30, 2022, unless extended by appropriate authority.

    Work Schedule - Full time/part-time/Intermittent: will be determined by management.

    More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade and unit occur.

    E-Verify Statement: DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

    If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

    This position will require a credit check after initial job qualifications have been determined.

    Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of the position. Upon review, your resume and/or supporting documents need to reflect one year of specialized experience, in order to be considered. If one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level cannot be identified in your resume, you will be considered not qualified. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:

    • Knowledge of investigative concepts, principles and practices pertaining to investigations.

    • Knowledge of the federal and local jurisdiction laws, rules, and regulations.

    • Skill in interviewing, following leads, researching records, and preparing reports is required to perform investigations.

    Interviews may be required for this position.  Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from further consideration.


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    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Yes

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    In addition to addressing the vacancy specific questions, you must also submit the following documentation:

    • Resume - In order to receive credit for experience contained in an uploaded resume, your employment history should show work experience in month/year format (MM/YYYY), reflecting starting date and ending date, and include the number of hours worked per week.
    • Are you a retired Federal employee? Submit a copy of your retirement SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your tenure code, position occupied, retirement code and highest grade and step. An award SF-50 does not contain the required information. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade and that supports your claim for time-in-grade.  Also submit your performance appraisals and/or incentive awards.
    • Special Priority Selection rights under ICTAP: Submit a copy of your agency notice, copy of your most recent performance appraisal (with at least a satisfactory rating, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    How to Apply

    This position is being advertised via SecretServiceHire which is an automated staffing system.  To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail. You must complete the application process and submit any required documents no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. Instructions outlining the application process can be found at http://www.secretservice.gov/join/apply/. If you cannot apply online, you may contact the Talent & Employee Acquisition Management Division, Administrative, Professional and Technical Staffing Branch at hrsupport@secretservice.gov OR by calling (202) 406-6420 between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:30 pm EST (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance. The Secret Service provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities, on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    Agency contact information Talent & Emp Acq Mgmt Div Talent & Emp Acq Mgmt Div
    Phone

    202-406-6420

    TDD

    202-406-5390

    Fax

    999-999-9999

    Email

    hrsupport@secretservice.gov

    Address

    United States Secret Service (DHS-USSS)
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    Washington, District of Columbia 20223
    United States
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    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    Next steps

    Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your eligibility. Best-qualified applicants will be referred for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You may check the status of your application for this position by going to www.usajobs.gov. Click on the "My USAJOBS" tab, enter your user id and password, and click on "My Applications". You will also receive an email notification regarding your application status. For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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