Criminal Investigator Job

Vacancy No. 9-22-11216287-GVL Department Air Force Office of Special Investigations
Salary $49,508.00 to $62,615.00 Grade 7 to 7
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 9/1/2021 Close Date 10/18/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public

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

    Opening and closing dates 09/01/2021 to 10/18/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GL 7

  • Salary

    $49,508 to $62,615 per year

  • Appointment type


  • Work schedule



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Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.

Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • The public

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

Clarification from the agency

Schedule A 213.3109 (f)(1)

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    This is a formal Air Force intern position in the PAQ program and; as such, it is centrally funded by HQ AFPC/DP2ZA and administered by the Special Investigations Civilian Career Program (SICCP). The purpose of this position is to receive formal and on-the-job training in criminal investigations and to complete developmental assignments and training outlined in the SICCP PAQ Training Plan. Please do not contact our office for status; you will be notified directly if selected.

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    • Performs developmental criminal investigative assignments.
    • Drafts or prepares criminal investigative reports upon completion of each assignment for review by senior investigator.
    • Assists in coordinating criminal investigative activity with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
    • Periodically assists in briefing investigative personnel, attorneys, and other interested parties on criminal investigative matters.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1811 Criminal Investigation

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
    • Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal and Regulatory Guidance
    • Must sign a mobility agreement
    • PCS expenses, if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations
    • A Top Secret security clearance is required
    • Student Loan Repayment Program may be offered for eligible candidates
    • Must meet suitability for Federal employment
    • A 2 year trial period is required
    • Disclosure of Political Appointments
    • This position is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program
    • Position is subject to random drug testing
    • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays. Shift work and overtime may be required
    • A valid drivers license is required
    • Must be physically, psychologically, and emotionally fit for agent duty
    • This position is covered by the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment (30 Sep 96) of the Gun Control Act (Lautenberg Amendment) of 1968. An individual convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence may not perform the duties of this position
    • Applicants are subject to counterintelligence scope polygraph examinations as determined by the command. Failure to successfully complete a polygraph examination could result in disciplinary action as determined by the command
    Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the IAW OPM Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions, Criminal Investigative Series, 1811

    GS-07:To qualify at the GS-07 grade level, you must have one year experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level performing the following: Basic knowledge of the appropriate provisions of the U.S. Statutes; UCMJ; and DoD, AF, and AFOSI instructions, directives, and other implementing policies governing the conduct of criminal investigative activities. Working knowledge of area of work, location of records, rulings applicable to cases investigated, and investigative techniques and methods. Skilled in judicious use of firearms.


    Education: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement or a combination of 1 year equivalent to at least a GS-05.

    The CSA PAQ program requires a degree with overall GPA standing of 2.95. All qualifications must be met prior to May 2022. This must be from an accredited college or university:
    • Meet the qualification standards of the position
    • Must be at least 16 years of age
    • A U.S. citizen or a national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island)
    • Must sign a mobility agreement
    PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

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

    You will be ranked on your knowledge, skill and abilities in the following:

    1. Knowledge of basic principles of criminal investigations or related field.
    2. Skill in communicating factual and procedural information clearly, orally and in writing.
    3. Ability to learn basic techniques in criminal investigations.
    4. Ability to analyze problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions.
    5. Ability to plan and organize work, and consult effectively with co-workers.

    Total salary varies depending on location of position.

    New Hires may be eligible for student loan repayments of up to $30,000.00.

    Current federal employees may be eligible for pay retention.

    LAW ENFORCEMENT AVAILABILITY PAY (LEAP): LEAP is approved for this position to compensate employees for unscheduled duty in access of a 40-hour workweek

    LAW ENFORCEMENT RETIREMENT: This position is a primary law enforcement officer (LEO) position. IAW DoDI 1400.25 Volume 336, "The maximum entry age (MEA) for covered primary law enforcement officer positions is 37. Persons not appointed by the last day of the month in which they become age 37 shall not be originally appointed or assigned to these positions." The Agency may choose to waive MEA requirements based on compelling hardship, e.g., a shortage of qualified candidates; or may choose to waive MEA requirements for otherwise qualified applicants with veterans' preference.

    This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide official transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

    Medical, Health and Fitness Requirements:

    • Must be physically fit in order to perform strenuous and physically demanding duties
    • May be required to take a series of vaccinations and immunizations
    • Moderate to arduous physical exertion involving standing, walking, running
    • The use of firearms
    • Exposure to inclement weather or other environmental hazards
    • Manual dexterity
    • Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily
    • Corrected visual acuity:20/20 or better with or without correction in the better eye or 20/30 or better with or without correction in the worse eye; near visual acuity: 20/30 or better, binocular conditions with our without correction @ 40 cm (16 inches); uncorrected visual acuity: 20/200 or better, binocular conditions without correction; visual field: full visual field in each eye; color vision: possess adequate color vision to correctly identify basic colors as demonstrated by passing the Farnsworth D-15 Test with less than two major errors; binocular depth perception: stereo acuity of 70 seconds of arc or better; night vision: normal dark adaptation and night vision
    • Adequate hearing is required in order to perform duties safely and satisfactorily; hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels
    • Must possess emotional and mental stability
    • Any physical or mental condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to themselves or others is disqualifying
    • Must successfully pass a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically able to perform duties without being a hazard to themselves or others

    Additional information


    • Participant Agreement
    • Orientation program
    • Mentorship throughout the Program
    • Individual Training & Development Plan to assist with career planning, professional development, and training activities
    • At least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the Program
    • Opportunity for career advancement
    • Graduates who are selected for conversion must have completed all requirements of the program successfully
    • Demonstrated successful job performance consistent with the applicable performance appraisal program
    • Met the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification standard for the position to which the PAQ will be converted
    NOTE: It is important to remember that eligibility for conversion does not guarantee that the Department of the Air Force will offer conversion.

    Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, click here.

    Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this vacancy. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

    You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities (click "Learn more about this agency" button above) to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted with each application package to be considered. "Transfer" and "Reinstatement" or equivalent eligibles must provide their most current SF-50 and the SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if not reflected on most current/separation SF-50. *Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list.

    If you have questions regarding this announcement and have hearing or speech difficulties click here.

    Tax Law Impact for PCS: On 22-Dec-2017, Public Law 115-97 - the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 suspended qualified moving expense deductions along with the exclusion for employer reimbursements and payments of moving expenses effective 01-Jan-2018 for tax years 2018 through 2025. The law made taxable certain reimbursements and other payments, including driving mileage, airfare and lodging expenses, en-route travel to the new duty station, and temporary storage of those items. The Federal Travel Regulation Bulletin (FTR) 18-05 issued by General Services Administration (GSA) has authorized agencies to use the Withholding Tax Allowance (WTA) and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) to pay for "substantially all" of the increased tax liability resulting from the "2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" for certain eligible individuals. For additional information on WTA/RITA allowances and eligibilities, please visit:

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

    Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

    If qualified, we will then place you in one of the three categories described below:

    1. Best-qualified category: Master's or a Bachelor's degree with overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
    2. Highly-qualified category: Bachelor's degree with overall GPA between 2.95-3.49
    3. Qualified category: Associate's degree AND one year (12 months) of specialized work experience

    Applicants in the Best-qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for further review. Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The following documents are required and must be provided with your application for this Public Notice:

    1. Online Application - Questionnaire
    2. Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period
    3. Transcripts - can be a copy of official
    4. Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position
    5. Veterans' Preference - If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of Purple Heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
    ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a "certification" of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A "certification" letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of "veteran" under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The "certification" must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid "certification" of service with their initial application will be found "not eligible." Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave

    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

    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

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 18 OCT 2021

    To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Application button at the end of the process.

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications). If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent."

    • It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    2. A complete Application Questionnaire

    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.

    If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application. The Vacancy ID is 11216287

    PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

    Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

    Agency contact information Total Force Service Center Total Force Service Center

    AF Office of Special Investigations - Pentagon
    27130 Telegraph Road
    Quantico, VA 22134
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    The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and air, space and cyberspace. To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. Are you looking for a unique opportunity to gain valuable work experience? The Department of the Air Force offers challenging work and the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We're offering you an exciting opportunity to gain "real world" experience as a Palace Acquire (PAQ) hired under the Central Salary Account (CSA).The PALACE Acquire Program offers you a permanent position upon completion of your formal training plan. As a Palace Acquire Intern you will experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. The program offers a 3-year formal training plan with yearly salary increases. Promotions and salary increases are based upon your successful performance and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with the United States Air Force.

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    Next steps

    Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

    If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration.

    If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

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