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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Department of Energy
Position Title:
Criminal Investigator
Open Period:
09/18/2020 - 09/24/2020


GS - 1811A 12/13
USD $79,003 - USD $122,132
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Pittsburgh, PA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Hilda Cobb


Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
•Current Federal employee with competitive status
•Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
•CTAP/ICTAP eligibles
•Veterans with VOW or VEOA eligibility
•Those eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or special appointing authority
Security Clearance Required:
Q Access Authorization
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

The Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Inspector General is currently looking for a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) in our Pittsburgh, PA office.  Join our professional team of criminal investigators who help support DOE's mission through investigating alleged violations of law to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse, and to promote the efficiency and economy in programs and operations of the DOE.  DOE OIGs investigative caseload focuses on four primary areas:  1) contract and grant fraud; 2) environment, safety and health violations; 3) technology crimes; and 4) issues impacting the integrity of Government officials.


The OIG offers potential for advancement, excellent benefits, and numerous training opportunities.  We are located in 13 states throughout the U.S.  Please visit our website at

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
50% or less

This position requires frequent travel (30%).


As a Criminal Investigator with the DOE Office of Inspector General you will: 

1.  Independently plan, coordinate, direct, conduct and complete complex investigations into criminal and noncriminal matters involving violations of criminal and civil laws affecting DOE programs, contracts, and operations.

2.  Use advanced investigative techniques involving, but not limited to, technical surveillance and undercover operations.  

3.  Determine facts and develop evidence to establish the extent and nature of the alleged violation being investigated. 

4.  Conduct thorough interviews in a fair and impartial manner with the objective of obtaining the most accurate and complete information. 

5.  Prepare and deliver written and oral communications such as investigative reports, depositions, affidavits, case briefings, testimony before Grand Juries and in other court proceedings. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

The position requires successful completion of a pre-employment physical. Candidates must meet the medical requirement and physical standards approved for DOE criminal investigators.  Upon reporting, and on an annual basis thereafter, you may be required to file a financial statement and/or a procurement integrity certification.  These certifications may be subject to public disclosure. The selectee must have and maintain a driver’s license in their State of residence.  This position requires a security clearance and is subject to drug testing.  The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service.  The selectee must successfully complete the 10-week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's Basic Criminal Investigator Training Program in Glynco, GA.  Applicants who have previously completed the training program are exempt.  This position is covered under the provisions of the Lautenberg Amendment "Suitability to Possess Firearms and Ammunition."  This position requires that the selectee successfully and safely qualify with a firearm; failure to do so may result in removal from the position.  Criminal Investigators are subject to frequent travel and may be reassigned to a different duty location throughout the U.S. dependent upon program needs.  A signed mobility agreement is required.  Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP):  LEAP is approved for this position to compensate employees for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour workweek.  Criminal Investigators must be prepared to work overtime based on the needs of the agency.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a background and security investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Education Requirements:

    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 or GS-13 level. 

    We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

    If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review. 

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

    You may qualify for this position based on specialized experience. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position being filled.

    To qualify for the GS-12 grade level, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.  To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level. 


    A qualified candidate’s online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as: 

    1. Experience planning and conducting investigations of a sensitive or complex nature or investigations that involve a degree of hazard.

    2. Conducting interviews and verifying and corroborating information.

    3. Writing investigative reports.

    4. Coordinating with other law enforcement agencies.

    5. Documenting evidence.

    6. Testimony in court proceedings.


    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    1.  Ability to direct, plan, organize, coordinate, and conduct investigations of criminal wrongdoing, which may involve examinations of financial, contractual, and organizational records and transactions.

    2.  Ability to investigate fraud and abuse of public programs and funds.

    3.  Knowledge of Federal criminal statutes, rules of evidence, court procedures, and investigative techniques.

    4.  Ability to prepare and deliver clear, concise, and comprehensive oral presentations or testimony regarding investigations to agency and government officials, prosecuting attorneys, and before grand juries, courts, or administrative proceedings.

    5.  Ability to analyze and prepare clear, concise and comprehensive written reports regarding highly complex and sensitive investigative matters affecting agency program areas.

    There is no substitute of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.  Transcripts not required at time of application.

    For further information on qualification requirements for this position, please visit

    Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement in order to be considered.  Appointment to this position may be subject to successful completion of a 1-year probationary period.  The minimum age for initial appointment to a law enforcement position is 21, and the maximum age is 37.  (The date immediately preceeding an applicant's 37th birthday is the final date for selection.)  This requirement does not apply to preference eligible veterans, or if you served in another Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by special civil service retirement provisions.  Applicants who are age 37 or over may subtract any of their prior federal law enforcement service that was in an approved primary/rigorous position and that is creditable for retirement from their current age to meet this age requirement.  Applicants must also provide proof of this creditable service.  The maximum entry age limit was established in accordance with 5 USC 3307 and does not violate age discrimination laws.  The intent of the maximum age limitation is to ensure that a Federal law enforcement officer will have the opportunity to work 20 years and therefore be eligible to retire at 57, when mandatory retirement applies to Federal law enforcement officers.   

    Benefits and Other Info

    Agency Benefits:

    The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:

    • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance

    • Retirement program

    • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time

    • Flexible work schedules and telework

    • Training and education opportunities

    • Transit benefit

    • Flexible Spending Account

    • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)

    • Health and wellness programs

    • Employee Assistance Program

    • Worklife4You Resource

    Other Information:
    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement. 
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
    • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
    • Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

    Steps to submit a complete application:
    1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
    2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
    3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
    4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
    5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
    6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
    If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
    • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
    • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.
    Required Documents:
    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

    If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
    • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
    • Current/former Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form 50 (SF). To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show series, grade, and position type occupied. If your most recent SF 50 is not your highest grade held or not in the competitive service, attach your previous SF 50 showing your highest grade/step held and/or your competitive status in block 34, along with your most recent SF 50. 
    • Displaced Federal employees: ICTAP/CTAP documentation.
    • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
    • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.
    Next Steps:
    After each step in the recruitment process, your status will be updated in USAJOBS. You can review your status in USAJOBS at any time. You may also elect to receive status updates via e-mail by changing the notification settings in your USAJOBS profile.  Please check that your USAJOBS profile contact information is current and correct each time you apply to a job-this will ensure we are able to contact you as quickly as possible.