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U.S. Department of Education

**PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY**

POSITION: Criminal Investigator, GS - 1811 9 / 11 / 12

ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: OIG-2004-0113
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1811-09/12
SALARY RANGE: 44098 - 80449
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 13
OPENING DATE: 08/11/2004
CLOSING DATE: 08/25/2004

DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy Boston Metro Area, MA

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All Sources
This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Boston,
Massachusetts.

DUTIES: Individually or as members of a team, conduct investigations,
inspections, and compliance audits to detect fraud, waste and abuse in programs
and operations administered or financed by the U.S. Department of Education,
including allegations of fraud or abuse by contractors, grantees, educational or
financial institutions, or individuals. Prepares and submits reports of
investigations,inspections, or compliance audits. Performs internal
investigations relating to the Department's employees. Participates in
Department of Justice intergovernmental task forces on program fraud and abuse;
refers any matters of violation of Federal criminal law to the Department of
Justice and provides assistance to the Department of Justice as requested in
regard to such actions. Provides assistance in the performance of secretarial
security functions as required and appropriate.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

1. The selectee must pass a preemployment physical examination meeting the
minimum
standards established by the Department. He / she must be physically vigorous,
thus enabling him / her to work long hours under adverse conditions.
2. Applicants are subject to the maximum entry age into law enforcement positions

with this agency - the date immediately preceding an individual's 37th birthday.
Also considered eligible will be: a) those found to be eligible and referred to
the selecting official who pass the limit during the selection process before
actual entry on duty, or b) those individuals presently serving in or having
served in a covered position.
3. Training requirement: Selectee must successfully complete or have completed
the eight week basic criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center, Glynco, GA. or an equivalent course. Retention in the position
and payment of the special rate is subject to successful completion of this
training.
4. Employees are often required to carry a firearm during performance of duties
and must maintain firearm proficiency.
5. This position requires you to be authorized to carry a firearm. Therefore it
is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment, 18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g)(9) and you will

be required to verify that you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of
domestic violence.
6. Employees are required to maintain physical fitness standards set by the
Department, and are required to participate in an annual physical fitness test.
7. Frequent travel within the regional area and nationwide is required.
8. Appointment is contingent upon the selectee being granted a critical-sensitive

security clearance.
9. Applicants tentatively selected for the position will be required to submit to

a urinalysis prior to appointment to screen for illegal drug use, and will be
subject to periodic random testing thereafter.
10. Selectee must show proof of a valid driver's license.
11. For persons currently covered under the Civil Service Retirement System
(CSRS), this position meets the provision of Title 5, U.S. Code, Section
8412(d)(Law Enforcement Retirement).
12. For persons currently covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System
(FERS), this position meets the provisions of Title 5, U.S. Code, Section
8412(d)(Law Enforcement Retirement).

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: The duties of positions in this series require moderate
arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and
exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of

finger, wrist, elbow, shoulder, hip, and knee joints is required. Arms, hands,
legs, feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants
may perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted,
must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters.
Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000,
2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since duties of these positions are exacting and
responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must
possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause
the applicant to be a hazard to himself / herself or others is disqualifying.

(GS-9)
Two years of graduate education. OR

A master's degree or equivalent degree. OR

One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant 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 to be
filled. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal
government. At this grade level, criminal investigators assist in planning and
performing routine aspects of investigations. They act under supervision and
follow specific instructions and guidance. OR

Completion of a percentage of the two-year graduate education requirement and a
percentage of the one-year specialized work experience requirement that combined
equals 100%. To make this determination, first convert the amount of graduate
education completed into a percentage. For example, completion of one year of
graduate courses meets 50% of the education requirement. Then convert the amount
of specialized work experience into a percentage. For example, one-half year of
specialized work experience, meets 50% of the work experience requirement. Then
add the percentages together. If they equal 100% or more, this requirement is
met.

(GS-11)

Three academic years of graduate education. OR

A doctoral or equivalent degree. OR

One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant 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 to be
filled. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal
government.
At this grade level, criminal investigators plan and conduct complete
investigations, from planning, fact-finding through report preparation. They are
generally assigned cases in which the evidence is readily available, the issues
are straightforward and the subjects are not controversial.

Completion of a percentage of the three-year graduate education requirement and a

percentage of the one-year work specialized experience requirement that equals
100%. To make this determination, first convert the amount of graduate education
completed into a percentage. For example, completion of two-years of graduate
courses meets 67% of the education requirement. Then convert the amount of
specialized work experience into a percentage. For example, one-half year of
specialized work experience, meets 50% of the work experience requirement. Then
add the percentages together. If they equal 100% or more, this requirement is
met.

(GS-12)

One year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant 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 to be
filled. This experience must be equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal
government. At this grade level, criminal investigators plan and conduct complete

investigations. They are generally assigned investigations that involve
conflicting evidence, difficult or complex issues, multiple investigative
matters,
or sensitive subjects.

You must be a United States Citizen to apply.

(Career or Career-Conditional appointment)

If you served on active duty in the U.S. Military and were separated under
honorable conditions, you may be eligible for veteran's preference. The Defense
Authorization Act of November 18, 1997, extended veteran's preference to persons
who served on active duty during the Gulf War from August 2, 1990 through January

2, 1992. The law grants preference to persons otherwise eligible and who served
on active duty during this period, regardless of where the person served or for
how long. The law also authorizes the Secretary of each military department to
award the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in Bosnia during the
period
November 29, 1995, to a date to be determined. The award of the Medal is
qualifying for veterans' preference. More information on veterans' is available
in the Vet Guide that may be found on the United States Office of Personnel
Management website at www.opm.gov.

Preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces
under honorable conditions after substantially completing an initial three-year
term may apply.

APPLICANTS MUST MEET QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS
ANNOUNCEMENT.

HOW TO APPLY:

Applications submitted via EdHIRES must be received before midnight eastern time
on the closing date of the announcement. No extensions will be granted. If you
fail to submit a COMPLETE on-line resume, you WILL NOT be considered for this
position. U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) pamphlet (OF-510), Applying
for A Federal Job explains what information your resume must contain to be
considered complete. You may view this pamphlet on the OPM web site at
www.opm.gov/forms/html/of.htm. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any
applicant, the servicing Human Resources Office listed on the announcement will
provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the
closing date. Applicants MUST CONTACT the Servicing Human Resources Office PRIOR
TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line
submission.

EVALUATION CRITERIA & BASIS FOR RATING

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements will be further evaluated on
their responses to the on-line announcement questions. Applicants will be rated
on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the
duties of the position. Eligible applicants will receive a numerical rating based

on their responses to the application questions for this position submitted
on-line via EdHIRES.ed.gov. EdHIRES will then assign total points based on your
answers. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may
affect your score. Qualified candidates will be assigned a score between 70 and
100, not including points that may be assigned for veteran's preference.

Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: Entered the
military service prior to October 14, 1976; served in active duty during the Gulf

War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person
served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge
or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served
continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or
ordered
to active duty. Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled
veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled
veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.

WARNING! These responses must be substantiated by your on-line resume.
Applicants who do not respond to the application questions may be rated
ineligible. Your answers will be verified against information provided in your
on-line resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to all
the questions by addressing experience and education relevant to this position.
If you exaggerate or falsify your experience and/or education, you may be removed

from employment consideration. You should make a fair and accurate assessment of
your qualifications.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR SURPLUS OR DISPLACED FEDERAL EMPLOYEES (INTERAGENCY
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP)

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career
Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance
Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration
for special priority selection. CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered
well-qualified if they attain a rating of 85.0 or above, not including veterans'
preference.

Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet

the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This
includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance
Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade
level,
and duty location, and the promotion potential of the position.

Unless otherwise stated on this announcement, no supplemental application
material
should be submitted unless requested by the servicing Human Resources Specialist.

The specialist will notify candidates via e-mail of all required documentation.
The appropriate fax number will be included with the request for documentation.
The requested information MUST be received by fax within 48 hours (not including
Saturdays, Sundays, or government holidays).
Applicant(s) selected for this position is subject to a check to verify that he
or
she has not defaulted on any loan funded or guaranteed by the U.S. Department of
Education. Applicants found to be in default will be contacted to make
arrangements for repayment prior to being made an official offer of employment.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify at the time of
appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are
exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

Candidate(s) selected for this position will be required to complete and submit
either an SF-85, Questionnaire for Non-sensitive Positions, SF-85P, Questionnaire

for Public Trust Positions or an SF-86, Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions
depending upon the sensitivity of the particular position.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for initial appointments.

This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring

process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable
accommodations will be on a case-by-case basis.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE CONSIDERATION REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION,
GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, AGE, POLITICAL AFFILIATION, UNION
AFFILIATION OR NONAFFILIATION, MARITAL STATUS, NON-DISQUALIFYING PHYSICAL
HANDICAP, OR ANY OTHER NON-MERIT REASON.

THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
 
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