Criminal Investigator (Digital Forensics)

US Government, Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Office of Export Enforcement is seeking to fill multiple non-supervisory Criminal Investigator (Digital Forensics), 1811-11/12/13 positions in Manassas, VA .


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Job Grade: 11
Total Openings: Many


This is a temporary excepted service appointment, not-to-exceed (NTE) September 30, 2024 under the Bureau of Industry and Security’s appointing authority authorized under Public Law 117-103, Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, to support the situation in Ukraine. This appointment may be extended as needed, up through September 30, 2024. You may be required to serve a trial period. After one year of completion of work in accordance with the established performance plan and demonstrating proper conduct, you may be converted to a career/career-conditional appointment in the competitive service. OEE special agents are sworn federal law enforcement officers with authority to make arrests, execute search warrants, serve subpoenas, and detain and seize goods about to be illegally exported. OEE initiates investigations based on information and intelligence obtained from a variety of sources. OEE conducts investigations to gather testimony and evidence of alleged or suspected violations of dual-use export control laws. OEE works closely with the Department of Justice to impose criminal sanctions for violations, including incarceration and fines, and with the Office of Chief Counsel for Industry and Security (OCC-IS) to impose civil fines and denials of export privileges. OEE routinely works with other Federal law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security, when conducting investigations or preventative actions. OEE conducts its enforcement operations worldwide. The selected candidate will be responsible for the following duties: Receives, develops, and evaluates leads, original requests, complaints and allegations from informants, industry, the U.S. Government, and other sources. Applies knowledge of federal criminal statutes, rules of evidence, court procedures, and investigative techniques in the Cyber realm. Develops an investigative plan designed to obtain essential facts and proof and performs accurate and impartial fact-finding to execute that plan. Conducts investigative activities including surveillance, writing, and serving of subpoenas, taking sworn statements, preparing, and serving search and arrest warrants, developing and utilizing informants and conducting detentions/seizures of shipments/items. Coordinates findings with other law enforcement agencies, other regulatory agencies, OCC-IS, other DOC program areas, and the United States Attorney’s Office, as appropriate, in preparation for prosecution of administrative proceedings and/or criminal prosecutions arising from investigations conducted.


Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management’s website located at: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government. 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. Firearms Qualification: The incumbent must qualify with firearms authorized by OEE and participate in a recurring qualification course. The incumbent is expected to abide by current OEE policies. The incumbent will also arm at specific times as required by the supervisor. Lautenberg Amendment: This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18 U.S.C. 922(g)). Candidates who have been convicted in any court of (1) a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, (2) shipping or transporting in interstate or foreign commerce, or possessing in or affecting commerce, any firearm or ammunition, or (3) receiving any firearm or ammunition which has been shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce, are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (Title 18 U.S.C. 1001). Mobile Workforce: The criminal investigator within this organization is considered as mobile workforce. By the nature of their duties and responsibilities, they are equipped and expected to work “on the road” meaning from and/or out of their vehicles; work from and/or out of nontraditional locations; work in-transit from either aircraft or motor vehicle. For the good of the government, criminal investigator could work on an as needed basis out of their residence; particularly if their residence is between their duty office and an investigative activity that they are participating. For Criminal Investigator work “on an as needed basis,” that basis is the irregular nature of criminal investigative work, which requires investigators to conduct investigative activities and enforcement actions in both a traditional and non-traditional manner. Mobility Agreement: Candidates must agree in writing to comply with management-directed permanent change of station (PCS) movement to meet mission requirements. Basic Training: Selectee must complete or have completed the basic criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA (or equivalent training as determined by the agency). Cybersecurity Certifications: Complete advanced and time intensive cybersecurity certifications through proctored examinations. Desired Experience Data analytics, data science experience Excellent written and oral communication skills Computer network exploitation/defense experience Advanced Cyber Security Certifications Computer network administration background Cyber threat intelligence/assessment products background For GS-11: To qualify at the GS-11 grade level applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-9 in the federal government. Examples of specialized experience includes: Managing and progressing investigations related to alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal laws. Conducting investigative efforts concerning computer systems, networks, and other digital technologies to collect digital evidence. Providing elements of support to investigative matters both verbally and in writing. OR Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related OR Combination of education and experience as indicated above. For GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 in the federal government. Examples of specialized experience includes: Preparing investigative reports summarizing investigative efforts and results. Recognizing, developing, or presenting evidence to reconstruct events, sequences, time elements, relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest to ensure relevancy of investigation. Providing advice and assistance during investigations and prosecutions, particularly regarding matters involving cybercrime and/or the identification, collection, or forensic analysis of digital evidence. Collaborating with a diverse group of individuals to solve time sensitive and complex problems. For GS-13: To qualify at the GS-13 grade level applicants must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 in the federal government. Examples of specialized experience includes: Preparing and delivering written reports and oral briefings for use by and presentation to management officials or federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, to include attorneys or court officials. Working independently, proactively, or with minimal direct supervision, to develop leads or opportunities for investigations. Conducting or assisting in investigations involving developing facts and evidence, conducting interviews and interrogations. Analyzing and evaluating data or investigative materials connected with allegations involving difficult problem areas or novel issues and prepares comprehensive investigative reports. Serving as a subject matter expert (SME) within an agency or organization on matters involving cybercrime and/or the identification, collection, or forensic analysis of digital evidence.

Job Requirements:

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position. You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use of possession of drugs. A probationary period may be required. Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see 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. All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. Drug Test: Yes License required: Yes, must possess and maintain a valid state motor vehicle operator’s license. Medical/Physical Requirements: During the hiring process, the agency will require candidates to undergo testing to demonstrate they possess satisfactory physical abilities necessary to perform the essential tasks of a particular position in a safe and efficient manner. Medical requirements for this position are established by OPM. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to him/her or others is grounds for disqualification. Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 450): Yes Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expense: will not be paid Position Sensitivity: This position is designated special sensitive. The incumbent must successfully complete a background security investigation prior to appointment and must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret/SCI security clearance. The incumbent of the position will also be required to complete an SF-312, Classified Non-Disclosure Agreement. Mandatory Age Requirement: The DOC sets a maximum age standard of 37 years to individuals entering firefighter and law enforcement officer occupations officially identified by the Secretary of Commerce or the Deputy Secretary. The positions are identified as sufficiently rigorous to mandate that employment opportunities in these positions are limited to young and physically vigorous individuals, in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. 3307.

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