Criminal Investigator for Data Analytics & Computer Crimes unit

US Government, Department of Transportation

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), works within the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to promote efficiency and effectiveness, and prevent or stop waste, fraud and abuse in departmental programs. OIG also consults with the Congress about programs in progress and proposed new laws and regulations. The Inspector General Act of 1978 gives the Office of Inspector General autonomy to do its work without interference.


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Job Grade: 12
Total Openings:


Provides forensic support through the scientific analysis of electronic evidence. Conducts computer forensic examinations that are consistent with those standards established by DOTOIG and the Department of Justice, as well as reflective of current trends and techniques within the law enforcement and professional communities. This may include the testing and validation of forensic software and other appropriate automated analytical tools to meet diverse investigative requirements.
Serves as a technical regarding crime scene searches of electronic evidence. Participates with DOT-OIG field agents and management to develop investigative plans and present investigative options and parameters as they relate to computer resources and techniques.
Prepares preliminary and final investigative or forensic reports for prosecutors and management officials in accordance with DOT-OIG investigative policies and procedures. Responsible for the coordination and integration of investigative findings which may involve input from investigators within the Department or other agencies.
Conducts investigations into difficult, complex, technical, and sensitive matters involving computer and computerized evidence which may be national in scope. These investigations may include complex networking and communications problems and legal issues, which may require law enforcement and civilian cooperation nationwide.
Plans, organizes, conducts or coordinates complex investigations into intrusions of DOT systems or situations where a computer or other electronic device is used as a tool in the commission of a crime. Designs and implements intrusion detection and analysis tools. Uses automated methods to recover evidentiary data from network-based systems penetrated by unauthorized parties.
Plans and conducts interviews with suspects, witnesses, and informants during case development. Often analyzes evidence provided by investigators stationed in multiple regions throughout the nation.
Develops and presents evidence that reconstructs events, sequences and time elements; and establishes relationships, responsibilities, legal liabilities, and conflicts of interest in a manner that meets requirements for presentation in various legal hearings and court proceedings.
Testifies before Grand Juries, in courts of law, or at administrative hearings in support of forensic examinations, opinions, or other investigative matters. This includes producing complex reports and illustrative materials for Federal, state, or local judicial proceedings at a level sufficient to explain complex electronic evidence interpretation and conclusions. Serves as witness in computer forensic examination procedures and outcomes.
Analyzes criminal complaints and allegations to determine certain patterns and trends of these criminal acts and recommends appropriate action to be taken.


To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service. Non-government experience should be of similar complexity.
Examples of specialized experience includes: Experience with crime scene searches of electronic evidence
Experience with preparing preliminary and final investigative or forensic reports
Experience with conducting interviews and analyzing evidence To qualify at the GS-13 grade level, candidates must have one (1) year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the federal service. Non-government experience should be of similar complexity.
Examples of specialized experience includes: Experience inproviding expert forensic digital forensics in support of a larger program fraud investigations.
Experience in planning, implementing, and guiding national Information Technology crimes and forensic digital analysis programs.
Experience conducting cyber (network intrusion) criminal investigations that includes performing digital forensics in support of those investigations. Applicants must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Job Requirements:

To ensure compliance with an applicable preliminary nationwide injunction, which may be supplemented, modified, or vacated, depending on the course of ongoing litigation, the Federal Government will take no action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement pursuant to Executive Order 14043 on Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees. Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. PRE-EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL AND DRUG TESTING:Tentatively selected candidates are required to successfully complete a pre-employment medical examination and undergo urinalysis in accordance with DOT 3910.1D entitled “Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace”, which includes testing for marijuana. Marijuana is legal in some states, however it’s still illegal at the federal level. Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing. (continued under ‘Other Information’)

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