Criminal Investigator (Senior Special Agent (SSA))

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

OIG is organized into seven operational units: the Immediate Office of the Inspector General, Office of the Counselor, Office of Audits and Evaluations, Office of Healthcare Inspections, Office of Investigations, Office of Management and Administration, and Office of Special Reviews. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, OIG has offices located in more than 60 locations throughout the country.


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Job Grade: 14
Total Openings: 1


OIG’s Office of Investigations (OI) investigates potential crimes and civil violations of law involving VA programs and operations committed by VA employees, contractors, beneficiaries, and other individuals. These investigations focus on a wide range of matters including health care, procurement, benefits, education, construction, and other fraud; cybercrime and identity theft; bribery, embezzlement, and conflicts of interest; drug offenses; and violent crimes. OI is staffed by special agents, forensic auditors, and other specialized staff in headquarters divisions and regional field offices that use data analytics, cyber-tools, covert operations, and other strategies to detect and address conduct that poses a threat to or has harmed VA personnel, operations, and the veterans or other beneficiaries they serve. Through criminal prosecutions and civil monetary recoveries, OI’s investigations promote integrity, patient safety, efficiency, and accountability within VA. As a Criminal Investigator (Senior Special Agent (SSA)), you will: Serve as principal advisor to the IOD SAC and VA OIG senior leadership, routinely assisting and conducting analyses of the various critical support programs managed by the IOD to identify more efficient operational methods and procedures and proposes policy and/or procedure recommendations for change in the program areas for which the division is responsible to ensure OI goals and objectives are achieved. These areas include investigations, office inspections, and OI management information systems and criminal investigative resource development program. Participate in planning, developing, and implementing investigative policies, programs, standards, requirements, methods, procedures, and techniques that govern nationwide OIG investigations. Review, coordinate, and monitor the work by field elements pertinent to the program area of responsibility. Assist in the resolution of problems related to investigative tasking in the program area and provides guidance on resource requirements and avenues for accomplishing mission tasks. Perform as a team member in conducting OI inspections when needed and qualitative assessment reviews. The SSA routinely provide the necessary oversight, guidance, and overall management to the various programs for which the division is responsible.


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Age Restriction: The date immediately preceding an individual’s 37th birthday is the maximum entry age for original appointment to a law enforcement officer position. This requirement does not apply to a) Preference-eligible veterans; OR b) Individuals who are 37 years of age or older and have previously served in law enforcement officer positions that were covered by a special law enforcement retirement plan.
Medical Requirements: The selectee must pass a pre-appointment physical examination and meet the physical requirements for this position as required by this agency. The duties of this position require moderate to 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, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision and hearing are required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Because the duties of this position are exacting, responsible, and sometimes performed under trying conditions, the selectee must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the selectee to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying. For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience or General experience for this position includes:
– Working on criminal and administrative investigations; AND
– Leading a team of investigators, investigative analysts, or investigative specialists.

Job Requirements:

This opportunity is also open to Status Candidates under Announcement 22-VAOIG-266. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply. Other information: – We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Applicants who apply for this position may be considered for other positions within the Office of Inspector General that require the same knowledge, skills, and abilities.
– This is a non-bargaining unit position.
– A recruitment incentive may be offered.
– We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
– Office assignment may be at one of the locations listed on the announcement subject to availability and OIG management discretion. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous. Our benefits package includes:
– Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards.
– Eleven paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year.
– Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire.
– A wide choice of health insurance plans, coverage for pre-existing conditions, and no waiting periods. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums.
– A retirement program which includes employer-matching contributions.- Learn more about Federal benefits programs at: The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.
Key Requirements: Please refer to “Conditions of Employment.” Click “Print Preview” to review the entire announcement before applying. Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National.