Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

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: 13
Total Openings: 1

Duties:

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. The incumbent serves as a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) in an OI investigative office located in New York, NY, in OI’s Northeast Region. As such, the incumbent is responsible for planning, managing, conducting, and concluding, independently or as a team leader, the most complex, sensitive, and difficult OIG criminal, civil, and/or administrative investigations of allegations of fraud, waste, and abuse directed at VA programs and/or operations. As a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent), you will: Function as a law enforcement officer with full law enforcement authority, i.e., carrying authorized firearms and other enforcement equipment; applying for and executing arrest and search warrants; apprehending, searching, and transporting criminals and arranging for their detention. Collect and analyze operational and strategic intelligence from wide-ranging sources including Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies. Initiate contacts with Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials, civic and business leaders, officials from financial institutions, medical facilities, and other organizations and individuals for the purpose of obtaining facts, signed statements, and developing investigative leads and cooperation. Conduct investigations in compliance with OIG policies and procedures, investigative standards promulgated by the Council of the Inspectors General (CIGIE), and the provisions of the Attorney General Guidelines for Offices of Inspector General with Statutory Law Enforcement Authority. Obtain and examine records, books, payrolls, reports, correspondence, and other data of consequence potentially related to the transactions or allegations under investigation. Verify, corroborate, and establish relationships with the evidence obtained and establish accuracy and authenticity.

Qualifications:

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.
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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.
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For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.
Specialized experience or General experience for this position includes: – Investigating cases that involve matters of extreme sensitivity, and scope; AND
– Providing analytical assistance that includes the evaluation of allegations and evidence; AND
– Planning and conducting investigations involving illegal and criminal acts; AND
– Preparing investigative findings and reports; AND
– Maintaining liaison with law enforcement agencies at the local, state, or national level.

Job Requirements:

This opportunity is also open to Status Candidates under Announcement 22-VAOIG-315. Please refer to that announcement for details on open period, eligibility, and how to apply. 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: Click “Print Preview” to review the entire announcement before applying. Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. 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: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits 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. Therefore, to the extent a Federal job announcement includes the requirement that applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 pursuant to E.O. 14043, that requirement does not currently apply. 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.

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