Investigative Research Analyst

US Government, Legislative Branch

The GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. This position is located in the GAO, Forensic Audits and Investigative Service team, located in Washington D.C.. As a Investigative Research Analyst you will be responsible for a variety of functions including assigning, processing, and tracking allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement until completion. Performing inquiries into allegations of misconduct or improprieties affecting government programs and operations.


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Job Grade: 2
Total Openings: Few


As a Investigative Research Analyst,PT – 1805- 2 your typical work assignments may include the following: Screens and processes allegations of fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement within Federal agencies and programs received via a variety of modes. Utilizes an electronic case management system to document relevant information and any action(s) taken. Analyzes incoming allegations, requests, documents, and reports through various means to evaluate the content and the credibility of the sources of information, and determine any action that should be taken. Prepares referral letters to the organizations identified to have the appropriate jurisdiction (often to the agencies’ Offices of lnspector General). Follows up on referrals to identify any action(s) taken by the recipient. Communicates with the person(s) submitting allegations, as appropriate, to provide them basic information regarding the status and/or results of the review of their complaint(s) and to obtain additional information, if needed Assists with the planning and design of GAO engagements by responding to requests by GAO teams for allegations received that might relate to the planned or on-going engagement. Conducts analytical research utilizing investigative research tools, such as law enforcement databases (i.e. NCIC), subscription/fee-based services (i.e. Accurint), open source records, and social media. Advises and assists FAIS staff, as well as other mission teams, on the effective use of FraudNet’s capabilities. Responds to requests for assistance from local, state, territorial, federal and international law enforcement agencies. Prepares reports and analyses of the FraudNet operation on a periodic basis and prepares special reports as necessary. Perform other duties as assigned.


You may qualify at the BAND 02 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE
To qualify for this position applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band level equivalent to the 1805 series,
(PE-I, PT-I), equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or comparable private or public sector experience to qualify for this position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience analyzing and processing information related to alleged violations, and determining appropriate follow-up action related to allegations of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

Job Requirements:

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.
1. You must be a U.S. citizen
2. You will be required to submit a financial disclosure statement.
3. You must be suitable for federal employment.
4. Registered for Selective Service, if applicable. (
5. Completion of a 2 year probationary period may be required.
6. Selectee must have and be able to maintain a valid state driver’s license.

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