Senior Investigator

US Government, Other Agencies and Independent Organizations

The position is in the Bureau of Consumer Protection’s Midwest Regional Office (MRWO) in Chicago, IL. The primary purpose of this position is to manage investigative and research support efforts, independently formulate and develop complex investigations. The position coordinates major projects with significant impact across the agency and that are essential to the mission and smooth function of the Bureau.


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Job Grade: 14
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Duties for Senior Investigators include: Coordinating cross agency efforts. Such coordination would include working with others throughout the agency in different Bureaus/offices or in different roles (e.g., investigators, attorneys, technologists, forensic analysts) to coordinate research and investigative work, initiatives, and resources. Creating fraud work templates and updating them. Such templates would tackle common issues and create models on topics such as how to locate individuals and assets and how to put together evidence in an investigator declaration in a manner that presents a coherent story for submission to court. Templates and models would also need to be regularly updated. Testing and onboarding investigative tools, getting more staff access to such tools, and providing training. Guiding case selection. Proactively identifying, researching, and investigating possible targets for investigation, including practices involving large and sophisticated frauds that cause massive consumer harm. In resulting investigations, possible targets may be highly complex in structure and financing, with a large number of primary and subsidiary entities, activities, and components that span local, national, and international markets. Effectively and independently plans, arranges, and executes highly sophisticated investigative actions and projects for consumer protection investigations of the most complexity and greatest scope. Serving as a subject matter expert on investigative techniques, including evidence capture and analysis; anticipating and addressing evidence collection issues, including those related to sophisticated frauds; electronically capturing evidence from a variety of Internet sources using advanced technological techniques and preserving the evidence in admissible form; maintaining chain of custody for physical evidence; and testifying in court proceedings as necessary. Coordinating major projects essential to accomplishing the core objectives of the office, including developing and maintaining relationships with investigators working with MWRO’s consumer protection partners, particularly investigators working in state Attorneys General offices or at U.S. Attorney offices in the region specializing in consumer protection.


To qualify for a Senior Investigator at the GS-14 level, you must meet the following requirements: You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: conducting and directing the full range of functions for highly complex consumer protection investigations, including, but not limited to, planning, arranging and executing investigations, including interviewing witnesses; obtaining and analyzing financial, company records and documents, and consumer complaint data; drafting investigative affidavits or declarations; and planning and implementing investigative steps based on the nature of the investigation and following leads developed from the information obtained; testifying at depositions, trials, hearings, or before grand juries; and generating case leads and developing new investigations; identifying areas in need of further inquiry; and revising investigative plans based on acquired evidence and feedback; formulating accurate findings and detailing them in a declaration as needed; managing extensive projects with agency-wide impact that involve consumer protection initiatives and organizational strategic and program goals. 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.

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