US Government, Dept. of Social and Health Services
The Department of Social and Health Services, Office of Fraud and Accountability, has an opportunity for a Fraud Investigator 2 to conduct and resolve complex administrative investigations in order to substantiate allegations of public benefit Fraud Early Detection Program. You will utilize your investigative skills and knowledge of public assistance programs and their regulations.
This investigator will be working out of the Moses Lake Community Service Office. In-office and fieldwork are required. A flex schedule will be reviewed after the candidate successfully completes the probationary or trial service period. Candidate should live within a reasonable driving distance of the office.
Your investigations will involve all public assistance programs administered by DSHS, including but not limited to:
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
- Medical Assistance
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- Electronic Benefits Transfer
- Child care
Allegations investigated include household composition and unreported income among other situations that affect eligibility for public assistance programs.
Some of what you’ll be doing:
- Complete Fraud Early Detection investigations
- Identify, gather, and preserve physical and documentary evidence
- Conduct witness and client interviews in the community
- Analyze evidence to identify program and/or criminal violations
- Attend administrative or court proceedings
- Report safety incidents or concerns to management immediately
What we’re looking for:
- Experience conducting interviews, analyzing documents, verifying information, and making eligibility determinations for public assistance benefits or locating non-custodial parents for child support enforcement
- Knowledge of regulations and policies related to public assistance eligibility, including food assistance, medical assistance, general assistance, and childcare assistance
- Knowledge of methods, principles, standards, and techniques of investigations; interview techniques; rules of evidence; chain of custody of evidence; laws of search and seizure; Miranda Warning and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
- Ability to analyze, comprehend, and adhere to policies, procedures, and directives
- Use a computer to access, analyze, interpret, and organize information; analyze and evaluate facts and draw sound conclusions; and prepare a detailed investigative report
- Apply knowledge of investigative theory and technique to the type of investigation being conducted
- Work under pressure with continually shifting case priorities and deadlines
- Independently plan and investigate strategy and carry out administrative investigations in accordance with division guidelines and procedures.
- Communicate, comprehend, and translate information effectively; use clear and concise oral and written communication skills
- Maintain strict and complete confidentiality
- Use verbal de-escalation techniques, if necessary
- Ability to safely make field contacts with subjects and witnesses and conduct surveillance to further investigations
Who should apply?
One year of experience as an Investigator 1.
Three years of experience as an investigator with a criminal justice government agency or private organization, or other directly allied field.
Please Note: Two years of related college-level coursework may be substituted for experience.
Three years of experience as an investigator with a criminal justice agency or criminal investigative agency of the armed forces, or investigating personal backgrounds, unfair and deceptive business practices, insurance casualty claims, DSHS public benefits specialist, support enforcement officer, or other directly allied fields.
College-level coursework with a major emphasis in business administration, public administration, law, one of the criminal justice disciplines, or a directly allied field may be substituted for the required experience on the basis of two years of college work for one year of experience, for all but one year of the required experience. OR Equivalent education/experience.
To Apply Include:
Three current professional references
Our Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) mission to Transform Lives requires that we come together with a sense of belonging, common purpose, shared values, and meaningful work. It is crucial to our agency’s mission that you bring equity, anti-racism, and social justice commitment to your work with DSHS. We strive to create greater access and affirming representation of the communities we serve, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, people with physical, behavioral health, and intellectual disabilities, elders, LGBTQIA+ individuals, immigrants and refugees, and families building financial security.
Employees of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of your vaccine status. Please note medical or religious accommodation may be available once an offer of employment is made.
Questions? Please contact DSHS Recruiter by email and reference #06297.