Office of Inspector General Criminal Investigator in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) supports the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. The OIG is comprised of dedicated professionals promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of HHS managed programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Head Start. The integrity of these programs is evaluated for success, and any fraud, waste, or abuse is addressed by OIG.

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Note: This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received and will close at midnight on the closing date or when the numerical cut-off is reached, whichever occurs first.

This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations.

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As a GS-12/13 Criminal Investigator, the applicant will:

  • Plan, coordinate, conduct and lead investigations, including those of an extremely complex nature. Defines the investigative objectives and boundaries. Identifies resources and staffing, including cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in conducting investigations.
  • Plan investigative activity with proper geographic and time distribution so as to validate allegations, and the evidence gathered; and relate events to the milestones and critical points in the progress of the case, in order to keep on target.
  • Examine records, books, payrolls, reports, correspondence and other data of consequence to the transactions, actions, or allegations under investigation.
  • Serve as a team leader for cases that concern extremely sensitive matters related to critical issues complicated by obscure leads, few visible records, conflicting evidence, other language and cultural barriers; and alleged or suspected violations of Federal statues involving fraud against the Government. These issues include, but are not limited to bribery, conflict of interest, improper and false claims, misuse of loan/grant funds, conversion of Government property, embezzlement/theft, kickbacks, obstruction, health care fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud, child support enforcement, false statements, False Claims Act violations, Civil Monetary Penalties, and other offenses committed against the United States.
  • Recognizes and make appropriate recommendations regarding system deficiencies or vulnerabilities.
  • Conduct comprehensive research and analysis of cases to determine the applicable laws and the implementing regulations that were violated. Assess and evaluates required evidence for prosecution or administrative action. Determines the most effective manner for planning, developing and conducting investigations, and identifying additional resources required. Identify the need for, and arranges for the participation of, auditors in the development of credible financial evidence with appropriate documentation defensible sampling techniques.
  • Conduct interviews with suspects, witnesses, and informants. Serves subpoenas and participates with other law enforcement agents in the execution of arrests and the search and seizure of evidence.
  • Participate in Secretarial and other dignitary protection details. Serve as a detail leader as needed in order to provide protection coverage.
Travel Required

50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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1811 Criminal Investigation

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Valid U.S. Driver License, Medical Examination and Drug Test.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-450) is required.
  • If selected, you will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement.
  • Time in grade must be met within 30 days of the closing date of announcement. Training Requirements: Successful completion of the Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) or an approved equivalent is required. Must successfully qualify with OI-issued firearms on an approved course of fire and successfully complete OI Control Tactics training program. Appointments to this position will be terminated if all of the above are not satisfactorily completed.

Medical Requirements: The duties of positions in this series 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 intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses are permitted, must be sufficient to read printed materials the size of pre-written characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of these positions are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.


Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements,including education, and any selective placement factors described below within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link:

Age: The minimum entry age for this position is 21 years of age and the maximum entry age for this position is 36 years of age (the date of appointment must be no later than the date immediately preceding the 37th birthday) unless you have sufficient prior Federal service in a covered law enforcement position or are a preference-eligible applicant. If you are a preference eligible applicant, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must provide a copy of your (DD-214), Standard Form 15 (SF-15) if applicable, other documentation supporting preference eligibility, and any other documentation pursuant to the instructions in this vacancy announcement to receive consideration as preference-eligible applicant in the hiring process.

For the GS-12 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position. * Specialized Experience: Managing large and complicated investigations as a team member, or as team lead with minimal supervision; investigating and resolving highly sensitive matters (e.g. fraud, health care, embezzlement, money laundering, economic crimes, etc.) and program violations; developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with the agency, other Federal agencies and the United States Attorney's office; possessing the ability to recognize and make appropriate recommendations regarding system deficiencies and/or vulnerabilities. For the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service, which has equipped the applicant with the competencies required to perform successfully the duties of the position. * Specialized Experience: Effectively managing large, complex, and sensitive investigations independently as a team member, or as a team lead with little or no supervision; investigating and resolving cases regarding (e.g. fraud, health care, embezzlement, money laundering, economic crimes, etc.) and wide-ranging program violations with multiple subjects and entities, that can also be across multiple jurisdictions; maintaining strong working relationships with Federal government officials and other law enforcement officials; possessing the ability to make innovated recommendations regarding system deficiencies and/or vulnerabilities.


There is no education substitution at the GS12 or GS-13 grade level.

Security and Background Requirements: A Top Secret clearance may be required to be obtained and maintained and a credit check is required. If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm and must meet the Lautenberg Amendment requirements as described in Title 18, USC Section 992 (g). Any person who has been convicted of a felony, a misdemeanor or crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm. The term convicted as defined by the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, pardoned, or any person whose civil rights have been restored, so long as the restoration does not restrict the shipping, transport, possession or receipt of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor or crimes of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not eligible for this position.

Additional information

Law Enforcement Retirement: This position meets the eligibility criteria for law enforcement retirement under both the Civil Service Retirement Systems (CSRS) and the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). Employees covered by either retirement system that reach age 50 or over with a least twenty years of service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. In addition, employees covered by FERS (all new hires to the federal government) of any age with a least twenty-five years of service as a law enforcement officer are qualified for law enforcement retirement. Finally, employees who reach age 57 with a least twenty years of service as a law enforcement officer are subject to mandatory retirement.

This position is approved for Primary Law Enforcement coverage under 5 (USC) 8331 (20) or 5 USC 8401 (17).

E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to:

EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

The self-assessment questions relate to the following competencies. You do not have to provide a narrative response to the competencies.

  • Criminal Investigative Techniques
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted or lowered accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Top Secret

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Your Resume
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  • Your most recent SF-50 indicating highest grade and step attained
  • DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions (Member 4 Copy), for those applying under Veterans Preference.Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants. Other Supporting Documents:
  • (Only submit if applicable to you) Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation Financial Disclosure: This position may be subject to financial disclosure requirements and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 450, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at and select Financial Disclosure. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at

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If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

A complete application package for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on05/22/2018* to receive consideration. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.*

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

If you are unable to apply online and have the required information, please call 1-478-744-2360 to start your Alternate Application. You will connected with a member of our staff who will initiate the Alternate Application process. More information on the Alternate Application process can be viewed at the following link:

Questions regarding this vacancy or the application process should be directed to the HR Specialist. The HR Specialist can be reached at (855) 291-2284. Someone is available to answer phone calls and emails from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday excluding Federal holidays.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

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Agency contact information
Torrey Gatson




OIG Office of Investigations 330 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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  • Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 05/22/2018

Salary: $73,375 to $113,428 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 12 - 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent