Criminal Investigator Job at US Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the..., Los Angeles, CA

  • US Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys and the Office of the...
  • Los Angeles, CA

Job Description


For more information on the Department of Justice and the United States Attorneys' Offices, visit

As needed, additional positions may be filled using this announcement.

This job is open to
Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

The public

U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

All U.S. Citizens and Nationals


The United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California is looking for experienced Criminal Investigators (Special Agents) to conduct complex white collar criminal investigations utilizing techniques such as search warrants, cell-site orders, cooperating witnesses, and forensic analysis of large volumes of documents and financial records. The candidate should be able to generate financial cases, have substantial grand jury, and trial experience, be highly motivated and results-oriented, and possess excellent communication skills.

Typical work assignments will include:
Oversees the planning and coordination of complex investigations in one or more of the following areas: national-security related offenses, fraud, bribery and public corruption, money laundering, violent crime, and cyber-crime.
Develops and authorizes operational plans and procedures for arrests and searches.
Conducts interviews of victims, witnesses, and subjects.
Reviews and analyzes data such as telephone records, cell-site data, bank records, credit card records, and email.
Testifies in the grand jury, trial, and other court proceedings as to facts and to explain in detail how evidence was obtained.
Manage impactful and high-profile investigative inventory.
Liaison with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.
Document and memorialize reports for investigation.
Apprehend and arrest persons violating U.S. laws and conduct searches and seizures incident to arrest when appropriate or by warrant.
Provides advice and assistance to assigned Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) during investigations and prosecutions.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen or National.
Initial appointment is conditioned upon a satisfactory pre-employment adjudication. This includes fingerprint, credit and tax checks, and drug testing. Continued employment is subject to a favorable adjudication of a background investigation
You must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable.
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
You must qualify with and carry a firearm.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret (Sensitive compartmented Information) security clearance.
You will be required to complete and file an initial and annual OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report.
You must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator's license while employed in this position.
You must satisfactorily complete the Criminal Investigation Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia, if not already complete. (Equivalent training is acceptable).
Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.
If selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service.

Specialized Experience
Planning and conducting multi-jurisdictional and multi-defendant complex white-collar and government program/financial fraud criminal investigations to determine violations of Federal laws and regulations; obtaining and evaluating evidence and recommending actions; reconstructing and examining records; conducting interviews and interrogations; developing facts; making arrests; conducting searches and seizures; assisting attorneys during case preparation; and, preparing comprehensive oral and written briefings. Qualifying case experience includes planning, conducting or leading complex investigations in one or more of the following areas: wire fraud, mail fraud, money laundering, public corruption, embezzlement, and cyber-crimes including, but not limited to account takeovers, internet fraud, and credit card fraud.

This position has law enforcement officer retirement coverage. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not reached their 37th birthday prior to appointment (5 U.S.C. 3307(d)). The maximum entry age limit was established under the age discrimination prohibitions contained in section 4 of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. Maximum entry age limitations may not be waived for any applicant, except those with veteran's preference. If you have prior Federal Law Enforcement Officer coverage, you must submit appropriate SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) that show period of coverage. Failure to provide proof of Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) coverage may result in removal from consideration.

Physical Requirements: Performance of above duties 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 incumbent may perform the duties satisfactorily. Incumbent must possess sufficiently good vision, with or without glasses, in each eye in order that he/she may perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, glasses permitted, must be acute for reading of printed materials the size of typewritten characters. The ability of the incumbent to hear the conversational voice and whispered speech is required. Any hearing impairment may be compensated for by use of a hearing aid. Since the duties of the position are exacting, responsible, and involve work performed under arduous and dangerous conditions, incumbents must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition, which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others, will be disqualifying.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)- The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in the announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)-The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and receive a score of 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level, however a four-year, post-high school degree is preferred.

Additional information

The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): LEAP is approved for those positions to compensate employees for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour week.

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

Payment of relocation expenses will not be authorized.

Veterans' Preference - If you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming by checking the appropriate box in the assessment questionnaire to indicate your preference and submit the required veterans' preference documentation as specified in the, "Required Documents" section of this vacancy announcement.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: 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.

EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, status as a parent, genetic information, disability, age, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism.

Diversity Statement: As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e., Best Qualified).

You will be rated on the following Competencies (see OPM Website for definitions):
Decision Making, Planning and Evaluating, Problem Solving, and Reasoning

The Occupational Questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Required Documents

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Required: Your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire (This is completed automatically during the apply online process).
  • Required: Your resume showing relevant experience and dates (for full consideration you must include day/month/year) of employment and work schedule for each (e.g., part-time XX hours per week or full-time) (cover letter optional).). 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.
  • Required if you meet qualifications based on education: An unofficial college transcript.(Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript will be required prior to your first day.) and foreign education evaluation documentation, if applicable, as described under the "Education" section of this vacancy announcement.
  • Required, if applicable: CTAP/ICTAP documentation (a copy of a separation notice or other proof of eligibility for priority selection; a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing current position, grade, promotion potential, and duty location; AND a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.)
  • Required, if applicable: Veterans' Preference documentation. See Required Veterans' Preference Documentation below. Please note, if you are entitled to Veterans' Preference, you must indicate the type of preference you are claiming in your application, check the appropriate box in the assessment questionnaire to indicate your preference, and submit the required documentation as specified below.
Required Veterans' Preference Documentation:
  • In order to verify your Veterans' Preference entitlement, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty); or if you are a current Active Duty member you must submit a certification on appropriate military branch letterhead that indicates: 1) your service dates, 2) expected discharge or release date from active duty with a release/discharge date no later than 120 days from the closing date of this announcement, and 3) the character of service (e.g., Honorable); or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower if a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the parent of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference" dated October 2013 and all the required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

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.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package. (It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation are submitted prior to the closing date.)

3. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, please click the following link:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application. If you are unable to apply online, contact Joseph McNally at or 213-894-2272 as soon as possible to arrange an alternative application process.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 06/24/2024 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your proof of submission in the event verification is needed.

Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Agency contact information
Joseph McNally
Central District of California
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Next steps

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation, to include a credit check, and drug test by urinalysis. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Part time, Local area, Remote job, Relocation,

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