Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) *12-Month Roster*
Company: The Department of the Treasury
Posted on: January 16, 2020
The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history
dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S.
economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential
leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees
across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department
of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.
WHAT IS THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION? Criminal Investigation
is the investigative and law enforcement arm of the IRS. The
American system of voluntary tax compliance relies heavily on
self-assessments of what tax is owed. When individuals or
corporations deliberately don't comply with the tax laws, Criminal
Investigation responds with financial investigations and potential
criminal prosecutions to promote compliance and confidence in the
fairness of the tax system.
WHAT DOES A SPECIAL AGENT DO? IRS-CI Special Agents (SAs) are duly
sworn federal law enforcement officers throughout all 50 states and
US territories including special agent attachs located in 11
countries. As a SA, you will combine your accounting skills with
law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes.
SAs fill a unique niche in the federal law enforcement community
due to IRS-CI's broad jurisdiction of Title 18 and Title 31 crimes,
in addition to our primary tax enforcement mission. SAs are known
for their financial investigative expertise in areas, such as, tax
fraud, public corruption, cybercrimes, narcotics, terrorism, and
much more. Today's sophisticated schemes demand the analytical
ability of financial investigators to trace transactions through
complex financial records.
As a Special Agent, you will:
- Investigate violations of Federal tax laws;
- Obtain and analyze complex financial evidence;
- Conduct surveillance, dignitary protection, and undercover
- Execute search and arrest warrants;
- Identify and seize property used in, or acquired through,
illegal activities; and
- Testify and assist the U.S. Attorney during trial.
If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the
opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive
training to help you grow in this position.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to
find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at .
75% or less - Overnight travel
Conditions of Employment
- Refer to Other Information
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- Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
You must pass a medical examination prior to being appointed. This
position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving
walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement
weather. Manual dexterity with free motion of fingers, wrists,
elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is required. Arms, hands,
legs, and feet must function sufficiently in order for applicants
to perform the duties satisfactorily.
Vision: Near vision, corrected or uncorrected, must be sufficient
to read Jaeger type 2 at 14 inches. Normal depth perception,
peripheral vision, and the ability to distinguish shades of
color-by-color plate tests are required. If you have undergone
refractive surgery, you must meet Treasury approved requirements,
including documentation that you have passed exam and protocol
testing. The earliest the refractive surgery evaluation can be
performed is: three months post Laser in Situ Keratomileusis
(Lasik); six months post Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). Visual
acuity requirements are expressed in terms of the Snellen vision
test. Uncorrected distant vision must test 20/200, and corrected
vision must test 20/20 in one eye, and 20/30 in the other.
Hearing: Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not
exceed 30 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in
the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. You must be able to hear the
whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a
Other Medical Requirements: You must possess emotional and mental
stability. Any condition that would hinder full, efficient
performance of the duties of this position or that would cause an
individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is
All of the medical requirements MUST be met at the time of initial
examination/test. Applicants failing to meet the medical
requirements at the time of their initial examination/test will be
considered ineligible for the position.
Some positions require foreign language proficiency. If you
indicate language proficiency, you may be tested to determine if
you possess the required level of proficiency.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of
MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: Provisions of Public Law 93-950 and Public Law
100-238 allow the imposition of a maximum age for original
appointments to a law enforcement officer position within the
Federal government. The date immediately preceding your 37th
birthday is the final date of referral for selection. This age
restriction does not apply to those who have previously served in a
Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement position covered by
Title 5 U.S.C. Section 8336 (c) provisions and preference eligible
GS-07 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-5 grade
level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this
position includes: experience in or related to investigation of
criminal violations that provided the specific knowledge, skills,
and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the IRS Special
Agent. Experience must have required: (1) the exercise of tact,
initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness and judgment in collecting,
assembling, and developing facts, evidence and other pertinent data
through investigative techniques which included personal interview;
(2) the ability to make oral and written reports and presentations
of personally conducted or personally directed investigations,
examinations, or inspections; AND (3) the ability to analyze and
evaluate evidence and arrive at sound conclusions. To be
qualifying, this experience must have been acquired in
investigative work related to the ACCOUNTING OR AUDITING OF
BUSINESS OR COMMERCIAL PRACTICES OF SUBJECTS INVESTIGATED. OR
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
One full year of graduate level education which included or was
supplemented by at least 15 semester/23 quarter hours in accounting
plus an additional 9 semester/14 quarter hours from among the
following fields: business law, economics, finance, tax law or
money and banking. OR
Superior Academic Achievement provisions:
-GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed
undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of
-GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in your major
field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last
2 years of study
-Rank in the upper third of your class in the college, university,
or major subdivision, or
-Membership in a national honor society recognized by the
Association of College Honor Societies.
NOTE: Superior Academic Achievement is credited only if you have
completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree which
included or was supplemented by at least 15 semester/23 quarter
hours in accounting plus an additional 9 semester/14 quarter hours
from among the following fields: finance, economics, business law,
tax law, or money and banking.
GS-09 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a
level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade
level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this
position includes: experience in or related to investigation of
criminal violations that provided the specific knowledge, skills,
and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this
position. The experience must have been acquired in investigative
work related to the accounting, auditing, business, or commercial
practices of subject(s) investigated. ORYou may substitute
education for specialized experience as follows: Two 2 full years
of progressively higher-level graduate education; a master's degree
or equivalent graduate degree (i.e.; L.L.B. or JD).
All of the above education requirements must be supplemented by at
least 15 semester hours (or 23 quarter hours) in accounting, AND an
additional 9 semester hours 14 quarter hours) from among the
following or closely related fields: finance, economics, money and
banking, tax law, and business law.
Examples of specialized experience for grade 7 and 9 include:
---Leader or member of a military intelligence or criminal
investigative team or component in which the principal duties
consisted of financial investigation, intelligence gathering, or
---Analyzed or evaluated raw investigative financial data and
prepared comprehensive written investigative reports.
---Investigated complex financial claims involving suspected crimes
or alleged fraud.
---Supervised or conducted interviews or interrogations that
involved eliciting evidence, data or surveillance information
related to accounting. Investigated computerized business and/or
accounting systems and formed sound conclusions as to related
criminal business practices and compliance with federal laws and
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education.
Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in
the online questions.
-The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private
sector or One year of experience refers to full-timework;
part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate
dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours
worked per week, on your resume
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- A 3 year probationary period with limited appeal rights is
required (unless already completed).
- Must successfully complete a background investigation including
an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
- Commuting distance for Law Enforcement Availability Pay
(Required). For the purpose of availability pay, in accordance with
Title 5 CFR 550.182(D) the employing agency must determine that a
criminal investigator is generally and reasonably accessible to
perform unscheduled duty based on the needs of the agency. The
provisions of Treasury Directive 74-06 Home-to-Work Transportation
Controls paragraph 3(d) require that special agents reside within
50 miles of their official duty station to be considered for "Home
to Work" transportation, which can only be granted or waived by
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your
suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify
that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are
exempt from having to do so.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that
requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law
requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of
all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug
testing while you occupy the position.
- Possess a valid state motor vehicle operator's license or
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) upon appointment and maintain a
valid license while you occupy the position.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of
appointment and annually from then on.
- Undergo an income tax verification.
- Work at least 50 hours per week per Law Enforcement Availability
Pay (LEAP) regulations.
- Sign a mobility agreement.
- Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also
mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any
time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic
violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was
expunged or set aside.
- Complete or have previously completed the Criminal Investigation
Training Program (CITP) course(s) at the Federal Law Enforcement
Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA.
- Complete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision,
hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an
authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to
perform strenuous physically demanding duties. You will be required
to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of
physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of
- The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or
a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon
classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may
include up to 2 years of returns.
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill
one or more vacancies.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position
- Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements
It is anticipated that two hundred and fifty (250) or more
positions may be filled in the Criminal Investigation Division in
any of the listed posts of duty. Applicants should only select
locations for which they are willing to relocate if necessary.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online
questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that
your resume includes detailed information to support your
qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient
evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified"
determination. Applicants will be assessed in the order in which
their application was submitted (first in, first out).
Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
Arithmetic, Accounting, Logical Reasoning, Thinking/Decision
Making/Problem Solving, Memory, Learning, Teamwork/Social Skills,
Openness to Change, Conscientiousness/Integrity, and Communication
(Written and Oral). Category ratings (i.e., A/B = Highly Qualified,
C = Qualified) will be used to rank, refer and select eligible
candidates. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the
online questions are not supported by the education and/or
experience described in your application. Candidates found to be
minimally eligible based on your responses to the first set of
online questions will then receive an email for an on-line
assessment including directions for accessing the assessment
website and a unique link to register for your personal testing
session. This session consists of online assessments which are
pass/fail and includes a Realistic Job Preview video and a job
simulation. Candidates who pass this phase will be invited for a
third phase of testing at a proctored test site where you will take
additional pass/fail tests, the Special Agent Knowledge and Skill
Examination and Writing Sample test.
Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your
application may be referred to a selecting official for
consideration. During the selection process, applicants may be
asked to participate in a selection interview. All travel required
will be at the applicants' expense. If you are a displaced or
surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition
Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance
Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a Category A/B or better to be rated
as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
Test results are valid for 3 years from the date of test
administration. If you fail any part of the assessment you will
need to wait 12 months from your test date to retake it.
To preview questions please .
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question
responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note
that if you do not provide all required information, as specified
in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position
(or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating
one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. ( are
optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please
list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience
listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online
questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that
it supports your responses to these questions. Please view
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans'
preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy),
or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces
or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and
type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit
an , along with the required documentation listed on the back of
the SF-15 form. For more information on veterans' preference view
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career
Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION If you are a
displaced or surplus Federal employee, click for eligibility and a
detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply
for jobs both within and outside the commuting area.
EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: For positions with an education
requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by
substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of
your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be
required if you are selected. A college or university degree
generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or
university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a
list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit
proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing
agency. Refer to the
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification
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.Overview
Open & closing dates
11/22/2019 to 11/21/2020
Pay scale & grade
GL 07 - 09
$47,661 to $83,215 per year
Full-Time - Criminal Investigators are expected to work irregular
and recurring overtime on evenings, nights, and weekends resulting
in an average of 50 hours per week over the calendar year.
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.
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
process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity
announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process,
applicants 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
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
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