I have no particular in or agenda in mentioning this other than knowing it's a sucky economy - there are no referral bonuses, so far as I know. But if anyone thinks it might be an interesting thing to do, I can make sure you get the information on how to apply, and I offer my expertise at filling out applications for federal employment as a resource. The pay is not the highest, but the benefits are pretty good. I'll stash the fact sheet behind a cut tag for anyone who wants details.
FACT SHEET FOR GS 1811-9 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR (SPECIAL AGENT)
- Must be a U.S. Citizen.
- Age restriction - must not have reached 37 at the time of certification. Certification occurs when one's name has been referred, on a certificate, to the Centralized Hiring Unit by the Office of Personnel Management or to the Delegated Examining Unit for potential selection.
Qualifications: A course of study that includes 2 full years (36 semester hours/54 quarter hours) of progressively higher graduate level education leading towards a Master's degree or equivalent
OR - a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree (i.e., JD, LL.B.)
Note: both of the above educational requirements must be supplemented by at least 15 semester hours (or 23 quarter hours) of accounting and 9 semester hours (or 14 quarter hours) from among the following or closely related fields, finance, money and banking, business law, tax law and economics. Any accounting hours above the required amount can be applied to this related business course requirement. However, excess related business course requirements do not count toward accounting hours.
OR - One year of financial investigative experience comparable to that of an IRS special agent at the GS-7 level
OR - A combination of education and experience.
Rating Based On
- Evaluation of experience, education and training.
- Answer to 28 occupational questions from which the candidate receives a score between 70 and 100.
- Passing an oral interview.
Salary - Current 2003 Salary Base Pay for GS 1811- 9 is $36,703
In addition, salary includes an additional twenty-five percent (25%) Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP.) The actual starting salary will vary based on prior Federal experience, cost of living adjustment and geographic locality pay.
These positions are full-time positions.
The journey level (non-competitive promotion potential based on successful performance) is to the GS-12 grade level.
Major Duties - This is a federal law enforcement position. IRS special agents investigate violations of Federal tax laws, money-laundering violations, violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, and conduct other investigations relating to the work of the Department of the Treasury. They participate in multi-agency task forces to investigate other criminal activities such as fraud, organized crime and terrorism. The work involves surveillance, interviewing witnesses, interrogating suspects, searching for physical evidence and clues, seizures of contraband, equipment and vehicles, securing and serving search warrants, making arrests, inspecting records and documents, etc. Agents must be able to recognize and develop evidence for orderly representation to U.S. attorneys and other legal officers, to meet and confer with persons from all walks of life, to testify effectively in court and prepare detailed written reports. They must be proficient in the use of firearms, skilled in defensive tactics and be able to exercise judgment, resourcefulness and initiative. IRS Criminal Investigation special agents are renowned as premier forensic accountants.
Conditions of Employment:
Comprehensive background Investigation.
Pre-appointment tax audit.
Pre-and post-appointment medical examinations.
Three-year probationary period.
Training for approximately 25 weeks.
First permanent post of duty may be anywhere in the U.S. or Puerto Rico determined by Criminal Investigation.
Detailed or assigned based on the needs of the Service .
Law enforcement availability pay (LEAP) which requires irregular and recurring overtime - an average of 10 hours of overtime per week over the calendar year.
Report to your manager if you have been arrested, for any reason, within the next scheduled workday.
Participate in Criminal Investigation's physical fitness program that includes an annual health screening and periodic fitness assessment.
Carry firearms and qualify in the use of firearms on a recurring basis.
Possess a valid automobile driver's license.
Duties require moderate to arduous physical exertion. Manual dexterity with comparatively free motion of limbs is required.
Vision: Uncorrected distant vision must test 20/200 and corrected distance vision must test 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other. Normal depth perception and peripheral vision are required and ability to distinguish shades of color. Those who had refractive surgery will be required to undergo a Department of Treasury approved examination.
Hearing: Hearing loss as measured by an audiometer must not exceed 30 decibel (A.S.A) or equivalent (I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz ranges.
Section 18 USC 922(g)(9) of the Omnibus Consolidate Appropriation Act of 1997 makes it unlawful for any person convicted of a misdemeanor involving domestic violence to possess a firearm. Applicants who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence will be found not suitable for this position.
The special agent position is a "rigorous" position in the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) and a "primary" position in the Civil Service Retirement Systems (CSRS). A break in law enforcement service of more than 3 days requires a return to a rigorous/primary position for continued law enforcement retirement courage.
Newly hired special agents are covered under Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). He or she can retire at the age of 50 with 20 years of Federal law enforcement service or any age with 25 years of service. Mandatory provisions require that all law enforcement personnel retire at the age of 57 with 20 years of law enforcement service. If the 20 years of service has not been completed, the person will be separated at the end of the month in which the 20 years of law enforcement service is completed. He or she must be given a 60-day notice prior to mandatory separation.
So, there you go.
**keep in mind this is the Federal Government, so 'near future' means even though they will be starting the hiring process in November 2003 the people hired will most likely start work in October 2004.