U.S. Army CIC, Arlington Virginia

Criminal Investigator

About the Position: You will serve as a Digital Forensic Examiner responsible for conducting and/or overseeing investigations of suspected felony violations against the laws of the United States and the Uniformed Code of Military Justice in which the U.S. Army is, or may be, a party of interest. Direct, manage, coordinate, oversee, and conduct felony criminal investigations focusing on digital forensics and computer crimes that transcend installation, state, or even international boundaries.


  • Independently plan, develop, and conduct worldwide digital forensic criminal investigations, related national security threats, and other serious cybercrime affecting the Department of the Army and the nation’s critical infrastructure.
  • Participate in search warrants often involving on-site acquisition of digital media including portable devices, workstations and servers.
  • Identify investigative leads and determine the best methods to follow those leads in order to identify, arrest, and prosecute the responsible parties.
  • Conduct research on technical investigative issues and computer crime related matters, and conduct tool testing and validation of forensic tools as needed.
  • Conduct forensic acquisitions and perform analysis of digital data seized from mobile devices, computers, and/or digital storage media.
  • Review and prepare clear, concise and detailed investigative and forensic reports.
  • Provide investigative guidance on full range of activities involving digital evidence, as well as training on basic digital evidence recognition and seizure.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Approximately 25% Business Travel may be required

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) subject to applicant testing and random drug testing. Tentatively selected applicants will be required to sign DA Form 5019 requiring participation in random drug urinalysis testing.
  • Incumbent must submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, upon entering the position and annually.
  • A pre-employment and annual physical examination is required
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968
  • Firearms testing is required
  • Selected applicant must sign a mobility agreement prior to the effective date. By signing the mobility agreement, the individual understands they may be required to relocate (PCS) to another duty station at a later date.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state issued driver’s license.
  • Must have successfully completed the CID Basic Special Agent Course, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), or other recognized equivalent prior to appointment or within the first year of employment.
  • Obtain and/or maintain, the DoD Certified Digital Forensics Examiner and/or the FLETC Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (or successor certifications/equivalents as might be required under CID regulations) within 12 months of hire.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

  • 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans
  • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
  • Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)
  • Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel Workforce
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
  • Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)
  • Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer
  • Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement Eligible
  • People with Disabilities, Schedule A
  • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
  • Reinstatement
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.

Specialized experience is defined aswork that involves forensic digital evidence, collection and analysis, and planning, developing, and conducting large-scale cyber-crime criminal felony investigations. at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service, GS-12.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

  • Criminal Investigation
  • Information Management
  • Investigative Information Gathering
  • Planning and Evaluating

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-12).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: May manage, plan, and participate in Protective Service Missions, undercover functions such as surveillance and sting operations. Performance of these kinds of 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 sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Incumbent must possess sufficiently good vision, with or without glasses, in each eye, in order that they may perform the duties satisfactorily. Near Vision, glasses permitted, must be acute for the reading of printed material the size of typewritten characters. The ability of incumbent to hear the conversational voice and whispered speech is required (any hearing impairment may be compensated by use of a hearing aid). Since the duties of the position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, incumbent must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition, which would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself or to others, will disqualify himself for appointment.

Law Enforcement Retirement Coverage: This position is included under the provisions of Special Retirement Coverage and may have both a maximum entry age and a mandatory retirement date. For more information follow this link.

Primary Law Enforcement Officer: http://www.armycivilianservice.com/JOA/LE-Primary-SRC.pdf

Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): LEAP in the amount of 25% has been approved for this position. Applicants must agree to work an average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements for LEAP as described in 5 U.S.C.5545a(d)(1).


Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone–no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

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