U.S. Department of the Treasury, IRS – Woodbridge, VA



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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 COMPUTER INVESTIGATIVE FORENSIC ANALYST DO? A Computer Investigative Forensic Analyst (CIFA) works in Criminal Investigation’s (CI’s) Technical Support Center to combat digital and cybercrime. By keeping pace with emerging computer technology and Internet processes, the CIFA proactively uses these new technologies to detect criminal activity. In furtherance of CI’s mission, the CIFA leads CI in the forensic acquisition, preservation, investigative analysis, and reporting of digital and cyber evidence by partnering with and advising Special Agents and other law enforcement partners in all digital aspects of criminal investigations.

As an Computer Investigative Forensic Analyst you will:

  • Conduct forensic examinations of digital and other multimedia evidence through the application of scientific practices for the recognition, collection, analysis, and interpretation of digital evidence for criminal and civil law or regulatory purposes.
  • Examine and analyze evidence and interpret scientific observations and data to render conclusions, form opinions and produce reports utilizing a full range of electronic search methods and forensic examination techniques.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert and technical advisor in matters relating to forensic analysis, acquisitions, and preservation. Conduct studies and research for improving forensic analyses, scientific methods, and resolving forensic examination problems. Deliver advanced forensic topics to federal, state, and local organizations.
  • Design and identify equipment; build, secure, and administer an unclassified and classified forensic network. Analyze, design, develop, customize, and implement a wide range of complex hardware and software to support forensic LAN systems including protocols, switches, bridges, routers, and other network devices that support extensive operations. Participate in projects to prototype and pilot new system concepts and enhancements. Identify problems and specific issues and conduct feasibility studies for enhancements and modifications to local LANs and forensic techniques.
  • Provide on-scene investigative support with seizing, preserving, and making forensic copies of digital evidence in the field. Provide training to special agents and other audiences regarding the importance of and how to properly collect digital evidence. Work in close liaison with the technical components of other agencies in the forensic/digital investigative analysis area.
  • Act as liaison with IRS Electronic Crimes management and federal, state, and local organizations on technical developments, forensic methods, and investigative problems of common interest.

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 www.jobs.irs.gov

Travel Required

Occasional travel – 1-5 Nights per month


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
GS-14 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: Experience working with computer forensics principles, network operations, and protocols to plan and carry out complex assignments and develop new methods, approaches, and procedures in computer forensics. Experience interacting orally and in writing to provide advice and instruction to industry professionals, local, federal, and state agencies on all aspects of digital forensics. Experience applying laws, regulations, and investigative methods to the analysis of digital evidence. Experience utilizing computer and network equipment, forensic software applications, specialized forensic equipment, programming languages, and computer scripting to support investigative actions. Experience conceiving and identifying innovative new approaches and new concepts, guides, and methodologies to solve unprecedented problems, and then training peers to perform the same procedure.

– The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; 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.


Additional information

One (1) Position will be located in Criminal Investigations, Technology Operations & Investigative Services, Electronic Crimes:  Woodbridge, VA


  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.  Additional jobs may be filled.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • This is a non-bargaining unit position.
  • We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation including an FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check).
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency
  • 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.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • 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.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Undergo an income tax verification and review of prior performance/conduct.
  • Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Must obtain and maintain a moderate risk security clearance. 
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position; negative result required.