U.S. Army Criminal Investigator Command – Quantico, Virginia

Digital Forensic Examiner Program Manager


About the Position: Serves as the Digital Forensic Examiner (DFE) Program Manager who directly supervises full-performance GS-13 DFEs, responsible for overseeing the worldwide forensic examinations, management, control, planning, and oversight of the MPFU computer program, as well as conducting criminal investigations involving highly technical computer programs and other advanced technology issues requiring exceptional levels of expertise and knowledge


  • Responsible for the worldwide management, control, planning, and oversight of the MPFU forensics and technical investigative support operations, as well as conducting forensic examinations involving highly technical computer programs.
  • Plans overall work operations, sets priorities, and makes decisions on work problems presented by subordinate elements.
  • Maintains oversight of all digital forensics support for investigations and referrals in support of the overall investigative mission.
  • Evaluates and ensures all elements are conducting operations in accordance with policy, regulatory and technical standards; and develops strategies and institutes courses of action, when required, to return to standards.
  • Reviews forensic reports containing highly specialized issues involving extremely complex matters pertaining to forensics and technical procedures.
  • Reviews numerous forensic reports and uses in-depth knowledge of forensic techniques and operations to establish standards.
  • Serves on senior level intra-departmental and inter-departmental committees and working groups within the operational area of the Forensics and Technical Investigative Support Branch.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Up to 20% business travel is required along with periodic duty at Fort Belvoir, VA.

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Required to obtain within 12 months of employment, and to maintain, the DoD Certified Digital Forensics Examiner (or successor certifications/equivalents as might be required under CID regulations).
  • Must sign DA Form 5019-R and must pass urinalysis testing as required prior to appointment and periodically thereafter. Position is subject to random drug testing
  • Must qualify with and carry a firearm.
  • This position is subject to the Lautenberg Amendment/Domestic Violence Misdemeanor Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968.
  • Must agree in writing to comply with management-directed permanent change of station (PCS) movement to meet mission requirements.
  • Must possess a valid motor vehicle operator’s license at the time of appointment, must maintain license while employed in the position, and will be required to operate a motor vehicle.
  • A medical examination is required.
  • Experience in a primary law enforcement position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a prerequisite to holding this position.


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
  • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
  • 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 as: Planning and coordinating technical investigative support operations, conducting digital forensic examinations and experience employing a wide variety of investigative strategies affecting joint investigative task forces with international, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service, GS-13

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

  • Decision Making
  • Forensics
  • Human Capital Management
  • 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-13).

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.

Secondary Law Enforcement Officer:https://publicfileshare.chra.army.mil/index.php/s/uIDfgOMr6PWHHGS/download?path=/&files=LE-2nd-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).

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Performance of above duties requires 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 the incumbent 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 incumbent to hear conversational voices 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, you 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 disqualify him/her.


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.