U.S. Department of Energy – Multiple Locations

Criminal Investigator (Cyber Investigations and Forensic Analysis)

Locations: Livermore, California – Denver, Colorado – Albuquerque, New Mexico – Richland, Washington


The OIG offers potential for advancement, excellent benefits, and numerous training opportunities.  We are located in 13 states throughout the U.S.  Please visit our website at http://www.ig.energy.gov.


As a Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) in the Cyber Investigations and Forensic Analysis (CIFA) section of the DOE Office of Inspector General, you would be responsible for conducting complex investigations involving alleged or suspected fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement related to Department of Energy computer networks and IT systems, conduct forensic data recovery activities, network intrusions, and field agent support. You will independently plan and conduct investigations of DOE programs and operations.  Investigative assignments are complex and of a sensitive nature that cross multiple jurisdictions and involve various law enforcement agencies or task force operations. Special Agents have the authority to conduct criminal, civil, and administrative investigations, to apply for and execute search warrants, to make arrests, to carry firearms, and to utilize a range of specialized investigative techniques.

Travel Required

50% or less – This position requires frequent travel (30%).

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a background and security investigation.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.

Appointment to this position is subject to successful completion of a 1-year probationary period. The minimum age for initial appointment to a law enforcement position is 21, and the maximum age is 37. This requirement does not apply to preference eligible veterans. The position requires successful completion of a pre-employment physical.  Candidates must meet medical requirement and physical standards approved for DOE criminal investigators.  Upon reporting, and on an annual basis thereafter, you may be required to file a financial statement and/or a procurement integrity certification.  These certifications may be subject to public disclosure. The selectee must have and maintain a driver’s license in their State of residence. This position requires a security clearance and is subject to drug testing. The selectee must test negative prior to being appointed to this position and will be subject to random testing thereafter.  Failure to pass subsequent tests could result in disciplinary action, up to and including removal from the Federal service. This position is covered under the provisions of the Lautenberg Amendment “Suitability to Possess Firearms and Ammunition.”  This position requires that the selectee successfully and safely qualify with a firearm; failure to do so may result in removal from the position. Criminal Investigators are subject to frequent travel and may be reassigned to a different duty location throughout the U.S. dependent upon program needs. A signed mobility agreement is required.  Criminal Investigators must be prepared to work overtime based on the needs of the agency.  Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.  Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP):  LEAP is approved for this position to compensate employees for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour workweek.  The selectee must successfully complete the 10-week Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Basic Criminal Investigator Training Program in Glynco, GA. Applicants who have previously completed the training program are exempt.


To qualify for the GS-13 grade level, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level.  Specialized experience for this position is defined as: 

Planning and conducting sensitive and complex criminal and administrative investigations involving alleged or suspected fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement of computer networks and IT systems. Conduct cyber investigations, cyber analytical activities, and the evaluation of information/technical/physical security systems and practices. Support various field entities, manage confidential informants, conducting interviews, documenting evidence, and writing comprehensive investigative reports, and coordinating with other law enforcement agencies and testifying in court on criminal and/or civil matters.

For further information on qualification requirements for this position, please visit http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.

ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS: Your online resume must demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs/Competencies) (NOTE: Applicants need not prepare a written responses to these KSAs/competencies, unless asked in the online application):

1.  Knowledge of conducting criminal investigative activities, specifically conducting interview or interrogations of suspects and witnesses and verifying or corroborating information to establish accuracy and authenticity of facts or evidence in criminal investigations. 

2.  Skill in conducting forensic analysis on computers and servers. 

3.  Knowledge of forensically imaging digital media and seizing digital evidence during search warrants or other law enforcement operations.  

4.  Skill in conducting digital forensic analysis of mobile devices, removable media and other digital media.   

5.  Skill in conducting criminal investigations involving network intrusion or administrative violations involving computer networks.    

6.  Ability to prepare and deliver clear, concise, and comprehensive oral presentations or testimony regarding computer investigations or digital forensic analysis.

7.  Ability to prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports for computer investigations or digital forensic analysis.


There is no substitute of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.