Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) – Linthicum, Maryland

IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner)

This unit has been identified for relocation to Huntsville, Alabama in 2023/2024.  This position will serve in the Digital Analysis and Research Center (DARC) program, which is dedicated exclusively to cases involving Violent Crimes against children.  Duties will include the full time handling/reviewing of Child/Adult pornography and will require the candidate to successfully pass the Safeguard psychological assessment on a yearly basis.

Key Requirements

    Must be a U.S. citizen.
    Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance.
    Occasional travel is required.
ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties:

GS 12 Level Duties:

  • Serves as a Forensic Examiner responsible for performing comprehensive forensic examinations and technical analysis of computer related digital evidence, utilizing knowledge of IT forensic analysis to perform multi-faceted communications.
  • Maintains liaison with other federal agencies, the computer industry, forensic communities, etc. through participation in organizations/working groups.
  • Conducts research related to IT analysis.  Recommends new protocols/procedures for the collection, examination and analysis of digital evidence

GS 13 Level Duties (in addition to the above):

  • Serves as a coordinator of a team of examiners in conducting large scale searches and examination operations.
  • Provides testimony in court.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories:  Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive.  Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.  Veterans’ preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Customer Service
  • Forensics-Digital Computer
  • Information Management
  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Technology Awareness

Positive Education Requirement

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least 20 semester hours in one or more of the following disciplines: computer science, information systems analysis, science/technology, information management, mathematics, computer engineering, or electrical/electronic engineering.


1. Applicant has had experience that demonstrates accomplishments of computer project assignments that require a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques. For example, assignments would show on the basis of general design criteria provided, experience in developing modifications to a part of a system that require significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development.


2. Applicant has completed the following technical courses or equivalent: A+ Certification Personal Computer Hardware Course; Network + Certification, CCNA Certification, MCSE Certification; FBI Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) Certification. Each candidate must meet the certification requirements of the FBI Operational Technology Division upon completing the CART FE Training Program, which includes the demonstrated ability to use software utilities, demonstrated ability to acquire digital evidence ability toconduct forensic exams of digital evidence, and obtaining A+/Net+ certification.

In addition: Each candidate must successfully complete and pass an assessment test on forensic capabilities before certification. Inability to meet these requirements may warrant removal from the program.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

EXCEPTION: FBI employees applying for any grade level who do NOT have to meet the degree requirement mentioned above must meet the following: FBI applicants who were active Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) Forensic Examiners (FE), Forensic Examiners in Training (FET) or CART On-The-Job (OJT) prior to 2/15/2002.

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

Specialized Experience (SE):

GS-12: Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Experience in advanced IT projects requiring complex and difficult forensic examination of computer, digital and similar media and equipment using a wide range of knowledge of IT and evidentiary techniques resulting in the acquisition, examination and/or presentation of computer-related evidence for investigative purposes.

GS-13: In addition to the SE above, applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Experience taking on a lead role in complex assignments with significant responsibilities.