U.S. Department of Commerce, OIG – Washington, DC

Lead Criminal Investigator (Digital Forensics)

Closes: 02/24/2020


We are seeking highly motivated professionals to join our team. If you want challenging work and a chance to make a big impact, come join us at the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Commerce! We improve the effectiveness of the Department’s programs and operations. We also investigate waste, fraud, and abuse in the Department and those who do business with it.


As a Lead Criminal Investigator (Digital Forensics), you will:

– Assist in investigations requiring Digital Forensics analysis, including imaging and processing digital media; locating and identifying evidence; validation testing of Digital Forensic hardware and software and participating in setting up virtualized computer system environments on stand-alone or networked workstations; administering the e-Discovery system in use by DOC/OIG; and other duties of a technical nature, which may include technical operations equipment maintenance, inventory, operation and issuance.

– Provide oversight and guidance to junior staff on Digital Forensic principles, methods and practices as part of criminal investigations. 

– Keep the Special Agent in Charge and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations informed of issues or problems that arise in the course of investigations and offers recommendations for effective and timely resolution.

– Conduct independent forensic investigations of personal computers, removable media, PDA’s and other electronic equipment for a variety of white-collar crimes. 

– Respond to questions and contributes Digital Forensic knowledge to coach stakeholders and customers on concepts, material, or tasks in an informal and formal setting. 

Travel Required

25% or less – One to five days per month.

Conditions of Employment

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  • Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.


You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Age Requirements: Incumbents selected for Criminal Investigator positions are covered under special law enforcement provisions. This requires that applicants not exceed the maximum age for entry. The date immediately preceding an applicant’s 37th birthday is the final date for selection. The age restriction does not apply if you served in a Federal civilian (not military) law enforcement officer (FLEO) position covered by special civil service retirement provisions, including early or mandatory retirement OR those entitled to Veteran’s Preference.
Medical Requirements: C
omplete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous physically demanding duties. You will be required to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency.


Specialized experience: For the GS-14, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal serviceSpecialized experience for this position includes:  

– Using IT principles, concepts, methods, standards and practices during a forensic investigation on personal computers, removable media, PDAs and other electronic equipment; AND
– Seizing evidence using forensic tools; AND
– Communicating analytical findings to a variety of audiences in person and in writing; AND
– Providing guidance to junior staff members on criminal or civil investigative matters, as well as digital forensic principles and practices.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable:
For the GS-14, you must have been at the GS-13level for 52 weeks.

Time After Competitive Appointment:
Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.


Additional information

– We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. 
– This is a non-bargaining unit position.
– We offer opportunities for telework.

– A one year probationary period may be required.
– Must successfully complete a background investigation.
– 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.
– Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
– Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
– Pass a pre-employment physical examination.
– File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
– Top Secret – Background Investigation will be required.