Department of Justice, OIG – Grand Prairie, Texas

Criminal Investigation

Closes: 03/26/2020


The Office of the Inspector General is ranked number 1 in the best places to work in the Department of Justice and is one of the premier inspector general offices in federal government. We are seeking a highly-motivated professional employee with experience in providing superior customer service in support of our mission to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in those programs.


If you are selected as a Criminal Investigator, your responsibilities would include, but would not be limited to:

  • Analyzing initial cybercrime allegations and recommending required investigative resources and collateral digital forensic examination support.
  • Investigating allegations of cybercrime, crime scenes, and misconduct.
  • Planning and conducting surveillance or undercover work, to include online undercover work.
  • Uses automated methods to recover digital evidence from Microsoft, Linux, Unix and other operating systems, to include network-based systems penetrated by unauthorized parties.
  • Apprehending and arresting persons violating U.S. laws and conducting search and seizure incident to the arrest or when appropriate by warrant.
  • Preparing technical reports and presenting findings orally and in writing to managers, prosecutors, and other high-level officials.
  • Testifying as a government witness before Grand Juries and in court regarding criminal cases.
  • Testifying at administrative hearings in non-criminal cases.

Travel Required

25% or less – You will be expected to travel approximately for this position.

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a TOP SECRET security clearance.
  • You must be registered for the Selective Service, if applicable.
  • You must successfully pass and are subject to random drug screenings.
  • You must maintain firearm proficiency and successfully pass periodic tests.
  • You must pass and maintain medical qualifications.
  • You must maintain a state issued driver’s license.
  • Age requirement: Before your 37th birthday. (Veterans please see vetguide).
  • You may be subject to a probationary period.
  • You must complete the vacancy questionnaire to be considered for this position.


To qualify for this position at the GS-13 grade level, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level obtained in the public sector. (Specialized experience is paid or unpaid experience which has equipped you with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.) Examples of specialized experience include such duties as: the ability to conduct multi-jurisdictional and multi-defendant investigations relating to bribery, fraud, theft, abuse, violations of civil rights, conflicts of interest, and misconduct investigations. Experience must include undercover operations, surveillance assignments, search and seizure, issuing warrants, interrogations and making arrests. Desired training or experience includes:
* Formal training or education relating to Computers, Information Systems
* Formal training or education relating to Digital Forensics or programming
* Technical proficiency with Computers and computer networks
* Information Technology related experience or training

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 level (or equivalent).

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Firearms: Criminal investigators are required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is mandatory.
Motor Vehicle Operation: You must possess a valid automobile driver’s license at the time of appointment.
Age: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. The day immediately preceding an individual’s 37th birthday will be the last day to be referred for selection consideration. However, the age restriction may not apply if you are a preference-eligible veteran or if you are currently serving or have previously served in a federal civilian law enforcement position covered by 5 U.S.C. § 8336(c) or 5 U.S.C. § 8412(d).
Medical Examination: Individuals must meet the established medical standards and/or physical requirement for the position, proving they are medically and physically capable of performing the essential job functions and duties of the position safely and efficiently. A medical examination will be conducted. Any disease or condition that may potentially interfere with the safe and efficient performance of the job’s duties or training may constitute grounds for medical disqualification. Medical qualification determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis. If additional medical information is recommended beyond that provided at the pre-employment examination, it is provided at the expense of the tentative selectee.
Drug Testing: This job has been identified as “testing designated” under our Drug-Free Workplace Program. Therefore, you must satisfactorily complete a drug test prior to being hired. The agency will schedule, provide and pay for the drug test. Once on board, you will be subject to random drug testing.
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP): As a law enforcement officer you will be required to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour work week. These positions require substantial overtime to include holidays, weekends and nights. You must be readily accessible to perform this unscheduled work. To ensure your availability, you will receive extra compensation in the form of Law Enforcement Availability Pay, which is calculated at a flat rate of 25 percent of base salary.


There are no positive education requirements at this grade level.