Job Title: Criminal Investigator
Department: Department Of Justice
Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration
Job Announcement Number: BA2021-1
$ 42,698 to $ 72,487 Base Salary Per Year
In addition to your base salary, you will receive a locality payment. Furthermore, since this position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), an additional compensation rate of 25% will be added to your locality salary.
March 15, 2021 – December 31, 2021
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time – Permanent
Multiple vacancies within DEA - US Locations, United States
WHO MAY APPLY:
United States Citizens
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:
All U.S Citizens
Do your career "Justice" by working with the Department of Justice (DOJ), which has been ranked in the Top 10 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Join the nation's law enforcement agency, where our most important resource is our people. The Department leads the nation in ensuring the protection of all Americans while preserving their constitutional freedoms. Become a member of a team where you can achieve your career goals and apply your skills and talents to our important mission. All applicants for employment with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) must possess and maintain the highest levels of character and conduct. DEA will evaluate applicants' qualifications based on these qualities and will conduct a continuous evaluation of information, as it is obtained, to ensure that prospective employees with DEA meet the agency-specific qualifications in the areas of character and conduct. To this end, an unfavorable decision in any of the areas of the hiring process will be deemed as disqualifying.
- 25% or Greater
- The work hours are long and irregular. DEA Special Agents must be available at all times, to include holidays. DEA Special Agents are often sent on extended temporary duty assignments away from their assigned office.
- Yes - Limited moving expenses are authorized.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
- You must be able to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance.
- You must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
- Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
- Background and/or Security Investigation required.
- Drug testing designated position
At the DEA, our people are agents for change. A unique mission requires special talent. As a DEA Special Agent, you will work as part of an elite criminal investigative team that transforms the power of your talent into action. That action makes a difference for the security and well-being of our nation and the world every day. Typical work assignments include:
- Conducting complex narcotics/drug related criminal investigations.
- Carrying out surveillance of criminals engaged in drug related activities.
- Infiltrating illicit drug trafficking organizations.
- Identifying and apprehending drug traffickers.
- Arresting law violators engaged in criminal drug related activities.
- Preparing evidence for prosecution officials.
Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.
BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: (Experience and Education): Applicants must meet the basic qualification standards established by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for the 1811 series OR as an exception to the OPM Qualifications Standards, possess one or more of the unique skills and/or highly desirable specialized experience and education. Eligibility based on such unique skills/experience is an authorized exception to the OPM Qualifications Standard.
OPM QUALIFICATIONS STANDARDS FOR 1811 SERIES
GRADE 07: To qualify at the Grade 07 level, you must have one year of specialized experience assisting in investigations of alleged or suspected violations of the law; researching, collecting and analyzing data from a variety of sources relating to investigations; writing reports of findings, results, or accomplishments for information or action relating to law enforcement activities and/or court cases; OR you may substitute education for specialized experience if you have completed one full academic year of graduate level education or law school OR successfully meet the requirements of the Superior Academic Achievement provisions. Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.95 or higher (based on 4 years of education or in the final two years of curriculum); or a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher (based on required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed in the final two years of curriculum), or (3) election to membership in a national scholastic society. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience listed above may be used to meet the experience requirements.
GRADE 09: To qualify at the Grade 09 level, you must have one year of specialized experience assisting in investigations of alleged or suspected violations of the law; researching, collecting and analyzing data from a variety of sources relating to investigations; writing reports and conducting briefings of findings, results, or accomplishments for information or action relating to law enforcement activities and/or court cases; meeting or corresponding with court officials and law enforcement personnel to discuss case-related materials; assisting prosecuting attorneys in preparation of technical aspects of cases; and/or testifying or presenting evidence for court, legislative, or administrative proceedings, OR you may substitute education for specialized experience if you have completed two (2) full academic years of graduate level education or completed all requirements for a master's or equivalent graduate degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.B. or J.D. degree. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements. Only graduate education in excess of the amount required for the GL-07 level may be used to qualify applicants at the grade GL-09 level.
GRADE 11: To qualify at the Grade 11 level, you must have one year of specialized experience which includes working on Federal investigations, developing operational plans and determining investigative priorities of cases, developing and eliciting information from confidential sources (CSs), interviewing, and interrogating persons suspected of violations of the law, and organizing evidence for presentation to prosecution officials and testifying in court OR you may substitute education for specialized experience if you have a Ph. D or equivalent doctoral degree.
UNIQUE SKILLS/EXPERIENCE (AUTHORIZED EXCEPTION TO OPM QUALIFICATIONS STANDARD)
Foreign Language: To qualify at the Grade 07, you must be fluent in a foreign language (note: you will be required to score a 2 rating on a language test) AND possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Pilot: To qualify at the Grade 07, you must have an FAA-issued private pilot’s license with either an airplane and/or helicopter rating (military certification is acceptable) and a current FAA Class I or II medical certificate AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Maritime: To qualify at the Grade 07, you must have three or more years of experience as a first mate or navigational officer in the shipping industry utilizing state of the art equipment and planning for extensive domestic and international travel, including logistical support, loading characteristics, climatic analysis, and equipment operation limitations AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Accounting/Auditing: To qualify at the Grade 07, you must have three or more years of experience as an accountant, internal auditor, bank examiner or similar profession with accounting or auditing experience (public or private) that includes the audit of company or governmental books and records (manual or automated) AND possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) and include at least 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing.
Technical/Mechanical: To qualify at the Grade 07, you must have two or more years of substantial on the job training and “hands on” experience with a moderate understanding in architecture, administration, and management of operating systems (various Linux distros, Windows, etc.), networking and virtualization software (such as firewalls, network load balancers, etc.). Additionally, have a working knowledge of the more common programming languages, including Java, C/C++, disassemblers, assembly language, and scripting languages (Python, PHP, Perl, or shell). AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Military: To qualify at the Grade 07, you must have three or more years of military experience in leadership, travel, diverse geographical assignments, and familiarity with the control mechanisms necessary to operate in a dangerous environment AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Foreign Language: To qualify at the Grade 09, you must be fluent in a foreign language (note: you will be required to score a 3 rating on a language test) AND possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) and in any field.
Pilot: To qualify at the Grade 09, you must have an FAA-issued commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating, AND a current FAA Class I or II medical certificate AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Maritime: To qualify at the Grade 09, you must have three or more years of experience as Maritime Academy graduate and/or ships' captain in the shipping industry utilizing state of the art equipment and planning for extensive domestic and international travel, including logistical support, loading characteristics, climatic analysis, and equipment operation limitations AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Accounting/Auditing: To qualify at the Grade 09, you must have three or more years of experience as corporate auditor, CPA, Revenue Agent, corporate financial consultant, international banker, or similar profession with accounting or auditing experience (public or private) that includes the audit of company or governmental books and records (manual or automated) AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) and include at least 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing.
Technical/Mechanical: To qualify at the Grade 09, you must have three or more years of substantial on the job training and “hands on” experience in architecture, administration, and management of operating systems (various Linux distros, Windows, etc.), networking and virtualization software (such as firewalls, network load balancers, etc.). Additionally, have a working knowledge of the more common programming languages, including Java, C/C++, disassemblers, assembly language, and scripting languages (Python, PHP, Perl, or shell). A certification in any of the following areas is required: CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker), OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional), or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Military: To qualify at the Grade 09, you must have achieved the rank of Captain (or equivalent) and have three or more years of military experience that includes leadership, travel, diverse geographical assignments, familiarity with the control mechanisms necessary to operate in a dangerous environment, planning operations, and evaluating results. Your experience may include training and participating in court-martials, conducting investigations on their behalf and administering corresponding disciplinary actions AND a Bachelor’s degree or higher (no minimum GPA is required) in any field.
Any experience and/or education that you wish to be considered when determining your qualifying grade level must be listed on your resume and must be acquired by the closing date of this announcement (December 31, 2021). Information submitted after December 31, 2021 will not be considered.
ACADEMIC ACCREDITATION: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. For information regarding accreditation criteria, please go to https://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
FOREIGN EDUCATION: For education completed in foreign colleges or universities to be used to meet qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
HONOR SOCIETY: Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies. For a list of Honor Societies, please refer to the OPM Website (Classification & Qualifications, General Schedule Qualification Policies, Application of Qualification Standards, Section 4, f, 3). Eligibility based on any society must meet the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
MEDICAL QUALIFICATIONS: The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Therefore, if selected, you will be required to pass a pre-employment medical examination. 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 applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily. Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily. Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters. Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels. Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The information provided in your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, you will be required to pass a Physical Task Assessment (PTA). The PTA provides the DEA with an indication of the candidate’s present ability to successfully participate in strenuous physical activity required during Basic Agent Training (BAT). You will have two opportunities to take and pass the PTA.
If you pass your PTA, you will be invited to complete an in-person multi-part written test battery. Only those candidates who successfully pass the written test battery will be referred to complete an in-person structured interview. The written test battery and structured interview are designed to collect relevant information on your eligibility, training and experience related to this position as well as your knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies in Attention to Detail, Memory, Flexibility, Teamwork, Problem Solving, Decision Making/Judgment, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, Written Communication, and Oral Communication.
You must successfully complete and pass the PTA, multi-part written test battery, and structured interview in order to be referred for further employment consideration and be eligible to receive a conditional offer of employment. Veterans Preference Eligibles will be listed/referred above Non-Preference Eligibles.
Candidates who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to complete a polygraph examination, medical evaluation, urinalysis drug screening, psychological assessment, background investigation, and final hiring panel review. Candidates must successfully complete and pass all of the aforementioned screening processes to be considered for employment. Failure to successfully complete/pass any of the screening processes will result in the candidate being disqualified and removed from consideration.
SINGLE CERTIFICATION: Candidates will only be referred at the highest grade in which they qualify. Candidates who qualify at the same highest grade under Schedule B and Schedule A will be referred under Schedule B. See the “OTHER INFORMATION / APPOINTING AUTHORITY” of this job announcement for information pertaining to the qualifications under Schedule B and Schedule A appointments.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package to your local DEA Special Agent Recruiter by the closing of this job announcement. Failure to submit a complete application package may result in your application being closed. To obtain the contact information of your DEA Special Agent Recruiter, please go to https://www.dea.gov/domestic-divisions
A complete application package consists of the following required documents:
- Transcripts (an unofficial copy is acceptable)
- If you are claiming veterans preference, a DD214 and VA Letter (if applicable)
- Occupational Questionnaire (to be obtained from your DEA Special Agent Recruiter)
- Drug Questionnaire ( https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2021-02/DEA-341-022221.pdf )
To ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job Guide, please go to: https://www.gpo.gov/who-we-are/careers/how-to-apply
For additional information on how to claim Veterans' Preference, please go to: https://www.dea.gov/careers/veterans-preference.shtml
THINGS TO CONSIDER
- If you are currently employed, please be aware that you may be scheduled for testing during your regular working hours (i.e. midday/midweek), and sometimes in a short timeframe.
- You are required to be available to complete all assessment phases of the Special Agent applicant process. If you are unavailable to participate in the required phases of the applicant process, the processing of your application will be discontinued and your file closed.
- As part of the initial application process, you will be required to pass a Physical Task Assessment (PTA). You may also be required to take and pass a PTA prior to being hired. The purpose of the PTA is to provide DEA with an indication of your present ability to successfully participate in the strenuous physical activity required during Basic Agent Training (BAT). You must be in excellent physical condition in order to pass the PTA. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you review pages 41-51 in the DEA BASIC AGENT PHYSICAL TASK ASSESSMENT, TRAINING & CONDITIONING MANUAL in order to properly prepare and successfully comply with the DEA Academy Physical Task Assessment requirements.|
If you previously applied for a DEA Special Agent position:
- Passing Written Assessments and a Structured Interview conducted as part of your previous DEA Special Agent application may be transferrable to your new application.
- A Medical Examination conducted as part of your previous DEA Special Agent application will be considered current for 2 years after date of examination. A new medical examination will not be required unless there has been a change in your medical status.
- You may receive less than a two-week notice to report to Basic Agent Training Class and must successfully complete approximately 16 – 20 weeks of employment as a Basic Agent Trainee, while housed at the DEA Academy in Quantico, VA.
- Upon graduation from the DEA Academy, you must be available to transfer to one of DEA's 23 Division offices, including San Juan, PR. You will be required to sign a mobility agreement, which ensures that you agree to remain available for transfer, either for permanent or temporary assignment, to meet the operational needs of the DEA. Special Agents rarely return to their processing office. Applicants should ensure that their families are prepared for and support any assignment location.
APPOINTING AUTHORITY: Initial appointment to the position will be via Excepted Service Appointment using Schedule A (5 C.F.R. Section 213.3110) or Schedule B (5 C.F.R. Section 213.3210) appointing authorities. Applicants who qualify under the OPM qualifications standards for the 1811 series will be appointed under Schedule B. Applicants who qualify based on unique skills/experience will be appointed under Schedule A. Employees appointed under Schedule A may be converted to Schedule B appointments following satisfactory performance during their trial period. Employees appointed under Schedule B appointments may be converted to Career Status appointments in not less than three years and not more than four years.
EMPLOYMENT DRUG POLICY: DEA is firmly committed to a drug-free society and workplace. Applicants for employment with the DEA, to include paid and unpaid employees; and contractors, who are currently using illegal drugs, or abusing legal drugs or substances at the time of the application process, will not be selected for employment. DEA is able to accomplish the challenging and vital mission of enforcing the nation’s drug laws, by hiring only highly qualified candidates who exemplify DEA’s Core Values.
DEA recognizes some otherwise qualified applicants may have used illegal drugs, or abused legal drugs or substances, at some point in their past; application of DEA’s drug use policy guidelines, in conjunction with a case-by-case analysis, will determine if an applicant’s prior drug usage or activity will result in the applicant’s non-selection for employment with the DEA.
All DEA applicants are required to disclose their current and past drug usage and activity. An applicant will not be selected for employment if he or she deliberately misrepresents his or her drug history in connection with his or her application for employment. Absent mitigating circumstances, the applicant will not be selected for employment if he or she has:
- Used (or ingested anything containing) marijuana within the three (3) years preceding the date of the application* for employment. The various forms of marijuana include cannabis, hashish, hash oil, and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in both synthetic and natural forms.
- Used any illegal drugs other than marijuana, within the ten (10) years preceding the date of the application* for employment.
*NOTE: The “date of application” is the opening date of this job announcement (March 15, 2021)
DRUG TESTING: All non-DEA applicants are required to take a drug test.
AGE: You must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 36 at the time of appointment. In accordance with Public Law 100-238, this position is covered under law enforcement retirement provisions; therefore, you must be appointed before reaching your 37th birthday unless you are a preference eligible veteran OR presently serve or have previously served in a Federal civilian law enforcement retirement-covered position (after subtracting the years/months of prior Federal service worked in a primary law enforcement position, you must be less than 37 years of age). The maximum entry age limit was established under the age discrimination prohibitions contained in Section 15 of the Age Discrimination and Employment Act. In addition, the DEA may disqualify you at any time during the process should it be determined that you will reach age 37 before completion of the selection process is possible unless you are a veteran preference eligible.
POLYGRAPH EXAMINATION: You must pass a pre-employment polygraph examination. If you do not pass the pre-employment polygraph examination, you will not be eligible for hire in a DEA Special Agent position for a period of 3 years from the date of your polygraph examination.
SECURITY CLEARANCE: This position is designated as "critical sensitive". Completion of a full-field investigation is required before appointment. Applicants must be able to obtain a Top Secret Security clearance. Applicants must not have been convicted of a felony crime.
For more information regarding a security clearance, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/faq/job-announcement/security-clearances/
LAUTENBERG NOTICE: Title 18 USC, Section 922 (G), automatically disqualifies anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence from being appointed to this position.
BASIC AGENT TRAINING: The selectee must successfully complete the 16 - 20 week Basic Agent Training Program at the Drug Enforcement Administration Training Center in Quantico, Virginia. Failure to pass the training program will result in separation from the Drug Enforcement Administration.
MOBILITY AGREEMENT: This position requires employees to agree to a Mobility Agreement. The duty station is determined based on the needs of the Drug Enforcement Administration and incumbents may be reassigned to different geographical locations throughout their tenure. Selectees will be required to sign the Mobility Agreement as a condition of employment.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: MALE APPLICANTS BORN AFTER 12/31/1959 must certify prior to job offer that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.
EEO POLICY STATEMENT: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/equal-employment-opportunity/
REASONABLE ACCOMODATION POLICY STATEMENT: Reasonable accommodations to the testing process may be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. For DEA Special Agent Job Applicants requesting Reasonable Accommodation for testing, please email your request to RAPM@usdoj.gov.
In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in postage-paid Government envelopes.
The Drug Enforcement Administration participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify - http://www.dhs.gov/E-Verify). E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.
BENEFITS: Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. For additional information regarding benefits, please go to https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/
SALARY: In addition to your base salary, you will receive a locality payment. Furthermore, since this position is covered by Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), an additional compensation rate of 25% will be added to your locality salary.
DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.