Office of the Secretary
Department of Commerce
$92,663 to $145,629
08/16/2017 to 02/15/2018
The selected candidate will serve as a Senior Special Agent responsible for proactively reducing the Department’s security risk and facilitating U.S. national security and law enforcement interests. Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Leading or independently conducting complete or significant aspects of investigations under exceptionally difficult conditions that identify and assess strategic and tactical threats posed by hostile intelligence activities, criminal exploitation, and dangerous groups or persons;
- Conducting or coordinating collaborations with the U.S. Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities to effectively manage recognized mission-critical threats for highly sensitive matters, including those which may involve representing the Department, Office, or Division with both cooperative and uncooperative entities;
- Developing or managing programs or projects that incorporate overarching national strategies and result in new preventative, investigative or enforcement approaches; and
- Assisting with critical security operations under exigent or emergency circumstances, such as continuity of operations/continuity of government activations, providing personal protection for the Secretary of Commerce, and rendering law enforcement or security services central to executing the Department’s mission.
- You must be suitable for Federal employment.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- If your resume is incomplete, you may not be considered for this vacancy.
- You must be registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
- Pre-placement physical/medical clearance required prior to appointment .
- Urinalysis required to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
You must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibilty equivalent to the GS-12 grade level that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience such as:
- Leading or independently conducting sensitive and complex investigations of national or international importance and presenting impartial, clear and concise findings in verbal and written formats to senior officials;
- Working effectively with government stakeholders to prevent, mitigate, or otherwise address significant threats to national security or public safety; And
- Developing, implementing or managing an investigative program or project that incorporates national strategies, regularly involves addressing challenging organizational, jurisdictional and evidentiary issues, and requires establishing unprecedented approaches.
MEDICAL EXAM/DRUG TESTING:All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and satisfactorily pass all required pre-placement physical/medical examinations prior to appointment.Selectee must be able to successfully pass annual and periodic physical/medical examinations, drug screenings, and psychological screenings to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency. FIREARMS. Selectee will be required to carry and use a firearm, demonstrate proficiency on a recurring basis, and not be in violation of 18 USC 922 (Lautenberg Amendment). NOTE: LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT – This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition (Title 18, USC Section 992(g)). A felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence is generally defined under the statute, as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim’s current or former domestic partner, parent or guardian. The term convicted, as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside or pardoned, or any person whose civil rights have been restored, so long as such restoration does not restrict the shipping, transport, possession or receipt of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statutes are not eligible for the position. MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE. This position is covered by the special retirement provisions for Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO). Candidates without previous LEO service must be under age 37. Those with current or prior federal LEO coverage will be considered only if they can demonstrate that they will have completed 20 years of covered service by mandatory retirement age of 57. (This requirement is waived for Veterans (please see link below). https://www.chcoc.gov/content/change-maximum-entry-age-requirements-veterans%E2%80%99-preference-eligiblesIf you have current or prior Federal Law Enforcement Officer coverage you must submit appropriate SF-50’s that shows period of coverage. Failure to provide proof of Federal LEO coverage may result in removal from consideration.Must maintain requirements to qualify for LEO retirement coverage (5 USC 8336(c) and 5 USC 8412(d)).
MANDATORY COMPLETION OF BASIC TRAINING:Applicants who have satisfactorily completed a basic law enforcement training program provided by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, or an equivalent training program which provided instruction in the laws of arrest, search and seizure as they relate to investigating offenses against the United States should provide a copy of your certification during the hiring process. Selectees who do not possess such certification will be required to successfully complete the course after entrance on duty.Selectee may be required to successfully complete division-specific basic agent training.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.
WORKING CONDITIONS:The duties of positions in this series require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. 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 these positions 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 themselves or others is disqualifying.
Security Clearance:You must be able to obtain and maintain a special sensitive Top Secret-SCI clearance.
LICENSE:Will be required to operate a motor vehicle, and must possess and maintain a valid state operator’s license.
FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE:May be required to submit a Form OGE-450 annually.Applying to this position may require the completion of additional forms and/or the submission of supplemental materials.
How to Apply
How You Will Be Evaluated
We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application. However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:1. Skill in applying reasoning, objectivity, initiative, ingenuity, and judgment in planning, conducting, and coordinating investigations that recognize, develop and verify facts, chronologies and relationships, including skill in developing sources of information; performing interviews, surveillance, and undercover assignments; and properly obtaining physical, documentary and testimonial evidence.2. Knowledge of Constitutional rights, Federal criminal statutes, rules of evidence and criminal procedure, precedent court decisions, and other laws and regulations related to criminal investigations and law enforcement activities.3. Skill in program or project management functions on a U.S. Government interagency or department/agency-wide level involving applications of threat and/or risk management principles.4. Knowledge of the organization and practices of the U.S. Intelligence and Law Enforcement Communities, including skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.5. Ability to effectively communicate in a variety of verbal, written and multi-media formats through briefings, memoranda, investigative plans, operations orders, reports, presentations, and testimony.If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc..) Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager. To preview questions please click here.
CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: www.opm.gov/ctap.CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
A complete application consists of the following:
- Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire.
- SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," showing tenure code, position occupied, and highest grade and step.
- If applicable, performance appraisals and/or Incentive award documentation may be submitted and will be forwarded to the selecting official as support in consideration of your application in the evaluation process. To receive due weight, you must submit a recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable (do not submit a performance plan) and/or incentive award documentation (i.e. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increases, etc..)
- Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to:www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp#6.
- Career Transitioni Assistance Plan (CTAP), Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation. If applicable, see Other Information.
- Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.).
Failure to provide such documentation will result in lost consideration.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
Department of Commerce
Office of the Secretary
AddressOFFICE OF THE SECRETARY 1401 Constitution Ave. NW Rm 50030 Washington District of Columbia United States
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