OIG Special Agents investigate possible violations of criminal
statutes using techniques such as interviews, surveillance, electronic
monitoring, search warrants and subpoenas. In conducting investigations,
OIG Special Agents work closely with other federal, state and local
law enforcement agencies, as well as with OIG auditors. In addition
to a Headquarters operation, the Office of Investigation also has
11 District Offices and 34 Duty Stations throughout the United States.
A Special Agent can expect to be charged with investigating areas
such as bid rigging, bribery, fraud, computer related crimes, conflicts
of interest, and abuse in HUD programs.
Each year, the OIG hires Special Agents from a pool of diverse
and highly qualified candidates. They may be recent college graduates
or experienced criminal investigators from other law enforcement
agencies. Degrees vary with majors from Criminology to Business
Education. The character traits that the OIG looks for in a Special
Agent include initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and sound
judgment. These are important in order to collect, assemble and
develop facts and other pertinent data. The ability to provide clear,
concise, written and oral reports is also important.
Criminal Investigators, GS-1811, are hired at all levels (GS-5
thru GS-13). Applications are evaluated on the extent and quality
of the applicant's education and experience. No written test is
required. To qualify, applicants must have:
For GS-5, a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
or 3 years of general experience.
For GS-7, 1 full year of graduate level education or superior
academic achievement, or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent
to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal Service.
For GS-9, a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years
of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a LL.B.
or J.D., or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least
the GS-7 level in the Federal Service.
For GS-11, a PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years
of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a LL.M,
or 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9
level in the Federal Service.
For GS-12 and above, one must have 1 year of specialized experience
equivalent to at least the next lower grade in the Federal Service.
OIG Special Agents will also benefit from/participate in the following:
Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) ensures the law enforcement
officer's availability for duty in excess of the 40-hour administrative
work week. To receive "premium pay," Special Agents must work a
minimum annual average of 50 hours per week. LEAP is fixed at 25%
of basic pay.
The Law Enforcement Retirement System provides for retirement
at age 50 after 20 years of service.
Once an Agent is hired, he/she must meet the requirements of the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center by successfully completing
the basic criminal investigator course and meeting physical training
The 1811 series has a minimum entry age of 21, a maximum entry
age of 37.
Must be able to pass medical standards and participate in an annual
Those in the 1811 series are tested for drugs.
Travel is required.
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