Supervisory Criminal Investigator (Resident Agent in Charge)

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


This position is located under the Assistant Director, Field Operations-Central-Columbus Field Division, Cleveland IV Field Office, located in Independence, OH.

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The Incumbent serves as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator assigned to a field division of the Bureau. The incumbent is responsible for the prevention, detection, and investigation of substantive and conspiracy type violations of laws enforced by ATF. Supervises a group of criminal investigators stationed at field offices where group size ranges from small to moderate, who are engaged in substantive criminal investigation work and the work must be greater than average in difficulty. Incumbent is responsible for the detection and investigation of criminal cases that may require the gathering and piecing together of complex evidence often difficult to secure; result in precedent-setting court decisions; require substantial coordination with other agencies in tracing leads and gathering intelligence; involve illegal activities conducted under cover of legal enterprise; be extremely sensitive due to the suspects involved and have the potential for jurisdictional problems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.
  • Time in Grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Requires proficiency with a firearm per ATF's Standard.
  • May be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.
  • The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement. The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    MOBILITY PLAN : New employees hired pursuant to this vacancy announcement must sign a mobility agreement. The purpose of ATF’s mobility policy is to enhance career development and progression, and achieve mission and business effectiveness. To accomplish these objectives, the mobility plan will facilitate the movement of employees through special short-term assignments or permanent reassignments throughout the Bureau. Applicants who decline to sign a mobility agreement, as required, will be removed from the hiring process.


    Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in, or directly related to, the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To meet the specialized experience requirements, you must demonstrate that you possess appropriate experience in, or have shown the potential to develop, the qualities of successful leadership such as: Judgment and Problem Solving; Plan, Organize and Prioritize; Lead Others; Relate to Others; General Investigative Knowledge; Knowledge of Relevant Laws, Regulations, and Policies; measured during ATF’s EPAS.

    Any employee who currently occupies or has previously occupied a permanent GS-1811-14 position with prior or current specialized experience may apply to be considered for noncompetitive reassignment.


    Additional information

    The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation.

    EEO Statement: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.

    Reasonable Accommodation Statement: ATF provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the job application and hiring process, and you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please notify the human resources specialist listed on the vacancy announcement, or contact the ATF’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 648-8760. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    This vacancy is in conjunction with the Special Agent Career Plan ATF O 2311.4B, dated and effective February 24, 2015. As such, provisions of paragraph 11 apply as follows:

    11. PROMOTION TO GS-1811-14. GS-1811-13 special agents interested in progressing to the 14 level are eligible to apply after meeting the below requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:

    A. A minimum of 6 years’ service with ATF as a special agent.

    B. A minimum of 3 years as a GS-1811-13 criminal investigator in a field enforcement group assigned to the non-specialized position, PD# 0SP220, or to the Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) position, PD#094159. NOTE: In the case of special agents who moved into a specialized position before completing the required 3 years, an exemption must be requested, based any of the following circumstances:

    1) For those special agents who completed their journeyman at the GS-12 level, i.e., had to compete for the GS-13 level, and do not meet the criteria in b. above, must obtain a management exemption memorandum addressed to the Chief, Human Resources Operations Division, signed by the Special Agent In Charge and approved by the Deputy Assistant Director. The memorandum must include your career history which will be verified by Human Resources Operations Division.

    2) For those special agents whose SAC deemed it mission critical to reassign an agent to a specialty position prior to their completion of three years at the journey level as noted in b. above, must obtain a management exemption memorandum addressed to the Chief, Human Resources Operations Division, signed by the Special Agent In Charge and approved by the Deputy Assistant Director. The memorandum must include your career history which will be verified by Human Resources Operations Division.

    NOTE: As part of the application process, all approved exemptions must be uploaded prior to the vacancy announcement closing through USAJobs. The same exemption may be used when applying for any future vacancy announcements, however, it must be uploaded each time an agent applies to a vacancy announcement.

    C. A passing and valid Electronic Promotion Assessment System (EPAS) score. NOTE: All GS-1811-13 special agents are required to pass the EPAS prior to being able to apply for any GS-1811-14 position. A special agent is eligible to take the EPAS after completion of 1 year as a GS-1811-13 (as of the close of the EPAS vacancy announcement) and after having obtained at least an “Fully Successful” rating on the most recent annual performance appraisal. For additional information on the EPAS, see ATF O 2311.1A.

    To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have a passing EPAS score. The best qualified list (BQL) is comprised of the top 5 EPAS scoring candidates applying to this position. This position falls under the Merit Promotion Board (MPB) process, that will include an interview of the competitive candidates by the Board.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process


    Required Documents

    Required Documents (if applicable):

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, step, career or career-conditional tenure dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.
  • Veterans' preference documentation (Member Copy 4 of DD-214, Revised October 2013 SF-15 and VA letter, if applicable. NOTE: The revised October 2013 SF-15 is the latest copy and all others are not usable.
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
  • All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility.

    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.


    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. Learn more about federal benefits.

    The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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