Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

Washington, DC
Veterans Affairs, Inspector General

Closing date

$50,643 – $80,532 per year

Pay scale & grade
GS 7 – 9

OIG is organized into seven operational units: the Immediate Office of the Inspector General, Office of the Counselor, Office of Audits and Evaluations, Office of Healthcare Inspections, Office of Investigations, Office of Management and Administration, and Office of Special Reviews. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, OIG has offices located in more than 60 locations throughout the country.


The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13; however if you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

– Function as a law enforcement officer with full law enforcement authority, i.e., carrying authorized firearms and other enforcement equipment; apply for and execute arrest and search warrants; apprehend, search, and transport criminals and arrange for their detention.
– Provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to agency management and other senior agents, officers, or inspectors on critical operations.
– Solve problems demanding technologically advanced methods and innovative approaches.
– Collect and analyze operational and strategic intelligence from wide-ranging sources including Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies.

OIG’s Office of Investigations (OI) investigates crimes and other violations of law committed against Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs and operations by employees and non-employees. These criminal and civil investigations involve a wide range of subject areas, including health care, procurement, education benefits and construction fraud; cyber-crime; bribery, embezzlement and conflicts of interest; narcotics offenses; and violent crimes. OI is composed of seven regional field offices and seven headquarters divisions.

Conditions of Employment:
– Carry and use a firearm. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. You will be ineligible to occupy this position if at any time you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, unless you received a pardon or your conviction was expunged or set aside.
– Complete a pre-employment medical examination (including vision, hearing, cardiovascular and mobility of extremities) by an authorized Government physician and be determined physically fit to perform strenuous physically demanding duties. You may be required to provide medical or related documentation to Federal Occupation of Health at the time of the pre-employment physical. You will be required to undergo regular physical examinations and to maintain a level of physical fitness in accordance with the standards and policies of this agency.
– Complete or have previously completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA OR its equivalent.
– Agree to work an average of two extra hours per day. Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) has been approved to compensate for unscheduled duty in excess of the 40-hour workweek.
– Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license from one of the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
– Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.