Investigative Assistant

San Diego, CA
US Veterans Health Administration

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.

Closing Date: 3/04/21
This job will close when we have received 200 applications which may be sooner than the closing date.

Salary: $54,144 to $77,741 per year

Responsibilities:

OIG’s Office of Investigations (OI) investigates potential crimes and civil violations of law involving VA programs and operations committed by VA employees, contractors, beneficiaries, and other individuals. These investigations focus on a wide range of matters including health care, procurement, benefits, construction, and other fraud; cybercrime and identity theft; bribery, embezzlement, and conflicts of interest; drug offenses; and violent crimes. OI is staffed by special agents, forensic auditors, and other specialized staff in headquarters divisions and regional field offices that use data analytics, cyber-tools, covert operations, and other strategies to detect and address conduct that poses a threat to or has harmed VA personnel, operations, and the veterans or other beneficiaries they serve. Through criminal prosecutions and civil monetary recoveries, OI's investigations promote integrity, patient safety, efficiency, and accountability within VA.

This Investigative Assistant position is located in San Diego, CA, in the Western Region. The following are the duties of this position at the GS-09. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all of these duties and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

- Plan, manage, and conduct, independently or as a team member, a preliminary investigation by requesting, collecting, and examining records, such as payroll, email, personnel, reports, correspondence, purchase, travel, iron-port logs, and other data of consequence to the transaction or allegations under investigation.
- Coordinate and assist in obtaining background information from a variety of sources, compile statistical data, prepare subpoenas, transcribe and edit highly technical and confidential investigative memoranda or reports, cross reference, assist with interview preparation, provide a variety of clerical and technical services in support of more complex investigative work, and assist during interviews.
- Conduct research of laws, regulations, policies, internet, background, and data bases, as well as assist investigators in preparing subpoenas and making requests for data from within and outside the Department.
- Create spreadsheets and perform data entry to display and compare collected data.

Qualifications:

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• Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.

Qualifications
You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience: For the GS-09, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-08grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:

- Administrative support. (examples might include coordinating travel arrangements; purchasing supplies; or tracking technical, office, and personal equipment; AND
- Assisting in the preparation of project files and gathering relevant information; AND
- Accessing background information from various data bases.

Specialized experience: For the GS-08, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Administrative support. (examples might include coordinating travel arrangements; purchasing supplies; or tracking technical, office, and personal equipment for military, VA, other Government agencies or the private sector); AND
- Assisting in the preparation of case files and gathering relevant information; AND
- Accessing background information from various data bases.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following time-in-grade requirement, if applicable:
For the GS-09, you must have been at the GS-08level for 52 weeks.
For the GS-08, you must have been at the GS-07level for 52 weeks.