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Criminal Investigator **AMENDED** (Special Agent...
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The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow.

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WHAT IS THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION DIVISION? Criminal Investigation is the investigative and law enforcement arm of the IRS. The American system of voluntary tax compliance relies heavily on self-assessments of what tax is owed. When individuals or corporations deliberately don't comply with the tax laws, Criminal Investigation responds with financial investigations and potential criminal prosecutions to promote compliance and confidence in the fairness of the tax system.

WHAT DOES A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR, SPECIAL AGENT - FORENSIC POLYGRAPH EXAMINER DO? As an IRS special agent - forensic polygraph examiner, you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to aid in the investigation of financial crimes such as tax evasion and money laundering, by administering polygraph examinations to a variety of subjects, such as IRS criminal suspects, informants, and witnesses, while ensuring that all examinations conform to strict policies and procedures. Today's sophisticated criminal schemes to defraud the government demand the analytical ability of the federal government's premier financial investigators to examine complex paper and computerized financial records to 'follow the money'.

As a Criminal Investigator, Special Agent - Forensic Polygraph Examiner you will:

* Conduct criminal investigation polygraph examinations, selecting appropriate testing techniques on the basis of a thorough review and analysis of all available documentation of the investigation, and preparing accurate, concise, logical, and objective reports.
* Conduct pretest interviews of individuals to be examined to determine their willingness to submit to a polygraph examination.
* Work with other criminal investigators in conducting criminal investigations, particularly with regard to the aspects related to polygraph examination.
* Determine the feasibility of conducting an examination based upon an assessment of related facts, review and assessment of the investigation.
* Introduce or evaluate various recommendations regarding the use of polygraph for support of investigative operations.
* Participate in raids and arrests in any phase of an investigation and conduct interviews and interrogations of subjects outside of polygraph examination settings in order to assist in all aspects of an investigation.
* Establish and supervise the operation of a temporary polygraph testing facility in the field, as required by an investigation.
* Testify in court as an expert witness relative to any polygraph examination and investigations conducted.
* Counsel officials of other Federal agencies, regarding the feasibility of conducting polygraph examinations and their application.
* Review and analyze polygraph examinations conducted by outside agencies and other non-governmental examiners.
* Stay current on textual material and research data published by universities and professional societies and attend regular training in order to keep abreast of developments in the polygraph field.
* Initiate research projects and prepare technical papers for publication in peer-reviewed technical journals and law enforcement bulletins on a periodic basis

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 Travel Nights Per Month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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1811 Criminal Investigation

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Conditions of Employment

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* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
* Current/former Federal employees must have held a Career/Career Cond Appt

AMENDED To add the Cities/States within the CI Field Offices.


You must pass a medical examination prior to being appointed. This position requires moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with free motion of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips and knee joints is required. Arms, hands, legs, and feet must function sufficiently in order for applicants to perform the duties satisfactorily.

Vision: Near vision, corrected or uncorrected, must be sufficient to read Jaeger type 2 at 14 inches. Normal depth perception, peripheral vision, and the ability to distinguish shades of color-by-color plate tests are required, If you have undergone refractive surgery, you must meet Treasury approved requirements, including documentation that you have passed exam and protocol testing. The earliest the refractive surgery evaluation can be performed is: three months post Laser in Situ Keratomileusis (Lasik); six months post Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK). Visual acuity requirements are expressed in terms of the Snellen vision test. Uncorrected distant vision must test 20/200, and corrected vision must test 20/20 in one eye, and 20/30 in the other.

Hearing: Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 30 decibels (A.S.A. or equivalent I.S.O.) in either ear in the 500, 1000, and 2000 Hz ranges. You must be able to hear the whispered voice at 15 feet with each ear without the use of a hearing aid.

Other Medical Requirements: You must possess emotional and mental stability. Any condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the duties of this position or that would cause an individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying. All of the medical requirements MUST be met at the time of initial examination/ test . Applicants failing to meet the medical requirements at the time of their initial examination/test will be considered ineligible for the position.

Land Management Eligibles must provide all required documentation to verify eligibility, prior performance, and qualifications for the target position. You can find information on the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act and eligibility HERE. Land Management Eligibles must compete under competitive merit promotion procedures and meet all applicable requirements as such (time-in-grade restrictions do not apply).


You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

GS-13 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: experience in or related to investigation of criminal violations that provided the specific competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. This law enforcement experience must have been acquired in investigative work related to the Accounting or Auditing of business or commercial practices of subjects investigated. Qualifying experience is law enforcement experience applying accounting and legal principles to assess investigative options and use innovative approaches or methods of proof to overcome complex accounting issues related to criminal activities that can involve piecing together financial information that may be located in several venues both domestic and international.

In addition, you must have experience conducting in-depth interrogations of subjects, selecting appropriate polygraph testing techniques, and administering polygraph examinations. Examples of qualifying law enforcement experience include conducting criminal investigations involving federal tax and/or money laundering violations including one or more of the following: Indirect methods of proof; utilization of multiple nominees, bank accounts, and/or entities; utilization of alter ego and/or sham corporations; multiple judicial districts and/or targets; and/or other financial investigations (money laundering). Experience must have included Federal Law Enforcement experience in leading and effecting Federal enforcement actions including search, seizure, and arrest warrants.


Applicants for the GS-1811-13 position must meet all GS-1811 Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) Qualification Standards, including Medical Requirements, please see http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1800/1811b.htm. Applicants failing to meet the medical requirements at the time of their initial examination/test will be considered ineligible for the position. Existing IRS Special Agents will undergo a periodic medical examination to determine continued fitness for duty.

* The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
* To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.

In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

You must have been at the GS-12 level for 52 weeks (time-in-grade requirement).