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Position: Forensic Accountant GS 7/9/11/12/13
Locations: Opportunities Available Nationwide
Working Hours: 8:15am – 5:00pm, but hours may vary
Salary: Rates will be provided upon selection
Duration: Full Time/Permanent
- Conducting thorough forensic financial analysis of business and personal records and developing financial profiles to understand the financial “big picture” of an investigation.
- Gathering evidence and preparing search warrants/affidavits associated with financial analysis.
- Providing knowledge of accounting and financial practices, securities, banking laws and systems, conventional and non-conventional financial institutions and nonprofit businesses. Developing and/or assisting with developing new forensic accounting techniques applicable to various financial investigations.
- Assessing the value of financial evidence; unraveling sophisticated techniques for moving funds and shielding illegal activity. Providing financial profiles of individuals and groups.
- Utilizing various computer applications to review and interpret implications on a variety of financial transactions and other corporate, business and financial processes, associations and record-keeping systems.
- Participating in interviews of subjects and witnesses in secure, non-confrontational settings.
- Identifying and tracing funding sources and compiling findings and conclusions into reports.
- Meeting with prosecuting attorneys to discuss strategies and other litigation support and testifying about facts or as expert witnesses in judicial proceedings.
This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the announcement. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. Applicants should:
A)Possess a degree in accounting, or a degree in a related field (i.e. business administration, finance, or public administration) that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.
B) Possess a combination of education and experience: At least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
1.24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law.
2.2A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a certified internal Auditor, obtained through written exam.
C) Possess completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, at least 15 semester hours provided that (1) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field; (2) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated good knowledge of accounting and related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that is normally associated with successful completion of the 4 year course of study described in paragraph A; and (3) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
- Must be a U.S. citizen
- Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance
- ALL applicants must verify completion of the education requirement by uploading a copy of college transcripts
- Selectees who are not current FBI Financial Analysts or Forensic Accountants will be required to attend a mandatory five-week Forensic Accountant Core Training Session (FACTS) held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. Once training dates are established, selectees will be notified in advance.
Qualifications and Evaluations
Please ensure specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses in the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status. Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans’ preference will be applied.
All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:
- Analytic Thinking
- Customer Service
- Forensic Accounting
- Organizing and Planning
- Technology Application
All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education may be substituted for specialized experience as follows:
GS 7:Applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement or one (1) full year of graduate level education. Superior academic achievement is the completion of all the requirements of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, which is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average of 3.0 or higher as recorded on an official transcript, or as based on courses completed during the final two years of the curriculum, or (3) honor society membership.
GS 9:Applicant must have a master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.
GS 11:Applicant must have a Ph.D. OR equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related.
GS 12/13:Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.
Specialized Experience (SE):
GS 7:SE is defined as follows:
- Uses existing tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
- Assists with implementation of custom tools, techniques, and procedures used to address unique investigative situations
- Provides basic technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative, operational, liaison, and/or outreach activity
- Assists in drafting documents on basic technical and other professional matters
GS 9:SE is defined as follows in addition to above GS 7:
- Troubleshoots, and modifies as needed existing tools and methods to identify, preserve and analyze digital evidence
- Assists with the development of custom tools and methods to identify, analyze, and preserve digital evidence
- Assists in drafting documents on more advanced technical matters
GS 11:SE is defined as follows:
- With limited guidance, performed forensic examination and analysis of a variety of financial records and recordkeeping systems, by utilizing accounting, auditing, analytical, technical, and investigative skills.
- Compiled pertinent financial findings and conclusions to prepare forensic accounting reports and communications.
GS 12:SE is defined as follows:
- Independently performed forensic examination of a variety of complex financial records and recordkeeping systems by utilizing accounting, auditing, and analytical, technical, and investigative skills.
- Performed analyses of financial data, utilizing various database management systems and accounting/analytical software.
- Assisted in producing detailed financial investigative reports and exhibits suitable for a court of law.
GS 13:SE is defined as follows:
- Performs advanced computer system and network procurement, installation, administration and security, and assists others on more complex matters
- Uses, troubleshoots, and modifies existing cyber tools and methods to identify, preserve, and analyze digital evidence
- Identifies, develops, vets, and implements new tools and methods
- Provides advanced technical and other professional assistance in conducting interviews, searches and other investigative activity
- Coordinates with the private sector and other divisions to lead in the resolution of technical and other relevant issues
- Acts as a subject matter expert, and testifies as such in court
- Remains current with major new advances in cyber and technology topics and provides guidance, tools, and methods on addressing these advances at the National level
To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package which includes:
1.Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
- College transcripts, if qualifying based on education or if there is a positive education requirement
- Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50
- Most recent Performance Appraisal (not applicable to current FBI employees)
- Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later