Investigative Analyst

Vacancy ID: 747900   Announcement Number: 12-CAE-747900-DE   USAJOBS Control Number: 326603600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice (DOJ). Your response to this assessment questionnaire, in conjunction with other portions of your completed application, will be evaluated in making screening decisions.

This is a DOJ job application system. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please review your responses for accuracy before you submit this application. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

For each of the following questions, please select the response that best describes your education and/or experience. You may select only one response for each question. If you feel that your education or experience exceeds all of the descriptions for a particular question, choose the description that is the closest level to the experience or education that you possess. Failure to respond to these questions will result in an ineligible rating.

1. From the descriptions below, select the ONE response that BEST describes the education and/or experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as a GS-1805-12, Investigative Analyst:

A. I have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include planning and managing large scale and/or multi-jurisdictional investigative analytical assignments; collecting and analyzing operation and strategic intelligence from wide-ranging sources; making recommendations of methods for planning, scheduling, and conducting investigations for a team; examining books, ledgers, payroll, cost reports, billing statements, business financial structures such as those of financial institutions (banks, brokerage houses, credit unions, mortgage lenders, etc.) and their relationships in financial transactions; experience interpreting and evaluating the validity of raw data; experience examining computer data and other records pertaining to the transactions, events or allegations under investigation; and consolidating and synthesizing data relevant to investigation operations collected from multiple sources.

B. I do not have the education or experience as described above.

List the specific position/dates from your resume or cover letter that validates your response. Also list the name and contact information of someone who can verify your response.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

2. Plan and conduct financial and asset investigative analysis of a range of complex and exceptionally sensitive matters.

3. Develop intelligence; perform quantitative, qualitative, or other analysis of relevant facts.

4. Determine matters of fact and apply applicable federal, state, or local laws to make sound decisions on direction and scope of the analysis.

5. Review and analyze the financial and management operations of individuals, commercial, industrial, municipal, financial, and/or other corporate organizations to evaluate their financial condition.

6. Establish and/or verify relationships among all facts and evidence obtained or presented to confirm authenticity of documents and otherwise build proof necessary for successful financial litigation efforts.

7. Clarify the individual's or organization's pattern of operations to identify information relevant to the legal issues involved, and to recommend valuable approaches of asset investigation to law enforcement officials, investigators, or auditors working on specific segments of the case.

8. Analyze data to develop and refine proof required to assist in affixing legal responsibility for violation(s) and to devise methods for obtaining, preserving, and presenting evidence to the greatest efforts.

9. Recommend further courses of action such as further investigation, and institution of administrative, civil or criminal proceedings.

10. Assist in prioritizing debts based on the availability of assets.

11. Make recommendations on debt compromise, write-off, referral of claims back to the originating agency, and appropriate legal action to liquidate judgments, including whether and when to garnish a debtor's salary or bank accounts, conduct a debtor examination in aid of execution, or attach and levy on a debtor's property.

12. Direct and control various separate investigative matters or spin-off financial or asset investigations that grow from the original assignment.

13. Determine and/or makes recommendations of the most efficacious methods for planning, scheduling and conducting asset investigations for other team members.

14. Consolidate and synthesize asset investigative data relevant to operations collected from multiple sources.

15. Conduct investigative analyses, coordinate with other federal agencies or organizations as necessary and participate in developing case strategies and approaches.

16. Provide technical assistance such as identifying, reviewing, and analyzing records and witnesses after the execution of search warrants, and identify witnesses and persons of interest for further attention.

17. Examine and interview debtors and other persons to gather or corroborate information.

18. Use financial reports and automated financial systems to review complex financial data and transactions that assist in determining assets and expenses during the prejudgment phase of criminal prosecutions.

19. Interview witnesses, law enforcement officials, and technical subject-matter experts. Recommends to appropriate law enforcement officials the service of warrants and subpoenas based on results of such interviews in relation to analytical work products.

20. Assist in recovery of restitution and other criminal debts, both before and after entry of judgment.

21. Identify sophisticated transactions or reconstruct partial or inadequate records.

22. Develop and/or analyze financial evidence that comes from investigators, analysts, and law enforcement officers.

23. Collect information relating to this evidence or legal matters under consideration from appropriate primary and secondary information sources.

24. Examine pertinent financial statements, accounting records, credit reports, tax returns, insurance information, real property escrow and lending materials, bank statements and loan applications to third parties, operating reports, billing records, invoices, correspondence, data processing material, and similar material.

25. Conduct computer database searches, reviews public record information, judgment and lien information, Secretary of State records, and financial information available from entities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

26. Publish results of analysis to support the financial mission of the organization.

27. Develop a financial profile of the individual and/or organization that includes the history of events or the restructuring of partial or inadequate records that will help in ascertaining and recovering assets.

28. Prepare concise, accurate, interim and final reports on progress of asset investigations and financial analysis which includes significant findings and conclusions, recommendations for additional investigative actions, and candid assessments of strengths and weaknesses of evidence or other aspects of criminal restitution and/or civil debt recovery.

29. Reports prepared include analysis of facts obtained and investigation of financial matters, giving emphasis to assets that are readily available to pay judgments and assets that could be recovered under the Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act (FDCPA).

30. Conduct asset investigations and legal and financial analysis to determine whether debtors have the ability to pay, and takes or recommends various actions such as write-offs and settlements, negotiates written payment schedules, locates missing debtors, evaluates available collection remedies under the FDCPA and state law.

As previously explained, your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. Incomplete/incorrect responses may result in you not receiving appropriate consideration.

31. If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this program.

I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.

I understand a comprehensive background investigation, including a check of my credit history and a pre-employment drug screening, is required for this position.

A. Yes, I certify/understand the information provided above.
B. No, I do not certify/understand the information provided above.

You have submitted your answers for the Assessment Questionnaire. If you
provided an email address, you will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of the Assessment Questionnaire. Please review the Vacancy Announcement to assure that you have submitted all necessary supporting documents. Thank you for your interest in a position with the Department of Justice.