Financial Investigator


Vacancy ID: 824112   Announcement Number: 13-SDNY-08D   USAJOBS Control Number: 335567400

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 three 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-501-9 Financial Investigator.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal
Service. My qualifying experience involved performing the following types of duties: entering, maintaining, and querying case related information into a database, analyzing various financial documents to determine financial status, and preparing various legal and non legal correspondence.

B. I possess 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.

C. I possess experience and education that when combined equal 100% of A and B above.

D. I do not possess the experience or education described above.

Identify the specific experience 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. 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. Analyzes individual and corporate financial statements, bank records, escrow, and real property records.

3. Reviews relevant financial information, including financial statements, credit reports, tax returns, insurance information, real property escrow and lending materials, bank statements and loan applications to third parties, with a view to determining the collectability of assets.

4. Searches online databases for public record information, such as property records, judgment and lien information, publicly filed financial information available from entities such as the Securities and Exchange Commission to obtain missing financial information.

5. Performs searches using online databases such as accurint and sentry.

6. Performs searches using online databases such as CBC, lexis-nexis, FMIS, SEC, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

7. Evaluates information gained through various law enforcement and non law enforcement databases to determine financial status and ability to pay restitution and fines.

8. Evaluates assets readily available to pay judgments and assets that could be recovered under Federal Debt Collection Procedures Act.

9. Develops sources of information to supplement and reconstruct incomplete records.

10. Ability to analyze various financial documents to determine debtor assets and payment schedule.

11. Determines monthly payment schedules based on judgment order.

12. Evaluates and determines payment schedule based on monthly income and assets.

13. Processes subpoenas, garnishments, summons and complaints, demand letters, and letters to opposing counsel.

14. Summarizes debtor interviews for case file.

15. Enters information into a database to continually update and monitor cases.

16. Queries or develops reports to identify case status and required action.

17. Interviews individuals for the purpose of piecing together history/background information/financial status.

18. Communicates with various individuals, law enforcement agencies, probation officers, court personnel, and attorneys to gain and provide sensitive information.

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.

19. 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.