Civilian criminal investigators in CID do not investigate general crimes, but are specialists in areas such as investigating computer system intrusions, polygraphy, operations, sexual assault, investigative policy and major contract procurement fraud. The full performance for all positions is GS-13.
Recruitment is typically done at the full performance level for all specialty areas, except for procurement fraud investigators. Procurement fraud investigators may be recruited in a developmental position at the GS-09 entry level and following three years of successful training with progressively more difficult assignments and job responsibilities, will culminate in a promotion to the full performance level of GS-13. Qualification requirements for the entry level procurement fraud investigator include either a minimum of three years felony investigative experience or a master’s degree in a related field such as law, business, accounting, contracting or criminal justice. Specialized experience involves obtaining physical and documentary evidence, interviewing witnesses, applying for and serving warrants for arrest, searches and seizures, seizing contraband, equipment, and vehicles, examining files and records, maintaining surveillance, performing undercover assignments, preparing investigative reports, testifying in hearings and trials and assisting U.S. Attorneys in the prosecution of court cases.
Education may be substituted for experience if the applicant has two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education, a masters or equivalent graduate degree. To be creditable, education must have been completed in an accredited college or university and must have provided the candidate with the abilities to perform the duties of the position.
These positions fall under the purview of the Federal Law Enforcement Retirement System. Therefore, in most cases, the applicant must be under age 37 to apply and must be appointed before reaching their 37th birthday.