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Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)
GL-1811-7 and GL-1811-9
OPENING DATE: 3/15/2010
UNIQUE ACCELERATED LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY! IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) is offering an opportunity to attract, develop, and retain high potential individuals with fast track progression to the manager level in an abbreviated time frame through the Special Agent Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP). ALP will focus on accelerated development from GL-1811-7/9 Special Agent entry level technical positions to IR-1811-04 management level within three to five years!
Go to Create an account and search by announcement numbers:

10CN1-CIX0039-1811-7-FCP or 10CN1-CIX0040-1811-9-FCP

Locations: New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA

(Assignment to either location will be made by CI.)
Salary Range: $48,971 to $71,328

With 25% Law Enforcement Availability Pay = $61,214 to $89,160
Promotion potential within three to five years: IR-1811-04 Management level
Upon ALP completion and placement into management, you could be earning up to $155,500 (subject to future annual salary adjustments).
Criminal Investigator (Special Agent)

As an IRS special agent, you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes. You will be trained to “follow the money.” No matter what the source, all income, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS special agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government.

FCIP Announcements
Accelerated Leadership Program within the Federal Career Intern Program

As an IRS Accelerated Leadership Program (ALP) special agent, you will be hired under a Federal Career Intern Program (FCIP), where you will serve a three year trial internship appointment in the excepted service. Upon successful completion of this trial internship, you will be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a career or career conditional competitive appointment as a CI Special Agent.

Interns will receive 27 weeks of training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia and on-the-job training, working closely with senior special agents and being assigned tasks performed by other special agents. As an ALP selectee, you will simultaneously go through a formal development plan in accordance with Title 5 CFR § 410.307 that allows completion of required activities within an expedited timeframe including: On-the-Job-Instructor (OJI) directed technical assignments, required reading, e-learning and one-week ALP seminars at each grade level. Each incumbent’s development may be personalized by assignment of “optional” tasks in addition to the “mandatory” tasks at each grade level.
Employment Benefits

As indicated above, the ALP progression can be completed within three to five years. During this time, you will be employed on a full-time, permanent basis. You will be entitled to all the benefits of a federal employee, including annual and sick leave, holiday pay, health insurance, and life insurance.

As an IRS special agent, you will earn a basic salary with locality pay differentials PLUS an additional 25% for Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) to cover unscheduled overtime. Upon placement in Los Angeles or New York, you will be earning a salary within the following range:

Basic with Locality With 25% LEAP

Minimum GL-1811-7 $48,971 $61,214

Maximum GL-1811-9 $71,328 $89,160
With successful work performance, within three to five years you may advance at an accelerated rate to a first level management IR-1811-04 position, which today would equate to an IRS

IR 2010 salary of $155,500! (This maximum is subject to future annual salary adjustments.)

*During the 27 week training at FLETC, the salary range including LEAP will be between $54,955 and $79,074.

Qualifications for a GL-1811-7 Special Agent

To be minimally qualified for the Special Agent Intern, GL-1811-7, you must meet the basic requirements. The qualification requirements are defined in the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Qualification Standards Operating Manual. You can access the GS-1811 Criminal Investigator-Treasury Enforcement Agent (IOR) qualification standard by visiting the following website:

A. Candidates must demonstrate knowledge of accounting and other business-related topics. Candidates must complete one full year of graduate level education in any field of study that includes college courses of at least 15 semester/23 quarter hours in accounting plus an additional 9 semester/14 quarter hours from among the following or closely related fields: business law, economics, finance, tax law or money and banking. OR
B. Superior Academic Achievement may be met by having a Bachelors degree, with one of the following: A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in your major field of study or those courses in your major completed in the last 2 years of study, or rank in the upper one third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR
C. One year of specialized experience in or related to investigation of criminal violations that provided the specific knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience must have been acquired in investigative work related to the Accounting or Auditing of business or commercial practices of subjects investigated.
Examples of qualifying experience may include:

- Investigative accounting work that requires rapid, accurate judgments and sound decision-making in applying regulations, instructions and procedures; or

- Intelligence or criminal investigation work in which the principal duties consisted of financial investigation, intelligence gathering or criminal prosecution.
D. A combination of graduate education and experience equal to the total amount required.
Qualifications for a GL-1811-9 Special Agent

To be minimally qualified for the Special Agent Intern, GL-1811-9, you must meet the basic requirements. The qualification requirements can be found at the OPM website shown above.

A. You must possess one of the following education requirements:

1. A course of study that includes 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education.

2. A Master's Degree.

3. An equivalent graduate degree (i.e.; L.L.B. or JD).

All of the above educational requirements must be supplemented by at least 15 semester hours (or 23 quarter hours) in accounting, AND an additional 9 semester hours (14 quarter hours) from among the following or closely related fields: finance, economics, money and banking, tax law, and business law.
B. You must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is defined as experience in or related to investigation of criminal violations that provided the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. The experience must have been acquired in investigative work related to the accounting, auditing, business, or commercial practices of subject(s) investigated.
C. A combination of education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total qualification requirements.
Medical Requirements:

All applicants must meet the medical requirements at the time of their examination.

General: The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather. Manual dexterity with comparatively 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: Uncorrected distant vision must test 20/200 and corrected distance vision must test 20/20 in one eye and 20/30 in the other. Normal depth perception and peripheral vision are required and ability to distinguish shades of color. Those who had refractive surgery will be required to undergo a Department of Treasury approved examination. The earliest the refractive surgery evaluation can be performed is: 3 months post Laser in Situ Keratomileusis (LASIK) and 6 months post Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK).
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.
Special Medical Requirements: Since the duties of these positions are exacting and involve the responsibility for the safety of others under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability. Any condition that would hinder full, efficient performance of the duties of these positions or that would cause the individual to be a hazard to himself/herself or to others is disqualifying.
Physical Fitness Standards:

A Physical Fitness Standards assessment will be given at the Skills Assessment Center, which will include the following five elements:

  • Vertical Jump of 12 inches

  • Bench Press of 51% of body weight or 90 lbs

  • Illinois Agility Run in 20.3 seconds

  • 26 Sit Ups in a minute

  • 300 Meter Run in 82 seconds

Applicants can go to for more information.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a citizen of the United States

  • Must be available for placement in either New York, NY or Los Angeles, CA

  • Meet maximum entry age: date immediately preceding an individual’s 37th birthday (Applicants presently serving in or have served in a federal law enforcement position may be eligible after their 37th birthday. The maximum age for law enforcement offices does not apply to the hiring of preference eligible veterans.)

  • Under LEAP regulations, must work annual average of 50 hours per week

  • Be available for overtime and overnight travel

  • Attend 27 weeks FLETC training

  • Must carry and use a firearm

  • Possess a valid automobile driver’s license

  • Be physically fit

  • Successfully complete all Federal Law Enforcement Training and all Accelerated Leadership training activities and assignments required of the position.

Assessment Process

If you are eligible and qualified for an IRS ALP Special Agent FCIP, GL-1811-7 or GL-1811-9, you will be assessed to ensure all requisite competencies are met. The assessment process for selection consideration will consist of:


(1) Online application

(2) Treasury Enforcement Agent (TEA) exam

(3) Accounting Assessment

(4) Skills Assessment Center (SAC) (interview and writing exercise)

(5) Physical Fitness Standards Assessment

(6) Leadership Experience Essays Review and

(7) Leadership Potential Assessment (leadership selection interviews)


(1) Online application

(2) Skills Assessment Center (SAC) (interview and writing exercise)

(3) Physical Fitness Standards Assessment

(4) Leadership Experience Essays Review and

(5) Leadership Potential Assessment (leadership selection interviews)

Pre-Employment Process

Tentative selectees must satisfactorily complete requirements prior to entering a GL-1811, Criminal Investigator (Special Agent) position and attend training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).

  1. Pass a Drug Test

  2. Pass a Medical and/or Physical Examination

  3. Pass a Background Investigation

  4. Pass a Pre-Employment Tax Check and Audit

FURTHER INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED on the IRS Careers website Law Enforcement and Investigation web page.


If you are interested in this employment opportunity, you must take the following action:

Go to the IRS FCIP website at

Create an account and search for these positions using the ALP FCIP announcement numbers: 10CN1-CIX0039-1811-7-FCP for the GL-1811-7 level and 10CN1-CIX0040-1811-9-FCP for the GL-1811-9 level.


  • Review the announcement and then click “Apply Online” on the announcement page

  • Create a FCIP account & a FCIP online resume

  • Click “Apply to this vacancy”

  • Attach FCIP online resume & complete the FCIP online application

  • Submit supporting documentation online, such as:

    • Transcripts for all college-level work (Unofficial copies are acceptable at this time; official transcripts will be required if you are offered employment.)

    • Copy of your Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license (if applicable)

    • Copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and your SF 15 and associated documentation (if applicable, for veterans)

  • Click “Finish”

You must complete all of the above application steps by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of the announcement.

2010 Accelerated Leadership Federal Career Intern Program Opportunity

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