Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Supervisory Criminal Investigator (Assistant Country Attaché) (1811) (1811) in Tijuana, Mexico
This position is located under the Office of Strategic Intelligence & Information-International Affairs Office, located in Tijuana, MX.
Please refer to ATF O 2303.3 for more information.
Foreign Locations: All assignments to foreign locations are voluntary. Employees assigned to positions in foreign locations must sign a 3-year service agreement. At the end of the three year tour of duty, an employee may opt to extend his/her tour in one (1) year increments, for up to two (2) additional years, subject to the concurrence of Bureau management. At the conclusion of the tour, employees who wish to transfer may identify their office of preference using the following guidelines, via memorandum through their chain of command:
* (a) Employees who are selected for or reassigned to and serve three (3) years in foreign locations may, at the end of the third year, designate three field divisions of their choice. The Bureau will select one of those field divisions as the employee's new location, subject to available vacancies and resources, and the employee will be transferred at Bureau expense in accordance with ATF H 1550.1, Permanent Change in Station.*
* (b) Employees who are selected for or reassigned to and serve four (4) years in a foreign location may, at the end of the fourth year designate a field division or State, whichever is largest, of their choice. The Bureau will select an office within that area as the employee's new office, subject to available vacancies and resources, and the employee will be transferred at Bureau expense in accordance with ATF H 1550.1, Permanent Change in Station.*
(c) Employees who are selected for or reassigned to and serve five (5) years or more in a foreign location may, at the end of the fifth year, designate three field offices of their choice. The Bureau will select one of those field offices as the employee's new location, subject to available vacancies and resources, and the employee will be transferred at Bureau expense.
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As a Special Agent, Assistant Country Attaché, the major duties consist of the following:
- At the direction of the Country Attaché coordinates activities with the highest level law enforcement, military, and other government officials in the host country.
- Identifies problems and resolves disputes, misunderstandings, etc., with the U.S. Embassy staff and appropriate foreign officials.
- Serves as a U.S. expert spokesperson on all matters relating to firearms enforcement, with particular emphasis on international trafficking activities.
- Maintains an equal partnership with other U.S. law enforcement agencies, e.g., DEA, FBI, USCS, etc., posted in the host country for purposes of sharing information, coordinating activities, and performing similar functions.
- Ensures that all ATF activities are in accordance with the appropriate agreements between the host country and the United States.
- Provides expert advisory services to law enforcement and other government officials in the host country on firearms enforcement strategies, tactics, operational practices, information sharing, firearms tracing, etc., and in major criminal investigations conducted by foreign law enforcement agencies.
- Recommendations involve highly significant issues and policy matters and may have major impact on the activities and operations of numerous foreign departments and or agencies.
- Manages the Bureau's International Traffic in Arms (ITAR) program in the host country.
- Develops overall strategies, goals, and objectives for ATF representation and any operational activity in the host country.
- Conducts studies and analyses of the criminal activities in the host country and in the surrounding geographical region with particular emphasis on those consisting of or involving the illegal international trafficking in firearms.
- Boundaries of studies are extremely broad and difficult to determine in advance.
- Ensures that significant ITAR-related data gathered in the host country is properly handled and reported to the Country Attaché and the Chief and Deputy Chief of the International Affairs Office for further analysis or action.
- Actively promotes the use of available services provided by ATF and cooperative operational activities, with specific emphasis on those associated with international firearms trafficking.
- Emphasizing both ATF's and the host country's needs and priorities, develops and provides specialized training to law enforcement and military agencies, with special emphasis on firearms enforcement matters, including firearms identification and tracing methods and procedures in host country.
- Performs the full range of supervisory duties over staff members assigned to ATF's office in the host country.
- Prepares or directs the preparation of a variety of written reports and other documentation for use by law enforcement management in justifying ATF's presence in the host country, the need for additional resources, and the relative success of ATF-sponsored programs and cooperative activities.
- Develops new criteria for measuring and evaluating program accomplishments, results, and effectiveness.
Who May Apply
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Applications will be accepted from internal employees only of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives serving under a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service and current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. Applications will also be accepted from CTAP eligibles. Travel and relocation expenses have been authorized and will be paid.
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Conditions of Employment
- Subject to random drug test.
- Time in Grade requirement must be met by the closing date of the vacancy.
- Requires proficiency with firearms per ATF's Standard.
- May be required to serve a one year probationary period.
To qualify, you must meet all qualification requirements described in this announcement by the closing date.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have taken the 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 or 2017 EPAS and received a passing score. The best qualified list (BQL) is comprised of the top 5 EPAS scoring candidates applying to this position. This position falls under the Merit Promotion Board (MPB) process, that will include an interview of the competitive candidates by the Board.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience which is in, or directly related to, the line of work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To meet the specialized experience requirements, you must demonstrate that you possess appropriate experience in, or have shown the potential to develop, the qualities of successful leadership such as: Judgment and Problem Solving; Plan, Organize and Prioritize; Lead Others; Relate to Others; General Investigative Knowledge; Knowledge of Relevant Laws, Regulations, and Policies; measured during ATF’s EPAS.
Any employee who currently occupies or has previously occupied a permanent GS-1811-14 position with prior or current specialized experience may apply to be considered for noncompetitive reassignment.
This is a PCS; however, different relocation benefits are associated with this move since it is outside of the United States. Most notably the Government does not purchase the current home and no house hunting trip is allowed.
Temporary quarters, shipment of household goods/furniture, property management fees, and separate maintenance allowance are all benefits that may be included in this PCS.
This assignment requires a Diplomatic Passport. The selected employee will work with the International Affairs Division to obtain a Diplomatic Passport, which is issued by the Department of State. Selectees are also required to have a medical clearance.
Additional Benefits: Additionally, this position may be eligible for post differential and/or danger pay. Please refer to the Department of State’s Office of Allowances website for specific information https://aoprals.state.gov/. Be mindful that these rates can change each pay period. The salary for this position does not receive locality pay and is paid from the rates outlined by OPM on the General Schedule Base Salary.
Also, the incumbent may be eligible for education allowance (K-12) for children and living quarters, as defined by the Department of State. ATF has no decision in the housing process.
The incumbent may also be eligible for the ATF foreign language award.
The ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred, but not mandatory.
The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and (for scored examining) score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See www.sss.gov. Subject to a 5-year periodic investigation.
EEO Statement:The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability (physical and mental), family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, retaliation, or other non-merit based factors.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
“Federal Regulations state no ATF employee, his/her spouse, or his/her minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. You should be aware that you may be asked to relinquish any ownership of or interests in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries before a determination can be made whether access to ATF information, information technology systems, and/or facilities can be authorized.”
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
This vacancy is in conjunction with the Special Agent Career Plan ATF O 2311.4B, dated and effective February 24, 2015. As such, provisions of paragraph 11 apply as follows:
11. PROMOTION TO GS-1811-14. GS-1811-13 special agents interested in progressing to the 14 level are eligible to apply after meeting the below requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:
A. A minimum of 6 years’ service with ATF as a special agent.
B. A minimum of 3 years as a GS-1811-13 criminal investigator in a field enforcement group assigned to the non-specialized position, PD# 0SP220, or to the Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) position, PD#094159. NOTE: In the case of special agents who moved into a specialized position before completing the required 3 years, an exemption must be requested, based any of the following circumstances:
1) For those special agents who completed their journeyman at the GS-12 level, i.e., had to compete for the GS-13 level, and do not meet the criteria in b. above, must obtain a management exemption memorandum addressed to the Chief, Human Resources Operations Division, signed by the Special Agent In Charge and approved by the Deputy Assistant Director. The memorandum must include your career history which will be verified by Human Resources Operations Division.
2) For those special agents whose SAC deemed it mission critical to reassign an agent to a specialty position prior to their completion of three years at the journey level as noted in b. above, must obtain a management exemption memorandum addressed to the Chief, Human Resources Operations Division, signed by the Special Agent In Charge and approved by the Deputy Assistant Director. The memorandum must include your career history which will be verified by Human Resources Operations Division.
NOTE: As part of the application process, all approved exemptions must be uploaded prior to the vacancy announcement closing through USAJobs. The same exemption may be used when applying for any future vacancy announcements, however, it must be uploaded each time an agent applies to a vacancy announcement.
C. A passing and valid Electronic Promotion Assessment System (EPAS) score. NOTE: All GS-1811-13 special agents are required to pass the EPAS prior to being able to apply for any GS-1811-14 position. A special agent is eligible to take the EPAS after completion of 1 year as a GS-1811-13 (as of the close of the EPAS vacancy announcement) and after having obtained at least an “Fully Successful” rating on the most recent annual performance appraisal. For additional information on the EPAS, see ATF O 2311.1A.
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Background checks and security clearance
- Required Documents
Required Documents (if applicable):
- Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).
- Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your grade, career or career-conditional tenure and, a separate award SF-50 dated within the last 3 years, if applicable.
- CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.
- Land Management Eligibles: a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-47. For more information, click here. All required materials must be uploaded using the supporting documentation instructions described in the announcement. Prior to selection, the candidate may be required to provide an original copy of any supporting/validating documentation as well as other documentation to verify eligibility.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
- Benefits for federal employees
- Healthcare insurance
- Pay and leave
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
- How to Apply
How to Apply
- STEP ONE - (Online Resume- USAJOBS) You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your Federal resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to CareerConnector when you apply online. If you have an existing USAJOBS account, simply login and select the resume you wish to include with your application package for this announcement.
- STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions CareerConnector) In CareerConnector, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided at USAJOBS and the answers to the CareerConnector questions will become your application package.
- STEP THREE - (Supporting Documentation) You may upload supporting documentation in one of two ways: (l) Once you finish answering the questions in the job announcement, you will be prompted to upload your document(s) to your application package. You will be given the choice to either upload the document as part of the application process, or you can select a document that you've already loaded on USAJOBS, or simply fax supporting documentation, which will provide you the necessary cover sheets for each of your documents so that they will be correctly submitted to the appropriate vacancy announcement. The fax number will be available on the cover sheet. (2) You can upload a document to an existing application by logging into your USAJOBS account profile. Click on "My Applications" and search for the vacancy. Once you have located the vacancy, click on the vacancy and select "Apply Online". Move through your existing application to the Documents page and select "Upload" in order to add a document to your application. Be certain to review your complete application for confirmation that the document uploaded and click on "Finished" to be returned to USAJOBS.
- Your complete online application and any required supplemental documentation (e.g. DD-214) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. It is also your responsibility to ensure all documents are received on time and the materials are readable. If applying on-line poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us at the telephone number listed on this announcement. Applicants MUST CONTACT US PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE to speak to someone who can provide assistance for on-line submission.
- Requests for extensions will not be granted. Paper applications submitted without prior approval from the agency point of contact may be handled as incomplete. IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If your contact information changes after the closing date of this vacancy announcement, update your profile information in MYUSAJOBS as well as contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement to ensure you can be contacted throughout the selection process.
Agency contact information
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Please apply online Washington, District of Columbia United States
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After the vacancy closes, the Human Resources Office will use the application package to automatically rate, rank and certify candidates. You can check the status of your application anytime by accessing the USAJOBS online application system at http://www.usajobs.gov. You will need to provide your USAJOBS User ID and Password to access the Track your Online Job Application feature. You may also click on the link provided to access additional information on Career Connector.
All applicants will be notified at four (4) stages in the hiring process.
- Upon receipt of your application
- After your qualifications have been assessed
- Whether or not you've been referred to the Selecting official
- Whether or not you've been selected for the position. This position will require an interview before the Merit Promotion Board (MPB), the MPB will consider each BQL candidate and make a selection based upon the following:
1) EPAS profiles outlining assessed competencies.
3) Structured interviews.
If you are contacted for an interview you will be provided specific instructions on that process.
- Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) office at OPM
- Office of Equal Opportunity
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
Legal and regulatory guidance
- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/479627500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 09/15/2017 to 09/28/2017
Salary: $88,136 to $114,578 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 14
Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time
Appointment type: Permanent