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Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Criminal Investigator, GS-15, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-14 level in or related to the work of THIS POSITION that provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


* 2.Please the select the responses that describe your experience with investigative techniques such as:
  1. The use and development of informants
  2. Search warrants for physical or documentary evidence or leads
  3. Electronic and physical surveillance
  4. Undercover operations
  5. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices


* 3.Please select the response that best describes your experience planning and conducting criminal investigations within a multi-state geographic area of responsibility.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.I have experience in the following areas of environmental enforcement:
  1. Conduct case development and enforcement activities.
  2. Develop administrative, civil and criminal enforcement cases.
  3. Manage enforcement programs.
  4. Develop policy for environmental enforcement programs.
  5. Manage and use data in support of enforcement activities.
  6. Review, analyze, and resolve intergovernmental relations issues with an emphasis on environmental enforcement programs.
  7. I do not meet any of the choices above.


* 5.Indicate all that apply in your experience in addressing Environmental Justice issues.
  1. I have not addressed Environmental Justice issues.
  2. I have addressed Environmental Justice issues with State officials.
  3. I have addressed Environmental Justice issues with Local government officials.
  4. I have addressed Environmental Justice issues with Tribal government officials.
  5. I have addressed Environmental Justice issues with citizens of the community.


* 6.Develops project plans or schedules based on an understanding of the overall program priorities and related efforts of the organization.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.I have made presentations or conducted briefings for the following individuals and groups:
  1. Team members in my organization
  2. Supervisors and managers in my organization
  3. High level government officials
  4. Business/industry officials
  5. Non-technical audiences
  6. Scientists and researchers
  7. Congressional delegations
  8. Foreign officials
  9. Tribal officials
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 8.Demonstrated written communication to make recommendations, provide advice, and prepare analysis and reports.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the response that describes your experience evaluating training standards and requirements for criminal investigators assigned to an environmental crimes unit.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.I have the following experience in strategic planning and goal setting:
  1. Develop annual and long-range plans, strategies and goals
  2. Implement annual and long-range plans, strategies and goals
  3. Manage annual and long-range plans, strategies and goals
  4. Evaluate annual and long-range plans, strategies and goals
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 11.Establish and monitor performance measures to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and progress of the team in meeting its plans, goals, and objectives.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Please select the response that describes your experience planning, organizing, and directing major complex and highly sensitive criminal investigations relative to EPA or similar programs within other federal agency components such as:
  1. Contract fraud
  2. Smuggling
  3. Environmental crimes
  4. White collar crimes
  5. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices


* 13.Maintain and promote effective working relationships with co-workers, headquarters counterparts, regional offices, and government contractors by successfully communicating in remote collaborative environments using a variety of collaboration tools.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.I have experience resolving issues by evaluating options and alternatives for decision making where no precedent or guidelines exist.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Have you or do you supervise or conduct complex investigations involving special investigative techniques utilizing:
  1. Court testimony
  2. Evidence processing
  3. Undercover operations
  4. Search warrants
  5. Subpoenas (including grand jury or IG subpoenas)
  6. Suspension and/or debarment
  7. Consensual and/or non-consensual interception activities
  8. I do not have or do not meet any of the choices


* 16.Please select the response that best describes your experience coordinating investigations with appropriate law enforcement agencies.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.I have written materials for the following audiences:
  1. Employees and managers
  2. Other federal agencies and departments
  3. State and local governments
  4. The general public
  5. Congress
  6. Senior government officials
  7. Private industry
  8. Public interest groups
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 18.Provide leadership to assure that the priorities and goals of the organization stay abreast of national policies, priorities, changing conditions and other conditions which may affect organizational programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 19.Please select all federal environmental statutes, other than Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) and Food Quality Protection Act (FQPA), with which you have experience.
  1. Clean Water Act (CWA)
  2. Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)
  3. Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund)
  4. Clean Air Act (CAA)
  5. Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  6. Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
  7. Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)
  8. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above.


* 20.Do you have experience planning, organizing and directing complex criminal investigations involving federal environmental violations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.Mediate with others of dissenting opinions and disparate views to reach consensus and/or adopt practices, initiatives, policies, procedures and recommendations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 22.Select the responses that describe your experience managing an organization.
  1. I have assigned work based on priorities
  2. I have organized and managed staff and resources
  3. I have directed, coordinated, and overseen work through team leaders
  4. I have evaluated the performance of employees or team members
  5. I have identified training needs of employees or team members
  6. I have made decisions on non-routine, costly, or controversial training needs or developmental assignment requests
  7. I have developed and discussed performance standards of employees or team members
  8. I have recommended awards and employee recognition
  9. I have resolved employee issues including grievances, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaints or similar issues
  10. I have managed conflict among staff
  11. I have recommended disciplinary actions, i.e., warnings, reprimands, suspensions, etc.
  12. I have interviewed candidates to fill vacancies and recommended selections
  13. I have approved expenses and budget related to overtime, travel and other purchases
  14. I have assessed and developed long range budget projections
  15. I have developed short and long-term goals for staff and financial resources
  16. I have determined need for staff support, i.e., contractors, grantees, etc.
  17. I do not have any of the above experiences


* 23.Please select all that describes your Leadership-Supervisory experience:
  1. Developed performance plans with subordinate staff members.
  2. Evaluated individuals on attainment of performance standards and objectives.
  3. Counseled employees on methods to improve their job performance.
  4. Developed training plans for staff members and ensure that all professional, technical, and other job related training and development requirements are met.
  5. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning leave utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  6. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning disciplinary actions utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  7. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning promotions utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  8. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning awards utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  9. Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning employee selections utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.


* 24.Experience distributing and balancing workload and tasks among employees in accordance with established workflow and employee skill levels and occupational specializations to assure timely accomplishment of the work units mission.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 25.Have you made presentations or given briefings on the following topics, check all that apply:
  1. Budget
  2. Administrative procedures
  3. Environmental risks
  4. Project statuses, findings to date, problems and recommendations
  5. Recommendations for problem solutions
  6. Organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities
  7. Policy issues
  8. Potential impacts of changing regulations or policies for the organization
  9. Hazardous waste clean- up or remedy selection
  10. Air pollution
  11. Water pollution
  12. Solid waste pollution
  13. Regulations and policies
  14. Financial and Resources Management issues
  15. Information Management
  16. Legal matters
  17. Environmental Enforcement and Compliance Assurance
  18. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 26.Please select the response that best describes your experience conducting investigations of state and/or federal environmental crimes.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 27.Have you testified under oath as a fact and/or expert witness in support of environmental enforcement actions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 28.Please select the response that best describes your experience coordinating use of staff resources and prioritizing investigative assignments and responsibilities.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 29.Which answer best describes your experience in organization change:
  1. I have not participated in any change effort
  2. I have not participated in a change effort that improved results in the organization
  3. I have participated in a change effort that was limited in scope (affecting a single unit, process or activity) that resulted in improved organizational performance
  4. I participated in a broad change effort (affecting many units, processes or activities) that resulted in improved organizational performance
  5. I led a change effort that was limited in scope that resulted in improved organization performance
  6. I led a change effort that was broad in scope that resulted in improved organization performance


* 30.Utilize knowledge of results-based management under the Government Performance Results Act to set and assess the unit's progress towards meeting its annual and long-term program goals.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 31.I have performed the following management functions:
  1. Develop and conduct performance agreements
  2. Develop and implement long-term project plans
  3. Develop strategic plans
  4. Resolve conflicts
  5. Prepare budgets
  6. Approve Quality Assurance (QA) plans
  7. Approve Health & Safety Plans
  8. Approve purchases
  9. Manage contracts or other extramural projects
  10. Conduct regularly scheduled meetings
  11. I have not performed any of the management functions listed above


* 32.Make recommendations or decisions on personnel issues concerning leave, disciplinary actions, promotions, awards, and selections utilizing applicable human resources policies and procedures.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 33.I perform the following tasks associated with strategic planning and budgeting programs:
  1. Defining needs and program objectives
  2. Organizing available funding and developing plans for distribution
  3. Developing and implementing programs
  4. Tracking progress, costs and deliverables
  5. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 34.Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to ethics.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 35.Communicate with a variety of individuals which may involve explanation of administrative procedures, regulations, and processes.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 36.Have you used marijuana/cannabis during the last three (3) years or have you extensively used marijuana/cannabis over the last five (5) years?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 37.Have you used any illegal drug(s) or combination of illegal drugs, other than marijuana, during the past ten (10) years or engaged in more than minimal experimentation in your lifetime? (For the purpose of this question, the term "illegal drugs" includes the use of an anabolic steroids after February 27, 1991, unless prescribed by a physician for your use alone to alleviate a medical condition).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 38.Have you used any illegal drug(s) while employed in any law enforcement or prosecutorial position, or while employed in a position which carries with it a high level or responsibility or public trust, or while holding a security clearance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 39.Have your ever distributed or sold any illegal drugs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 40.A conviction (including pleading no contest or guilty, or being found not guilty by reason of insanity) of the types set forth below makes you ineligible unless you were pardoned or your conviction was expunged or set aside. Have you ever been convicted of either: (1) any type of felony offense or (2) any misdemeanor offense involving domestic violence or firearms or explosives violations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 41.Do you currently hold a valid driver's license? If appointed to this position, you will be required to possess a valid state motor vehicle operator's license, and maintain it while you occupy the position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 42.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 43.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 44.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 45.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 46.I certify, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all the information in this application is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application, or in any document or interview associated, I may be fined or imprisoned, denied employment, or removed and debarred from Federal service. That any info I give may be investigated. By responding No to this item I will not be considered for this position.
  1. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  2. No, I do not certify the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith.
  3. No, I do not understand the information provided above.






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