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IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) - Linthicum, MD

Post Posted: Feb 16, 15 06:33

Please note the bolded section near the bottom of the announcement.

Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Title:IT Specialist (Forensic Examiner) GS 12/13 (EX)
Department:Department Of Justice
Agency:Federal Bureau of Investigation
Job Announcement Number:18-2015-0041

SALARY RANGE: $76,378.00 to $118,069.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 to Wednesday, February 25, 2015
SERIES & GRADE: GS-2210-12/13
POSITION INFORMATION: Excepted Service - Permanent, Full-Time
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy - Linthicum, MD View Map
WHO MAY APPLY: This announcement is open to all qualified U.S. citizens.

This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number 18-2015-0051. FBI candidates who wish to be considered on External and FBI only certificates must apply to both announcements.
About the Agency

Division: Operational Technology

Section: Digital Evidence Section
Unit: Digital Analysis & Research Center
Locations: Linthicum, MD
Working Hours : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

The mission of the Digital Analysis and Research Center is to provide quality technical and scientific investigative capabilties, detailed digital extraction and analysis, testimony and support to the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children Program.

Must be able to obtain a SCI clearance.
U.S. Citizenship Required

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Serves as a forensic examiner responsible for planning, coordinating and directing forensic science activities including:
Performing comprehensive forensic examinations and technical analysis of computer-related digital evidence (i.e., magnetic media storage devices including floppy disks, hard disks, magnetic tapes, optical disks, flash memory cards, etc.); -Utilizing expert knowledge of IT forensic analysis to perform multi-faceted examinations; -Utilizing a broad scope of knowledge in many IT areas to examine and analyze larger more complex computer systems.
Maintains liaison with other federal agencies, the computer industry, forensic community, etc. through participation in organizations/working groups.
Conducts research related to IT analysis. Recommends new protocols/procedures for the collection, examination and analysis of digital evidence.
GS-13: In addition to the above duties;
Serves as a coordinator of a team of examiners in conducting large scale search and examination operations.
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Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume.

In addition to meeting the basic education requirements,

GS 12: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS -11.

Specialized Experience:

Demonstrates the accomplishment of advanced information technology (IT) projects requiring complex and difficult forensic examination of computer, digital, and similar media and equipment using a wide range of knowledge of IT and evidentiary techniques resulting in the acquisition, examination, or/presentation of computer-related evidence for investigative purposes.
GS 13: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS 12. In addition to the above specialized experience;
Demonstrate the ability to take on a lead role in complex assignments with significant responsibilities.
Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Education Requirement:

All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with at least 20 semester hours in one or more of the following disciplines: computer science, information systems analysis, science/technology, information management, mathematics, computer engineering, or electrical/electronic engineering.


1. Applicant has had experience that demonstrates accomplishments of computer project assignments that require a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques. For example, assignments would show on the basis of general design criteria provided, experience in developing modifications to part of a system that require significant revisions in the logic or techniques used in the original development.


2. Applicant has completed the following technical courses or equivalent: A+ Certification Personal Computer Hardware Course; Network + Certification, CCNA Certification, MCSE Certification; FBI Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) Certification.

Each candidate must meet the certification requirements of the Operational Technology Division upon completing the CART FE Training Program, which includes the demonstrated ability to use software utilities, demonstrated ability to acquire digital evidence ability to conduct forensic exams of digital evidence, and obtaining A+/Net+ certification.

In addition:

Each candidate must successfully complete and pass an assessment test on forensic capabilities before certification. Inability to meet these requirements may warrant removal from the program.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

EXCEPTION: FBI employees applying for any grade level who do NOT have to meet the degree requirement mentioned above must meet the following:

FBI applicants who were active Computer Analysis Response Team (CART) Forensic Examiners (FE), Forensic Examiners in Training (FET) prior to 2/15/2002.

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts or lists of college courses by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Please see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for additional information.

Moderate travel may be required.

The Digital Analysis and Research Center is dedicated exclusively to cases involving Violent Crimes Against Children. Duties will include the full time handling/viewing of Child/Adult pornography and will require the candidate to successfully pass the "Safeguard" psychological assessment on a yearly basis.

Incumbent may be required to serve up to a two-year training probationary period as a Forensic Examiner.

Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

Administrative/Organizational Policies and Procedures
Computer Languages
Database Management
Network Management
Technology Application
Attention to Detail
Forensics - Digital/Computer
High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in a lowered score.

Additional details on the application process can be found at the "How To Apply" section of this announcement.