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NRO - Criminal Investigator

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Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $112,021 – $161,900
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Office of Inspector General (OIG) has openings for Criminal Investigators (please visit the NRO website at The NRO OIG is an independent oversight organization and is charged with detecting and preventing fraud, waste and abuse within the NRO.

NRO OIG Criminal Investigators conduct investigations into alleged violations of federal law and serious misconduct by NRO personnel, contractors and others acting on the behalf of the NRO when the allegation involves NRO programs or operations. OIG Criminal Investigators interact with all levels of NRO employees, contractors, other offices of Inspectors General, and the Congressional oversight committees. Additionally, they must develop and maintain strong working relationships with Department of Justice and law enforcement agencies.

OIG Criminal Investigators carry a special position of trust and are expected to conduct themselves and their investigations in accordance with standards set forth in the Attorney General Guidelines and the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. Position duties are similar to OPM's 1811 job series position; however, Federal law enforcement retirement and Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) is not provided.

Candidates must have experience conducting a variety of criminal, civil, and administrative investigations. Recurring duties include formulating case theories and plans, reviewing records, conducting interviews, gathering evidence, producing reports, and providing testimony in legal proceedings. While part of a small but expanding team, candidates must be able to work independently. The successful candidate will be hired as an employee of the Central Intelligence Agency and subsequently detailed to the NRO.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree from a four year accredited college or university
  • Law enforcement experience
  • At least four years of investigative experience
  • Ability to analyze facts and communicate clearly both orally and in writing
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad cross-section of society sometimes under stressful conditions
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • General knowledge of computer hardware, networks, and common software applications
  • The ability to travel both domestically and internationally as needed

Desired qualifications:

  • Prior experience working with Federal Prosecutors
  • Prior experience investigating Procurement Fraud
  • Prior experience working joint investigations
  • Knowledge of rules of evidence, search and seizure, criminal procedures, and general investigative procedures
  • Completion of a basic criminal investigations training course from a state or federal academy or equivalent


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice:Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Mar 17, 2015 11:41 AM
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2017 10:38 AM

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