Investigative Specialist (Global)

U.S. Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 22

Position description

Become part of the team that safeguards the financial system from the abuses of financial crime. At the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), we are at the forefront in preventing and detecting terrorist financing, money laundering, and other financial crime. Serve at the nation's financial intelligence unit and protect the United States financial system from criminals and terrorist financiers.


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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-14. If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

  • Conducts investigations to address illicit finance concerns, which can be denominated in fiat currency, or via other methods such as convertible virtual currency (also known as cryptocurrency), or more broadly, virtual assets.

  • Represents FinCEN in meetings with other Treasury offices focused on illicit finance, as well as in interagency meetings requiring coordination of U.S. Government (USG) actions to counter illicit finance threats. Briefs and secures support from senior government officials, including political appointees of the National Security Council, Department of the Treasury, State Department, Department of Justice, and Federal banking agencies. Meets with target's senior staff and opposing counsel to negotiate FinCEN's impending steps in convincing the target to improve its anti-money laundering controls. Meets with mid-to-high level officials of foreign governments to discuss the impact of using Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act on their economy and socio-political impacts on the country.

  • Drafts, reviews, and edits evidentiary records and decisional memos for decision makers that confirm foreign jurisdiction, institution, class of transactions, or type of account to be of primary money laundering concern. Recommends actions that have potential impact on U.S. foreign policy, international relations, national security, international finance, and international economics.

  • Evaluates the need to impose additional reporting requirements on members of the public including financial institutions, non-financial trades, and businesses by determining the impact of the proposed collection strategically on a vulnerability in the U.S. financial system or tactically on a specific law enforcement investigation or illicit activity.

  • Provides subject matter expertise that may include 1) Financial institution operations; 2) Financial institution products and services; 3) Illicit finance typologies and methods; 4) Illicit finance risk; and 5) illicit finance conducted through convertible virtual currencies (aka cryptocurrencies), or more broadly, virtual assets. Illicit finance may include, but not be limited to, that related to money laundering, proliferation finance, terrorism finance, corruption, transnational organized crime, and/or cybercrime.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 nights per month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment


The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.

Security Clearance: This position has been designated National Security Level IV, Special Sensitive and requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain eligibility for a Top Secret (TS) clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access. Applicant must meet and continue to adhere to the requirements of a Tier 5 level background investigation. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. Continued employment with FinCEN is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the Tier 5 level background investigation, the results of which fully meet the FinCEN's special employment criteria. All employees are subject to satisfactory completion of periodic reinvestigation and a continuing life style in conformity with applicable national and FinCEN directives. Any unfavorable information developed during an investigation or other official inquiry may result in termination of employment in accordance with established security policies and procedures.

Key Requirements:

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  3. Must be U.S. Citizen or U.S. National



You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized experience for the GS-09 is defined as one year of experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level in the federal service, that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

- Analyzing or drafting of evidence related to actions affecting U.S. foreign policy, international finance, international economics, and/or illicit finance.

Examples of such experience might include:- Assisting with obtaining and analyzing evidence regarding actions that relate to illicit finance (i.e. money laundering, terrorist financing, proliferation financing, evasion of financial sanctions, illicit finance involving cybercrime or cryptocurrencies, etc.), OR- Maintaining subject matter expertise on one or more geographic portfolios (e.g. Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Central and South America, Western Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and Southeast Asia) on matters related to U.S. foreign policy, international finance, international economics, and/or illicit finance; OR- Assisting in drafting, reviewing, and editing evidentiary records and decisional memoranda for multiple stakeholders and decision makers regarding illicit finance.

OR you may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:- master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR- 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR- LL.B. or J.D., if related;

OR you may qualify on a combination of education and experience. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.


Education Requirements: The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

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