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12:01 AM EST FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014 – 11:59 PM EST FRIDAY, AUGUST 15, 2014.

Applications received during this period will be considered
for the 2015 and 2016 hiring years.

"Joining the FBI means choosing to excel with an organization of highly talented, ethnically diverse, professional men and women who have a daily impact on the quality of life of all U.S. citizens. If you are ready to accept the challenge, apply.

Please review the FY14 Special Agent Application Information to learn about Eligibility Requirements and the FBI's Hiring Needs."


Location – Eleven Agencies, Montgomery County


The Montgomery County Consortium of Communities, on behalf of their respective Civil Service Commissions or Municipalities, will be conducting a written examination for Police Officer on Saturday, September 13, 2014, AT MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUMMUNITY COLLEGE, PARKHOUSE HALL, 340 DEKALB PIKE, BLUE BELL, PA  19422



Bryn Athn – PO Box 192                                      Bryn Athyn                               215-947-0118
Hatboro – 120 E. Montgomery Avenue           Hatboro                                    215-675-2832
Limerick – 646 West Ridge Pike                         Limerick                                    610-495-7909
Lower Gwynedd – 1130 N. Bethlehem Pike    Spring House                           215-646-5303
Lower Moreland – 640 Red Lion Road             Huntingdon Valley                 215-947-3132
Norristown – 235 E. Airy Street                             Norristown                                610-270-0977
North Wales – 300 School Street                       North Wales                              215-699-9279
Springfield – 1510 Paper Mill Road                   Wyndmoor                                215-836-1601
Upper Dublin – 801 Loch Alsh Avenue             Fort Washington                       215-646-2101
Upper Moreland – 117 Park Avenue                Willow Grove                           215-657-4700
Upper Pottsgrove – 1420 Heather Place          Pottstown                                 610-326-8446


Beginning Monday, August 4, 2014, at 8:00a.m., a single unified application will be available on line at  This application can be used to apply to any one, or all eleven, of the Departments you are eligible for.  Unified Applications must be completed on-line at     

You will not be permitted to take the exam until you complete the application on line and pay the $30 fee by using the Pay Pal account linked to the application. 


No paper applications, checks or money orders will be accepted.  Applicants who do not have computer access can go to any public library or one of the participating agencies.



All applicants shall report for registration at 8:00 a.m. on the day of the test. No one will be admitted after 8:30 a.m.

All applicants must bring photo ID and two number 2 pencils.

No food or drink, cell phones, back packs, hats, weapons, or purses, other than those used to carry personal hygiene items, will be permitted into the testing facility. 



There will be a physical agility test held on October 18, 2014, at 8am, at the Upper Moreland High School.  You will be notified in writing if you are invited to attend the physical agility test.  The standards for successfully completing the physical agility test are listed at using the thirtieth (30%) percentile. 


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER    * Women and Minority Applicants Encouraged to Apply *



Location – Twenty-three Agencies, Lancaster County


The Lancaster County Chiefs of Police Association, 23 of its member agencies ( us/859/Participating-Police- Agencies ), and have entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative testing process for the position of police officer.

View our recruitment video at: v=4ordHFlyTAo&


Testing Dates:                         September 6th and 7th, 2014

Location:                                  Elizabethtown College
1 Alpha Dr.
Elizabethtown, PA 17022


          Registration must be completed online at LancasterCops

            by Friday, August 15, 2014 at midnight.

          Additional forms and waivers must be postmarked by August 22, 2014.

          The Agility test will be administered prior to the written test.  Candidates who pass the               Agility test will then take the written test immediately following the same day. 

          Scheduling will be based on your time of registration.  You will receive notification of your
             testing date and time shortly after your registration has been submitted.

          Registration fee of $75 is Non-Refundable.

How it works:

Pay one fee + Take one physical assessment + Take one written exam = Valid test results for 12 months

A single application fee of $75 covers your fee for a standardized written exam, physical assessment, and all PoliceApp processing fees when you submit an application to a participating department during a 12-month period.

Your 12-month application eligibility period begins on the date you take the written exam. During this period, you may apply for any position advertised by a department participating in the LCCPA program online with PoliceApp, provided you meet that department’s minimum score requirements, as well as any other department-specific prerequisites.


Job Title:Foreign Service Criminal Investigator

Agency:U.S. Agency for International Development

Job Announcement Number:OIG-14-FS-09FW


$48,171.00 to $70,741.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 7, 2014 to Wednesday, December 31, 2014




Full-Time - Excepted Service - Permanent




FEW vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


All Qualified U.S. Citizens

This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to December 31, 2014. There will be a cutoff date beginning August 07, 2014, and every 30 days thereafter until December 31, 2014.



Top Secret/SCI




About the Agency

This position is with the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Investigations.  The Office of Investigations is responsible for investigating allegations of criminal, civil, and administrative violations and employee misconduct relating to USAID's world-wide programs and operations.
The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recovering from disaster, or striving to live in a free and democratic country.  USAID has been a principal U.S. agency in extending assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. 

OIG is responsible for preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and violations of law, and for promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of USAID programs.  OIG is responsible for auditing and investigating USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the United States African Development Foundation (ADF).  OIG is organized into three operational units: Audit, Investigations, and Management. OIG maintains overseas offices in Cairo, Egypt; Dakar, Senegal; Manila Philippines; Pretoria, South Africa; San Salvador, El Salvador; Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Islamabad, Pakistan; Kabul, Afghanistan; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Frankfurt, Germany.

The full promotion potential of this position is FS-01 (GS-15 equivalent).


  • No


  • Travel is required.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Special-Sensitive Clearance.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing required. Must carry a firearm.
  • Medical and Physical Examinations are required.
  • Relocation expenses to Washington not authorized on initial appointment.


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  • Conducts routine to moderately complex international and domestic investigations.  Analyzes reports or allegations of misconduct, malfeasance or other fraudulent activities related to US criminal and civil laws and administrative regulations and policies of USAID, IAF, ADF, MCC and OPIC.  Develops and maintains liaison with federal, state, local and foreign law enforcement officials.  May serve as witness before a Grand Jury or in criminal or civil trials, and testify in such proceedings.
  • Plans, organizes and conducts criminal, civil, and administrative investigations involving fraud, waste, and abuse of USAID foreign programs, personnel and operations.  Recognizes and makes recommendations on matters of investigation that show a high potential for criminal or civil prosecution, monetary recovery, debarment or suspension, employment termination or major systemic changes in operational procedures or practices.
  • Works individually or on a team to conduct investigations utilizing a broad range of investigative techniques, such as witness interviews, grand juries, criminal complaints, arrest warrants, electronic surveillance, financial analysis, document examination and expert witnesses. 
  • Conducts an analysis of crime characteristics (types of victims and perpetrators, actions of victims and their method of operation, geographical data, chronological data, property loss, stolen data, physical evidence and other factors) which may contribute to crime analysis crime.  
  • Prepares documentation, comprehensive investigative reports and other written communications.  Expresses information ideas or facts to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (technical, sensitive, controversial, etc. 


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You must have one year of specialized experience at the level close to the work of this job that has given you particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform.  Typically we would find this experience in work within this field or a field that is closely related.

FS-06 level:  Applicants must have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. J.D., if related or 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least FS-7/GS-7.  Specialized experience is defined as observation of higher grade investigation, legal, or financial work assignments; in-depth study of materials pertinent to investigations, international development, or international affairs; progressively responsible project management tasks including managing resources; data analysis, risk analysis, limited scope reviews, audits, or monitoring and evaluating projects in an overseas environment; conducting reviews and briefing superiors on critical accounting or intelligence matters; interviewing employees, officials internal and external to US and foreign Governments, and others for the purpose of obtaining or verifying facts or specific information; securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports; experience communicating orally and in writing, working effectively with individuals and/or other agencies, and experience analyzing and solving problems.

You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.
You will be required to maintain firearm proficiency and carry a firearm while performing the duties of this position.
Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license upon appointment and be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle.
You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test results before you can be appointed into this position.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful completion of a full field background investigation and issuance of a 'SPECIAL-SENSITIVE (SCI ACCESS)' clearance. 
MEDICAL CLEARANCE:  Prior to being hired to the Foreign Service, applicants must have a thorough medical examination and receive an unlimited medical clearance for assignment worldwide.  
Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment medical examination by an Agency designated physician to determine if they are physically and medically qualified to perform the full duties of the position. Any physical condition which could hinder an individual's full, efficient and safe performance of his/her duties as a criminal investigator, or failure to meet any of the required physical or medical qualifications, will usually be considered disqualifying for employment, except when sufficient evidence is presented that the individual can perform the essential functions of the job efficiently and without hazard to themselves and others. Applicants who refuse to submit to the required examinations will not be considered for employment as criminal investigator. 
Applicants must agree to work an annual average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements of law enforcement availability pay (LEAP) as described in Title 5 U.S.C. 5545A (d) (1).
Applicants for this position are required to qualify with and use firearms and other weapons as part of assigned duties and to maintain such qualifications. Because of an amendment to 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(9), which became effective September 30, 1996, and is referred to as the Lautenberg Amendment, applicants are ineligible for this position if at ANY time they have been convicted of a qualifying crime of domestic violence, unless such conviction was expunged, set aside or the applicant received a pardon.  A qualifying conviction is a state or Federal conviction for a crime of domestic violence and any general or special court-martial for an offense that otherwise meets element of a crime of domestic violence, even though not classified as a misdemeanor or felony.
Continuing employment in this position is contingent upon: (1) maintaining eligibility for a 'SPECIAL-SENSITIVE (SCI ACCESS)' clearance in a position which has been designated as 'SPECIAL-SENSITIVE; (2) maintaining criteria outlined in USAID/OIG/I, Health and Fitness Program for Criminal Investigators; (3) willingness to travel domestically and overseas as necessary; (4) work an annual average of 2 extra hours a day to meet the requirements of law enforcement availability pay (LEAP) as described in Title 5 U.S.C. 5545a(d)(1); (5) willingness to carry and use a firearm in the execution of official duties; and (6) compliance with the Lautenberg Amendment.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  The duties of this position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, use of firearms, and exposure to inclement weather.  Manual dexterity with comparatively free range of motion of fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, and knee joints are required.  Arms, hands, legs, and feet must be sufficiently intact and functioning in order that applicants may perform the duties satisfactorily.  Sufficiently good vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required to perform the duties satisfactorily.  Near vision, corrective lenses permitted, must be sufficient to read printed material the size of typewritten characters.  Hearing loss, as measured by an audiometer, must not exceed 35 decibels at 1000, 2000, and 3000 Hz levels.  Since the duties of this position are exacting and responsible, and involve activities under trying conditions, applicants must possess emotional and mental stability.  Any physical condition that would cause the applicant to be a hazard to himself/herself, or others is disqualifying.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of appointment.  Applicants that have no prior series 1811 criminal investigator experience must meet the maximum age for entry into a covered position which is the date immediately preceding the applicant's 37th birthday and must be able to retire at the mandatory age of 57 years with 20 years of service as an 1811 criminal investigator.  Hiring exceptions will be made for veterans' preference eligibles.
Foreign Service career candidates will be considered for tenure by a Tenuring Board after they have acquired at least three years in the agency, of which a minimum of two years' overseas experience in the Service.  Each career candidate is afforded two opportunities to receive tenure based on the Board's review of the employee's written performance evaluations which are prepared by a supervisor at least once a year.  A career candidate who fails to perform satisfactorily may be separated at any time during their probationary period.  Any employee who remains untenured after two reviews will be separated from the Agency at the end of the five-year probationary appointment.  The appointment status of a career candidate who receives tenure will be changed from probationary to career.


We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: Qualified applicants receive a score of 70 to 100.  You will be rated on your qualifications for this position as evidences by the work experience, and training you report on relative to this positions that show the degree to which you possess the Competencies listed on this vacancy announcement.  USAID must be able to conduct reference checks as part of its assessment process.  Applicants who do not permit reference checks from previous employers may be disqualified.

The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

FS-5 level:

  • Project Management
  • Planning and Evaluation
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
IMPORTANT: If you are found to have rated your self-assessment higher than the information in your on-line application, supporting documentation narratives, and/or any other relevant part of your application package; including attachments, a score will manually be determined that reflects your documented experience.  This may result in a lowered score and may also eliminate you from the best qualified list. 

To preview questions please click here. GetJob/ViewDetails/374722900

Job Title:Criminal Investigator

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Government Accountability Office

Job Announcement Number:GAO-14-FAIS-1811-01-DE


$88,125.00 to $137,732.00 / Per Year


Friday, July 11, 2014 to Friday, July 25, 2014




Permanent - Full-Time




2 vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map


This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens.


Top Secret




About the Agency

GAO's work is designed to address four common goals:

• to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;
• to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;
• to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and
• to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.

If you want to help form public policy, and you have exceptional analytical, communication, and collaboration skills, and can demonstrate high levels of initiative, then GAO is where you want to be!

This position is located in the Forensic Audits and Investigative Service (FAIS) team of GAO. The FAIS team provides Congress with high-quality forensic audits and investigations of fraud, waste, and abuse; other special investigations; and security and vulnerability assessments.

This position is covered by the provisions of Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP), which is a special form of premium pay fixed at an additional 25% of basic pay (including locality pay). Applicants must agree to work an annual average of two hours extra per day to meet the requirements of LEAP.

This position is covered by the special retirement provisions of Federal Law Enforcement Officer Retirement. Employees subject to special retirement coverage for law enforcement officers must retire at age 57 upon completing 20 years of law enforcement service. If these 20 years of service are not attained by age 57, mandatory retirement is required upon completion of 20 years of service.

BARGAINING UNIT STATUS: This position is included in the bargaining unit.

The GAO is part of the Legislative Branch.  As such, all positions are in the excepted service. If you have status in the competitive service and wish to be considered under merit promotion or non-competitive procedures, you must apply to GAO-14-FAIS-1811-01-MP for consideration. 


  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent travel required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • A probationary period may be required.
  • Selectee will have to complete a financial disclosure statement
  • Selectee must be able to meet medical and physical requirements
  • Selectee must be able to travel frequently


Back to top- Collaborates with other investigators in establishing plans for the execution of extremely complex and sensitive investigations of alleged or suspected violations of federal regulations and criminal laws, with particular emphasis on white collar crime that involves potential fraud, waste, abuse, and government corruption.

- Conducts complex inspections, investigations, and reviews with highly technical problems, including analysis of Federal government programs and processes.  Interviews witnesses, subjects, and informants to solicit information and to collect data.

- Distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information or evidence, prepares well-defined and well written investigative plans and high-quality reports of investigations, and prepares documentation that supports logical and succinct analysis and recommendations.

- Performs undercover work and mobile or fixed surveillance that includes the use of a variety of electronic surveillance equipment to collect and document evidence.

- Works with auditors, analysts, attorneys, methodologists and investigators in collaborative efforts and fosters a strong team environment.

- Serves as an expert advisor and liaison in developing and maintaining relationships with various stakeholders in the Federal government, private industry, state and local law enforcement agencies, and within GAO.

- Prepares technical reports, GAO reports, briefing papers, testimony, and reports of investigations that conform to relevant agency standards, policies, and procedures, as appropriate. GetJob/ViewDetails/375319300



Location – Fifteen Agencies, Cumberland County


The Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium and fifteen agencies have entered into an agreement to conduct a cooperative testing process for the position of police officer.  The physical agility test will take place on Saturday September 13th and Sunday September 14th, 2014.  The written test will occur on Saturday September 20, 2014. Applications must be submitted no later than the close of business on Friday, August 22, 2014.  Participating agencies include:


Camp Hill Borough PD                                    Carlisle Borough PD                                       

East Pennsboro Township PD                         Fairview Township PD                        

Hampden Township PD                                  Lower Allen Township PD                                

Mechanicsburg Borough PD                        Middlesex Township PD                                  

Mt Holly Borough PD                                        New Cumberland borough PD

North Middleton Township PD                       Shippensburg Borough PD

Silver Spring Township PD                                Upper Allen Township PD

West Shore Regional PD


Preliminary applications and all accompanying documents for the position of police officer may be obtained at our website http://www. cumberlandcountypolicetest. com/



The duties of an officer are listed on the website.  Department specific requirements are listed on the agency’s websites http://www. cumberlandcountypolicetest. com/



All fifteen departments offer an exciting opportunity for a police career with competitive salary and benefits packages. 


Contact Information:

Applications, along a $50.00 non-refundable fee maybe submitted online through the website.  Applicants who choose to mail the application, must include the fee, payable by check or money order payable to the Cumberland County Chief of Police Association.  Applications, if mailed, should be addressed to Cumberland County Police Testing Consortium, C/O Upper Allen Township Police 100 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.  Applications must be submitted no later than the close of business on:



All departments are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage females and minorities to apply.


Posted: 7/10/2014      Removal Date: 8/22/2014


Location – Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County


The Silver Spring Township Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer with special assignment as School Resource Officer.


Qualified applicants shall meet the following criteria:

         U.S. Citizen

         High School diploma or GED

         Valid driver’s license

         5 years previous police experience

         Certified or able to become certified as a PA Police Officer through MPOETC

         Pass all written, oral, and physical agility examinations

         Meet all Physical, Psychological and Eye examinations as per MPOETC Standards

         Applicants with DARE, SRO or similar experience are preferred.

Contact Information:

Applications are available at or in person at the Silver Spring Township Police Department, 5 Willow Mill Park, Mechanicsburg (8am to 4pm M-F). Completed application in addition to resume must be submitted by end of business on Friday, August 8, 2014. Silver Spring Township is an EOE.

Posted: 7/11/2014      Removal Date: 8/8/2014