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441 4th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States
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Organization name: 
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
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Position Description: 

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is seeking candidates for the position of investigator within the Public Advocacy Division. The Public Advocacy Division investigates and litigates civil cases aimed at protecting the public interest. It includes two practice areas. The Housing and Community Justice Section works with community groups, tenant organizations, and District government agencies to address nuisance properties, litigates cases essential to protecting affordable housing and tenants’ rights, and litigates cases to protect residents from other abuses such as wage theft. The Public Integrity Unit brings enforcement cases against companies and individuals that engage in unlawful commercial activity causing harm to the public or harm to the District Government itself, including cases seeking damages or injunctive relief for violations of the antitrust, consumer protection, environmental, anti-fraud, nonprofit, and charities laws.

The successful candidate will plan and conduct complex civil investigations to prosecute violations of the District of Columbia’s False Claims Act, particularly alleged non-resident tuition fraud, and wage theft laws, as well as other areas of law handled by the Division.

Responsibilities include interviewing potential witnesses, reviewing documents, gathering facts, gathering and preserving evidence electronically, drafting requests for documentation and information, drafting memoranda and/or reports of investigations, serving summons, subpoenas, and court orders, organizing documents for trial, and generally providing investigative support for cases being investigated and/or litigated by the Division.

The successful candidate will work closely with attorneys in the division in performing investigative activities and effectively liaise with the appropriate personnel with various DC government agencies such as the Office of the State Superintendent of Education and Department of Employment Services.


QUALIFICATIONS: Experience performing a wide variety of investigations. Experience which demonstrated (1) initiative, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and judgment required to collect, assemble, and develop facts and other pertinent data; (2) ability to think logically and objectively, to analyze and evaluate facts, evidence, and related information and arrive at sound conclusions; (3) skill in written and oral reports and presentations of investigative findings in a clear, concise and impartial manner, and (4) tact, discretion, and capability for obtaining the cooperation and confidence of others. Familiarity with electronic document review platforms would be beneficial.

DS-11: Four years of experience is required in performing a wide variety of investigations. DS-12: Five years of experience is required in performing a wide variety of investigations of a complex nature which required independent decision-making. Experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position and must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, CS-09 and CS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. In addition, to be creditable, at least one year of Specialized experience should be directly related to the duties of the position to be filled.

Substitution of Education: A substitution of education for required experience will be allowed as defined in OPM's Qualification Standards. However, in order to receive credit, applicants must submit official proof of educational attainment at the time of application. Time in grade restrictions must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

SUBMISSION OF RANKING FACTORS: The following ranking factors will be used in the evaluation process. All applicants MUST respond to the ranking factors. Please respond specifically to the ranking factor(s) by either typing directly into the free form area provided or by pasting from a text document. Please describe specific incidents of sustained achievement from your experience that show evidence of the level at which you are applying. You may refer to any experience, education, training, awards, outside activities, etc. that includes the degree to which you possess the job related knowledge, skills and abilities described in the ranking factors. The information given in response to the ranking factors should be complete and accurate to the best of your knowledge. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO ALL RANKING FACTORS WILL ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

Ranking Factor #1. In-depth knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology regarding civil and administrative aspects of law and their application in investigative skills and techniques.

Ranking Factor #2. Thorough knowledge of investigative procedures, regulations statutes, rules of evidence, interviewing techniques, and the ability to plan, organize and conduct overt and covert investigations.

Ranking Factor #3. Knowledge of and ability to understand the impact of external and internal influences upon the discipline(s), activity, or action being assigned.

Ranking Factor #4. Ability to communicate, effectively both orally and in writing, with individuals of varying backgrounds.

Ranking Factor #5. Knowledge of personal computers, various software packages, (e.g. Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Powerpoint), sufficient to create documents in final form, such as written reports, charges, graphs, and tables.

To apply: 

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should e-mail one PDF file which includes the following, addressed to
Ms. Dodson at [email protected] by 11:59 pm EST on June 30, 2017:
1) A Cover letter;
2) Completed DC-2000 Employment Application for the District of Columbia Government (found at:;
3) Resume, and
4) Responses to each of the Ranking Factors.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Friday, June 30, 2017