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Lead Investigator (Labor)

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Department Of Labor Seattle , WA 98113

Posted 5 months ago

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DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

May be filled as a Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) or as a non-LEO. This position may be filled either in the GS-1801 (General Inspection, Investigation, and Compliance) series or the GS-1811 (Criminal Investigating) series. This announcement is for a non-LEO position. If you wish to be considered for a LEO position, you must apply under vacancy announcement number MS-18-SF-OLMS-050.

The incumbent primarily conducts investigations of individuals suspected of violating the criminal provisions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959 (LMRDA) and related statutes and associated crimes such as conspiracy, forgery, bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud.

One vacancy to be filled in each of the following locations: Seattle WA, Los Angeles CA, Phoenix AZ, Denver CO or Kansas City MO.

Salary ranges:

Seattle WA: $94,618 to $123,004; Los Angeles CA: $98,747 to $128,373; Phoenix AZ: $90,065 to $117,086; Denver CO: $94,890 to $123,358 or Kansas City MO: $87,804 to $114,146.

  • This position is inside the bargaining unit.

  • Position is at the full performance level.

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Independently plans and develops assigned and self-identified complex and highly sensitive investigations as directed by the District Director, other OLMS management officials, or by U.S. Attorneys.

  • Independently conducts the most complex audits of sizable unions, conflict of interest investigations by union officers and employees, improper and prohibited activities by employers, and investigations of LMRDA violations in union officer elections.

  • Conducts difficult investigations that are typically complicated by at least one of the following factors: large size and complex nature of the union under investigation; presence of difficult legal or regulatory issues where precedents do not provide conclusive guidance; multiple high-profile subjects and media attention; and obstacles to the investigation such as destruction of union records, falsification of documents, ongoing theft schemes, fictitious names and accounts, conspiracy, and intimidation of witnesses.

  • Directs, oversees, or leads union officer rerun elections under court orders or voluntary agreements with the unions. Independently researches issues, develops an effective pre-election strategy, and prepares the agenda. Initiates and conducts the pre-election conference with union members, officers, and interested parties to set ground rules and the election schedule. Oversees the election to ensure compliance with election rules, LMRDA provisions, and the union's constitution and bylaws. Resolves challenges to the election process by union members and candidates. Prepares a report of the election process and analyzes and makes recommendations on the propriety of the election for use before appropriate judicial bodies.

  • Obtains evidence, interviews contacts, analyzes financial records, and writes reports. Develops and follows leads, keeping immediate supervisor informed of findings and proposed strategies to address problem areas.

  • Independently analyzes the operation of large union entities; resolves any serious obstacles to the progress of an investigation; and overcomes resistance or hostility encountered during enforcement activities, as necessary.

  • Prepares comprehensive, well-documented, sign-off quality reports of investigative findings, recommending appropriate disposition that clearly substantiates violations in accordance with elements of proof.

  • Initiates and conducts meetings, discussions, and conferences with parties connected to the investigations such as union officers, union employees, attorneys, certified public accountants, employers, and union members. Explains the LMRDA requirements and OLMS investigative procedures to gain access to records and gather information, pertinent facts, and evidence.

  • Researches, investigates, analyzes, and examines accounting and financial records and the structure, philosophies, policies, and operating practices of labor organizations; discovers and develops leads; gathers evidence; determines when investigative depositions should be taken; and requests grand jury and agency subpoenas to secure evidence and develop testimony.

  • Works closely with U.S. Attorneys, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and DOL's Solicitor's Office in preparing cases for prosecution. Resolves critical jurisdictional problems or makes recommendations on such matters to the District Director or Supervisory Investigator. LEADS, PLANS, DIRECTS, AND CONDUCTS TEAM INVESTIGATIONS AND OTHER ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES.

  • Coordinates the work of team members during investigations; sends leads to other OLMS offices; evaluates information; and modifies investigative approaches. Balances workload and tasks, making adjustments to accomplish work in accordance with established priorities. Reviews completed work, monitors and reports on the status and progress of work, and coordinates with the supervisor on major issues.

  • Ensures that the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values are communicated to the project team and integrated into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans, and work products and services.

  • Provides advice on investigative methods, practices, procedures, and desired outcomes used to accomplish tasks. Provides assistance to the team and/or individual members to identify solutions. CONDUCTS COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCE ACTIVITIES.

  • Provides compliance assistance to achieve and improve labor organizations' and other clientele's compliance with the regulatory and statutory requirements of the LMRDA and related statutes.

  • Plans and participates in educational compliance assistance seminars. Explains or interprets provisions, policies, and requirements of the pertinent statutory authorities governing the matter under consideration, and encourages voluntary compliance. INITIATES AND MAINTAINS LIAISON ACTIVITIES.

  • Initiates contacts and maintains liaison with U.S. Attorneys, as well as other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of exchanging information.

Travel Required
25% or less

  • Frequent travel.

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    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment

  • Requires a medical examination.

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

  • U.S. Citizenship.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position described above. For example, specialized experience could have been obtained in a civil/criminal investigative position with local, state, or Federal government that required using a wide variety of investigative, auditing, and law enforcement techniques in order to resolve specific high profile or complex civil and criminal cases.

For additional information, refer to the Office of Personnel Management Operating Manual for Qualification Standards, Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Administrative and Management Positions.


There is no substitution of education for experience for this position.

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Lead Investigator (Labor)

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Department Of Labor