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Job Title: DOCUMENT ANALYST-FE, GS 1397-12/13/(All U.S. Citizens)/Laboratory Division/Quantico, VA
Company Name: FBI
Location: QUANTICO, VA
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/27/2020
Expire Date: 12/31/2020
Job Categories: Computers, Software, Government and Policy, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, Law Enforcement, and Security, Transportation, Executive Management, Quality Control, Writing/Authoring
Job Description
DOCUMENT ANALYST-FE, GS 1397-12/13/(All U.S. Citizens)/Laboratory Division/Quantico, VA

Open to ALL U.S. Citizens

Opening Date:   09/24/2020

Closing Date:     10/07/2020     11:59 pm (EST)

Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Brenda Robinson at (703) 632-3182 or brobinson@fbi.gov

Job Summary

Position:   Document Analyst-FE, GS-12/13

Division:  Laboratory

Unit:  Question Documents

Location:  Quantico, VA   No public transportation is available.

Working Hours:   8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Salary:   GS-12   $86,335.00 - $112,240.00;   GS-13:  $102,663.00 - $133,465.00

Full Performance level:  GS-13

Number of Positions Available:   One

Duration: Full Time/Permanent

Additional selections may be made from this announcement to fill positions within the same division when the position includes substantially the same duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret clearance
  • Some travel may be required
  • This position may be exposed to violent acts, and lewd images. 
  • Must successfully complete up to a two-year training program necessary for qualification as an FBI Forensic Examiner (FE).  Must sign a Forensic Examiner Training Service Agreement (FETSA) to remain a FE for two years after the completion of training, with the understanding that failure to complete training may lead to termination or change to a similar position at a lower grade.   Failure to fulfill the FETSA will require reimbursement for the prorated expense of his/her training, unless a waiver is granted.  Applicant is required to serve a two-year probationary period as a FE, beginning when he/she enters on duty as a FE trainee.
  • Candidates who are hired for this position will not be eligible for promotion until they successfully complete their Forensic Examiner training.

    ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the FBI is to protect the American People and uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Major Duties:

  • Serves as a Forensic Examiner in the Questioned Documents Unit of the Laboratory Division responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing forensic science activities in the FBI to include expert examinations, reporting of results, training and testimony in the field of Document Analysis. 
  • Performs all facets of highly complex cases submitted in ongoing criminal and foreign counterintelligence efforts, as well as federal, state and local investigations.  Responsibilities include a wide range of duties relative to same, ranging from administrative functions to detailed scientific examinations and training duties. 
  • Using extensive experience in broad range of document examination techniques and instrumentation, examines individual items of evidence for comparison of questioned and known samples of handwriting, hand printing, paper, printing, rubber stamp impressions, typewriting, office machines, plastic bags, and the like in accordance with policies, protocols, standards and procedures.
  • Completely processes all aspects of the most complicated cases including indented writing examinations; database searches; evidence photography and scanning; inventory of evidence; disposition of evidence; and, documenting chain of custody.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the FBI’s Candidate Rating Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed in this announcement and will be compared to your responses to the online assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume, and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from Most Competitive status.

Your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Most Competitive, Competitive, or Least Competitive. Names of candidates in the Most Competitive category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration. Veterans’ preference will be applied.

All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies :

  • Analytic Thinking
  • Concentration and Vigilance
  • Problem Solving/Judgment
  • Communication
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Forensics

Positive Education Requirement

This position has a specific education requirement; all applicants must verify completion of this basic educational requirement by submitting a copy of their college transcripts by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Basic Requirement: All candidates must meet the basic requirements specified under A or B below:


  • A. Successful completion of a 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university bachelor's (or higher) degree in physical and biological sciences, graphic arts, police science, criminology, or law.


  • Experience in one or more of the following: Microscopic examination of materials (such as bullets and cartridge cases, tools and tool marks, hairs and fibers) or the conduct of laboratory tests and experiments that provided a knowledge of scientific techniques, procedures, and instruments. Such experience may have been gained as a physical science aid or technician, laboratory aid, or quality control inspector.
  • Investigation or law enforcement work that provided a familiarity and working knowledge of document identification and detection procedures and techniques.
  • Photography where the purpose was to show accurate details of objects or to show information not available to the unaided eye. Such experience may have been gained in such fields as scientific, engineering, technical, or medial photography.
  • Work that provided a technical knowledge of the graphic arts, printing, illustrating, and other recording and duplicating processes and of the related materials.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements provided you can show foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

In addition to the basic requirements, all applicants must meet the specialized experience listed below and must be included in the resume.

Specialized Experience (SE):

GS-12:  Applicant must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. SE is defined as follows:

  • Experience in performing all facets of complicated case preparation wherein evidence is preserved and prepared for examination by a Forensic Examiner.
  • Experience in examining a wide variety of evidence that may include the preservation of evidence, database searching, footwear examinations, tire tread examinations, typewriter classification, comparison with reference files, indented writing examination, paper and watermark examination, transcription of typewriter ribbons, and examination for erasures, alterations and obliterations.

GS-13:   Applicant must possess at one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level.   SE is defined as follows:

  • Experience in forensic examinations of questioned documents, to include examinations in handwriting, indented writing, enhancements, fraudulent and altered documents, machine printing, and paper products.

How to Apply


For detailed instructions related to applying, uploading documents, withdrawing an application or updating your application, please review instructions on How to Apply.  If applying online is a hardship, please use the contact information listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.


Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package by the closing date which includes:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates
  2.  A complete assessment questionnaire
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable):
  • College transcripts, (unofficial transcripts are acceptable and must be submitted by the closing date)
  • Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50  (current or former federal employees)
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal; not applicable to current FBI employees
  • Veterans: DD 214; Disabled Veterans: DD 214, SF-15, and VA letter dated 1991 or later (must be submitted by the closing date)

You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date of this announcement. If applying online is a hardship, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date for assistance.

What to Expect Next

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The Most Competitive candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of your status throughout the process.

Additional Information

  • The FBI is in the Executive Branch of the federal government. It is one of the components of the Department of Justice (DOJ). The FBI is the principle investigative arm of the DOJ. All FBI positions are in the excepted service.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens and consent to a complete background investigation, urinalysis, and polygraph. You must be suitable for Federal employment; as determined by a background investigation.
  • Failure to provide necessary and relevant information required by this vacancy announcement may disqualify you from consideration. Additional information will not be requested if your application is incomplete. You application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.
  • Management may select any grade for which this position has been announced.
  • Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
  • If you are hired, you will be required to serve a two-year probationary period. Probationary employees are precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until 12-months of their two-year probationary period has concluded. Probationary Employees may be considered for competitive vacancies that are advertised within their respective division or field office after serving 90 days within the FBI.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: Work performed outside assigned duties (that would not normally be documented on an SF-50, i. e., back-up duties), has to be documented in detail by an immediate supervisor in order to receive full credit for amount of time worked in that position. If no documentation is furnished no credit will be given for time worked in that position. The following notations must be specified in the documentation (Memorandum of Understanding):

        a. Percent of time worked in the particular position (cannot conflict with main duties)
        b. The month/year work began
        c. Frequency worked (i.e., daily, monthly, etc.)
        d. Specific duties performed

Attach the Memorandum of Understanding to your application in the “Cover Letters and Attachments” section of My Career Tools on the Careers Home page. Please upload the attachment as type “Other.”

Veterans' Preference

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume and application. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.


Nepotism is the act of favoring relatives in the hiring process, and is prohibited by law. Public officials are prohibited from hiring or promoting relatives or relatives of officials in their chain of command, as well as actively or indirectly endorse a relative’s appointment or promotion.

During the hiring process, all selected candidates and FBI hiring managers will be required to certify they are not related to anyone involved in the hiring process.

Reasonable Accommodation Request

The FBI provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please notify the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Affairs (OEEOA) Reasonable Accommodation (RA) Program by either e-mail at REASONABLE_ACCOMMODATIONS@ic.fbi.gov, telephone at 202-324-4128, or FAX at 202-324-3976.  Your request will receive an individualized assessment.

This e-mail address is only for reasonable accommodation requests.  Please do not submit your application and/or any questions unrelated to reasonable accommodations.  Should any applications be received, they will not be forwarded for consideration during the hiring process.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The FBI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for this vacancy. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, selection will be made without regard to, and there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism, or any other non-merit factors.


The FBI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:  http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

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