This position is located in the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Region 3, Philadelphia, PA. Position is inside the bargaining unit. Applicant must possess a current valid drivers license. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if funding becomes available.
Conducts designated phases of whistleblower investigations and negotiations, and begins to conduct complete investigations and negotiations on non-complex allegations, as the incumbent develops skills and acquires knowledge.
Under guidance of higher grade investigator or supervisor, prepares assigned portion(s) of investigative case reports for submission.
Under close supervision and instruction, negotiates non-complex settlement agreements resulting from allegations.
Observes and participates in prima facie determinations, merit determinations, recommendations for litigation, drafting of subpoena, etc. to gain knowledge of these processes.
Conducts whistleblower investigations in cases ranging in difficulty where the number of issues and/or nature of the issues require careful analysis and interpretation of evidence.
Conducts and documents comprehensive interviews of principal parties and supportive witnesses. Identifies and gathers evidence essential to the elements of the case, including defenses and fringe issues that may have an influence on the investigation.
Collects and maintains evidence in established formats; applies existing legal precedents from applicable case law; and confers with and gathers evidence from other federal or state agencies, as appropriate.
Receives and reviews complaints to gather information in conjunction with the supervisor or senior investigator to determine if the complaint meets the filing requirement for the various statutes enforced by OSHA.
Reviews initial complaint allegations per the agency's complaint screening criteria to determine if a prima facie showing exists and/or if the complaint is appropriate for investigation on both jurisdictional and procedural grounds.
Applicants must meet either the specialized experience OR substitution of education for specialized experience described below:
FOR GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the positions. Examples of specialized experience include:
- Assists in conducting investigations;
- Prepares assigned portions of investigation reports;
- Assists in recording statements from persons with knowledge of the subject of the investigation;
- Prepares recorded statements and facts for supervisory review
Substitution for Experience: One year (1) of graduate-level education leading to such a degree related to investigative work such as criminal justice, criminology, Human Resources Management, industrial relations, labor relations management, Public Administration, etc.
Superior Academic Achievement. Information regarding S.A.A can be found in OPM’s General Schedule Qualification Policies.
For the GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the positions. Examples of specialized experience include:
- Experience interpreting laws AND/OR regulations AND/OR administrative procedures to derive conclusions involved in assessing AND/OR assuring compliance;
- Experience identifying basic regulatory violations concerning job discrimination.
Substitution for Experience: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree related to investigative work such as criminal justice, criminology, Human Resources Management, industrial relations, labor relations management, Public Administration, etc. or an LLB or J.D