Investigator (Whistleblower Protection Program)
Department of Labor
 Shoreline, WA
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Summary

The mission of the Whistleblower Protection Program is to investigate matters falling within the purview of Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970; and the myriad of other federal statutes containing whistleblower protections all of which fall within OSHA's jurisdiction.

This position is located at the Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) in either Oakland, CA or Seattle, WA. This position is in the bargaining unit.

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Responsibilities

This position serves as an Investigator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Whistleblower Protection Program (WPP), provide regarding complex investigations and complaint issues.

At the GS-9 level: Receives and reviews complaints and determines if OSHA filing requirements are met. Investigates and reviews documentary evidence, analyzing the evidence; writes reports, memoranda, and letters, and meets with complainants, respondents, and their representatives to negotiate settlements. Conducts and documents comprehensive interviews to identify and gather evidence essential for a case. Writes investigative findings, analyses, reports and recommendations. Conducts settlement negotiations with complainants, respondents and/or legal representatives or other employer/employee representatives. Communicates orally and in writing with various individuals, i.e. complainants, employers and/or their representatives to convey information and engage in settlement discussions/conflict resolution of investigations. Recommends disposition of cases according to established criteria.

At the GS-11 level: Receives and reviews initial complaint allegations and determines if prima facie exists/determines if complaint is appropriate for investigation. Plans and conducts complex investigations, identifying obstacles, and interpreting evidence to achieve compliance. Conducts and documents comprehensive interviews of all parties identified in complaints; identifies and gathers evidence essential to the case. Bring complaints to successful conclusion or resolution within a reasonable period of time. Conducts, facilitates and develops settlement negotiations with complainants, respondents and/or legal representatives Communicates orally and in writing with various individuals, i.e. complainants, employers and/or their representatives to convey information, engage in settlement discussions/conflict resolution of investigations and prepares findings of evidence. Makes dispositions in all cases in accordance to established legal criteria and available evidence. Provides technical assistance and advice to OSHA's regional solicitor. Evaluates and monitors state plan occupational safety and health whistleblower retaliation programs to ensure compliance with Federal law. Resolves short and long range problems concerning program-related whistleblower issues or actions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Driver's license required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.

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1810 General Investigation

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Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to drug test prior to appointment at GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Requires a valid drivers license.

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.

Qualifications

For the GS-9: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-7, in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that equips an applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience at this level include knowledge of methods and principles of investigative techniques and settlement negotiations, knowledge of whistleblower statutes and skill in investigating, reviewing and analyzing documentary evidence.

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Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

For the GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-9, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include knowledge of whistleblower statutes as well as other occupational safety and health laws, knowledge of investigative techniques; skill in identifying potential sources of information and analyzing documentary evidence; skill in negotiations; ability to conduct comprehensive investigations.

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Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.

Education

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.