National Background Investigations Bureau

About the organization

Delivering efficient and effective background investigations to safeguard the integrity and trustworthiness of the Federal workforce.
Per Executive Order 13467, as amended, the investigative service was restructured as NBIB specifically to: “serve as the primary executive branch service provider for background investigations for eligibility for access to classified information; eligibility to hold a sensitive position; suitability or, for employees in positions not subject to suitability, fitness for government employment; fitness to perform work for or on behalf of the Government as a contractor employee; fitness to work as a non-appropriated fund employee, as defined in Executive Order 13488 of January 16, 2009, as amended; and authorization to be issued a Federal credential for logical and physical access to federally-controlled facilities or information systems.” NBIB also provides background investigator, suitability and investigative systems training.


As an Investigator at the GS-1810-7 with a full performance level of GS-12, you will be part of NBIB Washington Metro Field Office (DC/Arlington, VA), Office of Personnel Management. If selected, you will be responsible for conducting investigations and interviews/checks to complete background investigations for suitability on current and prospective Federal employees.
• Assist with conducting Federal Personnel Background Investigations, many of which are sensitive or controversial, where allegations, hearsay information, or other vague or intangible information of an adverse nature exist.
• Evaluate individual's trustworthiness for access to classified information, placement in a sensitive position, retention in the military services, or placement in Federal employment.
• Assist with collecting and developing information from a variety of sources.
• Prepare reports of investigation in accordance with OPM guidelines and instructions.

Conditions of Employment
o Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
o Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
o Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
o Position is subject to drug testing
o May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
o Extensive travel is required within the local commuting area of this announcement
o Valid driver's license
o May be required to sign a Mobility Agreement as a condition of employment

Travel Required


For the GS 7: You must have at least one year of experience that is equivalent to the GS-05 level in or directly related to the line of work of this position that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Experience should include conducting personnel background research/inquiries, reviewing personnel forms and reports for completeness and accuracy, reviewing technical documents (such as employment applications, investigative questionnaires, affidavits, credit and police reports, loans/benefits applications etc.) to extract information, identifying discrepancies/inconsistencies, or areas potentially requiring clarification or additional information, applying regulations and/or operating procedures within a technical program, adjudicating or substantiating cases/claims for legal/financial/medical benefits, military intelligence action, law enforcement, or legal work, or interviewing personnel for various reasons.
OR A Bachelor's Degree that meets one of the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) OR One full year of graduate level education in an accredited college or university. The education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
OR A combination of education and experience as listed above.
*Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please email your resume, NCE letter and a copy of your transcripts to [email protected] This position is currently open to current NCE eligible applicants only.You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Mandatory Completion of Basic Training: You must successfully complete the FBITP training course in order for you to be able to perform field investigative work for OPM-NBIB. Successful completion of the FBITP requires that you obtain a passing score on written and practical tests measuring attainment of knowledge objectives. Failure to successfully complete the FBITP, including successful passage of the written and practical tests, will result in removal from the position.

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