Forensic Accountant

October 22, 2018


Federal Bureau of Investigation


Government/Public Services




San Francisco, CA


Questions regarding this opening should be directed to Frank McGorman at

Position: Forensic Accountant, GS-13 Agency: Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation

Location: San Francisco, CA.

Full Performance level: GS-13

Number of Positions Available: 1

Key Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to obtain a Top Secret-SCI clearance
  • ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • The selectee approved for hire will be required to attend a mandatory five week Forensic Accountant Core Training Session (FACTS) held at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
  • The selectee must be willing to sign a mobility agreement.


  • Forensic Accounting involves the use of accounting skills, auditing and investigative techniques to research and follow the systems through which money may be funneled or laundered.
  • FoAs use their knowledge of financial processes to plan, coordinate and direct the financial aspects of investigations in conjunction with FBI agents, prosecuting attorneys and other local and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Under these collaborations, their expertise is applied to counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, and other crime investigations.
  • GS-12:
    • Assesses the value of financial evidence; unravels sophisticated techniques for moving funds and shielding illegal activity.
    • Provides financial profiles of individuals and groups.
    • Compiles extremely complex financial findings and conclusions to prepare in-depth forensic accounting reports.
    • Utilizes various computer applications to review and interpret implications on a vast number and variety of financial transactions, and other corporate business, and financial processes, associations, and record-keeping systems.
    • Present analysis, conclusions, and recommendations to supervisor and executive and senior management in written and oral presentations.
    • Review, develop and update policy and procedures of the work to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the program and information received.
    • May testify as a subject matter expert in Grand Jury, Trial or other proceedings as to the information obtained, chain of custody, and conclusions.
    • Produces in-depth financial investigative reports and exhibits.
    • Participates in subject and witness interviews, and testifies as an expert witness in criminal proceedings.
    • Develops and provides forensic accounting presentations/briefings.
    • Maintains appropriate contacts in law enforcement, private industry, and other government agencies to advance investigations and to share best practices.
    • Mentors and instructs inexperienced forensic accountants and financial analysts.
  • GS-13 (in addition to the above):
    • Provides authoritative expertise with regard to accounting and financial practices, world-wide securities, banking laws and systems, conventional and non-conventional financial institutions, national and international businesses.
    • Develops new forensic accounting techniques applicable to various financial investigations.
    • Serves as an expert forensic accountant and authority in the identification, examination, and analysis of financial data.
    • Coordinates the examination of financial aspects of the investigation in cooperation with case agents, prosecuting attorneys and others.


Qualifications and Evaluations:

  • Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s) can be identified in your resume. a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours of accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.
  • Combination of education and experience - at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge.

The applicant's background must also include one of the following:

  1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law.
  2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written exam. Specialized Experience (SE) In addition to the basic education requirements listed above, applicants must also meet the SE requirements as described below.
  3. GS-12:
    Applicant must possess one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-11 grade level. SE is defined as follows:
    1. Plans and facilitates financial investigations in cooperation with case agents, attorneys, and other entities.
    2. Application of criminal statutes, regulations, procedures, violations, and jurisdictions with respect to national and international financial investigations.
    3. Conducts complex analyses and compiles findings/conclusions to produce in-depth financial investigative reports and exhibits suitable for court of law.
  4. GS-13 Applicant must possess one (1) year of SE equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. (In addition to the above) SE is defined as follows:
    1. Independently performs work conducting thorough forensic examinations and analyses of complex and sophisticated financial records and recordkeeping systems by utilizing accounting, auditing, analytical, technical, and investigative skills.
    2. Provides guidance and/or mentors less experienced forensic accountants.
    3. Education All degrees must be from an accredited college or university.
    4. Education may not be substituted for specialized experience.

How to Apply:

Send resume and supporting documents to:

Frank McGorman Supervisory Forensic Accountant Federal Bureau of Investigation 450 Golden Gate Ave, 12th Floor P.O. Box 36015 San Francisco, CA 94102

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. Other supporting documents (if applicable).
  3. College transcripts.

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.

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Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

Two plus years of experience


$105,335 to $136,936

Travel Requirements


Contact Name

Frank McGorman

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