Supervisory Forensic Accountant

November 7, 2018


Federal Bureau of Investigation


Government/Public Services




Chicago, IL


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. Once training dates are established, employees will be notified in advance.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. CITIZEN.
  • Must have (or be able to obtain) a valid driver’s license
  • ALL applicants must verify completion of the basic education requirement by submitting a copy of college transcripts.

Major Duties:

  • Provides knowledge 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.
  • Assesses the value of financial evidence; unravels sophisticated techniques for moving funds and shielding illegal activity. Provides financial profiles of individuals and groups. Compiles 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
  • 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.

Qualifications and Evaluations:

Please make sure your specialized experience/requirement(s), described below, can be identified in your resume. Applicants must meet the qualification requirements. 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. If you are deemed Most Competitive, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration. All applicants will be rated on the following Competencies:

  • Organizing and Planning
  • Leadership
  • Collaboration
  • Accounting
  • Data Analysis
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Technology Application
  • Analytic Thinking
  • Communication
  • Flexibility/Adaptability
  • Innovative Thinking 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. Applicants possessing certifications (e.g. Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, or Certified Internal Auditor) MUST provide proof of such certification along with their college transcripts.


Basic requirements:

All applicants must meet the basic requirements below:

  1. Applicant possesses a degree in accounting, or degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. 
  2. 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. 24 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 a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination. Education may not be substituted for Specialized Experience at this grade level. All degrees must be from an accredited college or university. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirement provided you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the U.S. 


GS 12: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 11 grade level. Specialized Experience is:

  • Performed in-depth forensic examination and analysis of complex and sophisticated financial records and record keeping systems by utilizing accounting, auditing, analytical, technical, and investigative skills.
  • Planned and directed financial investigations in cooperation with case agents, attorneys, and/or private industry officials.
  • Conducted complex quantitative analyses and compiled complex findings/conclusions to produce in-depth financial investigative reports and exhibits suitable for court.
  • Performed work demonstrating broad knowledge of criminal statutes and in-depth understanding of legal proceedings.
  • Produced in-depth financial investigative reports and exhibits suitable for a court of law. In addition to Forensic Accounting, this experience may also have been obtained in the following areas, provided the purpose of the work was to uncover suspicious financial/fraudulent activity and/or to provide quantitative financial information suitable for a court of law. This experience must be addressed in the resume.
  • Public Accounting
  • Litigation Support and Dispute Services
  • Government Accounting/Auditing
  • Financial Services Industry (banking, investment advisory/asset management, securities trading/brokerage)
  • Corporate Accounting/Internal Auditing

How to Apply

Email your resume and supporting documents to:

Required Documents

To apply to this position, interested applicants must provide a complete application package:

  1. Your resume, specifically noting relevant work experience and associated start and end dates 
  2. College transcripts, because there is a positive education requirement
  3. Other supporting documents (if applicable) 

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 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. Your application will be evaluated solely on the basis of information you have submitted.

Limited Movement Policy:

Employees entering a position through a competitive or non-competitive action may be precluded from moving to another position within the Bureau by means of reassignment or change to lower grade for a minimum of 12 months. This policy does not apply to probationary employees. Probationary employees are generally precluded from being considered for all job opportunities until their 12-month 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.


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, telephone at 202-324-2158, 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 provided 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.  

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Job Type

Full Time

Career Level

Two plus years of experience


GS-11: $67,638 - $87,933; GS-12: $81,071 - $105,392

Travel Requirements


Contact Name

Cassandra Sumner

Contact Email