Become A Civil Service Agent

As a Special Agent for USAID OIG, you will be required to use your skills as a criminal investigator to ensure the Agency and its client organizations are operating in compliance with general established policies of the government and to uncover misconduct, fraud, theft, or other types of criminal activity by individuals or groups related to the agency's operation, usually involving some misuse of the organization's funds or credit.

General Requirements for Employment in the Civil Service:

  • Applicants must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered under the Military Selective Service Act.
  • Applicants must be willing to travel to a variety of overseas posts, some of which are classified as hardship posts.
  • Applicants must pass medical examination standards which may include a cardiovascular stress test, that are more rigorous than those of most other professions.
  • Applicants must undergo a thorough background investigation to determine eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Applicants must be willing to learn to use firearms and other weapons.
  • Applicants must agree to work an average of two extra hours per day, to meet the requirements of law enforcement availability pay (LEAP).
  • Applicants must successful complete the basic criminal investigator course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, or the equivalent thereof.


  • Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP) ensures the law enforcement officer's availability for duty in excess of the 40-hour administrative workweek. To qualify, applicants must work an average of two extra hours per day. LEAP is fixed at 25% of basic pay.
  • Under the Law Enforcement Retirement System, you may retire voluntarily at an early age with for a special annuity computation if you meet the age and service requirements for 6(c) retirement. To meet the age and service requirements, you must be at least age 50 at the time of retirement, and have 20 years of law enforcement service or at any age with 25 years of service.
  • You will be subject to mandatory separation based on age if you are occupying a law enforcement position at age 57 and you have completed the necessary 20 years of service under the special 6(c) provisions. If you have not completed the 20 years, you will be separated at the end of the month in which you complete 20 years of law enforcement service. You must be given a 60-day notice prior to mandatory separation.
  • Noncompetitive progression to the GS-13 level and beyond based on performance.
  • Accrual of annual leave ranging from 13 to 26 working days a year, depending on length of service with the U.S. Government.
  • Accrual of sick leave at 13 working days per year.
  • Group life insurance and health benefits programs.
  • Generous pension and Thrift Savings Plan similar to 401K benefits.
  • Locality pay authorized under certain circumstances.
  • Transit subsidy for commuters using public transportation.
  • Tuition reimbursement which is approved on an annual basis and subject to the availability funds.