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Sr Criminal Investigator - OIG - Computer Forensics Examiner - 90232361 - Washington

Date: Mar 7, 2018

Location: Washington, DC, US, 20002

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Amtrak connects businesses and communities across the country and we move America’s workforce toward the future. We employ more than 20,000 diverse, energetic professionals in a variety of career fields throughout the United States. The safety of our passengers, our employees, the public and our operating environment is our priority and the success of our railroad is the result of our employees.

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Join with the Inspector General to help make America’s railroad operate more efficiently and effectively. We are seeking talented professionals who want to make a difference. By conducting or supporting independent, objective audits and investigations of the programs and operations of the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), you could directly contribute to our mission of providing independent, objective oversight of Amtrak’s programs and operations; preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse; and providing Congress, Amtrak management, and Amtrak’s Board of Directors with timely analysis about Amtrak’s programs and operations. Join us as we continue to build a model OIG centered on independence, teamwork, diversity, work-life balance, and value-added oversight. Next stop…the Amtrak Office of Inspector General!
The incumbent serves as a Senior Criminal Investigator-Computer Forensics Examiner with responsibility for conducting computer crime/cyber investigations as well as digital forensic examinations and the recovery of digital media/evidence for use in the investigation of fraud, waste and abuse. 


  • Independently plans, coordinates, directs and conducts computer forensic examinations and investigations into criminal and noncriminal cases of the highest importance to the Corporation with an emphasis on highly complex cases involving alleged or suspected violations of law pertaining to criminal financial fraud, waste and abuse of financial resources.  As an investigator, may initiate computer crime/cyber investigations and others based on discussions with Computer Incident Response Teams (CIRTS), Amtrak IT staff and other leads from contacts, industries, businesses, and the community.  
  • Undertakes forensic acquisition and examination of data and uses various forensic tools and techniques including use of forensic software such as EnCase, Forensic Toolkit (FTK), Nuix, Axiom, Cellebrite and others.  Ensures that the evidence is obtained and maintained in accordance with CIGIE investigative and digital forensic requirements and meets the investigative standards necessary for admission and use in any legal and administrative proceedings.
  • Conducts investigative interviews and record searches, obtains sworn statements and documents where appropriate from witnesses, informants, suspects, fellow law enforcement officers from local, state and Federal levels, custodians of records and public and private persons at all levels.
  • May develop new investigative/evaluative/digital forensic techniques to meet unaccustomed situations or new/complex areas of investigation.
  • Prepares complete computer forensic reports and related correspondence that are accurate, timely, and concise and can be used in the pursuit of criminal and administrative cases. 
  • Makes determinations regarding the documents required when requesting Inspector General and/or Grand Jury subpoenas and makes tactical plans for serving such subpoenas.
  • Works closely with the US Attorney throughout the investigation and its disposition, assisting in preparing testimony and presentations for the Grand Jury or other judicial/administrative forums.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Criminal Justice or other related field, or equivalent combination of education, training and work experience.
  • Must have at least 7 years of relevant experience including hands-on experience in the use of computer forensics software.
  • Must have satisfactorily completed the Criminal Investigator Training Program (CITP) at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia or an equivalent Criminal Investigative course.
  • Must have successfully completed firearms training and maintain qualifications to carry and use firearms.
  • Knowledge of Federal criminal and civil law, practices and procedures.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge of criminal investigative techniques (e.g. handling confidential informants, undercover assignments, physical and electronic surveillance, etc) sufficient to manage the work of subordinate agents and supervisors.
  • Ability to cooperate across organizational boundaries to reach mutual goals.
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to work in a fast paced environment with constantly changing priorities.
  • Analytical, problem solving and project management skills.
  • Thought leadership and change agent skills.
  • Ability to multi-task with attention to detail.
  • Ability to testify in court with no prior credibility issues (as per Giglio v. United States, 405 U.S. 150 (1972))
  • Must be able to maintain composure in stressful situations and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Proficiency in the discipline of computer forensics and extensive experience in leading forensic software.
  • Experience with automated case management systems.


  • Broad knowledge of the laws, practices and procedures of Federal Inspector General Offices.
  • Investigative experience with an emphasis on white collar crime.
  • Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Computer Science or other related field.
  • Familiarity with passenger rail operations and/or transportation operations.
  • Certification in digital forensics including FLETC’s Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist (SCERS).
  • Demonstrated expertise using automated investigation data management systems and electronic investigation analysis, fraud detection and data mining tools. 
  • Demonstrated expertise with digital electronic evidence and data recovery from computers, external media, communications systems, computer network systems and devices like routers, firewalls, and related technologies.
  • Demonstrated skills in a wide variety of digital forensics disciplines including cyber security, cell/smart phones/small media.
  • Demonstrated expertise in conducting cyber and computer crime investigations.



  • The position requires weapon carrying and qualifications; carrying a weapon carries risks and responsibilities and the incumbent may be placed in dangerous situations including but not limited to work outside in the elements i.e. rain, heat, cold.  Nature of work can be hazardous due to the transportation environment and potentially life threatening.
  • Frequently works long hours and is required to be on-call and available on an emergency basis.
  • Pre-employment physicals and a drug screen are required, as well as successfully passing a background investigation. Must maintain the physical standards of health required of IG criminal investigators.


Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.

Requisition ID:35021
Posting Location(s):District of Columbia; Maryland; Virginia
Personnel Area:DC04
Job Family/Function:Government Affairs 
Relocation Offered:Yes 
Education Requirements:Bachelors Degree
Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 
Employment Experience Requirements:8 - 10 years of experience

Amtrak employees power our progress through their performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job – we want it to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging and rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, competitive pay, benefits that protect you and your family, and a high performance culture that recognizes and values your contributions and helps you reach your career goals.

We proudly support and encourage U.S. Veterans to apply for Amtrak job opportunities.

All positions require pre-employment background verification, medical review and pre-employment drug screen. Amtrak is committed to a safe and drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a hair drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping Amtrak safe and drug-free.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status. 

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