Job descriptionTHE POSITION
The Special Agent position involves investigative work for the Pennsylvania Office of State Inspector General in the Bureau of Fraud Prevention and Prosecution. You will be responsible for conducting field and overpayment investigations relating to both initial and ongoing eligibility for the programs administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS). You'll also conduct benefit application investigations and other related investigations or activities relating to initial and continued eligibility for the benefits programs administered by DHS.
If you have education, training, and experience in this line of work and this kind of investigative work appeals to you, apply today!
An employee in this position is responsible for investigation, administrative hearings, and prosecution of cash assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), medical assistance, and subsidized child care overpayments; electronic benefit transfer (EBT) fraud and/or SNAP trafficking; Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); special allowances; Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP); and other DHS program referred to the OSIG for investigation.
You will interview applicants, recipients, DHS employees, and other relevant sources for information about residence, assets, income, and other eligibility factors. Utilizing proper investigative techniques, conducts investigations, interviews witnesses and subjects, analyzes statements, case records and inter-governmental matches; conducts record searches at courthouses, banks, and employers; and develops leads that are followed to a reasonable end are other components of the position.
In this role, you will also prepare and file criminal complaints, affidavit (if needed), witness list (if needed), and the confidential information sheet (if needed) at the magisterial district judge level, prepares witnesses to testify for hearings and trials; and presents the Commonwealth’s case if no District Attorney is present at the preliminary hearing; or assists the District Attorney with presentation of the Commonwealth’s case at criminal preliminary hearings and trials.
Travel is required to conduct investigative activities, attend administrative hearings, conduct subject/collateral contact interviews, participate in prosecutions, and to attend training. You will travel throughout the Commonwealth and out of state if deemed necessary to complete an investigation. Overnight stays may be required.
Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the position description.
Work Schedule and Additional Information:
- Work hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday, with 60-minute lunch.
- Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time up to 12 days a month based on operational needs. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
- Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
- You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.
Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:
- One year of investigative experience and a bachelor’s degree; or
- An equivalent combination of experience and training.
- All positions require possession of an active Pennsylvania non-commercial Class C driver’s license or equivalent.
- All employees must obtain CLEAN/NCIC certification within two months of employment and maintain this certification for the duration of employment in this job.
- Have an understanding of investigative processes and principles.
- Adhere to the values and ethics of the OSIG.
- Demonstrate professionalism and discretion in your work.
- Solid written and verbal communication skills.
- Show initiative and problem solving skills.
- Must be able to travel, including overnight travel to various work locations through the Commonwealth.
- You must be able to perform essential job functions.
- A conditional offer of employment will require submission of criminal history reports at your expense. See hiring agency contact information.
- You must pass a background investigation.
- Due to Act 29, the selected candidate will have limited law enforcement powers, which require all employees with access to agency systems to undergo fingerprinting and an in-depth background check to include criminal, tax, and credit history.
- Do not submit resumes, cover letters, and similar documents. These documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
- If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.
- Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position.
The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.
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