POSITION TITLE: Investigator
Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
Public Advocacy Division
Workers’ Rights and Antifraud Section
400 Sixth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
WORK STATUS: A hybrid remote telework/in-office schedule option is available upon supervisor approval.
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is committed to providing the highest quality legal and programmatic services to the District and its residents while ensuring the health and safety of employees, customers, clients, volunteers, contractors, and other visitors.
The District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, OAG employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including having received a booster shot within five months from either the date of the second shot for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines (or two months from the single-shot of Johnson & Johnson), except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are the selected candidate, as of your start date, you must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including timely received booster vaccine, or you must request an exemption from your representative.
JOB REQUISITION NUMBER: #2022- 147
NUMBER OF VACANCIES: One (1)
OPENING DATE: September 19, 2022
CLOSING DATE: October 17, 2022
SALARY RANGE: $85,209- $90,501
This salary range is within the Career Service salary schedule. The salary range is based on a multitude of factors including applicable rules, regulations and guidelines.
PAY PLAN, SERIES AND GRADE: CS-1810-12
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: Career Service (CS) – Permanent
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT: This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME Local 2401. If you opt to join the union, and consent, a service fee will be paid through direct payroll deduction.
AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Open to the Public
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia (OAG) is seeking an experienced investigator in the Workers’ Rights and Antifraud Section of the Public Advocacy Division (PAD). The Public Advocacy Division manages the affirmative civil enforcement litigation of OAG to protect the public interest. In addition to workers’ rights and False Claims Act cases, PAD brings enforcement actions involving consumer protection, civil rights, housing, elder justice, nonprofit, and antitrust matters.
The Workers’ Rights and Antifraud Section investigates and litigates civil cases to vindicate the rights of District workers and to hold employers accountable for violations of District law, including wage theft, worker misclassification, and unlawful denials of sick leave. The Workers’ Rights and Antifraud Section also brings civil cases to combat fraud against the District under the D.C. False Claims Act (FCA). In connection with this work, the Section partners with community groups, advocacy organizations, and District government agencies to identify and address employment law and FCA violations in the District.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The Workers’ Rights and Antifraud Section investigator will:
- Research potential targets of our investigations, including the ownership and affiliations of entities, licensing, criminal or disciplinary histories, reviews of public reporting and social media associated with our investigations, public records searches, and basic legal research.
- Identify potential witnesses and/or victims of wage theft. Conduct and assist with witness interviews, including drafting model interview questions, transcribing interviews, and drafting summary reports.
- Assist in the drafting of legal documents, including subpoenas, discovery requests, and requests for information from the targets of our investigations and other sources of information.
- Work with attorneys and other OAG staff to develop investigation plans for discrete investigations and general approaches to widespread investigations that involve multiple targets.
- Review and assist with digesting documents produced by the targets of our investigation and other third parties.
- Manage and assist with tips made to the Workers’ Rights and Antifraud Section, including following up with tipsters, conducting preliminary investigation, and making recommendations, as well as tracking and organizing all such tips.
- Maintain detailed, organized records of investigations, including recorded conversations, transcripts, interview notes, relevant documents, screenshots, emails, and other material collected during investigation. Investigator must have consistent, reliable protocols for the collection and maintenance of material that can be defended in court or depositions.
- Assist with litigation tasks, including drafting and executing affidavits regarding investigations, assisting with depositions, and testifying at trial.
- Assist with compliance review for settlements, including reviewing remedial measures taken by targets, compliance reports, and interviewing witnesses.
- Assist with the Office’s administration of claims processes by which pays workers from restitution funds obtained in one of the Office’s enforcement actions.
- Support the Section’s community outreach and engagement efforts.
- Provide supportive investigative assistance to other sections in PAD, as requested by management.
- Perform other related duties as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree or above in a related field is preferred. At least four (4) years of specialized experience is preferred. Specialized experience is past investigative experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. A valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record may be required.
FLSA Status: Exempt
HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates must apply online by 11:59 pm of the closing date. All applications must be filled in its entirety, along with a cover letter, resume, a writing sample and a list of three professional references including supervisors. Please ensure that all required documents are included prior to submitting the application.
GENERAL SUITABILITY SCREENING: The selected candidate will be subject to a general background investigation, including reference checks.
PRIORITY CONSIDERATION: Displaced Employee Priority Placement: Candidates who are eligible for the District of Columbia’s Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.
EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation), and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government’s retirement plan. However, if the selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia’s government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.
RESIDENCY PREFERENCE: A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Education Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), or an attorney in the Excepted Service (series 905) who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, maybe awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District residents’ applications unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required to present proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE: Applicants claiming veterans’ preference must submit official proof at the time of application.
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1998, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after the conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, physical disability, matriculation, genetic information, credit information, or status as a victim or family member of a victim of domestic violence, a sexual offense, or stalking.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived Race, Color, Religion, National Origin, Sex, Age, Marital Status, Personal Appearance, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity or Expression, Family Responsibilities, Political Affiliation, Disability, Matriculation, Familial Status, Source of Income, Genetic Information, Place of Residence or Business, Status as a Victim of an Intrafamily Offense, Credit Information, or Status as a Victim or Family Member of a Victim of Domestic Violence, a Sexual Offense, or Stalking. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above-protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.
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