Investigator / Forensic Investigator

We are accepting applications for an Investigator VII / Forensic Investigator position at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General.  This position works within the Internal Affairs, Forensic Research and Analytics Team (FRAT) and is involved with computer and IT forensic evidence gathering techniques as more fully explained below:

Posting Type:Open to All Applicants
Category:LegalFLSA Exempt/
Non-Exempt:
Non-Exempt
Agency:Health & Human Services CommDepartment:INTERNAL AFFAIRS
Job Title:Forensic InvestigatorPosting Number:501099
Full Time/Part Time :Full TimeRegular/Temporary:Regular
Job Location:11501 BURNET ROADCity:AUSTIN
Contact:AccessHR Service CenterTelephone:888-894-4747
Salary Range:$4,917.00 – $8,060.00Salary Group:B24
Shift:Days (First)Travel:50%
Closing Date:11/09/2021
Job Description:
The Investigator VII (Forensic Investigator) serves as the lead investigator to the Forensic Research and Analysis Team (FRAT) within the HHSC Office of Inspector General (OIG) Internal Affairs (IA) Division. Performs highly advanced (senior-level) forensic and investigative work. The lead assigns investigations, monitors the quality and quantity of investigations conducted, approves completed reports, assists in preparing correspondence on investigation findings to department attorneys and other management staff, and performs other duties under the direction of the IA Management Team and the Chief of Investigations and Reviews. Work involves extracting highly sensitive information through computer and digital forensics without affecting the integrity of the data while complying with policies, guidelines, procedural rules and regulations. The position will test, analyze and identify evidence; interpret analytical results; prepare technical reports; and testify as an expert witness in court or administrative proceedings, when necessary. The position will assist with reviewing and updating policies, establishing short, mid, and long-term goals and objectives for OIG. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Up to 50% travel may be required.  
Essential Job Functions:
EJF 1. Plans, assigns and directs the work of other team members which may include individuals from other agencies. Monitors the quality and quantity of investigations conducted for consistent application of policy and to ensure sufficiency of evidence. Approves completed reports, assists in preparing correspondence on investigation findings presented to department attorneys and other management staff. Provides performance feedback to the management of the team members (30%)

EJF 2. Extracts information through computer and digital forensics. Oversees monitors and conducts investigations and examinations of alleged violation of laws, rules and regulations. Identifies, contacts and interviews potential witnesses, suspects and complainants. Collects and analyzes large volumes of information and conducts field studies. Assists in performing undercover or surveillance work regarding suspected violators. Responds to and fulfills computer forensic needs not related to specific complaints/allegations but critical to state business continuity. (25%)

EJF 3. Tests, analyzes, and identifies evidence and interprets analytical results. Evaluates, summarizes, and documents investigative findings. Prepares technical records, correspondence and reports related to investigative activity. Interacts and exchanges information with various state or federal law enforcement organizations. (25%)

EJF 4. Examines, investigates and analyzes the business activities of entities to ensure compliance with statutory standards and regulations. Assesses and reports risks identified in HHSC operations. Assists with reviewing and updating policies, establishing short, mid, and long-term goals and objectives for OIG. (10%)

EJF 5. Prepares cases and testifies as an expert witness during administrative proceedings or in court. (5%)

EJF 6: Performs other duties, as assigned. Keeps manager informed as required or as necessary. (5%)  
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of investigative principle, techniques, and procedures.
Knowledge of court procedures, practices and rules of evidence.
Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations.
Knowledge of department human resources policy and procedures.
Skills in the operation of technical equipment and detection devices.
Skills in communicating effectively both orally and in writing.
Skills in conducting legal research and analysis.
Ability to plan, organize and conduct investigations.
Ability to interpret and apply laws and regulations.
Ability to coordinate hard drive acquisitions of computer misuse referrals between HHS Enterprise agencies and with local, state, and federal agencies.
Ability to determine what confidential state information can be released.
Ability to identify and attend appropriate forensic training, identify and share forensic analysis problems and resolutions.
Ability to conduct interviews and gather facts.
Ability to evaluate findings.
Ability to prepare concise reports.
Ability to supervise the work of others.
Ability to testify in hearings and court proceedings.
Ability to learn and utilize various sophisticated software to analyze large amounts of information and solve fraud schemes.
Ability to effectively lead a team of investigators to complete assignments timely and consistently produce thorough and complete investigations.
Ability to identify forensic products that could assist in providing faster and increase quality of services to HHS Enterprise.  
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Applicant must possess a valid Texas Driver License.
Ability to obtain Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunication Systems (TLETS) certification.
Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) peace officer certification preferred.
 
Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduation from a four-year college or university in criminal justice or related field preferred.
Ten years of experience in law enforcement and/or state investigations required.
Experience and education may be substituted for one another.
One year of experience in management or serving as a team lead of an investigation unit preferred.
Three years of experience in Computer Forensic Analysis using forensic software required.  
Additional Information:
Req 501099
The OIG is responsible for preventing, detecting, auditing, inspecting, reviewing, and investigating fraud, waste, and abuse in the provision of HHS in Medicaid and other HHS programs. Potential employees of OIG are subject to criminal background checks in accordance with the HHS Human Resources policy. Selected applicants must submit to a name-based, or in some instances a fingerprint based, criminal background check through Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to determine if an applicant has a conviction for a Class A misdemeanor within the last five years or a felony that constitutes a bar to employment.

OIG will request that all applicants considered for an interview provide responses to essay questions. Failure to respond to the request could disqualify an applicant from the interview process.

The posted salary range reflects the minimum and maximum allowable by state law. Any employment offer is contingent upon available budgeted funds. The offered salary will be determined in accordance with budgetary limits and the requirements of HHSC Human Resources Manual.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888—894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.  
MOS Code:
Military occupation(s) that relate to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position may include, but not limited to: 31B, 31D, EOD, 401, 5819, 7S0X1. All active duty military, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if qualified to fill this position. For more information see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.  
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work. I-9 Form – Click here to download the I-9 form. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.