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As you investigate a law enforcement career with Social Security, there are a few special provisions about this exciting line of work that you should be aware of.


You must be between the ages of 21-36 on or before your first day of work, unless you have previous Federal law enforcement experience.


Successful candidates must complete the 11-week Criminal Investigator Training Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the 3-week Inspector General Investigator Training Program which are held in Glynco, GA.


Our criminal investigators have full law enforcement authority. As such, you will carry a firearm and have authority to make arrests. Per the Lautenberg Amendment (18 U.S.C. Section 922 (g) (9)), all candidates must certify that they have never been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.


Travel may be required for your position, and you may be required to relocate if necessary.


In order to be considered for a criminal investigator position, you must pass a criminal records check, credit check, a full field background investigation, urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and a pre-employment physical examination.


You will be required to work at least 50 hours per week, which will increase your basic pay (plus locality pay) by 25 percent. A special salary schedule exists for employees in grades GL-5 through GL-9. 

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