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General Compliance Inspection and Support positions
Significant Points

This series includes positions that perform or supervise inspectional or technical support work in assuring compliance with or enforcement of Federal law, regulations, or other mandatory guidelines and that are not classifiable to another, more specific, occupational series. The work requires a knowledge of prescribed procedures, established techniques, directly applicable guidelines, and pertinent characteristics of regulated items or activities.

Nature of the Work

Positions included in this series are intended to perform inspection or technical support work in assuring compliance with or enforcement of Federal law. The work performed falls primarily in one of the following categories:

(1) Inspections where determinations are based on visual or other specific inspection techniques and are made based on relatively clear-cut considerations such as the presence or absence of required documents or the obvious physical condition of an item or premises. These inspections are governed by specific procedures and serve as bases for action by compliance program officials. Typically, such work includes both initial and follow-up inspections including obtaining samples and performing well-established field tests, if appropriate.

(2) Technical support to inspections or investigations such as searching for, gathering, screening, and providing factual information or explanations related to the subject of an inspection or investigation or to the compliance program itself. These tasks are performed following prescribed or established procedures to assist compliance inspectors, investigators, and program officials in their fact finding or program administration responsibilities. The work includes activities such as obtaining background information on subjects of inspections or investigations by means of record searches, structured interviews, automated information retrieval, telephone inquiries, or correspondence; providing information to authorized persons concerning the status of particular investigations; explaining licensing or other requirements, including exceptions or exemptions, to persons or organizations subject to regulations; compiling final investigative reports with necessary exhibits; and maintaining required administrative reports on topics such as manpower, case load, and case status.

Sample Position Descriptions



The incumbent of this position is responsible for performing full-time law enforcement duties including detection, apprehension, detention, and limited investigation activities which are associated with the enforcement of the laws, regulations, and rules relating to the protection and safe uses of National Forest System lands and resources. The incumbent performs as a Law Enforcement Officer within a restricted geographical area such as a large single recreation site, several campgrounds, wilderness area, or other areas with defined limits.

The primary duty of this position is enforcement of criminal laws of the United States through investigation, apprehension, or detention of individuals suspected or convicted of offenses against the criminal laws of the United States. These duties constitute the basic reasons for the existence of this position, occupy a substantial portion of the Law Enforcement Officer's working time, and are assigned on a regular and recurring basis.

This position was approved for Law Enforcement retirement coverage in the primary category under both CSRS and FERS by USDA, March 2, 1995. Law Enforcement duties comprise more than 80 percent of the assigned duties and responsibilities. The position is subject to pre-employment drug screening, compliance with physical fitness requirements, and satisfactory results on a pre-employment Single Scope Background Investigation; the position is designated as high risk. The incumbent must successfully complete or have completed the Basic Law Enforcement for Land Management Agencies Program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, GA.

Major Duties

Apprehends and detains persons who have committed or are suspected of committing criminal offenses affecting National Forest System lands. This includes the arrest of suspects and transportation of prisoners to detention facilities.

Conducts preliminary crime scene investigations of misdemeanor crimes affecting National Forest System lands. Locates, secures, and protects crime scenes; collects and/or seizes evidence; assists more experienced officers in obtaining physical and documentary evidence; and assists in interviewing witnesses and suspects. Prepares portions of investigative reports and testifies at hearings and trials when required.

Detects and enforces criminal law offenses, including but not limited to: timber theft, wildland arson, livestock trespass, archeological resources protection and drug control laws that effect National Forest System lands.

Provides testimony for the prosecution of cases in U.S. Magistrate Court, State, and local courts, as authority dictates. Assists with investigations of civil and administrative matters which may result in a claim for or against the United States, including accidents involving public use of National Forest System lands or involving Forest Service personnel, vehicles, or activities.

Establishes contact with and informs forest users of proper procedures, laws and regulations to gain their compliance. Contacts violators and issues warning and violation notices as necessary.

Provides assistance to outside agencies conducting search and rescue incidents on National Forest System lands within agency policy and guidelines.

Conducts patrols to prevent, detect, and enforce violations of Federal laws and regulations on National Forest System lands related to resources, property, employees, and users.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Immigration Information Officers at a District Office provide technical counsel to the public about immigration and nationality laws and regulations and elicit information to serve as the foundation for administrative and/or legal action. They screen applications and petitions filed for benefits under the Immigration and Nationality Act for completeness, appropriate fees and proper supporting documents; determine prima facie eligibility for applications; and dissuade aliens from filing for benefits for which they are not eligible. Exploring all avenues of assistance available to clients, the Immigration Information Officer determines the more advantageous benefits and assists clients in completing the required forms while questioning clients to determine if they are attempting to submit applications under fraudulent situations and reasons. This position may be filled at GS-5 through GS-8 levels.


  • GS-5 -One year of experience equivalent to accepting and issuing applications for rights and privileges under the Immigration and Nationality laws and regulations and answering routine inquiries.
  • GS-6 - Requirements for GS-5 and one year of experience comparable to answering inquiries about pending status of applications and petitions, verifying authenticity of documents, and accepting payment of fees.
  • GS-7- Requirements for GS-6 and one year of experience equivalent to examining passports and entry documentation to determine eligibility for benefits, eliciting information to serve as the foundation for administrative and/or legal action by CIS, and determining prima facie eligibility of applications.
  • GS-8 - Requirements for GS-7 and one year of experience comparable to screening applications and petitions filed for benefits and providing highly technical counsel to the public about immigration and nationality law and regulations.


Successful completion of a bachelor's degree or a full 4-year course of study from an accredited college or university in any field leading to a bachelor's degree may be substituted for the required experience at the GS-5 level. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester or 45 quarter hours. Appropriate combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience also may be used to meet the total qualification requirements for the GS-5 grade level.


Candidates will be required to attend Immigration Information Officer Basic Training Course (IIOBTC) in Glynco, GA, a 5-½ week course and to achieve a cumulative passing grade on the examinations.

Information on obtaining Compliance and Support positions with the Federal Government is available from the Office of Personnel Management through USAJOBS, the Federal Government's official employment information system. This resource for locating and applying for job opportunities can be accessed through the Internet at or through an interactive voice response telephone system at (703) 724–1850 or  (703) 724–1850  or TDD (978) 461–8404 and   (978) 461–8404. These numbers are not toll free, and charges may result. For advice on how to find and apply for Federal jobs, download the Insider's Guide to the Federal Hiring Process” online here.

Source: OPM's Position Classification Standards for White Collar Work

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