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If you are looking for a new professional opportunity, Pennsylvania’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) may be able to help. The Inspector General is encouraging investigators looking for a new challenge to consider applying to the OIG.
The OIG is a state agency whose mission is to investigate fraud, waste, misconduct and abuse in the programs and operations of Commonwealth agencies and to investigate welfare fraud.
From time to time, the OIG has openings for investigators in a range of classifications. The following are the types of positions the OIG occasionally seeks to fill:
Special Investigator 1
– handles basic investigative assignments involving special programs and operations of executive agencies by collecting, evaluating and developing evidence, conducting surveillance, contacting informants, examining records and using investigative equipment. Minimum experience and training for this classification is two years of experience in criminal investigation work and a bachelor’s degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Special Investigator 2
– responsible for difficult and complex investigative work involving the programs and operations of executive agencies from the analyzing of complaints to determine the course and scope of the investigation to the directing of subordinates to the recommending of changes in operations to prevent future violations. Minimum experience and training for this classification is four years of experience in progressively responsible criminal investigation work and a bachelor’s degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Claims Investigation Agent
– investigates cash, food stamps, medical assistance, and other types of welfare fraud cases through interviews and analysis of information obtained. The Claims Investigation Agent also files criminal complaints and assists the District Attorney’s Office in the presentation of the case in court proceedings and participates in administrative hearings. Minimum experience and training for this classification is a bachelor’s degree in pre-law, criminal justice, police science, or a closely related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training.
Welfare Fraud Investigator
– conducts investigations of activities related to fraud, misuse or theft of public assistance monies in an effort to detect, prevent, and deter welfare fraud. Welfare Fraud Investigators are stationed in County Assistance Offices throughout the state and work in partnership with caseworkers to identify applicants ineligible for welfare benefits. Minimum experience and training for this classification is one year of experience in responsible criminal investigation work and a bachelor’s degree or any equivalent combination of experience and training. Necessary special requirement is possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
How To Apply
While openings are generally few, they do occur, and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Each of the positions is non-civil service and requires confidentiality.
To apply for the Special Investigator positions: Submit a resume, cover letter, and completed Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Personal Data Sheet to RA-OIGHumanResources@pa.gov. A link to the Personal Data Sheet is available below.
To apply for a Claims Investigative Agent and/or Welfare Fraud Investigator positions: Go to the Bureau of State Employment's website at www.employment.pa.gov. Click on the "Apply Now" tab and then click on "Job Opportunities." In the Search Criteria menu, check the "Investigative" category and click on "Go" to search for available investigative positions. Click on "Inspector General (OIG) Investigative" positions to learn more about the opportunities and if interested, click on "Apply."
If you are currently registered, you will be asked to enter your username and password to apply. If you are not currently registered, you may create an account and apply for available positions by clicking on the "Create Your Account Here!" link. Registration is free.
Email RA-OIGHumanResources@pa.gov with questions on employment opportunities.
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