About Business Analysis and Administration
Positions in Business Analysis and Administration provide support to the highest levels of the FBI. These individuals boost efficiency and are the backbone of our organization. Opportunities are available in a wide range of professional functions, ranging from executive assistants to management consultants. Use the sections below to find out more about becoming a Business Analysis or Administrative professional at the FBI.
Qualifications and Relevant Experience
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Qualifications and Skills
- Must have a Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an accredited institution.
- Must have relevant experience, certifications and/or continuing education in the selected field.
- Must meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility requirements.
Successful applicants will have an aptitude and interest for business administration and operations. Fluency in English, in addition to exemplary written and oral skills, is also required. Applicants should be able to think strategically while maintaining attention to detail. Project management skills are a plus for consideration.
Please see specific job postings for additional qualification information, keeping in mind that positions may not always be available.
Successful applicants will have the opportunity to:
- Support a wide range of administrative, operational and investigative missions.
- Analyze, recommend, and drive the implementation of new structures, policies, processes and strategies to support operational functions.
- Gain exposure to all facets of FBI operations at Headquarters and in nationwide field offices.
Business Analysis and Administrative professionals support a variety of divisions and offices across the entire organization. As a result, candidates for these positions will have opportunities to work in areas ranging from operations to support functions and beyond. Interested Business Analysis and Administration employees also have the opportunity to apply internally for other FBI positions, such as Special Agents and Intelligence Analysts.
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Positions That Support the FBI
The following are specialty fields and related Business Analysis and Administration career paths for which the Bureau actively recruits. Skills acquired within these fields are invaluable for fostering long-term business and administrative careers within the FBI and other government agencies. Entry-level applicants for HR Specialist and Management and Program Analyst positions should apply through our Collegiate Hiring Initiative. In addition to these positions, other related career paths are available in fields such as STEM, Legal, Accounting and Finance, and Facilities and Logistics.
In this role, Administrative Specialists focus on a variety of projects that are designed to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of work operations and programs in the field office to which they are assigned. Applicants to this position can work in the following fields: facilities and space management; financial administration; human resources (HR) management; inventory management; records management; and others as necessary.
Their duties include, but are not limited to:
- Coordinating a variety of facility management services for the office.
- Checking accuracy of budget data in reports.
- Providing HR management services to staff at all levels within the field office.
- Managing and coordinating inventory systems for the office.
- Serving as the records management liaison with FBI HQ to ensure that the field office is in compliance with federal records management regulations.
Government Information Specialist
Government Information Specialists provide experienced analysis, evaluation, recommendations, determinations and responses concerning complex requests and inquiries about the release and dissemination of FBI information and/or documents or litigation handled by Office of General Counsel (OGC) attorneys. They also serve as a resource and point of contact on matters involving Freedom of Information and Privacy Acts (FOIPA), national security classification and the FBI.
Their duties include, but are not limited to:
- Reviewing and performing comprehensive analysis of information requests.
- Determining relevant legal, regulatory and policy requirements for information requests.
- Coordinating the cooperation of officials inside and outside of the FBI to gather information.
- Drafting reports, correspondence, declarations and/or affidavits.
- Educating others on aspects of FBI programs and operations related to the job performed.
All interested applicants should note that this position serves in the Records Management Division (RMD) or Office of General Counsel (OGC) only.
Human Resources Specialist
Throughout the FBI, Human Resources Specialists work in a number of different specialties. No matter the focus, all successful applicants in this position provide input, as requested, to the development of policy or procedural guidance. They also work as overall team members to define problems, identify issues, assess impact and arrive at conclusions when participating in studies or special projects designed to improve HR policies and practices.
Human Resources Specialist areas include, but are not limited to:
- Performance management.
- Employee relations (benefits, conduct, performance management).
- Human resource development.
- Position management.
- Recruitment, placement, workforce management, and staffing.
Information Management Specialist
Information Management Specialists support the FBI through routine and sometimes complex records management and liaison functions. Professionals frequently coordinate with FBI HQ divisions, field offices and/or legal attaches in order to effectively accomplish assignments. Records management in this position includes integrating paper, electronic, audiovisual, cartographic and other types of records into official FBI HQ recordkeeping systems. They also organize and administer records storage areas, ensuring that records are managed and protected appropriately.
As a liaison, Information Management Specialists establish and maintain a network of contacts among FBI administrative and program staff to ensure that records needs get addressed and concerns and problems are promptly resolved. While there are other duties within this position, 60 percent of the day-to-day work revolves around records management, while 40 percent involves liaison work.
Management and Program Analyst
In this role, successful applicants perform research and analysis of management and program functions and assist in the preparation of recommendations to FBI management for the development of proposed activities. This work occurs across all FBI operational programs as well as support functions.
Studies that Management and Program Analysts work on involve a variety of work operations including, but not limited to:
- Budget and financial management.
- Compliance management (inspections and audits).
- Human resources forecasting and planning.
- Facilities management.
- Policy development.
- Program development and assessment.
- Records management.
- Strategic planning.
Responsibilities for this position include conducting basic research, arriving at quantitative and qualitative data, making recommendations and preparing and presenting reports on specific findings.
FBI Accounting and Finance Careers
From managing interagency funds across Bureau departments to accomplishing investigative goals by following the money trails of organized crime units, accounting and finance professionals in the FBI tackle complex challenges. With every assignment, they serve our mission to keep America safe with their skills and integrity.
Positions in this career have two different tracks. The first track is administrative— dealing with customer-focused and departmental jobs in finance, accounting, fiscal planning, reporting and budgeting. The second track deals with accounting skills in the intriguing and complex investigative capacity of forensic accounting.
Qualifications & Skills
Qualifications and Skills
To be considered for careers in both of the accounting and finance tracks, applicants must have an undergraduate or advanced degree in accounting, finance or another related discipline. Strong analytical and communications skills, as well as the ability to collaborate, are necessary. Experience with government contracting and budgeting and the possession of additional licenses, certifications and other postsecondary education is highly coveted. All applicants must meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility standards.
Duties and Experiences
Accounting and finance professionals in the FBI have a varied range of experiences, duties and assignments. Depending on the career and areas of expertise, applicants could assist with or be responsible for any of the following duties:
- Partner with Agents to unravel complex financial fraud schemes.
- Assist in the prosecution of those committing financial crimes such as money laundering.
- Drive the implementation of new structures, policies and processes.
- Identify subjects, assets and additional crimes through financial records.
- Support the FBI financial department through a variety of administrative assignments.
- Manage budgets, contracts, audits, vouchers and other financial and accounting products and processes for both field offices and Headquarters entities.
FBI Accounting and Finance Careers
Discover Different Paths in Accounting and Finance
Many opportunities are available within most FBI departments. Specialized careers include Accountant and Accounting Analyst, Financial Operations Specialist, Forensic Accountant, Forensic Financial Research Specialist, Bank Card Program Manager, Budget Analyst, Voucher Examiner, Auditor and Contract Specialist. A few of our most sought-after career specializations are outlined below.
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The Forensic Accountant (FoA) is one of the most vital and sought-after careers in the FBI. Forensic Accounting involves the use of accounting skills, auditing and investigative techniques to research and follow the systems through which money may be funneled or laundered. Complex cases of fraud committed by corporate and financial institutions in the health care, mortgage and securities and commodities industries are also investigated by FoAs.
FoAs use their expansive knowledge of financial processes to plan, coordinate and direct the financial aspects of investigations in conjunction with FBI agents, prosecuting attorneys and other local and federal law enforcement agencies. Under these collaborations, their expertise is applied to counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cybercrime, organized crime, public corruption and violent crime investigations.
Educational requirements for this position include:
- Master’s degree in accounting or bachelor’s degree with 24 semester hours of accounting.
- Preferred professional certifications, including: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
Accepted candidates must attend a five-week training program at the FBI Academy.
Contract Specialists assist the Bureau by performing contracting and procurement activities and functions. Candidates for this position must meet the educational requirements outlined in the specific job description, as well as specific training requirements in accordance with the Federal Certification Program curriculum established by the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI).
Accountants and Auditors
Accountants and Auditors use their skills to support the mission of the FBI with financial matters and assignments. Applicants for these positions must have a degree from an accredited college or university in accounting, auditing or a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (may include up to six hours of credit in business law).