Follow the money trails of criminal activity and national security matters
Forensic Accountants in the FBI tackle complex challenges with every assignment. Working hand-in-hand with Special Agents to keep America safe by tracing and linking funding sources to criminal activity and national security matters.
As a core member of the investigative team, the Forensic Accountant owns the financial aspects of the investigation including, acquiring, organizing, analyzing, and reporting financial data.
- Understands the overall “big” picture of the case
- Creates the financial picture & communicates it internally and externally
- Identifies suspicious transactions/entities/activities
- Uncovers potential new leads significant to the investigative team
Intuition and curiosity is the bedrock of a FBI Forensic Accountant. We don’t stop at the easy answers; we dig through faulty foundations to determine who, what, when, where, why, how and how much of the financial aspects of the case. We package the financial facts for our law enforcement and judicial counterparts and, if necessary, provide testimony concerning cases.
Where FBI Forensic Accountants Work
Forensic Accountants work across the United States, to include FBIHQ in Washington, D.C.
The Forensic Accountant Hiring and Selection process
The FBI recruits and hires at all stages of career and specialized experience. The position attracts top-tier accounting professionals, capable of conducting complex, forensic financial investigations and retaining ownership of the financial investigative portion of investigations.
For information on currently available Forensic Accountant opportunities, query the “Search Jobs” tab above. All applicants must meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility standards.
Qualifications & Skills
To be considered for a career as a Forensic Accountant, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in accounting or another area of study supplement by 24 semester hours of accounting (six of which can be in business law). Strong analytical and communications skills, as well as the ability to collaborate, are necessary.
As a Forensic Accountant
Forensic Accountant Career Path
The Forensic Accountant is one of the most vital financial investigative career in the FBI. Forensic accounting is the integration of accounting, auditing and investigative skills to provide quantitative financial information suitable for a court of law.
Forensic Accountants investigate complex financial crimes involving corporate fraud, financial institution fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud, and securities and commodities fraud. Their expertise is also applied to counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cyber-crime, organized crime, public corruption and violent crime investigations.
Educational Requirement: Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Accounting OR Bachelor’s Degree with 24 semester hours in Accounting (six of which may be in business law)
Preferred Professional Certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)
Preferred Professional Experience
- Forensic Accounting
- Public Accounting
- Litigation Support and Dispute Services
- Government Accounting/Auditing
- Financial Services Industry
- Corporate Accounting/Internal Auditing
Required Training: Once employed, FBI Forensic Accountants must attend a five-week training program at the FBI Academy. This comprehensive program develops the forensic accountant’s aptitude and knowledge to conduct financial investigations. Key areas of this training include legal instruction, financial investigative techniques, interviewing strategies, search warrant execution, and testifying skills.