Cognitive Professional Services Inc. is submitting a proposal bid and is seeking a qualified Workers Compensation Surveillance Specialist (WCSS) to support the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) in their mission to ensure efficiency, accountability, and integrity in the USPS. The OIG plays a key role in maintaining the integrity and accountability of America's postal service, its revenue and assets, and its employees. The WCSS will support OIG’s Office of Investigations (OI), which investigates internal crimes and frauds against the Postal Service. These efforts contribute to safeguarding the Postal Service’s revenue and assets and help deter postal crimes, ultimately helping to maintain a stable and sound Postal Service.
Location: USPS OIG Headquarters Arlington, VA (Rosslyn)
Travel to field offices required
Must be a U.S. citizen. Must have the ability to prove U.S. citizenship.
Security Requirement: Successfully pass a Background Investigation (BI) and possess a Secret/Postal Sensitive Clearance
Experience: Prior law enforcement experience (minimum 5 years), including experience conducting physical and electronic surveillances and interviews.
Travel & Hours of Operation: Must be willing to travel and work irregular hours in support of this requirement
Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities: OIG Workers Compensation Surveillance Specialists (WCSSs) provide local investigative support to OIG Special Agents investigating two types of suspected workers compensation fraud: claimant fraud and medical provider fraud. Special Agents work closely with the Postal Service’s District Health and Human Resource Management (HRM) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) – Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) offices, Postal Service management, and others to proactively detect instances of suspected fraud and resolve allegations that have been brought to their attention. Investigations are typically lengthy, labor intensive, and involve complex issues. Duties/Responsibilities include:
Review/analyze applicable employment and medical data maintained by DOL, Postal Service, and other related sources to gather information and evidence related to the possible loss of postal funds and/or assets within the Injury Compensation (IC) Program. Note: The WCSS’s review is limited to gathering information and evidence. WCSS’s are prohibited from performing or commenting on the claims management duties of the IC specialists. Perform physical and technologically-assisted surveillances.
Analyze data using computer systems and software to obtain and process information for the purpose of identifying suspected loss of postal funds and/or assets within the IC Program.
Support OI’s agents by interviewing potential witnesses;
Work with USPS personnel assigned to safety, health and injury compensation, the USPS OIG, DOL-OWCP claims examiners, and other federal, state, and local agencies to gather information and evidence related to the possible loss of postal funds and/or assets within the IC Program.
Request/perform criminal history, driver’s license, and/or insurance company record checks.
Conduct potential witness interviews, including public and private sector employees and employers, and others to secure and document information and evidence of suspected loss of postal funds and/or assets within the IC Program. Note: Unaccompanied interaction and interviews with potential witnesses will be limited to obtaining subject background information and information in support of the WCSS’s surveillance activity. WCSSs may conduct witness interviews of USPS employees at the direction of the case agent /agent but are not required to be accompanied by the agent. However; WCSSs must be accompanied by the case agent/agent when conducting formal interviews of non-USPS personnel.
At the direction and in coordination with the government or case agent/agent, conduct physical and/or technologically-assisted surveillance activities of suspect claimants.
Make detailed oral and written reports of findings to the case agent/agent. Prepare other written reports and correspondence as required.
At the direction and in coordination with the government or case agent/agent, conduct cameo appearances.
Prepare detailed written reports on completed tasks/activities
Provide oral or written testimony at administrative and judicial hearings, civil, and criminal court proceedings as required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Prior law enforcement experience (minimum 5 years), including experience conducting physical and electronic surveillances and interviews.
Must have healthcare fraud experience
Knowledge of the laws of evidence.
Strong analytical skills, including the ability to analyze documents and elicit factual information.
Strong computer skills.
Ability to take comprehensive notes and generate detailed technical and non-technical reports based on the notes taken.
Good organizational and time management skills.
Good human relations skills, including the ability to communicate orally sufficient to express thoughts to a variety of people.
Ability to work on weekdays and during irregular and unusual hours, including evenings, late nights, weekends, and holidays, as necessary, and at the designated hourly rate, without any additional premium pay (overtime pay, compensatory time off; Sunday pay, night pay differential, and holiday premium pay).
Ability to travel extensively and for extended periods of time, as needed, with little or no advance notice or preparation.
A valid driver’s license.
Ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and meet tight deadlines
Cognitive Professional Services Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and as such abides by the requirements of 41 CFR §§ 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a). These regulations prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Cognitive Professional Services Inc. is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation, please send an email to HR@cog-ps.com or call (703) 562-0585 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.