October 10, 2016: Contract Opportunity: ATF Recruiting for Background Investigators

Contract Opportunity:  ATF Recruiting for Background Investigators 

By:  Renee Reid

Chief, Personnel Security Branch

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

October 2016

For over 17 years, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has been successfully contracting with retired federal investigators, retired police officers, and other experienced investigators to conduct ATF pre-employment background investigations and periodic reinvestigations.  Throughout this time period, ATF’s program goals have remained the same — to ensure each candidate’s background is thoroughly investigated in the most effective and efficient manner possible and to reduce costs associated with conducting background investigations by contracting directly with ATF field special investigators.             

In recent years, ATF has vigorously recruited and hired Special Agents, Industry Operations Investigators, and other personnel (i.e., other series employees, contractors, task force officers, and volunteers) in direct support of its mission.  Filling these positions with suitable candidates and verifying their continued eligibility to access unclassified sensitive information, information technology systems, and facilities are critical to ATF’s success.  During FY 2017, ATF expects to initiate approximately 2,900 personnel security investigations.  

 A key factor to ATF’s success in hiring and retaining ATF personnel is the availability of ATF field special investigators to conduct all or portions of the required background investigations within their assigned geographical areas.  To keep pace with recruitment and hiring initiatives, ATF is currently soliciting for additional field special investigators in many geographical areas located throughout the U.S. including:

AlabamaHuntsvillle, Montgomery
AlaskaAnchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau
ArizonaTucson, Yuma
CaliforniaBakersfield, Redding, Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, San Jose
ConnecticutHartford, New Haven
DelawareAny location
District of Columbia


Any location

Merritt Island, Orlando

GeorgiaAlbany, Atlanta, Brunswick
GuamAny location
IdahoNorthern Idaho
IowaDes Moines
KentuckyLexington, Louisville
LouisianaBaton Rouge, Lafayette, New Orleans
MarylandDistrict of Columbia metropolitan area
MassachusettsAmherst, North Attleboro, Springfield
MichiganDetroit, Grand Rapids, Lansing
MissouriSt. Louis
NevadaLas Vegas
New JerseyAtlantic City, Newark, New Brunswick, Scranton, Trenton
New HampshireManchester
New YorkNew York, Syracuse
North CarolinaWilmington
North DakotaAny location
OhioCincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Toledo
PennsylvaniaHarrisburg, Philadelphia, State College, Williamsport
Rhode IslandAny location
South CarolinaCharleston, Columbia
South DakotaAny location
TennesseeKnoxville, Memphis, Nashville
TexasCorpus Christi, Eagle Pass, Laredo
VirginiaNorfolk, Richmond, Roanoke, District of Columbia metropolitan area
WashingtonSpokane, Yakima

If you live in close proximity to one of the above-listed geographical areas, would like to continue to hone your investigative skills, and have an interest in contributing to the continued success of a Federal law enforcement agency; consider submitting a proposal to the solicitation for an ATF field special investigator contract position.  Interested parties must satisfy the requirements of the solicitation published on FedBizOpps.gov.

An active solicitation is currently posted on FedBizOpps.gov.  Prospective candidates can submit a proposal by searching for DJA-13-AHDQ-R-0703 on this website and following the instructions.  More information regarding the ATF field special investigator contract program may be obtained by contacting PSB at SIAdministration@atf.gov or at (202) 648-9260.