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The Office of Inspector General (OIG) identifies opportunities to improve the performance of the Department of Energy's (Department) programs and operations.  Given the Department's mission, we are directly involved in current efforts to move energy and environment to the forefront of our national agenda.  The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has infused more than $60 billion into clean energy investments. The Department plays an important role in these recovery efforts and is striving to create the blueprint for tomorrow's energy solutions. Professional Auditors, Criminal Investigators and Inspectors help guide the Department's enormous challenges into reality. Join our team and gain valuable experience while developing your own personal career. You will have potential for advancement, excellent benefits, and numerous training opportunities. Check out our vacancy announcements for great jobs throughout the United States.

Key Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Security clearance and drug testing.
  • Available for U.S. travel (approximately 25%) for Auditor, Criminal Investigator, and Inspector positions.
  • Required to file an annual financial disclosure statement.
  • Must be at least 21, but not older than 37 years if applying as a new Criminal Investigator.
  • Must meet prescribed medical standards, participate in fitness assessments, and sign a mobility agreement for Criminal Investigator positions.


  • We offer exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most private organizations. 
  • Health care benefits from your choice of a wide variety of providers;
  • Long-term care insurance;
  • Generous sick and annual leave accruals with 10 paid holidays;
  • A family-friendly work environment;
  • Flexible spending accounts; and
  • A comprehensive retirement plan unparalleled by most private industry organizations. 
  • Other benefits offered include mass transit benefits; telework and flexible work schedules; and *on-site childcare, *fitness and health facilities.  For a complete overview of the benefits offered go to BENEFITS below.

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Working for the Office of Inspector General



Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the OIG.  We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.  Here are some highlights:

  • Our health insurance program is a nationally recognized model that offers you choice and flexibility along with a substantial employer contribution to premiums.  You can pay your share of premiums as well as your out-of-pocket costs with pre-tax dollars.
  • Our leave policy provides ample time off to take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs.  In addition to 10 paid holidays every year, you will accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year and from 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on your years of employment.  In addition, unlike many other employers, you can carry-over unused leave to the next leave year.
  • To help you manage responsibilities outside of your jobs and enhance your peace of mind while you are at work, the OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules; telework; child care and elder care resources; adoption information and incentives programs; child support programs, including subsidies and dependent care flexible spending accounts; and, employee assistance programs.

THERE IS MUCH MORE TO CONSIDER.  In addition to these programs that we know will be of interest to you right now, the Federal Government recognizes the need for income replacement and income support benefits down the road.

Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS):
Our 3-part retirement program includes a social security benefit, a 401(k) type plan, and a defined benefit component based on years of employment and salary history.  Criminal Investigators enjoy a higher annuity with shorter number of years for retirement.  For more information:;

• In addition to retiree health insurance benefits under the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) Program, you also will be eligible for Medicare.

•You will be able to choose among several options for life insurance coverage for both you and your family members.

•Your retirement benefits are based on your years of service and salary history.  New employees who had previous Government service may be eligible to participate in the Civil Service Retirement System.  Check the website for eligibility.  For more information:

Life Insurance (FEGLI):

FEGLI is a group term life insurance program.  It consists of Basic life insurance coverage and three options.  In most cases, if you are a new Federal employee, you are automatically covered by Basic life insurance and your payroll office deducts premiums from your salary unless you waive the coverage. In addition to the Basic, there are three forms of Optional insurance that you can elect. (Standard, Additional, and Family).  The program offers the opportunity to retain your coverage for your entire life.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP):

With the Thrift Savings Plan, you can self-direct your retirement savings program through multiple investment options.  This Plan is very similar to a 401(k) plan.  New employees receive generous matching funds.  For more information:

Social Security:

You will earn Social Security credit while working with the Government.  Social Security provides for your future retirement benefits, provides disability protection, and allows for survivor benefits protection.  For more information:

Medicare - Part A:

Government employees are automatically eligible for Medicare Part A at no cost beginning at age 65.  For more information:

Recognizing Performance, Development and Community Service:

The OIG uses incentive awards to reward outstanding performance; funds study courses to obtain job related certifications and maintain professional skills; and, supports community service and encourages participation in the annual Combined Federal Campaign.

Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHB)

The Government's health benefit program has about 180 health plan options throughout the United States, including consumer-driven health care and preferred provider network options.  At least a dozen plan choices are available to each employee, which allows for a broad choice so that employees can select the plan that best meets their own individual health care needs. While specific benefits vary among FEHB plans, none can impose a waiting period or require a medical exam to enroll in their plan. 

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Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

FSAs allow employees to increase their disposable income because the amounts they contribute are not subject to Federal income, FICA, State or local income taxes.  The OIG offers both a Health Care FSA and a Dependent Care FSA.  Employees can use the Health Care FSA for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans.  Some examples are non-covered dental services, Lasik surgery, health plan deductibles, and co-payments and coinsurance. FSAs for dependent care are available for employees with dependent children or qualifying dependent adults when the care is necessary to allow the employee to work. 

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Leave and Holidays

OIG employees are entitled to at least 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave each year.  Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to 26 days of vacation leave each year.  In addition, OIG employees get 10 days paid holiday each year.  This allows employees time to spend with their families and to pursue their own individual interests and avocations.  For more information:

Family Friendly Flexibilities

The OIG provides many programs for workers to support their needs for individual flexibility and meet their work goals.  For example, Flexible Work Schedules allow employees to adjust their work hours in order to take days off.  Also, the OIG’s Alternative Work Schedule allows employees to select certain arrival and departure times that best suit their needs within their working day.  The OIG encourages Telework when work situations allow.  Family Friendly Leave Policies provide flexibility for military leave, allow employees to care for a sick family member or flexibility in the event of a disaster or emergency.  In addition, the OIG offers Employee Assistance Programs (EAP); Resources for Child and Elder Care Resources, Information and Incentives for Adoption, and other Child Support Services.  For more information:

Long Term Care Insurance Program:

As a new employee, you have the opportunity to enroll for long term care insurance under the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) with minimal underwriting.  However, applying for long term care insurance coverage does not automatically guarantee you will be approved for that coverage and enrolled.  The decision to approve your application will be based on your answers and explanations on the application.  A limited number of medical conditions will prevent a new employee from being approved for coverage.  Long term care helps people to perform daily activities if they have an ongoing illness or disability. This Program offers a choice of benefits that can provide a variety of services, including but not limited to: nursing home care, assisted living facility care, adult day care and at home care. Please see the link for specific information. 

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