Forensic Accountants in the FBI tackle complex challenges with every assignment. They work 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 by acquiring, organizing, analyzing, and reporting financial data. FBI Forensic Accountants:
- Understand the overall “big” picture of the case.
- Create and communicate the financial picture both internally and externally.
- Identify suspicious transactions/entities/activities.
- Uncover potential new leads significant to the investigative team.
Intuition and curiosity are the bedrocks of an FBI Forensic Accountant. We don’t stop at the easy answers; we dig through faulty foundations to determine the who, what, when, where, why, how and how much on all financial aspects of a case. We package the financial facts for our law enforcement and judicial counterparts and, if necessary, provide testimony on our findings.
- Where FBI Forensic Accountants Work
Forensic Accountants work across the United States. They are assigned to all 56 FBI Field Offices or work in a Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC. Each Forensic Accountant will work at the office for which he or she has applied and are hired.
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- THE FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT HIRING AND SELECTION PROCESS
The FBI Forensic Accountant Program seeks top-tier accounting professionals capable of conducting and retaining ownership over complex, forensic financial investigations.
Minimum Education Requirement: To be considered for a career as a Forensic Accountant, applicants must have an undergraduate degree in accounting or a degree in a related field such as business administration that included or was supplemented 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.
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
Only those candidates determined to be best qualified will be contacted to proceed in the selection process. For information on currently available Forensic Accountant opportunities, visit the “Search Jobs” tab above.
Additionally, all applicants must meet the FBI’s Employment Eligibility standards.
Once employed, FBI Forensic Accountants must attend a one time, 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.
- A CAREER AS A FORENSIC ACCOUNTANT
Forensic Accountants investigate complex financial crimes involving corporate fraud, financial institution fraud, health care fraud, mortgage fraud and securities and commodities fraud. Their expertise is also applied to counterintelligence, counterterrorism, cybercrime, organized crime, public corruption and violent crime investigations.
Working hand-in-hand with FBI Special Agents, Forensic Accountants routinely perform the following job tasks:
- Investigate — Serve as active members of the investigative/prosecutorial team. To include participation in gathering evidence, preparing affidavits, assisting on search warrants and interviewing victims, witnesses and subjects in nonconfrontational settings.
- Examine — Perform research and analysis of personal and business records; identify and trace funding sources/disposition of illicit activity; identify assets for seizure/forfeiture; calculate losses; and utilize technological systems to perform in-depth examinations.
- Communicate and Testify — Share investigative knowledge and findings with FBI Special Agents, other law enforcement partners and prosecuting attorneys. Testify as a summary, fact or expert witness in judicial proceedings.
- Collaborate — Work in conjunction and exchange ideas with individuals in private industry and other government agencies including: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF); Central Intelligence Agency (CIA); Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Internal Revenue Service (IRS); Offices of Inspector General (OIG); Securities Exchange Commission (SEC); United States Attorney’s Offices (USAO); and state and local partners.
FBI Forensic Accountant positions differ from FBI Special Agent positions in that they do not include special age, physical fitness, mobility or firearms requirements.
As a Forensic Accountant, you will be a part of the FBI team. You’ll make a real difference every day. And you’ll have a career like no other.