• Background Investigator

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  • Overview


    KeyPoint Government Solutions is currently seeking independent contractors to be background investigators throughout the United States. Candidates will be considered based on qualifications specified below and on the workload in your geographic area. If there is an opening posted for your specific geographic area, please apply only to that opening. California does not have contractor status. Please watch for a full-time or part-time opening in your area of California.


    Successful independent contractors come from a variety of backgrounds. Some include Fraud Investigations, USPS Investigations, Police Officer/Detective, Federal/State/Local Investigator, Private Investigator, Investigative Journalist, Social Worker and Probation Officer.


    As a KeyPoint Independent Contractor, you will:


    Run your own business and contract with us to conduct background investigations for the purpose of determining employment suitability for people who require access to sensitive or classified government information, initially focusing on casework for the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB).  Casework for other contracts will be assigned based on Investigator qualifications and business need.    You’ll need to provide evidence of insurance (including liability and, if you’ll use a personal vehicle, auto and a valid driver’s license), and, as applicable, marketing materials, a fictitious name statement filing, articles of incorporation, city or county business license and professional license.  You will also need to provide business bank account information as well as a W-9.  You will receive a 1099 and you are, by law, obligated to file your own business taxes.  Independent contractors are not KeyPoint employees, are not eligible for benefits, and are not paid by the hour.


    Receive casework for within a reasonable distance of your home location.  You may request additional work in different geographic areas, for instance for when you travel out of town. KeyPoint does not reimburse for mileage and travel expenses.  These are expenses of your own business.  Relocation assistance is not available for this position.  You must live in the area for which you’re engaged for work before the start of the government-mandated training.


    Conduct face-to-face interviews and perform record searches at institutions of all types, and type up the information you gather into a government computer system. You’ll complete most tasks during general work week business hours, and most tasks have specific government due dates of within 2 – 3 weeks.


    Control your work schedule by accepting or rejecting work, have complete flexibility to perform similar or other services for third parties, including all competitors, work from a home office, and receive compensation on an engagement-completed basis.  Since you schedule work yourself, you can do so efficiently to maximize your profit.  Note that you’ll be responsible for correcting assignment mistakes without compensation.



    • Minimum one (1) year experience within the past five (5) years conducting investigations at the federal, state, or local level
    • Experience conducting one-on-one subject interviews is required
    • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
    • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in oral, written, diagram, or schedule form
    • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations
    • Possess a "can do" attitude, strong work ethic, impeccable integrity, and a passion to support national security initiatives.
    • Access to reliable transportation
    • Ability to effectively manage time to meet government deadlines
    • Ability to professionally and effectively interact with a variety of individuals
    • Excellent written communication skills for report-writing requirements
    • Comfort with typing (40+ WPM) and intermediate computer skills (specifically email and Microsoft Word)
    • U.S. citizenship
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance , which includes an investigation of 10+ years of residence, education, work, financial, medical and personal information
    • Ability to attend the mandatory training class that includes 2 weeks away from home (see below)
    • Access to reliable transportation


    NBIB Requirements


    Training: If you have not worked NBIB/OPM background investigations within the last 12 months or do not have documentation showing that you have been trained to the National Training Standards, you must complete training per NBIB requirements.  Weeks 1 – 4 are unpaid.  You’ll be paid for completed casework on a task-completed basis after that.


    Field Investigator Training consists of a 6-week continuum of various learning styles and locations. 

    Weeks 1 - 2: Teleconference from your home location, according to a set schedule. The training is not

    on-demand. Training will consist of participating in teleconferences, reading, and homework, as well as 2 days of observation in the field with a seasoned investigator.

    Weeks 3 - 4: Two consecutive weeks of classroom training at our headquarters in Loveland, CO or another designated location, depending on availability. At the end of the course, you’ll take an open-book final exam, for which a score of 80% or better is required to pass.  If you score below 80%, you will not be able to join KeyPoint as an investigator.

    Weeks 5 – 6:  On-the-job training - 80 hours of field casework working with a current investigator in your home location.





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