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Classification & Qualifications General Schedule Qualification Standards

Document Analysis Series, 1397

Individual Occupational Requirements


Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study - physical and biological sciences, graphic arts, police science, criminology, or law.



General Experience (for GS-5 positions): Experience in one or more of the following:

  • Microscopic examination of materials (such as bullets and cartridge cases, tools and tool marks, hairs and fibers) or the conduct of laboratory tests and experiments that provided a knowledge of scientific techniques, procedures, and instruments. Such experience may have been gained as a physical science aid or technician, laboratory aid, or quality control inspector.
  • Investigation or law enforcement work that provided a familiarity and working knowledge of document identification and detection procedures and techniques.
  • Photography where the purpose was to show accurate details of objects or to show information not available to the unaided eye. Such experience may have been gained in such fields as scientific, engineering, technical, or medical photography.
  • Work that provided a technical knowledge of the graphic arts, printing, illustrating, and other recording and duplicating processes and of the related materials, equipment, instruments, and machines.

Specialized Experience (for positions above GS-5): Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Examination and comparison of handwriting, printing, typewriting, and other mechanical impressions in order to make determinations of identity or genuineness.
  • Analysis of inks, papers, and other recording instruments and materials by chemical, microscopic, and other methods in order to develop information useful in determinations of genuineness, integrity, security, origin, validity of date, or for restoration of mutilated or obliterated matter.
  • Specialized document photography and preparation of photographic exhibits to be used for court demonstration purposes, or supervision of such work.
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