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    Can anyone give me more information about full-time and independent contractor positions with KeyPoint Govt. Solutions. Their announcements state that the full-time employees are paid hourly. Does anyone know how much one might make as a full time employee? Also, how much would an independent contractor make per investigation? Any other information would also be appreciated. Thanks!

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    I am working for another company that does backgrounds (just finished training) and I feel split about the contractor/ full time. On one hand, contractors seem to choose what they work, while us fulltimers are assigned the work. I don't know how much keypoint is paying, but it is probably similar to the other ones. I was told that the first year (until you learn the ins and outs) is better to be full time, since you will be paid a salary on top of everything else, and once you "master" the job (in one year), you can switch and get paid for the job you pick.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BRC View Post
      Can anyone give me more information about full-time and independent contractor positions with KeyPoint Govt. Solutions. Their announcements state that the full-time employees are paid hourly. Does anyone know how much one might make as a full time employee? Also, how much would an independent contractor make per investigation? Any other information would also be appreciated. Thanks!
      Just my .02

      Unless you live outside a military base or some place that's really close that it's going to keep you busy with work, it's better to start as a full-timer.

      Contractors pay for their own gas, copies, printers etc. Now with this gig, everything is on a case by case basis, but speaking for my area, my primary area of work is about 30 miles away. I'm a full-timer and I usually go there almost everyday. I can't imagine that for a contractor, because they are not reimbursed the .51 per miles that we are.

      On the flip side, they don't have to answer to anyone and work as much as they want, but because they are paid by the amount of actual interviews that they do they only get back what they put in. And if they are driving a lot for those few interviews, sometimes they aren't making as much money as they would like. Contractor is a great gig for supplemental income. That's why you see a lot of retired law enforcement (federal, state, local) doing it because their primary income is their pension.

      However, I know contractors that make MAD money that live right outside a basic training facility and it doesn't matter that they don't get reimbursed for mileage because they live so close to a lot of work. But in my experience (at least in my area), it's better to be a full-timer because you get paid no matter what (as long as your maintaining standards), get benefits, and first crack at work that comes in.

      As far as full-timers with KeyPoint they start at maybe mid 30s per year for lower cost of living areas. If you live in more expensive areas your starting income will probably be around the mid-40s. There's also potential for quarterly bonuses.

      Again just my .02. You could easily find another investigator who could completely disagree with me I'm sure.

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      • #4
        Background Investigator OPM Employee And Independent Contractor

        They have openings in my area currently.

        Background Investigator OPM - employee
        Location: MN - Minneapolis
        Job Code: NONMNMINN-OF0113
        Employment Status: Full Time Employee
        Description
        Primary responsibilities/Job summary:

        KeyPoint Government Solutions is currently seeking full-time employee investigators in Minnesota. Applicants must reside within 30 miles of the city of Minneapolis, MN. Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Candidates willing to relocate themselves to the area should include a cover letter stating that fact.

        Investigators will conduct background investigations on a full-time basis in support of national security, focusing on casework for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

        Primary duties include, but are not limited to, conducting background investigations for the purpose of determining employment suitability of persons who require access to sensitive or classified U.S. Government information. Investigators will conduct face-to-face interview with the subject and his/her neighbors, employers, friends, and family. Investigators will also perform record searches at police agencies, courthouses, educational institutions, financial institutions, and medical/mental health facilities. Investigators then report all obtained information in a clear and concise report on a government computer system (provided).

        Approved expenses during casework such as tolls, parking, etc., will be reimbursed, and a computer is provided. Investigators work from their own homes with remote supervision and are paid hourly. The investigation territory will include work within a 50-mile radius of the investigator's home. Additionally, candidates for employee investigator positions must be willing to travel for 3-4 weeks to complete work in other areas as needed.

        Investigators without current or recent OPM experience must be willing to attend a 10-week training class (8 of which are paid). Of the 10 weeks of training, 3 consecutive weeks will take place at our Loveland, Colorado headquarters office (travel expenses are reimbursed).

        Minimum requirements:


        Candidates with experience conducting OPM background investigations preferred; if there are no applicants with OPM experience, candidates with 4 years of general work experience or a Bachelor's degree may be considered
        Active federal security clearance with an SSBI is preferred; if chosen candidate does not have an active clearance, the candidate must be able to obtain & maintain a federal government security clearance, which includes an investigation of 10+ years of history including items such as residence, education, employment, financial, medical, and personal records
        U.S. citizenship (required for security clearance)
        Due to travel requirements, a valid driver's license and reliable transportation are required
        Candidates selected for this position must pass a mandatory post-offer drug test


        Ideal candidates will have:


        Intermediate typing (20+ WPM) and computer skills
        Excellent written and verbal communication skills
        Ability to effectively manage time with limited supervision
        Ability to professionally and effectively interact with a variety of individuals


        About KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc.:

        KeyPoint Government Solutions is an investigative and risk-mitigation services company that delivers advisory, monitoring, compliance and other solutions across a variety of related practice areas. Our primary areas of expertise include background investigations, infrastructure safety and security, emergency management, criminal justice services, fraud investigations and program management. Led by team of highly regarded industry authorities, our workforce of almost 1,600 investigators and subject matter experts supports a wide variety of clientele including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and more. Our reputation is consistent with quality, integrity, and exceeding both our clients’ and employees’ expectations. KeyPoint has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, N.Y., Austin, Tex., and Loveland, Colo.

        KeyPoint Government Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.



        Background Investigator OPM - independent contractor
        Location: MN - Minneapolis
        Job Code: MNMINN-OC0213
        Employment Status: Independent Contractor
        Description

        KeyPoint Government Solutions is currently seeking independent contractors to be background investigators in the Minneapolis, MN area.

        This opportunity is ideal for individuals who are willing to initially commit a significant amount of time in order to obtain a government security clearance and operate as a credentialed background investigator on behalf of the federal government. Upon receiving security clearance and graduating from the government mandated training class, independent contractors work independently and receive a variable amount of investigative assignments dependent on the workload KeyPoint receives from the government and the independent contractors own availability. Independent contractors have a flexible schedule due to the fact that they schedule their own subject interviews, source interviews and agency appointments.

        Who has been successful in this role?

        Retired military and federal employees
        Military spouses/partners
        Business owners (real estate, insurance etc)
        Retired professionals such as educators, law enforcement and first responders
        Current college students or college graduates
        Working parents

        Successful independent contractors come from almost any background. If you have a desire to protect your country, the ability to obtain a security clearance and commit to a training process, please read further!

        What will I be doing?

        Independent contractors run their own business and contract with KeyPoint Government Solutions to conduct background investigations in support of national security, focusing on casework for the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Engagements include collecting background information, which is then provided to the government for the purpose of determining employment suitability of persons who require access to sensitive or classified U.S. Government information.

        Independent contractors conduct face-to-face interviews with the subject and his/her neighbors, employers, friends and family, as well as, perform record searches at police agencies, courthouses, educational institutions, financial institutions and medical/mental health facilities. Information obtained is then typed into a clear and concise report on a government-mandated computer system.

        In what area will I receive task invitations?

        Independent Contractors receive investigative casework within 50 miles of their home location. Mileage and travel expenses are the independent contractor’s own business expenses and are not reimbursed. Additionally, relocation assistance is not available for this position. Candidates must be in the location of the work before the start of the government-mandated training. Additional work is generally available in different geographic areas at the independent contractor’s request. Many independent contractors have seasonal homes, or visit family members and friends for long periods of time in another area and request work in several locations throughout the year.

        What is an independent contractor?

        This position is ideal for candidates who have other commitments and are only seeking supplementary or limited income by operating their own business. Most investigative tasks are completed during business hours, Monday-Friday due to subject, source and court house availability. However, report writing (typing) and some tasks may be completed at other times that best meet the independent contractor’s schedule. Investigative tasks have specific government due dates and generally must be completed within 2-3 weeks. Independent contractors work from their own home office.

        Independent contractors:

        Are not employees of KeyPoint, are not benefit-eligible, are not paid by the hour and are not bound to any schedule.
        Must have established their own business and will be asked to provide the following business documents: evidence of insurance and marketing materials; further, these additional documents (if applicable): Fictitious name statement filing, Articles of Incorporation, City or County business license, Professional License and business bank account information
        Must provide a W-9, will receive a 1099 and are obligated by law to file their own business taxes
        Will be compensated on an engagement-completed basis giving the contractor the ability, through efficiency, to be able to maximize profit
        Must maintain appropriate types and levels of insurance coverage including auto insurance and liability insurance
        Will be able to completely control their work schedule by accepting or rejecting offered work
        Will have complete flexibility to perform similar or other services for third parties (including all competitors)
        Will be responsible for correcting task assignment mistakes without any compensation for the time such corrections take.

        What is required by the government?

        Training: Independent contractors must attend the required OPM background investigator training course. Time during the training is unpaid during weeks 1-7 and only the investigator’s own completed casework is paid on a task-completed basis during weeks 8-10.

        Week 1: Teleconference from your home location. The schedule is not flexible.
        Weeks 2-4: Eighty hours of investigative observation spread over 3 weeks. During this time you will shadow a current investigator in your home location*. This schedule is only partially flexible and is dependent on the field trainer’s schedule, as well as, the availability of interview subjects and sources. *If there are not enough investigative tasks in your home location another location may be designated.
        Weeks 5-7: Three consecutive weeks of classroom training that are generally held at our Loveland, CO headquarters office.
        Week 8+: Eighty hours completing field casework with a field trainer or mentor in your home location.

        Security clearance: Independent contractors with a current active federal security clearance (SSBI/TS level) are preferred. However, if the most qualified independent contractor does not have a current clearance KeyPoint will request the clearance. The government requires that the independent contractor be able to obtain & maintain a federal government security clearance which includes an investigation of 10+ years of history including items such as residence, education, employment, financial, medical and personal records. U.S. citizenship is required for security clearance.

        Transportation: Due to travel requirements, reliable transportation is required. If an independent contractor utilizes a personal vehicle, a valid driver’s license and proof of current auto insurance are required.

        Independent contractors should have:

        Experience conducting OPM background investigations preferred; candidates with 4 years of general work experience or a Bachelor's degree will also be considered
        Ability to pass a government required post-offer drug test per contract requirements
        Comfort with typing and intermediate computer skills (specifically email and Microsoft Word)
        Excellent written communication skills due to report writing requirements
        Ability to effectively manage time to meet government deadlines and work independently
        Ability to professionally and effectively interact with a variety of individuals
        Ability to attend appointments with subjects, sources and agencies at their own convenience, usually Monday-Friday during business hours
        Ability to attend the independent contractor training class including 3-5 weeks away from home, as described above.
        Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance

        About KeyPoint Government Solutions, Inc.:

        KeyPoint Government Solutions is an investigative and risk-mitigation services company that delivers advisory, monitoring, compliance and other solutions across a variety of related practice areas. Our primary areas of expertise include background investigations, infrastructure safety and security, emergency management, criminal justice services, fraud investigations and program management. Led by team of highly regarded industry authorities, our workforce of almost 1,600 investigators and subject matter experts supports a wide variety of clientele including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and more. Our reputation is consistent with quality, integrity and exceeding both our clients’ and employees’ expectations. KeyPoint has offices in Washington, D.C., New York, N.Y., Austin, Tex., and Loveland, Colo.

        KeyPoint Government Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

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        • #5
          Approx $ for FULL and Contractor?

          Rough estimate?

          Thanks

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          • #6
            They might not advertise the salary on purpose. When I worked full time for a contractor, I was paid $40K a year and .51 cent per mile. Independent contracts I believe made $33 an hour and no mileage paid.

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            • #7
              I work there. If you have any questions, shoot me a message. I also worked for one of the other contractors.

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