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Job Title:  Auditor GS-511-11/12/13 DE
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-2013-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Full-time - Permanent
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, US
Any US Citizen.

This opportunity is also open to status candidates and veterans eligible under VEOA under announcement OIG-2013-0001.


Are you intrigued by the idea of promoting agency effectiveness and preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education?  Then the National Science Foundation's (NSF’s) Office of Inspector General (OIG) is the place for you. 

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.                                                                

Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF                                                                                          

NSF's OIG uses its diverse workforce and cutting-edge technology to conduct audits, investigations and other reviews to support NSF’s mission by promoting the economy, efficiency, effectiveness, and integrity of NSF programs and operations. This position is an Auditor in the OIG, Office of Audits (OA). The mission of the OIG is to conduct independent and objective audits, investigations, and other reviews to support NSF’s mission by promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and safeguarding the integrity of NSF programs and operations. Within the OIG, the OA is committed to improving NSF's business policies and practices to better support NSF in promoting science and engineering research and education. To accomplish this, the OA audits grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements funded by NSF to determine whether costs claimed by awardees are allowable, reasonable, and properly allocated. The OA also conducts internal audits of NSF's operations and ensures that financial, administrative, and programmatic aspects of agency operations are conducted economically and efficiently. Additionally, the OA oversees the work of independent public accountants conducting performance and financial audits of NSF and its awardees, including the annual audit of NSF's financial statements, internal controls, and data processing systems. Finally, the OA conducts outreach programs for NSF and its awardees to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as  interacts with the audit and IG communities.


  • U.S, Citizenship;
  • Background Investigation;
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above


At the full performance level of this job, you will plan, execute and report on performance audits, surveys and evaluations of NSF's internal operations, controls, and information systems. You will also conduct performance audits of NSF-funded grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements at grantee/contractor institutions.  You will independently oversee audit planning and direct and approve development of audit scope, objectives, audit guide, methodologies, milestones and reporting dates for standard and complex audits.  In this position, you will analyze data using advanced software and data mining techniques to perform audit risk analyses across an institution, as well as direct and make determinations for the annual risk assessment/audit planning process. In planning and executing audits, you will provide independent and expert guidance to team members on all steps in the audit process, identify significant audit findings, make authoritative recommendations and resolve audit issues of varying complexity. You will lead and conduct interviews of auditees and lead fraud-brainstorming sessions, story conferences and team meetings with a variety of participants. In this position, you will also devise techniques to analyze and evaluate audit evidence and results, develop analytical opinions, findings, and recommendations.  You will provide independent oversight of the audit reporting process to ensure that significant deficiencies noted during the audit are reported,  findings are fully developed and properly supported, and appropriate recommendations are made,  In this position, you will review draft reports and supporting work papers and present audit findings to audit management, prepare correspondence for distribution, and lead briefings and presentations for the OIG, key agency officials and management personnel external to NSF. You will work with the team to establish both team and individual workload targets, and maintain knowledge of team and individual progress towards meeting milestones and targets. Throughout audit assignments, you will independently oversee and ensure accomplishment of multiple simultaneous assignments made to the audit team to achieve workload targets.


To meet the minimum education requirement for this occupation, all candidates must have completed at least 4 years of college, and hold a 4-year or advanced degree in a field such as business administration, finance, or public administration, that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of business law. OR Have completed 4 years experience in accounting or 4 combined years of accounting experience, higher education, & training to include 1 of the following: 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing or a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor gained by written examination or completed degree requirements to include substantial, but less than 24 hours, accounting coursework and worked successfully at the full-working level in accounting, auditing, or a related field. Your application package must include proof of meeting the educational requirements.

To qualify at the GS-11 level  In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, you must also have one of the following:

1. Three academic years or more of graduate level education in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance or public administration leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree. 


2.  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: assisting in the audit or evaluation of awardees' grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements; participating in the preparation of audit guides and risk assessments; completing entry-level evaluation steps and resolving simple issues; and contributing to the development of evaluation conclusions and recommendations.


3.  Related graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.          

To qualify at the GS-12 level  In addition to meeting the basic education requirement described above, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: auditing or evaluating awardees' grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements; developing audit guides and approaches by routine assessments of agency programs and administrative activities; conducting studies, analyzing findings, and making recommendations on routine evaluations.

To qualify at the GS-13 level  In addition to meeting the basic education requirement described above, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include: auditing financial operations and accounts; reviewing and evaluating awardees' grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements and agency internal controls; and providing technical guidance for financial and performance audits of agency programs.

You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in "Qualifications."

Your application must include proof that the basic education requirement is met.  Unofficial transripts are acceptable for this purpose.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire. All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed:  Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.  

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least "Very Good."

To preview questions please click here.


A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


25% travel is required.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.


Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.



If you are eligible under a special appointing authority (e.g., veterans appointment
or persons with mental retardation, severe physical disability or psychiatric disabilities), you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:
1. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and only if applicable, SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, plus the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating to verify 10-Point Veteran's preference and/or to document eligibility under the disabled veterans appointing authority.
2. Schedule A Certification - from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

Submission of your Performance Appraisal is required.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Jim Tingwald
Phone: 703-292-5325
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

Control Number: 331736400
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