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    Duties

    Summary

    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for HHS fights fraud, waste and abuse in HHS programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Healthcare Marketplaces, NIH, FDA, CDC and more. HHS OIG is the largest Federal inspector general's office, employing a nationwide network of auditors, investigators, attorneys, and evaluators to provide program recommendations to decision-makers, distribute educational resources to the industry and public, and investigate cases to root out fraud.

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    Responsibilities

    As a Student Trainee (Auditor) GS-599-04, the nature of the work is developmental in performing a variety of audit assignments. Assignments involve conducting either segments of audits or complete audits of internal agency programs. Audit assignments are either well precedented or occasion the use of conventional auditing techniques in gathering and evaluating the pertinent data. Reconciles data, reviewing records and source documents to identify the sources of discrepancies; and identifies deviations to senior auditors. Prepares spreadsheets; abstracts data reflecting financial condition and operating results; and presents this data in the form of reports. Give presentations to a group on the status of a project or assignment. Interact with people at many levels to exchange facts or information related to work assignments.

    Apply research techniques and problem solving methods to interpret and analyze issues of a procedural or factual nature. Examines data to verify the reasonableness and adequacy of supporting data. Prepares worksheets or reports reflecting the examinations made, discrepancies noted, and the corrective entries required. Reviews the efficiency of clerical processes and compliance with prescribed procedures; and recommends improvements such as the need for coordination, additional training, or clarification of procedures to reduce errors or processing delays.

    Studies system problems caused by erroneous posting and program changes. Compose correspondence based on research, oral instructions or information from files. Use MS Word processing software to prepare memorandums, letters, and standard operating procedures for regular and routing functions. Use Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint or similar program to create briefings, presentations, etc. Attends conferences and training.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 10% or less

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
    • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
    • Must sign a Pathways Participant Agreement.
    Please see below for a brief summary for the Internship Program:

    Eligibility

    Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

    Program Administration
    • The Internship Program is primarily administered by each hiring agency.
    • Agencies may hire Interns on a temporary basis for up to one year for an initial period, or for an indefinite period, to complete the educational requirement.
    • Interns may work either part- or full-time.
    • Each agency must sign a Participant Agreement with the Intern that sets forth the expectations for the internship.
    • Intern's job will be related to the Intern's academic career goals or field of study.
    Program Completion and Conversion

    Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

    To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
    • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
    • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
    • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted
    • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and
    • Perform their job successfully.
    At the discretion of OIG, we may credit or waive, for conversion eligibility, up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance. In addition, students working in agencies through third-party intern providers may count up to 320 of the hours they work toward the 640-hour requirement. Time spent under previous Internship Program appointments may count towards required work experience hours.

    Qualifications

    These positions are in the Office of Audit Services (OAS), in OIG/HHS. OAS examines the performance of HHS programs and/or HHS grantees and contractors in implementing their responsibilities and provides independent assessments of HHS programs and operations. These assessments help reduce waste, abuse, and mismanagement and promote economy and efficiency throughout HHS. OAS conducts audits using its own resources and oversees audit work done by others. It conducts its work in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996; applicable Office of Management and Budget circulars; and other legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements.

    These positions are for current students enrolled or accepted for enrollment at a qualifying academic institution and pursuing an accounting degree or a degree in a related field (i.e. business administration, finance, or public administration) which will/is supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in accounting. (The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law).

    This is an excepted service, developmental appointment under the OIG Pathways Internship Program. After the Intern successfully completes the developmental program and meets the OPM Qualification Standards for an Auditor, OIG may non-competitively convert the Intern to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service. Conversion is not an entitlement or guarantee and is based on the needs of OIG. This position has no known promotion potential. This position may have the flexibility for a full-time or part-time work schedule. To be eligible for conversion to an Auditor GS-511, the intern must meet the positive education requirements, described below. Upon conversion the Auditor position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level.

    You must meet all eligibility requirements for the Pathway Internship Program and minimum qualifications requirements for the position by the closing date of this announcement.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    To qualify for the GS-04 grade level, the applicant must have completed 2 full years of post high school education; or completed an associates degree. Education must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant can perform the work at the GS-4 grade level.

    Note: To be considered for conversion to the competitive service after successful completion of all Pathways Internship Program requirements and academic requirements you must meet the positive education requirement and minimum qualifications for the position to which you may be converted.

    Positive Education Requirement:

    Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.
    OR;
    Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
    1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
    2. A certificate as a Certified Public Accounting or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
    3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement of 24- semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    Experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.

    If you fail to submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the eligibility and minimum qualification requirements described in this announcement, you will be deemed ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    Claimed experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work.

    Education

    Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    Additional information

    Security and Background Requirements: A Public Trust background investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy),or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, go to: http://www.opm.gov/Veterans.

    EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed application and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your application will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

    The self-assessment questions relate to the following Competencies:

    • Reading
    • Attention to Detail
    • Teamwork
    • Written Communication
    Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your application. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

    This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    The Category Rating Process protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed at the top of the highest quality category.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Resume
    3. Assessment Questionnaire
    4. Academic Transcripts
    5. Veterans Preference documentation, if applicable
    Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript. However, an official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position. All required documents must be uploaded as a scanned document, smartphone screenshots and photographs will not be accepted.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    A complete application package for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on 10/31/2018 to receive consideration. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

    If you are unable to apply online and have the required information, please call 1-478-744-2360 to start your Alternate Application. You will connected with a member of our staff who will initiate the Alternate Application process. More information on the Alternate Application process can be viewed at the following link: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.

    Questions regarding this vacancy or the application process should be directed to the HR Specialist. The HR Specialist can be reached at (855) 291-2284. Someone is available to answer phone calls and emails from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday excluding Federal holidays.

    Agency contact information

    Ebony Brock

    Address

    OIG Office of Audit Services
    330 Independence Ave, SW
    Washington, DC 20201
    US
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    The Office of Inspector General (OIG) for HHS fights fraud, waste and abuse in HHS programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Healthcare Marketplaces, NIH, FDA, CDC and more. HHS OIG is the largest Federal inspector general's office, employing a nationwide network of auditors, investigators, attorneys, and evaluators to provide program recommendations to decision-makers, distribute educational resources to the industry and public, and investigate cases to root out fraud.

    The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been recognized as one of the Federal Government's best places to work. HHS OIG ranked in the top 11% of agency subcomponents (#37 of 339) in the Partnership for Public Service's "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2017 ratings. For more information, see www.bestplacestowork.org.

    Visit our careers page

    Learn more about what it's like to work at Office of Inspector General, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

    https://oig.hhs.gov/about-oig/careers/index.asp/

    Next steps

    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

    You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/514534800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.