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Job Title:Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services, ES-0340

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services

Job Announcement Number:HHS-OIG-ES-0340-13-781279

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year


Friday, November 09, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012




Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)


1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


All groups of qualified individuals within the Civil Service. This position may also be filled in the Auditing (0511) series under vacancy announcement HHS-OIG-ES-0511-13-779350.


Since its 1976 establishment, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been at the forefront of the Nation's efforts to fight waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare, Medicaid and more than 300 other HHS programs.  It is an exciting time to join us as we address an expanding mission to protect HHS' vital health and human services programs as well as the health and welfare of program beneficiaries.

This position is in the Senior Executive Service (SES), a small elite group of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and the strong skills required to lead across organizations. This dedicated corps of executives is charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. As an SES member you will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the federal government and lead the next generation of public servants.

This position is located within the HHS OIG Office of Audit Services (OAS).  OAS conducts independent audits of HHS programs and/or HHS grantees and contractors.  These audits examine the performance of HHS programs and/or grantees in carrying out their responsibilities and provide independent assessments of HHS programs and operations.  OAS also oversees non-Federal audit activity, including conducting quality control audits of State and local governments, colleges and universities, and nonprofit organizations.  OAS is the largest civilian audit agency in the Federal government.

For more information about the HHS Office of Inspector General, go to


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background Investigation and Security Clearance is required.
  • Must complete 1-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • Initial and annual Public Financial Disclosure Report is required.
  • A relocation incentive may be considered, subject to funds availability.
  • A complete application package is required. See HOW TO APPLY for details.


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The Office of Audit Services (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.  We audit internal HHS groups/offices, and external entities such as grantees, State and local governments, and individuals and facilities in private industry associated with HHS programs (for example, colleges and universities, physician offices, hospitals, etc.).  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.

As a member of the OAS senior executive team, working under the general direction of the Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services, you will be responsible for:

  • planning and directing OAS activities and initiatives, including conducting or overseeing financial-related, information technology, and performance audits;
  • reviewing and commenting on proposed legislation, regulations, program policies, and standard operating procedures;
  • reviewing and responding to inquiries and complaints about HHS programs;
  • developing innovative audit methods and approaches;
  • representing OIG on various committees, working groups, and professional associations; and
  • managing human, financial, and other resources to efficiently and effectively carry out the functions of OAS.

This is a Career-Reserved position in the Senior Executive Service.  The position is designated as Critical-Sensitive and a Top Secret Clearance is required.


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To be qualified for this position, your résumé must reflect substantial general experience that provides knowledge of the principles of organization, management, and administration; and substantive experience in a type of work, or a combination of functions, directly related to this position.  Successful candidates will have specialized experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse Federal, State, or local government agency/organization responsible for conducting audits that promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations.  This experience must demonstrate sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.  Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with State or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must show in your resume evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability, and that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- You must show in your résumé that you possess the TQs listed below.  Please do not submit separate statements addressing the TQs.  Written statements addressing the TQs will not be considered.

  1. Experience in managing, supervising, and leading a large audit program involving field and/or headquarters staff as evidenced by success in (1) anticipating and planning for both normal workload and contingencies, and (2) securing timely and high quality work products from subordinate staff.
  2. Experience evaluating the effectiveness of a large, complex audit program against Government Auditing Standards and other legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements.
  3. Experience with consensus (team) building in planning, conducting, reporting on audits, as well as gaining stakeholder support and agency implementation of recommendations.  This includes preparing written products and oral presentations for, and interacting with high-level officials in Congress, Federal, State or local governments, public interest groups, industry, members of the press or media, and/or the general public.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) -- You must show in your résumé that you possess the five ECQs listed below.  Please do not submit separate statements addressing the ECQs.  Written statements addressing the ECQs will not be considered.

Fundamental Competencies -- The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs:  Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.  Additional information on the ECQs is available at

ECQ-1. Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)

ECQ-2. Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)

ECQ-3. Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)

ECQ-4. Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)

ECQ-5. Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your accomplishments, experience, and education as evidenced in your application package.  Résumés will be evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview, submit writing samples, and undergo reference checks.  Top candidates may be required to submit further written demonstration of qualifications.  The HHS OIG Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.  Any documents submitted that are not listed in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this announcement will not be considered.

Unless you have already been certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by a QRB before appointment can occur.  You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, and security information and take that information into account in making employment offers.


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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Background Investigation & Security Clearance:  This is a critical-sensitive position and a Top Secret clearance is required.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  In addition, 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.

Financial Disclosure Reporting:  The Ethics in Government Act, P.L. 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 278), prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

Probationary Period:  Persons newly selected for career appointment to the SES must have their ECQs approved by the OPM Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.  For additional information concerning the SES visit

Relocation:  A relocation incentive may be considered, subject to funds availability.  Permanent Change of Station/relocation expenses will not be paid.

Selective Service:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

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

Veterans' Preference does not apply to the SES.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes all of the documents listed in the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section of this vacancy announcement.  The application process for the position is "Resume Only."  Your résumé must not exceed five (5) pages, including an optional cover letter.  Any information in excess of 5 pages will not be evaluated.  Any documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered.

Application packages for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, November 30, 2012.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

  1. To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
  2. Create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
  3. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire.  You may preview the Assessment Questionnaire by clicking here: View Assessment Questions
  4. Upload your Résumé (5-page maximum) and other supporting documents. 
  5. Ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application, use the following link: 

      If you cannot apply online:  Complete the Assessment Questionnaire by submitting your answers on the OPM 1203FX form ( and fax the completed form with your résumé and all Supporting Documents to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 

      To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:  Complete this cover page using the Vacancy Identification Number 781279.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

    Questions regarding this vacancy or the application process should be directed to the OIG HR Help Desk at 202-205-8544 or by email at  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.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the OIG HR Help Desk at 202-205-8544 or by email at  You must contact us before 12 noon ET on the closing date of the announcement.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


  1. You must submit a completed Assessment Questionnaire.
  2. All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
       ·Cover Letter
       ·Other (QRB Certification, if applicable)

Your résumé cannot exceed five (5) pages, including an optional cover letter.  Any information submitted in excess of 5 pages WILL NOT be considered.  We strongly encourage you to submit a résumé that is tailored specifically for this position to ensure it includes relevant examples of how you possess the technical qualifications and the five Executive Core Qualifications.  Your résumé should emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and program accomplishments, including the results of your actions.  For a suggested résumé format, go to typically provide the following information in their résumé:

  • Vacancy announcement number - HHS-OIG-ES-0340-13-781279, Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services, ES-0340
  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, as well as the type of degree received
  • Information about paid and nonpaid work experience related to the position, including:  job title, duties and accomplishments, employers' name and address, duration of employment, and salary (or Grade)
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments

For other Résumé and Application tips visit

If you do not submit the required documents by the closing date of the announcement, the system will consider your application incomplete and you will receive no further consideration.  Any materials submitted that exceed specified page limitations or documents not listed above will not be considered.


Dawn Wathen
Phone: (202)205-2329
Agency Information:
HHS OIG Executive Resources
Human Capital Division
330 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC


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.  We expect to make a selection within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.  You will be notified of the outcome by email using the email address on file in the Application Manager system, or by postal mail if no email address was provided by you during the application process.

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