To qualify for this position, you must meet both the Basic Requirements AND Specialized Experience Requirements listed below.
Basic Requirements: To qualify for any Federal auditing position, you must meet the criteria described in A or B below.
A. Qualifying degree programPossess a degree in accounting; OR possess 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 which may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" here means "accounting and/or auditing." Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR
B. Combination of education and experienceHave 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. Your experience must also include one of the following: 1) 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; or 2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3) Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial coursework in accounting or auditing (e.g., 15 semester hours) but that does not fully satisfy the 24 semester-hour requirement in paragraph A, provided that (a) you have 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 you 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 above,
Specialized Experience Requirements:
GS-12: Applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 level or higher in the Federal service) that included: interpreting and applying accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques to conduct audit assignments; participating on an audit team to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of program operations; analyzing the capabilities of an automated accounting system; preparing audit reports; and communicating with internal and external clients to convey audit-related information.
GS-13: Applicants must have at least one full year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal Service) that included: interpreting, applying, and adapting accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques to independently conduct audit assignments; leading segments of financial audits; analyzing the capabilities of an automated accounting system and recommending changes or enhancements; developing audit reports; and presenting audit results to internal or external customers.
You must submit transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify the Basic Requirements are met. Failure to submit transcripts may result in an ineligible rating.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education.
Time-in-Grade: Current and former permanent Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade level of the grade level being filled for this position.
All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Once the job opportunity announcement closes, your résumé and supporting documents will be reviewed and evaluated against your assessment questionnaire responses to determine whether you are qualified for this position. If a determination is made that you have inflated your responses, you may lose consideration. Be sure to carefully follow all instructions; errors or omissions may affect your consideration for this position.
For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: Eligible candidates will be assigned to one of the following quality categories: Highly Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Candidates in the highest quality category will be referred to the hiring agency.
For Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated merit promotion/VEOA candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.
For Noncompetitive Appointment Applicants: All qualified noncompetitive candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:
- Accounting/Auditing principles and practices
- Financial accounting systems
- Problem Solving
- Oral Communication
- Written Communication
To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions