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Job Title:Auditor, ZP-0511-4, (DE/CR)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Job Announcement Number:NESDIS-AA-2013-0017

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZA-0511-4

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

4

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Silver Spring, MD, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

*All Qualified United States citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

NESDIS is looking for great people to manage our world-class operations. Our satellites monitor US and global weather conditions and we also have three world-class data centers. The data from NESDIS satellites help save lives and resources. Come be a part of NESDIS!

This position is located in the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data & Information Service (NESDIS), Office of the Assistant Administrator (AA) located in Silver Spring, MD. The individual selected for this position will serve as a principal coordinator and advisor to the Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer on issues regarding the internal operations of the Office and Centers, such as planning, follow-up, uniformity, quality assurance, self inspection, and management liaison. This position will be filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). This system replaced the Federal GS pay plan and structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. The ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14.

This position is also being advertised as an Auditor, ZA-0511-4 under announcement number NESDIS-AA-2013-0016 (open to status candidates). You must apply separately under each announcement to be considered for each announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

This position may require a one-year probationary period.

This is a non-bargaining position.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov)
  • Qualification requirements must be met by closing date of announcement.
  • Must be available for domestic travel.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

  • Be responsible for the Statement of Assurance and Management Control Reviews in compliance with OMB Circular No. A-123 Revised December 2004. You conduct audits of NESDIS Line Offices and Centers and programs to determine compliance with applicable legislation, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Develop annual audit plans for the Office and Centers regarding available hours, identifying work in progress to be carried over, identifying the location of records for potential audit candidates, and evaluating the risk associated with entities.
  • Serve as a point of contact for NESDIS headquarters inquiries and directions regarding the implementation, execution, and evaluation of local audit plans.
  • Monitor the status of audit recommendations in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-50 to ensure agency officials provide responses to audit reports, evaluate responses for audit recommendations, monitor collections and verify that the timeliness of corrective actions are in compliance with A- 50 audit procedures.
  • Oversee and participate in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of operating procedures, policies, and audit guidelines for audit activities.
  • Review operational and administrative functions in the Offices and Centers and make recommendations to correct or improve operations consistent with established directives and policies. The work requires the development of audit programs and procedures necessary to conduct audits; the ability to gather and analyze evidence and to write clear, concise audit reports.
  • Serve as a Training Officer to ensure employees receive required training, serve as a technical resource for the development of auditor training programs, and monitor compliance with GAO Yellow Book standards regarding continuing professional education.
  • Be subject to occasional domestic travel where NESDIS activities are being implemented.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification requirements in vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualifications standards.  This handbook is available on OPM's website at:  Qualification Standards.


BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: 1. A degree in 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")

OR

2. A 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 Certified Public Accountant 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

This announcement requires transcripts.

*You must provide all transcripts from all degrees received (unofficial copies are acceptable) by the closing date of this announcement. Individuals who are selected must be prepared to provide official transcripts.

*If course content cannot be easily identified from the title of the course as listed on your transcript, you must submit an official course description from the college/university that reflects the content at the time the course was taken.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirements, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-4 (GS-13/14 equivalent). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the Federal Government.

Specialized experience for the ZA-4 level includes: Experience auditing and monitoring complex audits; experience planning, developing, and leading the examination of financial records and reports. Experience identifying and interpreting laws, polices, procedures and guidance that applies in developing and conducting audits, and providing regulatory information on audit standards; collecting, analyzing, and summarizing evidence to support audit conclusions; experience in writing audit reports, communicating and making recommendations to senior management.

There is no educational substitution at the ZA-4 level.

NOTE: Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

For more information about the qualifications requirements for this position: Professional and Scientific Positions and Auditing Series.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold," "silver," and "bronze." However,your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the"gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligibles with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Knowledge of auditing practices, theory, concept, principles and techniques including financial auditing.
  • Ability to identify, evaluate and interpret relevant laws, policies, procedures, and guidance.
  • Ability to prepare and audit a plan.
  • Ability to develop and make recommendations for corrective actions to address audit findings.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing, to write reports and response to complex and often sensitive issues/area, response to complex findings and recommendations to others.
For more information about Category Rating, please go to: Category Rating
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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NOAA offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Benefits.

OTHER INFORMATION:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:CTAP/ICTAP.

ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities: • VRA30% or more disabled veteranPersons with DisabilitiesICTAP



HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at USAJOBS. To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application" to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at (mgshelp@monster.com) or phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact the Human Resource Specialist listed in this announcement.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

A complete application consists of the following:
• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment, the number of hours worked per week, your salary, and grade of any federal position/s held. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
• Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans; preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: Veterans Preference.
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
• Education. If this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If the education requirement includes a specified number of credit hours in specific disciplines, your transcript must reflect the required coursework. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to Qualification Standards for more information.

Note: You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. You must provide all the required documents by the closing date of the announcement or you may lose consideration for this vacancy.

*Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website- Foreign Credentials. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Janet Rizzi
Phone: 816-426-3044
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: janet.l.rizzi@noaa.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
WFMO/Kansas City Staffing Division
601 E. 12th Street
Room 1737
Kansas City, MO
64106
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: USAJOBS and clicking on "Application Status". The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Ineligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official)' and
4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Job Announcement Number:

NESDIS-AA-2013-0017

Control Number:

338178000