BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
A. Degree: accounting and/or auditing; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours or equivalent in accounting and/or auditing. 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.')
B. Combination of education and experience--at least 4 years of experience in accounting and/or auditing, or an equivalent combination of accounting and/or auditing experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting and/or auditing knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
1. Twenty-four semester hours or equivalent 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 or equivalent, 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 related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher-level professional accountants and/or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and/or auditing 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.
YOU MUST SUBMIT PROOF OF MEETING THE BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. You must attach a copy of your transcript(s) designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit. All academic degrees and coursework must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions recognized by the United States
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes conducting segments of audits; preparing work papers using an automated auditing software; attending interviews and meetings to observe and learn interviewing and presentation techniques; obtaining statements, records, and reports for review and analysis; and researching laws, regulations, guidelines, procedures.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement based on a bachelor's degree that is demonstrated through class standing (upper 1/3 of class), grade point average (2.95/4.0 overall or 3.5/4.0 in major), or election to membership in a qualifying national honor society.
You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application includes your:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Knowledge of accounting and auditing principles, concepts, and practices.
- Ability to effectively present information both orally and in writing.
- Ability to use computerized audit software or databases and spreadsheet applications for extracting and analyzing data.
- Ability to gather and analyze information.
- Ability to conduct reviews of program fraud, abuse or white collar crime.
We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application. Category Rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three categories, A, B, or C, depending on your experience and education related to this position. Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category depending on the position and grade level of the job.
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3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates and eligible for selection, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must be rated in the second category or better to be considered as well qualified to receive special selection priority. We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.