All applicants must meet the minimum requirements of the Office of Personnel Management's Qualification Standards Handbook. Education may only be substituted in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order to be credited towards qualifications. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: In order to be considered for this position, you must meet the basic requirement described below:
1. 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.").
2. 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:
a. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
b. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
or c. 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.
Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-14 Grade Level:
In addition to the basic requirements described above, the incumbent must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal government that demonstrates the ability to utilize federal auditing standards and industry best practices to develop, manage, and communicate a FISMA assurance program; conduct analysis of relevant findings from team members to generate products that satisfy FISMA reporting requirements; ability to develop audits, inspections, and evaluations to resolve complex information technology issues in an automated environment; and the ability to make recommendations to senior management concerning appropriate changes in procedures, practices, and/or regulations that may be susceptible to IT control weaknesses and have a wide impact.
Minimum Qualification Requirements for the GS-13 Grade Level:
In addition to the basic requirements described above, the incumbent must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal government that demonstrates the ability to utilize federal auditing standards and industry best practices to participate in conducting, developing, and managing a FISMA assurance program; identify and analyze pertinent FISMA-related data from a variety of sources; participate in audits, inspections, and evaluations to resolve information technology issues in an automated environment; and identify IT control weaknesses in procedures, practices, and/or regulations.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position and tour of duty (full or part time to include number of hours). One year of general or specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are pro-rated. Your responses to the questionnaire and/or competency statements will be evaluated to determine the degree to which your skills match this position.
Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position.
NOTE: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAs are:
- Knowledge of and skill in applying accounting principles and audit concepts to conduct difficult assignments involving interfaces and inter-relationships between and among programs, systems, functions, policies, and various issues.
- Skill in identifying and analyzing pertinent data from a variety of sources.
- Skill in developing, managing, and communicating FISMA program and related requirements. Knowledge of and skill with operating systems and vulnerability scanning tools.
- Skill in administering audits, inspections, and evaluations.
- Skill in applying technical expertise to policies, programs, hardware, and software to identify areas for improvement.
- Skill in writing, reviewing, and editing a variety of communication products.