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Job Title:  Auditor
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  OIG-929150-13-28-CA

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$87,815.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 22, 2013 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Reston, VA United StatesView Map
Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Interior (DOI) whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, evaluations, and audits in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.

This position is located in the U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Assistant Inspector General for Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations (AIE).  The AIE manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts audits, inspections and evaluations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, waste, abuse and mis-management in such programs and operations of the DOI employees, contractors, grantees, lessees, or any other persons or entities doing business with the DOI.  The incumbent of this position serves as an Auditor (Information Technology), responsible for directing the operation of the OIG’s information technology audit program, coordinating and reporting on computer network policies with the DOI and the subordinate Bureaus, providing technical lead in system network intrusion incidents, coordinating data mining initiatives, and implementing a variety of Information Technology (IT) related programs in support of the OIG mission.


This position may be filled in either Lakewood, CO, United States or Washington D.C. Metro Area, United States.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • Subject to initial and random drug testing
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized


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The incumbent will serve as a senior Auditor (Information Technology) in the Financial and Information Technology (FIT) Audit Unit and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) compliance program who utilizes broad knowledge of FISMA's evaluation areas, such as Certification & Accreditation, Risk Management, Security Configuration, Computer Security Incident Response, Contingency Planning, Security Training and Awareness, System Security Planning, and other management, operational and technical controls.

Incumbent develops, manages and communicates the FIT Audit Unit's FISMA quality assurance program by utilizing expert knowledge in federal auditing standards and industry best practices. Coordinates with internal and external quality assurance experts and organizations.

Incumbent provides FISMA related coordination for the annual DOI Financial Audit by coordinating with the contractor conducting IT Security controls evaluations over DOI’s financial systems.

Incumbent conducts analysis of relevant potential notice of findings and recommendations; on-site work; weekly conference calls; and interviews, observations and testing of selected controls and incorporates them within performance metrics and charts, and FISMA related information for FIT Audit Unit quarterly and annual FISMA reporting requirements.

Incumbent provides authoritative technical information and a recommendation for action to policy makers based on field work, special projects, evaluations, audits, and inspections in support of the OIG’s FISMA responsibilities.

Incumbent provides support in audits, inspections and evaluations. Gathers and analyzes electronic records, creates databases and enters pertinent data to formulate progressive and logical analysis.


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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:

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.


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.


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The Department of the Interior offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance; health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement system. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


  • Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a (Secret, or Top Secret) clearance. Failure to maintain a clearance is grounds for removal.
  • You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates. Failure to maintain a favorable suitability determination is grounds for removal.
  • Selected applicants are subject to initial and random drug testing. Failure to pass a Drug Test is grounds for removal.
  • Periodic or Extensive travel per month is expected. 
  • Selectees must complete a one year probationary or trial period unless already completed or exempted by special authority.


CTAP/ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


VEOA ELIGIBLES: If applying under VEOA, you must include your DD-214, SF-15 and VA letter (if applicable). If you are still on active duty, you may submit a statement of service from your unit which states the date you entered active duty and the date you are separating. Your separation date must be within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement. For more information on the VEOA, consult the Vets Guide at:

The candidate selected for this position will be subject to a background security investigation prior to entering on duty, and once employed, which must be favorably adjudicated. Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for termination. The applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment, and is subject to random drug testing and NCIC check after selection. Additional selections may be used to fill through this vacancy. The materials you send with your application will not be returned.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more informationlink for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 929150.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

  • If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


  1. Resume – your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.
  2. SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action- documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.
  3. Performance Appraisal: All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.
  4. ICTAP/CTAP – such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.
  5. Veterans’ Preference Documentation – DD-214 (member copy#4), VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5 point preference. Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, etc.).
  6. If you are applying under a special hiring authority (e.g. 30% compensable disabled veterans, severely handicapped individuals, former Peace Corp and VISTA volunteers, etc), you MUST indicate on your application the special program and submit proof of eligibility with your application. Individuals who are eligible for consideration will be a considered non-competitively for this vacancy.
  7. Transcripts - you MUST provide transcripts to verify required education.  Unofficial transcripts on college letterhead are acceptable.


Catherine Acosta
Phone: (703)487-5382
Fax: (703)487-5208
Agency Information:
Interior Office of Insp General
Department of the Interior
Office of Inspector General
12030 Sunrise Valley Drive Suite 350
Reston, VA
Fax: (703)487-5208


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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