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Job Title:  Assistant Inspector General for Audit
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  PH-JC-13-959243

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

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$119,554.00 to $179,700.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 to Monday, October 07, 2013
Full Time - Senior Executive Service (SES)
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Founded in 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a dynamic organization employing people from diverse backgrounds dedicated to improving and preserving the quality of public health and the environment.

The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) adds value by promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness within EPA and the delivery of environmental programs. The OIG inspires public confidence by preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in Agency operations and protecting the integrity of EPA programs. We serve as a catalyst for improving the environment. By helping the Agency operate more economically, effectively, and efficiently, we contribute to improved environmental quality and human health. We provide solutions to problems that ultimately result in making America a cleaner and healthier place.


  • U. S. Citizenship required.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is desirable.


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Serves as Assistant Inspector General for the Office of Audit within the OIG. The incumbent has full responsibility for managing, coordinating, and leading the policy and direction of audits of Agency financial statements, contracts, assistance agreements, and business systems, including human capital, financial management, information technology, and internal controls. The Office designs long-term, multi-office, multi-agency audit plans; coordinates the implementation of these multiple audits; synthesizes findings from these reviews; and provides for the timeliness, quality, and review of the resulting reports.

The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Inspector General on all matters related to audit activities required by the Inspector General Act. Reporting through the Deputy Inspector General, the incumbent of this position:

-Plans, develops, and directs a comprehensive audit program designed to ensure that all Agency business systems and contract and assistance agreement matters are effectively, efficiently, and economically administered.

- Oversees annual audits of EPA's financial statements.

-Oversees audits of EPA's contractors and assistance agreement recipients to determine whether costs claimed are reasonable, allowable and allocable.

-Establishes appropriate standards, criteria, and plans for the scope, frequency, and focus of audits. Participates with key officials in developing local and nationwide criteria, principles, and proposals for the current and long-range audit policies, procedures, and standards for conducting complex internal and external reviews of Agency business systems, contracts, and assistance agreements.

-Provides convincing written reports and oral presentations about complex environmental, system, acquisition, and related subjects for internal and external audiences.

-Develops and institutes a networking process with a wide variety of stakeholders and customers including: EPA, other Federal managers, the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency, state and local government officials, Congress, and other interested parties.

-Demonstrates sound business acumen in managing the Office of Audit. Oversees annual and long-term audit planning efforts and establishes the organization's overall vision, priorities, goals, and values. Coordinates planning and implementation with other OIG and EPA offices to help achieve the OIG's mission. Integrates planning efforts with the overall OIG strategic customer value analysis. Assures that planning, budgeting, human resources management, contracts management, and financial accountability conform to Agency and Federal regulations and serve as a model for other organizations.

-Oversees contracts, assistance agreements, and interagency agreements, to obtain specialized as well as routine services which may be necessary to support audit efforts.


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Specialized Experience Requirement

To be qualified for this position, applicants must have at least 1 year of prior experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse organization responsible for promoting and evaluating economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of Federal programs and operations and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations. This experience must evidence sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials.


In addition to meeting the Specialized Experience Requirement, candidates must meet the Basic Requirement for the ES-511 Auditing Series:

Applicants may meet the Basic Requirement by meeting one of the following:

A.  An undergraduate degree in accounting or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours of accounting (may include up to 6 semester hours in business law).

B.  At least 4 years of experience in accounting, or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. Such experience and/or education must include one of the following: 1) 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (including up to 6 hours of business law); 2) a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) 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 satisfy the 24 semester hours requirement provided that (a) you have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined you have demonstrated good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4 year course of undergraduate study in accounting or related field, and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, your education, training, and experience fully meet the requirements.



Senior Executive Service Requirements

Current or former career Senior Executive Service (SES) employees are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), but must address the Technical Qualifications.

Unless you are currently serving under a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the  Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you must submit a narrative statement covering each of the ECQ and Technical Qualifications questions in order to receive consideration for the position.

Additional information on the proper preparation of ECQ statements is available by going to OPM's website at

When responding to the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and ECQs, you must clearly show that you possess the experience, knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the Technical and/or Desirable Qualifications and the ECQs.

Your examples should be clear and emphasize your level of responsibilities, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives, and level of contacts. You should limit your narrative to two pages per each ECQs and Technical Qualifications and/or Desirable Qualifications.

The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521, requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.

In order to address all of the requirements outlined below, you must submit a supplemental document that addresses the qualifications outlined below. This document must be entitled "Executive Core Qualifications," and must not exceed two (2) pages per factor (further instructions below).


Mandatory Technical Qualifications


In addition to specialized experience, applicants must possess the following technical qualification that represents the knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position:


    -Experience in planning, developing, and directing large or national scale audits from inception to completion.


Desirable Qualifications


The following Desirable Qualifications provide more information for the Rating Panel/Selecting Official to evaluate. You must address these Desirable Qualifications in your application.  These qualifications will be used for rating and ranking, and if you do not address them, your application will be considered incomplete, and you will not receive further consideration.


1.  A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  (If you do not have a CPA certificate, please state that in the Desirable Qualifications section of your application.  If you do claim to have a CPA certificate, you must submit a legible copy of it with your application in order to receive credit for it).


2.  Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the Inspector General Act, the mission and functions of an OIG, and the governing statutes and regulations under which program operations are performed.


3.  Demonstrated record of internal and external organizational collaboration, including partnering with other components of same organization to achieve results, and reaching beyond the immediate organization to outside stakeholders and customers to achieve results.


    Failure to address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications AND the Desirable Qualifications will result in your application being disqualified.



    Executive Core Qualifications


1.  Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and implement it in a continuously changing environment.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • External Awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience.
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Vision

2.  Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Conflict Management
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Developing Others
  • Team Building

3.  Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

Leadership Competencies:

  • Accountability
  • Customer Service
  • Decisiveness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Credibility

4.  Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

Leadership Competencies: 

  • Financial Management
  • Human Capital Management
  • Technology Management

5.  Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Leadership Competencies: 

  • Partnering
  • Political Savvy
  • Influencing/Negotiating

Fundamental Competencies - These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs.

  1. Interpersonal Skills: Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
  2. Oral Communication: Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.
  3. Integrity/Honesty: Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.
  4. Written Communications: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience.
  5. Continual Learning: Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

Other Requirements

It is the policy of the Agency to achieve a drug-free workplace, and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. If selected for and appointed to this position you will be subject to random drug testing while employed.

A financial disclosure statement is required upon appointment into the SES. This statement will be used to avoid conflicting situations in employment through advice and counseling. This position is subject to random drug testing.

Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.

All applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, disabling condition, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factors.

The EPA OIG provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify EPA OIG. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

In accordance with Federal and Agency travel regulations, the candidate selected for this position will not be reimbursed for travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty to this position.

This position is designated as critical-sensitive and requires that a background investigation be conducted and favorably adjudicated in order to establish security eligibility.

All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.

SES pay is determined within the pay range, commensurate with experience, superior leadership qualifications, and/or other competencies consistent with the EPA OIG mission.

As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals. EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet-based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees.

Individuals selected for this position as their first career appointment to the SES will be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Status applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements.


Experience and demonstrated capability will be evaluated using your resume, SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), narrative statements for competencies underlying the ECQs, and responses to the online occupational questionnaire.

Applicants will be evaluated in the following manner:

1.  Application packages will be reviewed for completeness (incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration).

2.  Basic qualifications review.  Your resume and questionnaire will be reviewed to assure that you meet the Specialized Experience Requirement and the Basic Requirement.  (If you do not meet these requirements, you will not receive further consideration).

3.  Review of your supplemental qualifications document to determine your rating.

All five ECQs and the MTQ's and DQ's must be addressed in a supplemental statement of your application.  Your response should be clear and concise and show a level of accomplishment and a degree of responsibility.  In addition, your responses should highlight your experience, training, and achievements in conjunction with the resume that you provide.  Additional information on the ECQs is available at  Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.


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A variety of health insurance plans; a retirement system with investment options; paid holidays; paid sick and annual (vacation) leave; life insurance; incentive systems; and subsidized transportation, flexible work schedule, training and development opportunities, and family/worklife program. Full descriptions of the benefits available are provided at:





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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following:

1.  Resume.

2.  Proof of meeting the Basic Requirement.  (either SF-50 showing you are in the 511 Auditing series OR a legible copy of your college transcript, or a copy of your CPA or CIA certificate).

3.  A copy of your CPA certificate (if you are claiming credit for it in the Desirable Qualifications).

4.  Completion of online questionnaire.

5.  SF-50, showing you are a current or former member of the SES, if applicable.

6.  Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.

7.  Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) document.  You must submit a document type called Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), even if you are not required to respond specifically to the ECQs (see below).


Our system will specifically screen applicants' records for an "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)" document.  If you do not submit this document by the closing date of the announcement, the system will consider your application incomplete, and you will receive no further consideration.


What the "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)" document must contain:

-Your response to the Technical Qualifications (Required for All Applicants)

-Your response to the ECQs (required for applicants who are not currently in the SES or graduates of an OPM Candidate Development Program).

-Your response to the Desirable Qualifications (Required for all applicants).

Please submit only one document entitled Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs).  This document must be limited in size to two (2) pages per qualification factor. 


It is very important that you respond to the Desirable and Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications in a document type called "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)."  Even if you respond to the qualifications within another document (e.g., "Resume," "Other"), the system will consider your application incomplete, and you will receive no further information if you do not submit a document type entitled "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's)."


Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

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):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 959243

2. 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 Monday, October 07, 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 1203-FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items .

3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


For this job announcement the following documents are required: 

  • -Resume.
  • -Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) document.  
  • -Questionnaire.
  • -OPM Candidate Development Program Certification, if applicable.
  • -SF-50, Notice of Personnel Action, if applicable.
  • -Legible copy of your college transcript, or CPA or CIA certificate, if applicable.
  • Please see the instructions outlined above under How To Apply for specific instructions and options for completing and submitting your application material.  Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone number, and social security number.

Complete applications must be received by close of business Monday, October 07, 2013


Philadelphia Services Branch
Phone: (215)861-3074
Agency Information:
Philadelphia Services Branch
US Office of Personnel Management
600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.

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