A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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/36 quarter hours in accounting. The 24 semester/36 quarter hours may include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing." Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "account and/or auditor.")
B. Combination of education and experience--at least four (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:
--Twenty-four semester/36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of business law;
--A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
--Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester/22 quarter hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24 semester hour/36 quarter 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 four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 Federal grade level evaluating a variety of audit assignments or investigations, and adapts methods and techniques to solve a variety of problems; adapts standard methods, techniques and reporting procedures to fit unusual circumstances and to develop data which is not readily available or is misleading in situations where guidelines are not directly applicable.
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements applicants, must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 Federal grade level performing such duties as conducting complex and potentially precedent-setting audits requiring the development of new audit methods, techniques, and criteria; leads, performs, or participates in a variety of internal and external audits, surveys, and examinations of department or agency programs and operations, both independently and as a member of a team; prepares audit reports that provide information on program operations and identify causes of deficiencies or problems.
GS-13: In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 Federal grade level performing such duties as planning, conducting and reporting audits that may either be complete in themselves or segments of relatively complex larger audits; develops audit plans and evaluates pivotal internal controls, system modifications, and new programs and technological improvement proposals; provides guidance to subordinate auditors, and examine and test financial records of business and financial institutions to ascertain compliance to Federal laws as affecting agency investigations; responsible for preparing written audit reports that effectively communicate the findings, conclusions, and recommendations to responsible management officials.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs)/Competencies: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge of professional auditing principles, practices, and techniques.
2. Ability to gather, compile, and analyze financial and/or auditing information.
3. Knowledge and skilled in providing technical assistance and consultation on financial and/or auditing matters.
4. Ability to communicate in writing.
5. Ability to communicate other than in writing.
Conditions of Employment:
PCS: Not Authorized
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
TDY Travel: No
Tour of Duty:Other
Drug Testing Designated Position:Yes
Security Requirements:Top Secret Clearance
For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your official transcripts or an unofficial transcript of college courses which includes course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if the applicant can provide documentation indicating that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide such evidence when applying for further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJs Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be assessed and your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for employment consideration.
Candidates determined to be Best Qualified will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.
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