Job Overview

Summary

This is a Competitive Service position. The Inspector General position is being advertised through three announcements: 1) this Federal Competitive Service position announcement, EX-13-30, SL-0301-00; and 2) a companion Federal Merit Promotion, EX-13-31, SL-0301-00. This position is also being announced as a Federal Excepted Service position, announcement EX-13-32, SL-0901-00. The Excepted Service position combines the typical Inspector General role with the principal Attorney-Advisor role in the Office of the Inspector General. Only one vacancy exists and selection will be made from the eligible candidates from all three announcements.

This senior management position functions as the Inspector General (IG) for the Smithsonian Institution. The position has authority and responsibility for carrying out the functions, powers, and duties of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as provided in the Inspector General Act of 1978 as amended. The OIG is responsible for conducting and supervising audits and investigations relating to programs and operations of the Smithsonian Institution; providing leadership and coordination; and recommending policies for initiatives designed (1) to promote economy, efficiency, and effective program administration and (2) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in programs and operations. The Inspector General is required to keep the Smithsonian Board of Regents and the Congress fully and currently informed about problems and deficiencies relating to program administration and operations, the necessity for corrective actions, and progress in their implementation.

Duties

1.  Provides policy direction, supervises, coordinates and performs audits and investigations related to programs and operations throughout the Smithsonian Institution, as well as outside entities associated or financed by the Institution.  The purpose is to promote administrative economy and efficiency, and to prevent or detect fraud and abuse in programs and operations.
 
2.  Reviews current and proposed legislation and regulations that relate to the Institution’s programs and operations.  Utilizes the semi-annual reporting system required by law to provide feedback on the impact of such legislation or regulations.  Provides comment and recommends changes to improve productivity.  Analyzes economy and efficiency issues related to administration of Smithsonian programs and operations, including those associated or financed by the Institution. Reviews issues related to the prevention and detection of fraud and abuse in programs and operations.
 
3.  Recommends policies and conducts, supervises or coordinates relationships between the Institution and other Federal agencies, State, and local governmental agencies, and non-governmental agencies for the following purposes: to promote economy and efficiency in administration; to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in Smithsonian programs and operations, including those associated or financed by the Institution; and to identify and prosecute participants in such fraud and abuse.
 
4.  Keeps the Board of Regents and the Congress fully and currently informed, through reports concerning fraud and other serious problems, abuses and deficiencies that are related to the administration of Smithsonian programs and operations, including those administered or financed by the Institution.  Recommends actions to correct identified problems, abuse and deficiencies.  Reports on progress made to implement corrective actions.
 
5. Directs and coordinates the audit program through subordinate supervisors and staff.  Develops and implements internal policies, procedures and standards to assure high quality work performance.  Assures subordinate supervisors effectively carry out their program and supervisory responsibilities.  Selects and appoints all subordinate staff in accord with applicable laws and regulations.  Within the framework of the Institution’s performance management system, evaluates performance of subordinates, and performs the second-level review for all Office staff.