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Job Title:Inspector General

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:EX-13-31

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

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$179,782.00 to $179,782.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, November 06, 2013 to Wednesday, December 04, 2013




Full Time, Permanent - Competitive Service Position - Federal


1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility. Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.


This is a Competitive Service position. The Inspector General position is being advertised through three announcements: 1) this Federal Merit Promotion announcement, EX-13-31, SL-0301-00; and 2) a companion Federal Competitive Service position announcement, EX-13-30, 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.



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    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.


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    Applicants must clearly demonstrate the necessary level of managerial and leadership skills and competence to perform successfully in this position.  This includes a bachelor’s degree in an applicable subject-matter field, or a combination of education and appropriate experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four-year course of study in an applicable subject-matter field; or certifications that evidence the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for the position, such as a C.P.A., J.D., or C.I.A.

    Applicants must possess specialized experience in or related to the work of this position.  Applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 level.  This experience must have equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully in this position. 


    The following factors will be used to determine the highest qualified candidates.  You may attach extra sheets of paper to your resume to provide detailed information to support each factor.  Do not exceed one page for each factor.  You may use an outline or narrative format to present concise statements of your experience, accomplishments, responsibilities, and education as they relate to the factor  

    1.  Demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, or investigations.
    2.  Experience (1) performing or supervising the performance of financial or management audit activities in the federal or private sector; or (2) investigating or supervising the investigation of fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal or private sector.    
    3.  Demonstrated experience that shows knowledge of federal practices, procedures, and organization for auditing, evaluation, oversight, and investigations.
    4.  Skill in leading and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce, including developing team-work and high morale; attracting, retaining, motivating, and providing guidance; and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action policies and programs for a highly performing team.
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    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits program for federal employees.  See for details.  We also offer a rich program of services and opportunities to balance and enhance your work life. They include: Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (an accredited educational program for children between the ages of 3 months to 6 years), transportation benefits, professional interest groups, employee advocacy groups, special events such as brown bag lunches, an annual picnic on the Mall, an annual holiday party, free lectures, behind-the-scenes tours and employee discounts at our theaters, shops and after hours events.  These and other programs have made the Smithsonian one of the top 10 places to work in the government.


    Reports to and is under the general supervision from the Board of Regents.  Independently plans and carries out OIG functions in accord with established policy, applicable laws and regulations.  Keeps the Board of Regents and the Congress informed about major issues and decisions, particularly concerning critical matters affecting OIG programs and operations.
    This position has been reviewed to determine the level of POSITION SENSITIVITY.  Based on the nature of the work, the position has been determined to be HIGH RISK (critical sensitive).  This designation will require (1) a pre-employment Security Agency Check for the prospective incumbent; and (2) a subsequent comprehensive background investigation and clearance in order to continue in the position.   
    The Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate against in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.
    The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement.  The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 

    Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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    Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page.
    Please Note:
    • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
    • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process;
      You may manually fax required documents.  Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine.  Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date.  Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.  
    • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
    • If you are unable to apply online, paper applications may be accepted with prior approval of the contact person listed below.


    Your resume 
    Recent SF-50 indicating your current grade and your time in that grade.
    Not Required:
    College transcripts, writing samples, cover letters, SES - ECQs are not required. 


    Greg Bettwy
    Phone: 202-633-6287
    Fax: 202-312-1904
    Agency Information:
    Office of Human Resources
    POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
    Suite 5060
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 202-312-1904


    After you apply and the position has closed, you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful.  We usually have a large response to senior level positions and it may take some time to effectively review application packages.  We will contact you by email as decisions are made.  

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