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Job Title:  Inspector General
Agency:  Smithsonian Institution
Job Announcement Number:  EX-13-32

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 - Excepted Service Position - Federal
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
This position is open to all applicants with the right to work in the United States.


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

The Inspector General (IG) for the Smithsonian Institution is responsible for carrying out and supervising the functions, powers, and duties of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) as provided in the Inspector General Act of 1978 as amended. This position must develop or otherwise provide expert legal positions to guide the Office on operating issues related to program, investigative and auditing initiatives.  The IG reports to and is under the general supervision of the Smithsonian Board of Regents.  The IG independently oversees the functions in accord with established policy, applicable laws and regulations.  The OIG has two main responsibilities: (1) to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in Smithsonian programs and operations; and (2) to detect and prevent waste, fraud and abuse in Smithsonian programs and operations.  The IG keeps the Board of Regents and Congress fully 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.  The incumbent uses his/her expert legal knowledge to oversee the support and documentation of specific IG recommendations resulting from OIG auditing responsibilities, taking into account the Institution’s unique legal framework.  These arguments may be made to the Institution’s management team, the Board of Regents, and/or Congress.  Supervises the review of draft materials and draft reports/recommendations from IG staff for legal implications and to ensure that reports and recommendations accurately reflect the applicability of statute, law, rule, and regulation to the Institution.
    3.  Provides supervision of legal positions and rationale for specific IG issues relating to the OIG’s investigative initiatives.  These issues require consideration of complex intricacies of criminal, civil, and administrative law, practice, and procedures.  Oversees the Office of Investigations to ensure all legal requirements are met.
    4.  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.
    5.  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.
    6.  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 associated or financed by the Institution.  Recommends actions to correct identified problems, abuse and deficiencies.  Reports on progress made to implement corrective actions.
    7.  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; and in addition, certifications, that must include a J.D., that demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for the position.

    In addition, 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.  Possession of an earned law degree, J.D., from an accredited law school.


    2.  Demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, management analysis, public administration, or investigations.
    3.  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.    
    4.  Demonstrated experience that shows knowledge of federal practices, procedures, and organization for auditing, evaluation, oversight, and investigations.
    5.  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.


     There is no OPM qualification standard established for positions in the Attorney-Advisor 0901 series, and agencies may establish their own standards for these Excepted Service positions. The Office of Human Resources, Office of General Counsel, Office of the Inspector General, and Office of Contracting and Personal Property Management established the following qualifications criteria for Smithsonian attorney positions:

    A. Qualified candidates must (1) possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or equivalent degree from a law school accredited by the American Association of Law Schools, and (2) be a member in good standing of the Bar of a State or the District of Columbia.

    B. In addition to degree requirements above, candidates must possess the following:

    • 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.

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    The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits program for both federal and trust 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 receives general supervision from the Board of Regents.   Independently plans and carries out Office 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 acknowledgement 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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