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Job Title:  Auditor
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Inspector General
Job Announcement Number:  IGAIE-2014-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,065.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 to Monday, November 17, 2014
Permanent - Permanent
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About the Agency

This position is located in the U. S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Inspector General (OIG), Assistant Inspector General for Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations (AIE). The AIE manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts audits, inspections and evaluations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, waste, abuse and mismanagement in such programs and operations of the DOI employees, contractors, grantees, lessees, or any other persons or entities doing business with the DOI. The incumbent of this position serves as an entry-level auditor who participates in performance and financial audits and evaluations as a member of a team.

This is an open continuous announcement for multiple locations in the Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations Office.  Qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official for consideration two weeks after the opening date of the announcement.  Applications will be referred to the selecting official for consideration when a position is available.  Qualified candidates will be considered for all vacancies that occur within the time period of this announcement.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Significant travel is required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Subject to initial and random drug testing.
  • Successful completion of a background investigation.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • OGE-450, Confidential Statement of employment is required


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The incumbent is responsible for independently and/or collaboratively planning, performing
and/or monitoring complex performance and financial audit and evaluation assignments.

  • Develops or assists in the development of audit and evaluation plans. Adapts the
    audit/evaluation plan to fit special circumstances encountered in an assigned audit or
  • Plans and performs or leads complex projects which include reviewing and auditing
    procedures, systems, or programs for economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; and
    determining the extent of compliance with laws and regulations. Identifies, analyzes and
    researches accounting and auditing issues/problems.
  • Determines the relative significance of findings developed, assures that work performed
    adequately supports the conclusions reached on the basis of best practices or other rationales that
    contribute to positive program results and develops practical recommendations for corrective
  • Prepares audit/evaluation work papers, interview summaries, and briefing materials covering
    review findings, and tracks and maintains multiple documents essential to the audit/evaluation.
  • Meets with appropriate internal management officials to brief on findings and explain the
    significance of conclusions and justifY recommendations.
  • Attends and participates in meetings with client/management officials.


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Minimum Qualifications, GS-11, 12, 13:

You MUST meet the minimum basic educational and/or work experience requirements for professional accounting/auditing positions in the Federal government.

Minimum Qualification for the GS-11 level:

Education:  3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. OR

Specialized Experience:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service that includes applying professional knowledge of the theories, practices, methods, and techniques of accounting and auditing to perform segments of performance or financial audits; determining the extent of a program's legal or regulatory compliance; drafting audit work papers to present findings.

There is no education substitute for the GS-12 level and above.

Minimum Qualification for the GS-12 level:

Specialized Experience:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service, applying professional accounting and auditing theories, techniques, and methods to plan and conduct segments of performance and/or financial audits or evaluations; developing practical recommendations for corrective actions; and participating in meetings or conferences to present findings and justify recommendations.

Minimum Qualification for GS-13:

Specialized Experience:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that includes planning and performing complex performance and financial audit and evaluation assignments; performing segments of comprehensive projects which include reviewing and auditing procedures, systems, or programs for economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; briefing senior management on audit findings and justifying recommendations.

Education Requirement:

Degree: Accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR

Combination of education and experience:  at least 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:

  1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
  2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; 
  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 fully satisfy the 24-semester-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 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

1. Selectee for this position will be subject to a background security investigation, which must be favorably adjudicated.  Failure to successfully meet this requirement will be grounds for termination.

2. Selectee for this position must submit to urinalysis drug testing for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing and criminal investigation inquiries after selection.

3. Frequent travel will be required.

4. Auditors in the Office of Inspector General are subject to stringent restrictions on interest in, or ownership of, Federal lands and energy resources. An annual conflict of interest statement is required.

5. Relocation expenses will not be paid.

6. Subject to completion of one year probationary period.


Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position.  Category Rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be placed into one of the following categories: 

  • Best Qualified: Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement. 
  • Well Qualified: Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
  • Qualified: Overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as described in the qualification section of this vacancy announcement.
Application of Veteran's Preference: The Category Rating method does not add veteran's preference points or apply the rule of three but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible who do not have a service-connected disability 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligible within the appropriate quality category. Preference eligible who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be listed in the highest quality category.

Candidates must possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAs are:
  • Professional knowledge of the theories, practices, methods, and techniques of accounting and auditing.
  • Ability to apply extensive knowledge of a wide range of appropriate qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques and tools to a variety of difficult assignments covering broad programs and activities.
  • Skill in applying conventional auditing and accounting procedures and practices.
  • Skill in working independently in developing and carrying out audit/evaluation approaches for Department, bureau, and office programs.
  • Ability to function as a team leader for various complex audit and/or evaluation assignments.
  • Skill in written communication.
  • Skill in oral communication.
If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

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CTAP/ICTAP: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER - Your Social Security Number is requested under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your records from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your Social Security Number is used to seek information about you from employers, schools, banks, and others who may know you. Failure to provide your Social Security Number on your application materials will result in your application not being processed.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Division of Human Resources, Work/Life Programs, at  (703) 487-5408. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The Department of Interior, Office of Inspector is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors.


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 Please carefully read all the instructions before you begin the application process. 

To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of Interior's OIG Automated Application System.

You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.

STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.

STEP 3: Answer the eligibility and assessment questionnaires on-line through the automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your student eligibility for this job opportunity.  

STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement.  


NOTE:  If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


Resume -your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

Transcript (Required) - Official or unofficial college/university transcripts  will be accepted. NOTE: An official transcript will be required prior to entrance on duty.

Veterans Preference documentation (if applicable) - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214-Member 4 copy), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

ICTAP/CTAP – such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.

Other Documentation - supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment (e.g. severely disabled, eligible veterans, SF-50 etc.).



Catherine Stephens
Phone: 703-487-5382
Fax: 703-487-5208
Agency Information:
Office of Inspector General
U.S. DOI - Office of Inspector General
1849 C Street, NW
Mail Stop 4428
Washington, DC
Fax: 703-487-5208


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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