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NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the public and private sectors for its management best practices and stewardship of federal funds. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
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This position is an Auditor in the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Office of Audits (OA). The OA conducts independent and objective audits, investigations, and other reviews to support NSF’s mission by promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness, and safeguarding the integrity of NSF programs and operations. Within the OIG, the OA is committed to improving NSF's business policies and practices to better support NSF in promoting science and engineering research and education. To accomplish this, the OA audits grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements funded by NSF to determine whether costs claimed by awardees are allowable, reasonable, and properly allocated. The OA also conducts internal audits of NSF's operations and ensures that financial, administrative, and programmatic aspects of agency operations are conducted economically and efficiently. Additionally, the OA oversees the work of independent public accountants conducting performance and financial audits of NSF and its awardees, including the annual audit of NSF's financial statements, internal controls, and data processing systems. In planning and conducting its work, OA uses a comprehensive program of data analytics to identify higher risk institutions and awardees and to assess higher risk awards and transactions at the awardee institutions. Finally, the OA conducts outreach programs for NSF and its awardees to help prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, as well as interacts with the audit and IG communities.
At the full performance level of this position, you will primarily plan, execute and report on or monitor performance audits or inspections of NSF-funded grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to determine if costs claimed are reasonable, allowable and allocable to the award. You may also conduct performance audits of NSF's internal operations, internal controls, financial accounting, and information systems. In conducting this work, you may use analytical software to assess and compare general ledger and other accounting data provided by NSF awardees or access NSF’s internal systems to identify trends, test for exceptions, and identify potential high risk transactions or issues, or you may use the results of such analyses to identify transactions for testing. You independently oversee audit planning and direct and approve development of audit scope, objectives, audit guide, methodologies, milestones and reporting dates for standard and complex audits. You will perform risk analyses across the organization as well as make determinations for the annual risk assessment/audit planning process. In executing audits and inspections, you provide independent and expert guidance to team members on all steps in the process, identify significant findings, make authoritative recommendations and resolve issues of varying complexity. You will organize and conduct interviews of auditees and participate in or lead fraud-brainstorming sessions, conferences and team meetings with a variety of participants. You will analyze and evaluate evidence, findings, and recommendations and provide independent oversight of the audit or inspection reporting process to ensure that significant deficiencies noted during the project are reported, appropriate recommendations are made, and findings are fully developed and properly supported. You will prepare work papers, draft reports and present findings to audit management, prepare correspondence for distribution, and lead briefings and presentations for OIG staff and managers, key agency officials and high-ranking personnel external to NSF. And you will work with the team to establish both team and individual milestones, and maintain knowledge of team and individual progress towards meeting milestones and targets. Throughout audit or inspection assignments, you will oversee and ensure accomplishment of multiple simultaneous assignments made to the audit team to achieve workload targets. At the entry levels, you will work on or contribute to more routine audits and inspections with the close supervision of a team lead. As you gain skill and experience, you will work on progressively more complex projects, and may be responsible for specific sections of these projects with general supervision from the team lead. At the full performance level, you are expected to be fully responsible for complex and high-impact audits and inspections with minimal supervision from a team lead, and may provide guidance to junior team members.