Job Title: Management Analyst GS-343-7/9/11/12/13 MPJob Announcement Number: OIG-2014-0007
Agency: National Science Foundation
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/ Per Year
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 to
Monday, May 05, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
About the Agency
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!
More about NSF.
This position is a Management Analyst 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.
- 25% or Greater
- 25% travel is required
- U.S, Citizenship;
- Background Investigation;
- Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above
- Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
DUTIES:Back to top
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.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To qualify at the GS-7 level you must have one of the following:
To qualify at the GS-9 level
- At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience includes assisting higher level staff in conducting analyses and evaluations; assisting in the preparation of portions of work papers using automated software; observing or participating in routine audit interviews, evaluations, and/or reporting; assisting higher level staff in researching laws, regulations, policies and procedures.
- One academic year or more of graduate level education in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance or public administration.
- A bachelor`s degree in a related field with superior academic achievement by meeting one of these: rank in the upper third of class in college; or GPA 3.0 or higher in all degree courses or in all courses the final 2 years of undergraduate study; or graduating GPA 3.5 or higher in all major courses, or in required major courses the final 2 years of curriculum; or membership in a national honor society recognized by Association of College Honor Societies.
- A combination of graduate education and experience that combined meet the qualification requirements for this position.
, you must have one of the following:
To qualify at the GS-11 level
- At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: observing and contributing to routine audit interviews; contributing to performance, operations and financial audits; assisting senior auditors or analysts by gathering and evaluating data used in evaluating fraud, mismanagement, waste and abuse; examining and testing controls to ensure accuracy; reviewing program controls to determine efficiency and effectiveness of reports and audit programs; researching and assembling data to ensure accuracy of messages; writing portions of documents which summarize findings of audit evaluations.
- A master`s degree OR equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance or public administration leading to a such a degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position.
- Related graduate level education and specialized experience as described above that when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position.
you must have one of the following:
To qualify at the GS-12 level
- At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: assisting in the audit or evaluation of agency internal controls; participating in the preparation of audit guides and risk assessments; completing entry-level evaluation steps and resolving simple issues; and contributing to the development of evaluation conclusions and recommendations
- A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.
- A combination of graduate level education beyond the first two years of progressively higher graduate study and appropriate specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position.
, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: auditing or evaluating agency internal controls in accordance with Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book); developing audit guides and approaches by routine assessments of agency programs and administrative activities; conducting studies, analyzing findings, and making recommendations on routine evaluations. To qualify at the GS-13 level
, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: reviewing and evaluating agency internal controls; providing technical guidance for assessments of agency programs and administrative activities; conducting studies, analyzing findings and making recommendations regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of agency activities which include programs, functional areas, and operations.
Education may be substituted for experience as described in “Qualifications."
You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.
You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.
All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.
This is a non-bargaining unit position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.
Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.
In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.
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