You qualify for the GS-7 level if you possess one of the following:
- One year of specialized experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent performing duties such as working as a trainee auditor applying a practical application of accounting principles, audit standards, procedures and technology; verifying that accounting systems are set up and maintained according to accepted accounting principles; and examining program documents as well as previous audit report to determine compliance with governing regulations; OR
- A bachelor's degree with superior academic achievement, from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, class standing in the upper third of a graduating class or major subdivision, or membership in a national scholastic honor society; OR
- One full year of graduate level education from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university; OR
- A combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience
You qualify for the GS-9 level if you possess one of the following:
- One year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level or equivalent performing duties such as serving as an advance trainee in performing a variety of auditing tasks such as applying routine and conventional audit techniques to complete fundamental and relatively uncomplicated audits or portions of more complex audits; and reviewing and examining a variety of audit records to determine compliance.
- A Master's degree or 2 full years of graduate education or a J.D. or L.L.B; OR
- A combination of successfully completed graduate level education in excess of one year and required experience.
In addition to possessing the required specialized experience for this position, this series requires that applicants meet a positive education requirement. You meet the positive education requirement if you possess the following:
A. 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.")
B. 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:
- Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; OR
- A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
- 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.
Education to be substituted or combined must be from an accredited college or university and demonstrate the skills needed to do the work. One year of full time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 36 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 2 years for the GS-09.
Required Training if Selected for this Position: Acceptance of this position will require that the selected individual spend up to 8 weeks in formalized courses of required basic auditor training at an off-site location, to conclude with written examinations, which must be successfully completed (passing score of 70% or higher) according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of International Trade policy. Failure to successfully complete the required courses of basic auditor training and the written examinations in accordance with the policies of CBP will be grounds for either demotion or reassignment to another position, placement into a lower graded position, or separation from CBP in accordance with appropriate procedures. If you are a current CBP employee moving into the Auditor occupational series, you are also required to attend and successfully complete this training.
The qualifications listed above must be met by Thursday, May 15, 2014 and are subject to verification at any stage of the application process.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. If you are eligible for placement under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), you must earn a score of 87 or above to be considered well qualified. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/Reduction_In_Force/employee_resources/ctap/index.asp.
The KSAs for this position are:
Knowledge of accounting and auditing concepts, practices, and techniques to audit a national or multi-national firm with significant operations
Ability to research and assemble information, develop significant findings, and prepare and present reports
Knowledge of and ability to interpret import and export laws and regulations to assess compliance
Ability to clearly and effectively communicate ideas and support decisions to individuals within various positions
If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
Veterans: Veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, regardless of score, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans preference, please see: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/