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Job Title:Auditor (Recent Graduate)

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Contract Audit Agency

Job Announcement Number:DCAA-14-21-WE-1135870

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$41,804.00 to $66,472.00 / Per Year


Friday, June 06, 2014 to Friday, July 18, 2014




Full Time - Recent Graduates




Many vacancies in the following location:
Tukwila, WA View Map


Individuals who completed a qualifying degree or certificate from a qualifying education institution within the previous 2 years of the announcement open date (Note: Students who are within 9 months of graduating may apply). Veterans unable to apply within 2 years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have a full 2-year eligibility period upon his/her release or discharge from active duty. The eligibility period for veterans must be within 6 years of degree completion.


Q - Sensitive




Individuals who have obtained a qualifying Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution between December 27, 2010 and July 10, 2012 will receive consideration until July 10, 2014.

This announcement will be closed once we are in receipt of 150 applications or on the announced closing date.  

The selectees will serve as an Auditor (Recent Graduate) in the Boeing Puget Sound Resident Office and/or Boeing Washington Resident Office in Tukwila, WA.

Are you looking for an inclusive and employee-friendly work environment, challenging assignments, specialized training, and generous benefits?  At DCAA you'll find all this in a progressive organization dedicated to continuous improvement.  DCAA is looking for talented people seeking to apply their creative ideas and enthusiasm while providing a unique service to their country.  Join the elite cadre of contract auditors who have made DCAA their employer of choice.

This is a Recent Graduate position in the Pathways Program. This is an Excepted Service appointment. The Pathways Recent Graduate Program offers candidates the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job training and experience related to the Auditing career field. The program duration is one year and upon successful completion of the program requirements, the individual may be noncompetitively converted to a permanent position in the competitive service.

Program Completion and Conversion Eligibility:

Program participants MAY be converted, without a break in service, to a career or career conditional appointment upon completion of program requirements. To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must:

  • Complete one continuous year of work experience acquired through the Recent Graduate Program;
  • Complete 40 hours of formal interactive training;
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted;
  • Meet any agency-specific requirements specified in the Participant's Agreement; and
  • Demonstrate successful job performance that results in a rating of record of at least Fully Successful and a recommendation for conversion by the first level supervisor.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel may be required


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Successful completion of a background and security investigation required.
  • Must complete a participant agreement.


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•Reviews standard audit programs, audit steps, previous work papers, reports, other guidance materials, and drafts routine and pro forma audit reports or segments of reports covering audit steps performed, including findings and conclusions, in accordance with previous reports and agency procedures. Maintains audit working papers including preparation of schedules, summaries, and reconciliations as instructed or appropriate.

•Performs assigned audit steps such as tests and examinations of contractor’s direct labor and material costs. Check reports, records, ledgers, and other documents against invoices, receipts, payroll slips, and other source documents. Verifies appropriateness of charges for materials and labor and determines that transactions have been properly recorded.

•Actively and positively participates with other team members, providing updates on the status of audit assignments, sharing information, and identifying requisite revisions to the program and/or annual team goals. Maintains professional manner and working relationships with team members, associates, contractor and other government personnel.

•Prepares working papers and analyzes contractor data using automation tools.


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You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions,
Basic Requirements:
Degree: accounting or a related field (such as business administration, finance, or public administration) that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (may include up to 6 hours of business law).
-- OR --
Combination of education and experience: 4 years of accounting experience or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing courses or a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor.

Specialized Experience:

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade or equivalent level.

For the GS-07, specialized experience includes:  Working as a trainee accountant or auditor performing relatively simple audit steps and tasks such as examining routine financial documents, preparing simple summaries and schedules, and organizing work paper files.

For the GS-09, specialized experience includes:  Performing audit steps and tasks of limited difficulty and complexity such as conducting evaluations, examinations, or other fact-finding studies and preparing draft audit reports using a practical application of auditing standards, procedures, and technology. 


Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience:

For the GS-07:  One full academic year of progressively higher level graduate education with major study in accounting, auditing, or related discipline, or superior academic achievement (SAA), may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.


For the GS-09:  A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. with major study in accounting, auditing, or related discipline may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement.


To be creditible, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. 


Auditor Independence/Financial Interest:  If selected for this position, the applicant must comply with the independence standards contained in the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) in all matters related to the assigned audit work at the contractor named in this announcement. You can review the GAGAS Independence standards in Chapter 3 of the standards at  In addition, the applicant must be free of any financial conflict with the contractor named in this announcement.   The applicant must take action to divest any conflicts prior to appointment. Selected applicants must sign a written agreement prior to appointment, stating that they understand this requirement. Failure to do so will result in the offer being rescinded or be the basis for removal from federal service during the initial probationary period.   For further guidance on Federal Government Ethics and Conflicts of Interest please see the following links: and




Your application will initially be reviewed to determine whether you meet the minimum eligibility and qualifications requirements.  If you are qualified, you will then receive a rating based on the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities for the position listed below.  If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications, you will be assigned a rating commensurate with your background.  Your application will be placed in one of three categories:

Best Qualified:  Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high proficiency and a comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job.
Highly Qualified:  Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates competency in the position with an overall accomplished level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job.
Qualified:  Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates an overall basic level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the job.

Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.



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DCAA has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security and thrift savings; health, life and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays.  DCAA employees enjoy our business-casual dress code, flexible work schedules, transit subsidies, and the opportunity to telecommute. Explore the major benefits offered to most federal employees at:


Once converted to the permanent position, promotion potential is to the GS-12 grade level.  Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level, but depends on the Recent Graduate's demonstration of the ability to perform the duties of the higher grade, the availability of funding and enough work to support the targeted position.

Condition of Employment:  The selectee must meet the requirements of the DoD Financial Management (FM) Certification Program.  The FM Certification Program is a course-based program consisting of three certification levels.  Level 2 certification must normally be completed within two years of the selectee’s employment start date or by June 30, 2016.

Background Investigation:   All selectees will be subject to a personnel security investigation which must be favorably adjudicated for occupancy of a sensitive position and/or access to classified information.

Drug Testing:  If you are given access to classified information, you will be subject to random drug testing.   

Eligibility Period for Veterans:  Veterans, precluded from applying due to military service, begin their 2-year eligibility period upon release from active duty.  Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed 6 years from the date on which the degree/certificate was completed.

Additional Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional positions.

Mobility Agreement: All DCAA auditors must sign a mobility agreement. This agreement will only take effect if you are promoted to an Auditor, GS-13, and may then require you to be reassigned every five to seven years.

Veterans Preference:  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 member copy 4 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference go to:

Selective Service:  Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Employment Eligibility Verification (E-Verify) Program:  DCAA uses E-Verify to determine eligibility for employment as a U. S. Citizen. 

Trial Period: You will be required to serve an initial trial period of one-year under the Pathways Recent Graduates Program.



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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.   See required documents below.


Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
3.  Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 1135870. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



  • In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.   The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  • When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.


Required Documents:

 You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
3. Other supporting documents
a. Veterans Preference Documentation - DD-214 (member copy 4), Standard Form 15, VA Letter
b. College Transcripts- required from all applicants (Transcript must show date degree was conferred, or proof that degree is in progress with anticipated graduation within 9 months.  Must include the name of the student/applicant and the name of the school.  Must clearly show the required 24 semester hours in accounting courses as well as final GPA.)

c. Copy of certificate if using to meet 2-year recent graduate requirement

WARNING:  Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement at 11:59 EST,  or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.  To verify that your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information.  The Details page will display the status of your application.  It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.   HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant. 


Joel Schielie
Phone: (317)212-7218
TDD: (317)212-6579
Agency Information:
DFAS Defense Contract Audit Agency DFAS DCAA
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN


Once your application is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email.  You will subsequently receive an email notice of your rating and whether you were referred to the hiring manager as highly qualified. You may be contacted for an interview. You will be notified when the selection process is complete.

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