Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens, No Prior Federal Experience is Required
This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-OIG-OAS-MP-1647967-TLG under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.Learn more about this agency
This position serves as an Auditor responsible for covering a wide range of health and human services programs which the incumbent will provide audit services to all management levels within the areas serviced by the Regional Office through the conduct of comprehensive audits which include examination of the operations of the Department, its grantees and contractors and review of reports of audits conducted by non-HHS auditors.
If selected for the position, the incumbent will:
- Examine financial transactions, accounts, and reports, including an evaluation to ensure audits are in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
- Develop and present report of audit findings and make recommendations for improvement to program operations.
- Conduct tests and examinations of accounting systems and records, internal controls, policies and practices, and other management information pertinent to the audit.
- Participate in and/ or conduct entrance conferences with other auditors.
- Identify the need for changes and modifications in audit guides.
- Review audit reports received from non-HHS auditors to ensure required information is included and to resolve discrepancies.
50% or less - Position requires at least 50% travel.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…United States Citizens
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Conditions of Employment
- Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
- Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
- One-year probationary period may be required.
- Submit college transcript(s).
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx
Positive Education Requirement: If this position has a positive education requirement, you must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees in order to be considered qualified for this position. A complete transcript showing your awarded degree as proof of your education will need to be submitted with your application package. A list of completed courses or an incomplete transcript is not acceptable documentation and will not meet this requirement.
THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the minimum education requirement.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in 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.")
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;
- A certificate as a 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 listed above, 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 accountant 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 above; 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.
Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
Qualify at the GS-11:
Specialized experience is demonstrated experience in performing a variety of tasks which you could have obtained in the public sector or private sector: (1) conduct tests and examinations of accounting system and records, internal controls, policies and practices, and other management information pertinent to the audit; (2) develop and examine audit findings and make recommendations and conclusions to correct reported deficiencies, prevent or correct costly errors and improve future operations for a large complex audit; (3) develop exhibits, records, and financial data for use as evidence and (4) determine accuracy of cost representations, reasonableness of cost proposals, reliability of accounting systems and information regarding audit; OR
In lieu of specialized experience, applicants may qualify for the GS-11 with three years of progressive higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a financial field related to auditor work that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position.
Qualify at the GS-12:
Specialized experience is demonstrated experience in performing a variety of tasks which you could have obtained in the public sector or private sector: (1) modify and design audit guides covering program areas where there is a high probability of significant findings or top management interest; (2) provide guidance and assistance to team members pertaining to accounting or audit; (3) prepare test transactions and determine whether computer applications are feasible and appropriate for the review of accounting data, processing procedures or systems operations; (4) develop report of audit findings and recommend improvements; (5) determine whether established statistical sampling methods should be applied or the need for advanced audit techniques and (6) prepare drafts for management reports such as priority audit memorandums, progress reports, or significant activities reports. No education substitution for the GS-12.
Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.
Recruitment Incentives: Private sector work experience may be approved as credit for your Annual Leave accrual.
Security and Background Requirements: A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy),or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, go to: http://www.opm.gov/Veterans.
Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition.
EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.
This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
- Competency #1- Auditing
- Competency #2- Problem Solving
- Competency #3- Written Communication
- Competency #4- Oral Communication
This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
- Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
- Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
- Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
The Category Rating Process protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed at the top of the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.
If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.
Background checks and security clearance
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Your Resume
- A complete Assessment Questionnaire
- Other required supporting documents:
- College transcripts
- - Veterans' Preference documentation
Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript. However, an official transcript from an accredited educational institution may be required if you are selected for the position.
Other Required Documents:
Financial Disclosure: This position may be subject to financial disclosure requirements and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 450, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at www.oge.gov and select Financial Disclosure. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at http://www.oge.gov/Financial-Disclosure/Confidential-Financial-Disclosure-450/OGE-Form-450-FAQs/OGE-Form-450-FAQs/.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
A complete application package for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, March 28, 2016 to receive consideration. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete the cover page located at http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1649529. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Questions regarding this vacancy or the application process should be directed to the HR Specialist. The HR Specialist can be reached at (855) 291-2284. Someone is available to answer phone calls and emails from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday excluding Federal holidays.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
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.
4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the HR Specialist at (855) 291-2284. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
Torrey L. Gatson
330 Independence Ave SW
Washington, DC 20201
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.
You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/432739200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.