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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Office of Inspector General
Position Title:
Open Period:
04/16/2019 - 04/26/2019


GS - 0511 12/13
USD $81,451 - USD $128,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Lakewood, CO, US
Washington DC, DC, US
Herndon, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Catherine Stephens


Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current Federal employees serving under career or career conditional competitive service appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, 30% or more disable Veterans, Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), special appointing authorities.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
About the Agency

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) provides independent oversight and promotes excellence, integrity, and accountability within the programs, operations, and management of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), whose mission concerns the natural resources, environment, wildlife, energy policy, scientific research, American Indian and Alaska Native trust responsibilities, and cultural and historical heritage of our nation.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Significant travel is required.


This position is located in the Office of Audits, Inspections, and Evaluations (AIE), Financial and Contract Audits (FCA) Unit.  The AIE manages, supervises, coordinates, and conducts audits, inspections and evaluations relating to DOI programs and operations, including, but not limited to, waste, abuse and mismanagement in such programs and operations of the DOI employees, contractors, grantees, lessees, or any other persons or entities doing business with the DOI.

As an Auditor in this unit, you will perform audit assignments on a wide variety of financial agreements in DOI bureaus: 

  • Develops or assists in the development of audit and evaluation plans related to contract, grant, and financial assistance projects. Adapts the audit/evaluation plan to fit special circumstances encountered in an assigned audit or evaluation.

  • Plans and performs or leads complex projects which include reviewing and auditing procedures, systems, or programs for economy, efficiency, and effectiveness; and determining the extent of compliance with laws and regulations. Identifies, analyzes and researches accounting and auditing issues/problems.

  • Determines the relative significance of findings developed, assures that work performed adequately supports the conclusions reached on the basis of best practices or other rationales that contribute to positive program results and develops practical recommendations for corrective action.

  • Prepares audit/evaluation work papers, interview summaries, and briefing materials covering review findings, and tracks and maintains multiple documents essential to the audit/evaluation.

  • Meets with appropriate internal management officials to brief on findings and explain the significance of conclusions and justify recommendations.

  • Attends and participates in meetings with client/management officials.

The duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval

Qualifications and Evaluations


Auditors in the Office of Inspector General are subject to stringent restrictions on interest in, or ownership of, Federal lands and energy resources. An annual conflict of interest statement is required.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

CTAP/ICTAP Eligibility: Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605 (a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
  • Successful completion of a background investigation
  • May be required to complete a one year probationary period
  • More than one selection may be made within 90 days of the closing date
  • OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment is required
  • Education Requirements:

    Positive Education Requirement 

    You must submit documentation to verify satisfaction of the positive education requirement for the 0511 Auditing series.  This requirement applies to all applicants wishing to be considered for the position.

    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.") OR

    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:

    1. 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

    2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor obtained through written examination; or

    3. 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 of the position in accounting, auditing, or a related field; (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 non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.


    Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. The KSAs for this position are:

    1. Professional knowledge of and experience in applying Federal Acquisition Regulations and Code of Federal Regulations sufficient to perform Federal government contract audits and government financial assistance audits

    2. Professional knowledge of the theories, practices, methods, and techniques of accounting/auditing sufficient to perform performance and financial audits

    3. Ability to function as a team leader

    4. Skill in oral communication to explain the significance of conclusions and justify recommendations

    5. Skill in written communication to prepare clear and concise work papers

    Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.  After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume per Category Rating or Numerical Scoring procedures to ensure that qualification and eligibility requirements are met.

    To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account. All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

    This position may require a writing assessment as part of the interview process. 


    Minimum Qualification for GS-12:

    Specialized Experience:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service as an Auditor responsible for planning and conducting audit assignments; presenting results to supervisors or team leaders; identifying unusual or questionable accounting practices; and developing work papers and reporting on the economy and efficiency of operations.

    Minimum Qualification for GS-13:

    Specialized Experience:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service as an Auditor developing or assisting in development of audit approaches to evaluate a variety of financial programs and accounting systems; preparing audit/review reports to provide information on financial program operations and that identify causes of deficiencies or problems; conducting broad audit assignments requiring integrated analysis of a number of different accounting systems; and choosing audit areas to be covered and plans audit efforts in different locations and at different organizational management levels.


    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Agency Benefits:

    The OIG is consistently ranked as the best place to work in the Department of the Interior and offers exceptional work-life benefits, including flexible work schedules, a robust telework program, an on-site gym in the Herndon, VA and Washington, D.C. locations, ample training opportunities, and a comprehensive employee recognition program.

    Other Information:

    • You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.

    • Occasional travel may be required lasting five to seven nights.

    • Additional selections may be made within 90 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    • Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). See:

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    To apply for this job opportunity, you must submit a resume and an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  This information will be transferred to the Department of Interior's OIG Automated Application System. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:
    STEP 1: Select the "Apply On-line" button and follow the instructions to register or sign into USAJOBS.
    STEP 2: Submit a detailed resume or any other written format you choose documenting your job-related qualifications, experience, and education (if applicable).  Cover letter is optional.  If you submit a cover letter, you must also submit a resume.  Please see the “How You Will Be Evaluated” section for specific information that should be outlined in your resume.
    STEP 3: Answer the eligibility and assessment questionnaires on-line through the automated application system. These questions will be used to evaluate your eligibility for this job opportunity. 
    STEP 4: Submit all required documentation, applicable to you, listed in the Required Documents section of this job opportunity to the automated application system prior to the closing date of this announcement. 

    If applying online poses an extreme hardship, you may request alternate application procedures to submit your application package by fax.  Contact the Human Resources office listed on the announcement between the business hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, at least two working days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  The application package for alternate application procedures must be submitted and received in the Human Resources office no later than 11:59 p.m. ET on the closing date of this announcement.
    NOTE: Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


    Technical assistance with your online application can be obtained by contacting the Help Desk at OR by calling (866) 656-6830 or (703) 269-4944 between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm ET.

    Required Documents:

    All documentation, applicable to you, must be submitted by the closing date of this announcementThis includes documentation to verify satisfaction of the positive education requirement for the 0511 Auditor series. 

    Resume:  Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    Performance Appraisal:  All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.

    SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action:  Documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.  

    ICTAP/CTAP Eligibility:  Such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.

    Veteran's Preference Documentation (if applicable): DD Form 214 (Member 4 copy), VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10 point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5 point preference. 

    Transcript:  Official or unofficial college/university transcripts will be accepted. NOTE: An official transcript will be required prior to entrance on duty.

    Foreign Education Equivalency Documentation:  Required if you have qualifying education completed outside of the United States and its territories.

    CPA or CIA license/certification:  Required if you are fulfilling the education requirement of this position with 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, AND possess a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor obtained through written examination.

    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.

    Next Steps:
    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.