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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Position Title:
Auditor (Recent Graduate)
Open Period:
06/07/2021 - 06/09/2021


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
GS - 0511 05/07
USD $36,646 - USD $63,906
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time - Pathway Recent Graduate Program
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
few Vacancies in

Denver, CO, US
Washington DC, DC, US
Atlanta, GA, US
Chicago, IL, US
Boston, MA, US
Durham, NC, US
Philadelphia, PA, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Inspector General Ofc-HR


Hiring Path:
• Excepted service
• Recent graduates
• Military spouses
• Open to the public
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Recent graduates from a qualifying educational institution having completed an academic program within the preceding two years. Note: Veterans who were precluded by their military service obligation from applying for Pathways Recent Graduate jobs will have up to six years from date of graduation and two years from date of separation from the military to apply.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Recent Graduates 1 year appointment with possible conversion to permanent position.
About the Agency

We are an independent office within the EPA that helps the agency protect the environment in a more efficient and cost effective manner. We perform audits, evaluations, and investigations of the EPA to promote economy and efficiency, and to prevent and detect fraud, waste and abuse.  We strive to provide solutions to problems that ultimately result in making America a cleaner and healthier place.  Come join the team!

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional Travel


The EPA OIG is seeking recent graduates under the Pathways Program. This position is provided for recent graduates with a desire to work in the Office of the Inspector General and assignments are designed to complement the graduates educational field while meeting the expressed needs of the agency and organizations.

This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit, Financial Directorate -or- Pollution Control and Cleanup Directorate -or- Environmental Investment and Infrastructure Directorate. 

The Financial Directorate conducts separate EPA financial statement audits required by statute as well as auditing major components or cycles of EPA's financial management processes to assess compliance with sound financial management principles; the effectiveness of regulatory, management, and operating controls; and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

The Pollution Control and Cleanup directorate conducts performance audits to determine the efficiency, effectiveness, and compliance of EPA’s programs including Air and Radiation, Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Land and Emergency Management, and Water.

The Environmental Investment and Infrastructure Directorate conducts performance audits and program evaluations of EPA funding and management of environmental programs delegated to state, tribal, and local programs, including those related to infrastructure, to determine whether they meet and comply with applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

Individuals with accounting, business administration, finance, policy analysis, public policy, public administration, or related degrees are strongly encouraged to apply.


The ideal candidate will perform the following duties: 

  • Ability to participate in the design and development of a comprehensive approach to answer significant questions involving non-complex Agency wide programs.

  • Knowledge of program and policy analysis; process improvement; data analytics; contracts, grants, and other assistance agreements; financial management; information resources management; and/or environmental programs and issues.

  • Conducts non-complex assignments and assists with selected aspects of more complex assignments targeting various programs carried out by the Agency, state agencies, grantees, or contractors.

  • Ability to clearly communicate issues and findings orally and in writing.

Candidates will be considered on the basis of the applicability of their education to specific EPA OIG assignments.

Qualifications and Evaluations


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required. 

  • Background Investigation Required.

  • Must meet education requirements. 

  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

  • Must meet Pathways Recent Graduate program requirements.

This is an appointment under the EPA OIG Recent Graduate program. You must have graduated within the past two years, from a qualifying educational institution or certificate program. The program duration is one year (or two years for STEM positions). Upon successful completion of the program and at the agency's discretion, the appointee may be converted to a permanent position in the competitive service. Appointee must sign a Participant Agreement. Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations. The entire duration of the Recent Graduate Appointment constitutes a trial period.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service. 

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form. We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee’s identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about e-verify, including your rights and responsibilities.

Education Requirements:

All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify: 

Financial Auditor

GS-05: Applicants must have a Bachelor's or equivalent undergraduate degree. The area of study for undergraduate or graduate must bein accounting, auditing; or a degree including auditing courses 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.

GS-07: Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement or 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5. The area of study for graduate must be in accounting, auditing; or a degree including auditing courses 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.


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 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 of24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

Performance Auditor

GS-05: Applicants must have a Bachelor's or equivalent undergraduate degree. The area of study for undergraduate or graduate must be in auditing; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, public administration or accounting.

GS-07: Applicants must have a Bachelor's degree and 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement or 1 year equivalent to at least GS-5. The area of study for graduate must be in auditing; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, public administration or accounting.


Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in Performance Auditing, or an equivalent combination of performance auditing experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional auditing knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:

  • A certificate as a Certified Internal Auditor or a Certified Public Accountant, obtained through written examination; or

  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in auditing or accounting, e.g., 15 semester hours.


All applicants MUST submit a copy of their college transcripts with the degree conferred date.

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable during the application process. 

All materials must be submitted by the closing date of this announcement.

All education claimed by applicants will be verified.


You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. You will be placed in one of the three pre-defined categories. Your responses to the questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined categories: "best", "better", and "good". Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category. Your resume must support your answers to the questionnaire, or your category may be changed. The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official and may be invited to an interview.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a category rating of BETTER. 

Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, salary, duties performed for each position, and if the position is/was in the Federal government,
you should provide the position series and grade level/pay band.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements to participate in this program: 

  • You must have a final cumulative Grade Point Average of at least a 2.0.

  • Current Students may apply up to 90 days prior to their graduation date. 

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.

  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

  • May submit unofficial transcript(s). Official transcript(s) will be required, if applicant is
    selected for a position.

In order to be creditable under the provision, superior academic achievement (SAA) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled. SAA is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. 

Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses. Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR

  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

  • These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies.

Benefits and Other Info

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Agency Benefits:

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.

EPA OIG offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: paid vacation, sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year, life and health insurance, Long Term Care insurance, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account program, and retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan).

EPA OIG also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as, flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, fitness center, and employee assistance and wellness programs. 

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.

Other Information:

EPA OIG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work. 

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

You MUST apply on-line through USAJobs. Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information. 

To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, including error messages received when submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at The help desk is available for technical support questions Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

Required Documents:

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

In addition to your resume, the following documents are required for this position: 

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility. If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point
Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference.

You must submit your college transcripts (unofficial are acceptable).

If you are graduating in the Summer of 2021, you must provide proof of graduation before appointment.

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

  1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or 

  2. Upload your file(s); or

  3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet. 

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.

Next Steps:

After the closing date of the announcement, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBS and selecting "Application Status." 

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable.

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.