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Grade: 09

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For the GS-09: One year of specialized experience at the GS-07 level or equivalent in other public or private sectors, that is directly related to the position as listed above and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include:

-Experience working for a tax administration organization that includes responsibility for documenting results of audits, projects or analyses in written documents, OR
-Experience applying accounting or auditing principles to gather and analyze data and draw conclusions.
OR
Education: Master's degree or equivalent or 2 years progressively higher education leading to such a degree, or an LL.B. or J.D. if related. [Attach copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.]
OR
Combination of experience and education. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 18 semester hours (27 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.
 
 
 
1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
 
 
Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-07 level as described above.
  • I have 2 full academic years of progressively higher graduate level education or LL.B., or J.D. or equivalent Master's degree in fields, such as Business Administration, Management, or Public Administration.
  • I have a combination of education and experience as described that together qualify me for this position.
  • I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement and I do not meet the education requirements as stated above.
2 Please state the title and dates employed of the position where you acquired the relevant specialized experience.
 
 
Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 I have performed the following functions on audits on which I have been assigned responsibility.
 
Answer to this question is required
  • Assisted in establishing the audit objectives, scope, methodology, milestones, and resource requirements.
  • Performed program tasks assigned to me.
  • Completed work with technical accuracy and in conformance with professional standards (e.g., Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, Government Auditing Standards).
  • Ensured audit milestones were timely met for assigned audit steps.
  • Resolved conflicts, differences, or problems in gathering program information.
  • Assisted other project team members to achieve desired results.
  • Kept supervisors regularly apprised of the audit progress and results.
  • Presented segments of audit plans (audit objectives) and /or audit results in opening conferences, status briefings, and closing conferences with auditee management.
  • None of the above.

Grade: 11

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For the GS-11: One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 level or equivalent in other public or private sectors, that is directly related to the position as listed above and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include:

-Conducting segments of audits including conducting interviews, analyzing and summarizing audit evidence to support conclusions, and documenting results of audit work. AND
-Developing audit objectives and supporting tests and documenting this strategy in the audit plan.
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Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR LL.M., if related, in an accredited college or university that demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Some substitution of education for experience is permissible.
OR
Combination of experience and education. To combine education and experience, the total percentage of experience at the required grade level compared to the requirement, as well as the percentage of completed education compared to the requirement must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate level education in excess of the first 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) may be combined to be considered for qualifying education.


 
1 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
 
 
 
Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-09 level as described above.
  • I have 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • I have a combination of education and experience as described that together qualify me for this position.
  • I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement and I do not meet the education requirements as stated above.
2 Please state the title and dates employed of the position where you acquired the relevant specialized experience.
 
 
Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 Choose the response(s) that best describe your experience analyzing and interpreting financial data.
 
Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewing data and providing recommendations to resolve account discrepancies.
  • Working with subsidiary systems (i.e., procurement, travel, labor, bankcard, accounts receivable, and accounts payable) that interface with the Federal Financial System.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, maintaining, and reconciling subsidiary and general ledgers.
  • Received training in analyzing and interpreting financial data.
  • None of the above.
4

Choose the one statement that best identifies the highest level of experience you have researching and analyzing data.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience researching laws, regulations and procedures from a variety of sources. My experience includes assimilating, summarizing, and applying the results to an investigation.
  • I have experience with researching laws, regulations and procedures from a variety of sources. My experience includes assimilating and summarizing information.
  • I have experience participating in group assignments or projects which involved assisting others (co-workers, professors, classmates, etc.) with researching laws, regulations and procedures, and assimilating and summarizing information.
  • I have completed at least one college level course addressing research methods and applications.
  • I have not performed any of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in accounting or 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.
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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;
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 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.

3 You must meet the minimum basic educational and/or work experience requirements for professional accounting positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/work experience background for an auditing position. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit).
 
Answer to this question is required
  • I 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 (up to 6 hours of credit in business law may be included). Finance courses are NOT typically included in meeting the 24-hour requirement.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that included 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses. (May include up to 6 hours credit in business law.) Finance courses are not typically included in meeting the 24-hour requirement.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training. I am also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), which was obtained through a written examination.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, & training & have completed requirements for a degree that included substantial work in accounting (e.g., 15 sem. hours-business law & finance not included) plus a) I have worked at the full performance level in accounting or auditing, & b) a panel of at least 2 professional accountants determined that I possess the required professional accounting knowledge, skills & abilities.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.
4 Select the choices that describe your experience in audit standards.
 
Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed audit(s) according to Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
  • I have conducted audits according to the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Standards.
  • I have used American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Statements (for financial statement audits).
  • None of the above.
5

Please choose the answer(s) below that best describe(s) your knowledge of and demonstrated experience in applying analytical techniques.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in comparing data against objective criteria to draw conclusions as to the effectiveness of a process.
  • I have experience in using statistical sampling to draw conclusions about data.
  • I have experience in using other analytical tools to draw conclusions about data.
  • I have experience in using database applications to store and manipulate data.
  • None of the above.
6

Choose the area(s) where you have experience developing, implementing and testing internal controls.

Answer to this question is required
  • Management practices
  • Transaction process
  • Audit trails
  • Legality of records
  • Safekeeping documents
  • Eliminating possible fraud
  • I have no experience developing, implementing, and testing internal controls.
7

Indicate all of the guidelines you have experience using.

Answer to this question is required
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • Internal Revenue Code
  • Technical documentation prepared by others
  • I have not used any of the above guidelines
8

Do you have experience in accurately retrieving information by searching databases for records or reports?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9

Choose the statement(s) that describe your ability to research, analyze, and evaluate a broad range of materials including laws, regulations, rulings, statistical data, and technical reports in order to complete studies to assist in the development of agency policies.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned and directed studies and surveys.
  • I have developed measurement criteria to assess the effectiveness of team’s activities with other departments or organizations.
  • I have coordinated teams activities with other departments or organizations.
  • I have participated in programs and projects involving studies of processes, problems, in initiatives relating to this area, and associated activities in Federal, state, local and/or international enforcement and regulatory agencies and organizations.
  • I have participated on task forces and working groups that cross multi-functional lines, required participation of one or more Directorates, and involved other Federal, state, local or international authorities.
  • I have reviewed and evaluated violations in reports of investigations and inspections for appropriate administrative, civil, or criminal action to be taken.
  • I have participated in plans and analysis the organizations budget formulation and execution process.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
10

Indicate your experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and contractors.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and contractors.
  • I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and contractors.
  • I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and contractors.
  • I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and contractors.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
11

Please choose the answer(s) that best describe your experience in using oral communication skills to complete a project:

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience discussing technical audit or accounting issues and giving oral presentations regarding these issues.
  • I have conducted interviews to gather information needed to complete a task.
  • I have communicated results of my analysis to clients.
  • I have assisted senior staff members by conducting segments of interviews.
  • I have experience participating on debating teams or in giving oral presentations.
  • I have taken courses in public speaking.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
12

Please complete the following question: I have successfully completed significant portions of reports, evaluations, program analyses, and written correspondence because ...

Answer to this question is required
  • I have written clear and concise summaries addressing a variety of target objectives from data collected.
  • I have developed and presented audit findings in an audit product (i.e., memorandum, report, briefing paper etc.).
  • I have had formal coursework or training in technical or creative writing.
  • I have written reports for signature by executive-level officials and have provided technical information.
  • I have developed recommendations to government regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • I have developed proposals for an organization’s annual plan/planning process.
  • I have done none of the above.
13

I have experience in writing the following documents.

Answer to this question is required
  • Policy papers/statements (including briefing and position papers)
  • Investigative reports
  • Detailed narrative reports
  • Technical correspondence
  • Research and analytical studies
  • Spreadsheets
  • Internal memoranda
  • Power Point presentations
  • Newsletter or internet articles
  • Other published material
  • None of the above
14

Do you have experience interviewing and/or soliciting information in person or by phone to gather data and/or necessary facts?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No