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Grade: 09

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Specialized qualifying experience for the GS-09 is one year of experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position that includes: • Collecting and researching data for studies or evaluations of programs/operations; AND • Providing input to an audit or evaluation report or preparing work papers; AND • Researching laws, regulations, guidelines, and approved procedures to provide findings. OR EDUCATION: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree. Attach a copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit. SOME SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE IS PERMISSIBLE.
1 Select the answer that best describes your experience/education as it directly relates to the GS-09 specialized experience statement. Carefully review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your resume. Answer to this question is required
  • I am qualified at the GS-09 level because I have one year of GS-07 level experience which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • I am qualified for the GS-09 level because I have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in fields, such as Business Administration, Management, or Public Administration. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.).
  • I am qualified for the GS-09 level because I have a combination of education and experience as defined above. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.).
  • I am not qualified for the GS-09 level because I do not meet any of the above education or combination of education and experience statements.
2 To ensure you receive proper credit, please list where this experience/education is clearly documented in your resume. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required

Grade: 11

GS-0511-11
Specialized qualifying experience for the GS-11 is one year of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position that includes: • Conducting interviews and participating in briefings; collecting, analyzing and summarizing evidence to support conclusions; AND • Identifying controls over operations and recognizing weaknesses in controls and writing segments of draft reports with appropriate summaries, conclusions and recommendations; AND • Researching and interpreting laws, regulations, guidelines and procedures. OR EDUCATION: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Attach a copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit. SOME SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE IS PERMISSIBLE.
1 Select the answer that best describes your experience/education as it directly relates to the GS-11 specialized experience statement. Carefully review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your resume. Answer to this question is required
  • I am qualified at the GS-11 level because I have 52 weeks of GS-09 level experience which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • I am qualified at the GS-11 level because I have completed 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in fields such as Business Administration, Finance, Management, or Public Administration. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.).
  • I am qualified at the GS-11 level because I have an equivalent combination of the above-defined education and experience which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit.).
  • I am not qualified for the GS-11 level because I do not meet any of the above education or combination of education and experience statements.
2 To ensure you receive proper credit, please list where this experience/education is clearly documented in your resume. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 Select from the following your experiences with review related research and analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted analysis and surveys of performance, financial or IT programs, where I provided recommendations for needed revision in applicable policies and procedures.
  • Participated in the monitoring, tracking, and evaluation of security for computer servers and operating systems.
  • Organized the results of analysis into an overall report for presentation to management.
  • Conducted evaluations of an organization’s internal controls.
  • I have evaluated comments received on proposed recommendations and/or policy changes to determine if they are feasible, enforceable, and acceptable in the view of accomplishing program missions and goals.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

Carefully read each question before responding. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. When you receive your application confirmation notice, we suggest that you request that a copy of the questions and your responses be sent to you by return email. Then, if you identify any inaccuracies, you may change your responses before the closing date of this announcement. If you are rated ineligible based on your responses to the questions, you will be notified by email shortly after the announcement closes.
Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.
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 Do you have a performance appraisal rating on your job performance? If yes, you must submit the performance appraisal per the instructions on how to apply for this position. If no, please explain why. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 If no, please explain why. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 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
    3.1 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
4 Select the choice that describes your employment status with Veterans Affairs. Answer to this question is required
  • I am a current, permanent Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) employee.
  • I am a Veterans Affairs employee eligible for Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) consideration.
  • I am a VA OIG employee currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
  • I do not meet any of the above criteria.
5 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 earned 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 credit semester hours or equivalent in accounting. (May include up to 6 credit hours or equivalent in business law).
  • 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 credit semester hours or equivalent in accounting or auditing courses. (May include up to 6 credit hours or equivalent in business law).
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training. I also have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and /or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certificate obtained through a written examination.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or a combination of accounting experience, college level education, and training and have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial work in accounting (15 semester hours business law/finance not included) plus I've worked at the full performance level in accounting/auditing. Note: To determine qualifications under this option a panel of at least 2 accountants will review your resume and determine if your experience and educations meets the required professional accounting knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and work experience under any of the choices above.
6 Select the choices that best describe your knowledge or experience of review standards using CIGIE Inspection and Evaluation Standards, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) or AICPIA or IIA auditing standards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have sufficient knowledge of, or experience with, one or more of these standards to permit me to ensure my work conforms to them if provided detailed instructions.
  • I have sufficient knowledge of, or experience with, one or more of these standards to permit me independently to ensure my work conforms to them.
  • I have sufficient knowledge of, or experience, with one or more of these standards to permit me to review my coworkers’ work and ensure it conforms to them.
  • None of the above.
7 To ensure you receive proper credit, please list where in your resume your role and contributions in program reviews/audits and your responsibility for portions of the program review/audit work are clearly documented. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 I have completed segments of a performance review project. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Select all the tasks you have performed related to performance reviews. Answer to this question is required
  • Developed the review plan.
  • Determined the appropriate tests to apply during fieldwork.
  • Tracked and reported on the completion of review milestones.
  • Worked with individual project team members to meet review milestones.
  • Performed an active role in review meetings and briefings for senior managers.
  • Responsible for organizing review evidence and ensuring the report is supported.
  • Had primarily responsibility for writing and supporting significant project findings.
  • None of the above.
10 I have experience performing the following analytical and evaluative activities: Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied fact-finding, analytical, and investigative techniques while participating in audits/evaluations.
  • I have participated in audit/evaluation interviews to obtain information on program missions, functions, procedures, and data.
  • I have used qualitative and quantitative methods, and other statistical approaches and techniques to perform audit/evaluation reviews.
  • None of the above.
11 Do you have experience testing, evaluating, and applying review techniques and methodologies? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Select the choices that best describe the methodologies that you have successfully applied. Answer to this question is required
  • Statistical sampling.
  • Structured questionnaires.
  • Computer assisted audit techniques (CAAT).
  • Regression analysis.
  • Decision theory.
  • Credibility analysis to resolve conflicts in evidence.
  • Other.
  • None of the above.
13 Select from the following your experiences with researching and analyzing laws, regulations, and policies. Answer to this question is required
  • I am able to independently locate laws, regulations, and policies.
  • I am able to analyze and break meaningful portions of laws, regulations, and policies into specific elements.
  • I am able to prepare written determinations concerning whether a specific law, regulation, or policy has been violated.
  • I have experience researching the history and intent or laws and regulations.
  • I am familiar with the Inspector General Act of 1978 as amended.
  • None of the above.
14 Please indicate any of the following degrees or certifications that you possess: Answer to this question is required
  • Doctorate degree (Ph.D.).
  • Doctor of Business Administration.
  • Master: Accounting or MBA: Accounting.
  • Master of Public Administration.
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA).
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
  • Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP).
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
  • None of the above.
15 Select from the following your experiences with written communication. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience organizing and summarizing large volumes of information for presentation in a concise, logical way.
  • I have experience in preparing formal written documentation in accordance with a style guide.
  • I independently prepare written documentation and reports using standard spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  • I have experience using electronic project documentation software, such as TeamMate or the equivalent.
  • None of the above.
16 Select from the following concerning your experiences with select writing assignments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared large, formal documents that presented evidence and analysis in support of an argument or a conclusion.
  • I have experience preparing written presentations of factual data and information.
  • I have experience independently preparing formal correspondence.
  • I have prepared work papers that reflect my analysis and recommendations.
  • None of the above.
17 Select from the following concerning your experiences with select writing assignments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have taken the lead role in writing a plan for a review or inspection.
  • I have taken the lead role in preparing a presentation concerning project plans or results.
  • I have designed, prepared and accurately referenced summary and supporting working papers concerning a large statistical sample and projects.
  • I have independently written findings and recommendations concerning significant issues within published reports with the results of inspections, evaluations, or audits.
  • I have taken the lead in writing signature-ready white papers or rapid response documents within two business days or less.
  • I have experience writing policies or standard procedures.
  • None of the above.
18 Choose the statements from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training preparing and giving briefings, speeches, and/or oral presentations related to program reviews, audits, or inspections. Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted interviews to gather information needed for a program review or other management study.
  • Can successfully get interview people who are initially uncooperative, hostile, or distressed.
  • Lead meetings or briefings with stakeholders.
  • Presented program review findings and recommendations to team or leadership.
  • Built relationships with external customers or stakeholders involved in organizational studies/reviews.
  • Have experience showing understanding, courtesy, tact, and empathy to others.
  • None of the above.