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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 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
Education Requirements: 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.

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: 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 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 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.
4 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)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • 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
Specialized Experience is one year of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, that is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement, and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, which include:

-Conducting interviews of individuals involved with the program, activity or function being reviewed, and participates in pre-audit meetings and post-audit debriefs; and justifying conclusions reached; AND
-Preparing or reviewing work of junior staff ensuring it is sufficient, competent, and includes relevant evidence to support findings; AND
-Drafting audit or investigative reports with appropriate summaries, conclusions and recommendations; AND
-Preparing and presenting reports, briefings and testimony addressing management issues that threaten the effectiveness of the program, activity, or function being audited.

5 Select the answer that best describes your experience/education as it directly relates to the GS-12 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-13 level because I have one year or more of GS-12 level or equivalent experience as described above which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
6 Indicate where on your resume this experience can be found. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
7 Do you have experience managing and conducting a forensic audit involving allegations of fraud, waste, or abuse? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Do you have experience designing forensic audit work plans? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Select the choices that best describe your experience as it relates to using electronic discovery and data analytics tools. Answer to this question is required
  • I have used electronic discovery review tools to search and analyze large documents sets (more than 1 million items) that included email and other electronically stored information obtained from multiple custodians.
  • I have used data analytics tools to review and analyze large data sets (more than 1 million records).
  • I have designed and administered electronic discovery databases used for review and analysis by review teams.
  • None of the above
10 Select the choice that best describes your experience in audit standards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed audit(s) according to Generally Accepted Government Accounting Standards (GAGAS).
  • I have conducted audits according to Blue Book/Inspection standards.
  • I have used AICPA, IIA, PCAOB, or other standards performing audits in the private sector.
  • Some combination of: 1, 2 and/or 3.
  • None of the above.
11 I have experience reviewing the effectiveness of program internal controls and compliance with policies, regulations, and statutes. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 I have served as a forensic auditor advising criminal or administrative investigators in an investigation that was launched in response to allegations of fraud. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
13 Indicate where on your resume this experience can be found. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
14 I have performed the following duties as they pertain to audit analysis: Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted analysis and surveys of performance or financial programs, where I provided recommendations for needed revision in applicable policies and procedures.
  • Organized the results of analysis into an overall report for presentation to management.
  • Conducted follow-up activities on issued reports, or corrective actions to ensure recommendations were completed.
  • Designed and applied fraud testing methodologies to identify potential fraud in an organization.
  • None of the above.
15 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 in developing and resolving audit issues.
  • 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.
  • I have conducted 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 assess program effectiveness.
  • None of the above.
16 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
  • None of the above
17 I have knowledge and experience writing and reviewing reports that present an argument, or support a recommendation for change in program operations or administration. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, as a lead author, editor or supervising author
  • Yes, as a contributing author
  • Yes, as a member of an audit team
  • None of the above
18 Select the choices that best describes your writing skill: Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared written presentation(s) of factual data and information.
  • I have prepared workpapers that reflect my analysis and recommendations.
  • I have prepared portions of written products that are widely distributed within an agency or to a limited external audience.
  • I have written clear and effective reports and other materials for specialized audiences.
  • I have written technical and non-technical reports and presented data and information to a full range of internal and external individuals.
  • None of the above.
19 I have experience providing independent review of support (work papers) on project findings and recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No