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Grade: 14

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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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
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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 (CPA) or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), 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.

1 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 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 (up to 6 hours 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. I am also a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, 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, and training, and I 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.
Specialized experience is one year of experience at the GS-13 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes:
- Planning or conducting audits, reviews, or evaluations; AND
- Communicating program issues, justifying conclusions reached and recommending courses of actions in an audit environment; AND
- Leading diverse teams of auditors or analysts in an audit environment.
2 Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-13 level as described above.
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.
3 Which of the following audit / evaluative duties have you performed on a regular and recurring basis? Answer to this question is required
  • Supervised a group of auditors / program analysts on a wide range of audits, inspections, or evaluations.
  • Served as a team leader on audits, evaluations, inspections, or similar types of reviews that are national or international in scope and involve policy issues and major management problems or systems.
  • Designed and successfully executed an analytical approach to identify and offer innovative and workable solutions to correct major systemic problems in important program, policy, and management areas of governmental operations.
  • Developed and utilized effective quantitative and qualitative analytical tools to compare costs and benefits of program operations in order to provide vital information to decision makers.
  • Served as a team leader or as a major team member on routine audits, inspections, or evaluations, with responsibility for preparing the final report, and ensuring documentation, reference standards, and other agency requirements are met.
  • Performed work measurement techniques such as sampling, survey techniques, performance measurement, etc.
  • Demonstrated experience in program evaluation or auditing across a variety of fields or program areas.
  • None of the above.
4 Identify the professional certifications your currently hold. Answer to this question is required
  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • CIA (Certified Internal Auditor)
  • CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner)
  • CISA (Certified Information System Auditor) or similar
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
  • CMA (Certified Management Accountant) or similar
  • CGAP (Certified Government Auditing Professional)
  • CCSA (Certification in Control Self-Assessment)
  • CFSA (Certified Financial Services Auditor)
  • I do not have any of the above certifications.
5 Select the answer(s) that describe(s) your experience identifying and analyzing problems; making logical decisions; and providing solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • Identified and analyzed problems, distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • Used qualitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  • Developed policies, regulations, procedures, and plans for meeting the organization's goals and objectives.
  • Interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve problems and issues.
  • Prepared and presented analytical information to senior management officials within the organization. Analyses are used to explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings and recommendations.
  • Developed comprehensive material for reports, briefings or meetings of senior management officials on issues.
  • None of the above.
6 Indicate which task(s) you have performed while performing audits. Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted interviews.
  • Used database software to analyze data to identify trends, exceptions, and potential problems.
  • Reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and conformance to professional standards.
  • Led audit entrance, status, and exit briefings with senior program managers.
  • Drafted sections of the final audit product.
  • Drafted the final audit product.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following computer assisted analytical techniques have you used? Answer to this question is required
  • Caseware IDEA, Data Analysis Software
  • ACL (Audit Command Language)
  • MS Access
  • MS Excel
  • None of the above
8 Do you have experience providing direction to a subordinate staff on the use of computer assisted analytical techniques? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 I have experience using TeamMate Electronic Workpapers, or another document file management application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
10 Which of the following have you performed as a regular part of your job duties? Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared in-depth business, marketing, and cost/benefit analysis utilizing sophisticated evaluation and analytical techniques to produce convincing findings and reports to senior management and political and policy leaders.
  • I have experience writing audit/review reports.
  • I have prepared comprehensive, yet concise briefing papers and materials to present and sell findings and recommendations to senior program, management, and congressional leaders.
  • I have experience reviewing other’s writing for accuracy, technical competency, and adherence to Government Accountability Office (GAO) principles, standards, and requirements for audit/review reports.
  • I have experience applying Government Accountability Office (GAO) principles, standards, and requirements to final audit/review reports.
  • I have experience issuing final audit/review reports and recommendations.
  • I have experience writing audit/review reports that are part of a larger scope or controversial in nature.
  • None of the above.
11 Please select all of the following that you have experience performing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted comprehensive, in-depth, and persuasive conferences and briefings with program managers, technical experts both in and out of government, and policy and political leaders on major findings and recommendations reached in audit reports/reviews.
  • I have engaged in often-controversial discussions of major policy, program, and management issues.
  • I have addressed programmatic, policy, business, financial, and technical issues, even with unfriendly audiences.
  • I have provided technical and management advice and assistance regarding technical, financial, or business programs and operations to officials and managers knowledgeable about such matters.
  • None of the above.
12 Choose the statement that best describes your skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relations inside/outside of the organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have provided routine information, resolved simple problems, questions, or complaints, and directed non-routine problems, questions, or complaints to the appropriate person/office.
  • I have maintained relationships with members of other work units within my organization who have diverse needs, assessed their needs, and provided moderate information to them. I have resolved non-routine problems, questions, or complaints.
  • I have developed and maintained relationships with interest groups with diverse needs, anticipated and assessed their needs, and provided information to them. I have resolved non-routine problems, questions, or complaints.
13 Have you led diverse teams of auditors or analysts to provide products in a timely and professional manner in performing formal and informal briefings and presentations of a technical nature to high-level management defending a position or to gain support from the audience in an audit environment. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
14 Which of the following reflects the highest level of experience you have working with audits? Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed and directed the work of a team conducting audits, inspections, surveys, evaluations, and reviews.
  • I have led a team conducting performance audit projects.
  • I have conducted audits/reviews that involve programs and operations.
  • I have conducted performance audit/review projects.
  • I have experience reviewing workpapers on contractor findings and recommendations.
  • None of the above.
15 Which of the following management functions have been a part of your work responsibilities on a regular basis? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance reviews of subordinate employees.
  • Constructive conflict resolution.
  • Identifying staffing needs.
  • Budget management and implementation.
  • Human Capital resource management.
  • Workload management.
  • Recommended selections for subordinate employees.
  • Identifying employee development needs and arranging for training.
  • None of the Above.

Grade: All Grades

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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 Which of the following locations are you willing to accept if you are selected for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Decatur, GA
  • Bedford, MA
  • Arlington, VA
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Bay Pines, FL
  • Hines, IL
  • Washington, DC
  • Dallas, TX
  • Baltimore, MD