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Grade: 09

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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
All applicants are REQUIRED to submit all undergraduate and graduate college transcripts, including transcripts from transfer schools no later than the date indicated in the announcement. Transcripts may be unofficial at the time of application, but an official transcript is required if a job offer is extended.
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
3 Would you like the opportunity to be considered for similar positions that require the same knowledge, skills and abilities? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • 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
  • Arlington, VA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bay Pines, FL
  • Bedford, MA
  • Austin, TX
  • Hines (Chicago), IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • I am not willing to accept the position in any of these locations
5 I am applying for the Recent Graduates Program based on the following statement. Select the one statement that applies. Answer to this question is required
  • I have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution.
  • My intended graduation is no more than 9 months from date of application.
  • I am a veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during a portion of my 2 year eligibility period. My eligibility period is extended to receive the full 2 years of eligibility. I understand that my eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date that all educational requirements were completed.
  • None of the above.

Please state your official or expected graduation date.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required

Specialized 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, analyzing and summarizing evidence to support conclusions; AND
-Researching laws, regulations, guidelines, and approved procedures to support or develop findings; AND
-Providing input to evaluation report and preparing work papers.

OR EDUCATION: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree(or will attain within 9 months of application).

OR You may qualify on a combination of education and experience. 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.


For the GS-09, select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as described in the previous question.
  • I have a Master's or equivalent graduate degree (or will attain within 9 months of application) or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree that demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to do the work OR I have a LL.M., LL.B., or J.D. in a field related to this position.
  • I have a combination of the education and experience listed above (1 and 2) in which my percentage of specialized experience and education totals to 100%. (For example: the completion of 50% requirements for J.D. and 6 months of specialized experience.)
  • I do not meet the specialized experience as described in the previous question and do not meet the qualifying education as listed in the selections above.

Make sure experience is clearly documented in your resume. Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience/education so it may be found to ensure you receive proper credit.

Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required

Please select all of the statements that you have performed in regards program/project management.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently reviewed program operations to determine program effectiveness, compliance, or need for change.
  • I have independently analyzed information to determine the accuracy of program data.
  • I have independently formulated recommendations, either verbally or in writing, for presentation to management.
  • I have performed one or more of the tasks above as a part of a team.
  • None of the above.

Select from the following your experiences with researching and analyzing laws, regulations, and policies.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience independently locating laws, regulations, and policies,
  • I have experience analyzing and breaking meaningful portions of laws, regulations, and policies into specific elements.
  • I have experience prepare written determinations concerning whether a specific law, regulation, or policy has been violated.
  • I have experience researching the history and intent of laws and regulations.
  • I am familiar with the Inspector General Act of 1978 as amended.
  • None of the above.

Select all of the following with which you have professional experience.

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
  • None of the above

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

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.

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

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

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