Deputy Director, Audit Internal Controls and Policy

Washington, D.C
Feb 03, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time

Specific Duties

The Deputy Director, Audit and Internal Controls, and Policy reports to the Director, Office of Financial Management, and the Deputy, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the department. In coordination with the Director, Office of Financial Management, the incumbent assists in supervising a staff of financial analysts and accountants in carrying out the following functions:

- Internal control, audit follow-up, and audit resolution activities
- Establish financial controls and conduct audits/reviews of financial practices to ensure they align
with policies and standards
- Provide policy and strategic advice to the Director, and other agency executives on all agency wide
financial management objectives and matters.
- Serve as the primary advisor to senior officials in establishing policy, plans, goals, and objectives
for strengthening the Department's AM, ICE, and FPO.
- Interfaces with all levels of management within the Department, Office of Management and
Budget, and other federal agencies on issues of financial management development, presentation,
and execution. Represents the Deputy Chief Financial Officer/Secretary/Bureau on matters
concerning audits, serving as the key spokesperson and liaison on all audit and financial
compliance matters.
- Will manage the department's risks and visibility associated with the Inspector General Audits
(IGs), the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recommendations, and the CFO Vision Act
- Plans and oversees complex audits, evaluations, reviews, surveys, or other analytical processes.
Reviews and approves the purpose, scope, and audit approach of each project.
- Ensures projects meet professional standards in planning, execution, and issuance of reports and
other products. Also ensures audit objectives are met and that adequate practical coverage is
- Reviews and edits audit reports and discusses the report's findings with appropriate management
personnel or stakeholders. Also responsible for the publishing of the Agency's Financial Report.
- Identifies unique issues where no policy or criteria exists and explores innovative approaches for
developing and ambiguous areas.
- Responsible for the Department's Audit Scorecard.
- Reviews and approves Conference Packages for the Department
- Establishes the Single Audit review for the department which requires that federal assistance
programs are utilized in compliance with the federal government.
- Ensures oversight of day-to-day internal controls and risk management, Improper Payments
Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act (IPERIA) and Payment Integrity Information Act of
2019 (PIIA) testing and integrity reporting, and ensuring OMB Compliance Supplements are
- Manages the Department's fraud awareness and risk management programs including fraud
awareness and internal control training for the Department.

Applicants who meet the mandatory executive and technical qualifications will be evaluated by a panel of SES members to determine the degree to which they possess each of the listed qualifications. This evaluation will determine which applicants are best qualified. Each candidate's background including experience, education, awards, self-development, and training will be reviewed. This information will be obtained from the application package, including the required narrative statements for the technical and Executive Core Qualifications described in this vacancy.

Additionally, your resume should demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in most SES positions such as:

- Directing the work of an organizational unit;
- Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects;
- Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance; and
- Supervising the work of employees; and exercising important policy-making, policy determining, or other executive functions.

If your resume does not include these basic qualifications, then you will not be considered further for this position and will not be determined as minimally qualified.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Newly appointed SES members must serve a 1-year probationary period
  • Public Financial Disclosure (OGE-278 filing within 30 days is required)
  • This position requires pre and post-employment drug screening.

  • Qualifications

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's)- *Required Documentation*

    The Office of Personnel Management has identified five executive core qualifications (ECQs). The ECQs define the competencies needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization. The ECQs are required for entry to the Senior Executive Service and are used by many departments and agencies in selection, performance management, and leadership development for management and executive positions. The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential-not technical expertise.

    As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, each applicant must provide evidence of progressively responsible executive leadership and supervisory experience that is indicative of executive-level management capabilities that are directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications and Mandatory Technical Qualifications listed below. The ideal candidate will have experience managing employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing, and evaluating employees. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-14/15 grade level in the federal service or equivalent in the private sector or non-governmental organizations. Failure to meet this basic qualification requirements in addition to all executive and technical qualification factors will automatically disqualify an applicant.

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE : You must have demonstrated an ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
      Leadership Competencies: Creativity & Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision

    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: You must demonstrate the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
      Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building

    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
      Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility

    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This ECQ involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
      Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management

    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This ECQ involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
      Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating

    FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, Public Service Motivation

    Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs)- *Required Documentation*

    MTQs are designed to assess an applicants experience relevant to the specific position requirements. Each MTQ narrative response must 1.) not exceed two pages per narrative statement; 2.) include specific examples of your experience, education, and/or accomplishments; and 3.) address specific challenges, contexts, actions, and results.

    1. Knowledge of and experience with oversight and coordination of internal and external audit
    activities for Federal CFO Act agency.

    2. Knowledge of and experience with internal control, including A-123 and audit follow-up for a
    Federal CFO Act agency including OMB A-50 Auditing Standards.

    3. Knowledge and experience with the deployment of risk management and financial policy.

    Challenge-Context-Action-Result(s) (CCAR) Model.

    CCAR Model is outline below. When addressing the ECQs and MTQs, you are strongly recommended to utilize the CCAR Model . Each ECQ or MTQ statement should include more than one example of relevant experience.
      Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal. Context: Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale). Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result: Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
    Your responses to the ECQs and MTQs will be evaluated based on how clearly and concisely you emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, activities, or services managed; program accomplishments; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues addressed; and the results of actions taken.

    You are required to submit separate narrative statements for each ECQ and MTQ to receive consideration for this position. Please see the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section for complete details regarding the page limitation and formatting requirement.


    Individual Occupational Requirements
    Due to the professional accounting responsibilities

    Basic Requirements
  • Degree: 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. 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.")
  • 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.

  • Required Documents:
    • College transcripts: You MUST ensure you submit a copy of your transcripts; if you fail to submit a copy of your transcripts, your application will be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.
    • Professional Certification (if applicable): Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor.

    Additional information

    CURRENT FEDERAL APPLICANTS : If you are a federal employee (non-SES or SES), then you must include your most recent performance appraisal within the last 12 months of your submission to this application. Additionally, you must include your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that reflects an appointment (i.e., initial, transfer, reinstatement, and etc.) or pay adjustment.

    NON-FEDERAL APPLICANTS: You must include your most recent performance appraisal within the last 12 months of your submission to this application OR a justification stating the reason why this information cannot be provided.


    Your resume, performance appraisal, SF-50, Executive Core Qualification's (ECQs), and Mandatory Technical Qualification's (MTQs) for this announcement must be received online via the USAJOBS/Application Manager application system by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on closing date of the announcement. ECQs and MTQs must be submitted in the CCAR model format as previously outlined within this vacancy announcement. Email submissions from an applicant will not be accepted. Failure to submit a complete application will eliminate an applicant from further consideration. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist point-of-contact prior to the closing date if assistance is needed to submit an application online.

    The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278. All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

    The sensitivity level of the position requires completion of a successful background investigation of the selectee.

    Effective January 1, 2010, OPM must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employees in the executive branch. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non-career SES employee in the executive branch, you must disclose that to the Human Resources Office.

    If applicable, travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

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    Senior Executive Service Probationary Period : If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one-year SES probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.