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Inspector General

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 7, 2023

1. Provides policy direction, supervises, coordinates and performs audits and investigations related to programs and operations throughout the Smithsonian Institution, as well as outside entities associated or financed by the Institution. The purpose is to promote administrative economy and efficiency, and to prevent or detect fraud and abuse in programs and operations.

2. Reviews current and proposed legislation and regulations that relate to the Institution's programs and operations. Utilizes the semi-annual reporting system required by law to provide feedback on the impact of such legislation or regulations. Provides comment and recommends changes to improve productivity. Analyzes economy and efficiency issues related to administration of Smithsonian programs and operations, including those associated or financed by the Institution. Reviews issues related to the prevention and detection of fraud and abuse in programs and operations.

3. Recommends policies and conducts, supervises or coordinates relationships between the Institution and other Federal agencies, State, and local governmental agencies, and non-governmental agencies for the following purposes: to promote economy and efficiency in administration; to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in Smithsonian programs and operations, including those associated or financed by the Institution; and to identify and prosecute participants in such fraud and abuse.

4. Keeps the Board of Regents and the Congress fully and currently informed, through reports concerning fraud and other serious problems, abuses and deficiencies that are related to the administration of Smithsonian programs and operations, including those administered or financed by the Institution. Recommends actions to correct identified problems, abuse and deficiencies. Reports on progress made to implement corrective actions.

5. Directs and coordinates the audit program through subordinate supervisors and staff. Develops and implements internal policies, procedures and standards to assure high quality work performance. Assures subordinate supervisors effectively carry out their program and supervisory responsibilities. Selects and appoints all subordinate staff in accord with applicable laws and regulations. Within the framework of the Institution's performance management system, evaluates performance of subordinates, and performs the second-level review for all Office staff.


Conditions of Employment

  • Pass Pre-Employment Background Investigation
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer

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Applicants must clearly demonstrate the necessary level of managerial and leadership skills and competence to perform successfully in this position. This includes a bachelor's degree in an applicable subject matter field, or a combination of education and appropriate experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four-year course of study in an applicable subject matter field.

In addition, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 level. Specialized experience is defined as the demonstrated expert knowledge and experience in conducting and supervising audits and investigations to 1) promote economy, efficiency, and effective program administration; and 2) to prevent and detect fraud and abuse in programs and operations for a large agency, a large agency sub-component, or business.

The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:

1. Demonstrated ability in accounting, auditing, financial analysis, law, management analysis, public administration, or investigations.

2. Demonstrated experience 1) performing or supervising the performance of financial or management audit activities in the federal or private sector; or 2) investigating or supervising the investigation of fraud, waste, and abuse in the federal or private sector.

3. Demonstrated experience that shows knowledge of federal practices, procedures, and organization for auditing, evaluation, oversight, and investigations.

4. Demonstrated skill in leading and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce, including developing team-work and high morale; attracting, retaining, motivating, and providing guidance; and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action policies and programs for a highly performing team.

Additional information

Reports to and is under the general supervision from the Board of Regents. Independently plans and carries out OIG functions in accord with established policy, applicable laws and regulations. Keeps the Board of Regents and the Congress informed about major issues and decisions, particularly concerning critical matters affecting OIG programs and operations.

This position has been reviewed to determine the level of POSITION SENSITIVITY. Based on the nature of the work, the position has been determined to be Public Trust / HIGH RISK (critical sensitive). This designation will require (1) a pre-employment Security Agency Check (SAC) for the prospective incumbent; and (2) a subsequent comprehensive background investigation and favorable adjudication to continue in the position.

The Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate against in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

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