Assistant Director - Auditing (IT)

Washington D.C.
Jul 07, 2017
Jul 31, 2017
Executive, Director, IT
Full Time

About the Agency

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- to help the Congress address current and emerging challenges to the well-being and financial security of the American people;

- to help the Congress to respond to changing security threats and the challenges of global interdependence;

- to help transform the Federal government to address national challenges; and

- to maximize the value of GAO by enabling quality, timely service to Congress and by being a leading practices Federal agency.

This position is located in the Financial Management and Assurance (FMA) team. The position will serve as a Supervisory Information Systems Auditor providing support to FMA’s mission to audit the financial statements of several federal agencies in support of the audit of the consolidated financial statements of the U.S. Government. The scope of the audits include audit of key financial systems and outsourced service providers integral to the financial statements of the federal agencies. Working collaboratively with the FMA financial statement audit teams, the Supervisory Information Systems Auditor is responsible for conducting, supervising and coordinating multiple audits of complex information systems to determine whether controls are designed and operating effectively and determine the status of prior-year deficiencies. It is expected that there will be close integration between the IS audit support team and the financial statement audit teams.

This position is also being announced under the Agency's Merit Promotion Plan for federal employees and non-competitive appointment eligibles. If you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion or Non-Competitive procedures, you MUST apply under the Merit Promotion announcement GAO-17-FMA-0511-01MP.

NOTE: The GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Applicants employed by other federal excepted service agencies who do not have status gained in the competitive service must apply to this announcement for consideration under delegated examining procedures.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required whenever necessary to complete engagement associated work

  • No

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a secret clearance.
  • Completion of two year probationary period is required.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • You must meet all qualifications requirement BEFORE the closing date of this announcement.


    A. 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.")


    B. 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 or a Certified Internal Auditor, 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.

    In addition to the above basic requirement listed above, applicants must have 1 year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band level, or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal Service, which has equipped the applicant with the skills and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience as auditing or assessing financial management systems that includes planning and conducting, and reporting on audit or evaluation results.

    NOTE: Positions in GAO are covered under the agency’s performance based compensation system, which is pay banded. This position is classified as a PE-0511, Band III, which is equivalent to the GS-15 level in the federal government.

    Knowledge of Information Technology systems is needed



    • Work collaboratively and in conjunction with the FMA financial audit team to plan, lead, test, and conclude on the effectiveness of IS controls identified by the financial audit team as significant to the objectives of the financial statement audit using a risk based approach and follow up on previously reported IS issues.
    • Provide leadership and oversight of FMA’s use of contracted information systems audit specialists.
    • Oversee and/or perform vulnerability analysis, determine whether external and internal penetration testing is needed to investigate potential vulnerabilities, perform network and application vulnerability tests using various analysis tools.
    • Assess the impact of IS-related concerns identified for outsourced services or systems in relevant reports and agency reviews.
    • Manage IT audit services contracts, perform contractor oversight activities, review and evaluate contractor deliverables for technical quality and conformance with contract requirements.
    • Help others achieve results by providing advice on methods and procedures; serving as a quality assurance point for final products, maintaining accountability by advising superiors of progress or problems, and representing GAO in discussions with congressional and agency officials; and producing or guiding others to produce clear and logical products that are targeted to the audience in terms of scope, reflecting the value of the work done.
    • Develop and supervise employees by ensuring clear expectations, providing regular feedback, coaching staff in skill development, overseeing individual development activities, and providing opportunities to develop increased capabilities, evaluating performance accurately, and appropriately recognizing the contributions of both individuals and teams; and managing own individual career development.

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