Due to the high number of applications we anticipate for the vacancy, this announcement will close the day we receive 200 applications or after 10 days - whichever comes first. Regardless of the number of applications it will be open for a minimum of two days.
This Recent Graduate position is a GS-0511-5/7/9 with a full performance level of GS-12 and is part of theOffice of the Inspector General / Audits Prg, Office of Personnel Management. The Office of Audits conducts a wide variety of agency performance and financial-related audits, including internal and external programs administered by OPM. Some of the audits include the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Employees Dental/Vision Insurance Program, Federal Long Term Care Program, Federal Flexible Spending Account program, Multi-State Plan Program, Retirement Programs, Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program, and Financial Statement audits of the various OPM-administered funds as required by the Chief Financial Officer.
Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic 1 year developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government. At the successful conclusion of this program, you may be eligible for non-competitive conversion to a Federal career or career-conditional position.
- Occasional Travel
- You will be required to travel for this position.
All applicants must meet one of the following, as a basic requirement:
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.") (You must provide college or university transcripts to verify your academic accomplishments.) OR
B. Four years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge with a background that also includes 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 in business law; OR
(2) A certificate as a 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, provide that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering of financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful competition of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specialized requirements.
GS-05: To qualify for the GS-5 entry-level auditing positions in the Federal government, you must meet minimum educational requirements as stated above or possess a combination of qualifying education and experience as listed under the Basic Qualification Requirements section.
GS-07: Applicants must meet the above basic educational requirements and at least ONE of the qualification requirements described under A, B or C below.
[A] EDUCATION (Undergraduate and/or Graduate) SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT PROVISIONS: A bachelor's degree in any field, plus at least one of the following superior academic achievement provisions:
1. A grade-point average (GPA) of B (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for all completed undergraduate courses, or courses completed in the last two years of undergraduate curriculum; OR,
2. A grade-point average (GPA) of B+ (3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale) for the required courses in your major field of study, or required courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study; OR,
3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision at the time of application; OR,
4. Elections to membership in a national scholastic honor society, other than freshman honor societies. Honor societies that have been approved are listed in the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing that you maintained a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 for all 4 years of undergraduate courses, or, on all undergraduate courses completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum, including all transferred courses.
NOTE: GPAs are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One full year of graduate level study. OR
[B] EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to Federal service at the GS-5 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience applying accounting principles and auditing standards in assisting with planning or performing an audit. OR
[C] COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combination of education and experience which together qualifies me for the GS-07.
GS-9: Applicants must meet the above basic educational requirements and at least ONE of the qualification requirements described under A, B or C below:
[A] GRADUATE EDUCATION: If you have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. OR
[B] EXPERIENCE: One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to Federal service at the GS-07 level. Specialized experience is using generally accepted government auditing methods and techniques, accounting principles and standards, regulations, and policies in assisting with planning or performing an audit. OR
[C] COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combination of education and experience which together qualifies me for the GS-09.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
To meet the Recent Graduate Program Eligibility requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years.
All Education must be accredited by an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accredited institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants may verify accreditation at the following website: Accreditation. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by OPM accordingly.
ATTENTION VETERANS: A veteran, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 2108, who due to military service obligation, was precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period shall have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon his or her release or discharge from active duty. In no event, however, may the individual's eligibility period extend beyond 6 years from the date on which the individual completed the requirements of an academic course of study.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
As an Auditor at the GS-0511-5/7/9 level, some of your typical work assignments may include:
- Assisting or participating in audits of contractor organizations, programs, activities, and/or functions to assess whether the activity is adhering to prescribed regulations, contract provisions, policies, and procedures by obtaining sufficient reliable evidence through inspection, observation, inquiries, and work samples.
- Assisting higher level auditors in determining areas of high risk to be focused on during the audit.
- Assisting in the development of audit steps and the overall audit program.
- Assisting in discussing the results of the reviews and any potential recommendations with higher level auditors, management, and contractor personnel.
- Participating with other team members, providing updates on the status of audit assignments, sharing information, and identifying requisite revisions to the program and/or annual team goals.
- Maintaining a professional manner and working relationship with team members, contractor and other government personnel.
- Preparing work papers/reports to document work performed including audit objectives and related conclusions, deficiencies, and recommendations for corrective action.