Washington D.C.
Aug 11, 2017
Aug 16, 2017
Audit and Tax
Full Time

The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States.  The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts. 

AO positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system with the exception of positions in the AO Executive Service.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Most AO employees are eligible for full Federal and Judiciary benefits.The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government.  We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.

  • Not Required

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  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • Selectees may be subject to a one-year trial period.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.
    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience planning and conducting audits in accordance with Government Audit Standards designed to evaluate program performance or compliance and identifying underlying causes of problems.NOTE: Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Please provide such documentation on your resume.Desired, But Not Required: The ideal candidate for this position will have the following certification(s) and experience:

    1. Hold one or more certifications, e.g. Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), etc.
    2. Have a minimum of 3 years of experience conducting financial and performance audits in accordance with Government Auditing Standards.
    In addition to meeting the specialized experience, applicants must also meet the basic qualifications outlined below.

    Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet ONE of the qualification requirements (A, B, or C) as described below:

    (A) Degree in an accounting or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that includes or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting and/or auditing. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.

    (B) A 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 and included at least one of the following: 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (this can include up to 6 hours of business law); or a certificate as certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor, obtained through written examination.

    (C) 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 1, 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.


    1. All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
    2. Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at:  For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to
    3. A background security investigation is required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to a selectee’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. A background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
    4. All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
    5. If selected for first-time appointment to the Federal government, you may be required to serve a trial period. Failure to complete successfully the trial period may result in termination of employment.
    6. If selected for a supervisory position, you will be required to serve a supervisory probationary period. Failure to complete successfully the probationary period can result in return to a position comparable to the one held immediately before supervisory assignment, or if you were not a Federal employee, you may be moved to a position one level below the supervisory position. An employee serving a trial period may be removed from employment under provisions of the AO's trial period policy.
    7. If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
    8. Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.
    9. The selectee of this position may be assigned to an official duty station outside the advertised area.

    Public Trust - Background Investigation


    The Office of Audit is responsible for developing and maintaining financial audit policies, procedures, and guidelines; and conducting audits of Judiciary financial and program activities. The Office of Audit is seeking an experienced senior auditor to assist in developing and executing a broad range of audit activities. The incumbent will work with senior Judiciary officials and audit contractors in developing, administering, and improving Judiciary audit activities, as well as develop and coordinate recommendations for actions to correct identified deficiencies in Judiciary operations. Duties may include but are not limited to:

    1. Assisting in the planning and execution of audit policies and programs;
    2. Providing expert advice to management officials within the AO on internal controls and audit activities. Conducting meetings to discuss the scope of audit areas of concern, audit findings and internal controls requirements and best practices;
    3. Planning, coordinating and conducting comprehensive audits consisting of examination of complex financial records, financial and management reports, management controls, policies and practices affecting the financial condition and operating results of automated processing systems;
    4. Reviewing and evaluating internal controls, and policies and procedures to determine the effectiveness of controls and efficiency of operations;
    5. Performing statistical analysis of financial data used in the planning and execution of cyclical and other special audits;
    6. Assisting in the development of the Office of Audit's risk based approach to auditing;
    7. Utilizing the Office of Audit's audit workflow software TeamMate for documenting all phases of the audit;
    8. Providing oversight/COTR duties for specialized Chapter 13 and bankruptcy debtor and cyclical court audits performed by contract auditors and providing technical assistance to ensure that quality controls standards are met and audits are done in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and policies established by the Office of Audit;
    9. Coordinating implementation of automated analysis techniques to improve the audit process;
    10. Providing oversight and monitoring the work of junior level audit staff; and
    11. Providing assistance to Contracting Officers with certain contract administration responsibilities as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to include:
    a. Monitoring the progress of a contractor and making sure contractual due dates are met;b. Recommending acceptance or rejection of performance, including any deliverables required;c. Providing technical direction, including answering questions, and addressing other issues that the contractor may have;d. Tracking contractor expenditures against contracts/orders, determines the adequacy and accuracy of vouchers and invoices, and ultimately approves payments to the contractor;e. Working closely with agency accounting/disbursement personnel to ensure that payments are made;proper amounts and within reasonable or contract specified time frames for services or products that have been delivered and accepted;f. Assisting contract officer in changing or modifying a contract, if necessary;g. Maintaining files for every purchase action, solicitation, and contract;h. Assisting the contracting officer in closing out contracts and orders;i. Providing support for contract actions such as disputes or terminations;j. Working closely with end users during contract delivery or performance to ensure that the end user receiving satisfactory products and services according to the contract; andk. Reviewing;and approving technical offers and quotations and participate in negotiations.

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