GAO Information Technology Auditor

Washington D.C.
Mar 05, 2019
Mar 05, 2019
Audit and Tax
Full Time

Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will have to complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • The Professional Development Program is a 2 year probationary program.
  • Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • Your complete application must be received by closing date of announcement.

    All Qualifications must be met by start of the position.

    To qualify, applicants must meet at least one of the four following conditions:

    1.  Have a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement (defined below) in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management; OR

    2.  Have a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement (defined below) that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of the IT-related fields identified above, and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks; OR

    3.  Have one full year of graduate-level education in one or more of the fields identified above; OR

    4.  Have one year of specialized experience at the GS-5 level or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as performing duties that involve evaluating information about IT management and security topics, such as systems development; program planning and management; requirements management; investment management; information assurance; cloud computing; IT contractor oversight; IT workforce planning; cybersecurity of critical infrastructures; electronic records management; and/or IT privacy; and developing recommendations based on findings, and presenting such recommendations to decision makers. In addition, have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the following four competencies: (1) Attention to Detail - demonstrates the ability to take thorough notes, prepare accurate written summaries, and synthesize information and drawing preliminary conclusions; (2) Teamwork – demonstrates the ability to collaborate and work effectively in a team-based setting (3) Written and Oral Communication – demonstrates the ability to conduct and participate in meetings, and present information in writing and orally to team members, management, and stakeholders; and (4) Problem Solving – demonstrates the ability to apply analytical methods to identify patterns, trends, or irregularities, and to assess evidence to develop findings and recommendations for improvement.

    Superior Academic Achievement is defined as: a) Class Standing - upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision; b) Grade Point Average - 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on your official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in your major field or the required courses in your major field completed during the final 2 years of your curriculum. If more than 10 percent of total undergraduate credit hours are non-graded, i.e. pass/fail, CLEP, CCAF, DANTES, military credit, etc., you cannot qualify based on GPA; c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). (If qualifying based on class standing or honor society membership, provide appropriate documentation).

    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-2210, Band I, which is equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal government.

    All academic degrees and course work must be from accredited or pre-accredited institutions and directly related to the position (i.e., in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of this position).

    If you are selected for this position and you qualify based on your education, you must provide an official transcript within 3 business days after orientation. The transcript must show that you meet the education requirements of this position.

    This is a rolling announcement open from 9-5-2018 through 3-4-2019 with 4 cutoff dates:

    Cutoff dates: 





    Application packages will be reviewed at the end of each cutoff period.

    This is a bargaining unit position.

    GAO’s IT team recommendations lead to actions that significantly improve the federal government’s management and security of IT acquisitions and operations. The IT team’s recommendations also result in billions of dollars in cost savings to the federal government each year. 

    If you have exceptional analytical, communication, and collaboration skills, and can demonstrate high levels of initiative, then GAO is where you want to be! 

    OPTION FOR ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement. 

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

    Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

    Selectees will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees (and interns) with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please email

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

    This position is a moderate risk public trust position with possible upgrade to a Secret clearance or higher.

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    After the next closest announcement cutoff date, your application package will be reviewed to determine whether you have submitted all of the required documents as set forth below and meet the eligibility and qualification requirements. If you have submitted all required documents in a timely fashion and meet the eligibility and qualification requirements, your application will be reviewed by a screening panel.  This panel will assign scores based on the answers you provide to the questionnaire contained in this announcement and your resume. The screening panel will assess the extent and quality of your accomplishments, experience, and/or education as they relate to the knowledge, skills, and abilities reflected in the vacancy questions.

    It is important to have well-written, thoughtful responses to the questionnaire contained in this announcement that are supported by your resume.  You must provide a narrative totaling no more than 1000 characters per question that captures your possession of the knowledge, skill, or ability specified. You may also draw upon academic, volunteer, and/or work experience that demonstrates your knowledge of various information management and technology areas.

    You must provide an actual narrative response. Any application that says “Please see resume” or the equivalent or “N/A” will not be accepted. Please note that your narrative response must be supported by your resume and must reflect the experience on which you rely. It is important that you do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If the panelists conclude that your narrative response is not supported by your resume, they will assign scores accordingly.

    All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

    • Ability to effectively communicate information orally to various audiences
    • Ability to effectively prepare a variety of written products that effectively communicate information, some of which is complex, in a complete, organized, and grammatically correct manner
    • Ability to conduct research and collect evidence to support report findings and recommendations.
    • Ability to analyze and evaluate IT-related quantitative and qualitative data collected from various sources to make logical inferences and/or draw accurate conclusions to identify problems and solutions for improvement, by leveraging knowledge in one or more of the following IT-related areas: data structures; computer system architecture; software engineering; computer communications; systems acquisitions and development; business analytics; information science; management of information systems; IT workforce planning; business process management; cybersecurity of critical infrastructure; electronic records management; IT privacy; program/project planning and management; requirements management; investment management; information assurance; cloud computing; and/or contractor oversight.
    • Ability to collaborate effectively in a team setting, respecting diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, to achieve timely completion of a project.

    To preview questions please click here.

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    Drug test required No

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