Senior Analyst

Washington, D.C
Jul 15, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Natural Resource and Environmental (NRE) team of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Washington, DC. The NRE team is responsible for GAO's assessments of the U.S. Department of Energy (including the National Nuclear Security Administration) and its efforts to oversee government contractors responsible for cleaning up hazardous and nuclear waste, preventing proliferation of nuclear weapons, and managing the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.

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As a Senior Analyst, the incumbent serves as an individual program analyst on a research team. The Senior Analyst performs the full range of duties in support of GAO studies in response to requests from congressional committees, subcommittees, and those mandated by public laws and committee reports. Specifically, you will:
  • As an individual contributor, develops design matrix and researchable questions independently or in conjunction with engagement team members and a methodologist to assess program operations or procedures related to federal financial management, contract management, and risk management including experience with techniques for identifying and assessing the risk of fraud and improper payments.
  • Collects and analyzes data from a variety of sources including interviews with agency managers and program officials. Reviews program documents, reports and data. Selects, refines, organizes and presents factual information and analysis in support of engagement objectives. In collaboration with other engagement team members, and based on consultation with the AIC and Assistant Director (AD), decides on form, content, scope, and depth of analysis. Evaluates and analyzes data to determine relevance and reliability through referencing and indexing.
  • Develops findings and recommendations and prepares written products that provide factual and analytical information in a clear, balanced manner that meet the needs of congressional clients and conform to all audit requirements and quality standards.
  • When leading engagements, oversees all aspects of design, data collection and analysis, message development and report writing and ensures the quality and value of the final product. Prioritize the work to ensure milestones are met. Assign work to team members to include expectations and deadlines for completing assignments. Coach, mentor and train team members. Ensures coordination with stakeholders.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel may be required.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • •You must be a U.S. citizen
  • •Completion of a two year probationary period may be required.
  • •Completion of a satisfactory background investigation.
  • •Selectee must be able to meet and maintain suitability requirements.
  • •Selective Service registration if you are a male born after Dec. 31, 1959.
  • •You may be required to submit a financial disclosure statement


Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade/PE-I band level in the Federal service, or comparable experience in the private sector, to equip the candidate with the knowledge, skills and abilities to duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as conducting research and performing quantitative and qualitative analysis on program operations or procedures related to federal financial management, contract competition and management, and/or risk management; experience utilizing techniques to identify and assess the risk of fraud and improper payments; and extracting pertinent data for report findings.


There is no education requirement for this position.

Additional information

This is a bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

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

Please be aware that applicants 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.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

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.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
  • Extensive knowledge of auditing policies, procedures and requirements including Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards to independently perform assigned work, develop findings and make recommendations about government programs.
  • Knowledge of federal financial management and contract competition and management principles, policies and practices including Federal Acquisition Regulations, federal managerial cost accounting standards and concepts, federal contract administration requirements and techniques and federal internal controls standards.
  • Knowledge of federal enterprise risk management requirements and techniques. This includes knowledge of the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Act of 2010 (IPERA) and techniques for identifying and assessing the risk of fraud and improper payments.
  • Mastery of qualitative and quantitative techniques for analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness, and efficiency of government programs and operations.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to prepare reports, participate in interviews and meetings and to make presentations to agency officials, congressional staff and others.
  • Ability to lead other team members by assigning tasks, providing clear instructions and work expectations and monitoring work for timeliness and adherence to standards.

Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans' preference please visit

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.

- Current or former federal employees may submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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