Auditor (Pathways Recent Graduate)

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Audit and Tax
Full Time


This Position is located in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Washington DC Metropolitan area only.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

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  • Work on a team and assists in performing audits of small defined-pension plans.
  • Assist in the administrative tasks related to the field audit and documenting the preparation for field audits.
  • Assist higher-level Auditors in the evaluation of assets to ensure that procedures are adequately and accurately documented in work papers.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - travel: 10% or less

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • Must meet suitability for Federal employment
  • You will be in a trial period throughout your entire Pathways appointment
  • If selected, you must;
  • Sign a Pathways Internship Program agreement and adhere to program requirements
  • Perform successfully the assigned duties listed in the position description
  • Adhere to all laws, rules, regulations and policies of PBGC



You may qualify for this position based on education, specialized experience, or a combination of both.


GS-07: You may qualify for this position if you possess one year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.

GS-09: You may qualify for this position if you possess two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

Specialized Experience:

GS-07: At least one year of specialized experience at the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the private sector reviewing and analyzing audit or accounting data for accuracy or compliance with accounting or auditing standards. Examples may include: general ledgers, bank statements, audit findings, or supporting audit documentation.

GS-09: At least one year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the private sector creating written reports of audit findings. Examples may include: narrative reports, statistical data reports, and reports of recommendations.

Combination of Education and Experience: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels for which both education and experience are acceptable.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE RECENT GRADUATES PROGRAM? Any individual who completed all requirements for an associate, bachelor, master, professional, or doctorate degree from a qualifying educational institution within the previous two years meets the basic requirement to apply for the Recent Graduate Program;


Any veteran released or discharged from active duty within the previous two years but not more that six years following completion of applicable degree.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional,;philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work builds critical competencies, knowledge, and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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.")


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:
  • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
  • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
  • 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.

  • You MUST provide a copy of your official transcripts to support your educational claims. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S Department of Education.

    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

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

    Additional information

    PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities are encouraged to contact PBGC's Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4110 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Procedures to category rating are being used for this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your resume and transcripts to determine the quality and extent to which your background (experience, education, training, etc.) relates to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • knowledge of the concepts, principles and methods of auditing and accounting
  • knowledge of software applications used in auditing or accounting work
  • skill in applying conventional procedures and practices associated with audits

  • GS-09:
  • knowledge of the concepts, principles and methods of auditing and accounting
  • skill in applying auditing or accounting procedures to the review of data
  • skill in written communication

  • Based on that evaluation, we will place you in one of the following categories- 1) Gold; 2) Silver; 3) Bronze.
    • Gold- highly proficient regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities(KSAs) related to the position.
    • Silver- competent regarding the knowledge, skills, and abilities(KSAs) related to the position.
    • Bronze- possessing only the minimum qualifications required for this position.

    If, after your application has been rated by the Subject Matter Expert, you are found to meet none of the KSAS listed above, you will be placed in the Bronze category. If your resume does not support the answers you gave on the assessment questionnaire, you may be rated NOT QUALIFIED or you may be placed in a lower category

    This assessment method does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.

    How veterans' preference is applied- All applicants who are eligible for veterans' preference (based on the documents submitted) will receive preference over non-veterans. Preference eligibles who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Gold) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    RESUME: You must submit a resume. A copy of your official transcript must clearly show the discipline your degree was awarded. Your application package must indicate any skills and experience you possess that are related to the duties posted in the job announcement.

    COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.


    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at- /qualifications and information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at- and .

    VETERANS PREFERENCE: If claiming veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. For 5-point veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g. documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives . For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15 , Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If you fail to provide documentation required by the SF-15 you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met. Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at OPM's website: Veterans Guide .

    Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW) : If you are currently serving on active duty you MUST submit a statement of service from your unit (on unit letterhead) identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you provide a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.

    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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