Rockville, Maryland
Nov 06, 2019
Nov 14, 2019
Audit and Tax
Full Time


The purpose of the position is to provide guidance to, and monitoring of, the Independent Public Accounting firms (IPA) contracted to annually audit the HHS Consolidated Financial Statements. Incumbent receives independent audit assignments and assignments as a senior auditor to include work on large and/or complex audits.
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This position serves as a Senior Auditor utilizing auditing principles and procedures to assist in the monitoring of the audit of HHS Consolidated Financial Statements. In addition, the incumbent will assist the division in providing audit services to all management levels within the area serviced by Financial Statement Audits (FSA) through the conduct, monitoring and performance of comprehensive audits, which includes examinations of financial management within HHS.

If selected for the Auditor, GS-511-13 position, the incumbent will perform the following functions:
  • Coordinates, monitors, and evaluates the work of the IPA contracted to annually audit the HHS Consolidated Financial Statement and other audit work contracted to be performed by the OIG.
  • Determines adequacy of performance by the IPA and other work performed by FSA standards.
  • Works with the IPA and other OIG auditors, to develop or modify auditing methods and techniques, to resolve a variety of complex auditing problems.
  • Makes a recommendation as to corrective actions, and takes such action as necessary, to ensure the organization initiates programs, for lasting and widespread correction of reported deficiencies.
  • Advises, works with, and coordinates with responsible auditors concerning the preparation of the reply, and the possible existence of similar conditions within other organizations.
  • Provides OIG input to HHS CFO and presentations, including footnote disclosures and program indicators.
  • Serves as a contact point, to provide expert advice and assistance on financial management matters, in assigned area to HHS and OIG staff, and to Federal, State, local, public, and private agencies, where programs interrelate.

  • Travel Required

    50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • U.S Citizenship is required.
    • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
    • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
    • One-year probationary period may be required.
    • Submit college transcript(s) which indicate date degree was awarded.


    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link:

    Positive Education Requirement: This position has a position education requirement, as indicated below. A complete transcript showing relevant coursework and degrees must be submitted with your application package. A list of completed courses or incomplete transcripts will not be accepted.

    THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the minimum education requirement.

    Education Requirement

    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in 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 a 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 listed above, 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 accountant 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 above; 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.
    Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

    Specialized experience is demonstrated experience in performing a variety of tasks which you could have obtained in the public sector or private sector: (1) determines adequacy of performance by the IPA and other work performed by FSA standards; (2) coordinate and monitor the work of IPA contracted to annual audits performed by an organization or department; (3) initiates inquiries into deficiencies IPA identified during audits; (4) responds to a variety of inquiries posed by IPA and auditors to resolve audit problems; and (5) advises, works with, and coordinates with responsible auditors concerning the preparation of the reply and the possible existence of similar conditions within other organizations.



    Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

    Additional information

    Recruitment Incentives: Private sector work experience may be approved as credit for your Annual Leave accrual.

    Security and Background Requirements: A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to:

    EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

    Telework: Telework is not a guaranteed right for employees. Federal law requires agencies to establish telework programs, but it does not confer upon every employee the ability to telework. Approval to telework is at management's discretion pursuant to applicable policies and procedures.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job:


    This agency uses Category Rating Procedures. Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    • Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
    • Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of evaluation criteria.
    • Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses will be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

    Your resume must document specialized experience and support your responses to the vacancy questions.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Resume
    • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
    • College transcript (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
    • Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you)
    • Cover Letter
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • Professional Certification (CPA)
    • SF-15
    • SF-50/Notification of Personnel Action
    • Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim.
    • CTAP/ICTAP documentation
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    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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