Inspector General

Washington, D.C
Nov 07, 2019
Nov 15, 2019
Full Time


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Appalachian Regional Commission was established as an independent entity in 1989.

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The OIG provides independent and objective audits and investigations relating to agency programs and operations, as set forth in the Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-452), as amended. The OIG provides leadership and coordination; recommends policies to prevent and detect fraud and abuse; and promotes economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in agency programs and operations. The inspector general also provides a means for keeping the Commission and Congress fully informed about problems and deficiencies at the Commission. In support of these responsibilities, the OIG has statutory authority to subpoena or otherwise obtain all records, files, reports, documents, or materials needed to conduct audits, inspections, and investigations. The inspector general is independent and may not be prevented from carrying out any audit, inspection, or investigation, or issuing any report.

The Inspector General (IG) works independently in accomplishing the mission and strategic goals of the Commission, and performs the following duties, but not limited to:
  • Lead a diverse professional Inspector General operation by providing policy direction for and conducting, supervising, directing and coordinating performance and financial audits, inspections, evaluations and investigations relating to the Commission programs and operations to determine compliance with Commission and Federal government-wide requirements and efficiency and effectiveness of Commission programs and operations.
  • Administer the review and approval of all reports of investigation to ensure that investigative findings are properly reported to the IG and Commission head appropriately.
  • Lead and manage OIG staff and monitor contractors responsible for financial, grant and program audits and evaluations.
  • Report and recommend policies and actions to the Commission for the purpose of promoting economy and efficiency in the administration of, or preventing and detecting fraud, waste and abuse in its programs and operations.
  • Keep the Commission and Congress fully informed concerning any problems and deficiencies in ARC's programs and operations and the need for corrective actions.
  • Serve as the spokesperson on OIG matters including representing OIG in meetings with Commission leadership, members of Congress and their staff, the accountability community, the public and media. - Review existing and proposed legislations and regulations relating to programs and operations and commenting on the impact of such action on program efficiency, economy and administration.
  • Serve as a member of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).
  • Oversee new and innovative policies, procedures, standards, and guides and conduct studies to enhance the program from both an operational and financial perspective.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Position requires successful completion and maintenance of background security review.
  • Ability to travel 25%.


  • Demonstrated experience developing and leading a strategic OIG office; progressively responsible experience as an Acting IG, Deputy IG, or Assistant IG conducting auditing, inspections, evaluations, and investigations of government agencies and programs, or the equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in interpreting and applying the authorities and responsibilities conferred by the IG Act of 1978, as amended.
  • Demonstrated experience reporting to Congress, or an equivalent oversight body, concerning fraud, waste, and abuse of financial programs.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing staff, contractor monitoring, and management activities related to the responsibilities of an Office of Inspector General.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, plan, organize, direct, adjust the functions and supervise, mentor, motivate, and appraise staff to meet the program requirements objectives within available resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and inspire confidence and cooperation among others; demonstrated ability to develop and lead high performance/high morale team and to effectively foster teamwork and effective collaboration.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively coordinate program efforts with other internal and external organizations, represent the organization to key individuals and groups outside the immediate work unit, as well as serve as spokesperson for the organization to a variety of audiences and purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects with shifting priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to systematically organize and catalogue data and information.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise strong judgment and discretion, including a high degree of flexibility, initiative, and capacity for self-management and exceptional attention to detail. Demonstrated written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to produce quality reports and recommendations and establish independent positive working relationships to gain cooperation and acceptance of OIG reports and recommendations.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce written information, which may include technical information that is appropriate for the intended audience, that is timely, accurate, succinct and relevant to recipient's needs.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage OIG operations within budget limitations including planning and directing each facet of the operation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and application of financial, inspections, evaluations and investigative standards, principles, techniques and practices necessary for assessing and analyzing financial management and effectiveness and efficiency of agency operations.
  • Demonstrated skill to effectively deal with personnel from all levels of government and private industry.
  • Demonstrated experience selecting and monitoring contractors that conduct audits and evaluations of government programs.
  • Impeccable integrity and personal ethics.
  • Leadership (people and strategy)-ability to manage strategy through successful and timely achievement of goals; guide staff; link mission, vision, values, goals and strategies to outcomes; help others identify goals and use their talents to achieve them; model successful competencies; hold staff accountable to outcomes using positive, developmental and constructive feedback.
  • Adaptability-ability to accept and apply changes to work processes, information, team; recovers quickly from setbacks and finds alternative ways to reach goals or targets; navigates change through positive communications and supportive actions ARC Teaching Project.
  • Communication-selects appropriate and effective way to communicate to audiences in diverse situations; listens actively and asks questions to understand other perspectives or confirm understanding; awareness of and responsive to verbal and non-verbal communication styles; provides status updates which reduce or eliminate the need for follow up from requester.
  • Collaboration-ability to interact and work effectively with others to accomplish goals despite differences, changes, roles or resources; treats others with respect, dignity, and professional courtesy; values the contributions of others through listening, sharing relevant information and considering new ideas; affirmatively shares lessons learned and relevant information.
  • Critical Analysis-ability to identify, research, analyze, design, manage and communicate data and outcomes sufficiently to various audiences to accomplish work outcomes; develops, recommends, and/or implements innovative and effective approaches to solve problems.
  • Accountability-makes best use of resources to accomplish work priorities; takes responsibility of balancing quality with deadlines; takes appropriate action(s) to fulfill commitments to others; owns, acknowledges and corrects mistakes; immediately communicates updates and changes to others.


Bachelor's degree, or higher, with emphasis in business administration, public administration, public policy, economics, law, social science, or a related field.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications of the position. Describe your relevant experience in clear and specific terms. A review of your resume and supporting documents such as a cover letter.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Resume and Cover Letter.

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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