Lead Auditor (Planning, Policy and Performance)

Washington, D.C
Oct 14, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Management, Business Analysis and Results Directorate in Washington, DC.

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy.

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The incumbent of this position will serve as Team Leader for the Policy, Planning and Results Team within the Business Analysis and Results Directorate. You will be responsible for:
  • Leading the planning and performance of complex audits/evaluations of EPA programs, systems, and operations, including peer reviews and monitoring the progress of audit and evaluation performance; oversee the quality control and assurance program for EPA, OIG in compliance with Chapter 3 of the Government Auditing Standards, Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards, and the Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency Peer Review Audit Quality Checklist.
  • Serving as the OIG national expert and technical advisor on OIG policies and procedures and writing OIG-wide policy and procedures; formulating and developing required policies and procedures in support of the OIG's mission and in response to management's guidance and/or changes, new legislation, regulations and Agency directives and orders.
  • Communicating OIG conclusions and recommendations to senior OIG officials and officials of other organizations.
  • Serving as a senior OIG representative in meetings and conferences with high-level EPA officials, congressional staff, officials from the Office of Management and Budget and other Federal, state, or local government organizations, the regulated community and outside interest groups.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Infrequent

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as High Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal sector related to this position as described below.

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time specialized experience. The specialized experience for this position is defined as experience:
  • Planning conducting and reporting on complex audits/evaluations of programs, systems, and operations in accordance with applicable guidance, including Government Auditing Standards (GAS), Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) Audit Attestation Standards. Formulating, developing and implementing policies.
To be consider qualified, your resume must clearly demonstrate, through examples of work, that you meet the above specialized experience.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, and policies governing Federal accounting and auditing in general, including the Government Auditing Standards (GAS).
  • Ability to effectively communicate with high-level officials within and outside the Agency to develop creative solutions to controversial problems that involve a number of organizational entities.
  • Ability to manage audits/evaluations with a broad scope of conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to provide technical and administrative leadership of an audit team, including providing recommendations, follow up, and ensuring necessary corrective action has been taken, and work complies with legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Education

    This position requires a bachelor's degree in accounting or related field supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. OR a combination of education and experience.

    For specific occupational requirements of this position visit the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0500/auditing-series-0511/

    As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts, a list of courses, or certification described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

    Additional information

    This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

    This position is not in the bargaining unit.

    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

    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 required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

    We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

    NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    NCS/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Documents to be submitted on-line:

    --Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
    --Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
    --College transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.
    --Current and Former Federal Employees: You are required to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating your status eligibility. This SF-50 should include your Position Title, Pay Plan, Occupational Code, and Grade or Level. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a status Federal position, you need to submit your SF-50 which shows your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

    --Performance appraisal - You are required to submit your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18
    months (if it is not dated within the last 18 months, or you have not received a performance appraisal, you must upload a signed/dated
    explanation why). NOTE: You only need to upload the page that shows the overall rating and signature, not the entire document.
    --Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide and SF-50, will access your employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
    --If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you'll need to submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy announcement. If you want to learn more about noncompetitive appointments, visit OPM's web site: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities

    If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

    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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