Inspector General

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 16, 2020
Closes
Oct 24, 2020
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The U.S. International Trade Commission is a great place to work, and we aren't the only ones who think so. We were rated #1 in the 2019 Partnership for Public Service's Best Places to Work Index for small agencies and received the highest employee satisfaction score across the Federal Government. Our Office of Operations was ranked the #3 Best Place to Work among 420 agency subcomponents of any size.
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Responsibilities

The mission of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is to conduct audits and investigations of U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC or Commission) programs and operations. As set forth in the Inspector General Act of 1978 , as amended, and the Inspector General Reform Act of 1988, the Office of the Inspector General, is an independent and objective unit. The Inspector General reports to the Chairman.

The Inspector General heads an independent office responsible for the audit and investigation of programs and operations of the U.S. International Trade Commission, with the primary objective of promoting economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in agency programs and preventing fraud, waste, and abuse. The Inspector General is the principal advisor to the Commission on these matters and is responsible for keeping the Chairman, Commission, and Congress, informed about problems and deficiencies related to programs and operations and for devising and providing recommendations to address these areas as well as reporting on their implementation.

The Inspector General:
  • Directs, supervises, coordinates and executes OIG audits, inspections and investigations, including determining their objectives, approach (including use of non-Federal auditors), methods and timing; reports results, recommends appropriate action, and monitors implementation of approved actions.
  • Develops and directs an annual audit program responsible to the interests and needs of the Chairman, Commission, and staff for the review and evaluation of existing and proposed operations with the goal of identifying opportunities and means for improving efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Keeps the Chairman informed concerning fraud and other serious problems, abuses, and deficiencies relating to the administration of programs. This includes recommending corrective action and reporting on the progress made in implementing such corrective action.
  • Promotes Commission integrity by ensuring timely and effective investigations of allegations, indications, irregular or improper activity, or violations of law or regulation.
  • Promotes economy and efficiency and the prevention and detection of fraud, waste and abuse in the administration of USITC programs and operations, including the preparation of materials that assist staff and others in efforts to comply with applicable government-wide requirements.
  • Provides policy direction for and conducts, supervises, and coordinates audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of the USITC consistent with government-wide requirements. This includes developing, recommending and implementing Commission-wide audit objectives, policies, procedures and instructions to be applied to audits of contractors and internal operations as well as interpreting and implementing new government regulations and guidelines effecting audits and administration of strategic operations; and developing and implementing the Commission's annual Audit Work Plan.
  • Recommends policies for and conducts, supervises, or coordinates relationships between the USITC and other organizations including maintaining/establishing a liaison and coordination role with other Federal audit organizations to arrange cross-servicing by other government organizations, as appropriate. In addition, the incumbent is responsible for reviewing, evaluating and recommending corrective action concerning cognizant audit agency reports from a technical standpoint to ensure compliance with agency requirements.
  • Reviews existing and proposed legislation and regulations relating to Agency programs and operations and makes recommendations to the Chairman concerning the impact of such legislation or regulations on the economy and efficiency and in the prevention and detection of fraud and abuse in the administration of such programs and operations-including steps necessary to prevent or detect fraud and abuse. This includes reviewing and assessing Office of Management and Budget and other Federal agency rules, regulations and guidelines which may impact the Inspector General program and activities of the USITC.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
Yes

Promotion Potential
00

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance
  • You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period, if not previously satisfied
  • You will be required to submit a Financial Disclosure Statement, SF-278
  • This position is subject to post-employment restrictions
  • You are required to register for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/03/59


Qualifications

As a basic requirement of entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level managerial capability and directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Technical Qualifications and Executive Core Qualifications. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

ALL APPLICANTS: Eligibility for this position will be based on written documentation that the applicant has had experience of the scope and quality sufficient to carry out the responsibilities of the position, including the qualification requirements listed in this vacancy announcement. Applicants will be evaluated on the extent to which they possess those qualifications.

Preferred candidates possess a strong auditing, program evaluation or contracting background including formal course work in related fields--e.g. accounting, finance, business administration. You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

In order to qualify for this position, you must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance at least at the Top Secret level.

Candidates must demonstrate a combination of senior-level managerial and supervisory leadership traits, referred to as Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), as well as specific occupational qualifications, referred to as Professional and Technical Qualifications (PTQs). Applicants must also possess substantial subject matter knowledge and senior level experience to perform the duties of this position. Ability to perform the duties described above is normally demonstrated with years of experience at the federal government GS-15 grade level or equivalent that clearly exhibits the ability to manage people and resources.

IMPORTANT: CANDIDATES MUST FULLY ADDRESS ALL ITEMS UNDER EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS AS WELL AS ALL ITEMS UNDER PROFESSIONAL AND TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS. EACH RESPONSE SHOULD NOT EXCEED TWO (2) PAGES. PLEASE GIVE EXAMPLES AND EXPLAIN THE COMPLEXITY OF THE KNOWLEDGE POSSESSED AND THE SENSITIVITY OF THE ISSUED YOU HANDLED. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND YOU COMPLETE YOUR ANSWERS OFF-LINE IN ADVANCE OF BEGINNING THE APPLICATION PROCESS, SO THAT YOU CAN INSERT THEM INTO THE ELECTRONIC FORM. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS ARE NOT SAVED.

The ECQs and PTQs qualification requirement are detailed below:

A. EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs) - The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential, not technical expertise. They measure broad executive skills needed to succeed in any SES position, and consist of the following elements:

ECQ 1 - Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. This ECQ requires the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. This ECQ requires the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. This ECQ requires the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification requires the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification requires the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and Local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

B. PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (PTQs) - The PTQs measure technical occupational expertise required by this position. To be creditable, experience must be at the senior level. Resumes and supplemental statements must demonstrate possession of the following:
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of a comprehensive audit and evaluation program, including developing strategic and annual audit and evaluation plans; formulating and administering audit and evaluation policies and procedures; and managing, mentoring, motivating, and appraising a diverse staff, to meet program goals and objectives within available resources to efficiently carry out an agency-wide Inspector General Program.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in planning, conducting, and reporting on performance audits of programs and operations in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and in accordance with applicable professional standards, such as the CIGIE (Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency) Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with high-level Government officials including the highest level of organizational management, representatives of interagency groups, and audiences varying widely in background, experience, and level of understanding on the results of inspections which may be sensitive, controversial and complex; and a proven ability to collaborate and sustain professional relationships and networks and to comprehend stakeholders' interests and priorities.


  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Note on Veteran's Preference: Although the Commission considers Veteran's preference eligibility a positive factor for all of our hiring, Veteran's preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

    Note on Reasonable Accommodations: Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Note on Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate on employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

    Note on preparing application materials: All applicants are required to submit documents as appropriate, for your individual circumstances. You are considered solely on the basis of this package, so please pay particular attention to the instructions in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. The Office of Personnel Management has prepared a handbook, "The Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications" to assist in the preparation of SES applications. We highly recommend that you utilize this resource which can be found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/reference-materials/guidesesservices.pdf.

    If you do not submit a complete application package, you will not be considered. Please send only those materials needed to evaluate your application. All application materials must be received by closing date of this announcement.

    Vacancy ID number: SES-21-002-RJ

    The materials you send with your application will not be returned.

    This is a general position in the SES. Individuals newly appointed to the SES must have their Executive Core Qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period upon appointment.

    As part of the interview process, applicants will be required to provide an SES Applicant Evaluation form from three references.

    Selectee is subject to the U.S International Trade Commission standard of conduct and will be required to file a public financial disclosure statement.

    Your application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93- 597.5 USC) and is authorized under Title 5 U.S. Code, Section 3302 and 3361. Use of postage paid government envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal Law and regulation, and applications received in such
    envelopes will be discarded. The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment in the Agency.

    You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.

    View Assessment To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10716069

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Review Panel based on the managerial and technical qualification requirements stated in this announcement. Eligible candidates will be placed in qualified and highly qualified categories. Interviews, and qualifications and suitability inquires may be requested. The Executive Review Panel will make a final recommendation to the selecting official identifying the best-qualified candidates.

    PROFESSIONAL/TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS
  • Demonstrated experience in the management of a comprehensive audit and evaluation program, including developing strategic and annual audit and evaluation plans; formulating and administering audit and evaluation policies and procedures; and managing, mentoring, motivating, and appraising a diverse staff, to meet program goals and objectives within available resources to efficiently carry out an agency-wide Inspector General Program.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in planning, conducting, and reporting on performance audits of programs and operations in accordance with Government Auditing Standards and in accordance with applicable professional standards, such as the CIGIE (Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency)Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with high-level Government officials including the highest level of organizational management, representatives of interagency groups, and audiences varying widely in background, experience, and level of understanding on the results of inspections which may be sensitive, controversial and complex; and a proven ability to collaborate and sustain professional relationships and networks and to comprehend stakeholders' interests and priorities.
  • You will also be evaluated on the following EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS:

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE.

    Leadership Competencies:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • External Awareness
  • Flexibility
  • Resilience
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Vision
  • ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE.

    Leadership Competencies:
  • Conflict Management
  • Leveraging Diversity
  • Developing Others
  • Team Building
  • ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN.

    Leadership Competencies:
  • Accountability
  • Customer Service
  • Decisiveness
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Problem Solving
  • Technical Credibility
  • ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN.

    Leadership Competencies:
  • Financial Management
  • Human Capital Management
  • Technology Management
  • ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS.

    Leadership Competencies:
  • Partnering
  • Political Savvy
  • Influencing/Negotiating

  • Fundamental Competencies: These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications.

    Competencies:
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Oral Communication
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Written Communication
  • Continual Learning
  • Public Service Motivation


  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required
    No

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Special-Sensitive (SS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To receive consideration, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified below by 11:59 PM ET 11/16/2020 on

    Item 1 - Resume

    Your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the following information: paid and non-paid experience, including job titles, dates held (month and year for qualifying purposes to receive credit), number of hours worked per week, and salary; knowledge of the subject matter and technical skills pertinent to this position; specific duties performed that fully detail the level and complexity of the work; and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s).

    Your resume should contain enough information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the requirements of this position. This information must be clearly identified in your resume. If you do not provide enough information for us to determine your qualifications, you may be rated ineligible.

    Item 2 - Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ) Statement

    You musthave a response for each PTQ, which are listed under the qualification section of this announcement. Your statement is restricted to no more than 2 pages per PTQ and should be a stand-alone document. It should be submitted in the "Other" category in your submission and we appreciate if you title it "PTQ statement". Please provide examples of your accomplishments using the four C-C-A-R elements below:
    • Challenge - Describe a specific problem or goal.
    • Context - Describe the individual and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale, etc.)
    • Action - Discuss the specific actions you took to address the challenge.
    • Results - Give specific examples of the results of your action. these accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

    Item 3 - Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) statement

    You must have a response for each ECQ which are listed under the qualification section of this announcement. Your statement is restricted to no more than 10 pages total. Please submit your statement under the "Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) category in your USAJOBS document section. Please provide examples of your accomplishments using the four C-C-A-R elements listed under item 2 above.

    Are you exempt from submitting the ECQ statement?

    If you have previously served in a permanent capacity in an SES position, or if you have graduated from an SES Candidate Development Program, you are not required to submit the statement. If you claim exemption, you will need to submit proof of the same. i.e, copy of your OPM certification verifying successful completion of the SES Candidate Development Program. These documents should be submitted under the "SF-50" or "Other" category in your submission. When selecting "Other" we would appreciate if you title it "SES Candidate Development Certificate". Even if not required to submit the ECQ statement, you are welcome and encouraged to do so.

    Item 4 - Supervisory Performance Appraisal

    If you have received a supervisory appraisal of performance in the last 15 months, submit it as part of your application package. This is required of candidates who are current Federal employees, and all others who could reasonably be expected to receive an appraisal on a periodic basis. Please provide no more than one appraisal. If an appraisal is not available, please provide a statement of explanation. Submit under "Other" and we would appreciate if you would label it "Performance Appraisal".

    Item 5 - Transcripts

    Applicants who have received college degree(s) must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. Your education must be accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. If you are selected for a position, you must submit an official/sealed college transcript(s) prior to employment.

    Foreign Education: You can use education you completed in a foreign college or university if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. You must provide an official statement certifying that your education is equivalent with your application package. The link contains a list of accredited organizations that specialize in interpreting of foreign education credentials: http://www.naces.org/members.htm.

    Item 6 - SF-50

    Current or former Federal employees must submit a copy of an SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action", which documents your highest permanent grade/step/salary held.

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