Program Analyst (Audit Evaluator) - Inspection Service

Arlington, Virginia
Oct 27, 2020
Nov 03, 2020
Full Time


The USPS OIG is seeking highly qualified applicants to fill our Program Analyst (Audit Evaluator) positions in the Office of Audit - Inspection Service Directorate. The Inspection Service Directorate examines the efficiency and effectiveness of the US Postal Inspection Service in supporting and protecting the U.S. Postal Service, employees, infrastructure, and customers.
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For the GS 12/13 equivalent level the successful candidate must have at least four (4) years' experience conducting financial, program and/or performance audits. This must include activities such as: (1) providing technical advice and expert guidance on audit related issues (e.g., ensuring compliance with financial or governmental regulatory environment); (2) developing policies, procedures, and strategies governing the planning and delivery of a program, performance, or financial audit program; (3) communicating and corroborating with senior leaders and other external audit agencies; (4) recommending adoption of new or enhanced approaches to program, performance, or financial audit products or services to increase efficiencies; (5) identifying agency risk areas (Enterprise Risk Management) to plan for meaningful and value-added audits for the organization.

The successful candidate must be highly motivated and specifically demonstrate experience and skill in conducting financial, program, or performance audits.

Please note that the duties and responsibilities associated with this position may vary based upon the agency's needs at the time of hire. The following description of major duties and responsibilities is only intended to give applicants a general overview of the expectations at the GS-12 equivalent level.

The employee participates in and makes contributions to management decisions in assigned program areas. Applies a wide range of audit evaluation concepts, laws, policies, practices, analytical, and diagnostic methods and techniques to address substantive technical issues or problems characterized by complex, controversial, and/or sensitive matters that contain several inter-related issues.
  • Performs all necessary functions of an audit, individually and as a member of an audit team, with limited oversight in accordance with OIG policies and procedures and Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards.
  • Plans audits by considering organization objectives, structure, policies, processes, internal controls, and external regulations; identifying risk areas; preparing audit scope and objectives.
  • Develops individual audit programs and plans including functional responsibilities; specific project assignments; audit objectives and requirements; advanced field work knowledge, skills and abilities; references; formats for data display and reports; and special instructions covering contingencies.
  • Ensures audit plans address the objectives and provide a clear path for developing convincing findings and actionable recommendations.
  • Executes data collection efforts, ensuring that evidence collected is reliable, sufficient, relevant, and properly documented in the project work papers.
  • Reviews and interprets complex documents such as financial documents, policies, standard operating procedures, and contracts to determine accuracy in accordance with procedures, internal directives and regulatory requirements.
  • Selects and applies appropriate quantitative and qualitative analytical methods and tools to collect, arrange, process, and present data, develop conclusions; and make recommendations.
  • Uses critical thinking, data analytics, and applied logic to discern meaning of and interpret data, identify risks, evaluate strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, develop novel approaches to problems, and reach insightful conclusions.
  • Develops well supported findings and appropriate recommendations that are cost-effective and actionable.
  • Produces audit documentation such as internal review reports, management agreements, followup assessment reports, findings, corrective and preventive action plans, internal review scopes of work, policies, standard operating procedures, process flow charts, and work instructions, to effectively communicate to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Drafts audit reports and other documents that are clear, convincing, accurate, technically thorough, and appropriately targeted to the OIG's customers' needs.
  • Assumes Auditor-in-Charge duties as assigned, coordinating the activities of an audit team including developing project budget, tracking staff hours, establishing and monitoring milestones, and mentoring junior staff.
  • Represents the audit team at meetings with OIG and USPS management.
  • Maintains liaison with other offices, agencies and other appropriate organizations as needed.
  • Responds to inquiries, including requests from the media through the Public Relations Officer, Congressional staff and the Board of Governors.
  • Conducts follow-up reviews of management actions taken to correct identified deficiencies.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening and medical assessment questionnaire
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top-Secret clearance
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a government-issued credit card
  • May be required to successfully complete a 12-month probationary period



You must meet ALL of the minimum qualifications listed below.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Must have led a minimum of 3 performance audits as an Auditor-In-Charge.
  • At least four (4) years of experience conducting financial, program or performance audits in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards or equivalent (i.e. Institute of Internal Auditors Standards) to determine the efficiency and effectiveness of programs, functions, and operations. You may substitute up to 4 years of specialized United States Postal Service experience for the auditing experience.
  • Advanced degree in Business, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Professional certification(s), i.e.: CPA, CIA, CFE, CICA, CIGA, CRMA, CGAP, CAMS, CFCS, CDWP, etc.
  • Experience in audit management software such as TeamMate/eCASE
  • Audit experience in auditing law enforcement agencies such as DOJ, Treasury, and DHS.
A resume review and 2-part structured Interview will be conducted for the top-rated applicants to validate your experience meets the critical general competencies at the minimum proficiency level. Part 1 will include a 1-way video interview. For part 2, top rated candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview. Please ensure your resume contains examples of your knowledge, skill or ability in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of theories, practices, methods, and techniques of auditing sufficient to plan, conduct, and lead assignments involving interfaces and inter-relationships between and among programs, functions, policies, and various issues
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards or equivalent standards.
  • Ability to independently determine findings and make audit recommendations for unprecedented, complex issues and problems.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational skills to gather, organize, and analyze data and complete projects on time.
  • Ability to work effectively (independently or within teams) across functional areas in a professional and collaborative environment.
  • Ability to write communications that convey concise and comprehensive information on matters of a complex nature which are appropriate for the targeted audience and require minimal editing.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and deliver presentations to convey information and issues of a complex nature, incorporating information obtained through research.
You will no longer be considered for this position if you receive a zero (0) rating on any evaluation factor. Failure to demonstrate that you meet all evaluation factor requirements will result in a score of zero (0). Upon receipt of a zero score, you will be deemed "not minimally qualified," and you will not be referred for further consideration.

Career Advancement Opportunities
The USPS OIG uses a Pay Banding system, which is equivalent to the Federal GS scale. Grade and salary determinations will be made based upon a candidate's education and professional experience. This position is being advertised at the Journey Band level, equivalent to a 12/13. The salary range for this position is $86,335.00 to $133,465.00 per year. The salary figures INCLUDE locality pay. Non-competitive promotion up to a GS-13 equivalent level is possible through our career ladder program is at management's discretion.

Selection Opportunities
The Office of Audit is using this announcement to prepare for anticipated upcoming vacancies which may occur in the next 12 months. As a result those candidates who are selected may not immediately receive a job offer with an effective date however you will be notified of your selection status.


Education must be accredited by an institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation here: Special Instructions for Candidates with Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in U.S. education programs. You must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. credential evaluation service to interpret equivalency of your education against courses given in U.S. accredited colleges and universities. For further information visit:

Additional information

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the USPS OIG. We offer a broad array of benefits programs:

Health, Dental, Vision, Life and Long Term Care Insurances with Flexible Spending options.

For more information about these programs visit

Retirement and Thrift Savings. For more information about these programs see and

Flexible Work Schedules. USPS OIG offers a range of family friendly flexibilities including flexible work schedules, telework and employee assistance programs.

Leave and Holidays. In addition to 10 paid holidays each year, you will earn 13 days of paid sick leave and 13 to 26 paid vacation days each year depending on your years of service.

For further information, please refer to our website at:

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Status: Exempt (Nonexempt employees are entitled to overtime pay; Exempt employees are not).

This agency provides Reasonable Accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require accommodations for any part of the application and/or hiring process, please send an email to The decision on granting an accommodation request will be made on a case by case basis.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your responses to the online assessments completed during the application process. You will be assessed on the following competencies:
  • Accountability-Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes
  • Attention to Detail-Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail
  • Decision Making-Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals
  • Customer Service-Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, resolve their problems
  • Flexibility-Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles
  • Influencing/Negotiating-Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions
  • Integrity/Honesty-Contributes to maintaining the integrity of the organization; displays high standards of ethical conduct and understands the impact of violating these standards on an organization, self, and others
  • Interpersonal Skills-Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences
  • Learning-Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for development
  • Reading-Understands and interprets written material, including technical material, rules, regulations, instructions, reports, charts, graphs, or tables; applies what is learned
  • Reasoning-Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions
  • Self-Management-Sets well-defined and realistic goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision
  • Stress Tolerance-Deals calmly and effectively with high stress situations (for example, tight deadlines, hostile individuals, emergency situations, dangerous situations)Teamwork-Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit
  • A 2-part structured interview will be conducted for the top rated applicants. Part 1 will include a 1-way video interview. For part 2, top rated candidates may be invited to participate in a panel interview

The assessment includes a cut score based on the minimum level of required proficiency in these critical general competencies. You must meet or exceed the cut score to be considered. You will not be considered for the position if you score below the cut score or fail to complete the assessment.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must submit all required documents by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement, Vacancy Announcement 20-89-10921423-JD, by closing date 11/01/2020.

1. RESUME. When completing your online application or uploading your resume, you must categorize it as a "Resume" document). IMPORTANT: You will be asked questions in the self-assessment questionnaire. It is essential that your resume and supporting documentation provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire.

2. COMPLETE OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. Click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire. (Required: You must click on "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the Questionnaire to complete this process)

3. TRANSCRIPTS from an accredited college or university. The information presented in the transcript must be verifiable and should contain the name of the institution, applicant's name, list of completed courses, semester hours, GPA, date and type of Bachelor's Degree issued. Education completed outside the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. Attach document verifying that it has been deemed equivalent. For further information visit: . (Required: Upload and save as "Transcript" document.)

    Certificates or Licenses, if applicable. Upload and save as "Other" document. Veterans Preference Documentation. If you are claiming veterans preference you must submit the Member 4 copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and/or other proof of veterans preference eligibility including your VA letter, form SF-15 ( and all required documents related to your SF-15 claim. Veterans can request the Member 4 copy of their DD-214 at, and can download a copy of their VA letter from (If applicable to you, you are required to upload each veterans' preference document and categorize as "DD-214" or "SF-15" or "Other Veterans Document") Reasonable Accommodation Documentation. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found at .
  • SF-50 if you are or have been a Federal employee to demonstrate tenure and competitive/excepted service for eligibility purposes. (If applicable to you, you are Required to upload each applicable SF-50 and categorize as a "SF-50" document.)

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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