Assistant Inspector General for Audit

Washington, D.C
Dec 01, 2020
Dec 09, 2020
Audit and Tax
Full Time


Interested in helping lead a rising OIG as it implements many positive changes?

You'll be the Assistant Inspector General for Audit and Evaluation, reporting to the Principal Assistant General for Audit and Evaluation.

You'll be one of a small group of executives within the OIG for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

You'll lead multiple teams of auditors, program analysts, and subject matter experts, and be responsible for planning and managing highly complex and sensitive audits.

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As the Assistant Inspector General, you will:
  • Serve as a member of OIG's senior management team and be principally responsible for managing highly complex and sensitive audits.
  • Direct and supervise audit and program analyst staff in carrying out assigned audit responsibilities which include:
  • Conduct financial and performance audits and evaluations using Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS);
  • - preparing reports on the results of audits and evaluations;
  • - resolving audit and evaluation findings;
  • - ensuring the efficiency and effectiveness of operations;
  • - managing hotline referrals.
  • Provide technical and policy advice on management matters, and audit and evaluation matters to the PAIG and other senior officials including the Inspector General.
  • Perform the full range of supervisory duties for a staff of auditors, program analysts, and other administrative and technical support staff on a day-to-day basis.
  • Oversee and monitor the operations of assigned projects by carefully tracking their status and timely addressing issues or problems that arise in the course of audit work.
  • Recommend changes in project priorities to accomplish audit objectives approved by the Inspector General and the PAIG.
  • Keep abreast of strategic goals and objectives, initiatives, budgetary status, and internal control practices.
  • Resolve highly complex and very sensitive issues that have the potential to undermine the integrity of audits and evaluation reports.
  • Prepare a wide range of highly complex, sophisticated and sensitive audit and evaluation reports.
  • Participate in OIG strategic planning.
  • Manage a multi-million dollar budget.
  • Contribute to OIG auditing and evaluation policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures.
  • Represent the OIG at Department, Federal government and private sector meetings and conferences.
  • Maintain liaison relationships at the top professional levels in the Department of Commerce and with other government agencies.
  • Provide testimony on audit and evaluation cases as required.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will periodically occur to visit field offices and attend meetings or training.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Background investigation and/or security clearance is required.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • Incumbent may be subject to geographic mobility.
  • Public Financial Disclosure (SF-278 filing within 30 days is required).
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess all of the Executive Core Qualifications and Professional/Technical Qualifications listed. These qualifications would typically be acquired through education, senior level experience, and training which reflect progressive development and achievement in leading and managing a comprehensive program in a complex organization. An individual's total experience must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position. Applicants must meet all of the qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



The application process used to recruit for this position is the Traditional-Method, Therefore, provide separate narrative responses, not to exceed two (2) pages for each of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs), not to exceed 10 pages, and under 2 pages for each of the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). **Current or reinstatement eligible Career SES member or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) are not required to address the ECQs. However, candidates MUST provide separate narrative responses addressing all mandatory PTQs.

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. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision.

ECQ 2 - Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building.

ECQ 3 - Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer Service, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4 - Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management.

ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves 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. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating.

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:

PTQ #1 - Extensive knowledge and experience in planning and managing complex audits using professional standards to assess the functions of a nationally dispersed agency. Extensive experience developing, reviewing, publishing, and defending findings and results to diverse audiences.

PTQ #2 - Knowledge and experience with Inspector General programs and operations, and leading a geographically-dispersed audit organization, while demonstrably improving employee engagement and satisfaction.

When responding to the PTQs and ECQs, you must clearly show that they possess the experience, knowledge, skills and ability to perform the duties of this position by submitting narrative responses in which you detail your experience in each of the ECQs and PTQs. Examples should be clear and emphasize the applicant's level of responsibilities, scope, and complexity of the programs managed and program accomplishments with results of your actions, policy initiatives and level of contacts.

For detailed guidance on ECQs, applicants are strongly encouraged to review the Office of Personnel Management's Guide to Executive Qualifications at

Example ECQ statements are available at


This position is based on specialized experience and does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is a Senior Executive Service (SES) career-reserved position.

Positions in the SES are not graded. SES pay is commensurate with qualifications. SES employees are eligible for bonuses and awards based on performance. Veteran's preference is not applicable to SES. One position will be filled. The duty station is in Washington, D.C.

Financial Disclosure: This position is covered under the Ethics in Government Act, which requires comprehensive financial disclosures from employees. The appointee will be required to file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (SF-278), within 30 days after his/her appointment, and then annually thereafter.

Qualifications Approval and Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the Senior Executive Service must have their executive core qualifications approved by an Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility: Individuals selected for Senior Executive Service positions may be subject to reassignment across geographical, organizational, and functional lines.

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

Veterans' preference is not applicable to positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Please DO NOT put your SSN on pages within your application package.

Privacy Act - Privacy Act Notice (PL 93-579): The information requested here is used to determine qualifications for employment and is authorized under Title 5 U.S.C. 3302 and 3361.

Signature - Before you are hired, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.

False Statements - If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired, you may be fired after you begin work, or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Selective Service - If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.

The United States Government does not discriminate in 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 factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Applicants are required to submit a narrative statement for each Professional/Technical Qualification (PTQ) and each Executive Core Qualification (ECQ) listed.

If you are currently serving under a career Senior Executive Service (SES) appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into SES, or have successfully completed a SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and had your ECQs certified by OPM, then you only need to address each PTQ, and you do not need to submit an ECQ narrative. All other applicants are required to respond to all ECQs and PTQs, addressing each ECQ and PTQ separately. Please give a complete and detailed answer for each qualification.

Please keep in mind each ECQ and PTQ are unique qualifications. Therefore, duplicate responses are not sufficient in determining if you meet that specific qualification.

Please review the complete guide to writing executive qualifications at and use the Challenge, Context, Action, Result (CCAR) model to develop your statements.

Do not enter "Refer to Resume" to explain your answer. Applications directing the reader to search within the application or to "See Resume" are considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Failure to submit a narrative statement or address any of the ECQs and/or PTQs is also considered incomplete and WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. As a result, you will be rated as "INCOMPLETE".

Qualified applicants will be evaluated by an Executive Resources Board (ERB) rating panel of senior managers to determine the degree to which they possess the executive core and professional/technical qualifications, and best qualified candidates may undergo an interview and a reference check. The ERB rating panel will make recommendations on best qualified candidates to the selecting official. Applicants will be evaluated on the quality and extent of their total accomplishments, experience, the ECQs, and the PTQs.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

In addition to your online application, the following documents must be submitted and received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this announcement:

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 must have 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".

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:

Item 5 - 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.

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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