Assistant Inspector General for Audits

Washington, D.C
Feb 21, 2021
Feb 25, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time


The SES is a cadre of senior government leaders who possess a diverse portfolio of experience and expertise required to lead across organizations. These dedicated executives are charged with providing strategic leadership and upholding a commitment to public service that transcends loyalty to a specific agency mission or individual profession. You will influence the direction of innovation and transformation of the Federal Government and lead the next generation of public servants.

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The Assistant Inspector General for Audits is responsible for the functional development, implementation and supervisor of DHS' audit activities. This is a staff function with the incumbent working under the general direction of the Inspector General and Deputy Inspector General. The incumbent directs audit activities designed to (1) promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in agency programs and operations, and (2) to prevent fraud and abuse.

In this position, you will:
  • Develop and recommend audit policies, plans, procedures, and programs consistent with the overall policy guidance of the Inspector General.
  • Ensure that audits are pursued, documented, and finalized in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978 , as amended, any other laws and regulations, Government Accountability Office (GAO) standards, and OIG policies and standards.
  • Maintain close and cooperative relationships with key officials of the Government Accountability Office, Health and Human Services OIG, Department of Justice, and other government departments and agencies.
  • Participate with the Assistant Inspector General for Investigations in joint audit/ investigative activities. Develop plans for dealing with fraud and in abuse in DHS programs and coordinate these matters with concerned agencies and management officials. Review the results of these activities and make any necessary recommendations for further corrective actions.
  • Conduct single-audit oversight regarding Federal funds provided state and local government, universities, or non-profit organizations, as required by the Inspector General Act of 1978.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Test is required.
  • Background Investigation, Credit Check, and Security Clearance is required.
  • Initial and annual Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) is required.
  • Able to obtain and maintain Top Secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Must serve one-year SES probationary period, if not previously completed.
  • A complete application package is required. See HOW TO APPLY for details.


As a basic requirement for entry into the SES, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability.

This experience should be sufficiently broad in scope and at a major management level in a large or complex organization. The ideal candidate will have experience supervising a large number of employees through subordinate supervisors and have experience hiring, developing and evaluating employees. Your application should demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully fulfill responsibilities inherent in SES positions such as:
  • Leading the work of an organizational unit
  • Ensuring the success of one or more specific major programs or projects
  • Monitoring progress toward strategic organizational goals, evaluating organizational performance and taking action to improve performance
  • Supervising the work of employees, developing policy and other executive functions

Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show that you possess the five ECQs and MTQs listed below. We recommend that your résumé, ECQ and MTQ narratives emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. If your experience does not include these basic qualifications, you will not be determined qualified for this position.

**Noncompetitive status - if you are a current, reinstatement eligible Career SES or a graduate of an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) and your ECQs have been certified by OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB), you are not required to address the ECQs. Current and reinstatement eligible SES must include with your application a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting your SES Career Appointment. CDP graduates must include a copy of your OPM CDP graduation certificate or other proof that your ECQs have been QRB certified. **

The application process used to recruit for this position is theTraditional Method.

EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs): Written narratives addressing each ECQ, not to exceed two (2) pages per ECQ for a total of no more than ten (10) pages. Excess pages will not be considered.

NOTE: If you current or former Career SES member or are graduate from an OPM approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, you do not need to respond to the ECQs.

When uploading your ECQs, choose the Supporting Document Type called ECQ.

Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action and Results (C-C-A-R) model when preparing written ECQs narratives.
    Challenge: Describe a specific problem or goal. Context: Describe the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or environment in which you worked to address a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale). Action: Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge. Result: Give specific examples of measures/outcomes that had some impact on the organization.
You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications:

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: 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.

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: 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.

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: 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.

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: 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.

These competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Detailed information on the ECQs are available at

A sample 5-page executive level resume and ECQ narratives can be viewed at this link

All applicants must submit a written narrative addressing each MTQ, not to exceed one (1) page for each MTQ. Any information in excess of one (1) page per MTQ WILL NOT be considered.

Please give examples and explain the depth of the knowledge, expertise and experience you possess and the breadth, scope and sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc.

You will be evaluated on the following Technical Qualifications:

MTQ 1: Extensive knowledge of Inspector General programs and operations, planning and conducting audits and reviews using professional standards (such as the Government Accountability Office's Government Auditing Standards and/or the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency's Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation) to assess the state of a nationally dispersed department or agency, and develop, review, publish, and defend reports on the results.

MTQ 2: Experience providing broad oversight and accountability of the mission, administrative management, and support operations of a geographically-dispersed audit/review organization.


Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the HR Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.

Applicants who use "see resume" as a response WILL NOT receive consideration for the position.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date, 02/22/2021 of this announcement.


Additional information

DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits."

Background Investigation, Credit Check & Security Clearance Requirement: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Top Secret/SCIclearance as a condition of placement in this Special Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the SES must have their ECQs approved by the OPM Qualifications Review Board and will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Mobility: Individuals selected for SES positions may be subject to reassignment across geographic, organizational, and functional lines.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by electronic direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Selective Service: As a condition of employment, all male applicants born after 12/31/1959, must have registered for the selective service. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE - Veteran's Preference does NOT apply to the SES.

E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result. If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

You will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, education (if applicable) and experience. Your resume, ECQ and TQ narrative statements will be evaluated by an SES rating and ranking panel, and afterwards highly qualified candidates may undergo an interview and reference check.

The Executive Resources Board (ERB) will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority where final interviews and reference checks may occur. Unless you have already been certified by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in the past, your ECQs must be certified by an OPM/QRB before appointment can occur.

Candidates determined to be best qualified will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration for the position.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Sensitive Compartmented Information

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process
National security

Required Documents

Your application, regardless of the format must describe your job related qualifications pertinent to this position. The announcement number must be entered on the first page of your application. Please submit:

1. Resume, not to exceed five (5) pages: Excess pages will not be considered. In addition to your written statements addressing the Mandatory Technical Qualifications and the Executive Core Qualifications, and other qualifications as applicable, submit a resume or any other written format you choose to describe your qualifications. Applicants typically provide the following information in their résumé:
  • Vacancy announcement number and title of position - OIG-21-SES-11015274-OA;
  • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers.
  • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, as well as the type of degree received.
  • Information about paid and unpaid work experience related to the position, including: title, duties and accomplishments, employers' name and address, duration of employment, and salary (or Grade and Series, if Federal).
  • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.

2. Executive Core Qualifications: Written narratives addressing each ECQ, not to exceed two (2) pages per ECQ for a total of no more than ten (10) pages. Excess pages will not be considered.

NOTE: If you current or former Career SES member or are graduate from an OPM approved Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program, you do not need to respond to the ECQs

3. Mandatory Technical Qualifications: Written narratives addressing each MTQ not to exceed one (1) page for each MTQ. Excess pages will not be considered.

4. Noncompetitve Applicants: Current and former career SES members must provide a recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting their current status or reinstatement eligibility.

5. Candidates who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management approved SES Candidate Development Program must submit a copy of their ECQ certification. Your status must be clearly stated in your resume.

If you are a current or former Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your position, title, series, grade, and eligibility.

6. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? You must submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:

- Position title
- Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
- Agency
- Beginning and ending dates of appointment

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.

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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