Assistant Inspector General for Audit Services (Medicare Program)

Washington, D.C
Feb 23, 2021
Mar 04, 2021
Full Time


This vacancy is also advertised under announcement number HHS-OIG-ES-0511-21-11021811.

As a member of the OAS executive team, you will lead a rapidly expanding area and support a top priority of the Administration, to reduce fraud, waste and abuse in Medicare. You will provide oversight, direction and accountability for audits of the Medicare Program and be accountable for legal compliance in the use of appropriated funds consistent with the mission of the agency.
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The Office of Audit Services (OAS) examines the performance of HHS programs and/or HHS grantees and contractors in implementing their responsibilities and provides independent assessments of HHS programs and operations. These assessments help reduce waste, abuse, and mismanagement and promote economy and efficiency throughout HHS. OAS conducts audits using its own resources and oversees audit work done by others. We audit internal HHS groups/offices, and external entities such as state and local governments and individuals and facilities in private industry associated with HHS programs (for example, physician offices, hospitals, etc.). We conduct our work in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996; applicable Office of Management and Budget circulars; and other legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements.

As a member of the OAS senior executive team, under the general direction of the Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services, you will be responsible for Medicare audits and related areas of operation.

In carrying out these responsibilities, you will lead and provide executive guidance to staff on programs and operations dealing with an audit program portfolio and the Regional Inspectors General (RIGs) who carry out audit activities in their assigned geographic area or program portfolio. Specifically, you will:
  • Conduct and oversee audits of the operations and programs of assigned portfolio.
  • Ensure all assigned Department Management responsibilities and activities are carried out efficiently and effectively while maintaining the financial integrity of Departmental operations.
  • Oversee the internal quality assurance system, including periodic quality control reviews, to provide reasonable assurance that applicable laws, regulations, policies, procedures, standards and other requirements are followed for audit activities under your purview.
  • Represent the Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services or other senior officials in contacts with the Government Accountability Office and/or other Government organizations in connection with findings in assigned program areas. You may serve as liaison between the Department and other parties for the purpose of exchanging information of mutual benefit related to health care audit issues.
  • Serve as an expert and consultant to the OIG and OAS advisors and leaders to conceive, plan, and manage audit and financial functions, including critical, large-scale programs of national and international scope. Advisory efforts will focus on audit and financial program development.
  • Advise, teach, and coach culturally-appropriate continuous process improvement principles and procedures. Assist counterparts in stimulating a process of continuous improvement of audit and financial operations in order to determine appropriate internal controls.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • One year probationary period for initial SES appointment is required.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Report is required.
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Testing is required.
  • You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) of the closing date of the announcement.


As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), your application must show evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive level management capability, and that is directly related to the duties of this position, the Technical Qualifications (TQs) and the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below.

Specialized Experience : Your application must clearly reflect specialized experience in a managerial capacity with responsibility for providing supervisory direction to a large and diverse Federal, State, or local government agency or non-Federal organization responsible for conducting audits that promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of programs and operations on a national level and preventing and detecting fraud and abuse in such programs and operations. Successful candidates will possess significant experience in the finance, accounting or auditing field that has led to recognized, well-established professional status. This experience must demonstrate sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, good judgment, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with State or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Technical Qualifications (TQs) -- Mandatory; in addition to your résumé, you must submit a separate narrative (3-page limit) that clearly describes how you possess each of the following TQs:
  • Knowledge and ability to direct and manage the operations of a large, geographically dispersed nationwide audit program with responsibilities for conducting financial, program, compliance, and economy and efficiency health care audits for a large multi-level Federal, State, or local government agency/organization.
  • Experience managing the development of high-quality work products (e.g., audit reports, testimony, correspondence, briefings) that reflect conformance with government auditing standards, procedures and accounting principles, and other legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements.
  • Experience with consensus (team) building in planning, conducting, reporting on health care audits, as well as gaining stakeholder support at the highest levels of an organization and agency implementation of recommendations.

  • Desired qualifications (not mandatory) include professional certifications (e.g. CPA, CIA, CFE, CGFM) as well as advanced academic credentials (e.g. MBA, JD, PhD).

    Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) -- Mandatory; your résumé (5 page limit) must clearly show that you possess the following ECQs ( do not submit a separate narrative addressing the ECQs ):
  • 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. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision).
  • 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. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building).
  • 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. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility).
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management).
  • 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.(Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating).

  • Fundamental Competencies are the foundation for success in each of the ECQs and should be evident over the course of your résumé: Interpersonal Skills; Oral Communication; Integrity/Honesty; Written Communication; Continual Learning; and Public Service Motivation.

    Additional information on the ECQs and Fundamental Competencies is available at .


    There is no positive education requirement for this position.

    Additional information

    Veterans' Preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.

    Recruitment Incentives: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses may be authorized subject to funds availability and the agency's determination that it would be in the best interest of the Government to authorize such payments as allowed by regulation. If relocation expense allowances are paid, you will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the service agreement may require repayment of relocation expense allowances. A relocation incentive is not authorized. Repayment of student loans may be offered.

    Security and Background Requirements: This is a special sensitive position and a top secret clearance is required. A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. A credit check will be conducted. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    Political Appointment: 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 five (5) years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Noncareer SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information on your résumé and in the on-line Assessment Questionnaire when you apply. See OPM FAQs .

    Probationary Period: Persons newly selected for career appointment to the SES 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.

    Financial Disclosure: This position is subject to public financial disclosure requirements and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 278, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at and select Financial Disclosure.

    Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by 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.

    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.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your résumé, technical qualifications narrative, and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Incomplete applications or responses that are not supported by your résumé will eliminate you from consideration.

    Your application will be evaluated in the following manner.
  • Application packages will be reviewed for completeness. Incomplete or late packages will not receive further consideration.
  • Minimum qualifications review. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure that you meet the education, Specialized Experience, Technical Qualifications (TQs), and Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) requirement. If you do not meet these requirements, you will not receive further consideration.
  • If it is determined that you meet the minimum qualifications for the position, your application package will be further evaluated by a rating and ranking panel, and highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a structured interview and undergo reference checks. Top candidates may be required to submit further written documentation of qualifications (e.g., may be required to participate in a writing exercise or provide a writing sample) or participate in additional assessments.
  • The HHS OIG Executive Resources Board will review results and make recommendations on final selections to the appointing authority.
  • To view the application form, visit:

    All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board (QRB) unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program (CDP). If selected, you will be required to prepare narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by QRB in order to be placed in this position. You will not need to draft the ECQs if you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an OPM-approved SES CDP.

    An individual's initial SES career appointment becomes final only after the individual successfully completes a 1-year probationary period.

    All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. You should expect that we will verify performance, suitability, security information and take that information into account in making employment offers. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection, and /or appropriate disciplinary action.


    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

    Required Documents

    The application method for this position is modified "Résumé Only." Your complete application package must include a résumé (not to exceed 5 pages) and a separate narrative addressing each of the Technical Qualifications (not to exceed 3 pages total). Any information in excess of specified page limitations will not be evaluated. Do not submit separate narratives to address the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs). Evidence of TQs, ECQs, and fundamental competencies must be present in your résumé .All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
    • Résumé (5-page limit)
    • Technical Qualifications narrative (3-page limit)
    • SF-50/Notification of Personnel Action showing your current or former Civil Service status and eligibility for this position.
    Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
    • QRB Certificate (for OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates)
    • Transcript (You may submit an unofficial transcript to apply. Transcript must have name of college/university to prove accreditation. If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to your entrance on duty.)
    • Professional Certification (If qualifying based on certification as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, provide a copy of your license or certification.)
    Do NOT include Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as Social Security Number or Date of Birth on your résumé or any other document.

    **I M P O R T A N T** We strongly encourage you to tailor your résumé specifically for this position to ensure it includes relevant examples of how you possess the specialized experience, Technical Qualifications, and the Executive Core Qualifications to enable reviewers to assess your eligibility and make qualitative distinctions among candidates for rating and ranking purposes. Your résumé should focus on recent experience and accomplishments; some reviewers consider experience that is over 10 years old to be stale.

    Addressing Executive Qualifications in a Résumé :
    A well-written résumé prepared in response to a Résumé-based vacancy announcement for an SES position will show reviewers that you possess the ECQs and will describe accomplishments (rather than providing a list of duties). Your résumé should emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions relating to the qualifications described above. An example of a résumé showing possession of the ECQs is available at .

    Follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement carefully when preparing your résumé and adhere to any specified page limitations. Applicants typically provide the following information:
    • Full name, mailing and email addresses, day and evening telephone numbers;
    • Vacancy announcement number;
    • Information about paid and nonpaid work experience related to the position including: job title, duties and accomplishments, employer's name and address, duration of employment, and salary (pay plan and grade, if applicable);
    • Educational information, including the name, city and state of colleges or universities attended, as well as the type of any degree received;
    • Information about honors, awards, and special accomplishments.
    For other résumé and application tips:
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