Program Analyst (Risk)

Washington, D.C
Apr 13, 2021
Apr 17, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Audit (OA), The Office of Policy and Reporting (OPR) in headquarters. (OA) is responsible for conducting and supervising audits relating to the
Department of Labor's programs and operations; recommending policies for activities designed to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of the Department's
programs and operations; and preventing and detecting fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement in these programs and operations.

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1. The Program Analyst (Risk) is responsible for assisting OA Audit Directors in maintaining a risk-based approach to audit planning. The incumbent participates with, advises, and assists the OPR Manager, OPR Director, Audit Directors, DAIGAs, and AIGA in the development, execution, and review of policies and procedures in support of risk based audit planning.

2. Designs risk assessment process by defining and maintaining the DOL audit universe and developing risk inventories, scoring formulas, and custom measures to assess risk in DOL programs, activities, and functions; and developing protocols to ensure the risk database and other tracking material is continually updated (e.g., the results of risk assessments completed as part of audit assignments are captured to update the risk database).

3. Contributes to the development of policy in support of risk-based audit planning by researching policies, procedures, and methods adopted by other audit organizations that have successfully used risk-based planning; drafting OA policies and procedures on the effective use of risk based audit planning approaches; and providing relevant training, guidance, and technical assistance to OA staff.

4. Participates in ensuring risk assessments are properly considered in OA's strategic and annual work planning activities by:
  • Recommending areas and issues of highest priority for audit, based on risk assessment results.
  • Advising the AIGA, DAIGA, and OPR Director regarding new requests for audit work in consideration of existing priorities and risk assessments.
  • Representing OIG and OA in maintaining liaison with GAO, OMB, the Institute of Internal Auditors, and other Federal and non-Federal agencies and organizations that are concerned with risk in government programs .

5. Supports the OA management team and Audit Directors in encouraging staff participation in the risk identification process to include:
  • Developing, maintaining, and enhancing, as appropriate, mechanisms by which OA staff can communicate their assessments of risks identified in DOL programs, activities, and functions.
  • Developing policies to encourage staff in recognizing obvious risks, and using data analysis and critical thinking in identifying less obvious risks that threaten the achievement of DOL missions and objectives.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May travel on occasion.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
13 - This position is at the Full-Performance Level (FPL).


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Probationary period may be required.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

Examples of specialized experience includes but is not limited to: experience in leading and developing risk assessments, developing risk-based audit work plans, assisting auditors in identifying, assessing and scoring risks during audit projects; drafting policies and procedures on the effective use of risk-based audit planning approaches; and providing relevant training, guidance, and technical assistance to auditors on conducting risk assessments.

- No Permanent Change of Station Incentives will be offered.

- No Recruitment Incentives will be offered.

- This position is outside the bargaining unit.

- This position is telework eligible based on managements' determination.

- This position will not be filled until the Department's Placement Assistance Programs have been fully utilized.


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


How You Will Be Evaluated

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

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be evaluated against the evaluation factors below and will be placed into a category based on your vacancy question responses.


Category A- Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated superior proficiency in applying critical competencies required by this position to work of increased levels of difficulty and complexity.

Category B- Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy and demonstrates satisfactory proficiency in the critical competencies required by this position.

Category C- Meets the specialized experience described in the minimum qualifications requirements section of this announcement and demonstrates proficiency in the basic competencies.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical Competencies:

Audit: Knowledge of government auditing standards (GAS) and generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) for conducting financial and performance audits, and attestations specified in GAS.

Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence: Knowledge of laws, government regulations, OMB circulars, executive orders, agency rules, and government organization and functions.

Technology Application: Uses machines, tools, and technical investigative equipment effectively.

General Competencies:

External Awareness: Identifies and understands economic, political, and social trends that affect the organization and the audit universe.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, professionalism, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others.

Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information.

Problems Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information.

Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments.

The information you provide on your resume may be verified by a review of your work experience, employment start/end dates/hours worked and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your responses to the vacancy questions. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume. Your evaluation may also include a review by a Human Resources Specialist or panel and may include other assessments (ex. interview, panel review, written test, writing sample, etc.)

INFORMATION FOR ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under ICTAP/CTAP, you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) who are placed into Category B or higher will be considered "well-qualified." Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation. Click Application of Veterans Preference for Category Rating Jobs for more information.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
High Risk (HR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. You are not required to submit a document if it does not apply to you. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password-protected documents.

- Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

- Veterans Documents (if applicable): To be considered as a 5-point preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. To claim 10-point preference, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference, SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. (For active duty service members expecting honorable or general discharge or release within 120 days, click Active Duty ). Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference. For more information, go to

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP or ICTAP eligibility.

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted. Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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