Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC
Apr 27, 2021
May 05, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time
SummaryThis position is in the Office of Mission Support.If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.About the Office of Mission Support: Learn more about this agency ResponsibilitiesAt the entry level of this position, you will:Serve as an Auditor in the Office of Acquisition Management (OAM), Policy, Training, and Oversight Division (PTOD), Financial Analysis and Oversight Branch performing Financial Monitoring Reviews (FMRs) of major EPA contracts and providing assistance to Contracting Officers regarding direct and indirect cost issues, Incur Audit results, invoice reviews, claims, final cost settlements, closeouts, novations, etc. Lead routine and moderately complex assignments and/or serves as a member of a team to plan and conduct post-award reviews of major EPA cost reimbursement contracts at the contractor's headquarters to assure that costs invoiced are in accordance with the contract and consistent with the contractor's established systems and policies.Interpret and apply guidelines to solve a broad range of cost related problems, including assistance in the establishment of positions and settlements, and in coordinating effectively with a large number of prime contractors, subcontractors, internal and external Auditors, and Contracting Officers located nationwide. Effectively communicate to develop and publish clear, concise agency or Government positions, interpretations, determinations, policies and procedures.Exercise a working knowledge of the theories, concepts and practices of accounting and auditing, as well as the ability and skill in the use of negotiation techniques for the resolution of cost, accounting, and billing issues, establishing final contract costs, settlement actions and advance agreements.Plan and conduct routine and moderately complex audit assignments requiring an integrated analysis of a number of different operational programs and accounting systems. Perform analyses and prepare reports of findings and recommendations by synthesizing issues from external audit reports and other sources for significant issues affecting the billing, payment or final settlement of contracts for major contracting programs. Coordinate with Contracting Officers, contractors, Auditors, Program Offices, etc. to resolve contract management policy and procedures issues, and to ensure consistent resolution of similar issues with multiple contractors.When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.One or more positions may be filled.Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be required to travel up to 25% of each month.Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 13 Job family (Series) 0511 Auditing Similar jobs Auditors Auditors, Internal Internal Auditors Help Requirements Conditions of Employment If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required. Position has education requirementssee Qualifications/Education section. You must submit a resume and required documentssee How to Apply section. EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings. You must be a US citizen. If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.QualificationsIn addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as experience with contract audits of contractors to determine if their invoiced costs are allowable, allocable, and reasonable and comment on the contractors accounting practices, policies, and procedures; experience reviewing audit reports and helping Contracting personnel resolve issues in the reports.- OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations and Cost Accounting Standards.Skill in performing contract audits reviews of major contractors in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.Skill in preparing audit reports to convey conclusions and recommendation to establish the government's negotiation position.Ability to make decisions.Ability to communicate in writing.Ability to communicate orally.Ability to develop an Audit Strategy.Knowledge of Auditing and Accounting standards and practices.Ability to plan and perform a variety of assignments.Ability to conduct analyses and coordinate with others to resolve issues.Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (eg, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (eg, professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.EducationYou need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.A bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in:A. Degree: accounting, auditing; or a degree including auditing courses in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.orB. Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; orCompletion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, eg, 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, eg, valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.For information about accreditation requirements, visit EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.Additional informationThis position is in the bargaining unit.Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and ProceduresEPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.This position has portable work. If selected for this position, you may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager. Telework is available based on agency policy and/or applicable collective bargaining agreement which may not allow for full-time telework. NOTE: The agency is currently utilizing maximum telework flexibilities due to COVID. Once normal operations resume, you will be required to report to the location stated in this announcement.Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. To preview questions please click here. Read more Background checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Not Required Drug test required No Position sensitivity and risk Moderate Risk (MR) Trust determination process Suitability/Fitness Help Required DocumentsDocuments to submit online (you should redact your social security number, date of birth, and other personal information):-Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties and Qualifications sections. Your experience description needs to be clear/specificwe may not make assumptions regarding your experience.-Responses to online assessment questionnaire (must complete onlineit's not a document you upload).-College transcripts - must submit unofficial transcripts or list of courses that includes school attended, school address, course titles, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter/semester hours earned. (Official transcripts aren't required at the time of application; if you're selected, you must provide official transcripts before you start work.) IF EDUCATION WAS COMPLETED AT A FOREIGN INSTITUTION: You must submit an equivalency evaluation with your application as described here: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures-Veterans: DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (%), and SF-15 (use current form: SF-15, if applicable (see page 2 of SF-15 for documents that can be submitted in lieu of DD-214/VA letter); active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (certification is any written document from the armed forces certifying you're expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification). If you're a veteran with a disability and want to be considered for employment through the Schedule A noncompetitive process, provide documentation as indicated in the noncompetitive appointment bullet below.-Displaced Federal employees (ICTAP/CTAP): most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.-Current/Former Federal Employees: You must submit Notification(s) of Personnel Action (SF-50) that includes Position Title, Grade or Level, and Duty Station. SF-50(s) must prove you're eligible to apply and have met time-in-grade:* ELIGIBILITY - You must provide SF-50(s) demonstrating you meet the criteria in the Clarification from the Agency section at the top right of this announcement (the most common eligibility requirements are Competitive Status [Block 24/Tenure and Block 34/Position Occupied on the SF-50] and In the Commuting Area [Block 39/Duty Station on the SF-50]).* TIME-IN-GRADE - If you're applying for a higher grade, you must provide SF-50(s) demonstrating you have completed a minimum of 52 weeks in a position at the next lower grade. The next lower grade is identified in the Qualifications section of this announcement. (Some SF-50 examples that can prove you've met time-in-grade include promotions, within-grade increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job.)-Current Federal Employees: You must submit your most recent completed annual performance appraisal dated within the last 18 months (if it isn't dated within the last 18 months or you haven't received a performance appraisal, you must upload a signed/dated explanation why). You only need to upload the page that shows overall rating and manager/supervisor's signature, not the entire document. If your performance appraisal was conducted virtually, a supervisory email certifying your end-of-year review/rating was completed and the date it occurred is acceptable documentation in lieu of the supervisor's signature on the performance appraisal document; the overall rating must also be provided on either the email or the performance appraisal document.-If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you must submit additional documents to prove your eligibility:* Schedule A - To be considered for employment through the Schedule A noncompetitive process for people with severe physical disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, and intellectual disabilities, provide documentation stating you're eligible for employment under the Schedule A hiring authority, 5 CFR 213.3102(u). Documentation must be on letterhead and include a signature and can be obtained from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a US territory that issues or provides disability benefits. For more information: Schedule A Hiring Authority. Sample Letters* Other - Provide documentation that supports your eligibility for noncompetitive appointment.Learn more about noncompetitive appointments: Special Appointment AuthoritiesLearn more about submitting documentation: Uploading DocumentsIf you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the US 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 US 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. Help BenefitsA career with the US Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits. Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.Review our benefits Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. 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