Supervisory Auditor

Arlington, Virginia
May 07, 2021
May 14, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time


The incumbent serves as an Audit Manager in the Office of Audits, Financial Management Division (AUD/FM), within the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of State (Department). OIG has statutory oversight responsibility for the Department and the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM).

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AUD/FM is responsible for planning, conducting, supervising, overseeing, and coordinating performance and financial audits of the Department, USAGM, and the International Boundary and Water Commission, United States and Mexico, U.S. Section (USIBWC).

As an AUD/FM Audit Manager (Supervisory Auditor), under the general direction and supervision of a Division Director, the incumbent's duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Planning, scheduling, conducting, and reporting on comprehensive audits and evaluations of Department, USAGM, and USIBWC activities.
  • Delegating assignments to subordinate staff.
  • Ensuring that the audit standards, procedures, and guidelines established by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and OIG are fully followed and implemented by AUD/FM staff members.
  • Planning and ensuring the accomplishment of the oversight of external contractors that are performing audits on behalf of OIG, including audits of the Department's, USAGM's, and USIBWC's annual financial statements. Ensure the oversight of the contractors complies with the IG Act and GAO guidance. Ensure that financial statement audit opinions and other reports prepared by external contractors are technically accurate and comply with professional standards.
  • Reviewing and modifying audit reports, as needed, that are prepared by AUD/FM staff to ensure that issues identified during the audit are reported clearly and accurately and to ensure that the report complies with GAO standards and OIG policies.
  • Carrying out a full range of supervisory responsibilities as expected of supervisors in the Federal government. For example, setting priorities and deadlines for work to be accomplished; making assignments based on established priorities; ensuring that the work of AUD/FM members is carried out in a timely and fully satisfactory manner; evaluating and preparing formal performance appraisals of Audit Managers; identifying training and developmental needs of staff members; carrying out all Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) requirements; and hearing grievances and providing conflict resolution.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 25% or less. Potentially 2 weeks or less.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Incumbent will be subject to random drug testing.
  • Verification of employment eligibility in the United States is required.
  • One year probationary period, unless excepted by regulation.
  • New supervisors must successfully complete a 1 year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Statement of Employment & Financial Interest required prior to appointment.
  • This is a supervisory position.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.


Applicants must meet all the required qualification requirements, including education, and any selective placement factors described below by the closing date of this announcement. If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed below, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript with your application. NOTE: Applicants must meet time-in-grade and time after competitive appointment requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. Time-In-Grade Requirements: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions, per 5CFR 300, Subpart F.

IN ADDITION to meeting one of the basic qualifications requirements listed above, the applicant MUST have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped them with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:
  • Experience in interpreting and applying professional accounting/auditing standards to include the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' standards.
  • Experience in overseeing and directing audit teams conducting difficult assignments that typically involve interrelationships between programs, systems, functions, and policies. Activities include reviewing and evaluating the performance entities' assigned functions.
  • Experience in independently conducting comprehensive audits and evaluations that include the identification and analysis of numerous factors, such as recommending approaches and proposing possible solutions involved in programs or operations.
  • Experience in leadership and management functions such as balancing workloads and commitments, evaluating employee performance, supporting EEO initiatives, hearing and resolving employee complaints, and identifying employee professional training needs.

Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement OR a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination OR panel recommendation that includes all the requirements as described under Combination of Education and Experience #3 above by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

All applicants MUST meet one of the basic qualification requirements described below for this position:

BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A. Applicants must have a degree from an accredited college or university in auditing OR a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration or accounting;

OR B. Combination of Education and Experience: Have at least 4 years of experience in Performance Auditing, or an equivalent combination of performance auditing experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional auditing knowledge AND meet 1 or 2 below:
  • A certificate as a Certified Internal Auditor or a Certified Public Accountant, obtained through written examination.
  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, (e.g., 15 semester hours).

  • Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement OR a certificate as a Certified Internal Auditor or a Certified Public Accountant, obtained through written examination as described under Combination of Education and Experience above by the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information you submit is insufficient to verify your eligibility, you WILL lose consideration for this position.

    In addition, applicant's experience must also demonstrate that the candidate possesses the following qualities:
    • Ability to assign, review, and supervise the work of others;
    • Objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances;
    • Ability to adjust to change, work pressures, or difficult situations without undue stress;
    • Willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view; and
    • Capacity to "see the job through."


    See the qualifications section of this vacancy announcement for education requirements, if applicable.

    Additional information

    For reasonable accommodation at the U.S. Department of State, please contact the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations at (202) 663-3474 or .

    If eligible, applicants to this announcement may be referred to other positions in other Bureaus/Offices in the Department.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, abilities (KSAs) and other characteristics that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume: (List a maximum of six (6) KSAs/competencies that will be used to evaluate candidates here in list format.
    • Knowledge of professional standards, theories, practices, and techniques of auditing sufficient to lead a team of auditors and/or management analysts in conducting performance and financial audits.
    • Knowledge of financial concepts, policies, and procedures.
    • Skills in managing and leadership to effectively manage and professionally develop auditors and/or management analysts in the AUD/FM Division.
    • Skills in critical thinking and a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods required to analyze and improve programs and propose innovative solutions to deficiencies identified during audits.
    • Ability to verbally communicate effectively to present briefings, lead meetings, and represent OIG internally and externally.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in writing to develop clear, concise, and accurate reports that are appropriate to the type of audience using the report.

    Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume should include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week. For assistance with creating a resume, please click here .

    Qualified candidates are assigned a score between 70 and 100. Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) candidates must be rated "Well Qualified" for the position and earn a score of at least 85 (when applicants are rated in a range of 70 to 100) to receive consideration for selection priority. If, after reviewing your resume and self-assessment questionnaire responses and a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, a score will be manually determined that reflects your documented experience. This may result in a lower score, which may also eliminate you from consideration for this position.

    Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements and submit any required supporting documentation by the closing date of this job opportunity. Your application package must contain sufficient information to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this job opportunity announcement for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. Applicants found to be among the top qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring official for further consideration and possible interview.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Top Secret

    Drug test required

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

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    All required documents listed below, that are applicable to you, must be submitted to our automated system "Gateway to State" by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    1. Resume - your resume or any other written format you choose should contain the required information as specified in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section. Insufficient information will result in an ineligible rating.

    2. A completed online job specific self-assessment questionnaire through the Department's automated system "Gateway to State".

    3. Transcripts - if applicable, see the Qualifications section of the announcement. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    4. If you are qualifying based on other criteria listed under the Qualification Section of this announcement, you must submit the required supporting documentation (certificates, certifications, etc.) with your application by the closing date.

    5. Performance Appraisal - All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal that includes the final rating. If a performance appraisal does not exist, is incomplete or unavailable, a Form DS-1812 (Applicant Appraisal) or equivalent form from another agency signed by the current supervisor is acceptable. Mid-year progress reviews will not be accepted.

    6. Current, former, and non-competitive Federal employees must submit SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) that show: effective date, position title, series, grade, salary, tenure, position occupied, full promotion potential, and name of agency. Examples include promotion & within-grade increase actions. Award SF-50s often do not show this information. Multiple SF-50s may be needed to show all information.

    7. Veterans who are preference eligibles OR who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge) after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities act (VEOA). You must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy 4 is preferable) showing the dates you served as well as your type of discharge and qualifying service campaign medals OR if you are still on active duty, you MUST submit a certification on letterhead from your military branch which contains your military service dates, expected date of discharge or release, and the character of service to show that your military service was performed under honorable conditions. The expected date of discharge or release must be no later than 120 days after the certification is submitted for consideration for this job announcement.

    Current Federal employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) must submit a qualifying SF-50 to show you meet time-in-grade requirements.

    If you are applying as a preference eligible with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, in addition to the DD-214 or certification, you must also submit a current version of the SF-15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), dated October 2013, and the required supporting documents listed on that form. Previous editions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information on veterans' preference, click here . To gain access to your DD-214 online, please visit:

    For more information on Veteran Authorities, consult the Vet Guide .

    8. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit a copy of the appropriate documentation with their application. See links below:

    ICTAP Considerations
    CTAP Considerations

    9. If you are applying under a special hiring authority you MUST submit proof of eligibility with your application. For information related to special hiring authorities for severely disabled persons visit:

    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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