Grants Management Specialist (Audit)

Washington, D.C
Jul 23, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Audit and Debt Resolution, Department of the Chief Financial Officer in Washington, DC.
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As a Grants Management Specialist (Audit), you will perform a full range of audit resolution activities related to Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and single audits, including analyzing audit findings, developing agency management decisions, and providing technical assistance to resolve compliance issues, as well as supporting general grant administration activities such as indirect cost rate negotiation and grantee debt establishment, tracking, and analysis. The incumbent serves as a technical expert to grantees and AmeriCorps staff on audit-related matters and will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
  • Conducting resolution of OIG and other audits, as assigned, including supporting grantees with developing and implementing appropriate corrective action plans, analyzing documentation to make determinations, drafting agency management decisions within required timelines, and ensuring the close-out of audit findings is compliant with federal regulations and the grant terms and conditions;
  • Supporting resolution of other grantee-related compliance matters, as assigned, in support of grant award, administration, and oversight processes (this includes indirect cost rate negotiation and training and technical assistance and grantee debt establishment, tracking, and analysis);
  • Providing subject matter expertise to grantees and AmeriCorps staff on audit findings and resolution procedures;
  • Tracking and analyzing audit findings and resolution efforts;
  • Assisting senior staff in formulating grant and cooperative agreement policies, procedures and systems in the areas of OIG audits, single audits, indirect cost rates and debt establishment and tracking.
  • Developing and implementing training for grantees and AmeriCorps staff on audit resolution and indirect cost rate negotiation processes;
  • Serving as the point of contact for the agency's indirect cost rate negotiation efforts (which includes an annual Interagency Agreement), maintaining the external indirect cost rate mailbox, and responding to internal and external inquiries on indirect cost rate policies and procedures;
  • Assisting senior staff with compiling data for the response to the OIG's Semi-Annual Report;
  • Tracking and reporting on collection efforts related to grantee debts resulting from audits, grant monitoring, investigations and other oversight measures;
  • Obtaining and maintaining Contracting Officers Representative (COR) certification to support management of departmental inter-agency agreements and contracts;
  • Serving as a back-up point of contact for audit-related matters for OADR leadership; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees
  • Merit Promotion applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • Must be telework ready
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation


Applicants must have one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to at least the mid-range of the NY-02 pay band, which would be at or equivalent to, the GS-11 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes (a) reviewing and resolving findings associated with OIG and single audits; (b) overseeing and assessing timely resolution and closeout of audit findings and recommendations to ensure that federal grant recipients are compliant with programmatic and/or federal regulations and award terms and conditions; (c) interpreting and implementing the requirements of 2 C.F.R. Part 200, OMB Circular A-50 and/or other applicable legislative circulars, which supports job functions related to grantee debt establishment and indirect cost rates; and (d) analyzing complex data to resolve problems and develop recommendations to management.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Such experience must be clearly documented in the applicant's resume.


Education may not be substituted for experience for this position.

Additional information

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.

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 first for the basic qualifications described above. The applications that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
  • Grants Management Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Reasoning
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing

Important Note: Your resume must support your answers to the job specific questions. High self-assessment on the Occupational Questionnaire that is not supported by the information in your resume or supporting documents can/will result in elimination from further consideration. If you do not answer all of the job specific questions you will not be considered. Incomplete applications (resume and required supporting documents) will be considered ineligible.

Qualified applicants will be placed in one of the following three categories:
1 - Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements as described in the Qualifications section of this announcement.
2 - Well Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.
3 - Best Qualified Category - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates high level proficiency based on the answers to the job specific questions.

NOTE: Status candidates will be considered under the provisions of the Corporation's Human Resources system which allows for:
1) Non-competitive referral of lateral candidates; and
2) The separation of status and non-status applicants for referral purposes.

Status candidates will be referred on one selection list only, i.e., either merit promotion or non-competitive. Nonstatus candidates who are eligible for Noncompetitive referral, e.g. Peace Corps, VRA, etc., will be referred under Noncompetitive procedures only. For Noncompetitive categories, See "Special Employment Consideration" below under "Other Information."

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

  • Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional);
  • Unofficial transcript (if qualifying based on education);
  • Veterans' Preference Documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, and SF-15 if claiming 10-point preference; DD-214 if claiming 5-point preference), if applicable;
  • For Merit Promotion Eligibility: SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (must indicate tenure and position occupied), if applicable;
  • Documentation supporting eligibility for Non-Competitive appointment, e.g., Schedule A (severely disabled), eligible veterans (VRA or 30-percent or more disabled), VISTA, Peace Corps, etc., if applicable
  • Completion of the Assessment Questionnaire, which includes responses to the narrative questions.

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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