Supervisory Auditor

Woodlawn, Maryland
Sep 15, 2021
Sep 18, 2021
Audit and Tax
Full Time


Serves as a Division Director in the Office of Audit, Office of the Inspector General, Information Technology Audit Division with responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating a comprehensive audit program to ensure the economy and efficiency of the Social Security Administration's financial and non-financial operations. The work involves providing leadership to subordinate employees and serving as the technical advisor to upper-level officials on the full range of issues.

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  • Provides technical guidance and assistance to auditors and analysts nationwide concerning audit policy and precedent setting/unique and sensitive matters which arise.
  • Plans and directs the development and revision of audit policies, standards, and guides for the conduct of financial/operational compliance audits for SSA nationwide.
  • Directs the research of laws, program regulations, manuals, and guidelines to identify areas of potential targets for opportunities that may result in financial recoveries and savings in the financial operations of the agency.
  • Directs the monitoring and evaluation of work plans/assignments for the economy and efficiency of financial/operational areas.
  • Recommends the rescheduling of audit/evaluation work plan assignments and the scheduling of new work projects to meet the special needs of the agency.
  • Directs and coordinates comprehensive internal audits for the economy and efficiency of operational/financial activities.
  • Directs comprehensive analyses of agency financial regulations, systems, and controls to ensure that they adequately protect against and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.
  • Reviews and evaluates audit reports encompassing the findings and recommendations from audits, reviews, and/or investigations.
  • Identifies special audit and evaluation initiatives and projects required in furthering the objectives of the Office of Audit. Assigns and directs the monitoring, evaluation and testing of new guides, procedures, and auditing techniques.
  • Coordinates with OIG personnel in planning studies and testing/evaluating results of advanced audit techniques.
  • Participates in long-range planning to ensure the integration of the Division's objectives with the Inspector General's and the Agency's initiatives. This includes the formulation and execution of the Division's budget.
  • Serves as advisor to SSA's key management officials in the planning and implementation of audits/evaluations to provide precise information on how to make their financial and non-financial operations more efficient and cost effective.
  • Provides advice in the resolution of technical problems to facilitate settlement of audit findings.
  • Coordinates with the OIG, Office of Investigations in the planning and conduct of investigative audits with respect to economy and efficiency; and financial and non-financial audits which have identified probable fraud and abuse.
  • Provides consultation in highly complex investigations where audit documentation and validation are required.
  • Ensures adherence to the professional audit and evaluation standards and requirements; and investigates persistent unresolved problems.
  • Directs the development of annual work plans including economy, efficiency and program audits/evaluations noting strategic importance as well as estimating manpower requirements and priorities.
  • Conducts and coordinates visits of staff members to regional audit offices and audit/evaluation sites to appraise technical adequacy; and to identify and address problems in meeting audit/evaluation requirements
  • Works with other Federal agencies in providing government-wide audit services in assigned areas as mandated.
  • Works with other government agencies, State audit organizations, public accounting firms, and professional associations to foster an understanding of audit requirements and policies.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required
  • Selective Service Registration, if applicable (
  • Background and/or security investigation required
  • Job offers are contingent on background / security investigation results
  • Selectees may be required to serve a 1 year probationary period
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement


Basic Requirements for Performance Auditors

  • Degree: auditing; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, public administration or accounting political science, mathematics, criminal justice, or economics.

  • Combination of education and experience: 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. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
  • A certificate as a Certified Internal Auditor or a Certified Public Accountant, obtained through written examination; or
  • Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in auditing or accounting, e.g., 15 semester hours.
  • In addition, to qualify for this GS-15 level position, applicants must possess and demonstrate 52 weeks of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 level in the federal service that is in or related to the work of the position filled and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Such experience must include leading teams in planning, conducting, and reporting on complex audits of a large Agency's information technology and systems security programs to: (1) measure the effectiveness of policies and procedures; (2) assess the achievement of program goals; (3) evaluate the economy and efficiency of operations; (4) identify vulnerabilities to fraud, waste and abuse; and (5) develop recommendations for improvements.

    All of this specialized experience is REQUIRED and must be explicitly documented/described in your resume or you will be disqualified from further consideration.

    Please describe duties you perform (not just knowledge, skills and abilities) as they relate to the specialized experience required for this position. .

    Qualification standards and additional information for this position can be found here: 511 Audit Standard



    Providing Proof of Education or Substituting Education

    For information on providing proof of education or substituting education for experience, visit 511 Audit

    If you are qualifying on the basis of education or satisfying an educational requirement, submit a copy of your transcripts that includes your name, the name of the educational institution, course title(s), number of credits, grade, and date of completion. Unofficial transcripts or screenshots of electronic/web transcripts with the required information will be accepted at the time of application. You must submit your transcripts according to the application submission details of this announcement. Documents will not be accepted via email or regular mail. If selected, you may be required to provide your official college transcripts prior to the effective date of the personnel action placing you into the new position.

    Foreign Education: If your transcripts show education completed in foreign colleges or universities, you must also provide documentation that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in a conventional/accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.

    Additional information

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

    Additional selections may be made for this vacancy six months from the closing date of this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    The evaluation you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire, which is designed to capture the desired competencies for this position. These competencies include:
    • Ability to supervise and provide technical guidance and leadership.
    • Ability to independently plan, manage, and report on audits/evaluations.
    • Knowledge of government auditing/evaluation standards, policies and procedures.
    • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
    Please make sure you answer all questions and follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your evaluation. The questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. To preview the questions, click the following link:

    Your application will be evaluated under the Category Rating method, based on your responses to the Assessment Questions. If you meet the basic requirements for the position, your application will be evaluated and placed into one of three categories:

    1 - Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements.
    2 - Well Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a satisfactory level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.
    3 - Best Qualified Category - Candidates who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements and demonstrate a high level of the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

    Candidates eligible for veterans' preference will be placed ahead of other candidates in the appropriate category for which they have been rated. Additionally, preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements will automatically be placed in the Best Qualified Category.

    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

    You must submit supporting documentation by the closing date of the vacancy announcement to claim certain types of preference.

    INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies. To receive selection priority, candidates must meet the requirements for the Well Qualified category as described in the vacancy announcement. Candidates must also provide:
    • proof of eligibility with your application. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation Notice of Personnel Action, (SF-50); and
    • proof of your most recent performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or equivalent.
    For more information visit .

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your military discharge certificate (DD-214 member 4 copy preferred) or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty. To be acceptable, the document must contain dates and show Character of Service. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference based on a service-connected disability, you must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference (SF 15) and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15. Applicants claiming derived preference must submit the SF-15 and the required documentation specified on the reverse of the SF-15. Preference will be granted based on the documents received.

    Note: If you are a current active duty military member who does not have a DD-214 and are claiming preference under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces indicating that you will be discharged or released under honorable conditions from active duty within 120 days of the date on the certification. Certifications must be on letterhead from the appropriate military branch and include the following information: military dates of service and expected discharge or release date, the character of service, military rank, type of discharge, and date when terminal leave will begin. Certifications must be signed by or under the direction of military members' military personnel offices, unit commanders, or higher headquarters.

    For more information visit the Vet Guide .

    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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