Director, Policy and Guidance

Washington, D.C
Sep 21, 2021
Sep 25, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Audit Policy and Quality Assurance (APQA) staff office is looking for someone that will lead and direct agency efforts related to developing, refining, and implementing policies, guidance, tools, and procedural approaches for GAO audits and engagements.

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  • Oversees the formulation of audit and related policies and guidance within the framework of generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS) and GAO's Quality Assurance Framework.
  • Leads APQA initiatives and special projects to address the results from peer reviews, internal inspections, and other relevant feedback.
  • Provides authoritative compliance advice and consultation to teams and offices on audit policy and quality assurance.
  • Guides GAO teams and offices in the application and implementation of a broad range of audit and audit-related policies, while ensuring compliance with generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS) and GAO's Quality Assurance Framework across business lines.
  • Leads the development and implementation of policies, processes, and systems to ensure that GAO audit activities are pursued in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and other requirements and managed with prudent level of risk tolerance.
  • Monitors and evaluates GAO audit activity, operational and administrative policies, systems, and programs to assure compliance with applicable regulations, management controls, and reporting requirements.
  • Leads or contributes substantially to GAO Policy Manual updates and other key APQA responsibilities, including internal inspections, peer reviews, and the Engagement Management Process.
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with other GAO executives and program managers to support the effective achievement of reporting objectives and operational goals in response to changing demands for different types of audit and non-audit products while ensuring compliance with applicable laws, regulations and other requirements.
  • Leads and serves as APQA representative for agency-wide initiatives and undertakes special projects as directed by the CQO.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - .

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States citizen.
  • You must submit a financial disclosure report.
  • You must be registered with the Selective Service as applicable.
  • You must complete a 1-year Senior Executive Service (SES) probationary period unless you've already completed one.
  • You may be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance depending on the engagements, projects, and initiatives you are assigned to.


You must meet the qualification requirements by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Technical qualifications (TQs)

  • The TQs describe the necessary professional and technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position. If you're a federal employee, this level of experience is typically gained in a GS-14, GS-15, or equivalent-level positions.
  • The TQs for this position are:
    • Experience providing First Partners and their teams with concrete and candid policy advice, guidance, and feedback while promoting high morale.
    • Experience conducting reviews of GAO engagements and draft products to ensure adherence to generally accepted government auditing standards (GAGAS) and GAO's quality assurance framework, quality standards, and core values.
    • Experience managing multiple written products and other projects while providing solution-oriented advice and guidance to help teams meet their objectives.

Executive core qualifications (ECQs)
  • The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential. They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.
  • The ECQs for this position are:
    • Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. (Competencies: creativity and innovation, external awareness, flexibility, resilience, strategic thinking, vision)
    • Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organizations vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. (Competencies: conflict management, leveraging diversity, developing others, team building)
    • Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. (Competencies: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, technical credibility)
    • Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. (Competencies: financial management, human capital management, technology management)
    • Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. (Competencies: partnering, political savvy, influencing/negotiating)


This position does not have an education requirement.

Additional information

  • Additional selections: we may use this announcement to make additional selections for similar positions.
  • Reasonable accommodation: GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation, please email .
  • Veterans' preference: does not apply to GAO's Senior Executive Service (SES) positions.
  • Premium pay: you can't earn overtime, compensatory time unless it's for religious observances available to all GAO employees, or credit hours.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be evaluated on how well you meet the qualifications.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

bYou must submit the required documents by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement.

All applicants must submit:
  • Resume
    • Your resume must show that you have the technical qualifications (TQs) and executive core qualifications (ECQs) listed in the Qualifications section of the announcement.
    • When you describe your experience, emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions.
    • Do not address the TQs and ECQs in narrative format.
    • Include start and end dates for each position. For example, "month and year" or "month, day, year".
    • Please make it 5 pages or less.
    • The Addressing Executive Qualifications in a Resume and Resume Example sections of OPM's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications have useful information on how to address the ECQs in a resume.
  • SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
    • Upload under "SF-50" document type in Career Connector.

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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