Office of Inspector General Auditor in Birmingham, Alabama

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Summary

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) supports the mission of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in protecting the health of Americans and providing essential human services. The OIG is comprised of dedicated professionals promoting the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of HHS managed programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Head Start. The integrity of these programs is evaluated for success, and any fraud, waste, or abuse is addressed by OIG.

The HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been recognized as one of the Federal Government's best places to work. HHS OIG ranked in the top 11% of agency subcomponents (#37 of 339) in the Partnership for Public Service's "The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" 2017 ratings. For more information, see www.bestplacestowork.org.

This position serves as an Auditor within the Office of Audit Services (OAS) Regional or Field locations. As an Auditor in the Region and Field locations the incumbent will examine the performance of HHS programs and/or HHS grantees and contractors in implementing their responsibilities and provide independent assessments of HHS programs and operations. These assessments help reduce waste, abuse, and mismanagement and promote economy and efficiency throughout HHS. OAS conducts audits using its own resources and oversees audit work done by others. It conducts its work in accordance with Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States; the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996; applicable Office of Management and Budget circulars; and other legal, regulatory, and administrative requirements.

For more information about the HHS Office of Inspector General, go to http://oig.hhs.gov/.

This position is located in the Department of Health And Human Services, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audit Services.

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Responsibilities

If selected for this position, you will:

  1. Determine the adequacy of audits in terms of conformance with generally accepted auditing standards and compliance with regulations.
  2. Conduct assignments involving interfaces and inter-relationships between and among programs, systems, functions, policies, and various issues.
  3. Develop and disseminate guidelines on probable areas of emphasis, approaches which may be expected for the development of audit plans.
  4. Develop new approaches in the application of audit theory for the study of programs where there has been little experience interpreting the data or success in surfacing meaningful findings.
  5. Develop or modify auditing methods and techniques to resolve a variety of complex auditing problems.
  6. Initiate inquiries into deficiencies identified during audits.
  7. Recommend and pursue corrective actions as necessary to insure that organizations initiate programs to fix reported deficiencies.
  8. Advise and coordinate with responsible auditors concerning the preparation of the reply and the possible existence of similar conditions within other organizations.
  9. Assign independent project assignments to other auditors.
  10. Provide guidance and technical direction.
  11. Direct, coordinate, monitor, and evaluate the work for assigned auditors.
Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S Citizenship is required.
  • Registration with the Selective Service (if applicable).
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Time in grade must be met within 30 days of closing date of announcement.
  • Most recent SF-50 indicating highest grade and step attained.
  • Submit college transcript(s) which indicate date degree was awarded.
Qualifications

Applicants must meet all the qualification requirements,including education, and any selective placement factors described below within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Education used as part of an application package will only be considered if complete transcripts are submitted and must be from an accredited institution as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. To see if your institution is accredited, please follow this link: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx

Positive Education Requirement: This position has a position education requirement, as indicated below. A complete transcript showing relevant coursework and degrees must be submitted with your application package. A list of completed courses or incomplete transcripts will not be accepted.

THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the minimum education requirement.

Education Requirement:

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in accounting; or a degree 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/ or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR 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 a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or

Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g. 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement listed above, provided that: (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g. valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountant 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 above; 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.

Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service which provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:

Specialized experience includes: (1) conduct detailed pre-survey analysis, including correlation of findings and conclusions resulting from pre-survey analysis and evaluation to ascertain probable scope and depth of audit and to identify problems; (2) determine probable areas or matters of particular significance to audit; (3) make recommendation as to corrective actions and takes such action as necessary to insure that organizations initiate programs for lasting and widespread correction of reported deficiencies; (4) determine adequacy of the audits in terms of conformance with generally accepted auditing standards, and compliance with regulations; and (5) develop or modify auditing methods and techniques to resolve a variety of complex auditing problems.

Education

Foreign Education: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accrediting organizations recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.

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Security and Background Requirements: A background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

Career Transition Program (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility. Appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, an SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. You MUST also submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application package. Those eligible for consideration will need to be rated as well-qualified at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position in order to exercise selection priority. For more information about ICTAP, go to: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition.

EEO Statement: HHS is an equal opportunity employer. Selection for this position will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status, or other differences.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate possession of any specialized experience and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement.

The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies (KSA's). You do not have to provide a narrative response to the KSA's.

  1. Competency- PROBLEM SOLVING
  2. Competency- AUDITING
  3. Competency- DECISION MAKING
  4. Competency- ATTENTION TO DETAIL
  5. Competency- TEAMWORK

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions, or your score may be adjusted or lowered accordingly which may affect your overall final rating. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to questions you've answered, which may affect your overall final score.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance
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Required Documents

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

  • Resume
  • Submit college transcript(s) which indicate date degree was awarded.
  • Most recent SF-50 indicating highest grade and step attained.

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants: * Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire * Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you) * Veterans' Preference documentation - If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member Copy - 4) and, if applicable, and Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference and an official document dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces that supports your claim. * CTAP/ICTAP documentation Financial Disclosure: This position may be subject to financial disclosure requirements and must be filed within 30 days of the appointment. For more information about Financial Disclosure and OGE Form 450, you may go to the Office of Government Ethics website at www.oge.gov and select Financial Disclosure. Frequently Asked Questions can be found at http://www.oge.gov/Financial-Disclosure/Confidential-Financial-Disclosure-450/OGE-Form-450-FAQs/OGE-Form-450-FAQs/.

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APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59 pm (EASTERN TIME) ON06/20/2018.

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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Benefits

A career with the U.S. 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. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

A complete application package for this vacancy must be received on-line via the USA Staffing web site by 11:59 PM (EST) on06/20/2018* to receive consideration. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.*

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov.

If you are unable to apply online and have the required information, please call 1-478-744-2360 to start your Alternate Application. You will connected with a member of our staff who will initiate the Alternate Application process. More information on the Alternate Application process can be viewed at the following link: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation.

Questions regarding this vacancy or the application process should be directed to the HR Specialist. The HR Specialist can be reached at (855) 291-2284. Someone is available to answer phone calls and emails from 9:00 AM through 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday excluding Federal holidays.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

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Agency contact information
Torrey Gatson
Phone

202-619-0266

Email

Torrey.Gatson@oig.hhs.gov

Address

OIG Office of Audit Services 330 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC US

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/498697600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 06/11/2018 to 06/20/2018

Salary: $87,252 to $120,576 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent