Office of the Inspector General Auditor (IT) in Kansas City, Missouri

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PLEASE NOTE: This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at 11:59pm ET on the closing date or at 11:59pm ET on the day we receive the 100th application, whichever comes first.

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Responsibilities

This position serves as an experienced Auditor (IT) in the Kansas City regional office for the Office of Assistant Inspector General for Audit (AIGA), Information Technology Audit Operations Division, USDA-OIG. The AIGA is responsible for providing auditing services and oversight for USDA agencies and programs. In this experienced position the Auditor (IT) assists or leads in planning and performing audit procedures, in accordance with applicable standards and guidance of USDA agencies’ Information Technology systems, networks and data.

The Auditor (IT) will perform the following duties:

  • Assists supervisor in designing and conducting audit procedures to identify vulnerabilities in USDA’s IT infrastructure according to Federal standards including NIST, OMB and GAO guidance.
  • Researches applicable laws, directives, regulations, manuals, prior studies, and audit reports to gain knowledge and understanding of areas being audited.
  • Analyzes the Departments hardware, software, and operating systems to ensure IT security policies, procedures and tools are applied to ensure the security, confidentiality, integrity and availability of USDA systems.
  • Identifies unusual or questionable IT practices, procedures, or operations.
  • Conducts interviews with auditee to gather information to support audit procedures and briefs supervisors on conclusions.
  • Prepares work papers to document the work accomplished which includes narratives explaining auditor conclusions based on evidentiary support.
  • Assists supervisors in writing segments of draft and final IT or IT related audit reports, following the standard written product format.
Travel Required

25% or less - Occasional

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

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0511 Auditing

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Pre-employment Screening Assessment is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must successfully pass a background investigation/security check.
  • Public Financial Disclosure Required (OGE 450).
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.

CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter. Selectee is subject to financial Disclosure Requirements in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with USDA. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER (SSN) – Your SSN is required under the authority of Executive Order 9397 to uniquely identify your record from those of other applicants who may have the same name. As allowed by law or Presidential directive, your SSN is used to seek information about you from your employers, schools, banks, and other who may know you. Failure to provide your SSN on your application materials will result in your application not being processed. REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION – This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the hiring office at 202-720-0966. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – The USDA OIG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, age, political affiliation, union, or non-union affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or any other non-merit factors. DIRECT DEPOSIT –All employees must have their salary sent to a financial institution of their choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION - Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

Qualifications

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following: Degree: 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. ORCombination of education and experience: 4 years of accounting or auditing experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND Twenty-four semester hours in accounting/auditing courses or a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor.

In addition to the basic requirements described above, the incumbent must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal government. Specialized experience is defined as: planning and executing audit assignments; working with a team performing specific audit assignments; assisting with the drafting of audit surveys or programs; actively participating in briefings before and after audit results; assisting with the writing of draft and final audit reports; and assisting with identifying, evaluating, and recommending changes to technical writing.

In addition to these requirements, the incumbent must show that they have drafted and reviewed audit documentation for technical competency and compliance with audit standards.**

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.**

Education

**EDUCATION CANNOT BE SUBSTITUTED FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE.

EDUCATION STATEMENT - This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. **Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package; however, official transcripts will be required if you are selected for this position prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.

All academic degrees or course work must be completed in an educational institution that has obtained accreditation from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see http://www.ed.gov

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show 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 an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov

Additional information
  • Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a Secret clearance. You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates.
  • Frequent travel is expected. Selected applicants must be able to acquire and maintain a government-issued travel charge card.
  • Selectees must complete a one year probationary or trial period unless already completed or excepted by special authority.
  • Acknowledgement of Career Mobility is a condition of employment. You must be available for permanent reassignment to other regional or resident offices, as required by the OIG.
  • You will be required to complete an OGE-450, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interests.
  • Selectees for such positions must meet the initial agency suitability determination (i.e. local police checks, review of past employment data, review of Query National information Center report, results of special agency check, etc.) before a final job offer can be made.
  • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor. It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at: http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=6465

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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.

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

  • You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • * Ability to gather, compile, and analyze from various sources of information/problems, and formulate conclusion and summarize results.*

  • * Ability to develop a variety of analytical reports and written guidance in a variety of formats (e.g., narratives, spreadsheets, graphs, charts, etc.) using a variety of software packages (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.)*
  • * Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.*
  • *Knowledge of professional audit and accounting principles and techniques.*

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

* Note:* If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://oig.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=7765E3E6-E7E0-4BF1-9995-A98B00CC4EAE

To view the application form, visit: https://oig.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=892C3253-1887-405E-AE61-A99F00BD2A83

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Secret

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume (Required): must include: 1) personal information;2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, and grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor(s) phone number, e-mail address(es) for each work period listed, and whether we may contacted for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.

  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your* unofficial* college transcripts with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations http://www.naces.org/members.htm that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

  • If claiming veteran’s preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran’s preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran’s preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

  • If claiming 10-point veteran’s preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/

Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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.

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.

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.

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/enrollment/new-federal-employee-enrollment

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

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this. To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents. **

NOTE:** You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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Agency contact information
Beverly Davis
Phone

202-720-0966

Fax

202-720-9500

Email

Beverly.Davis@oig.usda.gov

Address

USDA/OIG/HRMD 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC, 20250 United States

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account at USAJOBS account(https://www.usajobs.gov/)to check your application status.

We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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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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  • 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/518559800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/04/2018 to 12/18/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $73,840 to $95,991 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time