<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br /><strong>THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.</strong><br /><br />This National Guard position is for a Auditor (Title 5), Position Description Number <strong>GS-09: T5148000; GS-11: T5147000; GS-12: T514400</strong> and is part of the VA USPFO, National Guard.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>DESCRIPTION OF WORK:</strong><br /><br />The Auditing Series GS-0511 covers auditor positions that apply professional accounting and auditing knowledge, standards, and principles. The series is a critical function within the financial management program and covers two-grade intervals in the auditing program. The primary purpose of the series is to advise, supervise, and perform work consisting of a systematic examination and appraisal of financial records, financial and management reports, management controls, performance requirements, policies, and practices affecting or reflecting the financial condition and operating results of various activities. The GS-0511 auditors perform two broad types of work – the financial audit and the performance audit. The auditor analyzes work related to the development and execution of many military and civilian policies and programs. The positions conduct performance audits and conduct activities related to the detection of fraud, waste, and abuse. Positions in this series require a high order of analytical abilities; skills in applying problem solving techniques; and, skills in communicating effectively both orally and in writing. Positions involve competencies (skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors) in research, analysis, problem-solving, writing, and judgment typically gained through college education and progressively responsible experiences. The positions perform work that follows established methods and procedures; use practical knowledge of the operations, procedures, and policies of specific program areas or functional assignment; and, typically learn to do the work through certification courses and specialized experiences. Auditors perform work that requires a range of competencies in regard to operations and procedures within the prescribed program guidelines, concepts, principles, techniques, and practices. Although the same concepts, principles, and standards are applicable to audit work performed in this series, specific procedures vary depending on the activity. The audit of an accounting system, that is judged to be reliable, may begin with examining entries in financial records and proceed to evaluating the operating controls and management decisions that resulted in those entries. In contrast, the audit of an activity,with an accounting system of questionable reliability, may begin with physically observing entity operations. <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.</li> <li>May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.</li> <li>Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.</li> <li>Technician employees, who do not complete the positions? required Financial Management certifications within 24 months of initial assignment, are not retained in their positions.</li> <li>Technician employees, who do not complete the positions? required continuous Financial Management certifications within their prescribed time-lines, are not retained in their positions.</li> <li>Technician employees are NOT ELIGIBLE for promotions to higher-graded GS positions if they were not awarded the required financial management certifications to retain their current GS positions.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br /><b>Remarks: </b>This position is being advertised as a developmental position which allows non-competitive promotion up to the full promotion potential advertised in this job announcement as determined by qualification standards and agency policies. After that, competition under merit system principles is necessary to advance to a higher GS grade.<br /><br /><strong> GENERAL EXPERIENCE </strong>: Applicant must have at least six months of basic finance or audit training or competencies that provided knowledge of financial and audit principles and procedures; an under-standing of the basic principles and concepts of the financial or audit business program requirements in regard to audit reporting; auditing principles; financial systems; and principles of accounting.<br /><br /><strong> SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-09 </strong><strong>: </strong><strong>A</strong>pplicant must have at least 12 months of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-07 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. This experience must include activities such as:<br /> (1) Experience which provided the capabilities to apply auditing program principles and procedures.<br /> (2) Experience performing financial audits that included financial statements and financial related audits.<br /> (3) Experience performing various auditing program requirements<br /> (4) The ability to follow directions, to read, retain, and understand a variety of instructions, regulations, policies and procedures.<br /><br /><strong> SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-11 </strong><strong>: </strong><strong>A</strong>pplicant must have at least 24 months of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-09 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. This experience must include activities such as:<br /> (1) Experiences and competencies that provided knowledge of auditing principles and procedures<br /> (2) Experience which provided an excellent understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the audit business program requirements.<br /> (3) Experience conducting audits in accordance with directives and policies; study and evaluate internal controls to determine the level of system reliability; and determine audit procedures needed to attain audit objectives in view of system reliability.<br /> (4) Experience obtaining sufficient reliable evidence through inspection, observation, inquiries, and confirmation to provide a reasonable basis for an opinion in regard to the activity under examination.<br /><br /><strong> SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE GS-12 </strong><strong>: </strong><strong>A</strong>pplicant must have at least 36 months of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. This experience must include activities such as:<br /> (1) Experiences in audit preparations, planning, conducting, and reporting with a full-range of competencies in the auditing business that successfully accomplished intended purposes; met or exceeded operational efficiency; provided accurate, reliable, timely, and useful financial audit data; or demonstrated experiences in conducting audits that involved evaluating financial management in terms of economical use of property and personnel.<br /> (2) Experiences including audit report preparations and oral presentations that involved significant audit findings and discovered conditions with cause and effect factors<br /> (3) Experiences that involved presenting researched recommendations for remedial actions, such as addressing methods for improving the use of funds and the identification of questionable costs.<br /> (4) Experiences and training that demonstrated his or her abilities to lead, train subordinates, follow directions, read, retain, and comply with instructions, regulations, policies and procedures.<br /><br /><strong>NOTE</strong>: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here . <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>REQUIRED EDUCATION:</strong> <br /><br />1. <b>Degree</b>: 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 six hours of credit in business law.<br /><br /><b>NOTE</b>: The term "accounting" means "accounting or auditing" in this Series. Similarly, "accountant" is interpreted as "accountant or auditor."<br /><br />OR <br /><br />2. <b>Combination of Education and Experience</b>: At least four 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 <b> must also include one of the following </b>:<br /><br />1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to six hours of business law;<br /><br />2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;<br /><br />3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing. For example, completed 15 semester hours, however, the school course work does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour degree requirement as defined above in Paragraph One , provided that:<br /><br />(a) The applicant successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field for example, valuation engineering or financial institution examining;<br /><br />(b) A panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors determined that the applicant demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and advancement levels that are normally associated with successful completion of the four-year course of study described above in Paragraph One ; <b> and </b><br /><br />(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. <b> AS A GENERAL RULE, ONE QUARTER COLLEGE CREDIT HOUR EQUALS .67 SEMESTER COLLEGE CREDIT HOUR. </b><br /><br /><strong>You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.</strong> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 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 ( https: www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).<br /><br />If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application . <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.<br /><br />Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics): <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Secret <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:<br /><br />1. Your <strong>resume</strong> showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.<br /><br />2. <strong>Other supporting documents</strong>: College Transcripts, SF 50 for current Federal Employees, Supporting Veterans' preference documents for candidates claiming Veterans' Preference (ie. DD214) <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.