<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />OIG is organized into three line elements: the Offices of Investigations, Audits and Evaluations, and Healthcare Inspections; along with the Office of Contract Review, the Office of Management and Administration and the Office of Special Reviews. In addition to the Washington, DC, headquarters, OIG has offices located in more than 30 cities throughout the country.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />The <strong>Auditor</strong> is located in the Office of Inspector General. The Auditor is responsible for performing various review and audit functions involving procurement actions, including: (i) pre-award and post-award reviews of Federal Supply Service (FSS) contracts (ii) compliance reviews of drug pricing under Public Law 102-585 (Veterans Health Care Act of 1992); (iii) claims audits; (iv) pre-award reviews of proposals for buying health care resources, (v) pre-award reviews of construction related proposals; and (vi) other reviews and audits of other procurement areas and issues. <br /><br />The following are the duties of this position at the <strong>GS-13.</strong> If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.<br /><strong>-</strong>Independently conduct a wide range of reviews and audits involving VA contractors, usually as the sole auditor and sometimes as a senior member or lead auditor of a project team with up to three total staff. Assigned projects include: pre-award reviews of VA contracts, such as proposals for Federal Supply Schedule (FSS) contracts, direct delivery contracts, health care resources contracts, and construction contracts; post-award reviews of VA contracts to determine if pricing is appropriate; claims audits, including equitable adjustment and termination claims; drug pricing reviews; review of cost-reimbursable contracts and grants to determine if incurred costs are allowable; and other reviews of contract-related issues.<br /> -Independently gather, analyze, and report on various information and data acquired from VA contractors and contracting activities. As a lead auditor, supervise the gathering, analyzing, and reporting of the data. Work efforts lead to well-supported, sound findings, conclusions, and recommendations that produce contract pricing adjustments, correction of deficiencies in the contracting process, and other actions that promote improvements in VA contracts and cost recoveries for the Government.]<br /> -Independently perform duties and function that are complex and require application of a variety of audit techniques, methodologies, and knowledge. Make decisions and take other actions that are relied upon by contracting officers making multi-million dollar contract awards. Apply professional accounting and auditing standards, and principles in performing duties.<br /> -Independently develop project work plans that include scope, methodologies, schedules, work assignments, itineraries, and work-steps. Methodology and practices include extensive use of computer-assisted techniques. As a lead auditor, review work plans prepared by other staff.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – 1-5 nights per month. Travel nationwide under tight deadlines. The incumbent should anticipate frequent walking and standing as a component of this travel. <br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."</li> <li>Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.</li> <li>Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.</li> </ul> <br /><br />The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service . One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your résumé.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience:</strong> For the <strong>GS-13</strong>, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the <strong>GS-12 </strong>grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: <br /><br /><strong>- Planning and conducting audits demonstrating a thorough knowledge of audit standards; AND<br /> – Communicating issues, justifying conclusions reached and recommending courses of actions in an audit environment; AND<br /> – Researching and interpreting procurement related laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures; AND<br /> – Providing technical briefings to high-level management.<br /><br /></strong><br /><br /><strong>Specialized experience:</strong> For the<strong> GS-12</strong>, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the <strong>GS-11 </strong>grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: <br /><br /><strong>- Planning and conducting audits demonstrating a thorough knowledge of audit standards; AND<br /> – Communicating issues, justifying conclusions reached and recommending courses of actions in an audit environment; AND<br /> – Researching and interpreting procurement related laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures.</strong><br /><br />In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following <strong>time-in-grade requirement</strong>, if applicable:<br />For the <strong>GS-13</strong>, you must have been at the <strong>GS-12 </strong>level for 52 weeks.<br />For the <strong>GS-12</strong>, you must have been at the <strong>GS-11 </strong>level for 52 weeks.<br /><br /><strong>Time After Competitive Appointment: </strong>Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a nontemporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>Education Requirements: </strong><br /><br />Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in accounting or 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.<br /><br />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:<br /><br />1.Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2.A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3.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 of paragraph A, 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 accountants 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 in paragraph A; 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.<br /><br />The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.<br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies. Applicants who apply for this position may be considered for other positions within the Office of Inspector General that require the same knowledge, skills, and abilities.<br />- This is a non-bargaining unit position.<br />- A recruitment incentive may be offered. <br />- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.<br /><br /><strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT</strong>:<br />- A one year probationary period may be required.<br />- Public Trust – Background Investigation will be required. <br />- Must successfully complete a background investigation.<br />- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.<br />- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.<br />- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.<br />- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.<br />- Obtain and use a Government-issued purchase card for business-related travel.<br />- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on. <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 />Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your résumé may result in a "not qualified" determination.<br /><br /><strong>Rating</strong>: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: Technical, Project Management and Communication. Your application will be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.<br /><br /><strong>Referral</strong>: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview. <br /><br />If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) ) you must receive a score of 92 or better to be rated as "well qualified" to receive special selection priority.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />It is anticipated that there will be significant interest in the announcement. As a result, the announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date of receipt of the <strong>200th</strong> application or at 11:59 p.m. ET on <strong>07/05/2019</strong>; whichever occurs first. Any required documents should be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted after the vacancy closes.<strong><br /><br />A complete application includes 1. A résumé, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. </strong> Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible). <br /><br /><strong>All applicants are required to submit a résumé</strong> either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your résumé. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your résumé to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view résumé tips .<br /><br /><strong>CURRENT AND FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES — Documentation Relating to Your Federal Employment</strong>: <br />- Submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)<br />- Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.<br /><br /><strong>PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL</strong>: Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application. <br /><br /><strong>CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION</strong>: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.<br /><strong><br />If you are applying under a special hiring authority</strong> (e.g. Military Spouses, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA, Schedule A Disability, etc.), please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be eligible under one of these authorities, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.<br /><br /><strong>EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION</strong>: For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. <br /><br />A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .<br /><br />If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions .<br /><br /><strong>Recommended Documents:<br /></strong>In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:<br /> <ul> <li>A list of awards received while employed with the Federal Government, if applicable. DO NOT send copies of the awards.</li> </ul> <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.