<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 Writer-Editor, located in the Office of Audits and Evaluations, applies proofreading and editing skills and substantial knowledge of specialized vocabulary of auditing and management analysis to communicate technical financial and management issues to personnel within the OIG, VA, and externally to the Congress, media, and other interested audiences. This includes, but is not limited to, proofreading and editing draft and final audit reports, testimony, letters, memorandums, and other written products.<br /><br />As a Writer-Editor, you will:<br /><br />- Research, analyze, distill, and present information either in a variety of fields or, with a broad and non-specialized approach, in a single field.<br /><strong><br /></strong>- Communicate information for such purposes as: (1) articulating policy; (2) making public reports on the activities and plans of VA OIG Office of Audit; (3) explains and utilizes agency policies, regulations and laws; (4) reports the results of research; (5) announces regulations; (6) may provide training and operating manuals for the use of employees; and (7) interprets themes and conflicting points of view in expository narratives.<strong><br /><br /></strong>- Ensure written products convey the intended message, are logically ordered, present sufficient facts to support conclusions drawn, and are in accordance with the OIG's Style and Usage Guide for Writing and Editing OIG Reports and the Government Printing Office Style Manual .<br /><br />- Review OIG publications such as Semiannual Reports to Congress and other OA input needed for external reporting requirements for style, design, layout, and editorial aspects.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – Travel may be required one to five nights per month.<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 by the closing date of this announcement.<br /><strong>Specialized experience:</strong> For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: <br /><strong>preparing, reviewing editing, or writing documents for distribution to a variety of audiences.</strong><br /><br /><strong><br /> Examples of such experience might include:<br /> Editing reports or other written documents developed by others for publication; OR<br /> Advising and assisting authors during the writing stage; OR<br /> Critically reviewing reports or other written documents for clarity and coherence; OR<br /> Communicating information in reports to internal and external audiences.</strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><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 />- Must successfully complete a background investigation.<br />- Public Trust – Background Investigation will be required. <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 resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.<br /><br /><strong>Rating</strong>: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas: <strong>Analytical, Communication, Research and Analysis. </strong><br /><br />Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories, A-Exceptionally Qualified, B-Highly Qualified, or C-Qualified, depending on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, and training related to 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 />Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category. Qualified preference-eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest category.<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 be assigned the middle category 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 /><strong>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 />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> July 8, 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 />All applicants</strong> <strong>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>VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:</strong> If you are claiming veterans preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation . In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.<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 /><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.