Auditor
Department Of The Interior - Lakewood, CO

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Join the Department of Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue!

ONRR has been publically recognized for its royalty auditing work, receiving the highest possible rating from an independent peer review. The ONRR Denver Office has been recognized as one of the top places to work in the Denver Metropolitan area in 2012.

The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and affiliated Islanders.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) is part of the Department of Interior's Office of Policy, Management and Budget and is responsible for collecting and disbursing revenues from energy production that occurs onshore on Federal and American Indian lands, and offshore in the Outer Continental Shelf. During Fiscal Year 2011, ONRR disbursed more than $11.2 billion to states, American Indian Tribes and individual Indian mineral owners, and to various Federal accounts.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is in search of a candidate to become an Auditor for the Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR). The incumbent is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and resolving issues affecting compliance with laws or regulations related to mineral revenue acccounting. If this sounds like a match for your skills, please apply!

This position is located in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR), State and Tribal Support, in Lakewood, Colorado.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation, fingerprints, and credit check may be required.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized.
  • Traveling may be required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.

DUTIES: The major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

· Review orders and supporting schedules from State & Tribal contractors who assure that royalties are properly paid on minerals extracted from Federal and/or Indian lands while complying with all applicable laws, regulations, and lease instruments.

· Conduct financial audits of State and/or Tribal Cooperative Agreements for the purpose of determining adherence to audit work plans and annual operating budgets.

· Participates in/conducts reviews and audits of industry records associated with royalties paid on Federal and Indian mineral leases.

· Comply with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) requirements, the Minerals Revenue Management (MRM) Audit Manual, the MRM Compliance Review Manual, and Asset & Compliance Management (ACM) policies and procedures.

· Functions as part of a team and will be called upon to assist other team members with technical problems and issues, and to collaborate, coordinate and communicate with others.

· Coordinates and assists various remote State and/or Tribal audit offices with their audit and review work of lessee, operator, and payor records covering mineral production and sales from Federal and Indian mineral leases.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: All applicants for this position must possess the following basic requirements:

A. 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.

OR

B. 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:

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;

(NOTE: You must provide a copy of your certification with your application). 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.

(NOTE: YOU MUST PROVIDE LEGIBLE TRANSCRIPTS SHOWING COMPLETED COURSEWORK AND DEGREE(S) AWARDED AS VERIFICATION OF YOUR EDUCATION).

In addition to meeting paragraph A or B above, you must meet the following:

Applicants at the GS-11 level must meet one of the following qualification requirements:

Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. More specifically, this requirement involves participating in identifying, analyzing, and resolving issues affecting compliance with laws or regulations related to mineral revenue accounting including analyzing system data in an accounting or auditing capacity. OR

Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. (Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education); OR

I have a combination of specialized experience and higher level graduate education as defined above which equals 100%. For example, I have 18 months of specialized experience and 1 year of graduate level education (I.e. 48 quarter hours or 27 semester hours of education. (Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education).

Applicants at the GS-12 level must meet one of the following qualification requirements:

Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is defined as experience that is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped you with the knowledge and competencies to successfully perform the duties of this position. More specifically, this requirement involves analyzing complex problems affecting compliance with laws or regulations related to mineral revenue accounting; assist in the development of compliance or audit work plans, and preparing audit reports. Also included is knowledge of and ability to apply a variety of laws, policies and regulations affecting the minerals industry and the demonstrated ability to effectively communicate issues.

All education requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

A combination of education and/or experience may substitute for the specialized experience requirement.

Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

These qualification requirements are condensed from the OPM Operating Manual "Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions" which is available at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the following competencies (previously referred to as, knowledge, skills, and abilities) required of this position:

ANALYTICAL THINKING: Able to breakdown raw information and undefined problems into specific, workable components that, in turn, clearly identify the issues at hand. Makes logical conclusion anticipates obstacles, and considers different approaches that are relevenat to the decision making process.

ORAL COMMUNICATION: Expresses information (e.g., ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (e.g., technical, sensitive, or controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCY - TECHNICAL MINERALS INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE: Performs work in support of audit and compliance management, directing the activities of a compliance team to analyze royalty-related information to assure that lessees/operators/payors are properly reporting and paying all royalties due on minerals extracted from Federal and Indian lands.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in succinct and organized manner.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCY - AUDITING: Knowledge of generally accepted Auditing standards and procedures for conducting financial and compliance, economy and efficiency, and program results audits.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCY - LEGAL, GOVERNMENT AND JURISPRUDENCE: Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, legal practices and documents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, government organization and functions, and the democratic political process.

INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences .

Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

To preview the assessment questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

Qualified applicants will be rated using category rating, which groups candidates in categories according to their self-assessed rating, plus veterans' preference if applicable. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified, Highly-Qualified, Well-Qualified, and Qualified.

BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a number of exceptional benefits that are unmatched by most other organizations. The following web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. This link also provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc .

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

OTHER INFORMATION: Conditions of Employment:

All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450). In addition, DOI (Office of the Secretary) and Office of Natural Resources Revenue (ONRR) employees are further restricted concerning their holdings of Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in corporations engaged in mining activities on Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.).
Please refer to the following webpage for Ethics information: www.boemre.gov/adm/ethics.html . ONRR requires the highest level of integrity. Employees must be totally objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work related interactions with friends, family members or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

This position requires approximately 1-5 nights of travel per month.

Work Schedule:

This position will be filled as full-time.

Relocation Expenses:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses for this position will not be paid by the Department of the Interior.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) :

ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

Additional information regarding ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP):

CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least 85 on the questionnaire. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application.

Additional information regarding CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

Veteran's Preference:

If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

Miscellaneous:

This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement # WHRMO838528PH using Merit Promotion procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet merit promotion requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

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