Indian Health Service - Rockville, MD

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs.

For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV

The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is located in the Division of Audit, Office of Finance and Accounting. The Division of Audit is responsible for developing and recommending policies and procedures for Chief Financial Officer (CFO) audits; develops and recommends policies and procedures for Tribes and Tribal organizations audit resolution within IHS; provides advice, technical consultations, and training to IHS Headquarters, Area Offices, Tribal, and Urban Indian Health organizations for Title I, Title V, and Agency CFO audits; and provides audit resolution services in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.

The incumbent of this position serves as an Auditor with responsibility for providing agency-wide guidance and support in the resolution of all audit findings received from external entities such as Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and other government agencies. This position reports to the Director, Division of Audit.
  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)
  • U.S. Citizenship is required

DUTIES: Back to top
  • Conducts audits and provides audit liaison services in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations. Coordinates all the activities of the annual CFO Audit for IHS, collecting sample documentation, coordinating meetings, and preparing other documentation required by the CFO auditors.
  • Coordinates resolution of audit findings noted in Single Audit reports with the appropriate IHS/GMO and Area Office officials.
  • Provides technical assistance to IHS Headquarters, Area Office, Tribe / Tribal Organization and Urban Indian Health Program officials in audit and audit resolution assignments or investigations.
  • Performs analytical procedures and prepares reports to provide information on program operations and to identify causes of deficiencies or problems as well as recommends corrective actions such as modifying management systems, financial and accounting systems, workflow, lines of authority, and other corrective actions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.


In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following types of tasks: conducting audits and providing audit liaison services in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations; coordinating activities of the annual CFO Audit, collecting sample documentation, coordinating meetings, and preparing other documentation required by the CFO auditors; coordinating audit findings noted in Single Audit reports with the appropriate officials; assisting in processing Single Audit resolution cases and issuance of management decision letters; demonstrates a detailed knowledge of the guiding laws, regulations, processes and circulars regarding PL 93-638 and OMB Circular A-133 as relates to audits and audit resolution; providing technical assistance to Program officials in audit and audit resolution assignments or investigations; demonstrating professional, in-depth, comprehensive knowledge of theories, practices, methods, principles, and techniques of accounting, financial reporting, and auditing as well as organizational or program practices, policies, and functions sufficient to independently plan and conduct a variety of assignments or investigations related to audits and audit resolution.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

DEGREE: In order to qualify for this position, you must meet the degree requirements for an auditor position. Select the response that most closely and accurately describes your background and which demonstrates how you meet the education requirements. Select only one response and do not leave blank.

A. I have a degree in 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 semester hours may include up to 6 hour of credit in business law.

B. I have a combination of education and experience. Specifically, I have 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; AND I meet at least one of the following:

*I have 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;

*I have a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor obtained through written examination;

*I have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, AND I have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field (e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining); AND at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors can verify that I have demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields comparable to a four-year course of study in accounting or auditing.

You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume (your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position ) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:

• Technical Competence
• Self-Management
• Problem Solving
• Interpersonal Skills
• Customer Service

You will receive a numeric rating based on your responses to the Assessment questions. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration.

The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:

• Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled)
• Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP )
• Interagency Transitional Assistance Program (ICTAP)
• Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled

Click here to view vacancy questions: Online Questionnaire. All documents above MUST be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Wednesday, September 18, 2013, to be considered.

BENEFITS: Back to top

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

OTHER INFORMATION: This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers who are interested in this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

Additional selections may be made on this vacancy announcement.

A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only)

Relocation expenses will not be authorized.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

HOW TO APPLY: Back to top To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

1. Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re- selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 177602. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot apply online:

1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire Online Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.

S ubmission of a resume' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Sandra Penko, and/or SANDRA.PENKO@IHS.GOV. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference:

• Indian Preference Applicants: - If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), “Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only.” Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detail instructions, see form BIA- 4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application. Refer to BIA-4432 link: http:/ dc015515.pdf
• Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) - include a copy of your DD-214, if you're claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
• Career Transitional Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Assistance Program (ICTAP)

- If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: . • Current or former Federal employee: Include your most recent SF50. Your application package MUST be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, the closing of this announcement.

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Indian Health Service's mission is to provide health care and related services for American Indian and Alaska Natives, as well as their...