Auditor
Judicial Branch - Washington, DC

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The Administrative Office (AO), an agency of the Judicial Branch of the Federal government, is committed to serving and supporting the Federal court system of the United States. The AO provides a broad range of legislative, legal, financial, technology, management, administrative and program support services to the Federal courts.

AO positions are classified and paid under a broad-banded system with the exception of positions in the AO Executive Service. Salary is commensurate with experience. Most AO employees are eligible for full Federal and Judiciary benefits.

The AO is committed to attracting the best and brightest applicants in our support of the Third Branch of government. We take pride in serving the Judicial Branch and supporting its mission to provide equal justice under law.

The incumbent of this position will occupy an entry level Auditor position. This opportunity offers tailored learning and development activities to include: formal and informal instruction, guidance, and mentoring. The goal of this career development plan is to enable the selected individual to meet the requirement of the full performance level. At the successful conclusion of the development period, the full performance salary range increases to $46,745 to $83,193.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • Selectees may be subject to a one-year trial period.
  • Selectee must favorably complete a background investigation.
  • All requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
  • Thirty percent travel is required.

DUTIES: The Office of Audit performs comprehensive audits of the Federal Judiciary’s financial and administrative activities using the Government Auditing Standards promulgated by the Comptroller General to assess compliance with applicable statutes, regulations, policies and procedures.

At the entry level, the incumbent performs entry level audit assignments working under the direction of senior auditors. The incumbent will participate as a team member in planning and executing the Judiciary audits. As competencies in entry level assignments increase, the incumbent will be assigned progressively more complex work with an appropriate level of supervision.

At the full performance level, duties may include, but are not limited to:

1.Conducting compliance and financial related performance audits of agency programs, contracts, and operations;
2.Assisting in the development of audit programs and procedures necessary to conduct audits; gathering and analyzing evidence; writing clear and concise audit reports; making constructive recommendations for improvements; and coordinating audit issues with Senior Auditors;
3.Participating in conferences with key officials of the audited activities to advise them of the audit progress and discuss findings and recommendations;
4.Communicating the results of reviews and audits, both orally and in writing, to include written reports and related materials; and
5.Performing internal control, compliance and substantive audit procedures in accordance with relevant criteria.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet ONE of the qualification requirements (A, B, or C) as described below:

(A) Degree in an accounting or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that includes or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting and/or auditing. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.

(B) A 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 and included at least one of the following: 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (this can include up to 6 hours of business law); or a certificate as certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor, obtained through written examination.

(C) 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 1, 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.

Specialized Experience: In order to qualify for this position your resume must show one year of specialized experience which demonstrates a knowledge of accounting and auditing principles and the theories and concepts necessary to conduct audit assignments.

Education: If you are using your education to qualify for all or part of the specialized experience requirement, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of courses (which includes equivalent information from the transcript e.g., course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade), from an accredited college or university, with a major in a field that provided you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. This information must show superior academic achievement. Superior academic achievement is defined as a 3.5 GPA in your major or an overall GPA of 2.9. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED).

Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on any application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for nonselection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • All information is subject to verification.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment during the pre-employment process.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon proof of U.S. citizenship or, for noncitizens, proof of authorization to work in the United States plus proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information and guidance on the employment of non-citizens can be found at: http://www.usajobs.gov/ei/noncitizensemployment.asp . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf .
  • If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all selectees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if selected, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.
  • All new employees of the AO must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • If selected for first-time appointment to the Federal government, you may be required to serve a trial period. Failure to complete successfully the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If selected for a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to serve a probationary period. Failure to complete successfully the probationary period can result in return to a position comparable to the one held immediately before upervisory assignment, or if you were not a Federal employee before the assignment, then you may be moved to a position one level below the supervisory position. An employee serving a trial period may be removed from employment under provisions of the AO's trial period policy.
  • If this position is temporary, management may have the discretion of converting this position to a permanent position depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if specifically authorized by the Director of the AO.
  • The selectee of this position may be assigned to an official duty station within or outside the Washington DC metro area. Accordingly, pay will be set based on the locality area/official duty station assigned.


  • HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    BENEFITS: The AO offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington , DC has an on-site fitness center, health unit, credit union, day care center, and cafeteria. Located in the Capitol Hill area next to Union Station, the AO is accessible by public transportation, including Metro and the MARC and VRE commuter trains. As an AO employee, you may be eligible to participate in the following benefits programs: http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/Careers/aopd/AO_Benefits.pdf

    OTHER INFORMATION: The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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