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Defense Contract Audit Agency AUDITOR (FAO ASSISTANT FOR QUALITY) in Chicago, Illinois


Reemployed annuitant: This vacancy does not meet the criteria for appointment of annuitants.


Serves as Field Audit Office (FAO) Assistant for Quality assisting the FAO Manager in handling a variety of audit-related assignments, processes, and/or interim and pre-issuance reviews of FAO audits, work papers and reports.

Ensures compliance of the above with Generally Accepted Government Accounting Standards (GAGAS) and Agency policy/guidelines/procedures.

Works with the supervisory auditors and respective audit teams to improve the overall quality and timeliness of office work product (e.g. work papers and audit reports).

Provides training to audit teams highlighting particular technical areas of special interest to improve audit quality and enhance staff technical proficiencies.

May perform a variety of special projects to include carry out individual FAO initiatives for improving audit quality; implement/coordinate the Agency's Independent Reference Review program at the FAO

Serve as the FAO focal point for questions related to audit quality and GAGAS compliance; respond to Regional and DCAA Headquarters requests for audit information;

Provide audit information to various inspection/review groups; coordinate or consolidate FAO program requirements, plans, and special or periodic reports; and performs various other related functions as directed or required by the FAO manager.

Special projects and/or functions may have DoD policy implications, contractor sensitivity, potential Congressional or media interest, and/or impact Agency/Region mission needs.


Conditions of Employment


All qualification and time in grade requirements (if applicable) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. You must meet the minimum qualification requirements as stated in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, Basic Requirements:

Degree: accounting or a related field (such as business administration, finance, or public administration) that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (may include up to 6 hours of business law).


Combination of education and experience: 4 years of accounting experience or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing courses or a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor. Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 or equivalent level. Specialized experience must be documented in your resume. Specialized experience is defined as: Serving as lead or senior auditor on an audit team AND Independently performing a variety of difficult complex audit assignments AND Identifying and preparing comprehensive risk assessments AND Developing/modifying audit programs and plans, aligning audit steps with risk assessment AND Meeting with auditee to explain audit purpose, obtain necessary information and discuss audit findings AND Detailed testing and examining accounting systems and records, cost representations, internal controls, management policies and practices, to assure compliance with accounting and auditing principles, standards and regulations AND Preparing audit work papers, which are organized/indexed/referenced, and adequate substantiating documents AND Making initial audit determinations which identify deficiencies or noncompliance AND Preparing reports of audit findings, conclusions and recommendations Volunteer Experience: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills, and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Substitution of Education for Specialized Experience: There is no substitution of education for experience at this grade level.

Additional Information

DCAA has a comprehensive benefits package that includes retirement, social security and thrift savings; health, life and long term care insurance; paid vacation, sick leave and holidays. DCAA employees enjoy our business-casual dress code, flexible work schedules, transit subsidies, and the opportunity to telecommute. Financial Management (FM) Certification Program: As a condition of employment, the selectee must meet the requirements of the DoD FM Certification Program. The FM Certification Program is a course-based program consisting of three certification levels. Level 2 certification must normally be completed within two years of the selectee's employment start date. Mobility Agreement: All DCAA auditors must sign a mobility agreement. This agreement may require you to be reassigned every five to seven years. Initial Probationary Period: You will be required to serve an initial probationary period of 2 years if one has not already been completed. Selective Service: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see Telework: Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination. Background Investigation: All selectees will be subject to a personnel security investigation which must be favorably adjudicated for occupancy of a sensitive position and/or access to classified information. If you are selected for a critical/special sensitive position, you will be subject to a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI). For a critical sensitive position, you must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility at the Top Secret level. For a special sensitive position, you must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility at the Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) level AND you will be subject to a random counterintelligence scope polygraph. Drug Testing: If you are given access to classified information, you will be subject to random drug testing. If you are selected for a special sensitive position, you will be placed in a drug testing designated position. You must pass a drug test before your assignment to such a position and you will be subject to random drug testing subsequent to your assignment. Performance Appraisal: If you are a current Federal employee, you must be rated fully successful or higher on your current performance rating to be eligible for promotion. You may be asked to provide a copy of your performance appraisal during the evaluation and selection process. DAWIA Statement: As a condition of employment, the selectee must meet the requirements of the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification program. The appropriate DAWIA certification must be completed within three years of the selectee's employment start date, except that Key Leadership Positions at the GS-14/15 levels require certification completion prior to assignment If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application.