US Department of Defense - Lowell, MA4.3

Are you looking for an inclusive and employee-friendly work environment, challenging assignments, specialized training and generous benefits? Join the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA)! DCAA is ranked in the top 25% of the "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government." Join the elite cadre of auditors who have made DCAA their employer of choice. You will be providing a unique service to your country and making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere!

Plans, performs and reports contract audit assignments in connection with procurement and contracting activities between the Federal Government and the Contractor.
Reviews standard audit programs and steps, previous work papers, reports, guidance material, draft audit reports with findings and conclusions on the audit performed in accordance with agency procedures.
Maintains audit working papers including preparation of schedules, summaries, and reconciliations as instructed or appropriate.
Performs assigned audit steps such as tests and examinations of contractor's direct labor and material costs.
Checks reports, records, ledgers, and other documents against invoices, receipts, payroll slips, and other source documents. Verifies appropriateness of charges for materials and labor and determines that transactions have been properly recorded.
Participates with other team members, providing updates on the status of audit assignments, sharing information, and identifying requisite revisions to the program and/or annual team goals.
Maintains professional manner and working relationships with team members, associates, contractor and other government personnel.
Prepares working papers and analyzes contractor data using automation tools.
Travel Required
25% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
0511 Auditing

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Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen as verified through E-Verify Program.
Males must be registered for the Selective Service (See
Transcripts are required for all applicants.
Must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret clearance (at a minimum); some positions require a TS/SCI ? Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information; A Counterintelligence Scope Polygraph (CI/Poly) may be required.
Must complete online Occupational Assessment Questionnaire.
Must complete a comprehensive, online USA Hire Competency Based Assessment.
Must comply with the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).
Must sign written agreement regarding Federal Government Ethics and Conflicts of Interest.
Must meet DoD Financial Management (FM) Certification Program requirements within two years of selectees start date.
Orientation: All new employees are required to attend a two week orientation in Atlanta, GA beginning their first day of DCAA employment.
Probationary Period: Selectees will be required to serve a 2-year probationary period.
All applicants must meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualification requirements for Auditor:

Basic Requirements:All applicants must have one of the following:
Degree in accounting
Degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, economics or public administration and 24 semester hours in accounting including up to 6 hours of business law.
Four years of accounting experience AND 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing courses or a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor.
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, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade.

For the GS-07, specialized experience which includes: Working as a trainee accountant or auditor performing relatively simple audit steps and tasks such as examining routine financial documents, preparing simple summaries and schedules, and organizing work paper files.

For the GS-09 , specialized experience which includes: Performing audit steps and tasks of limited difficulty and complexity such as conducting evaluations, examinations, or other fact-finding studies and preparing draft audit reports using a practical application of auditing standards, procedures, and technology.

For the GS-11 , specialized experience which includes: performing audit assignments using conventional methods and techniques such as developing audit risk assessment and preparing audit programs/plans; testing and examining accounting systems and records, cost representations, and internal controls to assure compliance with accounting and auditing principles, standards and regulations; recommending initial audit determinations; preparing audit working papers and substantiating documents; drafting reports, or segments of reports, of audit findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Volunteer Experience: Paid or 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying volunteer experience.
Applicants may substitute education for Specialized Experience as follows:

For the GS-07: One year of progressively higher level graduate education with major study in accounting, auditing, or related discipline, or superior academic achievement.

For the GS-09: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or LL.B. or J.D. with major study in accounting, auditing, or related discipline.

For the GS-11 : Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be use to meet total experience requirements.

Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Additional information
Mobility Agreement : Assignment changes are an inherent part of career development and training for these positions. Auditors may rotate within commuting areas where sufficiently diverse work assignments are available.

Conditions of Employment : The positions filled from this announcement will involve working with Defense Contractors and may be located at a Contractor location. Due to this, there are conditions of employment which preclude any affiliation with the Contractor to which you may be assigned. If selected for this position, you must comply with the independence standards contained in the Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS) in all matters related to the assigned audit work at the contractor named in your tentative offer letter. You can review the GAGAS Independence standards in Chapter 3 of the standards at .

In addition, you must be free of any financial conflict with the Contractor to which you may be assigned. You must take action to divest any conflicts prior to appointment. Selected new hires must sign a written agreement upon appointment, stating that they understand this requirement. Failure to do so will be the basis for termination during the initial probationary period. For further guidance on Federal Government Ethics and Conflicts of Interest please see the following link:

Travel: Some travel is required. Travel is typically local; however, some overnight travel may be required. Mobile auditor positions may require extensive travel (50% - 75%) between contractor locations. Government vehicles are not provided for use by DCAA mobile auditors.

Financial Management Certification: Selectees must meet the requirements of the DoD Financial Management (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.

How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Applicants will be evaluated based upon their responses to the mandatory Occupational Assessment Questionnaire and the USA Hire Competency Based Assessment. These assessments measure:
Attention to Detail
Interpersonal Skills
Stress Tolerance

If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an online self-assessment questionnaire and USA Hire Competency Based Assessment based on the competencies and/or knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below. You will receive a score ranging from 70-100 based on your responses. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package. If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

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.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Applicants must provide a complete application package which includes:

1. Resume: you are encouraged to choose only ONE method of submitting your resume. (HR will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received and this may not be the resume which best reflects your qualifications for the job and may result in an ineligible rating.) You may submit your resume by : attaching in your USAJOBS account or uploading in your Application Manager account. If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application
2. Completed Occupational Assessment Questionnaire
3. Transcripts and/or Certifications: All applicants, including current agency employees/Contractors, must submit documentation if you are substituting education for experience and must also document your education and/or certifications in your resume. Applicants must also submit documentation for proof of meeting the minimum education requirement. For additional information on acceptable documents, click here Transcripts and Certifications .
4. If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here:
5. Military Spouse Preference - Spousal Travel Orders/Permanent Change of Station(PCS) Orders, Marriage Certificate, and Military Spouse Preference Self Certification checklist

Applicants may update their application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period by returning to their USAJOBS account ( ). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.

Verifying Application Status: To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: . All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: .

NOTE : Failure to submit a complete application package including all required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) on 06/25/2019 may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify your application is complete: log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. Human Resources will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
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 .

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.


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