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Grade: 11

1 Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a college degree in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 hours in accounting or auditing (which may include up to 6 hours of business law).
  • I have at least 4 years of experience as an accountant or auditor or a combination of 4 years of college education, training and experience in accounting or auditing, and I have successfully completed 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing, which may have included up to 6 hours in business law.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience as an accountant or auditor or a combination of 4 years of college education, training and experience in accounting or auditing. In addition, I have a certificate as a certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor obtained through a written examination.
  • I do not meet the requirements described above.
2 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position as described in the vacancy announcement. Before answering this question see the education and experience requirements described under the Qualifications section of the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M., if related, from an accredited college or university. This education demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the work of the position to be filled.
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the federal service planning and participating in comprehensive financial audits/evaluations; preparing audit reports of findings, causative situations, and recommended corrective actions; using automated systems to research and solve accounting/financial problems; and providing advisory services on accounting and internal controls programs.
  • I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience, which is equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal Service as described above. This experience and education together meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements described above.
3 Choose the statement that best describes your knowledge of accounting and auditing principles, concepts, and practices. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience relevant to accounting and auditing principles.
  • I have basic knowledge and understanding of accounting and auditing principles.
  • I have experience working as an audit staff member routinely applying accounting and auditing principles to audit assignments.
  • I have used government auditing standards, procedures, and practices to conduct complex and high profile performance audits involving federal government-wide programs, functions, and systems.
4 Select the response that best describes your ability in analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives.
  • I have received training in analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have experience analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives as a regular part of the job.
  • I have experience training others on analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives.
5 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony / Congressional inquiries
  • Speeches
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • None of the above
6 Have you participated in preliminary reviews of functions or programs to determine which areas to emphasize during assigned audits? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    6.1 If yes, please identify where in your resume you performed this experience. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No

Grade: 12

1 Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a college degree in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 hours in accounting or auditing (which may include up to 6 hours of business law).
  • I have at least 4 years of experience as an accountant or auditor or a combination of 4 years of college education, training and experience in accounting or auditing, and I have successfully completed 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing, which may have included up to 6 hours in business law.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience as an accountant or auditor or a combination of 4 years of college education, training and experience in accounting or auditing. In addition, I have a certificate as a certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor obtained through a written examination.
  • I do not meet the requirements described above.
2 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question see the experience requirements described under the Qualifications section of the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service serving as an Auditor responsible for planning and conducting quality assurance review of audit reports and presenting review results to supervisors or team leaders; identifying unusual or questionable accounting practices; AND developing and reporting on the economy and efficiency of operations.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
3 Select the response that matches your experience on reporting audit results. Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently reported audit results, providing findings and recommendations in writing to upper management. Written documents are reviewed by a supervisor or senior employee with minimal comments.
  • I have reported audit results, providing findings in writing to upper management. My work is monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
  • I have received training on reporting audit results, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • None of the above.
4 Choose the statement that best describes your ability to conduct operational and financial audits. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have knowledge of operational and financial audits.
  • I have worked as a staff auditor conducting audits with responsibility for applying routine auditing and accounting principles and practices.
  • I have conducted operational and financial audits, and I have drafted audit reports as a result of my work.
  • I have experience conducing operational and financial audits, including defining objectives, defining scope, suggesting audit targets, and preparing final audit reports using GAO audit standards.
5 Choose the statement that best describes your skill in data collection and analysis. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have knowledge and limited data collection and analysis experience.
  • I have training and /or experience in data collection and analysis.
  • I have experience researching auditing and accounting laws, regulations, guidelines, and procedures.
6 Select the response that best describes your ability in analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives.
  • I have received training in analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have experience analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives as a regular part of the job.
  • I have experience training others on analyzing and summarizing evidence in working papers that address the audit project objectives.

Grade: 13

1 Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a college degree in accounting, auditing, business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 hours in accounting or auditing (which may include up to 6 hours of business law).
  • I have at least 4 years of experience as an accountant or auditor or a combination of 4 years of college education, training and experience in accounting or auditing, and I have successfully completed 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing, which may have included up to 6 hours in business law.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience as an accountant or auditor or a combination of 4 years of college education, training and experience in accounting or auditing. In addition, I have a certificate as a certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor obtained through a written examination.
  • I do not meet the requirements described above.
2 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question see the experience requirements described under the Qualifications section of the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service developing or assisting in development of audit approaches to evaluate a variety of financial programs and accounting systems; preparing audit/review reports to provide information on financial program operations and that identify causes of deficiencies or problems; conducting broad audit assignments requiring integrated analysis of a number of different accounting systems; and choosing audit areas to be covered and plans audit efforts in different locations and at different organizational management levels.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
3 Please indicate which of the following auditing activities you have performed as part of your work experience (select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Analyze reporting requirements, work processes, accounting systems structure and data produced to resolve significant accounting and management problems.
  • Perform quick response audits, audit readiness and sustainment, consulting and advisory services, risk management, liaison with external audit organizations, audit compliance and follow-up
  • Perform a variety of audits that are usually without precedent and require the use of advanced auditing techniques in gathering and evaluating pertinent data. An example would be an audit that uncovers fraud, abuse or an illegal act and a trail of evidentiary material is not readily present
  • Accomplishes internal audit steps by applying a wide range of audit techniques (e.g., interviews, computer assisted audit techniques, statistical analysis and questionnaires) in gathering, documenting and summarizing data.
  • Coordinates with responsible management officials, evaluates the validity of findings and recommendations identified by external audit agencies.
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following best describes your background in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources.
  • I have education or training in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely performed this task as a regular part of my job, usually under the guidance or review of a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently analyzed and evaluating information derived from a variety of sources as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at independently analyzing and evaluating information derived from a variety of sources having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
5 Please select the response that BEST describes your experience in providing technical guidance to audit team members to ensure audit results conform to relevant criteria, such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and/or contract terms. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in providing technical guidance to audit team members to ensure audit results conform to relevant criteria.
  • I have completed formal education or training in providing technical guidance to audit team members to ensure audit results conform to relevant criteria, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have applied the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and/or contract standards as a regular part of a job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have applied the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and/or contract standards as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • Applying the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and/or contract standards. I have performed this task routinely and independently.
  • I have trained others in applying the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Cost Accounting Standards, and/or contract standards and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
6 Please indicate which of the following activities / tasks you have performed as part of your work experience (select all that apply): Answer to this question is required
  • Collaborate with others as an active member of a team to discuss plans for segments of audit or compliance reviews.
  • Maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups inside and outside your organization.
  • Collaborate with others to identify and resolve real or potential problem areas pertaining to compliance activities.
  • Gather and obtain evidence from various sources to support team goal.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 Select the audit functions you have performed while conducting an audit: Answer to this question is required
  • Conduct segment of a financial or performance audit
  • Participate in planning of moderately complex financial or performance audit
  • Assure work performed adequately supports the conclusions reached
  • Identify appropriate accounting and auditing theories, methods, and practices to apply and utilize
  • Identify appropriate sources of data for analysis
  • Draft audit work papers
  • Brief team leader on audit findings
  • Participate in meetings with client and team leads to discuss audit findings
  • None of the above
2 Select the statement that BEST describes your experience in reviewing procedures for economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
3 Choose the statement that best describes your skill in computerized audit software or databases and spreadsheet applications for extracting and analyzing data. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have training/experience in the use of database and spreadsheet applications to perform data analysis.
  • I have experience using database and spreadsheet applications to create data queries, extracts and reports.
  • I have experience using statistical software to gather information for reports.
4 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • Inter-agency meetings
  • None of the above
5 Please select the response that BEST describes your experience presenting audit analysis and conclusions in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience preparing correspondence related to auditing and evaluations.
  • I have prepared initial written correspondence, reports or procedural guidance for use by others.
  • I have prepared clear and concise draft work products to support compliance activities.
  • I have prepared draft reports that present facts, findings, logical conclusions, (for example, review and working papers).
  • I have communicated, in writing, preliminary audit or compliance results and findings to individuals or groups inside and outside your organization.
6 Please select all the audit/evaluative duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Conduct audit assignments to develop or modify methods, techniques, and resolve auditing problems.
  • Provide support to management regarding audit activities.
  • Execute audit plans to identify areas highly susceptible to fraud, waste, or abuse.
  • Assist management with internal reviews on audit and audit follow-up matters.
  • None of the above