By Christina A. Cheman, Chief, Human ResourcesOctober 29, 2020


The following competencies are a product of a series of agency efforts by employees and subject matter experts to identify the critical knowledge and skills to successfully perform in the position of Auditor, GS-0511-15. Deploying a competency-based recruiting approach, these competencies will be reviewed and assessed through a combination of tools including USA Staffing, internal agency evaluation criteria, and standardized interview and reference checking questions to select the best qualified and most highly competent candidates. Applicants should address these competencies where appropriate and to a fitting extent in their resume and application materials.

 Leadership Competencies (Weight: 40%)

 1.    Leadership:  Interacts with others to influence, motivate, and challenge them.

2.    Team Building:  Inspires, motivates, and guides others towards goal accomplishments. Consistently develops and sustains cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilities cooperative working relationships. Encourages and facilitates cooperation within the organization and with customer groups. Fosters commitment, team spirit, pride, trust. Develops leadership in others through coaching, mentoring, rewarding and guiding employees.

3.    Teaching Others:  Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.

4.    Influencing and Negotiating: Persuades others and develops networks and coalitions. Gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals. Negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions and builds consensus through give and take.

5.    Accountability: Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization. Holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities. Can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget. Monitors and evaluates plans, and focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes.

6.    Decision Making:  Specifies goals and obstacles to achieving those goals, generates alternatives, considers risks, and evaluates and chooses the best alternative in order to make a determination, draw conclusions, or solve a problem.

Professional Competencies (Weight: 20%)

1.    Program Development/Management: Knowledge, capabilities, and practices associated with formulating, planning, implementing, managing, tracking, and evaluating work and its associated requirements and risks—ranging from one-time projects to program-level work. Critical abilities are to define customer and stakeholder needs and constraints, reduce ambiguity in objectives, develop and manage an efficient project organizational structure, and apply system architecture principles to develop and manage technical requirements in order to achieve the appropriate balance between resources, schedule, and technical requirements. Includes knowledge associated with system architecture, finance, budgeting, risk assessment, schedule, configuration management, contract technical management, and project controls.

2.    Diligence: Thorough and conscientious when performing work, such as editing; catching the avoidable; including complete, relevant, and accurate data; meeting milestones; and prioritizing resources.

3.    Written Communication: Expresses facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner.

4.    Oral Communication: Comfort with public speaking. Ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations to individuals or groups using appropriate diction (choice and pronunciation of words). Ability to facilitate an open exchange of ideas and fosters an atmosphere of open communication.

5.    Teamwork:  Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride trust and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.

6.    Problem Solving: Identifies and analyzes problems; uses sound reasoning to arrive at conclusions. Finds alternative solutions to complex problems. Distinguishes between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical judgments. Willingness to confront problems and resolve them timely.

Technical Competencies (Weight: 20%)

1.    Auditing: Knowledge of generally accepted auditing standards and procedures for conducting financial and compliance, economy and efficiency, and program results audits.

2.    Critical Thinking: Skilled interpretation and evaluation of observations, communications, information, and argumentation to come to a reasonable conclusion. Includes asking questions, analyzing assumptions and bias, avoiding emotional reasoning, distinguishing between fact and opinion, and considering other interpretations.

3.    Strategic Audit Planning: Ability to perform risk assessment using appropriate tools to identify audits as part of strategic audit planning to support Army high-priority areas. Includes researching information, assessing client risk areas, soliciting client input, and prioritizing and scheduling results.