Department Of Homeland Security Philadelphia , PA 19107

Posted 1 week ago

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As our nation navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, CBP is committed to delivering our mission to safeguard America's borders and enable legitimate trade and travel. Staffing mission critical positions remains a high priority. Be reassured that CBP is still hiring, despite potential hiring process step delays due to restrictions to in-person activities.

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Organizational Location: These positions are with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulatory Audit and Agency Advisory Services (RAAAS) located in:

  • Chicago, IL
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Newark, NJ
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Queens, NY
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Seattle, WA

Salary: Salary listed reflects the rest of U.S. scale and, if applicable, will be adjusted to meet the locality pay or cost of living expenses of the duty location upon selection.

In this Auditor position, you will be serve as a member of a team completing a full range of complex trade-related audit assignments and non-audit services of small and large national and multi-national companies (external entities). This position starts at a salary of $64,009.00 (GS-11, Step 1) to $99,741.00 (GS-12, Step 10) with promotion potential to $99,741.00 (GS-12 Step 10).

Typical work assignments may include:

  • Conducting a full range of audits or other assignments of external entities that are importing, exporting, or facilitating the international flow of merchandise into or out of the United States and completing audit assignments in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS).

  • Presenting detailed findings and recommendations in work papers/audit reports, interviewing auditees, and communicating audit objectives to auditees and internal stakeholders.

  • Planning and overseeing audit activities of lower graded staff auditors, including the review of audit documentation to ensure it meets professional and internal CBP/OT/RAAAS standards and policies

  • Conducting research of import and export laws, trade policy, legal rulings, and case law interpretations as well as conducting risk assessments procedures and assessing internal controls to determine whether an audited entity represents an acceptable or unacceptable risk to DHS/CBP.

  • Identifying and assessing internal control system weaknesses, performing detailed testing and analysis using various audit and analytical techniques, examining intricate accounting systems, and demonstrating an understanding of statistical sampling.

Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be expected to travel domestically or internationally for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0511 Auditing

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service

  • Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)

  • You may be required to pass a background investigation

  • CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures

  • As an employee of CBP, you will be joining a workforce that is dedicated to accomplishing our mission while maintaining the trust of our Nation by strictly adhering to all government ethics standards. Your conduct will be subject to the ethics rules applicable to all Executive Branch employees, and to CBP employees specifically, as well as the criminal conflict of interest statutes. Once you enter on duty, these rules include obtaining approval for outside employment or business activity, to ensure such employment or business activity is not prohibited and does not interfere or conflict with performance of your official duties. Please review further details via the following link.


Basic Requirement: You must provide supporting documentation in your application to show you meet the basic requirement below:

A. Degree: accounting, auditing; or a degree including auditing courses in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. 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. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:

1.Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;


2.A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;


3.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 A, 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 non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

You qualify for this position if you possess one year of specialized experience as described below and meet the basic requirement listed above.

Experience: You qualify for the GS-11 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:

  • Conducting audits of large national or multinational corporations requiring a high level of professional audit knowledge in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), or Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).

  • Researching interpreting, and applying laws, legal rulings, and case law to develop clear, concise, and persuasive audit reports.

  • Writing audit reports, memorandums, and other technical work papers in a clear, succinct, and organized manner, with consideration for the intended audience and nature of the information.

Experience: You qualify for the GS-12 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:

  • Independently conducting complex audits of large national or multinational corporations requiring a high level of professional audit knowledge in accordance with Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), or Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).

  • Researching interpreting, and applying laws, legal rulings, and case law to independently develop clear, concise, and persuasive audit reports.

  • Writing comprehensive audit reports for complex assignments, memorandums, and other technical work papers in a clear, succinct, and organized manner, with consideration for the intended audience and nature of the information.

Education Substitution: GS-11: You may substitute a Ph.D. or an equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in a qualifying field or an LL.M. for experience at the GS-11 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours.

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 directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must:

  • Meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and

  • Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 07/27/2020.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. . For more information visit this link.

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:

  • Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military

  • A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government

  • Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university

  • Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. This will be measured by a score of 85 or higher.


Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position.

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