Provides forensic accounting expertise relating to complex and difficult accounting investigations, including the development and preparation of forensic accounting analysis and reports.
Applies sophisticated accounting, auditing, and investigative skills to identify, analyze, and summarize evidence of financial fraud or other accounting related violations of the federal securities laws.
Prepares detailed financial accounting findings and conclusions utilized in SEC administrative proceedings and/or federal court actions, and translates findings into terminology and formats which can be understood by both legal and lay personnel.
Works with legal staff by reviewing subpoenas; identifies potential witnesses and takes testimony; analyzes documentary and/or testimonial evidence to determine potential for Commission action; or assists in the preparation of action memos submitted to the Commission.
Identifies accounting trends, problematic issues, and novel accounting processes being used by publicly held entities, and responds to inquiries on complex accounting and auditing matters from Commission staff, securities industry staff, other federal agencies, and the courts relating to Enforcement cases and proceedings.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sector. 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. Qualifying education must have been obtained from an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A. Degree: accounting; or a degree 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
B. Combination of education and experience -- at least four (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 include ONE of the following:
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the basic requirement, applicants must also meet the minimum qualification requirement.
SK-13: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-12 level: Specialized experience includes:
(1) Conducting financial statement audit examinations or forensic accounting investigations of publicly-held companies;
(2) Analyzing financial records and recordkeeping systems by applying technical and investigative skills;
(3) Using Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) auditing standards, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and evaluating compliance with federal securities laws;
(4) Conducting quantitative analyses and preparing in-depth reports and supporting exhibits;
(5) Providing advice to organization management and developing technical recommendations involving investigations, or planning and directing financial investigations in collaboration with attorneys or management officials.
SK-14: Applicant must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS/SK-13 level: Specialized experience includes:
(1) Applying the federal securities laws, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), public accounting and auditing standards to conduct audits, analyze statements, annual reports, financial statements and other data applicable to an entity and/or registrant;
(2) Performing detailed analysis, draw conclusions, provide advice and develop recommendations involving complex investigations; and
(3) Developing policies, procedures, and processes related to financial operations.