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Announcement: 22-17

Auditor, Level II/III

Opening Date: September 6, 2022

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Department: Evaluations

Work Location: Knoxville or Chattanooga, Tennessee

Salary Range: $58,300-$93,100

Named one of the "Best Places to Work" in the federal government in each of the last
6 years by the Partnership for Public Service, the TVA Office of the Inspector General is a federally-mandated oversight organization charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse and fostering efficient and effective operations within the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA is the largest government-owned electric utility in the United States, providing electricity to 10 million people in 7 states.

Evaluations is part of the Audits and Evaluations organization with the Office of the Inspector General. Evaluations performs both comprehensive reviews and more limited-scope policy and program reviews to monitor compliance and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of TVA's operations. We perform reviews in accordance with Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation as prescribed by the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).

Principal Accountabilities
  1. Performs and may lead program and process reviews of varying complexity to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of TVA operations, monitor compliance with applicable laws and industry regulations, measure performance, and conduct inquiries into allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement. Provides feedback and communicates effectively with team members and the Audit Director regarding their work products.
  2. Performs data collection and analysis of records and prepares written summaries of work performed and conclusions made.
  3. Conducts entrance conferences, exit conferences, and interviews. Takes discussion notes and develops meeting write-ups and summaries that are clear, concise, and grammatically correct.
  4. Writes clear, concise reports that are well supported and comply with office policy on report formats.
  5. May occasionally perform quality control reviews to ensure reports comply with evaluation standards and that adequate evidence exists to support the findings and recommendations.
  6. May perform the supervisory review function as defined by the quality standards for evaluation.
  7. Periodically conducts risk assessments of TVA programs and operations to identify review areas for inclusion in the annual audit work plan.
  8. Develops an understanding of the OIG's mission, vision, and values, including the standard operating policies and procedures of the OIG.
  9. Responsible for learning about TVA programs and operations.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Data Analytics, Public Administration, Statistics, Industrial and Systems Engineering or other related field.
  • 2-5 years of related audit experience.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Excel to analyze, draw conclusions from and summarize large data sets. Ability to use Microsoft Word to produce reports and draft formal office communications. Ability to use PowerPoint to present findings to diverse audiences. Experience using any other programs for conducting analysis on large quantities of data is a plus.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a variety of organizational stakeholders.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to build relationships.
  • A willingness to learn and apply knowledge and skills in new areas.
  • Ability to work independently, manage work based on project plans and deadlines, and proactively communicate delays and challenges.
Desired Skills/Experience
  • Knowledge of environmental policy and regulation.
  • Experience with process and program improvement initiatives.

How to Apply

The TVA OIG only accepts applications
e-mailed to [email protected]. You can send an e-mail directly from your
e-mail app; or click the apply button below, and it will create a blank e-mail in your e-mail app with an appropriate subject line.

In your e-mail, please include:

  1. Job number in the subject line.
  2. Attached resume and cover letter.
  3. The source where you found the vacancy announcement.

All supporting documentation related to work authorization or veteran preference must be submitted to the OIG at [email protected] by the closing date of the job announcement. For more information about our office, please see our Web site at http://oig.tva.gov. For more information about TVA, please see their Web site at http://www.tva.gov.

Announcement: 22-18

Summer 2023 Audit Internship

Opening Date: September 15, 2022

Closing Date: October 15, 2022

Department: Evaluations or Contract Audits

Work Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

Salary Range: Juniors - $19.00 hourly; Seniors - $20.50 hourly

Named one of the "Best Places to Work" in the federal government each of the past six years by the Partnership for Public Service, the TVA Office of the Inspector General is a federally-mandated oversight organization charged with preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse and fostering efficient and effective operations within the Tennessee Valley Authority. TVA is the largest government-owned electric utility in the United States, providing electricity to 10 million people in 7 states.

The audit internship program in the TVA Office of the Inspector General offers students an opportunity to work with professional auditors in diverse subject areas. You will gain relevant work experience and a context for your classroom learning. The program is structured to meet any internship requirements included in university curricula.

We have two Summer 2023 internships available in our Audit and Evaluations department. One internship will be in the Contract Audits department. The Contract Audits department has lead responsibility for contract compliance and preaward reviews. In addition, this team performs reviews of TVA contracting processes and provides claims assistance as well as litigation support.

The other internship is in the Evaluations department. The Evaluations department performs both comprehensive reviews and more limited scope policy and program reviews. In accordance with the Quality Standards for Inspection and Evaluation, the objectives of these reviews include providing a source of factual and analytical information, monitoring compliance, measuring performance, assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and conducting inquiries into allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, and mismanagement.

Interning With the OIG Will Provide:

  1. Bi-weekly pay at a competitive hourly rate.
  2. Responsible and meaningful work.
  3. Travel expense reimbursement for authorized travel.
  4. Parking or mass transit reimbursement.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year college/university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Must be junior year or higher majoring in accounting, finance, or a related business field.
  • At least a 3.0 cumulative major and overall GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint software.
  • Must be at least 18 years old and of no relation to an officer of TVA (VP or above).
  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Subject to pre-employment drug test, must pass a security background check, and must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

How to Apply

The TVA OIG only accepts applications
e-mailed to [email protected]. You can send an e-mail directly from your
e-mail app; or click the apply button below, and it will create a blank e-mail in your e-mail app with an appropriate subject line.

In your e-mail, please include:

  1. Job number in the subject line.
  2. Attached resume and cover letter.
  3. The source where you found the vacancy announcement.

All supporting documentation related to work authorization or veteran preference must be submitted to the OIG at [email protected] by the closing date of the job announcement. For more information about our office, please see our Web site at http://oig.tva.gov. For more information about TVA, please see their Web site at http://www.tva.gov.

Auditor/Evaluator

The TVA Office of the Inspector General has five departments in our Audits and Evaluations team: Contract Audits, Information Technology Audits, Financial and Operational Audits, Evaluations, and Organizational Effectiveness.

Contract Audits conducts contract compliance audits and contract pre-award examinations. In addition, this department performs audits of TVA contracting processes and provides claims assistance as well as litigation support.

Information Technology Audits performs audits relating to the security of TVA's IT infrastructure, application controls, and general controls associated with TVA systems. This department also performs operational audits of the effectiveness of IT-related functions.

Financial and Operational Audits performs audit work mandated by legislation and agreed-upon procedures, as well as risk-based audits associated with TVA financial and operational activities. The work stems largely from mandated activities, review of TVA's business-risk environment, consideration of emerging issues, and stakeholder requests. This department also provides oversight of the TVA external auditor's compliance with professional standards.

Evaluations performs both comprehensive reviews and more limited-scope policy and program reviews to monitor compliance and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.

Organizational Effectiveness performs risk-based reviews to assess operational and cultural areas, including behavioral and operational factors that could impact an organization's ability to achieve its mission and goals.

Position Purpose:

TVA OIG Auditors and Evaluators conduct audits and evaluations of TVA's programs and processes to promote the economy and efficiency of TVA operations as well as to prevent and detect fraud, waste, and abuse.

Job Responsibilities:
  1. Performs reviews of TVA programs and processes. Meets review milestones, accomplishes review objectives, and ensures the review complies with government auditing standards or quality standards for evaluations.
  2. Performs data collection and analysis of records and prepares written summaries of work performed and conclusions made.
  3. Participates in entrance conferences, exit conferences and interviews with TVA management and executives outside TVA.
  4. Prepares clear, concise reports that are supported with data and comply with the office policy on report formats.
  5. May perform quality control reviews to ensure others' reports comply with general auditing standards or evaluation standards and that adequate evidence exists to support the findings and recommendations.
  6. Conducts risk assessments of TVA programs and operations to identify review areas to be included in the annual audit work plan.
  7. Learns about TVA programs, operations, and their major management systems.
  8. May testify as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases or participate on advisory teams in TVA.
Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  1. Must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in a related field. Relevant experience may be substituted for specific degree requirements as applicable.
  2. Contract Audits - Accounting and Finance
  3. Financial and Operational Audits - Accounting, Finance, and other business degrees
  4. IT Audits - Information Technology, Business, Accounting or Finance
  5. Evaluations - Accounting, Economics, Finance, and Industrial Engineering
  6. Organizational Effectiveness - Business, Psychology, or Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Experience:

Requirements vary based on position level. Auditor I is an entry-level position with no experience required. Auditor II, III, and Senior level positions require additional experience.

Certification/License:

  1. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  2. Must possess a valid driver's license, as travel is required.
  3. Must be able to pass a background investigation as top secret clearance may be required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of government audit and evaluation standards.
  2. Ability to use a variety of office software tools, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and a variety of databases.
  3. Effective writing and comprehension of written information.
  4. Ability to perform quantitative and statistical analysis with knowledge of various sampling techniques.
  5. Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively.
  6. Ability to adapt communication style to fit the audience.
  7. Learns and understands TVA programs and operations; the OIG's mission, vision, and values; and knowledge of OIG office policies and procedures including processes for developing evidence.

How to Express Your Interest

To express interest in a core position, click on the button below to create a blank e-mail in your e-mail app with an appropriate subject line. We will review your information, provide feedback, and keep your information on hand for when we post our next active vacancy.

In your e-mail, please include:

  1. The core position of interest in the subject line
  2. Attached resume and cover letter

Special Agent

Position Purpose:

Special Agents conduct criminal, civil and administrative investigations related to allegations of fraud, waste and abuse affecting TVA. Investigations will have varying levels of complexity, and are conducted in accordance with the Inspector General Act of 1978 (as amended), the CIGIE Quality Standards for Investigations, relevant Attorney General Guidelines, and other guiding materials.

Job Responsibilities:
  1. Conducts investigations to evaluate information and allegations of potential fraud, waste, and abuse. This includes interviewing subjects, conducting surveillance, following leads, collecting and analyzing data, and preparing reports of findings.
  2. Presents investigative results in verbal and written report form to prosecutors and other appropriate authorities.
  3. Performs quality control reviews to ensure that adequate evidence exists to support investigative findings and recommendations.
  4. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with employees within TVA and external stakeholders including federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.
  5. Serves on interagency task forces comprised of special agents and other relevant personnel.
  6. Develops and suggests new investigations.
  7. Testifies before juries and grand juries.
Minimum Requirements:

Education:

Must possess a 4-year degree from an accredited educational institution.

Experience:

Requirements vary based on position level. Special Agent I is an entry-level position with no experience required. Special Agent II, III, and Senior level positions require additional experience.

Certification/License:

  1. Must qualify and maintain authorization to carry firearms/weapons.
  2. Must successfully pass random drug testing.
  3. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  4. Must be able to successfully complete a physical examination.
  5. Must possess a valid driver's license, as travel is required.
  6. Must be able to pass a background investigation to receive top secret clearance.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  1. Knowledge of investigative standards and techniques, including the rules of evidence and criminal procedures.
  2. Ability to use a variety of office software tools, including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, a variety of databases, and computer-assisted investigative techniques.
  3. Demonstrates ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing with a diverse population.
  4. Demonstrates strong team and interpersonal skills to include leadership, flexibility, judgment, and conflict resolution.

How to Express Your Interest

To express interest in a core position, click on the button below to create a blank e-mail in your e-mail app with an appropriate subject line. We will review your information, provide feedback, and keep your information on hand for when we post our next active vacancy.

In your e-mail, please include:

  1. The core position of interest in the subject line
  2. Attached resume and cover letter

Internship

Position Purpose:

The internship program in the TVA Office of Inspector General offers students an opportunity to work with auditors, investigators, and other professionals in diverse subject areas. You will gain relevant work experience and a context for your classroom learning. The program is structured to meet any internship requirements included in university curricula.

Minimum Requirements:
  1. Currently enrolled as a full-time student in a 4-year college/university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Must be junior year or higher majoring in a field related to the career focus of the internship.
  3. At least a 3.0 cumulative major and overall GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Effective oral and written communication skills with a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint software.
  5. Must be at least 18 years old and of no relation to an officer of TVA (VP or above).
  6. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  7. Subject to pre-employment drug test and must pass a security background check.
Interning with the OIG will provide:
  1. Responsible and meaningful work.
  2. Weekly pay based on hours worked.
  3. Travel expense reimbursement for authorized travel.
  4. Parking or mass transit reimbursement.

Grow With Us

At the OIG, we clearly define roles and development paths so you can advance your career.

Our Audits and Evaluations Team hires Auditors with all levels of experience. New college graduates will start at an entry-level role, while those with additional experience may start at a level II, III, or Senior level. Employees may also apply for Audit & Evaluations Manager or Director positions when they become available. Employee development and training is provided for every employee to support their career advancement.

New college graduates will start their career as a Special Agent, Level I.

Candidates with additional experience will start at a level II, III, or Senior level role. Employees may also apply for Assistant Special Agent In Charge or Special Agent In Charge positions when they become available. Fraud Examiners and Investigative Analysts also work within our Investigations team and have development and advancement opportunities within their career path.

Our Administrative team provides IT (systems administration, networking, end user support, software development, and data analysis), HR and Finance career advancement opportunities.

There are opportunities to learn new skills and define your career path in all of these areas.

Meet your recruiter

Adam Inklebarger

Adam graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in May 2013 with a B.S. in Management. He spent two years as the OIG's HR intern before being hired for a full-time position upon graduation. Adam is currently the Senior Human Resources Consultant where he works on a variety of HR projects including serving as the office's primary recruiter. If you have any questions about employment opportunities with the TVA OIG, Adam would love to connect with you. You can reach Adam on the phone at (865) 633-7406 or by e-mail [email protected]. You can also find him on LinkedIn.

Policies

Citizenship

The OIG gives hiring preference to qualified United States citizens and other “protected individuals” (green card holders, asylees, etc.) for all job vacancies. Between qualified United States citizens and other protected individuals, the OIG gives hiring preference to equally qualified born or naturalized United States citizens.

Veterans

If you are a United States military veteran and wish to claim veteran's preference, all veteran documents must be received by the closing date of the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The TVA OIG is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability or age. Any applicant or employee who believes he or she has a discrimination claim—to include harassment or retaliation—must contact TVA's Equal Opportunity Compliance office within 45 calendar days in order to file a claim.

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