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Auditors and Others in Demand at Defense Contract Audit Agency

Defense Contract Audit Agency has posted some 30 vacancies to the current jobs list.

College grads with business or public administration courses or job experience qualify for Auditor positions. OA Assistants and Human Resources Specialists also needed.

Federal spending needs to be reduced to address the huge Federal debt. The largest discretionary item in the Federal budget is defense. Defense spending is certain to be pared down. Reducing waste, fraud and abuse in defense spending is the job of the Defense Contract Audit Agency, DCAA. This Agency has many openings and provides training.

Occupations In Demand
Jobs at DCAA range from Human Resources Specialists (GS-0201) to Auditors (GS-0511). Beginning salaries for HR Specialists are $52,390 in some areas while Auditors can receive in excess of $100,000, depending on grade level. Another example of DCAA job is Office Automation Assistant which can start at $38,363.

DCAA is a small Agency of 4,000 employees about 3,400 of which are Auditors and 1,100 which are CPA's. The remaining employees support the work of the Auditors using office automation skills.

Qualifications For Auditor
Basic Requirements for Auditor positions are as follows::
A degree in accounting or a related field (such as business administration, finance, or public administration) that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (may include up to 6 hours of business law).

Combination of education and experience: 4 years of accounting experience or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing courses or a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor.

Specialized Experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you must have one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade or equivalent level.

For the GS-07 level, specialized experience includes: Working as a trainee accountant or auditor performing relatively simple audit steps and tasks such as examining routine financial documents, preparing simple summaries and schedules, and organizing work paper files.

For the GS-09 level, specialized experience includes: Performing audit steps and tasks of limited difficulty and complexity such as conducting evaluations, examinations, or other fact-finding studies and preparing draft audit reports using a practical application of auditing standards, procedures, and technology.

A current vacancy announcement describes the duties for Auditors as follows, “Reviews standard audit programs, audit steps, previous work papers, reports, and other guidance materials, and drafts routine and pro forma audit reports or segments of reports covering audit steps performed, including findings and conclusions, in accordance with previous reports and agency procedures. Maintains audit working papers including preparation of schedules, summaries, and reconciliations as instructed or appropriate.”

Office Automation Assistants
Office Automation Assistants (GS-0326) work in support of the DCAA Auditors. A current vacancy announcement describes some duties as follows, “Provides office automation and a variety of other support services to management and auditors in a Field Audit Office (FAO) as part of an administrative support team/unit. Such functions may include: maintaining time and attendance; maintaining office records, files and reference materials; making travel arrangement; processing vouchers; processing mail; greeting office visitors and answering telephones.”

Work Conditions
DCAA Auditors work a standard 40-hour work week with flexible scheduling available. Travel is frequent. Up to 60% of work time is spent away from headquarters. Some Auditors travel every day of the week. While working conditions are generally satisfying and the work interesting, the DCAA does experience recruitment challenges because Auditors are required to travel frequently and often spend several nights a week away from home.

The workforce is heavily male perhaps due to the hardship of frequent travel on women with dependants at home. Candidates can indicate the three geographical areas in which they are willing to work. The Agency promises a pleasant work environment describing it as “An inclusive and employee-friendly work environment, challenging assignments, specialized training, rapid advancement, generous benefits…”

Agency’s Mission
The DCAA performs all necessary contract audits for DOD and provides accounting and financial advisory services regarding contracts and subcontracts to all DOD components responsible for procurement and contract administration. These services are to be provided in connection with the negotiation, administration, and settlement of contracts and subcontracts.

DCAA consists of six major organizational components: a Headquarters and five regions. The five regional offices manage some 350 Field Audit Offices (FAO) and sub-offices located throughout the United States and overseas.

Contractors audited range from small businesses to large multi-national corporations. Positions at DCAA are based at the Agency’s 15 state offices. Most of the jobs are located in metropolitan areas of these states.

Employee Friendly Environment
DCAA is proud of its reputation as a friendly place to work. It’s recruitment bulletins contains this invitation, “Are you looking for an inclusive and employee-friendly work environment, challenging assignments, specialized training and generous benefits? At DCAA you'll find all this in a progressive organization dedicated to continuous improvement. DCAA is looking for talented people seeking to apply their creative ideas and enthusiasm while providing a unique service to their country....”

DCAA maintains 350+ field offices around the nation. Most of the jobs are in major cities. In addition to DCAA offices themselves some DCAA Auditors are posted directly to the facilities of major government contractors and work there continuously.

Compensation
Most Auditors advance to the full performance level, which is GS-12, within 3 years of joining the Agency. GS-13 pays up to $115,742 in some locations. Pay differentials apply in high cost-of-living areas, so compensation for many employees in those areas may be considerably higher than the national GS-13 rate.

The Recruitment Challenge
Accounting careers, in or out of government, attract a relatively small number of job candidates. As a result finding enough Auditors to do its work is a continuing challenge for the Agency. On-the-job and formal classroom training is offered in all areas. All entry-level employees can receive training toward their CPA at the Defense Contract Audit Institute. They also get CPA qualifying experience. CPA exam coaching is also provided at no cost to the employee.

DCAA Auditors work in a team environment. Trainees are assigned a mentor. Every effort is made to support trainees with both classroom and field training.

The Agency’s recruitment web page reads, “ From entry-level to senior managers, DCAA is primarily an auditor workforce supported by a variety of human resources, program management, and other administrative personnel.

What you will do
As a DCAA auditor, no two days will ever be the same. You'll constantly encounter new challenges as you work on a variety of contract types. Your work may take you to contractor facilities, and you might even find yourself on the production floor. That steady flow of new, challenging experiences can lead to a long and varied career. Rest assured, a career with DCAA is like nothing else out there.

Where you will work
DCAA auditors work all across the United States and in select foreign locations in Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, and beyond. Our auditors also have the opportunity to volunteer for deployment to a conflict zone and work alongside our active duty troops. Wherever contractors and suppliers are working for our government, DCAA's auditors will be there.”

Application
Candidates should scan this site for current vacancies.

Additional information about these positions and about the Defense Contract Audit Agency can be found on the Agency’s career website .

DCAA Headquarters & Regional Offices
Headquarters Office
Defense Contract Audit Agency
8725 John J. Kingman Rd.
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060
703-767-3265

Central Region
Defense Contract Audit Agency
2250 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, TX 75063
(972) 652-3600

Eastern Region
Defense Contract Audit Agency
2400 Lake Park Drive, Suite 300
Smyrna, GA 30080-7644
(770) 319-4400

Mid-Atlantic Region
Defense Contract Audit Agency
615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1000
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4498
(215) 597-7452

Northeastern Region
Defense Contract Audit Agency
59 Lowes Way, Suite 300
Lowell, MA 01851-5150
(978) 551-9710

Western Region
Defense Contract Audit Agency
16700 Valley View Ave, Suite 300
La Mirada, CA 90638-5833
(714) 228-7002 •