Defense Department seeks experienced auditors

The Defense Department is looking for more than 100 experienced auditors to work in the DOD's Office of the Deputy Inspector General for Auditing.

The DOD will use direct-hire authority, granted by the Office of Personnel Management on Monday, to recruit the auditors at grade levels 11 through 15 that require specialized skills and management experience in auditing financial statements and systems.

The Defense Department requested the direct-hire authority for auditors to meet requirements outlined in the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990. Congress authorized OPM to grant direct-hire authority in the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The ability to circumvent the normal federal hiring process is only approved when agencies demonstrate a severe shortage of workers and the need to fill the positions expeditiously.

'This hiring authority equips DOD with yet another tool for employing those who want to work for their nation and help protect the integrity of its financial systems at the Department of Defense,' said Kay Cole James, OPM director.

The authority expires on June 30, 2006. During the next three years, Defense officials project the department will need to fill an additional 200 auditor vacancies at grade levels 11 and above.

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