Auditor Recruitment


Current vacancies are in the following regional field offices:

Region 01 (Concord, NH)
Region 02 (Buffalo, NY)
Region 03 (Wilmington, DE)
Region 04 (Columbia, SC)
Region 13 (Omaha, NE; Little Rock, AR; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO)

Regions 01, 02 and 03 are accepting applications through Thursday, October 5, 2023.

Region 04 is accepting applications through Friday, October 13, 2023.

Region 13 is accepting applications through Thursday, October 19, 2023.

Responsibilities of an Auditor

The Auditor is responsible for the financial analysis and related investigative work associated with bankruptcy cases under applicable law. This analysis and investigative work supports the litigation and civil enforcement efforts of the USTP. Analytical and investigative assignments require a professional knowledge of accounting and financial analysis to perform work that is similar in scope and complexity to that performed by a public accounting firm.

As an Auditor in a field office, the typical duties will include:

  • Applying professional accounting knowledge and understanding of general business operations to difficult and complex chapter 7 and chapter 11 bankruptcy cases.
  • Working closely with trial attorneys to review and analyze bankruptcy cases and supporting documentation to determine adequacy and accuracy of financial documents submitted, including in-depth review and analysis of bankruptcy and financial documents, sometimes for testimony at trial.
  • Performing exams, audits, reviews, and analysis of bankruptcy cases administered by standing and panel trustees and determining their adequacy, accuracy, and compliance with accounting principles and practices.
  • Providing a variety of related accounting and auditing services associated with chapter 7 and chapter 11 matters.
  • Working closely with trial attorneys on large chapter 11 cases to determine the adequacy of information provided by debtors both at the beginning of the case and during its pendency.
  • Ensure debtor's compliance with required forms and documents.

Periodic travel is required, depending on work assignments and for training.

To qualify for an Auditor position, a candidate must meet the Selective Placement Factor and possess the appropriate degree or combination of education and experience.


Selective Placement Factor: Applicant must be eligible for an Excepted Service appointment under Schedule B, 213.3210 (e). This appointment authority requires that the selectee possess knowledge of the bankruptcy process. The required bankruptcy experience may be complemented by experience that includes insolvency, regulatory, and/or forensic accounting with respect to state court receivership proceedings, non-bankruptcy insolvency proceedings and/or non-judicial reorganizations, liquidations or termination of a business and its assets as well as the financial analysis of the viability of a business entity.

Candidates who fail to satisfy the bankruptcy requirement are disqualified from proceeding in the application process.


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 six (6) hours of credit in business law.


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 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 six (6) hours of business law;
  2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or,
  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, provided that:
    1. 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;
    2. 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; and
    3. except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24-semester-hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.


Specialized Experience Requirement: To qualify at the GS-14 you must possess one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. To qualify at the GS-13 you must possess one-year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience is defined as performing a variety of audits that require the use of advanced auditing techniques and reporting audit findings.

You must be a U.S. Citizen to qualify for this position. A background investigation and drug test will be conducted.

USTP offers a flexible telework policy, including two routine telework days per week


Position is on the General Schedule (GS) pay scale. Salary and grade level are determined by incumbent’s duty location, years, and type of experience. The current GS can be found here.

To review our comprehensive list of benefits, please click here.

Application Process

Application Deadline:

Region 01, 02, 03 – Thursday, October 5, 2023
Region 04 - Friday, October 13, 2023
Region 13 - Thursday, October 19, 2023

This vacancy announcement is open to ALL U.S. CITIZENS.

To apply, interested candidates must submit as one PDF document:

  • A cover letter that highlights the applicant’s interest in the position and addresses in detail how all qualifications are met;
  • A current resume that details months and years of education and employment;
  • Encouraged, but not mandatory, a short writing sample, or part of a longer writing sample (not to exceed five pages), which should be exclusively or primarily the applicant’s work, and should demonstrate the applicant’s ability regarding auditing, financial analysis, and written communication;
  • If qualifying based on education, a copy of transcript(s), a copy of a paralegal certificate, or a list of related college courses completed (including the name of the attended college/university, its location, course names, number of credit hours, and the grades received for those courses);
  • If you are a current or former Federal employee, most recent (non-award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action;
  • DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy) (if applicable);
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation (if applicable); and, Schedule (A) documentation, (if applicable).

Email the document to: Please indicate Auditor and location of interest in the subject line.


  • A two-year probationary period may be required.
  • Must successfully complete a background investigation. Periodic reinvestigation is required no later than five years after selection and at least every succeeding five years.
  • Public Trust - Background Investigation will be required.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.



Department Policies

Diversity: As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex - including gender identity, sexual orientation, or pregnancy status - or because of age (over 40), physical or mental disability, protected genetic information, parental status, marital status, political affiliation, or any other non-merit based factor. The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with physical and mental disabilities. The Department is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department of Justice. For more information, please review our full

Reasonable Accommodation: This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Outreach and Recruitment for Qualified Applicants with Disabilities: The Department encourages qualified applicants with disabilities, including individuals with targeted/severe disabilities to apply in response to posted vacancy announcements. Qualified applicants with targeted/severe disabilities may be eligible for direct hire, non-competitive appointment under Schedule A (5 C.F.R. § 213.3102(u)) hiring authority. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact one of the Department’s Disability Points of Contact (DPOC) to express an interest in being considered for a position. See list of

Suitability and Citizenship: It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Congress generally prohibits agencies from employing non-citizens within the United States, except for a few narrow exceptions as set forth in the annual Appropriations Act (see, Pursuant to DOJ component policies, only U.S. citizens are eligible for employment with the Executive Office for Immigration Review, U.S. Trustee’s Offices, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Unless otherwise indicated in a particular job advertisement, qualifying non-U.S. citizens meeting immigration and appropriations law criteria may apply for employment with other DOJ organizations. However, please be advised that the appointment of non-U.S. citizens is extremely rare; such appointments would be possible only if necessary to accomplish the Department's mission and would be subject to strict security requirements. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All DOJ employees are subject to a residency requirement. Candidates must have lived in the United States for at least three of the past five years. The three-year period is cumulative, not necessarily consecutive. Federal or military employees, or dependents of federal or military employees serving overseas, are excepted from this requirement. This is a Department security requirement which is waived only for extreme circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.

Veterans: Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the "point" system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service- connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).

Updated September 22, 2023

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