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Inspector General Financial Auditor - NRO

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $81,548 – $126,062
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As an Inspector General Financial Auditor for the CIA, you will conduct and oversee performance and financial-related audits while serving at the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). The NRO is in charge of designing, building, launching, and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites.

Your responsibilities will include developing and writing audit guides; developing and documenting audit findings in accordance with accepted government auditing standards; and developing audit conclusions and recommendations designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of NRO operations. Additional duties include: planning audits; assessing risk; testing controls; collecting information; analyzing data; examining and evaluating documents; managing resources; and identifying issues. Using your knowledge of accounting and management concepts, principles, and techniques and ability to understand and assess complex issues, you will analyze programs and activities while recommending appropriate action. This position requires interaction with senior NRO and contractor officials, therefore clear and concise communication is imperative. 

You will conduct various types of audits (e.g., performance, attestation, financial), and perform special reviews of programs and activities within the NRO. You will also provide oversight of an Independent Public Accountant (IPA) and support other Office of the Inspector General (OIG) functions as required.

The CIA hires Inspector General Financial Auditors at various career progression levels, from entry to senior level positions, and provides a training and development program specifically geared toward growth and advancement in the field of audits. You will be afforded the opportunity for growth beyond a particular area of expertise and the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the intricacies of NRO management. Auditors hired at the expert level will support additional corporate level Inspector General’s initiatives to include performing as the Auditor-In-Charge (AIC). 

As an Inspector General Financial Auditor, you will be hired as an employee of the CIA and subsequently detailed to the NRO. Some travel may be required.

Enterprise Functions at the CIA – Office of the Inspector General

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is part of the CIA’s Enterprise Functions, which provides governance and oversight to the business of intelligence effort across the Agency at Headquarters and in locations worldwide. OIG is an independent office of the CIA that promotes economy, efficiency, effectiveness and accountability in the management of CIA activities by performing independent audits, inspections, investigations, and reviews of CIA programs and operations. Additionally, OIG seeks to detect and deter fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement. Learn more about the Office of Inspector General.

In this position, you will serve at the NRO, a government agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America's intelligence satellites. The NRO provides reconnaissance information to the Intelligence Community and the Department of Defense warfighters. Please visit the NRO website for more information.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Accounting
    • Business Management (including at least 24 semester hours of auditing or accounting)
    • Finance
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of accounting and management concepts
  • Ability to apply Government Auditing Standards
  • Ability to assess and analyze complex issues
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team
  • Ability to be self-motivated with strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Attention to administrative detail
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment

Desired Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a relevant discipline
  • Two to five (2-5) years of experience in government auditing
  • Demonstrated experience with and knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) guidelines and US Government contracting
  • Any of the following certifications:
    • Certified Public Accountants
    • Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Previous or Current Experience related to:
    • NRO
    • Financial statements
    • Audits

The following items must be attached to your online application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
  • A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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Posted: Mar 17, 2015 11:48 AM
Last Updated: May 17, 2018 01:13 PM

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