Communications Analyst

Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Office of Audits
  • Location
    Multiple locations, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 25

Position description

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) was established by Congress as an independent and objective office to promote economy and effectiveness and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and abuse. The OIG conducts audits, investigations, and inspections of the Department's programs and operations and recommends ways for DHS to carry out its responsibilities in the most effective and efficient manner. 

This position is in the Office of Audits Communications Analyst (CA) branch. This branch contains a Chief CA who oversees the work of other CAs. As a CA you will help project teams produce reports and other written products that present the results of OIG audits and reviews persuasively, comprehensively, and understandably to stakeholders, Congress, the media, and the public. You may also assist as needed with other written products, such as testimony, memorandums, correspondence, communications suitable for digital media, briefing material for oral presentations,




The successful candidate uses communications strategies, analytical methods, critical thinking, knowledge of language and writing principles, and a general knowledge of audit methods to understand and improve the delivery of complex information to diverse audiences. Primary responsibilities include:
•Using knowledge of language and writing principles and analytical methods to help project teams create, revise, and finalize reports and related documents that clearly explain and present the results of audits and reviews of DHS programs and operations, which generally include substantive issues with policy implications.
•Working cooperatively and tactfully with diverse project teams, as well as managers, giving advice and guidance and ensuring teams' analytical techniques, project findings, and conclusions are described in well-organized, clear, concise, and easily understood reports and other relevant documents. Helping teams use "plain language" to convey technical and sensitive information clearly and concisely, thus ensuring reports are understandable to a wide audience without sacrificing thoroughness, accuracy, and nuance.
•Advising and helping develop and/or conducting informal and formal training to improve staff writing skills. This may include developing and presenting, virtually or in person, training materials and guidance to promote professionally written products. 
Consistently applying OIG's writing guidelines and other style practices.




For the GS-14 level: At least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience, at or equivalent to the GS-13 level:
1. Using communications strategies, analytical methods, critical thinking, knowledge of language and writing principles, and a general knowledge of audit methods to help organizations and project teams draft, revise, and produce written products, such as report outlines, draft and final reports, congressional testimony, correspondence, briefing materials, and products suitable for digital media.
2. Consistently applying relevant writing guidelines and other style practices, plain language principles, and grammar and punctuation rules to reports and other documents; identifying and resolving deficiencies in writing; and editing written products to ensure proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence and paragraph structure.
3. Ensuring an organization's and project teams' written products are clear, accurate, understandable, and accessible to a wide audience, and compliant with appropriate writing guidelines and principles.
NOTE: If you are selected for an interview, a writing exercise may be administered as part of the interview process
Conditions of Employment: You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position, must successfully pass a background investigation, be able to obtain SECRET security clearance. You will be required to undergo periodic drug testing. Selective Service registration required. Financial disclosure is required.



$132,368 - $172,075 (GS-14 Step 1 to GS-14 Step 10)

Application instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following documents to [email protected]:
- Your resume
- If available, a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, with-in grade/range increases).

Additional Information:
Travel Requirements: 
Occasional Travel. You may be expected to travel for this position.
Telework eligible:
Yes—as determined by the agency policy

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