Auditor (Bankruptcy)

US Government, Department of Justice

The United States Trustee Program (USTP) is a litigating component of the Department of Justice whose mission is to promote the integrity and efficiency of the bankruptcy system for the benefit of all stakeholders, debtors, creditors, and the public. As a national program with 21 regions consisting of 90 field offices, the USTP has broad administrative, regulatory, and enforcement authorities in bankruptcy cases.


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Job Grade: 13
Total Openings: many


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. Day-to-day duties 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


Selective Placement Factor: applicant must have at least six (6) months bankruptcy experience with a basic knowledge of bankruptcy regulations and procedures. 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. -and- 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. -or- 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: 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; A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or, 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: 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; 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 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.

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