frequently asked questions

Primary Occupation – What is the main occupation at DCAA?

DCAA audits complex, high-dollar government contracts, and the auditor occupation is our major employment opportunity. However, we are supported by, and are always seeking, highly skilled professionals in a variety of other areas including Human Resources, IT, and Administrative Support.

Levels of Auditors – What distinguishes different levels of auditor positions?

We've categorized our auditor opportunities by grade level to assist you in determining if your background and experience will qualify you for employment at DCAA as an auditor.

  • Entry-Level Positions: GS-05, GS-07, and GS-09 grade levels. These opportunities are best suited for individuals who have less than 3 years of professional level auditing experience.
  • Mid-Level Positions: GS-11 and GS-12 grade levels. These opportunities are best suited for individuals who have 3 or more years of professional level auditing experience.
  • Senior-Level Positions: GS-13, GS-14, and GS-15 grade levels. These opportunities are best suited for individuals who have advanced auditing experience involving complex contracts and programs. You can calculate your salary according to job location and grade level by using the OPM GS Salary Calculator:

Training – How will I be able to perform audit work if my background is only in the accounting field?

We understand that no one comes out of school - or the working world for that matter - knowing exactly how to do what DCAA auditors do. That's why your training will begin right away and continue throughout your time with the agency. New DCAA auditors receive specialized contract audit training provided by the Defense Contract Audit Institute (DCAI). In your first three years, you'll generally receive over 300 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) and an average of 60 hours per year there after.

For more information on DCAA training opportunities, refer to Training.

Qualifications – How do I qualify as an applicant?

You can qualify for an auditor position by meeting basic education requirements or a combination of experience and education requirements:

Education Requirements

Have at least a bachelor's degree in accounting/auditing; OR Have a bachelor's degree in business administration, finance, or public administration that includes 24 semester hours of accounting (may include up to 6 hours in business law).