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INVESTIGATION SPECIALIST II - 79011502 DBPR/Certified Public Accounting **Internal**

Date: Sep 16, 2020

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Requisition No: 236821 

Agency: Business and Professional Regulations

Working Title: INVESTIGATION SPECIALIST II - 79011502 DBPR/Certified Public Accounting **Internal**

Position Number: 79011502 

Salary:  $1257.57 

Posting Closing Date: 09/21/2020 

Anticipated Vacancy


 Investigation Specialist II

Position Number: 79011502

Hiring Salary: $1257.57 Biweekly

*Internal Agency*


Minimum Requirements:           

  • Must have a valid Driver License Some travel required to execute job responsibilities. 
  • Must have at least 2 years experience investigating CPA complaints or performing financial audits.
  • Previous experience with collecting or analyzing evidence.
  • Investigative experience which may involve complex violations of Federal or State Statutes.


 To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position. Putting “see resume” does not substitute for completing all sections of the Candidate Profile.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.
  • Resumes and other documentation can be attached to provide additional information

Duties and Responsibilities

Within Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), the division is responsible for the regulation of certified public accountants (CPAs) and accounting firms.  

  • Analyzes and process CPA complaints to determine appropriate disposition, including coding complaints for statistical tracking purposes.  This includes identifying possible violations of the Professional Practice Act, obtaining documentation, verifying licensure and research of prior client history.  Maintains complaint files and compiles statistics relating to complaints received and their disposition.
  • Conducts investigations of licensed and unlicensed activities, responds to complainant, notifies the subject of the substance of the complaint and requests response to allegations, contacts witnesses and other interested parties and requests information regarding knowledge of alleged violation, obtains and reviews court records to extract pertinent data and evidence, gathers case related documents, writes investigative reports and prepares files for review by administrator and legal office. Refers non-jurisdictional cases to the agency of appropriate jurisdiction and notifies complainant of same. Prepares and sends unlicensed activity complaints to State Attorneys' Offices. Evaluates and interprets laws, rules and regulations as they apply to the Accountancy Professional Practice Act and related statutes and recommends changes as necessary, composes reports, letters, memoranda, proposals, legislative recommendations and other official documents that relate to the complaints, complaint analysis and processing procedure and other issues relevant to the Accountancy Professional Practice Act. Review Clerk of Court records for pending legal actions.  Contacts attorneys for pending legal actions. Consults with, assists and acts as liaison between and among complainants, licensees, consultants and other governmental agencies and the various sections of the Department as it relates to enforcement process.
  • Assist supervisor with special projects relating to enforcement activities, including providing statistical data.  Also responsible for reviewing enforcement FAQs and webpage content for accuracy and current data, including making recommendations for content.
  • Ability to understand and apply applicable statutes, rules and policies relating to the practice of public accounting.
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work assignments. 
  • Knowledge of Word and Excel software packages. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral formats.
  • This position is required to have regulatory responsibilities and is subject to the provision of Chapter 60K-15 Florida Administrative Code
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:     

  • Ability to demonstrate a professional and courteous demeanor.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills, proficient with Microsoft Word and computers, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines. 
  • Ability to plan and establish priorities for work assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.


Applicant Note: If you are the selected candidate for this position and hold a current license through the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation, you may be required to place your license in an inactive status.

NOTE: This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth in order to conduct this background check.

Applicants are required to apply through the People First system by the closing date, by applying online.  All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the advertisement.  If you have any questions regarding your application, you may call 1-877-562-7287.

The Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation is committed

to increasing recruitment and hiring of individuals with disabilities and

improving employment outcomes.


Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must contact the DBPR Human Resources (HR) Office at (850) 487-2074. DBPR requests applicants notify HR in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.



Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.  For more information, please visit the SSS website: .


If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


We hire only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Our agency participates in the E-Verify System which is a federal government electronic database available for employers to use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. 

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Gainesville