Systems Accountant

Washington, D.C
Dec 08, 2022
Dec 16, 2022
Full Time

The incumbent of this position plans, directs, manages, designs, develops and maintains an agency-wide financial management system. This position is responsible for mapping, updating and maintaining the Library of Congress accounting system in compliance with the U.S. standard federal general ledger. This includes maintaining the account structure, the general ledger accounts, posting models, mapping and maintenance of the financial statements and maintaining GTAS attribute requirements. This position also creates and maintains reports for the financial staff. This position is located in the Financial Reports Division, Financial Services Directorate, Chief Operating Officer.

Provides expert technical advice to accountants and analysts in the continuing study, revision, improvement, or adjustment of the entire existing agency accounting system. Evaluates complex accounting systems on a continuing basis. Analyzes problems which are new or novel in nature and require reconciling diverse needs and viewpoints in arriving at a final system solution. Studies the accounts, reports and procedural instructions within an extensive area and considers legislative, regulatory, and administrative requirements on agency's programs and the financial management system operation.

Directs and reviews the design and development of complete agency-wide systems as well as the interfaces between common functions of agency systems used at all management levels. Directs and reviews the maintenance, updating, and development of agency accounting manuals that serve as official directives for the agency. Validates accounting data and reports for one or more complete accounting programs, ensuring accuracy and conformance with government-wide accounting principles, requirements, and internal agency controls. Issues and oversees implementation of corrections or adjustments that are technically authoritative.

Oversees the design of a complete accounting system and sub-systems for a program used within a network of operating sites. Uses ingenuity in dealing with precedent-setting situations when work programs are newly assigned and projected account structure is unknown. Develops and implements accounting policies and standards for the network.

Coordinates with contractors who have been hired to develop/implement a new system, providing all of the specifics related to the assigned office.

As a recognized technical expert, exercises broad latitude to develop policy and guidelines for customer support services. Manages special projects that have a significant impact on the delivery of customer support services. Represents customer support office in planning for the installation and implementation of new systems (e.g., upgrade to a new financial system). Participates in efforts to define post-implementation support requirements. Develops and implements performance criteria to ensure that requirements are achieved.

Participates in quick response teams in responding to customer service problems resulting from catastrophic events, such as virus infections or power outages. Consults with other experts in other specialty areas to develop integrated action plans. Develops and updates customer policies and procedures to ensure appropriate responses to future incidents of a similar nature. Exercises considerable judgment in planning and coordinating actions with interagency infrastructure protection groups to ensure an integrated response to problems of a potentially more extensive nature.

Prepares and consolidates instructions for complete accounting procedures for a region/network of sites. Prepares instructions to implement new accounting programs and to integrate aspects of former or projected programs. Develops guidance to supplement guidelines received from GAO, Department of Treasury, or 0MB. Evaluates complex accounting procedures for a network/region of sites. Studies legal and regulatory compliance, workflow, and other financial considerations on a continuing basis.

The position description number for this position is 327122.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement


Conditions of Employment

Library of Congress employees are prohibited from using illegal drugs, including marijuana. The Library is part of the Federal Government and abides by federal law, so regardless of individual state or District of Columbia laws, marijuana use is illegal, considered criminal activity, and can affect your employment at the Library. In addition, past or current drug use and activities (e.g., selling or distributing) may deem you ineligible for employment.


Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge and Application of Automated Accounting Systems and Operations.**

Knowledge and Application of Federal Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), U.S. Standard General Ledger (USSGL), Federal Financial Standards, and other Accounting Industry Regulations.**

Ability to Design and/or Refine Accounting Systems for Organization Programs.**

Ability to Communicate in Writing.

Ability to Manage and Provide Customer Support Services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.


A. 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 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


B. Combination of education and experience: at least 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 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 of paragraph A, provided that (a) 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; (b) 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 in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

  • You MUST submit a legible copy of your college/university transcripts to your online application. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if selected. Failure to submit the required legible documentation at the time of application will result in disqualification of your application.

    Foreign Education - Education completed outside the U.S. must be deemed equivalent to conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. If your college/university is outside the U.S., your transcripts must be accompanied by a report from a credential evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE) . Failure to submit a foreign education evaluation report will result in disqualification of your application.

    Additional information

    Although it is the Library's policy to afford the maximum pay benefit to employees when setting rates of pay, a new appointee who has had no previous Federal service will generally be paid the minimum step of the grade.

    The Library of Congress is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Applicants must submit a complete application package that is received by the closing date of this announcement.

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please email The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    Applicants with disabilities may be considered under special hiring procedures and must submit an appropriate certificate of eligibility when applying for this position. The proof or disability/certification may be issued by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Office, Disability Services or Career Services office of the applicant's college or university, or the Department of Veterans Affairs. The letter must verify that the applicant has a severe disability and must be dated within three years of the date of the application. Certification from health care providers are not accepted. For more information contact the Library's Office of EEO/Diversity Programs at 202-707-6024 or email FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATION WILL CAUSE YOUR APPLICATION TO NOT BE CONSIDERED UNDER THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT PROGRAM.

    The Library of Congress is the national library of the United States and is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service.

    Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation.

    The Library reserves the right to fill a lesser or greater number of vacancies indicated during the life of this vacancy announcement.

    Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.

    The Library of Congress may offer repayment for all or part of federally insured student loans. However, not all service units within the Library of Congress participates in the repayment of federally insured student loans. Therefore, determination to repay a federally insured student loan is subject to approval by the appropriate service unit.

    A "Not to Exceed" (NTE) status is used to identify an appointment with a specific ending date. However, the Library has the right to separate a NTE employee at any time due to either performance issues or budget constraints.

    Are you a veteran? Please indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming in your application materials and/or applicant profile and provide the appropriate supporting documentation to validate your claim. Those applying for 5-point preference must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214. Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out an SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. If required supporting documentation is not attached, Veterans' Preference will not be considered in the application process.