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Financial Specialist

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 21, 2023

Maintains payment to ensure proper liquidation of obligated funds. Works closely with the overseas offices and the Library of Congress Disbursing office to process CAP payment deposits, refunds and posting in the various disparate systems. Provides guidance, instructions and training to lower-graded and/or administrative staff throughout AFOS on financial management related matters.

Conducts in-depth research and analysis of financial data using historical documents, regulations, and statistical sampling methods in order to conduct monthly, quarterly and yearly reconciliations and comparisons. Performs analysis of financial and cost data on a regular basis and by specific request. Stays abreast of regulations, directives, laws, accounting manuals, policy statements, etc., which affect accounting and funding in order to maintain fiscal activities within CAP and its associated revolving funds.

The incumbent categorizes budgetary and financial information involving issues within a large, highly integrated, and comprehensive financial management system and uses said systems to process financial transactions (i.e., obligation, payment, and liquidation of funds) for collections acquisitions transactions and to include payment processing and journal entries.

Makes recommendations, such as revisions to internal financial policies covering significant financial management issues on an as needed basis. Takes corrective action to resolve systems problems, set operating policies, and disseminate financial information.

Monitors and tracks regularly recurring financial activity. Reviews, monitors and projects financial data for a wide range of activities, such as direct and indirect expenses as part of a cost recovery model for the Overseas CAP program including inter-agency agreements.

Reviews funding and spending data to develop cost information reflecting operating expense trends for agency programs, budget line items, etc. Provides advice to management concerning the most efficient and effective means of monitoring and tracking funds.


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.

Ability to perform financial management work using computer systems and software applications.**

Ability to monitor and analyze financial data for financial activities.**

Ability to apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of program activities and operations.**

Knowledge of the federal budget process and financial management practices and procedures.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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 at step one 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.

Appointment/retention is subject to a favorable evaluation of an appropriate personnel security/suitability investigation. For more information, please see: Vetting Process

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.

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

Initial permanent appointments to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period. Probationary periods served at other Federal agencies do not count toward this requirement.

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.

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