Supervisory Staff Accountant

Washington D.C.
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 27, 2017
Full Time

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Under Secretary for Management, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as an assistant to the Director advising management on operating effectiveness for variety of financial management operation activities applying the GAO's Standards of Internal Control and auditing techniques. This position requires application of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods of assessment of complex management processes, systems, and programs.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, Interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

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As you may be aware, the President has ordered a government-wide hiring freeze subject to certain limited exceptions. Although we are moving forward with the consideration of candidates, we may not make a selection for this vacancy announcement. In addition, any offers of employment made will be contingent upon that offer's consistency with applicable authorities concerning hiring, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive guidance and government-wide plans.

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Who May Apply:
This position is being announced as All Sources and is open to All US Citizens and Status Candidates. Eligibles include:

  • US Citizens
  • Current federal employees who hold or held a non-temporary career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service
  • Persons eligible for reinstatement
  • Displaced federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) in the local commuting area
  • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special hiring authorities click here or Interchange Agreement view here
  • Veterans' preference eligible or veterans who have been separated from the Armed forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty( view information on certain veterans eligibilities under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act, VEOA)
  • For definitions and terms found in this announcement, please click here.

Applicants must submit all required documentation to properly qualify for this position, if deemed and certified as eligible under either Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) and/or Merit Promotion (MP) procedures. To determine if you have competitive status, refer to block 34 on your most recent SF-50.

Please carefully review the job announcement for eligibility requirements.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • Basic Education Requirement:
    To meet basic eligibility for this position, you must meet the conditions below. Transcripts must be provided, if applicable, along with any certifications that would substantiate your claim for eligibility.
    A. Successful completion of a full 4-year degree in accounting or 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. OR
    B. A combination of education and experience that includes 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 accounting background must also include one the following: 

    1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to  6 hours of business law. 
    2. A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), obtained through written  examination. 
    3. 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 hours requirement of paragraph A, provided that  (a) I have 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 I have 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, my education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. (You must provide written documentation with this application from a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors attesting this experience).
    Specialized Experience Requirement:  In addition to the basic education requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience in private industry, public service, non-profit or volunteer work that is equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. This experience must have provided the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position.
    At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-14 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) advising and providing guidance to management on all industry related matters affecting contracting activities. Such experience includes:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through federal service, including all of the following: 1) developing organizational-wide internal audit programs based on professional accounting and audit standards; 2) conducting financial risk assessments across a complex, multi-matrixed organization; 3) analyzing the severity of aggregated financial internal control deficiencies to the organization; and 4) analyzing the efficacy of planned/completed action plans to meet organizational audit goals.

    In addition to the qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) to be considered qualified for the position: Time-in-grade
    Current General Schedule (GS) federal employees, and those that have served in GS positions within the last 52 weeks, must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade, or a combination of the next lower grade level and an equivalent band in the federal service.

    Note: Current or former Federal employees MUST submit a copy of their SF-50 Form which shows competitive service appointment ("position occupied" block 34 on the SF-50 should show a "1"), tenure group (block 24 should show a 1 or 2), grade, and salary. If you are applying for a higher grade, please provide the SF-50 Form which shows the length of time you have been in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF50s include promotions, With-in Grade/Range Increases and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job). If you have promotion potential in your current position, please provide proof. Employees applying with an interchange agreement must provide proof of their permanent appointment. IF YOU DO NOT SUBMIT ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION AS A STATUS CANDIDATE.

    All qualifications and eligibility requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications; applicant's resumes and supporting documentation should only reflect education received from schools accredited by such institutions. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following Website:

    If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency (a U.S. private organization's interpretation that such education has been deemed at least equivalent to conventional U.S. education programs) with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires each and every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation for Secret clearance as a condition of placement in this Non-Critical Sensitive position. This review includes financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


    Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. 

    Candidates who apply under All U.S. Citizens procedures will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures.  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category.   The categories are defined as follows:

    Best Qualified – Demonstrates better overall or key knowledge, skills, or abilities for a specific position.
    Well Qualified – Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position, but does not necessarily meet the definition of best qualified.
    Qualified – Meets the minimum qualifications standards, including any selective placement factors, for a specific position.


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