Accountant Recent Graduate, ZA-0510-II

Washington D.C.
Jul 19, 2017
Jul 19, 2018
Full Time

About the Agency

BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, and a comfortable, healthy and efficient work environment. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely comprised of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals. To learn more about working at BEA or to see open positions, please visit our Web site. BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC.

The Recent Graduate Program is a one-year program that targets individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants will be place in a dynamic, one-year career development program. Throughout the program, you will participate in formal training, job assignments and receive a mentor to develop competencies applicable to BEA's mission and needs. This position is at the Band II (GS-7 Equivalent) level with an opportunity for permanent appointment upon successful completion of the program. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is August 3, 2017. After this date additional referral list will be created as vacancies are available. This announcement covers multiple positions with the various Directorates of the Bureau of Economic Analysis through July 19, 2018.

**Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within BEA from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location **

  • Not Required

  • No

  • U.S. citizen,
  • Suitable for Federal Employment,
  • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450),
  • Registered for Selective Service System. If applicable (,
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher,
  • A One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Applicants must apply within two years of obtaining degree or certificate completion (except veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have six years after degree completion).

    NOTE: To show proof of meeting this requirement, all applicants must submit a copy of their college transcripts with the degree conferred date (does not have to be the official transcript at this time).


    To be eligible as a Recent Graduate, you must have already obtained a degree within 2 years from close of announcement.

    Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    As an Accountant, you must meet the following Basic Requirements:

    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.


    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.

    To qualify for a Band II (GS-7 Equivalent):

    In addition to meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements above, applicants must have the education listed below.

    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education (18 credit hours, 27 quarter hours; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

    S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.

    1. Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
    2. Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

      1. 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
      2. 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

    EXPERIENCE: (Accounting Related)

    BAND II: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the Band-II (GS-5). Examples of specialized experience are: preparing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting accounting data; operating, maintaining, and modifying accounting systems; using accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems and structuring of organization programs; managing, operating, and analyzing cost accounting systems in connection with manufacturing or other business activities; designing, implementing, and assessing internal control processes and systems.

    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.

    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Not Applicable


    The individual selected for this position will:

    ● Review survey forms submitted by respondent companies for accuracy and consistency.

    ● Contact respondent companies to obtain survey response, correct errors on survey forms, request additional information, and provide guidance on how to correctly fill out surveys within the deadlines established by management.

    ● Estimate data for companies when they are unable to provide accurate information.

    ● Research financial information on the internet and in databases.