Washington D.C.
Aug 09, 2017
Aug 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

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You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package. Your application may not receive full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.

This position is located at SA-44, 301 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC., in the Bureau of Management, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Central Accounting and Reporting Division (M/CFO/CAR).

Announcement 17-0141-CRC is open concurrently with this announcement and has an area of consideration of Federal Status Candidates. You must apply separately to be considered under both announcements.

  • Not Required

  • No

  • United States Citizenship is required.
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below).
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959, must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer is required.
  • You will be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • GS-14: In addition to the basic qualifications, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the next lower level for this position includes:

    • Direct experience with the financial reporting requirements OMB Circular A-136, the United States Standard General Ledger (USSGL) chart accounts, and Treasury crosswalks to standard external reports.
    • Identify and resolve differences between General Ledger (GL) and Subsidiary Ledger (SL) using the reconciliation model.
    • Develop, implement, and apply database tools to assemble and analyze cash transaction data.
    • Support the calculation and resolution of the agency cash difference with Treasury.
    • Communicate both orally and in writing with a wide variety of customers or stakeholders including the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and/or U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) regarding complex accounting/financial issues.
    • Perform reconciliations, including authority reconciliations between General Ledger (GL) and the budget module, external payments, collections, and budgetary carry-over.
    • Resolve complex financial and operational management issues and coordinating solutions with auditors from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) and/or GAO.
    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, relevant to the duties of the position to be filled, including volunteer experience.

    ICTAP candidates will be referred to the selecting official if they are found well qualified. Well-qualified means an eligible employee who possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities which clearly exceed the minimum requirements of the position. A well-qualified employee must meet the qualification and eligibility requirements of the position, including any medical qualifications, suitability, and minimum education and experience requirements, meet all selective factors (where applicable); meet quality ranking factors and are assigned to the Silver Category or higher Category; be physically qualified with reasonable accommodation to perform the essential duties of the position; meet any special qualifying U.S. OPM-approved conditions; AND be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry without additional training.

    A well-qualified candidate will not necessarily meet the definition of highly or best qualified when evaluated against other candidates who apply for a particular position. In the absence of selective and quality ranking factors, selecting officials will document the job-related reason(s) for qualification determinations.

    Positive education requirement.

    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.")

    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 oneof 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 Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
    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-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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    *Please be advised that an official transcript will be required if you are selected for the position. Please include a copy of your official or unofficial transcript that demonstrates that you meet the education requirement listed above prior to the closing date of the announcement. If you do not include this information prior to the closing date of the announcement, your application will be marked as incomplete unless submit an SF-50 that shows you are currently or previously held a position in the 0510 job series.

    Note: Your answers to the assessment questionnaire must be supported in your resume.



    As an Accountant, you will:

    • Review and report to ensure accuracy and timeliness and provide agency-wide policy and oversight on a variety of operating accounting and financial reporting matters.
    • Serve as an Agency advisor on financial management issues as they relate to the overall Agency fiscal control system.
    • Serve as an advisor to the overseas missions in the maintenance of accounts, the preparation of financial statements, and other specialized unique financial management problems.
    • Develop financial management policy to address the resolution of highly difficult problems and provide direction on regulatory requirements, adequate internal controls, and capturing useful, reliable, and meaningful financial information.
    • Direct staff and/or contractors in the development of written internal procedures for general ledger and cash journal accounting, financial reporting to other government agencies, project accounting and reporting, and interagency billings.
    • Maintain comprehensive review and analysis of all executive, legislative and regulatory actions to ensure that all data requirements are imposed and are met in a timely and efficient manner.
    • Provide expert advice on the interpretation of account regulations and impact of new legislation or program initiatives.
    • Prepare policy and procedures that incorporate statues, regulations, and generally accepted accounting principles and standards, that provide support and guidance for the agency's operations.
    • Serve as the office contact for reviewing and reporting on matters related to the Federal Manager's Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA), providing information on material and other management control weaknesses identified during reviews.

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