Supervisory Systems Accountant

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 24, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Financial Management and Business Operations (FMBO), Financial Management (FM). FM is responsible for the development and maintenance of GAO's financial management information system which includes financial operations, accounting, travel, budget, acquisitions and management reporting systems.

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- Directs the work of subordinate staff and performs supervisory responsibilities that include assigning work, establishing performance criteria and standards, evaluating performance, providing technical and administrative advice and assistance as needed, with resolving complaints and grievances, providing staff development and initiating improvement plans, and taking disciplinary actions.

- Plans assignments to be accomplished by subordinates by setting and adjusting priorities considering the difficulty and requirements of actions and the subordinates skills and experience levels, including coaching, training, mentoring and developing staff to improve productivity and quality of work.

- Ensures that financial management systems and interfaces are designed and configured to meet GAO functional and internal control requirements as well central agency requirements specified in the Treasury Financial Manual and other regulatory guidance.

- Ensures that financial management system and interface transitions, upgrades, patches, enhancements and configuration changes are successfully tested and validated prior to being put into production.

- Ensures that financial management systems and interfaces are available and operating as intended; that transactions are processed in a timely manner; that issues are tracked and resolved timely and that necessary configuration changes are made promptly.

- Serves as COR for assigned systems. Confirms that all deliverables are operating as specified. Works with vendors to ensure timely implementation of upgrades and modifications. Ensures that procedures established to monitor performance are operating as specified and that customer satisfaction metrics are being met.

- Develop solutions to resolve issues and to improve system effectiveness; integrate financial management system data into the GAO Enterprise Data Warehouse to meet current and future needs and provide expert advice on financial system integrations and enhancements.

- Develops, approves and monitors projects that improve accessibility, timeliness, accuracy and reporting of financial data. Identifies and implements improvements to financial business practices to continuously improve productivity.

- Develops procedural manuals, methods, and directives for financial management system users; prepares and coordinates SOPs with management officials and system users; ensures availability of user documentation on agency's intranet.

-Provides training to system users via webinars, VTC sessions, and one-on-one sessions as needed.

- Provides expert support to reviews, audits and investigations conducted by third parties.

- When legacy systems are replaced, ensures that data is archived and available for query and audit support.

- Supervises, develops and trains a staff of financial management professionals carrying out the mission of the office.

- Manages and executes other special projects as assigned.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

You must meet all qualification requirements before the announcement closes.


Applicants must have at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience at the next lower band/grade level equivalent to a GS-13 in the federal service. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully resolve accounting systems problems, interpret policies, and provide advice and guidance on accounting procedures. Do you meet the requirements as described? Answer to this question is required. Your response must be supported by your resume.


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 semester hours may include up to six (6) hours of credit in business law. (Note: the terms "accounting' and "auditing" may be used interchangeably for purposes of crediting course work.)


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.

Additional information

This is a not bargaining unit position.

Based on the staffing needs, additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

Selectee may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid for by the GAO.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's policy is to provide equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The U.S. GAO is part of the Legislative Branch of the Federal government. As such, all positions are in the excepted service. Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the GAO require completion of a one-year or two-year probationary period.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job. If you meet all of the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Please make sure that your responses to the assessment questions are supported in your resume. Follow all instructions carefully as incomplete answers, errors, or omissions may affect your rating. Your rating will be invalid if you fail to include a narrative reply to any vacancy question(s) that requires further explanation or your reply is "see resume."

All applicants will be rated based on their responses to the assessment questions, in conjunction with the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA's):
  • Ability to manage a staff of financial management professionals; to include leading, managing and/or supervising (planning, organizing, directing, reviewing, etc.) the work activities of team members and/or subordinate staff while concurrently utilizing management techniques to motivate, train, develop and direct an organizational unit with a focus on delivering high quality customer service and achieving results through an outcome-based approach.
  • Expert knowledge of federal financial management and accounting concepts, principles, and procedures.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of project management concepts, principles and procedures.
  • Skill in applying internal controls concepts, principles and procedures.
  • Experience interpreting complex financial and accounting data and provide appropriate analysis and recommendations for senior management decisions.
  • Experience reviewing, analyzing and evaluating automated financial management systems and interfaces to ensure effective and efficient operations.
  • Skill in communicating clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to develop and/or deliver briefings, project papers, staff reports, and correspondence to managers that explain technically complex matters in terms appropriate for the audience. This includes communicating effectively with system designers and FMBO staff to ensure that financial systems and tools meet GAO needs. By way of definition, oral communication may include methods used by employees with disabilities such as sign language interpretation, text-to-speech or TTY technology, and amplification devices.
  • Skill in developing and maintaining reports and other tools to support financial management needs as they arise.
  • Skill in developing guidance, memoranda, procedures, and instructions that cover a wide variety financial management and processing topics.
  • Experience monitoring financial systems activity to identify and resolve issues with transaction processing in a timely manner.

Veterans Preference applies to this announcement. For more information regarding veterans' preference please visit

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

You must provide a complete application package which includes:

- Resume: must be created using the USAJOBS resume builder and show relevant work experience.

- If you are using your education to qualify (even partially), you must submit a copy of your transcripts. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you will be required to provide official transcripts. Foreign Education: If you are submitting a transcript from a non-US educational institution, applicants must submit all necessary documents to a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service.

- If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit adequate proof of active service in the Armed Forces including Member 4 copy of your DD-214, which indicates character of service. To claim 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15 and a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs verifying the percentage of your disability and preference in hiring. To claim 5-Point veterans' preference, you must submit a Member 4 copy of the DD - 214 or if you are currently active duty and are within 120 days of discharge or release from active duty, you must submit certification of expected discharge or release under honorable conditions with your application. The certification must be an official statement of service from the armed forces command.

- Current or former federal employees may submit their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent), showing tenure, type of service (competitive/excepted) and the highest grade held.

Failure to submit any of the above mentioned required documents will result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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