Fort Lee, Virginia
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Full Time


The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency mission is our people. It is DeCA's goal to have a workforce that is comprised of our nation's diverse cultures and backgrounds. DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families, as well as current DeCA employees. The agency employs over 15,000 people and its annual sales exceed $4 billion.
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This is a developmental position. Work assignments are progressively complex and intended to broaden your skills and provide you with practical experience to prepare you to perform at the target grade level.
  • This non-supervisory position is located in the Headquarters (HQ), Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), Office of the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer (COO), Resource Management Directorate, Accounting Division.
  • Provide subject matter expert staff accounting experience within the Resource Management Accounting Directorate. Accountants at this level may be expected to rotate within the accounting directorate based on the needs of management; therefore the PD is geared for overall flexibility, senior level accounting skills, analytic ability, business integration and leadership development as opposed to specific duties within the Branch.
  • The primary functions regardless of assignment are to: (1) apply applicable accounting policies and procedures to the business operation in order to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency (2) apply analytical skills to assess business processes and financial systems to mitigate root causes of exceptions, apply corrective action plans and accurate reporting (3) review, update and develop standard operating procedures and agency level policy (4) ensure appropriate controls are in place to mitigate risks (5) prepare, develop, analyze and submit all assigned reports to necessary components in accordance with established timelines (6) determine gaps in the end to end financial process and work in cross functional teams to determine resolution (7) foster a team environment and collaboration across functional areas and other agencies.
  • The scope of duties impacts internal DeCA to include area offices, approximately 236 commissaries. Central Distribution Centers (CDCs) and other Department of Defense (DOD) components. Within this assigned scope the incumbent is responsible for maintaining relationships and exhibiting troubleshooting solutions. Stake holders may include vendors, banks, auditors, customers at store level, other HQ activities, system administrators, financial reporting and recording activities, support functions to include payroll, travel, travel, government purchase card, resale accountability, expensing, inventory management, etc.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59 EST On the closing date.
  • Work Schedule: Fulltime
  • Tour of Duty: Flexible Schedule
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs: PCS NOT Authorized
  • Position Sensitivity: Non-Critical Sensitive
  • Security Requirements: Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility based on appropriate background investigation.
  • Overtime: Occasionally
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
  • Fair Labor Standards Act: (FLSA): Exempt
  • Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
  • Drug Testing: Not Required
  • Physical Requirement: N/A
  • Obligated Position: No
  • Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system or exempt from Selective Service. Please visit for more information.


In accordance with the General Schedule Qualification Standards and the Individual Occupational Requirements for the Accounting series, , to qualify at the GS-12, applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 grade level (or equivalent) by the closing date of this announcement. This experience may have been gained in the private or military sector.

To qualify at the GS-13, applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level (or equivalent) by the closing date of this announcement. This experience may have been gained in the private or military sector.

Applicants must also possess:
A degree in 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.")
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.

Additional information is available in the Group Coverage Qualifications Standards.

Volunteer Experience: Your experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and 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.

For qualifications determinations your resume must contain your name, a description of your duties, the number of hours worked per week and the beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position. Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position. In addition to meeting the qualifications outlined above, you must also meet the following requirements:

Time after competitive appointment: Candidates applying under merit promotion must have completed three months of civilian service after a competitive appointment by the closing date of the announcement. (5 CFR 330.501)


To Qualify at the GS-12: Current or previous federal employees must have held a permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service for a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS-11 (or equivalent) level to be eligible for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

To Qualify at the GS-13: Current or previous federal employees must have held a permanent appointment in the competitive or excepted service for a minimum of 52 weeks at the GS-12 (or equivalent) level to be eligible for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Examples of specialized experience include:
If applying for the GS-12:
  • Interpreting Congressional, Treasury, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OSD, and DFAS financial policy/guidance and develop implementing instructions for accounting activities and business units, world-wide.
  • Reviewing and developing training plans/packages for new and existing financial systems.
  • Analyzing and helping to identify root cause issues for resolution as well providing supporting financial documentation to generate financial reports (including agency level annual financial reports) and audit requirements.
  • Providing feedback on recommended solutions/program changes to bring the system in compliance with all applicable financial management regulations and guidance to include adherence to United States Standard General Ledger (USSGL) and Standard Financial Information System (SFIS) compliance standards.

If applying for the GS-13:
  • Providing senior level experience in multiple areas that may include: financial reporting, cash management, accounts receivable and payables, internal control application, business process development, discrepancy/error reporting and resolution.
  • Applying advanced accounting knowledge to interpret Congressional, Treasury , Office of Management and Budget (OMB), OSD, and DFAS financial policy /guidance and develop implementing instructions for an organization.
  • Interpreting financial data, analyzing and preparing reports and interpreting policy/guidance issued by authorized parties that include: the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Comptroller, Congress, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), Generally Acceptable Accounting Principles (GAAP), Congressional Accounting Office as well as internal directives and manuals to ensure appropriate operational/systemic business processes and internal accounting controls are in place.


Education may not be substituted for specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional information

REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position. Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants.

Re-employed Annuitant: A former Federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) is an Annuitant. An annuitant cannot be hired (i.e. re-employed) unless the vacant position meets the criteria in the Department of Defense (DOD) policy on employment of annuitants issued December 10, 2008.
The DoD criteria for hiring Re-employed Annuitants can be found at .

Re-employed Annuitant: This position Does not meet criteria for re-employed annuitant.

Other Notes:
  • Individual with Financial Difficulty: .
  • Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in you being removed from consideration for this position.
  • Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing.
  • This position may be filled at the GS-12 or GS-13 level.
  • If selected at a grade below the target grade of the position, you may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade when all statutory and regulatory requirements have been met, performance is satisfactory, and when recommended by the supervisor.
  • Promotion is not guaranteed.
  • Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a TWO-year probationary period.
  • Optional form 306 (OF-306): If you are selected for this position you may be asked to submit the OF-306 declaration for Federal Employment.
  • DoD Financial Management Certification Program Level 3 (DFMCP3) is a requirement of this position and the incumbent must either possess or achieve this certification within two years of entrance into this position in accordance with the NDAA FY 2012, Public Law 112-81 (not a DAWIA certification). The incumbent must adhere to the guidelines and requirements of this certification program. Additional details can be found in DoDI 1300.26, "Operation of the DoD Financial Management Certification Program", dated November 20, 2013.
  • The work of the position requires access to DeCA's business systems and is designated as IT Level II.
  • This position is considered YA001 telework eligible.
  • Travel by military and commercial transportation including air or land may be necessary in the performance of the officially assigned duties. Worldwide travel may be required up to 15% of incumbent's time.
  • The position involves access to or control over personal, private, sensitive but unclassified, controlled unclassified or proprietary information.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain security clearance eligibility based on appropriate background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:

  • Accounting Processes
  • Communication
  • Funds Control


To determine your qualifications, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the questions. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required.

We will review your resume and supporting documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and evaluate your relevant work experiences as it relates to fundamental competencies identified as required for this position.

Applicants must choose ALL APPLICABLE ELIGIBILITIES in order to receive consideration for this announcement. Failure to choose any eligibility or select the wrong eligibility will result in non-consideration for this position. If you are unsure as to your eligibility, please select ALL Eligibilities.

Understanding Eligibilities and Qualifications as Part of the Application Process:

Military Spouse Preference: If you are entitled to military spouse preference, in order to receive this preference you must choose the spousal eligibility in your application package referencing MSP Military Spouse Preference. Your preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming military spouse preference and qualified for the position, your name will be placed below preference eligible veteran candidates and above non-preference candidates on a list sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration. To claim Military Spouse Preference (MSP) please complete the Military Spouse PPP Self-Certification Checklist

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

Application packages should include the following documents:

Questionnaire: Required
Transcripts: Required.
Resume: Required **To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain the following:
  • Applicant's full legal name and contact information
  • Description of your duties
  • Number of hours worked per week
  • Beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position
Applicants who fail to provide the required information on their resume will not receive consideration for this position
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If you are currently serving on active duty and expected to be released or discharged within the next 120 days, you must submit written documentation from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days from the date the written documentation is signed. If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: This program applies to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; Well qualified is defined as possessing the type and quality of experience that exceeds the positions minimum qualifications. and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. For more information: .

Employees Serviced by DLA: Civilian Federal employees who receive human resources servicing through the Defense Logistics Agency DO NOT need to submit supporting documentation if applying through merit promotion. Your record in Electronic Official Personnel Folder (eOPF) will be used to verify your eligibility. It is your responsibility to ensure the required documents are in your eOPF for verification purposes. If your documents are not in eOPF, you must submit them to the announcement you are applying for at the time of application. Failure to submit all of the documents on time will result in automatic disqualification.

Overseas Employees: DeCA employees working overseas MUST submit copies of your current SF-50, showing your current tenure, grade and salary.

If you are claiming Military Spouse Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable information to verify: you reside within the commuting area of your sponsor's permanent duty station (PDS); proof of marriage to the active duty sponsor, proof of military member's active duty status, and other documentation required by the vacancy announcement to which you are applying; and must meet all pre-employment criteria and be eligible for immediate noncompetitive appointment to a position in the competitive service.
Documentation required: Marriage Certificate or License, Signed Self-Certification Checklist, Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214, VA Letter, Statement of Service, if applicable), Transcripts (if applicable).
Additional documentation required if previously held a federal position: SF-50s (e.g., LWOP, highest grade held, overseas appointments, etc.), SF-75 Information, and documentation of performance rating of record (dated within the last 12 months).

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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