Staff Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Sep 26, 2020
Closes
Oct 04, 2020
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Assets Forfeiture Management Staff is responsible for the administrative management functions of the Assets Forfeiture Program in the Department of Justice. These functions includes managing the Assets Forfeiture funds. Managing and operating the Consolidated Asset Tracking System (CATS).
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Responsibilities

  • You will develop guidance on fund control activities between agencies that impacts various accounting operations.
  • You will evaluate accounting program studies and analysis to determine legal and regulatory compliance.
  • You will provides guidance on the processes, methods and resolutions for problems related to the recording and control of accounting data.
  • You will develop and implement program-wide procedures, policies and guidelines related to complete accounting programs.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
14

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen or National.
  • You will be required to complete a pre-employment security investigation and background check which includes a drug screening.
  • You may be required to complete a one-year probationary or trial period.
  • Selective Service registration is required for males born on, or after, December 31st 1959. Those not registered should have an approved exemption on file.
  • You must meet all eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement and continue to meet these requirements throughout the hiring process. Offers can be rescinded if requirements are not met.
  • Additional selections may be made from this announcement, for up to 90 days, if openings occur in other offices serviced by Justice Management Division.
  • Financial Disclosure: If selected, you may be required to disclose financial information in accordance with DOJ and Federal ethics guidelines.


Qualifications

To qualify for the position of Staff Accountant, (GS-0510-14), you must meet the basic qualification requirements listed below AND possess the required specialized experience specific to the series and grade you are applying to.
There may also be a positive education requirement for some occupations, please see the Education section for details. If there are licensing or certification requirements, please see the Required Documents section for details on how to verify you license or certificate.

Education: 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."). OR 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; OR
  • 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.
  • To qualify for this position at theGS-14 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service, experience includes:
  • Develop procedural manuals, methods, and/or directives for the validation of accounting data.
  • Provide authoritative guidance on the specifications and regulatory requirements for the management of accounting operations and financial reporting.
  • Analyze policies and procedures for operational accounting and financial reporting and recommend changes to improve accuracy, timeliness, and efficiency to management.
  • Briefs management in written and oral formats on findings and recommendations regarding fiscal and accounting operations.
  • Demonstrates knowledge or understanding of the accounting aspects of the asset forfeiture lifecycle.
  • Demonstrates knowledge or understanding of automated asset tracking and accounting systems.

  • You MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/05/2020.
    Your resume must support your responses to the questionnaire and qualification requirements. Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating. See the Required Documents section for important notes about what must be included in your resume.

    Education

    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."). OR 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; OR
  • 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

    General Employment Information:
    • DOJ EEO Statement/Policy: http://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/08-eeo-policy.pdf
    • Selective Service: If you were born male, on or after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Additional information is found at: www.sss.gov .
    • Reasonable Accommodation Statement: Our policy can be found at: https://www.justice.gov/jmd/eeos/manual-and-procedures-providing-reasonable-accommodation
    • Schedule A for Persons with Disabilities : Learn more at USAJOBS - Individuals with Disabilities .
    • Preference Eligible Veterans and Military Spouses : Please see USAJOBS Veterans Preference for more details.
    • Career Transition Assistance Programs (CTAP & ICTAP) : For more information visit: USAJOBS Career Transition Programs


    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be conducted. The information you provide will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your eligibility for Federal employment, and then whether you are qualified for this particular position. Some announcements may use additional USA Hire assessment batteries and you will be notified if you're required to take an additional assessment.

    Your application will be evaluated and rated under DOJ's Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, and other characteristics):
    • Financial Budget and Program Analysis.
    • Managing Programs and Projects
    • Problem Solving and Accounting Policies/Guidelines


    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Documentation requirements may vary from applicant to applicant based on your eligibility claims.
    For example, Veteran documents would be required only from applicants claiming Veteran's Preference. It is your responsibility to carefully review the list of document descriptions below, to see which documents are required for your application.

    ALL APPLICANTS : You must submit a detailed resume containing the following pieces of information for each job listed:
    • official position title,
    • employer name and contact information,
    • start and end dates ( including month and year ),
    • a detailed list of duties & accomplishments,
    • your highest salary (or grade/step) achieved, and
    • the number of hours worked per week (or indicate full-time).
    If you're unsure about what to include in your resume, please review the USAJOBS Resume Writing Tutorial on YouTube. You are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder , as this will ensure you're including everything that is required.

    If you are claiming a Veterans Preference eligibility:
    • When claiming a Veteran's Preference, you must submit your last DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) form, specifically the Member #4 Copy, indicating dates and character of service and discharge type.
    • If you are a V eteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more , you will need to additionally submit the SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans Preference) and a copy of your VA Letter stating your disability rating.
    • If you are the qualifying parent or spouse of a disabled, deceased, or deployed Veteran, and are seeking a derived preference eligibility, you must submit appropriate supporting documentation such as the Veterans DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, and/or Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. See Veteran Family Preference for more information.
    • For more information on each type of Veterans Preference, and the documentation required for each, see FedsHireVets .
    If you are a person with a severe disability, claiming eligibility under Schedule A :
    • You must submit "proof of a disability" documentation from your doctor or a licensed vocational rehabilitation professional. You can see sample letters here .
    • For more information about Schedule A and verification requirements, please see OPM's Schedule A site .
    If you are a displaced Federal employee claiming eligibility under CTAP or ICTAP :
    • You must submit your separation notice or agency RIF letter from your agency.
    • If you have not yet been separated, you can provide the letter of intent to separate you from the agency because of reduction-in-force.
    • See USAJOBS' Career Transition Programs for more information.
    If you are using education to qualify for this position, or education is required :
    • You must submit a transcript, which may be unofficial, as long as it contains a full listing of courses, credit earned, grade and grade-point-average, subject area, degree(s) earned, and dates of award.
    • Your transcript must come from a nationally-accredited educational institution recognized by the Department of Education.
    • If submitting a foreign transcript, you must have the transcript reviewed by an approved foreign education review organization recognized by the Department of Education.
    • Please do not submit electronic transcripts with documentation security protection, these may prevent our application system from accepting and processing the document.
    More Info:
    USAJOBS - What documents might I need to provide?
    Application Manager Help - Documents

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