ACCOUNTANT

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Oct 14, 2020
Closes
Oct 21, 2020
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) is seeking an Accountant to serve as a government-wide subject matter expert on a variety of procurement issues with a focus on accounting and cost or pricing and as a procurement advisor to OMB, other departments and agencies.
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Responsibilities

The incumbent will share with the Associate Administrator, Deputy Administrator and the Administrator the major responsibility for promoting economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the procurement of property and services by Executive Branch Departments and Agencies. The incumbent also supports OFPP's statutory role on the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) Board. The CAS Board has the exclusive authority to make, promulgate, and amend cost accounting standards and interpretations designed to achieve uniformity and consistency in the cost accounting practices governing the measurement, assignment, and allocation of costs to contracts with the United States .

As a ACCOUNTANT, GS-0510-15, your typical work assignments may include the following:
  • Serves as the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) expert on Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) as well as cost or pricing issues and provides expert level analysis, evaluation and recommendations to the Administrator.
  • Provides expert analysis to the administrator on promulgations and amendments to the CAS as well as interpretations that achieve the goal of uniformity and consistency in cost accounting practices.
  • Provides policy leadership and professional management direction to develop government-wide procurement, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Oversees implementation of procurement, CAS, and cost and pricing policy and procedures by the departments and agencies.
  • Identifies "best practices" and problems in implementation of such policy and procedures. Makes changes in policy to address implementation problems, and prepares "best practices" for publication and dissemination to departments and agencies.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for OMB organizations and departments and agencies on matters pertaining to accounting and cost and pricing related issues; Serves as chair or member, as appropriate, of inter-agency working groups addressing assigned subjects.
  • Provides briefings and training in assigned subjects to departments and agencies, other government activities, and private organizations, as appropriate.
  • Maintains regular communications with RMOs and procurement executives, through the procurement advisors, to gain knowledge of the role of budget, accounting, financial, and management systems in the implementation of procurement initiatives in the various agency's achievement of its mission, quality performance, and cost reduction efforts.
  • Participates in spring and fall budget reviews with RMOs to provide advice and assistance on procurement and related accounting, financial, and management systems in the implementation of procurement initiatives.
  • Manages the day-to-day activities of the Cost Accounting Standards Board to enable its timely and effective operations and provides regular briefings on CAS-related matters to OMB leadership, the CAS Board, and other interested stakeholders as appropriate.


Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Selective Service registration if a male born after December 31, 1959
  • Subject to pre-employment and random drug tests
  • Direct Deposit is required
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE PAID
  • Suitability for Federal employment
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
  • Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
  • Status candidates must meet time-in-grade requirements (52 weeks at the next lower grade level).


Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the qualification requirements outlined below to be considered minimally qualified for this position. The qualification requirements are in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standards. ALL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE MET BY THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

A. 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.

OR

B. 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.

  • AND
    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Examples of specialized experience are:

    You may qualify at the GS-15 level, if you fulfill the following qualification requirement:

    One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector that demonstrates your ability to 1) Utilize expert level knowledge and experience in applying Cost Accounting Standards (CAS) and procurement policy for the evaluation of procurement operations 2) Develop procurement, regulations, policies and procedures 3) Serve as a representative of a working group addressing assigned subjects 4) Provide expert briefings and training in assigned subjects to departments and agencies, other government activities, and/or private organizations and 5) Provide expert level advice and assistance on procurement and related accounting, financial, and management systems in the implementation of procurement initiatives.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service program (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.

    Education

    Additional information

    OMB Diversity and Inclusion Statement: OMB is committed to creating a multicultural and supportive work environment and strongly encourages applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the organization.

    Condition of Employment

    OMB Financial Disclosure: This position is subject to the confidential financial disclosure requirements of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-521). Therefore, if selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) (OGE Form 278 SES) to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with OMB. Providing this information will be an annual requirement.

    Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion procedures, you must be a preference eligible or a Veteran separated after 3 years or more of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

    Active Duty Military Members MAY apply under this announcement due to the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act. You must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions along with your application for Federal employment. A certification is a document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is 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 of application. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs & Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply 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 CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

    Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy Statement: http://www.eeoc.gov/federal/index.cfm

    Employment Information Resources - Resource Center: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Main_Page

    Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: For more information on noncompetitive appointment authority eligibility requirements:
    • Person with Disabilities - Schedule A
    • Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans
    • Special Hiring Authorities for Certain Military Spouses
    • Other Special Appointment Authorities
    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternative Application .

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Accounting (Financial Accounting), Cost and Pricing Policy (Cost Accounting Standards), Oral and Written Communications, Policy Development, and Procurement Laws and Regulations

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Secret

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • College transcript(s), if the position has an education requirement or if you are utilizing education as part of your qualifications.
    • Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service). Please do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not identify all the required information needed for eligibility verification.
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • DD-214, SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities. DD-214 must be a Member 4 or Service 2 copy which reflects the type of discharge/character of service.
    • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
    • Career Transition Assistant Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)


    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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