Financial Management Specialist, GS-0501-14 NF

Alexandria, Virginia
Dec 04, 2020
Dec 11, 2020
Full Time


This position is in the Payments and Analytics Branch (PAB), of the Division of Financial Management, Office of Budget, Finance and Award Management.

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  • Leads recurring (i.e., annual/quarterly/monthly), and ad hoc post-award monitoring initiatives for NSF's grant and cooperative agreement program. Recurring efforts include, but are not limited to, grant expenditure testing and accrual validation, monitoring of cancelling appropriations and unliquidated obligations, remittance and refund analysis, Grants Oversight and New Efficiency Act (GONE Act) reporting, and program income reporting.
  • Leads monitoring and internal / external reporting surrounding contract, travel, and other commercial payments. Specific efforts may include travel card delinquency and misuse monitoring, anomalous transactions, accelerated payment (prompt pay / quick pay) reporting, and analysis of commercial payment trends.
  • Leads recurring and ad hoc initiatives related to compliance with the Payment Integrity Information Act of 2019 (PIIA), OMB A-123 Appendix C, Requirements for Payment Integrity Improvement and subsequent government-wide payment integrity mandates and requirements.
  • Represents the Branch in providing payment analysis support and reporting in serving NSF Directorates and other major offices in carrying out the financial management rules and regulations of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), General Accounting Office (GAO), General Services Administration (GSA), Department of Treasury; and NSF policies and procedures.
  • Assists the Branch Chief in review of deliverables and management of projects led by Data Analytics and Assurance Program contract support.
  • Leads the Branch in data initiatives and developing dashboards, analytical tools, reports, techniques, or other data products to improve operational efficiency and function as a data-driven organization.
  • Supports the Branch in the development of automations using UIPath or other Robotic Process Automation platforms.
  • Supports Accounting Operations Branch in data analysis and outputs related to accounts payable and expense activity, and monthly Fund Balance with Treasury cash reconciliations.
  • Support the Branch Chief as lead point-of-contact for payment related financial statement and information security audit requests and walkthroughs.
  • Reviews the impact of systems changes or enhancements to iTRAK, Concur, ACM$, IPP, or other systems and evaluates their effect on branch programs and controls.
  • Reviews the impact of proposed changes to reports, internal controls and audit trails. Performs various financial tasks through creating ad-hoc reports from systems to include but not be limited to: Guest panel system, Concur staff travel, iTRAK financial system, IPP electronic invoicing system, Citibank customer portals, etc.
  • Supports and reviews work of junior staff in advisory and technical support for the Invoice Processing Platform (IPP).
  • Serves as the Agency POC with the Department of Treasury and the first line of contact for outside vendor inquiries.

  • Financial Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Program Management
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

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, including volunteer experience.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.


To qualify at the GS-14, you need to have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in federal service in grants management, financial analysis and monitoring, data and analytics, automation, or internal control and compliance activities. Examples of specialized experience include: conducting analyses over payment operations and payment data; grants management, addressing compliance requirements with Office of Management and Budget and internal policies, procedures, and guidance; using software applications and technology to develop financial reports and analyses; using software application or technology to streamline and/or automate manual processes; supporting the preparation of audit responses or data items; implementing corrective actions to address audit issues; monitoring financial transactions and summarizing issues for management; and resolving any issues or problems that arise during the payment or award monitoring process.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level. Examples of specialized experience include: planning, formulating, managinf

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

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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