ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN

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Employer
USAJobs
Location
Havre de Grace, Maryland
Posted
Jan 13, 2021
Closes
Jan 21, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

THIS IS A NATIONAL GUARD TITLE 5 EXCEPTED SERVICE POSITION.

This National Guard position is for a ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN, Position Description Number T5151000 and is part of the MD USPFO, National Guard.

Telework Eligible in accordance with agency policy.
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Responsibilities

As an Accounting Technician, GS-0525-08, you will perform broad in-depth analysis on multiple management systems and applies this information to complicated precedent type cases to resolve especially difficult and sensitive, out of balance conditions associated with processing actions within accounting systems. Analyzes and evaluates data to conduct a variety of fiscal reconciliations, reviews, and account adjustments. Reconciles accounting and budget data with Program Managers and the USPFO Deputy Financial Manager/Budget Officer. Balances all Program Managers' accounts with the federal database of record. Performs fact finding, research, and investigations to identify, analyze and recommend solutions regarding fiscal accounting activity. Analyzes particular facts of fiscal transaction problems/issues; verifies, evaluates, and interprets considerable amounts of data; obtains additional information to reconcile discrepancies or inconsistencies; and applies pertinent fiscal laws, regulations, precedent decisions, and procedures to determine appropriate action for resolution. Relies often on experience and judgment rather than guides to fill in gaps, identify sources of information, and make working assumptions about what transpired. Applies many different and unrelated processes and methods associated with fiscal transactions to analyze complex and unusual accounting transactions. Responds to customer requests for information/assistance. Examines accounts or resolves difficult reconciliations requiring an analysis of adjustments and corrections in accounts. Traces transactions identifying the source(s) of discrepancies, develops corrective actions required to bring accounts into agreement, ensures the accuracy of adjusted accounts, and recommends actions to prevent recurrence of similar discrepancies involving a multiplicity of interrelated systems. Compiles and verifies the accuracy of accounting data to prepare statements and reports, schedules, and comparative analyses of accounting transactions. Reconstruct inaccurate accounts, gathers and organizes information for inquiries and resolves problems referred by managers, employees, congressional inquiries, etc. Suggests specific changes to state guidelines themselves, development of control mechanisms, additional training for customers, and specific guidance related to the procedural handling of documents and information. Coordinates with internal/external financial/program management personnel to resolve issues and/or prevent accounting errors. Uses initiative to guide and inform and persuade individuals who are skeptical or uncooperative, in order to provide information, take corrective action, and provide findings, and/or recommendations/solutions to comply with established laws and regulations. Researches, interprets, analyzes, and applies regulations, policies, procedures and legal decisions to work and/or resolve complex fiscal issues/problems regardless of the technical difficulties encountered. Uses originality to sort complicated factual information regarding public law; fiscal law; Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Army (DA), Forces Command (FORSCOM), National Guard Bureau (NGB), and Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) regulations; Standing Operating Procedures; Comptroller General Decisions; and policies and issuances to apply a variety of methods in order to execute the full range of accounting services. Uses fiscal accounting and related interfaced systems to provide input/adjustments to the fiscal accounting database of record and the interoperable feeder systems of logistics, contracting, pay, travel, accounts payable, disbursement and interfund automated systems. Makes independent decisions regarding processes involving unusual circumstances or conditions. Develops variations in approaches to fit specific functions while often encountering incomplete, unreliable or conflicting data in the process of work performance. Applies accounting methods, procedures, and techniques to conduct difficult and in-depth analysis. Validates transactions and performs research to resolve inconsistencies. Uses computer master file systems, document processing and the effects of transactions on existing records to modify normal automated processes in existing accounts while protecting historical data. Ensure adjustments relating to account balances, contract modifications, collections, disbursements, garnishments, or other actions involving complicated adjustments are performed accurately and timely. Schedules, runs, and analyzes various fiscal accounting reports, such as the Master Update Error report, AXol (Government Purchase Card) line of accounting report, and Master Update Listing for the Account Processing Code (APC) candidate file. Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
None

Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

Certification Level 1: THIS IS A FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Level 1 Certified position designated as such in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) 2012, Public Law 112-81, Subtitle F-Financial Management, section 1051, amending 10 United States Code, section 1599d. Incumbent of this position is required to comply with all Department of Defense and Department of the Army requirements of this certification program. This certification requirement is a condition of employment for this position. Failure to obtain this certification within the required time may subject the incumbent to adverse action.

As a basis of continued Title 5 Excepted Service employment/appointment to a GS-0525 position, the employee must meet the DoD directed civilian financial management certifications for the finance position within two years of initial hire date or promotion appointment date.

As a basis of continued Title 5 Excepted Service employment/appointment in the GS-0525 accounting position, the employee must complete the requisite quantity of CETs every two years to sustain the achieved certification level.

Qualifications

GENERAL EXPERIENCE : Progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work that indicates ability to acquire the particular knowledge and skills needed to perform the duties of the position to be filled.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE : Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Applicants who have the 1 year of appropriate specialized experience at the GS-07 level are not required by this standard to have general experience, education above the high school level, or any additional specialized experience to meet the minimum qualification requirements.

If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference.

- 10-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15.

- 5-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy). If you are currently active duty, you may submit written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. The certification should also include when your terminal leave will begin, your rank and dates of active duty service.

Education

If you are using Education to qualify for this position, graduate education may be credited in instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position.

You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims. To receive credit for Education, you must provide documentation of proof that you meet the Education requirements for this position.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency ( https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx ).

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 Alternate 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): Uses broad, in-depth, practical knowledge and judgment to reconstruct inaccurate accounts, gathers and organizes information for inquiries and resolves problems referred by others. Knowledge and skill to suggest specific changes to the guidelines themselves, development of control mechanisms, additional training for customers, and specific guidance related to the procedural handling of documents and information. Comprehensive knowledge of and skills in the interrelationships of various financial, fiscal accounting and computer file systems, and their content to resolve problems. Uses this information to perform complicated actions to solve problems associated with processing actions within the fiscal accounting systems and multiple feeder systems, to include logistics, contracting, travel and pay systems. Knowledge and skill to examine accounts and resolve difficult reconciliations that may result from different accounting codes used due to deployments and contractual issues that require an analysis of adjustments and making corrective entries in applicable accounts. Knowledge of analytical and evaluative techniques to conduct a variety of fiscal reconciliations, reviews, and account adjustments, including associated budget adjustments necessary to balance all Program Managers' accounts with both the approved budget and the federal database of record. Knowledge and skill of fact finding and investigative techniques that identify, analyze and recommend solutions regarding fiscal accounting activity, such as: system administration, funds control, commitments, obligations, disbursements, pre-payment validation, reimbursements (Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request's, Letters Of Authority, 285-R's, etc.), cash collections, reconciliations, fiscal year start-up, monthly close out (culminating with fiscal year close out) accounting processing and their effect on accounting for federal resources. Knowledge of diverse types of financial transactions, functioning as the technical authority for the resolution of an extensive range of issues and problems. Skill in researching, interpreting, analyzing, and applying regulations, policies, procedures and legal decisions. Comprehensive knowledge and skill regarding automated accounting systems and the effect of accounting transactions on the validity of the organizations' financial posture. Knowledge of Cooperative Agreements and Grants rules, regulations and state/federal processes and their effects on the accounting system. Knowledge of and skill in applying basic principles of budgetary and cost accounting.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

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 (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.

2. Other supporting documents:

If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference.

- 10-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15.

- 5-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy). If you are currently active duty, you may submit written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. The certification should also include when your terminal leave will begin, your rank and dates of active duty service.

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.