Staff Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 20, 2021
Closes
Jan 26, 2021
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

This position is located in the Grants Financial Management Division (GFMD), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
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Responsibilities

(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

The incumbent in this position is responsible for processing assistance grants awarded by the Office of Justice Programs and for providing assistance and advice on financial management policies relating to these awards to Department of Justice (DOJ) and OJP bureaus/offices, grantees and other federal agencies which are cross serviced and, as such, reviews and approves indirect cost allocation plans for the state government agencies, for profit and non-profit organizations; performs financial reviews of grant applications; monitors financial and administrative compliance of grantees through site visits and desk reviews; develops, coordinates, and implements audit procedures and resolves audit issues; customizes program office-specific training; integrates and promulgates internal OJP and external financial management policy.

Performs cost accounting functions including analyses of indirect cost allocation plans and review of contract and grantee payment requests to validate costs and compliance with grant or contract terms.

Performs duties associated with the management, control, and usage of financial resources or funds; supplies financial reports to operating program officials for informational and planning purposes; and plans and conducts financial monitoring and/or grantee audit activities.

Participates in development, prioritization of needs, review and analysis, and reporting on OJP's financial monitoring and/or grantee audit activities.

Performs various writing and editing duties for a variety of documents and reports.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel requires 5 days per month.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Subject to background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • Submit all required documents and Online Assessment Questionnaire.
  • Federal payments are required to be made by Direct Deposit.
  • Requires registration for the Selective Service. Visit www.sss.gov.
  • Pre-employment drug testing required.
  • 1-year probationary period may be required.
  • Requires 5 days per month travel.
  • Overtime may be required for this position.

See Other Information for further requirements.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS GS-12/13:

A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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/36 quarter hours in accounting. The 24 semester/36 quarter hours may include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing". Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor".)

OR

B. Combination of education and experience--at least four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination o /f 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/36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 semester/9 quarter 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/22 quarter hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour/36-quarter-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 four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

GRADE 12:

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-11.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include: analyzing financial accounts, reports and procedural instructions; developing accounting guidelines or procedures; analyzing operational data to determine the effects on cost; and, performing quality assurance reviews; planning and conducting conventional forensic audit.

GRADE 13:

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-12.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include: analyzing the impact of budgetary or accounting events on multi-appropriated fund accounts; performing quality assurance reviews of accounting procedures and making major revisions to accounting processes; and, conducting cost reporting; analyzing cost variances.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications as described above will be further evaluated based upon the following technical qualifications:

- Ability to apply analytical methods and techniques to identify and resolve financial and/or auditing issues.
- Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.
- Ability to communicate in writing.
- Ability to gather, compile, and analyze financial and/or programmatic information.
- Ability provide technical assistance and consultation on financial and/or auditing matters.
- Knowledge of the federal budget process and financial management practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of accounting principles, practices, and techniques.
- Knowledge of financial management policies, procedures, and program goals.
- Knowledge of General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Generally Accepted Accounting standards (GAAS), and other accounting industry regulations.
- Knowledge of cost accounting concepts, principles, and methods.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.

Education

See Other Information.

Additional information

This position is included in the bargaining unit.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Status applicants for promotion must have 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade by the closing date.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position may be eligible for part-time telework per agency policy.

OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.

For Status/Merit Promotion/VEOA candidates: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

For Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) applicants: The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. The CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice 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 consideration, or if your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Under merit promotion procedures, to be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
Yes

Required Documents

REMINDER: ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MIDNIGHT Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (ALL APPLICANTS):

1. Resume and/or work history profile,
2. Responses to the online questions,
3. Veterans' Preference Documentation (if applicable; see below for more information).
4. All Unofficial transcripts (Official transcripts will be required if selected). Please highlight applicable courses required for this position.

ADDITIONAL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (FEDERAL EMPLOYEES):

5. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (for current and former federal employees; see below for more information), and
6. Performance Appraisal (for current federal employees) Note: if not provided, will be required at time of interview.

Note: Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Veterans Preference

In order to verify your veteran preference entitlement, please submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of 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 shows your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

If you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the other required documentation identified on the reverse side of the SF-15 to support your preference claim.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act
To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service. If applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)

If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(u) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the Agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action for Competitive Appointment.

Non-competitive Eligibility

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30% or more; returning volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, Veterans' Recruitment Appointment, etc. Appropriate documentation to support your claim must be included in your application, along with the type of special appointment you are seeking.

Current/Former Federal Employees

If you are a current Federal employee in a permanent, competitive service position, you must submit document to confirm your status. Failure to submit an appropriate SF-50 will automatically disqualify you from further consideration.

- Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official agency documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive service status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".).

- Submit your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months) or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal. If not provided at time of application, it will be required at time of interview.

-If you are a former Federal employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior federal permanent competitive service, you must submit documents to confirm your eligibility. Submit an SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) or other official documentation that shows your current (or most recent) grade and competitive status. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show 1 or 2).

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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