Accountant

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Springfield, Virginia
Posted
Feb 27, 2021
Closes
Mar 07, 2021
Function
Accountant
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Securing Travel, Protecting People - At the Transportation Security Administration, you will serve in a high-stakes environment to safeguard the American way of life. In cities across the country, you would secure airports, seaports, railroads, highways, and/or public transit systems, thus protecting America's transportation infrastructure and ensuring freedom of movement for people and commerce. For additional information about our agency please: Click Here

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

This position may be eligible for telework/alternative duty location. The duty location will be negotiated after a selection has been made and is subject to final the selecting official's approval. The reflected salary on the announcement does not include locality pay. Salary will be adjusted in accordance with the locality pay of the final approved duty location selected.

This Accountant position is located in the Chief Finance Office, Financial Management Division, Financial Management Analysis Branch within the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Duties include but are not limited to:
  • Examines sub-ledgers against reports and automated databases for unreconciled transactions, identifies discrepancies in the posting of current and past transactions, enters corrections for erroneous postings and accounting classifications, and recommends corrective actions as appropriate.
  • Reviews source documents in order to verify the period-of-performance rendered on payments, investigates discrepancies, and contacts program offices for clarification.
  • Prepares quarterly accounts payable estimates that are of simple to moderate complexity to be included in the TSA's financial statements in accordance with the CFO Act.
  • Analyzes TSA obligations to identify acquisition activities associated with real property construction.
  • Performs and/or coordinates non-routine/significant real property and lease accounting/reporting to report related assets and liabilities on TSA financial statements in accordance with the CFO Act.
  • Conducts routine and non-routine financial management compliance special projects to implement new accounting policies and procedures that are promulgated by the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Treasury, the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Reviews existing policies and assists in the development of new policies/procedures to accommodate new accounting processes
  • Collects and analyzes data/information, conducts research, applies policies and procedures, and works under the direct guidance of a senior accountant and supervisor to ensure Federal accounting compliance with the U.S. Standard General Ledger (USSGL) and U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

This position is also being announced through Government Wide procedures under Announcement # HQ-CFO-21-807801 -G. Candidates who wish to be considered under both Public (US Citizens) and Government-Wide procedures must apply to both announcements.

The major duties described above reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower Pay Band (Pay Band G) performs the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
H

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Selective Service registration is required.
  • You must possess U.S. Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Investigation (BI).
  • You must have reached the minimum age (18) at the time of application.
  • See additional "Conditions of Employment" and "Other Information" section


Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.

Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.

Qualifications

Applicants must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:

A. Education: A 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 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

B. Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. NOTE TO ALL CANDIDATES: A copy of your college transcript, list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned, or proof of CPA or CIA certification is required. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

  • AND

    In addition to the Basic Requirements,

    Qualifications:

    Specialized Experience: To qualify for the SV-H Pay Band (equivalent to GS-12), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-G or GS-11 Pay Band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialist experience is defined as:
    • Evaluating accounting data to ensure compliance with accounting guidelines {i.e., Standard General Ledger (SGL) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) etc.}; and
    • Identifying and resolving discrepancies in unreconciled transactions; and
    • Utilizing accounting and/or acquisition data to develop financial statement reports; and
    • Ensuring funds, property (e.g., capitalized) and/or other assets (revenues and/or expenditures) are properly recorded and accounted for in accordance with financial accounting procedures

    To qualify for the SV-G Pay Band (equivalent to GS-11), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-F or GS-9 Pay Band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector. Specialized experience is defined as experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. Specialize experience is defined as:
    • Utilizing technology to properly record accounting data in an automated software system; and
    • Reviewing invoices (i.e. standard, commercial, pending, etc.) for payment terms; and
    • Utilizing a Chart of Accounts and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles(GAAP) to formulate accounting entries and reconciliations


    GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university in the amounts indicated above meets the requirements for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the one year of full-time study requirement.

    Note: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime. 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.

    Note: For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses from an accredited college or university, which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. The information must be provided with the application by the closing date of the announcement. If selected, the applicant must supply a transcript or certification of degree.

    NOTE: Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek. Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience. No additional credit is given for overtime.


    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Resumes must include the following:
    • Narrative description of duties with start and end dates (including the month and year) for work experience.
    • State the number of hours worked in a position (i.e. full-time or part-time). If part-time, state the total number of hours worked per week.
    • Performance level (i.e. band or grade)

    You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Education

    See above Qualification Requirements

    Additional information

    Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies. Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at: http://www.opm.gov .

    To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.

    DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

    TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

    It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual's employment experience will be used only to determine the person's qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual's personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, click here .

    Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are not authorized.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized.

    More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

    If you are entering TSA employment on an appointment without time limitations, you must serve a basic trial period unless you have already met the requirement.

    TSA policy requires verification of Selective Service registration for male applicants born after 12/31/59. For more information click here .

    View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

    Veterans and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.

    Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Grouping procedures. Under Category Grouping, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

    Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

    Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

    Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies as determined by the job analysis.

    Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. (This position is considered scientific/professional.) Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference .

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies that are relevant to the duties of this position and must be fully supported by information in your resume:
    • Knowledge of financial accounting concepts, principles, methods and techniques sufficient to perform reviews, analysis, and reconciliations of difficult accounts payable activities by comparing account balances with related data, reviewing records and source documents to identify discrepancies, and determining entries needed to bring accounts into balance.
    • Knowledge of financial accounting rules, laws, regulations, and policies sufficient to work with external stakeholders to obtain and clarify data, share information and application of accounting requirements, and resolve issues for lease and real property matters.
    • Knowledge of conventional accounting/statistical concepts, techniques and procedures sufficient to perform accounts payable estimates, identify emerging trends or potential issues, research and validate root causes, and propose resolution of issues.
    • Knowledge of financial accounting concepts, policies, procedures and processes sufficient to perform non-routine/significant real property and lease accounting/reporting such as real property and leasehold improvement assets, and real and personal property leases.
    • Knowledge of accounting and ledger concepts, principles, processes and procedures sufficient to ensure Federal accounting compliance with the U.S. Standard General Ledger (USSGL), U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Government Accountability Office (GAO) Checklist.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required
    No

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

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing

    Required Documents

    In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service (a veteran who was honorably discharged from the armed forces after completing at least three (3) years of continuous active duty service), or education or a combination of education and experience:

    DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference or eligible Veterans' Service, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge.

    SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later.

    Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) Letter - In order to be eligible for employment through TSA's Individuals With Disabilities Appointing Authority, documentation of the disability is required. Such documentation is used to verify that the individual being hired is indeed a person with an intellectual disability, severe physical disability, or psychiatric disability. This documentation must be provided with your application before an individual can be hired. Documentation of eligibility for employment under this hiring authority can be obtained from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional certified by a state, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any Federal agency, state agency, or agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits.

    Transcripts - If you are qualifying based on education OR if there are mandatory education requirements listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcript(s) with your application. If selected, an official/sealed college transcript(s) will be required to verify education prior to employment.

    If you do not submit required documentation described in this job opportunity announcement, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

    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.

    Similar jobs

    More searches like this