Supervisory Accountant-Financial Reporting

Arlington, Virginia
Jul 28, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


This assignment is a 1-year non-reimbursable assignment. The Supervisory Accountant serves as first level supervisor. Planning, directing, and exercising control over nonsupervisory employees for the agency on the below listed activities. In some instances, these activities are coordinated as part of CISA's oversight responsibilities over its accounting shared service provider - Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
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Preparing monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial statements, reports and records by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing account information.

Analyzing financial statements and related trial balances which includes investigating abnormal balances and analytics for discrepancies.

Researching and reconciling all discrepancies, auditing and verifying documents and following internal controls.

Preparing supports schedules according to monthly deliverables and leads and completes monthly close procedures, Federal Agencies Centralized Trail Balance Systems (FACTS), FACTS I and FACTS II reporting, analyzes expenses ensuring they are appropriately recorded.

Preparing monthly account reconciliations and assists staff with regularly analyzing financial statements and SF 133s.

Reporting on variances and assisting with reviewing and approving quarterly deliverables.

Leading year-end financial statement audit.

Conducting analysis and reconciliation of personal property accounts contained in the financial system as compared to CISA's subsidiary property system (Sunflower Asset Management System).

Managing accounting systems covering operations and system changes that impact the (USSGL) general ledgers proprietary and budgetary accounts, OMB A-136 Financial Reporting Requirements, OMB A-11 Preparation, Submission and Execution of the Budget, TIER Reporting, FACTS I and II, and the SF 133.

Actively participating in decision-making sessions advising program managers on regulatory requirements, financial policies, the interpretation of data, the analysis of program operations, monthly reports and systems edits.

Contributing to the planning, developing, and coordinating financial management improvements necessary to comply with Agency financial legislative regulations, the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA), the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives.

Planning, implementing, and executing internal controls of existing and proposed accounting processes ensuring financial integrity, system integrity, and conformance to federal laws, and agency regulations and practices.

Documenting business processes and monitoring of internal controls.

Leading and performing internal control reviews, on-site reviews, and other evaluations of assigned systems and functions to assess area for data: adequacy, safeguards of assets, effectiveness of systems employed, reliability of information, and other compliance with law and regulation.

Identifying issues, discrepancies, or other problems and implements corrective action including changes in systems, policy, and procedures.

Developing and implementing major policy guidance, processes changes, and system changes to supplement guidelines from Headquarters/Department OFM, the General Accounting Office (GAO), the Department of Treasury, and OMB for accounting operations. Reviews and interprets regulations, identifying areas requiring changes in policies.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a current permanent Federal employee
  • Must have supervisory approval to apply to the Joint Duty Assignment
  • Must NOT have any pending/outstanding disciplinary actions
  • Must have achieved a minimum of "meet expectations/proficiency" on latest performance appraisal/evaluation
  • Must currently be at the grade level of the detail or equivalent in other pay system . ? *No Temporary Promotion Opportunity*
  • The program does not apply to members of the Military service or contractors.
  • Must complete DHS 250-2 Application Form.? Supervisory signature is required.? Please see "Required Documents" section for form.


Qualifications required:

You qualify for the GS-14 grade level if you are currently a GS-14 and meet the qualifications below.
  • Mastery of accounting principles and concepts to direct, develop, implement, and coordinate a variety of accounting policies and audit-related activities that impact CISA activities and operations; recommend future program objectives and improvements; develop, implement, analyze, and monitor sophisticated management information systems that focus on long and short-range plans, policies and programs.
  • Expert knowledge of accounting theories, concepts, methods, practices, and techniques used in the collection, classification, evaluation and presentation of management and operational data.
  • Extensive knowledge of financial management principles, practices and techniques including GAO, OMB department policies, procedures, regulations, accounting and auditing standards, and the development and/or implementation of CISA policies and regulations.
  • Knowledge of management issues and programs as they relate to resolving accounting and audit problems/issues in planning, evaluation, control, and resources allocation in CISA operations; and the ability to provide advice on accounting and financial management related issues to various levels of management throughout the organization.
  • Interpersonal and administrative skills, sufficient to organize and coordinate thorough, systematic, professional efforts to meet more complex planning needs and unanticipated requirements, and to provide written and oral reports with conclusions, alternatives, and recommendations on accounting and audit matters.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct team/taskforce efforts across organizational lines, including the ability to monitor progress, establish reasonable milestones and objectives, and accomplish mission requirements in a timely manner.

  • Please read the following important information to ensure we have everything we need to consider your application:
    It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit appropriate documentation prior to the closing date. Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant experience as it relates to this Joint Duty assignment opportunity announcement.

    Be clear and specific when describing your work history since human resources cannot make assumptions regarding your experience. Your application will be rated based on your resume.

    Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
  • Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
  • Name of Federal agency
  • Supervisor name, email, and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)

  • Education

    EDUCATIONAL SUBSTITUTION: There is no educational substitution for this position.

    Additional information

    **DHS does not offer any additional benefits beyond that which the Federal employee is already receiving.

    If the position requires a security clearance, employees must have a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance to placement AND must maintain that level of clearance while performing in the position.

    Selected applicants for a JDA are requested to fulfill the items below during the JDA:
  • Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
  • Complete the DHS Joint Duty Assignment Progress Plan to include:
    • Phase 1: Establish assignment objectives within the first 30 days of the JDA.
    • Phase 2: Complete a self-assessment of the duties performed at the mid-point of the JDA.
    • Phase 3: Complete a final review within the last 30 days of the JDA.
  • Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
  • Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire based on the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this Joint Duty Assignment.

    If you are among the best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. After reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination will be made. You must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Note: DHS continues to take necessary steps to keep our workforce safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a final Joint Duty Assignment offer to onboard, please complete the onboarding requirements and/or forms and submit them electronically in an expeditious manner. Your start date may be delayed if the action above is not completed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

    Trust determination process
    National security

    Required Documents

    1. Resume: Do not include any personally identifiable information (PII) i.e., home address, social security number, or date of birth. Your resume must clearly demonstrate you have experience which meets the requirements of this position as outlined in the "Qualifications" section.

    2. SF-50: Submit a copy of your official SF-50 (no text version) or other official "Notification of Personnel Action" document which shows the following information:
  • Your appointment in the Federal service
  • Tenure
  • Grade and Step
  • Full performance level
  • If your SF-50(s) does not provide the information needed to make a final determination for qualification, you will be found ineligible for the position.

    3. DHS Joint Duty Assignment Application Form signed by your supervisor. Please click on the following link to access the required form DHS Form 250-02 .

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