Lead Systems Accountant

Washington, D.C
Sep 18, 2021
Sep 23, 2021
Full Time


This JOA is extended and will close 9/22/21.

The position of Lead Systems Accountant is located in the Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Branch of Financial Management. This branch manage all financial functions of the agency to include the responsibility of planning and implementing programs in furtherance of the Secretary's vision and priorities to include workforce planning, improve financial performance, budget formulation/execution, accounting and procurement functions for the organization.

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The Lead Systems Accountant will apply knowledge of Federal government accounting policies, regulations, and procedural directives promulgated by 0MB, GAO, GSA, FASAB, and the U.S. Department of the Treasury or other external regulating authorities in their everyday assignments. Regular assignments requires the application of expert knowledge of generally accepted operating system standards and accounting principles, concepts, and practices. The application of disbursements and fund accounting methods, procedures, and techniques used in maintaining, balancing and closing of accounts in an accounting system with extensive specialized knowledge of back wage and CMP financial systems accounting; extensive knowledge and ability in financial statement preparation and analysis.

Duties include but are not limited to the following: Monitor back wage and CMP financial systems performance to ensure fiscal integrity of internal application controls and accuracy of financial systems reporting. Provide assistance to management on the design and modification of financial system operations, and the implementation of new application data releases. Make recommendations regarding the evaluation, development, and testing of financial system reports to ensure fiscal integrity, accuracy of data, and compliance with FFMIA requirements.

Prepare monthly and quarterly reconciliation of CMP and back wage cash and disbursements transactions. Analyze a variety of complex system generated CMP and back wage reports, Treasury documentation, and other source data to complete monthly and quarterly reconciliations and ad hoc management reports. Prepare complex monthly and quarterly financial statement reports and monthly Statement of Transactions (SF 224) report which reflects back wage and CMP disbursements, collections and receipts by fund code and individual quarterly Treasury Reports on Receivables Due from the Public (TROR) for back wage and CMP receivables and collections. Prepare monthly and quarterly journal entries for input to the New Core Financial Management System (NCFMS). Analyze a variety of system generated back wage and CMP reports and system data to develop monthly and quarterly interest receivable journal entries for posting to the Department's general ledger system. Provide broad support in the development and implementation of procedures used to perform daily back wage and CMP fiscal operations.

Identify issues/problems, set priorities, develop definitive alternative and focus on possible solutions. Communicate orally in order to facilitate meetings with a wide variety of customers and stakeholders. Communicate in writing in order to explain, defend and/or clarity highly complex, sensitive information. Develop procedures and make recommendations for input in writing directives that reflect agency fiscal management policy, or in response to Treasury, 0MB, GAO policy that directs fiscal program operations. Make recommendations and provide high level support in the development and preparation of ad hoc financial reports. Assist management in preparing responses to audit inquiries relating to the consolidated annual financial statement audits, or targeted financial audits. Serve as a primary point of contact for Treasury TROR reporting and debt management and responds to a variety of internal and external requests and inquiries.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - This is the full performance level of this position.


Conditions of Employment

  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade (52 weeks at the GS-13), time-after-competitive-appointment (90 days) and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.

Candidate required to obtain the necessary security/investigation level.


General Schedule Qualification Standards - Accounting Series 0510 - Individual Occupational Requirements.

Basic Requirements. To qualify for this series you must meet one of the following:

A. Degree: 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.").


B. Combination of 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: 1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR 3. 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.


Applicants must demonstrate in their resume 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience are as follows: Performing a variety of financial accounting, financial statement analysis, and financial systems analysis functions to support the overall fiscal management of an agency; Experience with back wage and CMP business operations, financial accounting operations, financial statement preparation, and fiscal reporting requirements. Experience preparing complex monthly and quarterly financial statement reports. Experience in analyzing and evaluating the effectiveness of workforce management initiatives and operations to meet established goals and objectives.

Additionally the applicant must ALSO meet at least 3 out of the 6 specialized criteria listed below.
Knowledge and understanding of the regulations, guidelines, and precedents sufficient to understand, interpret and apply to a variety of accounting situations, and to recommend and/or develop changes in financial procedures in accordance with changes in regulations, guidelines, and precedents.
Knowledge of Federal government accounting policies, regulations, and procedural directives promulgated by OMB, GAO, GSA, FASAB, and the US Department of the Treasury.
Knowledge of generally accepted operating system standards and accounting principles, concepts and practices.
Knowledge of disbursements and fund accounting methods, procedures, and techniques used in maintaining, balancing, and closing of accounts in an accounting system with extensive specialized knowledge of back wage and CMP financial systems accounting; extensive knowledge and ability in financial statement preparation and analysis.
Knowledge of the theory, concepts, and practices of Federal accounting, including policies established by GAAP, FASAB, OMB, GAO, the Treasury or other external regulating authorities.
Skill in identifying issues and problems, setting priorities, developing definitive alternative and focusing on possible solutions.


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at this grade level. However, there is a basic education requirement for the 0510 series as outlined in the qualification standards.

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.


Based on the needs of the agency, at the time of selection, more than one selection may be made from this JOA.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Technical Knowledge - Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

Financial Management - Prepares, justifies, and/or administers the budget for program areas; plans, administers, and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies; assesses financial condition of an organization

Control of Funds - Knowledge of the principles, procedures, and requirements for maintaining control and accountability of obligations and expenditures for all appropriations and fund accounts (for example, revolving, non-appropriated, multiyear, and single-year appropriations).

Leadership - Influences, motivates, and challenges others; adapts leadership styles to a variety of situations.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references, and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

Click here for Evaluation details.

INFORMATION FOR CTAP[/ICTAP] ELIGIBLE(S) ONLY: If you are eligible for special priority selection under CTAP [or ICTAP], you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration. ICTAP/CTAP eligible(s) will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password-protected documents.

The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step, and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resumes are required - provide a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one from your computer and USAJOBS profile. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list the month, year, and the number of work hours worked for the experience listed on your resume. We also suggest that you preview the vacancy questions, and confirm that your resume supports your question responses.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under ICTAP / CTAP Eligibility.

- DD-214 - verifying military service, eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) , and showing the character of discharge (ex. Member Copy 4 and 2 are acceptable vs. Copy 1 which is not acceptable to adjudicate veteran's preference)

- Land Management Eligible(s): a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50 or equivalent) proving your eligibility for appointment under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act . This service must have been performed in the competitive service, under a time-limited appointment in a Land Management Agency, as defined by P.L. 114-328. For more information, click here .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

Applicants selected for employment who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship , and the E-Verify system will be used to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

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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