Accountant, GS-0510-9/11

Department Of Justice Washington, DC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

These positions are located in the Office of Management (OM), Financial Management Division (FMD), Accounting Branch, in Washington, D.C and Martinsburg, WV.

Responsible for assisting with the Bureau's administrative and revenue accounting programs, general and subsidiary ledgers and financial reporting requirements.

Multiple selections may be made from this vacancy.

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Responsibilities

Duties for the GS-09 -

* Analyzes and resolves problems arising from day-to-day operations based on established accounting practices; ensures that proper supporting documentation and clear audit trail of transactions of accounting purposes and proper and timely entry of data into the Unified Financial Management Systems (UFMS).

* Identifies and researches accounting reports or system discrepancies on a timely basis and recommends corrective actions as appropriate; works with higher level accountants in resolving report problems.

* Generates a variety of financial reports, ensuring appropriate format, content, accuracy, completeness and timeliness; analyzes management data to identify trends; reconciles and validates data/accounts for balances contained in the reports; determines and makes necessary modifications/adjustments to reports within specified guidelines.

* Establishes/maintains necessary internal controls to ensure proper management practices, accuracy of transactions processed, maintenance of audit trails, legality of records, safekeeping of all documents, and the elimination of the possibility and/or appearance of fraud.

The major duties described below reflect the full performance level of this position. Typically, the lower Grades (11) perform the same duties but will receive more guidance and training; and/or projects/work assignments may be less complex.

Duties for the GS-11 -

* Responsible for the operation and maintenance of the general ledger and the associated subsidiary ledgers and internal and external financial reporting. Oversees entry of data into the various ledgers involving various appropriations, prepares financial budgetary reports and statements, and ensures reconciliation of the general ledger and the subsidiary accounts on a monthly basis.

* Examines and analyzes accounting system operations. Creates new account structures using guidance of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), the US Standard General Ledger and procedural instructions to meet new regulatory requirements.

* Examines documents, transactions, records and accounting reports and processes to ensure conformance with generally accepted accounting principles, FASAB standards, OMB and GAO accounting standards. Assists and recommends the development of new operating procedures and revised regulations.

* Establishes and maintains necessary internal controls to ensure proper management practices, accuracy of transactions processed, maintenance of audit trails, legality of records, safekeeping of all documents, and the elimination of the possibility and or appearance of fraud. Manages reimbursable work agreements.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progresses.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

12

Who May Apply This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, ICTAP/CTAP, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Appointing Authorities or Peace Corps. Veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.

* May be required to serve a one year probationary period.

* Pass drug screening and subject to random drug test.

* Suitable for Federal employment determined by background investigation.

* Must be registered or exempt from the Selective Service. See www.sss.gov.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

Basic Requirements for GS-09 and 11 levels:

1. 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.

OR

2. 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 non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.

In addition to meeting Basic Requirements

To qualify for GS-09 candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-07) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. For this position, specialized experience includes:

* Applying accounting principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to independently perform basic accounting duties, such as reconciliations or close outs for various types of accounts;

* Preparing financial reports and statements;

* Collaborating with team members to complete accounting and financial projects; AND

* Preparing a variety of accounting and financial documents for delivery or presentation to management and team members.

OR

2 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

To qualify for GS-11 candidates must also have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-09) in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. For this position, specialized experience includes:

* Applying accounting principles, concepts, methods, and techniques to independently perform accounting duties, resolve problems and develop appropriate accounting procedures;

* Preparing financial reports and statements;

* Providing advice and policy interpretation; AND

* Establishing and maintaining internal controls

OR

3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-9/11 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees 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, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver (minimum score of 85) or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (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 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 CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the silver (minimum score of 85) or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veteran preference, you should indicate the type of veteran preference you are claiming on your résumé. - 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. In addition, 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. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described under "How You Will Be Evaluated," veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest quality category (i.e. Gold Category).

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