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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), Financial Operations Department (FOD), Corporate Financial Policies and Procedures Group.

    If you are interested in a challenging career with great benefits, training, and strong growth potential, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Auditor position today!

    More than one selection may be made for this position.

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    Responsibilities

    • As a Staff Accountant in the Corporate Financial Policies and Procedures Group, you will:
    • Recommend, develop, and coordinate implementation of corporate financial and accounting policies and procedures.
    • Initiate, develop, and evaluate conformance of new or revised technical operating and desktop procedures, manuals, instructions, and schedules.
    • Complete analyses and prepare position papers and reports on regulatory, legislative, and accounting standard changes to identify the impact and remedies on corporate financial/accounting programs.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 10%.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    13

  • Job family (Series)

    0510 Accounting

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. citizen
    • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
    • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
    • 1 year probationary period required unless previously met
    • Applicants selected for employment will be required to complete an OF-306

    CONCURRENT ANNOUNCEMENT: THIS POSITION(S) IS ALSO BEING ADVERTISED UNDER DELEGATED EXAMINING PROCEDURES UNDER ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER FOD-PPCD-C-2019-0001.  IF YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER THAT ANNOUNCEMENT, PLEASE REVIEW TO DETERMINE IF YOU QUALIFY.

    Qualifications

    All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

    Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience at the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the private sector developing, maintaining, and implementing financial management and accounting policies and procedures. Examples may include interpreting and developing policy guidance and procedures on accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board; interpreting and developing policy guidance and procedures on laws & regulations (e.g. CFO Act of 1990, as amended, Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2001, and various Circulars) promulgated by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Government Accountability Office and other federal regulating bodies; drafting position papers and reports on legislative, regulatory and technical accounting and financial management issues; and developing desk top procedures.

    Education

    All Accountant positions require the following by the closing date of the announcement:

    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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")

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

      FAILURE TO SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS WILL MAKE YOU INELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION.

    Additional information

    To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities;  the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

    PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or schedulea@pbgc.gov. TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    If your resume does not support the answers you gave on the assessment questionnaire, you may be rated Not Qualified or you may be placed in a lower quality group.

    Your name will be placed in one of the three following quality groups:

    •Best-Qualified - highly proficient regarding the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to this position.

    •Qualified - competent regarding the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) related to this position.

    •Minimally Qualified- possessing only the minimum qualifications required for this position.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

    1. skill in designing, evaluating, and implementing internal controls of corporate financial and accounting policies and procedures
    2. skill in designing and evaluating policies and procedures for the preparation of financial statements and other financial reports
    3. skill in communicating recommendations and gaining consensus on solutions to implement financial policy and procedures

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above (which is equivalent to PBGC’s “qualified” quality group); and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

    Candidates who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are best qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the assessment questionnaire. Best qualified will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

    Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive and Special Hiring Authorities procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume, supporting documentation submitted and their responses to the assessment questionnaire.

    Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

    Referral: You will be assigned to one of three quality groups. Each group represents a quality level (i.e., Best Qualified, Qualified, Minimally Qualified). Candidates will be considered in quality group order. If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview (telephonic and/or in person at the discretion of the Selecting Official in accordance with hiring polices).


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    RESUME: You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience and KSAs so that we can determine your qualifications for this position.  Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.  

    COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.  

    SF-50 (NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION): All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit an SF-50 (or similar form) which indicates position, title, series, grade and competitive status.  

    TRANSCRIPT(S) This position has a positive education requirement. You must submit transcripts to verify that you meet the education requirement for this position. Information on the specific education requirement can be found under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab in the vacancy announcement. Your transcripts should include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned. Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must bring official transcripts with your first day if you are hired. PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently serving or have previously served in the series for which this position is being advertised, you do not need to submit a transcript(s), but the SF-50 that you submit must provide proof of your having been in the series.

    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS FOR VETERANS: If you are claiming eligibility for this position based on military service, you must provide all required documentation to support your claim.  For eligibility for this position based on 5-point veterans' preference, please provide a copy of your  DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 copy or Member 7 copy), 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 proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If the appropriate copy of the DD-214 is not submitted and the discharge status is not confirmed, you will not receive credit for the claimed active duty military service. To gain access to your DD214 online, please visit: National Archives. For 10-point veteran's preference, including 30% or more disabled veterans, you must submit a SF-15  Application for 10-point Veteran Preference and any documentation required by this form to support your claim. These documents must be submitted before 10-point preference can be awarded. If you fail to provide documentation required by the SF-15 you will receive 5-point preference if veterans' preference requirements have been met.  
    Information on Veterans Preference is available in the Vet's Guide that can be found at OPM's website: Veterans Guide.

    Veterans Opportunity to Work Act (VOW) : If you are currently serving on active duty you MUST submit a statement  of service from your unit (on unit letterhead) identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, type of discharge, character of service, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave. If you provide a statement of service at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified by a DD214 (Member 4 Copy) upon separation from the military.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above based on the competencies listed above (which is equivalent to PBGC’s “qualified” quality group); and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

    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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    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Visit Federal Employee Benefits for information on the major benefits offered.

    http://pbgc.gov/about/jobs/pbgc-employment-benefits.html

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date.  

    If you are not able to apply online or require reasonable accommodations, contact Christine Anderson on (202) 326-4110 ext. 6625 or anderson.christine@pbgc.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.   

    For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

    Please complete all the steps in the online application process at USAJOBS (www.usajobs.gov).  You may make updates to your information at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this announcement.

    *  Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
    *  Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
    *  Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
    *  Complete or review your responses to the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
    *  Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.  
    *  Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
    *  Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.   
    * You will then see a summary of your application, including the documents that you submitted.  You are strongly encouraged to save or print a copy of this page as proof of submission and receipt of your application and documents.  Should we need to verify whether you did submit these in a timely manner, we will not be able to do so without this page.
    *  To finish, click "Finish."

    Agency contact information

    Christine Anderson

    Phone

    202-326-4110 ext. 6625

    TDD

    800-877-8339

    Fax

    000-000-0000

    Email

    anderson.christine@pbgc.gov

    Address

    PENSION BENEFIT GUARANTY CORPORATION
    Human Resources Department
    1200 K Street, NW
    Suite 120
    Washington, District of Columbia 20005
    United States
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    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) has a distinguished and important mission in protecting America's pensions.  At PBGC, you will use your skills in accounting, auditing, business, finance, law, actuarial science, or information technology and more, to protect the retirement income of nearly 40 million hardworking Americans.

    Our work is challenging, compelling, and important.  Are you looking for one of the 10 Federal agencies to work for?  Well look no further, the PBGC is recognized as one of the top 10 millennial-friendly places to work.  We ranked high on work/life balance, benefits, job security, advancement and organizational culture.

    Next steps

    You will receive confirmation that we have received your resume. Save this and any other receipts you receive via email or fax. We will inform you of the status of your application via the email address you provided in your registration.   

    You may check the status of your applications by clicking on the My USAJOBS tab at the USAJOBS website.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/520183300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.