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    Summary

    WHAT IS THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) DIVISION: The IRS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) organization is responsible for the custodial accounting of over $3.3 trillion in taxpayer payments, as well as for managing the IRS' $10+ Billion annual operating budget. 

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    Responsibilities

    WHAT DOES AN ACCOUNTANT DO? As an accountant, you will be responsible for establishing and applying accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of the Internal Revenue Service. In this position you will ensure that the Service's financial systems, operations, and reports meet the requirements of law and regulation, including the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, Government Accountability Office, and other central agencies.

    As an Accountant you will:

    • Interpret federal legislation, standards, and regulations pertaining to accounting and financial management.
    • Evaluate agency-wide accounting operations, policies, procedures, and systems for compliance with standards and internal controls.
    • Design, implement, and assess internal control processes and systems.
    • Apply cost accounting methodologies to agency-wide data and systems, to report the cost of major activities for management information purposes.
    • Prepare accounting polices, procedures, requirements, and standards.
    • Apply accounting principles, theories, and practices in new or novel ways where no precedents exist.
    • Analyze complex accounting issues/problems and recommend solutions.
    • Research improved business practices to operational programs and determine corrective actions needed.

      If you are selected at a lower grade level, you will have the opportunity to learn to perform all these duties, and will receive training to help you grow in this position.

    WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 01 to 05 Nights Per Month

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0510 Accounting

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

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    • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
    • IRS Employees with Career or Career Conditional Appointments

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    Qualifications

    You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS (All grade levels)
    You must have a Degree in accounting or a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (and/or auditing). The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. OR A Combination of education and experience that included: 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, and included 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; OR A certificate as a 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; provided that you can demonstrate that you have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, and/or have the education, training, and experience that fully meets the specified requirements.
    In addition to the above, you must meet the requirements described below:

    GRADE 09 LEVEL:  You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position includes:   Knowledge of accounting principles and techniques; basic theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques and practices to improve quality effectiveness; analytical and evaluative methods applicable to the administering mission related accounting and financial management programs and knowledge of and skill in data gathering techniques; and a general knowledge of rules, regulations and other guidance promulgated by bodies governing federal accounting practices; and familiarity with the systems, concepts and regulations, and operations of a Federal program. OR  Two (2) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields. OR Master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields from an accredited college or university. OR A combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    GRADE 11 LEVEL:  You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position includes:   Knowledge of: federal accounting principles and techniques; rules, regulations and other guidance promulgated by bodies governing federal accounting practices; theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques and practices to improve quality effectiveness; evaluative methods and techniques applicable to administering mission-related accounting and financial management programs to advise on the effectiveness and efficiency; analytical skills necessary to identify systematic issues and recommend operational changes; ability to analyze data, draw sound conclusions and develop concise solutions to problems; data gathering techniques and their use with technical program areas to ensure quality of analyses; and automated accounting systems and related systems (e.g., payroll) to ensure proper application of accounting standards and practices.  OR Three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field of study such as accounting, auditing, finance, economics, business administration or other related fields. OR PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree. OR  A combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.

    GRADE 12 LEVEL: You must have 1 year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience for this position includes:  Professional knowledge of federal accounting principles and techniques to ensure compliance; analytical and evaluative methods applicable to administering accounting and financial management programs; theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques to improve quality effectiveness; automated accounting systems and related systems (e.g., payroll) to ensure proper application of accounting standards and practices; wide range of data gathering techniques and their use with technical program areas to ensure quality of analyses. In addition your experience should include providing program and technical leadership to assess the effectiveness of systems, programs and policies; Improving existing business processes; and resolving accounting problems and issues; Analytical and problem solving techniques directed toward improving accounting program efficiency and effectiveness; and making decisions regarding the best approaches to assure functional efficiencies

    - The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis.

    - To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.
     
    In addition to the above requirements, you must meet the following, if applicable:

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    Additional information

    7 positions to be filled in The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Division: 4 positions in The Department (CFO Internal Controls Financial Assurance CTRL ADMIN) & 3 positions in The Department (CFO Internal Controls Financial Assurance CTRL ¿ CUSTODIAL) at: 77 K St. NE Washington DC 20002 (DC0198).

    POSITION DESCRIPTIONS: 95205 (GS-09), 95206 (GS-11), 95207 (GS-12)
    An IRS intranet website is available for IRS Employees at website: https://organization.ds.irsnet.gov/sites/HCOETS/PMC/SPDLibrary/SitePages/Home.aspx

    CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

    • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
    • This is a bargaining unit position.
    • Alternative work schedule, staggered work hours or telework may be available.
    • Must meet IRS telework eligibility requirements.
    • Tour of Duty: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    • The employment of any candidate, including a current employee or a new hire, selected for this position may be conditional upon classification and/or audit of federal tax returns. This audit may include up to 2 years of returns.

    • If you are an IRS/Treasury employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date of this announcement. If you have any questions concerning your eligibility, please refer back to the CTAP Documentation link in the vacancy under How You Will Be Evaluated.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.

    Rating: Your application will be evaluated on the CJEs of the position to be filled per the National Agreement Article 13.

    Your application will also be rated and ranked among others, based on your responses to the online questions, regarding your experience, education, training, performance appraisals and awards relevant to the duties of this position. IRS employees may obtain most recent awards listing at https://persinfo.web.irs.gov/.

    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:
    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. We will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

    All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional). To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Treasury employee, click CTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents. IRS CTAP eligibles can apply for jobs within and outside the commuting area.

    IRS Reassignment Preference Program (RPP)
    You must meet the requirements in your RPP notice. Submit a copy of your RPP Notice along with a copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal. Your performance appraisal must have a fully successful or higher overall rating.

    PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL/AWARDS: Submit a copy of your most recent completed performance appraisal.
    IRS employees: If a revalidated appraisal is used for merit promotion, the supervisor must prepare a narrative for each critical job element that does not have a narrative describing the performance in the appraisal period covered by the rating. Note: If you are a manager or management official, your most recent annual performance appraisal must be used for the overall rating identified.

    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION: If you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. If the position has specific education requirements and you are currently (or have previously been) in the Federal job series to be filled, there is no need to submit a transcript or equivalent at this time. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

    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.

    As a current employee, you know the great benefits we offer. Should you have any questions about benefits, please contact the Employee Resource Center (ERC) at 1-866-743-5748 option #1 for ERC.

    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

    The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date.

    This is an open continuous roster announcement which allows applicants to apply up to the last cutoff date listed in the announcement. The roster open period is 10/01/2019through 08/03/2020. The roster will be used to fill an anticipated (7) vacancies throughout the next (12) months. Selections may be made through 11/02/2020 Contingent upon funding and space requirements, one or more vacancies may be filled at the locations listed in this announcement as they become available. Applicants need to apply and/or update their applications by 11:59 pm ET at the close of each of the following cutoff dates to be considered: 10/15/2019, 02/05/2020, 05/05/2020, 08/03/2020.

    Treasury believes in a working environment that supports inclusion; please view our reasonable accommodation policies and procedures at https://jobs.irs.gov/seasonal/reasonable-accommodation.html. We will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us via-email at hco.mphs.apply@irs.gov  if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

    • To begin, either click the “Create a New Account” button and follow the prompts to register or if you previously registered, click the "Apply Online" button and follow the prompts.
    • You will be re-directed to Treasury’s CareerConnector system to complete your application process; answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. (To submit supporting documents, click one of the available options; Upload; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. To protect your privacy, we suggest you first remove your SSN). Also, go to “My Account” to view and update your information, as necessary.
    • To complete, you must click the “Finish” button located at the bottom of the “Application Review” page.
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
      If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the CareerConnector Help Desk at careerconnectorhelp@treasury.gov and/or the USAJOBS Help Desk.

    Agency contact information

    Jobs Online Help Desk

    Address

    INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE
    5333 Getwell Rd. Stop #9417
    Memphis, Tennessee 38118
    United States
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    WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? As an IRS employee, you will feel proud knowing you helped make America stronger while working at one of the world’s biggest financial institutions. You will be part of an organization that collects over $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns annually. We are proud of how we apply the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.The IRS hires talented and dedicated individuals from many backgrounds, including accounting, business, finance, law enforcement and information technology. You will be challenged and supported on a daily basis. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new opportunity, consider an IRS career.

    Next steps

    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS “My Account” tab and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your application status, you may click on “more information.”
    Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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/547511400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.