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    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


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    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.
    1. 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.
    2. Expert knowledge of accounting theories, concepts, methods, practices, and techniques used in the collection, classification, evaluation and presentation of management and operational data.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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:
    1. Job Title (Include series and grade of Federal Job)
    2. Duties (Be specific in describing your duties)
    3. Name of Federal agency
    4. Supervisor name, email, and phone number
    5. Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)


    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:

    1. Complete the DHS Training Course 15 days prior to the arrival to the JDA.
    2. 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.
    3. Complete 12 hours of professional development using Skillsoft courses, videos, and books in conjunction with the established assignment objectives for the JDA.
    4. Attend each of the DHS Joint Duty Program Director's quarterly webinars (1 hour per quarter).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    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

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    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:

    1. Your appointment in the Federal service
    2. Tenure
    3. Grade and Step
    4. 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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    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.

    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

    All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 04/30/2021 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and other supporting documents, and complete the questionnaire.
    2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package. NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link, and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. 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.

    Agency contact information

    DHS Joint Duty Program


    DHS Joint Duty Program
    301 7th Street SW
    Washington, DC 20024
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    DHS is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters.

    The DHS Joint Duty Program (JDP) is an intra- and inter-departmental program which offers civilian personnel professional and developmental opportunities. Joint Duty Assignments (JDAs) enhance operations and mission execution through unity of effort and collaboration.

    The DHS JDP is a human capital program initiative which is managed by OCHCO at DHS headquarters. The DHS JDP's purpose is two-fold: to encourage and to facilitate assignments of DHS personnel to other DHS components as well as outside agencies. The purpose of JDAs is to gain multi-component, multi-faceted experience focused on cross-cutting DHS and Federal-wide operations to enhance performance of the individual, the organizations, and the Department. JDAs are for a period not to exceed 1 year and do not qualify for Joint Duty credit.

    The DHS JDP covers current Federal employees at the GS-13 through GS-15 grade levels and equivalent. The DHS JDP does not apply to members of the military service or contractors. JDAs do not offer Temporary Promotions.

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    Next steps

    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the selecting official for further consideration and a possible interview. We will notify you by email at various stages in the process. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information." We expect to make a final JDA offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    Telework: Telework eligibility is based on the needs of the office and is subject to change.

    Additional information pertaining to your interest and availability for this position may be needed after the closing date of the Joint Duty Assignment vacancy announcement; therefore, a timely response to these requests must be adhered to in order to remain in consideration.

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 to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/585765400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.