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Job Title:Financial Management Specialist GS-0501-11/12

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG-2012-70131-LN-R5-12-046C

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,909.00 to $98,022.00 / Per Year


Monday, February 6, 2012 to Monday, February 20, 2012




Full Time - Temporary NTE 2 YEARS


1 vacancy - Chicago Metro Area, IL United States


United States Citizens


When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

You will serve in the Region V, Mission Support Division Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In this position, you will administer and perform diverse fund control activities with many different and unrelated processes affecting a wide-range of agency operations.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of on-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • This position requires a (Public Trust/High Risk,) background check.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a trial period of 1 year.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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Specific Duties:

  • Prepare pre-disaster allocations for travel, Mission Assignments, salaries and benefits etc.
  • Act as a point of contact between JFO funds control personnel and the region. 
  •  Perform a wide variety of financial disaster transactions on a daily basis, including allocations, obligations, account payable, audit of travel payments, reconciliations, problem solving using the agency's financial policies and regulations.
  • Advise and provide guidance as a subject matter expert in the fields of all travel and financial activities.
  • Develop a system to transition financial files/records to the region.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level you must possess at least one of the following:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service.

A PhD or equivalent.

A combination of education and experience.

Specialized experience is described as experience and knowledge of accounting principles and practices.

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level you must possess one full year of specialized experience at least equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience at this level is described as experience and knowledge of accounting, auditing, and financial reporting and the ability to reconcile correctness of account code classification and amounts.


All qualifications and grade equivalency requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. 


This position allows you to qualify and be considered based on your education at the GS-11 level. To receive this consideration, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package, however, official transcripts will be needed prior to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. This evaluation must be provided by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of this vacancy announcement. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education verification, visit the US Department of Education. Another listing of services that can perform this evaluation is available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website.




This is a Public Trust position that requires a background investigation.  Appointment to the position is subject to the applicant or appointee successfully completing essential security investigation forms, the applicant or appointee cooperating with the investigation, the completion of the investigation, and a favorable adjudication of the investigation.  Failure to satisfactorily complete any aspect of the process is grounds for immediate termination.  Applicants for this position may be required to submit to a urinalysis for illegal drug use prior to appointment.


All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement.  Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.


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Our career opportunities feature the potential for performance-based increases, flexible hours, and the ability to achieve and maintain a balanced lifestyle.  Other benefits that may be available include a uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, fitness centers, and telework.  For more information on federal benefits, please visit


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

VETERANS INFORMATION, EEO POLICY, AND REGISTRATION FOR SELECTIVE SERVICE can be obtained utilizing the links at the bottom of this announcement.

CITIZENSHIP:  Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS:  For more information, please see the link at the bottom of this announcement and


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:


1. Your Resume;

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire;

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below).


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, February 20, 2012.


To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Please ensure you click the Apply for this position now! button at the end of the process.  You will be redirected to Application Manager,, to complete your application package.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. 


Note:  To check on the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload, complete this cover page, using the following vacancy ID:  604247.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:, and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144.

4. Print the fax cover page ( and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g. resume, transcripts, veterans documents, etc) to the same fax number in #3.


Please do not complete steps 1 – 4 if you are applying on line. 


If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents.  To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan.  You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account ( for this vacancy announcement.  You documents will be displayed under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  To fax documents, you MUST use the special coverage page.  Print the pre-populated cover page on the uploaded documents screen of Application Manager or you may click this link: to print a copy of the cover page.  When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.

·         Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number: 604247

·         Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

·         Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144. 


In addition to your Resume and complete Occupational Questionnaire: 

  • Eligible veterans are encouraged to attach the latest report of Separation from Active Duty (DD-214) or other proof of honorable discharge or terminal leave status, when a DD-214 is not available.
  • Applicants claiming 10-point preference based on a compensable disability, receipt of a purple heart, or preference for a spouse, widow/widower, or natural mother must complete and attach the SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required proof as listed on the backside of the SF-15.  The SF-15 is available at:
  • Current or former Federal civilian employees are encouraged to attach a copy of a non-award SF-50.
  • If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience or if the position has a positive education requirement, you are encouraged to provide a copy of your college transcript.
    • Foreign Education:  to receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


Louise L. Noyes
Phone: (800)879-6076
TDD: (800)877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
PO Box 9900
Winchester, VA


Once your complete application is received, you will receive correspondence indicating that your application has been received.  After a review of your complete application is made, you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. 

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