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Job Title:Staff Accountant

Agency:Election Assistance Commission

Job Announcement Number:CF-PH-765648

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $144,385.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 to Friday, November 16, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

AD-0510-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Indefinite

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Come join the U.S. Election Assistance Commission!

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) is an independent Federal agency created by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA).  EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits the use of HAVA funds.  Other responsibilities include maintaining the national mail voter registration form developed in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

This position is located in the Finance Division and reports directly to the Chief Finance Officer.  The incumbent is responsible for planning, organizing, operating, and maintaining the accounting operations and disbursing functions for the EAC; for the management of the agency’s financial operations, including the promulgation of agency policies, procedures and directives pertaining to those programs falling within his/her area of responsibility; and for producing the agency’s audited financial statements, ensuring that they comply with all federal accounting standards and requirements.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.

DUTIES:

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In concert with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), plans and administers the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s accounting program and all of the accounting systems servicing the agency with primary responsibility for the Commission’s official accounting records, internal and external financial reports, funds control, certification of disbursements, and employee payroll services. 

• Monitors and identifies effects of new requirements and legislation for financial issues and manages either the modification of existing systems or the design of new systems. 

• Ensures the integrity of the EAC accounting records and reports; and assures that the accounting system comports with Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), and Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) standards.

• Collaborates with the CFO in producing the EAC audited financial statements.  The Tax Dollars Accountability Act of 2002 requires the EAC to prepare and publish annual audited financial statements.  Is responsible for developing the statements, ensuring that they comply with all federal accounting standards and requirements.  Serves as the leader to develop procedures and documentation required to allow the agency to attain an unqualified audit opinion with no material weaknesses.

• Manages the audit process.  Serves as the EAC management liaison with the Inspector General (IG) and the IG’s contracted auditor.  Responds and presents the agency position with respect to issues raised during the audit. 

• Participates in EAC management decisions through supporting and interpreting financial information produced by the accounting system. Assists in agency budget analysis and planning.

• Provides advice on the effects of newly promulgated laws or the requirements or statements of central oversight agencies such as the Treasury Department, OMB, FASAB and JFMIP.

• Ensures the Commission meets all Treasury Department, OMB, FASAB and JFMIP compilation and reporting requirements, as well as the specific financial information requirements established by legislation.  Reconciles all registers, ledgers and outside agency reports.

• Responsible for the internal controls of the financial operations of the agency, monitoring the financial records and reports, the timeliness, accuracy and risk assessments.  Liaison for internal and external auditors, prepares audit response, and implements appropriate changes. 

• Establishes and maintains strong internal controls to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse and to discourage errors and irregularities.  Responds to instances of waste, fraud, and abuse to ameliorate or correct the situation.  Recommends improvements in controls and procedures as necessary to prevent similar occurrences.

• Reviews and reconciles payroll operations with the Office of Human Resources Director to ensure all elements of pay are processed in accordance with Federal pay regulations issued by OPM and approved authorizations from the Commission’s Human Resources Office.  Works with the General Services Administration (GSA) Finance Center to ensure that correct accounting data can be obtained from the GSA payroll/personnel system to meet EAC reporting needs.  Together with the EAC OHR, works with GSA to resolve complicated issues involving pay and compensation, time and attendance, leave, benefits, retirement, or other payroll/personnel matters.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience researching, analyzing and interpreting accounting principles and accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), to provide guidance on the impact on existing agency, accounting policies, and to lead in the writing of new and/or existing agency policies.


BASIC REQUIREMENTS:
A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting. The 24 semester/36 quarter hours may include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing". Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor".)

OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- at least four (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 include ONE of the following:

• 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of business law;-- A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or 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/22 quarter hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester hour/36-quarter hour requirement in 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 four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non conformance to the requirement for 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

High Risk Position - Background Investigation (BI) required.


 

Financial Disclosure
The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. EAC policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments with several companies.

Excepted Service:
EAC is an excepted service agency. Basic Federal employee benefits remain the same as other Federal agencies.

Trial Period:
Applicants chosen for this position may be subject to completion of a trial period.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your resume will be reviewed, including your responses to the assessment questionnaire included in this announcement, to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements.  Therefore, it is imperative that your resume contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make the qualification determination.  Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level. If you rated yourself higher on the questionnaire than what is supported by your resume, your overall qualifications assessment may be adversely affected.

If you are found qualified, you will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  These category assignments are a measure of the degree in which your background and responses to the assessment questions match the competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) listed below. 

1. Skill in interpreting and applying the Federal accounting process, including principles and standards outlined by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Treasury Regulations, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), professional accounting organizations and the U.S. Comptroller General.

2. Knowledge of accounting concepts, procedures, techniques for a the purpose of policy development.

3. Skill in identifying  and managing the risks of failing to detect a misstatement, caused by inadvertent error or fraud that is material to financial statements.

4. Skill in dealing with the public, professionals, and officials at all levels, using both verbal and written communication for presentation of comprehensive written reports and presentations on accounting issues, and providing recommendations.

You do not need to respond separately to these KSAs.  Your answers to the assessment questionnaire (found at the end of this job announcement) and resume will serve as responses to the KSAs.

 


BENEFITS:

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EAC offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; transportation subsidies; and fitness center. EAC is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Interview:
An interview may be required. You may be asked to verify information you have provided on your application for employment with the FAA, such as proof of citizenship, military service, disability status, or selective service registration, or to supply copies of transcripts, military documents, references, or other supporting documentation.

Privacy Act Requirements:
Collection of personal identification data is authorized under the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579).

EAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer:
All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. EAC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Prohibition on Personal Use of Government Postage-Paid Envelopes:
Use of postage-paid Government envelopes to file job applications is a violation of Federal laws and regulations. Applications submitted in postage-paid Government envelopes will not be considered.

Non-citizens
We are not accepting applications from non-citizens.



HOW TO APPLY:

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HOW TO APPLY:
Submit your application materials via
e-Mail
E-mail your resume to us at:  Resumes@eac.gov

OR

Mail to:
U.S. Election Assistance Commission
Office of Human Resources
1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20005 

 

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONNAIRE

Please circle correct letter for the correct response.

EAC Staff Accountant

1. Have you earned a bachelor degree in Accounting or in a related field (Business Administration, Finance, or Public Administration) that included 24 semester hours in accounting (may include up to 6 hours in business law) or

do you have at least 4 years of accounting experience that includes either 24 semester hours of accounting and auditing courses (may include up to 6 hours business law) or

are you Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor?

Yes 

No

2. I possess one year of accounting or auditing experience (equivalent to at least the GS-13 level) in the federal government.

Yes 
No

3.  Select the response below that best describes your experience reviewing and complying with financial accounting requirements such as laws, regulations, and FASB, Treasury, OMB and Department of Treasury guidance, and presenting the information affecting the agency to senior officials.

a. I have not had the education, training or experience in working with financial requirements.

b. I have had specific training, or education, that directly relates to financial accounting requirements, but have not dealt with them directly.

c. I have worked on projects involving timely and accurate review of financial requirements with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee and used the requirements to ensure compliance with proper procedures and standards.

d. I have independently provided recommendations related to financial policy development and interpretation while complying with the appropriate standards.  I received final approval by a supervisor.

e. I am considered to be highly skilled when dealing with these issues, by providing support and guidance to others because of my background.  I rarely need approval or supervision in regards to these duties.

f. I have served as a Subject Matter Expert when dealing with these issues, by providing guidance or supervision to subordinates because of my background. I often serve in a consulting role to other organizations or departments, where I provide expert counsel to executives and senior officials.

4. Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in managing the annual federal financial management audit process?

a. I have routinely managed the audit process, taking the lead on responding to auditors, and coordinating responses to requests from auditors provided by other agency staff and other agencies.  I have provided technical assistance to staff when needed to complete the audit.

b. I have managed a portion of the audit process, involving the coordination of peers and senior staff from various areas within and outside the organization.

c. I have managed the audit process, involving the coordination of peers and/or junior staffers from other areas within the organization.

d. I have managed a portion of the audit process, involving the coordination of peers and/or junior staffers from various areas within the organization.

e. None of the above.

5. Describe your experience in the construction and maintenance of audited federal financial statements and related disclosures.

a. I have not had the education, training or experience with these activities.
b. I have had specific training, or education, that directly relates to these activities, but have not performed them on the job.

c. With supervision from a supervisor, I have completed routine tasks in the construction and maintenance of financial statements and disclosures.

d. I have trained subordinates to complete routine tasks in the construction and maintenance of financial statements.

e. I have served as a Subject Matter Expert in the construction and maintenance of financial statements and disclosures.

6. Select the response below that best describes your experience reconciling accounting records and completing reports.

a. I have not had the education, training or experience in working with these issues.

b. I have had specific training, or education, that directly relates to these issues, but have not dealt with them directly.

c. I have worked on projects involving timely and accurate reconciliation and reporting of financial data with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures and standards.

d. I have independently reconciled and reported financial data timely and accurately while complying with the appropriate standards.  I received final approval from a team leader or supervisor.

e. I am considered to be highly skilled when dealing with reconciliation and reporting, by providing support and guidance to others.  Because of my experience, I rarely need approval or supervision in regards to these duties.

f. I have served as a Subject Matter Expert when dealing with these issues, by providing guidance or supervision to subordinates because of my experience.  I often provide expert counsel to executives and senior officials.

7. I have experience dealing with budget and performance reporting.

Yes 
No

8. I possess hands-on experience interpreting and applying accounting rules for performing, documenting, and disclosing internal control activities.

Yes 
No

9. Do you have experience reviewing and approving documents in automated travel, purchase card and procurement systems?

Yes 
No

10. Choose the choice(s) that reflects the type of projects where you have played a key/lead role. Check all that apply:

a. GAAP accounting and financial operations

b. Financial reporting to external and internal clients

c. Research, analyze, and document developments (including new standards) from FASB that could impact accounting policies, practices, and disclosures

d. Respond to Congress, OMB and GAO

e. None of the above

11. Identify all the areas in which you have experience in financial policy development:

a. I have written/developed policy

b. I have implemented policy

c. I have been an advisor to all levels of employees on policy issues

d. None of the above 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Resume and responses to assessment questionnaire. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: (202)566-3000
Email: RESUMES@EAC.GOV
Agency Information:
US Election Assistance Commission
1201 New York Avenue NW
Suite 300
Washington, DC
20005

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After a review of your résumé and assessment questionnaire is complete, 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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Job Announcement Number:

CF-PH-765648

Control Number:

328768700