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Job Title:Supervisory Accountant

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:24MR-2013-0008

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

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$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, December 5, 2012 to Thursday, February 7, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6MR-2013-0004. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


Relocation expenses will not be paid.  As Assistant Branch Chief, the Supervisory Accountant participates with the Branch Chief and higher level management officials in planning, developing, and executing the activities of the Branch, and takes the lead role in providing administrative direction and supervision of the Branch staff.

The AMS & GIPSA Financial Systems and Reporting Branch, Financial Management Division, is responsible for the implementation of the overall integrated fiscal accounting system, methods, procedures, related reports, techniques and forms including the operation of a sound fiscal management improvement program and maintenance of technical supervision over the accounting of the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!


APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


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The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Participates with the Branch Chief in the overall formulation of current and long-range policies and programs relating to Agency financial management systems, policies, reporting, and operations.
  • Assures the preparation of long-range plans for the development and installation of a fully integrated financial management system and coordinates the efforts of other management divisions and program officials.
  • Provides technical advice and assistance to all levels of Agency personnel on major and complex financial operations, reporting, and systems problems.
  • Provides system interface and expertise on accounting data integrity among all accounting systems.
  • Plans, directs, and conducts special review of financial problem areas and advises program officials on compliance with the existing regulations and procedures.
  • Coordinates with the budget and program staffs the annual close process for the agencies.
  • Develops and implements Agency financial policies and procedures governing AMS and GIPSA financial operations.
  • Maintains and updates the accounting records of the Agency.


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To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.



A. 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."  Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")



B. 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.

IN ADDITION TO MEETING THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS LISTED ABOVE:  Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below.



Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors.  Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Formulates and recommends policies and procedures relating to accounting and financial management systems, financial reporting, and financial operations for Agency programs.
  • Establishes and assures the overall execution of programs, goals, and objectives of the Branch, and takes a lead role in providing administrative oversight of the Branch staff.
  • Participates in and/or leads workgroups in designing, developing, implementing and maintaining new national accounting and financial management systems for AMS and GIPSA as new requirements develop. Ensures that any new systems meet the proper accounting and financial requirements prescribed by the Department, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and the Treasury Department.
  • Conducts in-depth review of financial reports to identify problems with data integrity. Analyzes and researches financial and accounting issues, and recommends courses of actions and solutions. Provides technical advice and assistance to all levels of agency personnel on major and complex financial operations, reporting, and system problems.
  • Works with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer to prepare the agency’s financial statements, footnotes, supplemental and other accompanying information. Participates on department level financial statement policy groups and responses to departmental requests and deliverables.
  • Reviews general ledger accounts and reconciles trial balances on an on-going basis. Identifies, researches, and corrects abnormal and erroneous balances and transactions. Reviews and reconciles subsidiary ledgers and feeder system transactions with the general ledger.
  • Recommends changes to strengthen internal control on or correct inadequacies in the accounting system. Review and analyzes audit and investigation reports for the purpose of determining corrective action.
  • Plans, supervises and reviews work that is completed by subordinate staff. Develops performance standards, evaluates staff’s work performance and provide advice, counsel, and instructions to staff on both technical and administrative matters.
  • Interviews candidates for positions in the branch; recommends appointments, promotions or reassignments.

Special Conditions:

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one-year probationary period.
  • If you are appointed to a supervisory or managerial position, you may be required to complete a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period. 
  • Transcripts must be submitted for this position.
  • In accordance with Office of Government Ethics regulations concerning conflict of interest, the incumbent of this position will be required to submit a financial disclosure report within 30 days of their effective date of appointment and annually thereafter.


  • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
    • Professional knowledge of accounting principles, theories, methodology, and techniques.
    • Ability to apply analytical methods, tools, and techniques to identify and resolve financial and/or accounting issues.
    • Ability to plan, organize, prioritize, and manage work in order to deal with rapidly changing program and financial deadlines.
    • Skill in written and oral communication
    • Supervisory competencies: Accountability, Conflict Management, Developing Others, Human Capital Management and Leveraging Diversity.
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


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    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE

    For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:


    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must fax and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3326
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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