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Job Title:Military Pay Technician

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Job Announcement Number:LS-800682-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$33,414.00 to $43,434.00 / Per Year


Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




2 vacancies in the following location:
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


DFAS' mission is to lead the DoD in finance and accounting by ensuring the delivery of efficient, exceptional quality pay and financial information. We take pride in serving the men and women who defend America. DFAS is seeking goal-oriented people who like a challenge and care about serving our country. We offer rewarding careers in finance, accounting, information systems, contracting services, human resources, clerical work and many other areas. For more information, visit

Who may apply: Status applicants – this includes applicants with appointing eligibility. This may include current or former federal employees, displaced federal employees eligible for priority consideration, veterans eligible under special placement programs, military spouses and others. The following link will help you determine if you meet the eligibility to apply for this position:

PLEASE NOTE: You will be considered only for those appointment eligibilities for which you select, attach supporting documentation and are found eligible.

Position is located in the Defense Military Pay Office, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Background Investigation
  • Registered for Selective Service (males born after 12-31-1959)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Served 3 months after initial competitive appointment into Federal service


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  • Establishes, maintains, reviews, determines processes, and closes payroll accounts for active, reserve, or retired armed forces personnel and their annuitants. 
  • Exercises precision in entering personnel actions, reviewing pay authorization documents, determining entitlements, and processing pay entitlement actions that serve as a basis for pay and leave computation and affect the disbursement of pay. 
  • Conducts military payroll audits requiring in-depth research of historical records. 
  • Provides assistance to customers regarding military payroll services. 
  • Reviews completed or rejected military pay transactions taking corrective action when necessary, and compiling information regarding the causes of incorrect pay entitlements.


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One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade (GS-04) within the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required.

Specialized experience is defined as experience performing a variety of support functions using standardized procedures to process payroll transactions such as entering data into an automated payroll system and correcting invalid/incorrect payroll transactions. 

Four years of successfully completed education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation, or the equivalent, is a prerequisite may be substituted to meet the specialized experience required.  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.  If you are using education to substitute for the specialized experience, you must submit transcripts at the time you apply.  To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. You must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education ( 

Current or former federal employees who have held a GS position in the preceding 52 weeks may be considered for positions up to two (2) grades higher than the highest grade held during the preceding 52 weeks (unless a higher grade was held in the past on a permanent basis). 

Candidates must have served 3 months after latest competitive appointment in the Federal service.

This is a non-critical/sensitive position.  Employment in this position requires a background investigation which may delay your starting date.  If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the employment offer may be withdrawn.  Individuals selected for this position are required to obtain and maintain a favorable security determination to occupy a sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment.  Failure to maintain eligibility to occupy a sensitive position may result in termination.   For more information see the security section of Understanding Vacancy Announcements.



All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification.  HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and, if you are already an employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.

The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:  

  • Payroll Concepts, Policies and Principles: Apply military pay legislation, administrative and regulatory requirements, laws and policies governing military pay activities and processes.
  • Financial Management Systems: Utilize integrated federal financial management systems and sub-systems to extract data, identify and resolve system problems, and maintain data integrity.
  • Mathematical Reasoning: Skill in performing detailed mathematical calculations sufficient to manually compute a wide range of payroll entitlements. 
  • Communication: Skill in communicating effectively with internal and external customers.


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DFAS offers competitive wages, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive benefits packages found in either government or private sector. These extraordinary benefits encompass health, pay, work/life balance, growth & learning, and career development.  


  • Moving expenses will not be paid. 
  • We may use this announcement to make a temporary promotion.  For some positions, the temporary promotion may be made permanent without further competition.
  • Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from the DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.
  • A one year probationary or trial period may be required.
  • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 120 days of the closing date.
  • This position is Non-Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Travel requirement is Occasional (up to 30%).
  • This position is not covered by a bargaining unit.
  • Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance.  (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.   See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID 800682.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.  

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. Fax the completed 1203 FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


  • In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section.  The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.   This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  • When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question.  Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.


You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Résumé: You are encouraged to choose only ONE method of submitting your resume(HR will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received and this may not be the resume, which best reflects your qualifications for the job and may result in an ineligible rating.)  You may submit your resume by:  attaching in your USAJobs account; uploading in your Application Manager account; OR faxing.
  2. Complete Assessment  Questionnaire.
  3. Other Supporting Documents:

The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status.  They must be received by the closing date of the announcement

  1. Transcripts and/or Certifications: You must submit documentation if you are substituting education for experience.  For additional information on acceptable documents or to see if you must submit documentation click here Transcripts and Certifications.  You must also document your education and/or certifications in your resume.  
  2. SF-50: With the exception of current permanent DFAS employees, current or former federal employees must submit a Notification of Personnel Action reflecting the highest grade held on a permanent basis, tenure and appointment type.
  3. Veterans Documentation: Click to review these authorities and documents verifying eligibility VEOA, VRA and/or 30% disabled veterans hiring authorities.
  4. Military Spouse: Click here to review this authority and the documents you are required to submit.
  5. ICTAP Eligibles: A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.
  6. Special Hiring Authority: Documentation verifying eligibility.
  7. You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume.  Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or eligibility.
WARNING: Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by the closing date of the announcement, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration.


HR Customer Care Center
Phone: (317)212-0454
TDD: 317 212-6579
Agency Information:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service
HR Shared Service Center
8899 East 56th Street
Indianapolis, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants.   You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.  

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate.  HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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