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Job Title:Accountant

Department:Department Of The Treasury

Agency:Internal Revenue Service

Job Announcement Number:13CS4-CFX0087-0510-12-MM

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$74,872.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 10, 2012 to Monday, April 22, 2013




Full Time/Permanent - Career/Career-Conditional




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map




WHY IS THE IRS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? At the IRS, you will use your skills in accounting, business, finance, law enforcement, information technology, advocacy and more to help make America stronger. The IRS is one of the largest financial institutions in the world and the work we do helps fund America. We are counting on bright, talented and dedicated individuals like you to achieve our goals. You will be both challenged and supported so whether you are just starting out or looking for new opportunities, consider the IRS and start making a difference today.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has a distinguished history dating back to the founding of our nation. As the steward of U.S. economic and financial systems, Treasury is a major and influential leader in today's global economy. We have over 100,000 employees across the country and around the world. Come Join the Department of the Treasury and Invest in Tomorrow. 

WHAT IS THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE (IRS)? The IRS is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury and one of the world's most efficient tax administrators. Yearly, the IRS collects more than $2 trillion in revenue and processes over 200 million tax returns. The IRS Mission is to provide the United States taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and by applying the tax law with integrity and fairness to all.  

WHAT DOES AN ACCOUNTANT DO? As an accountant you will be responsible for establishing and applying accounting theories, concepts, principles, and standards to the financial activities of the Internal Revenue Service. In this position you will ensure that the Service's financial systems, operations, and reports meet the requirements of law and regulation, including the Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, General Accounting Office, and other central agencies.

WHAT IS THE Chief Financial Officer (CFO) DIVISION? The IRS Chief Financial Officer(CFO) organization is responsible for the custodial accounting of over $2 trillion in taxpayer payments, as well as for managing the IRS' $12 billion annual operating budget. In addition, the CFO advises the IRS Commissioner and other top executives on issues dealing with financial management, financial systems, strategic planning, performance management, budget formulation, budget execution, and internal controls.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at 

Position is located in the Corporated Planning and Internal Controls Unit, Chief Financial Officer Division, located in Washington, DC. 

The first 100 eligible applicants will be considered first by date and time of application. Thereafter more applicants will be considered if needed to fill remaining vacancies.  


  • Please click "Print Preview" to review the announcement before applying.
  • Alternative Work Schedule, staggered work hrs, or telework may be available
  • Moving expenses will not be authorized.
  • TOD: Monday - Friday, 8 hours per day
  • Must be 18 years of age, Citizenship will be verified
  • This is a bargaining unit position


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As an Accountant you will:

  • Interpret federal legislation, standards, and regulations pertaining to accounting and financial management.
  • Evaluate agency-wide accounting operations, policies, procedures, and systems for compliance with standards and internal controls.
  • Design, implement, and assess internal control processes and systems.
  • Apply cost accounting methodologies to agency-wide data and systems, to report the cost of major activities for management information purposes.
  • Prepare accounting polices, procedures, requirements, and standards.
  • Apply accounting principles, theories, and practices in new or novel ways where no precedents exist.
  • Analyze complex accounting issues/problems and recommend solutions.
  • Research improved business practices to operational programs and determine corrective actions needed.
  • Developing test plans that demonstrate internal controls and test documentation that meets or exceeds current testing standards.


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EDUCATION: Applicant's must have a Bachelor's 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 hours in accounting. The 24 hours may include up to six hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" and should be interpreted, generally as "accountant and/or auditor.)
Combination of education and experience of at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or equivalent combination of accounting experience, college level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. Also include 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses, 6 of which can be business law; a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor through written exam; degree with substantial course work in accounting or auditing.
GRADE 12 LEVEL:At least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 11 level. To be qualifying your experience must demonstrate professional knowledge of: federal accounting principles and techniques to ensure compliance; analytical and evaluative methods applicable to administering accounting and financial management programs; theories, techniques and practices of change management, project management, and business process re-engineering techniques to improve quality effectiveness; automated accounting systems and related systems (e.g., payroll) to ensure proper application of accounting standards and practices; wide range of data gathering techniques and their use with technical program areas to ensure quality of analyses. In addition your experience should include providing program and technical leadership to assess the effectiveness of systems, programs and polices; Improving existing business processes; and resolving accounting problems and issues; Analytical and problem solving techniques directed toward improving accounting program efficiency and effectiveness; and making decisions regarding the best approaches to assure functional efficiencies.

In addition to the Specialized Experience listed above: In order to qualify for this position applicant must have knowledge of financial management and internal control concepts, practices, methods, and auditing techniques; including accounting standards, guidelines, policies and procedures. Technical expertise in OMB Circular A-123 and/or SOX and the ability to evaluate accounting systems to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, accounting standards, internal controls, and to ensure consistency with industry standards.

Must submit transcripts to verify required education for this series.



1. Your application will be rated based on education, training, and quality of your experience. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. Tips for preparing your resume and cover letter can be found by clicking here for resume tips or here for cover letter tips.

2. If you are eligible and qualified, your application (resume and any other information submitted) will be evaluated by a panel of subject matter experts to assess your possession of the following competencies: Administrative Financial Management and Accounting, Financial Process and Systems, Accounting Quality Management and Assurance, Oral and Written Communication.You will be tentatively assigned to a category group (A, B, C, etc.) based on the results of the panel. Each category group represents a quality level (i.e., A = Superior, B = Highly Qualified, etc.). Candidates will be considered in category group order. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher). All other preference eligibles will be assigned based on their information provided in resumes and will referred for selection before non-preference eligibles within the same category. Applicants are "tentatively" assigned to a category group pending qualifications validation.

3. Your final category assignment determines the order in which you are considered for the position, applicants are referred to the selecting manager in category order (A, B, C). You may be required to participate in a selection interview. The IRS will not reimburse costs related to the interview such as travel to and from the interview site. If you are a displaced or surplus federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must receive a score of 80 or Category B or better to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being and your family needs. We also offer challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards. For additional information view and learn more about our benefits package at:


If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact Marlene Mattison @ 202-283-1766.  Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. If the State Rehabilitation Center or the State Commission for the Blind has certified you as eligible for reasonable accommodation, you may wish to contact your counselor to apply for employment through the IRS Disability Employment Program in addition to applying for this vacancy announcement.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • Provide information to successfully complete a background investigation. Applicants must have a successfully adjudicated FBI criminal history record check (fingerprint check) and a NACI or equivalent.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 Personal Identity Verification); one must be a valid state or federal government-issued picture identification. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. Employees must maintain PIV credential eligibility during their service with the Department of the Treasury.
  • Undergo a pre-employment federal income tax verification. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) participates in e-Verify (Employment Verification. IRS will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with information from your Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. If it cannot be confirmed that you are authorized to work, we will provide you written instructions to contact SSA and/or DHS before taking adverse action against you, including terminating your employment.


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    The application process has 6 STEPS:
    STEP 1: Create an account at: 
    STEP 2: Develop a Resume using the USAJOBS "Resume Builder" or "Upload" your Resume into USAJOBS.
    STEP 3: Search for IRS Vacancy Announcements. To find this announcement, go to, copy and enter the announcement number 13CS4-CFX0087-0510-12-MM in the key word search field. Select "Yes", if you are a current or former Federal civilian employee who holds or held a non-temporary appointment. Click "Search for Jobs." Click "Apply Online" on the announcement screen, follow all instructions provided, and click "Apply for this position now!"
    STEP 4: Complete all 5 steps in the CareerConnector Account Creation: 1) Personal Information; 2) Military Service & Veteran Preference; 3) Core Questions 4) Demographic Information and 5) Resume Information. Click "Apply to this Vacancy".
    STEP 5: Apply to the Vacancy. Respond to the questions for each of the following sections: Series, Grade, Location; Grade Specific; & All Grade Questions.
    STEP 6: Submit Documents and Review Application. Timely submit the supporting documents requested. Click one of the available options in CareerConnector: Upload; USAJOBS; Fax; or Reuse existing documents. Follow ALL instructions provided. Next, review the summary of the application you completed. Scroll down & click "Finish" at the bottom of the page. You will be automatically redirected to USAJOBS where you can track the status of your application.


    1. Log into My USAJOBS at with your user name and password.
    2. Click on "Application Status".
    3. Click "more information" under the "Application Status" column of the announcement.
    4. Click "Review and Update the documents if needed", on the "Application Detail" page.
    5. Select "Upload", "USAJOBS", "Fax", or "Reuse existing document" for each document to be submitted. Ensure you carefully follow ALL instructions provided.
    6. Click "Finish" to save this change.


    EDUCATION DOCUMENTATION For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education for training or experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected. A college or university degree must be accredited (or pre-accredited) and recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please refer to: www.ope.ed.govaccreditation/search.aspx. Note: If the position has specific education requirements and you are not currently or have not previously been in the series to be filled, please submit a transcript demonstrating you have the basic education required. If you are qualifying based on foreign education you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to:

    CTAP/ICTAP DOCUMENTATION If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the click here. you must submit proof of eligibility.

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION For more information on veterans' preference, click here.



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