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Job Title:Accountant

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:PH-JP-13-808524

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

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$42,209.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 21, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


United States Citizens


The Department of Justice is the Nation's law enforcement agency, and its most important resource is its people.


The Justice Management Division (JMD), Finance Staff (FS), formulates and establishes Department-wide policies, procedures, and financial systems to support planning, programming, budgeting, accounting and other financial management activities. The FS administers the Financial Management Information System (FMIS) for the Offices, Boards and Divisions (OBDs), the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and maintains the Unified Financial Management System (UFMS) for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS).


The Quality Control and Compliance Group (QCCG) performs the following: 1. formulates and promulgates financial policies as it affects audit compliance; 2. interprets and coordinates the Treasury, GAO, and OMB accounting principles and standards; 3. coordinates reviews of accounting records to assure compliance with rules and regulations; 4. performs research on financial matters and prepares related interpretations; 5. develops financial training and guidelines for the various components; 6. prepares and issues selected financial reports; 7. provides financial management advisory and consulting services; and 8. administers requirements for the financial audit . In addition, the QCCG assists in formulating Departmental financial management practices and procedures and prepares DOJ orders and other regulations and procedures in regards to sound internal controls, audit and financial management procedures. 


Who May Apply:  U.S. Citizens

One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy. 

Filling this position is subject to funding availability.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply section).
  • You may be subjected to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Moving and Relocation Expenses are not authorized.
  • You must undergo a pre-employment security investigation.
  • You must complete a one year probationary period.


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The GS-0510-07 Accountant serves as an advanced trainee, working within a team, completing progressively more responsible developmental assignments and receiving advanced classroom and on-the-job training.  The GS-0510-09 and GS-0510-11 incumbents serve as operating accountants, providing a variety of accounting services to management, including accounting data analysis, internal and external cash and general ledger reconciliations, fund control activities, and providing advice and guidance through analysis and interpretation of financial data and reports. 


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    To qualify for this position, you must meet both the Basic Requirements AND Specialized Experience as described below:

    Basic Requirement:

    A. Possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university 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 6 hours of credit in business law. (You must include transcripts) --OR-- B. A 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). In addition, your background also includes 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 non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. (You must include transcripts and/or appropriate certificate)

    --AND --

    Specialized Experience:

    For the GS-07 level: A. Possess one year of specialized experience in accounting equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service performing the following: (1) work with senior staff to classify, record, and summarize numerical and financial data; (2) use established guidelines to find, review or change accounting data in transaction files, ledgers, accounts, reports, and financial statements; (3) identify accounting transaction problems in an accounting system; (4) recommend actions to senior staff to prevent recurrence of similar discrepancies; (5) prepare statements and reports, schedules, and comparative analysis of accounting transactions; and (6) carry out assignments independently, but refers deviations, problems and unfamiliar situations not covered by instructions to supervisor for assistance; - OR- B. You have completed 1 year of graduate-level education in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration; - OR - C. You have completed (or expect to complete within 9 months) all the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and have Superior Academic Standing (S.A.A) based on: (1) class standing: upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; or (2) grade-point average: have a 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on the official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) honor society membership. (You must include transcripts) ;OR- D.  You have some specialized experience described in "A", but less than one year; and have some graduated education but less than one year of education as described in "B".  Have computed the percentage of the requirements met, and the total is at least 100%.  (To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12.  Then divide your semester hours of graduate education by 18.  Add the two percentages.  The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify). (You must include transcripts)


    For the GS-09 level: A. Possess one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 in the Federal service performing the following: (1) identify accounting problems such as inadequate maintenance of fund controls, inaccurate records and reports, improper methods of document control, and lack of documentary evidence to support performance or regulatory reconciliations; (2) compile centrally requested cost reports and reports of variance from standards; (3) conduct special cost analysis of program operations for accounting or financial management systems; (4) draft simple instructions to describe internal accounting procedures for a procedures manual to be prepared by a senior accountant; and (5) respond to inquiries regarding specific rules and procedures governing the processing of routine budgetary actions; - OR - B. You have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration; - OR - C. You have completed less than the education and experience described above, however, have completed a combination of education and experience that when computed the total exceeds 100% of the total requirement. (Note: only graduate education above the first 18 semester hours or equivalent may be used in this computation). (You must include transcripts)


    For the GS-11 level: A. Possess one year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 in the Federal service performing the following: (1) track ongoing financial operations and solve problems that arise; (2) study existing financial reports, accounts, or instructions to streamline operations or provide reports with greater detail; (3) prepare specific instructions for ongoing operations; (4) document accounting system features designed by higher level accountants; (5) advise managers or others when financial transactions differ from norms on nature and volume; (5) report controversial information or findings to the supervisor's attention for direction and (6) exercise judgment to resolve commonly encountered work problems and deviations; - OR - B. You have completed 3 years of progressively higher- level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration; - OR - C. You have completed less than the education and/or experience described above, however, have completed a combination of education and experience that when computed the total exceeds 100% of the total requirement. (Note: only graduate education above the first 36 semester hours or equivalent may be used in this computation). (You must include transcripts)



    ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

    Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.



    For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:  If you meet the qualifications, you will be rated and ranked under Category Rating procedures . The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories: Best-Qualified; Highly-Qualified; and Qualified. 


    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).  Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category.

    Qualified candidates will be assigned to a qualify category.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


    All applicants' qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

    • Technical Competence 
    • Attention to Detail
    • Oral Communication
    • Written Communication
    • Problem Solving





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    The Federal government offers telework and a number of other exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


    Conditions of Employment:

    1. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.
    DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 
    3. All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see ).. If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.

    Other Information:

    - If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant, you may apply for special selection over other applicants for this position. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under CTAP or ICTAP must be well qualified for the position. To be well qualified, applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria, not including veterans’ preference points, if applicable. CTAP and/or ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a recent (or last) performance appraisal; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; or, if applicable, an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. ( 
    - If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans’ preference see 
    - The Department of Justice is an
    Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 
    - The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. 
    - The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


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    To apply for this position, you must submit a completed application package by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 04, 2013.


    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 808524.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    If you cannot apply online:
    1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    A complete application package includes the following documents that must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

    1. Your Résumé
    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other supporting documents:
            Public Accountant or Internal Auditor Certificate, if applicable
            - Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable 
            - College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education; and  

           -  CTAP/ICTAP Documentation, if applicable


    Your resume must contain all information required for Federal employment.  Your resume must include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer's name and address, hours worked, description of duties, etc.


    Philadelphia Services Branch
    Phone: (215)861-3074
    Agency Information:
    Philadelphia Services Branch
    US Office of Personnel Management
    600 Arch Street
    Philadelphia, PA


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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