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Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DEGP-BFG-12-111

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 17, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Billings, MT, USView Map

All United States Citizens and Nationals.


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit:

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-GP-BFG-12-127 for current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans). If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Accountant. Would you enjoy ensuring the financial integrity of data entered into the Federal accounting system? Responsibilities include technical review of accounting reports in the Great Plains Region, maintaining financial records, and providing accounting services in conformance with recognized accounting principles and practices as augmented by standards and procedures prescribed by the Bureau of Reclamation and other regulatory agencies or bodies.

Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Regional Office, Budget and Finance Group, Finance and Accounting Services, Billings, MT.

For living conditions go to:

Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic but based on supervisor initiation.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National. Valid State driver's license required.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
  • You must meet educational requirements (See Qualifications).
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify educational requirements.
  • Suitable for Federal employment; determined by background investigation.


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-Analyze simple financial data/transactions.
-Prepare simple financial reports.
-Utilize software to analyze financial records.
-Maintain cost structures.
-Prepare billing documents and track payments.

-Analyze complex financial data/transactions.
-Prepare complex financial reports.
-Utilize software to analyze financial records.
-Maintain cost structures.
-Prepare billing documents and track payments. 


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-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 6 hours of credit in business law.


-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:

--24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of an appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;

--A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a 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 hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24 semester-hour requirement, 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; 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.


GS-07: 1 year of graduate level education -OR- superior academic achievement -OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Service -OR- equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience.

GS-09: Master's or equivalent graduate degree -OR- 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the federal service -OR- equivalent combinations of education and specialized experience.

GRADUATE EDUCATION: Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade may be combined with experience.

Superior Academic Achievement is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership. Specific requirements are: 1) Applicant must be in the upper third of the graduating class based on completed course; 2a) 3.0 or higher GPA as recorded on official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education; 2b) 3.0 or higher GPA based on courses completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; or 2c) 3.5 or higher GPA based on the average of the required courses completed in the specific major field of study; or 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society listed in the Association of College Honor Societies (membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision).

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-07: Work that involved applying generally accepted accounting principles, practices, and theories in carrying out simple accounting transactions. Work as an auditor of financial records, work in a bookkeeping position, work in any accounting office/department performing duties such as reconciling accounts, recording transactions, correcting errors, analyzing costs, accounts payable/receivable, processing bills for collection, etc...

GS-09: Work that involved applying accounting principles, practices, and theories to carry out the responsibilities of professional cost accounting; studying financial events, analyzing relationships and comparing findings with previous reports to determine any necessary corrective actions. Work analyzing accounting data for accuracy and appropriateness, preparing documents to correct errors in the accounting system, analyzing and preparing accounting entries to recognize revenue and/or expense, preparing financial statements and/or other financial reports.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and the date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Highly Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and experience applying said authorities to accounting issues.
2. Ability to analyze/recognize problems and research/resolve discrepancies by gathering data, organizing the data, analyzing the data and recommending solutions.
3. Skill developing/modifying spreadsheets and word documents.
4. Ability to work independently and cooperatively with others, and skill explaining, both verbally and in writing, accounting issues to those with varying levels of understanding.

Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
To preview questions please click here.


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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees visit:


Operation of a Government vehicle may be required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

Occasional travel may be required.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information, visit:

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.


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Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documents) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button on the right side of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to; fax directly to our HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to PO Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900; OR hand-deliver to 316 North 26th St., Billings, MT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with date of employment, i.e., years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

TRANSCRIPTS: All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

-For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP: Provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective placement factors, education and experience requirements, and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 406-247-7696
Fax: 406-247-7875
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT
Fax: 406-247-7875


After application packages have been received, resumes, assessment questionnaires and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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