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Job Title:Supervisory Accountant (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:OS/OFM-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, January 10, 2013 to Monday, April 8, 2013




Competitive - Full Time, Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


All Qualified U.S. Citizens


The Office of Financial Management (OFM) is looking for bright, innovative, and results-oriented individuals to join our fast-paced organization. Make a difference by joining our team!

THIS POSITION IS ALSO BEING ANNOUNCED CONCURRENTLY UNDER MERIT ASSIGNMENT PROCEDURES (MAP) VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER: OS/OFM-2013-0005. Applicants who wish to be considered under DEU and Merit Assignment Procedures must apply to both announcements.


This position is in the Office of Secretary, Office of Financial Management (OFM). 

The Office of Financial Management (OFM) formulates and prescribes Department-wide financial management, accounting, fiscal policies, procedures, and controls, as well as provides assistance to Department components in its implementation.  OFM ensures the compliance with all laws, regulations, standards, and guidelines regarding these components.


  • Must be a United States Citizen.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • 52 weeks time in grade requirement must be met on the closing date.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Investigations or clearances must be completed prior to appointment.


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The incumbent will be responsible for performing financial forensics in support of internal Department financial analysis.  The incumbent will perform a variety of accounting and investigative duties to effectively monitor, assess, and manage anomalies in financial practices and personnel management to address potential risks before they create situations that would require a formal investigation.  The incumbent will also provide guidance and support to the Commerce Department and its bureaus on other internal controls related matters and provide Department wide financial statement preparation and reporting support to other teams within OFM.


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This position is advertised at the ZA-V pay band level, which is equivalent to the GS-15 on the Federal General Schedule salary table. Applicants must meet the basic entry requirements AND the individual occupational requirements stated below. 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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR 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 ENTRY AND INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: The applicant must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14 or equivalent band), which is typically in or related to the position to be filled. The experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (competencies) to perform the duties of the position. Specialized Experience is defined as supervising subordinates and managing forensic accounting of financial records related to investigations; assessing unusual associations of financial transactions; preparing accounting reports and communications through detailed analysis of financial findings and conclusions; and utilizing computer software and hardware for gathering and analyzing financial information.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME on the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates in the "best qualified" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Knowledge of professional financial management principles, practices, and procedures.

2. Application of financial and accounting systems management techniques.

3. Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret financial data.

Your responses will be validated by a human resource specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information you provide in your online resume and/or by reference checks. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for non-employment.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at Starting salaries may be set anywhere within the pay range of a pay band, but are budget driven. Pay may increase to the top of the pay band through annual satisfactory performance reviews.


ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate, notice of disability annuity termination, or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.

2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL.

3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

4. Any documentation from your agency that shoes your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:



• 30% or more disabled veteran

• Persons with disabilities




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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by e-mail at or by phone at 866.656.6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Sherry Cox, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-4278 or email at


A complete application consists of the following:

• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

• Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).

• Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)

• Education. All applicants must submit a legible copy of unofficial college transcripts or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If qualifying based on a combination of Education and Experience as described under the qualifications section of the this announcement applicants must submit unnoffical transcripts or Certified Public Accountant Certificate (CPA) or Certified Public Accountant Certificate or Certified Internal Auditor Certificate. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.



Sherry Cox
Phone: 202-482-4278
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

4. Selected or Not Selected By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.

If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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