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Job Title:Student Trainee (Accountant)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Benefits Administration

Job Announcement Number:105-1483-JZ819125

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 $89,450.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, January 15, 2013 to Friday, January 25, 2013




Part Time 40 hours - Internships




1 vacancy in the following location:
Austin, TX United StatesView Map


Students (Student Program Eligibles/Interns) accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in a U.S. accredited education institution on a full or half time basis.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN)819125

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) values the contributions made by students of all ages and backgrounds. 

This announcement is for a position being filled under the Pathways Internship Program for students in an accredited high school, college, university, community college, and junior college; professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate.

The Pathways Internship Program provides managers a ready source of student employees and potential permanent employees upon completion of the program requirements. It also provides the student with work experience directly related to their curriculum studies and career goals while offering eligibility for non-competitive conversion to permanent employment upon completion. To be eligible for conversion, the student employee must be capable of working at least 640 hours prior to completion of their degree requirements. Only applicants that are pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate, within the commuting distance of Austin, TX, who are enrolled at least half-time in an accredited institution and seeking degrees in Business Administration, Accounting or other accounting related disciplines will be considered.

Full requirements for Conversion:

  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program.
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements.
  • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted.
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement. 
  • Perform their job successfully.
  • Must possess US citizenship in order to be converted to a career/career conditional appointment.

Internship Work Options:  When a student is initially hired into the Pathways Internship Program, a work schedule is documented on his/her agreement. Students will work a parallel work schedule that allows them to work while continuing their education during the semester. Students should also take into consideration the required 640 hours of work that must be completed prior to the student's graduation, so that upon graduation the student will be eligible for conversion into a permanent position. For more information on the Pathways for Students go to 


  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen, national or legal permanent resident.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • A complete application package; Resume, Vet Pref (if applicable), etc.
  • A completed Occupational Questionnaire.
  • Enrolled at least half-time in a degree program for the Spring 2013 Term.
  • Must live/go to school within commuting distance of Austin, TX.


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This Student Trainee (Accountant) (GS - 0599- 07 Target GS - 09/11/12) is located in the Veterans Benefits Administration, Administrative & Loan Accounting Center (ALAC),  Austin, TX.


  • Ensure data used to update VA financial records (ex. general ledger, budget accounts and subsidiary records) is correct and recorded timely.
  • Accounting data is updated in a number of appropriations using both general governmental obligation accounting and credit reform accounting.
  • Responsible for reviewing a number of source documents and data elements used to update financial records. 
  • The review of the source documents includes specific elements including, but not limited to, correct general ledger accounts, budget object and revenue source codes, certification and amounts.
  • To update financial records, data entry into a number of computer systems is required, such as: VA Financial Management systems, Loan Guaranty Subsidiary systems and locally developed tracking and reconciliation systems.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position is primarily sedentary with some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of lightweight items (i.e. folders, claims files).


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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. To qualify for the GS-07 position, applicants must have worked 52 weeks at the GS-05 grade level within the Federal Service.


Minimum Qualification:

Applicants must meet one of the below listed basic qualification requirements to qualify for the GS-0510 series:

  • Undergraduate 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
  • 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; OR

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.

Specialized Experience: In addition to the BASIC qualification above, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-5) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

GS - 07: One (1) year of Specialized Experience which was equivalent to the GS-05 grade level.

Specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized Experience includes but is not limited to:

Technical knowledge of financial operations, policies and procedures; financial activities requiring the ability to research and apply fiscal rules and regulations; evaluating a variety of financial data and the application of results; and the knowledge of automated systems design practices to describe systems specifications and requirements to computer programmers and software specialists.


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required. 

GS-07: Successful completion of One Full Year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement in an accredited college or university which demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-07 level.  To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned. Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess.  Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-07. For example, an applicant who has 90 semester hours of undergraduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position. 

It is the applicant's responsibility to provide documentation or proof that he or she has met the applicable educational requirements for substitution. Applications submitted without the required supporting documents will not be accepted. An unofficial transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation is acceptable at the time of application. Education submitted must be appropriately accredited by an accredited body recognized by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education web site at

You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs)  as demonstrated in your resume.

  • Knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and applications.
  • Ability to apply, analyze, interpret and implement accounting and fiscal policy, procedures, reports, legislation, regulations and other guidelines.
  • Ability to evaluate, test, analyze and develop automated financial systems.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and compile financial data.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate in writing.

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


After the vacancy announcement closes, applicants are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in one of the three quality categories; Best-qualified, Well-qualified, or Qualified. Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. All other qualified veterans will be placed at the top of the appropriate quality group, based on responses to the questionnaire.  

Veteran’s Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference, for 5pt (TP) or 10pt (CP/CPS, XPP, XP) ...etc, on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.  Documentation is required to award preference. (See "Required Documents" section)

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as listed on page two (2) of the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


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Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered. For more information please visit us at


Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave:  Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.  VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service.  This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.  Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package (See “Required Documents” section below). The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, January 25, 2013. To begin the process, click the Apply Online button, to the right of your screen and log in to your existing USAJOBS account. You will complete the occupational questionnaire online and attach your documents. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the completion of your application. Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. Note: If you have never applied through USA Jobs for a position with the Federal Civil Service, you will need to create a USA Jobs account. 

If you cannot apply online through USA Jobs: You will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire(View Occupational Questionnaire) manually by faxing your answers on the OPM 1203FX Form to (478)757-3144. The 1203FX form is only used when you are submitting your answers to the occupational questionnaire manually. You may attach all supporting documents (see “Required Documents” section below) with the 1203FX form at the same time using page two (2) of the form as a cover page for the fax transmission. Submitting duplicate occupational questionnaires (online or 1203FX) will override prior submissions and may result in your not receiving consideration for this position. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents: If you were unable to upload your “Required Documents” to USA Jobs, after submitting your answers to the Occupational Questionnaire online, complete the required fax cover page using 819125. This cover sheet is only used when faxing the application document(s) that you were not able to upload into USA Jobs. (Do not use the 1203fx form sending supporting documents.) Fax your documents to (478)757-3144. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.


The following documents are required: Résumé / or online Resume, responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, Veterans' Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent letter from the appropriate branch of service, SF-15 or VA Letter, as appropriate (which include dates of service and character of discharge). Proof of enrollment in an accredited education institution. An unofficial college transcript from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, if education is used to qualify. Use this checklist to ensure you have submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information. Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in your not receiving credit for your Veterans Preference, Education and or Experience.


John Dale
Phone: (313)596-7242
Agency Information:
VBA Detroit HRC MP
Dept of Veteran Affairs VBA
477 Michigan Ave
Room 1120
Detroit, MI


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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