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Job Title:Financial Services Technician (D1986000)

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:Army National Guard Units (Title 32)

Job Announcement Number:LA 866670

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 28, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0503-07/08

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Indefinite

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

08

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans Metro Area, LA United States

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD

HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE

TECHNICIAN VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED: This is an excepted position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the National Guard. Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform. Acceptance of an excepted position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.

LOCATION: NGLA-PFO (USPFO), NEW ORLENAS, LA

NOTICE: POSITION MAY BECOME PERMANENT WITHOUT FURTHER COMPETITION.

This position is located in the US Property and Fiscal Office (USP&FO) Comptroller Division, Financial Services Branch. The purpose of this position is to provide analysis, validation, processing and correction of financial transactions and issues/problems involving the full range of financial services. Incumbent uses complete understanding of inter-related systems and processes across multiple functional areas and their interoperability to ensure the validity and accuracy of all disbursements, collections, and adjustments related to financial records.

THIS IS NOT A PERMANENT POSITION, BUT RATHER AN INDEFINITE APPOINTMENT. THE INCUMBENT WILL BE ENTITLED TO ALL LEAVE AND INSURANCE COVERAGE AS A PERMANENT EMPLOYEE AND COVERAGE IN THE FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM (FERS)/FEDERAL EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT SYSTEM-REVISED ANNUITY EMPLOYEES (FERS-RAE).

 

Open Areas of Consideration: 1

DEFINITION OF AREA(S) OF CONSIDERATION:

Area 1 = Enlisted members of the Louisiana National Guard.

 

NOTICE: THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY: FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a member of the National Guard.

DUTIES:

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DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

(1) Performs broad-in-depth financial analysis of inter-related accounting, logistics and computer file systems concerning pay, accounts payable, and various travel entitlements, using multiple procedures, processes and techniques to evaluate alternatives and arrive at decisions, conclusions and recommendations. Analyzes diverse financial management technical methods, techniques, precedent cases, and procedures to resolve an extensive range of difficult financial technical issues or problems.

(2) Performs in-depth analysis, complicated pay, travel, and accounts payable issues involving substantial corrective action and/or complicated adjustments and resolves issues, including assessing unusual circumstances or conditions. Utilizes experience and judgment, rather than guides, to fill in gaps, identify sources of information, and make working suppositions about what transpired to decide approaches, and resolve specific problems. Develops variations in approaches to fit specific problems or deals with incomplete, unreliable or conflicting data in the process of work performance in order to validate transactions and resolve inconsistencies. 

(3) Analyzes particular facts of financial transaction problems/issues, verifies and evaluates data; obtains additional information to reconcile discrepancies or inconsistencies; and applies pertinent fiscal laws, regulations, precedent decisions, and procedures to determine appropriate action for resolution. Performs research regarding many different and unrelated processes and methods relating to financial transactions for analysis of complex and unusual financial transactions. Analyzes results, applies personal initiative and judgment to make recommendations, which may result in changing guidelines affecting internal, state, and National Guard Bureau (NGB) level processes and procedures.

(4) Analyzes and resolves tax processing problems based on soldier inquiries or internal control audits/reviews, ranging from Permanent Change of Station (PCS) issues and combat tax exclusion pay to refunds of erroneous tax collections. Ensures complex tax issues involving tax documents, Do It Yourself (DITY) moves, and Relocation Income Tax Allowance (RITA) payments are accomplished accurately and timely.

(5) Interprets data to identify problems, determines nature of the problem or issue, decides approaches to use to resolve issues, and recommends solutions for systemic changes to enhance operations. Uses independent judgment to reconstruct incomplete files, devise more efficient methods for procedural processing, gather and organize information for inquiries, or resolve problems referred by others. Interprets user requirements in designing new ad hoc reports or modifications to standard financial and management systems, resulting from regulatory, system, or force structure changes.

(6) Researches, interprets, analyzes, and applies regulations, policies, procedures and legal decisions to work and/or resolve complex financial issues/problems. Uses public law; fiscal law; Department of Defense (DoD), Department of the Army (DA), Forces Command (FORSCOM), NGB, and Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) regulations; Standing Operating Procedures; Comptroller General Decisions; and policies and issuances to execute the full range of financial and commercial services.

(7) Performs or conducts research, investigates and solves problems involving reconciliations of discrepancies (Electronic Funds Transfer rejects, pay/personnel/travel mismatches) to identify, analyze and provide solutions regarding multiple entitlements, payments to personnel in various duty statuses and assorted payments to commercial vendors, including computation of interest due. Sorts complicated factual information and applies a variety of financial methods to resolve issues.

(8) Performs complicated actions to solve problems associated with processing actions regarding multiple pay, travel, and accounts payable financial systems. Incumbent uses related financial regulations and rulings covering diverse types of transactions to function as the technical authority for resolving an extensive range of financial issues or problems.

(9) Performs varied duties, involving financial services payment systems (travel, accounts payable, and pay; i.e. Joint Uniform Military Pay System Uniform Standard Terminal Input System (JUMPS), Operational Data Store (ODS), Standard Financial System ReDesign1 (SRD1), Defense Travel System (DTS), Integrated Automated Travel System (IATS), etc., by applying a series of different and unrelated methods, processes and techniques involving established financial management systems.  Analyzes and develops a variety of new or established techniques and methods to evaluate alternatives and arrive at decisions, conclusions, and recommendations that enhance operations. Uses different procedures, as transactions are not completely standardized, or transactions are inter-related with other systems, that require coordination with other personnel or staff, both internal and external to the organization.

(10) Determines appropriate pay, allowances, and entitlements resulting from multiple military and civilian statuses, to include:  Title 10 active duty; Title 32 Inactive Duty for Training (IDT), Annual Training (AT), Active Duty for Training (ADT), Active Guard and Reserve (AGR), and Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS (includes Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) operations). Executes unique and special pay and entitlement actions in order to provide the appropriate entitlements, such as Base Pay; Basic Allowance, Housing (BAH); Basic Allowance, Subsistence (BAS); Incapacitation Pay (INCAP); Family Separation Allowance (FSA); Hazardous Duty Pay; Hostile Fire Pay; Combat Zone Tax Exclusion (CZTE); Special Duty Assignment Pay (SDAP); Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP); incentive (bonus) pay; Invitational Travel Authorization (ITA); Jury Duty; child support; wage garnishments; allotments; survivor benefits; and incentive pays (Jump Pay, Medical Pay, Flight Pay, Foreign Language Proficiency Pay). 

(11) Analyzes and processes transactions directly with U.S. Treasury and local financial institutions to ensure credits and collections are accomplished in a timely manner in accordance with law, regulation and policy.

(12) Applies information derived from personnel management systems to ensure proper pay and entitlements to Soldiers and civilians. Supports Soldier Readiness Processing (SRP) with face to face interviews to conduct personal records review and ensure effective transition to Title 10 duty with accurate pay and entitlements.

(13) Uses computer master file systems, document processing and the effects of transactions on existing records to modify normal automated processes while protecting historical data. Ensures accuracy of modifications relating to payments, contract modifications, accessions, separations, collections, disbursements, garnishments, electronic fund transfer changes, and out of service debts or other actions involving complicated adjustments. Determines appropriate travel entitlements for multiple duty statuses and situations including Temporary Duty (TDY), local travel, and Permanent Change of Station (PCS). 

(14) Determines appropriate payments to vendors by applying Prompt Payment Act, tax law, contract law, account code structure, invoice processes, and Grants and Cooperative Agreement regulations and guidelines.

(15) Audits the full range of pay, travel, and accounts payable authorizations and entitlements to determine compliance with multiple laws, regulations, policies and issuances.

(16) Schedules, runs, and analyzes various financial system reports, such as daily activity reports, error/reject reports, status reports, discrepancy and mismatch reports, transaction reports, and ad hoc reports.

(17) Responds to requests for assistance/information from multiple sources, to include soldiers, civilian employees, family members, unit supervisory personnel, Inspectors General (IG), Investigating Officers (IO), state and federal political members, and vendors. Trains customers on pay and travel entitlements and associated systems, processes and reports. Applies principles and practices involving data protected under the Privacy Act. 

(18) Performs other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience, education, or training in progressively responsible clerical, office, or other work which demonstrates the candidates’ ability to communicate with individuals at different levels in order to assist and provide information; and experience using computers and automated systems.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:

(For GS-07) Must have at least Twelve (12) months of experience, education, or training maintaining records, compiling reports, compiling figures, or performing other procedural work of two or more sections; summarizing, analyzing and evaluating financial data for review; and providing technical and specialized administrative data, background material and references upon request which provided the candidate with the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed below.

(For GS-08) Must have at least Eighteen (18) months of experience, education, or training doing thorough accurate work that requires a logical sequence of steps to accomplish a task; in obtaining and interpreting information, organizing and developing clear and meaningful written information; and which included responsibility for the supervision and management of personnel which provided the candidate with the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities listed below.

 

KSAs:

I) Knowledge of and skills in the interrelationships of the various financial, personnel and computer file systems, methods, techniques, precedent cases and procedures to resolve especially difficult and/or sensitive problems.

II) Knowledge and judgment to reconstruct inaccurate accounts, gathers and organizes information for inquires and resolves problems referred by others.

III) Knowledge of personnel regulations and personnel management systems necessary to understand the interface with financial management systems and how they affect pay and entitlements to soldiers and civilians.

IV) Knowledge of the rules, regulations, pay and entitlements of excepted service technicians in a military status.

V) Knowledge of training techniques and program instruction regarding the full range of financial transactions.

VI) Skill in providing quality and time sensitive customer service techniques.

 

MILITARY REQUIREMENTS: Selected candidates will be required to be in a compatible military grade prior to the effective date of placement. Selectee must also be in a compatible military assignment (MOS/AFSC) prior to or within one year of placement.

Military Grades: ENLISTED

Compatible Military Assignments: CMF 36, 42; 25B, 51C, 92A, Y, Z;

 

***LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERS – Acceptance of this position may result in the loss of contracted incentive(s).  For further details, contact the LANG State Incentive Manager, at (504) 278-8116***


 

Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire and supporting documents. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

Main site for new federal employees - http://www.opm.gov/insure/new_employ/index.asp

Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For additional information visit: https://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers over 100 optional plans. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional insurance, for additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children. For additional information visit: http://www.ltcfeds.com/

Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional information visit: http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp



OTHER INFORMATION:

1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

2. Please do not send/fax/courier/email any applications or resumes to the National Guard Human Resource Office, you must apply on-line or fax your application to the fax number listed on this announcement with the prescribed Cover Letter. The Human Resource can only process materials received through USA Jobs.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following parts:

1.      Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2.      Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire for convenience and quickest processing.

 

(Here is a link for aiding you in building your Resume and some application tips): http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/resumeandapplicationtips.asp#icc

 

Option A:  Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

Tips for using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire:

·         You must click both Finish and Submit when you are done. Your Online Qualifications Questionnaire is not processed – and your résumé is not attached – until you click the Submit button, even if USAJOBS says it sent your résumé.

·         You can upload or fax supporting documents after you Submit the Online Qualifications Questionnaire.

·         You must complete the entire process by the closing date -- Wednesday, April 17, 2013

·         To make sure everything you submitted is successfully received, follow these steps:

1.      Go to https://www.applicationmanager.gov and log in using the box on the right hand side of the page.

2.      Click the radio button for this Vacancy Identification Number: 866670. Click Select a Vacancy.

3.      Verify that all of your documents appear on the table with a status of Processed.

·         You can save your work and come back later. Just click both Save and Logout.  (When you want to return, go to https://www.applicationmanager.gov and log in using the box on the right hand side of the page.)

·         If you Submit more than one Qualifications Questionnaire for this position, the most recent one Submitted is the one that is used.  Therefore, it is important for you to complete it in its entirety.

 

To begin your Online Qualifications Questionnaire, choose one of these options:

·         If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Online Qualifications Questionnaire you complete and Submit from this session, not to any Questionnaires you may already have Saved or Submitted.

·         If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire.

 

Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire.

If it is not practical for you to use the Online Qualifications Questionnaire, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850 – after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.

·         By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, you do not need a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

For this job announcement the following documents are required:

 

 

*PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU CALL THE HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE DURING BUSINESS HOURS OF 0700-1730, TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AT (504) 278-8591/8594/8767 OR EMAIL @ LA.J1.HRO@NG.ARMY.MIL TO VERIFY RECEIPT OF YOUR APPLICATION BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT.

 

 To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications Your document(s) can be submitted electronically using the document upload process by fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

 

Note: Please ensure that your resume contains the basic information outlined under the Applying for a Federal Job link: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/of0510.pdf

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bruce A. Phillips
Phone: (504)278-8767
Email: BRUCE.PHILLIPS3@US.ARMY.MIL
Agency Information:
Louisiana National Guard
Human Resources Office
6400 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA
70117
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a reveiw of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for completing the OPM 1203-FX:

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

Social Security Number

Vacancy Identification Number

866670
1. Title of Job

Financial Services Technician (D1986000)
2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

6. Citizenship

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

07
08

11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

001 Financial Services Technician

21. Geographic Availability

99MTRO004 New Orleans Metro Area, LA

22. Transition Assistance Plan

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1.

Are you currently a member of the Louisiana National Guard?

A. Yes
B. No

2.

Do you possess at least 12 months of experience, education, or training maintaining records, compiling reports, compiling figures, or performing other procedural work of two or more sections; summarizing, analyzing and evaluating financial data for review; and providing technical and specialized administrative data, background material and references upon request?

A. Yes
B. No


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Job Announcement Number:

LA 866670

Control Number:

340629300