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Job Title:  Financial Specialist, GS-501-11/12 (Open to Status and VEOA) JAC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  NHTSA.NTI-2013-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 12, 2013 to Monday, April 22, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
  • Current or former Federal employees with status OR Veterans eligible under VEOA
  • If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement  NHTSA.NTI-2013-0008, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. The agency strives to exceed the expectations of its customers through its core values of Integrity, Service and Leadership. Save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes, through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity. Work for NHTSA.

This position is located within the Office of the Senior Associate Administrator for Traffic Injury Control and the Office of the Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery. You will serve as a financial program specialist in the Office of the Associate Administrator for Regional Operations and Program Delivery (ROPD). You will support accounting, financial and analytical duties related to regional operations and grant oversight. You will assist ROPD staff in responding to the financial aspects of ongoing audits by OIG/GAO. You will contribute to improving monitoring procedures for state programs and in responding to emerging financial oversight issues in the field.

The ideal candidate is a recognized authority in the areas of accounting and grants administration.  This individual manages the Grants Tracking System (GTS) and help desk; facilitates communication and coordination between headquarters and Regional Office staff in financial matters; is the Agency lead on the Federal Transparency Act; and provides day-to-day coordination of the contract, travel and administrative budgets.


  • Must be status eligible and meet specialized experience or education
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Relocation expenses Will Not be paid.
  • Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: NHTSA.NTI-2013-0008
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Financial Specialist:

  • Completes analyses of grant awards, liquidation, fund recoveries and other review/audit actions.
  • Develops spreadsheets and tracking tools to oversee grant funds in accordance with governing directives.
  • May assist in grant award determinations and calculations stemming from formula grant application procedures.
  • Works closely with other NHTSA offices on mission critical activities such as grant apportionments, obligation limitations, grant awards, corrections and refunds.
  • Creates spreadsheets and other tools to record and analyze financial data in accordance with Federal statutes, regulations and policy/procedures. Creates and prepares financial data in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Acts as COTR on one or more contracts, grants, or cooperative agreements in accordance with policies and rules governing this position.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 11 Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related
  • Experience in utilizing financial information systems to prepare financial reports.
  • Experience using software, such as, MSWord, Excel, Access and Power Point.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 12 There is no education substitute
  • Experience analyzing, managing, monitoring and tracking funds in automated financial information systems and experience utilizing the system to prepare financial reports.
  • Experience using software, such as, MSWord, Excel, Access and Power Point.
  • Experience with acquisitions management and knowledge of laws, standards, regulations, policies and procedures and the legislative process
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Probationary Period -  You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.  Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.  Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.

To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition

NHTSA is a Local 3313 bargaining unit agency.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements, if  you are qualifying based on education.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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