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Job Title:Supervisory Systems Accountant

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agriculture, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

Job Announcement Number:NFCR-13-167-CSL

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 to Thursday, April 25, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




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


United States Citizens


The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) will shape an environment in which USDA officials have and use high quality financial and performance information to make and implement effective policy, management, stewardship, and program decisions. OCFO leads the way to fiscally sound, cost effective program delivery, supported by reliable financial management information and infrastructure. 

This is the mission of the Controller Operations Division: We, the Controller Operations Division, are a proactive, cost-effective service organization focused on providing superior financial services to the USDA and its customers for the benefit of the taxpayer.

This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, Associate Chief Financial Officer for Financial Operations (ACFO-FO), Controller Operations Division (COD), Intra-governmental Payments and Collections Branch (IPAC).

This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions in OCFO.


  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Relocation expenses and recruitment incentives will NOT be paid
  • This position may require a probationary period


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The incumbent serves as a Section Head for the Intra-governmental Payments and Collections Branch (IPAC), Controller Operations Division (COD), with responsibility for supervising the daily operations of a specific area of responsibility related to Intra-governmental Payments and Collections (IPAC). 


As a Supervisory Systems Accountant, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Overseeing the accomplishment of tasks assigned to the Section.  
  • Interpreting new policies, initiatives and procedures and takes appropriate action to incorporate such into the Section’s daily responsibilities where applicable. 
  • Coordinating with other section supervisors, branch chiefs, and division personnel ensure adequate coordination and consideration is given to the processes of IPAC.
  • Identifying problems and solutions, and implements those solutions into the daily work process of the Section. 
  • Monitoring internal control effectiveness and makes recommendation for improvement. Reviewing audit reports related to IPAC, responds to request for information and takes appropriate action to correct audit deficiencies. 
  • Developing long-range and short-range work plans, goals, and schedules for the Section.
  • Implementing goals and objectives and recommends best approach to resolve program issues and other program requirements needing additional emphasis.
  • Monitoring subordinate staff performance, attendance and adherence to all personnel policies for the USDA. 
  • Identifying, planning, and assigning work to subordinate employees to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of accomplishing tasks for IPAC.



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To qualify for this position you must meet at least one condition listed under Basic Qualifications and at least one condition listed under Additional Qualifications or Education for that grade level.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONSTo qualify for this position at any grade level, you must first meet at least one of the following:

A.    A four-year degree with a major field of study 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 hour of credit in business law.


B.    An appropriate combination of education and experience that includes 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.  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 un-expired 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, AND a) have successfully worked at the full-performance level (GS-13) 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 field 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 "A" above; and c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirements of 24 semester hours in accounting, your level of education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.




Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to the (GS-12) level in the Federal service or equivalent responsibility in the private sector/pay systems that has equipped me with the particular competencies to successfully perform as a Supervisory Systems Accountant. Examples of such experience include: providing staff direction and guidance in the design and process development of Intra-governmental Payments and Collections (IPAC) and/or other accounts payable/receivable transaction processing; analyzing and evaluating complex management processes and regulations; designing and developing complex processes in an automated accounting/financial management system; performing and reviewing account reconciliations and general ledgers; coordinating audits, inspections, and internal control reviews related to accounting records and/or systems; establishing operational procedures; providing authoritative policy interpretations and functional recommendations on the system's overall structure; and performing system analysis and providing recommendations to solve complex problems and improvements for operational efficiency. As a candidate you must also have demonstrated in your work experience or training that you possess or have the potential to develop the qualities to successfully supervise an area of work and others. NOTE: Your resume must support your claim; otherwise your eligibility may be affected.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: 

Approximate percentages of time must be identified when positions held involved the performance of more than one type of work (e.g., secretarial and accounting, truck driver and warehousing, clerical, etc.). (Required for All Candidates)


Candidates must meet qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process. Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these operating manuals in their entirety at and all Federal personnel offices.


Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet minimum qualifications and your application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this position. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

1.     Best-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.

2.     Well-Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

3.     Qualified Category.   Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. You are NOT required to respond to these separately:

·         Knowledge of accounting principles, theories, practices, methods, and techniques.

·         Knowledge of the accounting and financial management information systems.

·         Skill in identifying and analyzing problems, and developing comprehensive solutions.

·         Skill in verbal and written communication.

·         Ability to lead, coach, and manage professional and technical staff in the performance of critical work activities to achieve organizational goals.



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This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least Well-Qualifed or above on the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see:

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. See

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé . Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

·         For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 Member-4 copy(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as: or expeditionary award citation, etc.) 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 and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

Assessed applicants will be placed in the appropriate quality category and ranked according to veterans’ preference eligibility and non-preference eligibility. Within each category, all qualified preference eligibles are placed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Preference eligibles do not receive additional points under category rating procedures.  For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-09 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category.  For professional and scientific positions at the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated.

Below is the link to OPM's "Category Rating Fact Sheet" (answers questions regarding various hiring reform issues (i.e., the purpose of Category Rating, Veteran's preference and how it's applied under Category Rating, etc.):


Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available at the following link,, and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential. Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will; instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.


Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment.

NOTE: This position may be eligible for Alternate Work Schedule, Flexible Work Schedule, and/or Telework assignments.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 25, 2013 to receive consideration.

·         To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

·         Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

·         It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

·         To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

·         To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 878010.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, April 25, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


The following documents are required and must be received by Thursday, April 25, 2013:

1. Your Résumé (We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to speed the application process. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified, i.e. hours worked per week for each job listed and indicate month/day/year employment began and ended).

2. A complete Occupational Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents: (See below)


Other Supporting Documents:

The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status in how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. These documents must be submitted as part of the complete application package.

3a. Veterans Preference Documentation: DD-214, SF-15 and VA Letter, if applicable (Further explained under Other Information).


3b. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 Form that documents the RIF separation action.


3C. College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education. Copies of transcripts may be submitted with application; however, upon selection official transcripts will be required.

All candidates interested in consideration must submit the appropriate legible forms as required by the type of consideration for which eligible. Failure to submit required forms will ultimately result in elimination from consideration.


WARNING: All submitted documents (application/resume, college transcripts, etc.) must support each other. Any exaggeration or misrepresentation of your experience or education, or attempt to conceal information, is cause for not hiring you, removing you from a Federal position, or barring you from Federal employment in the future. Prior to appointment or promotion, you will be asked to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment. You will also be asked to sign and certify the accuracy of all the information in your application.


Phone: (504)426-0272
Agency Information:
USDA OCFO National Finance Center
13800 Old Gentilly Road
New Orleans, LA


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Occupational/Assessment Questionnaire

and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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