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Job Title:Accounting Technician (TERM NTE 13 MOS) GS-525-05/06/07

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:U.S. Coast Guard

Job Announcement Number:13-1681-SE-NG-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 to Tuesday, May 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0525-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a full-time position. - This is a TERM appointment limited to 13 Months.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

few vacancies in the following location:
Chesapeake, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This vacancy is open to all U.S. Citizens and is being advertised under delegated examining procedures.  

For definitions of terms found in this announcement click here

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.  DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters.  The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations.  Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.  

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1681-SE-NG-M.  APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.  

NOTE:  YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS DELEGATED EXAMINING VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL ONLY ALLOW CONSIDERATION FOR THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.  WE CANNOT ELECTRONICALLY OR MANUALLY MOVE YOUR APPLICATION TO THE CONCURRENTLY ADVERTISED MERIT PROMOTION ANNOUNCEMENT.  PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE APPLYING UNDER THE CORRECT ANNOUNCEMENT.  

 

This position is located in DHS/U.S. Coast Guard, Finance Center, Accounting Operations Division, General Accounting Branch, Chesapeake, VA.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a Minimum Background Investigation (MBI).

DUTIES:

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This position is located in DHS/U.S. Coast Guard, Finance Center, Accounting Operations Division, General Accounting Branch, Chesapeake, VA.

The Finance Center serves as the prime site for Coast-Guard wide accounting functions including the payment of all commercial and government vendors.

Being a CG civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team.  Typical work assignments include:

- Applying experienced knowledge of accounting principles, appropriation law, procurement regulation and other regulatory guidance to the accounting transaction/document.

- Applying a sound understanding of double entry accounting concepts and procedures in performing a wide variety of functions and activities classified as accounting events.

- Responding to a wide variety of routine, unusual and complex questions generated from a large and diverse customer base.

- Receiving, examining, analyzing, researching, auditing, interpreting and processing a wide variety of routine, unusual and complex accounting transactions/documents.

- Reconciling and interpreting complex data and data elements form computer screens, printouts or manual reports to source records and makes complex adjustments as determined necessary.

- Preparing reports for higher management's review outlining findings, trouble areas, and recommendations for corrective action or improvements.

- Performing accounting input and query by the use of computer terminals.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service (examples of such experience may include: reconciling monthly register printouts with individual accounting transaction listings; initiating, coding and processing accounting adjustments to transfer charges and achieve proper accounting effect on erroneously recorded disbursement documents, progress payments, discounts, etc. in ledgers); OR 4 full years of education above high school level for which high school graduation or the equivalent was a prerequisite; OR a combination of appropriate post high school education and specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements of the position to be filled.

GS-6: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service (examples of such experience may include: analyzing error listings, isolating sources of error, making corrective entries and reprocessing accounting transactions; computing transportation charges and discounts, and total amount for vouchers and initiating adjustments; reconciling listing of accounts payable with general ledger, researching discrepancies and initiating adjustment actions); OR at least 1/2 year of appropriate graduate level education in a field of study directly related to the work of the position to be filled; OR a combination of appropriate specialized experience and appropriate graduate level education that together meet the qualification requirements for the positon to be filled.

GS-7: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level in the Federal service (examples of such experience may include: validating, monitoring, and maintaining accounting transactions and records for multiple accounts; reconciling subsidiary ledgers to general ledgers of accounts having a variety of transactions, researching discrepancies and making adjustments; maintaining control and subsidiary accounts and processing transactions for a wide variety of functions); OR 1 year of appropriate graduate level education in a field of study directly related to the work of the position to be filled; OR a combination of appropriate specialized experience and appropriate graduate level education beyond the first 1/2 year of progressive graduate study that together meet the qualification requirements for the position to be filled.


This position does not have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.              

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories.  The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

1. Knowledge of regulations, laws, policies, appropriations, DAFIS and various subsystems, accounting codes and data, general ledger accounts, accounting principles and techniques.

2. Knowledge of accounting techniques and procedures sufficient to understand account relationships within an extensive complex account structure.

3. Ability to process complex and varied accounting transactions/documents occurring in a large complex accounting systems.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1.     Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2.    Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3.    Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."





OTHER INFORMATION:

Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306.  Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Moving expenses will not be paid.

If selection is made below the full performance level, the incumbent may be promoted up to the target grade without further competition, if all
legal and regulatory requirements are met and when recommended by the supervisor.  However, promotion to the full performance level is not
guaranteed and is dependent on successful performance at the lower grade level(s).

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

This is a term appointment not to exceed 13 months.  However, an extension is possible up to 4 years.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or  other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 703-872-6279.  Decisions on granting
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and job specific questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m ET on the closing date of the announcement.  There are several parts of the application process that affect the overall evaluation of your application

    Resume
    Responses to on-line core questions
    Responses to on-line self-assessment
    Supporting documents, if requested

High self assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may impact you or eliminate you from consideration.  

Applicants who are claiming 5-point tentative preference are encouraged to submit a DD-214 Member 4 copy at the time of application.  Claims for 5-point tentative preference will only be granted based upon documentation provided or if the claim is substantiated in your application.  If you are unable to provide the necessary supporting documents for veterans preference at the time of selection it may impact your selection eligibility.

Applicants who are claiming 10-point veterans preference are required to submit proof of eligibility.  Refer to "Required Documents" section of vacancy announcement.  

If applying on-line poses a hardship to you, the Help Desk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted on-line by the closing date.  You must contact the Help Desk prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of operation:  Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET, excluding Federal holidays.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

30% Disabled Veterans must submit an SF-15, DD-214 which includes Character of Service, if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service AND the VA Disability Letter with percentage of disability OR documentation of disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces which reflects a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more.  10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

Other 10 point Veterans Preference Eligibles must submit a DD-214 which includes Character of Service (if currently Active Duty you may submit a Statement of Service or Proof of Service letter; however, the statement MUST include Character of Service), and an  SF-15 along with the documentation specified on the reverse side of the form. 10-point preference will not be granted if appropriate documentation is not submitted with your application.  If documentation is not provided you may receive 5-point tentative preference if substantiated in your application.

For more information about veterans preference click here.

CTAP or ICTAP Eligibles must submit proof of eligibility consisting of a copy of your agency notice and a copy of your most recent performance rating.  Applicants who have special priority consideration rights under CTAP or ICTAP provisions must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority consideration.  CTAP or ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they attain a cut-off score of 85 or above.

For more information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility click here.

All documentation as outlined above must be received by the closing date of the announcement and must include the vacancy announcement number on the documents.  A fax cover sheet will be provided to you from the system, with number and instructions to transmit the requested documents.  The required documents will also be accepted by mail and must be received by the closing date of the announcement.  The mailing address is:
(Jobs) U.S. Coast Guard
Ofc of Civ Human Resources, CG-1211SE,
MS-7130
4200 Wilson Blvd, Ste. 800
Arlington, VA  20598-7130

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

USCG Applicant Support
Phone: 866-656-6830
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: mgshelp@monster.com
Agency Information:
United States Coast Guard
Office of Civilian Human Resources (CG-1211SE)
MS-7130
4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 800
Arlington, VA
20598-7130
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the announcement is closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your application and qualifications to determine your ranking.  The most qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

To check the status of your application, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on "Application Status," and then click "More Information."  You may also opt to receive email notifications of application status changes by logging into your USAJOBS account and enabling notification alerts.   

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Job Announcement Number:

13-1681-SE-NG-D

Control Number:

342261900