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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:ACCOUNTANT

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-MP-13-884876

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 06, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

5 vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

JOB SUMMARY:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

Who May Apply:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; individuals eligible for VRA appointments (at the GS-11 and below grade levels); and individuals with disabilities.

 

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, Office of Operations, Office of Finance, Budget & Acquisitions, Office of Financial Operations, Office of Financial Management, Rockville, Maryland.

 

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-DE-13-884787  under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background investigation may be required.
  • You may be required to serve a one (1) year probationary period.
  • Time In Grade Restriction Applies.
  • Be sure to read the "How To Apply" Section for all required documents.

DUTIES:

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The incumbent of this position will perform a variety of accounting duties, utilizing a professional knowledge of accounting principles and procedures in carry out assignments.  Specifically, the incumbent will:

 

·         Formulate a variety of financial reports.

 

·         Serve as a member of a management team for organizations services and recommending the establishment of policies and procedures affecting the accounting system.

 

·         Advise management on regulatory requirements and changing program operations.

 

·         Devise accounting structures and procedures to satisfy regulatory or legislative changes.

 

·         Assist management in applying financial data and recommending alternatives to resolve difficult problems.

 

·         Reconcile cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other general ledger accounts.

 

·         Correct all differences between the subsidiary ledger balances and the control account balances in the general ledger.

 

·         Provide accounting information and guidance to program officials.

 

·         Develop a segment of an automated accounting system.

 

·         Review, analyze and validate public and/or private sector financial and statistical data.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In order to qualify for this position, applicants must possess both the Basic Requirement and Specialized experience as defined below or meet the Substitution of Education Requirements:

BASIC REQUIREMENT:

A.  Bachelor's degree: 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". Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")    OR 

B. 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 which includes either  twenty-four  (24) semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;  OR  a  certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;  OR 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 nonconformance 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 Requirement stated above, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience as defined below:

GS 9:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 7 level or equivalent band level of responsibility in the federal service  analyzing and reconciling accounts and transactions, formulating routine financial reports and implementing fiscal year-end closing procedures for specific funds. Experience assisting in applying financial data between general ledger and subsidiary accounts.

GS 11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 9 level or equivalent band level of responsibility in the federal service formulating financial reports, recommending policies and procedures affecting accounting systems, assisting management in applying financial data and recommending alternatives to resolving difficult problems. Experience reconciling cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and other general ledger balances and the control of account balances.  Experience creating and/or developing procedural instructions for the development or implementation of automated accounting systems.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION:

GS 9:  2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate 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.

GS 11:   3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral 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.

 

Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.


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: http://www.ed.gov.

Conditions of Employment:

 

1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

 

2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

 

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

 

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

 

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

 

6. One-year probationary period may be required.

 

7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid:  NO

 

8. Bargaining Unit Position:  NO

 

9. Drug Screening Required:  NO

 

10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.  Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified.
 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

 

1. Knowledge of the fundamental accounting principles, practices, methods and techniques.

               

2. Knowledge of established precedents, standards, laws, regulations and organization policy.

 

3. Skill in using automated financial accounting system.

 


BENEFITS:

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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans

 

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see http://www.sss.gov).

 

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit http://opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp

 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career transition Assistance Program (CTAP): 

For information on how to apply as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible see: http://opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 Monday, May 20, 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):
   ·Resume
   ·Transcript

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·DD-214
   ·Other Veterans Document
   ·SF-15
   ·SF-50


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 http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is TAG:884876.

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 TAG:Monday, May 20, 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 http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf

3. Fax 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.

4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email quickquestions@psc.gov.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Tips.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Email: QUICKQUESTIONS@PSC.GOV
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).


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Job Announcement Number:

HHS-FDA-MP-13-884876

Control Number:

342710400