Job Overview


The Library of Congress serves the Congress in fulfilling its duties and preserves and promotes knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the American people. It is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the world's largest library, with more than 151 million items in its physical collections (including books, manuscripts, prints, photos, film, video, and sound recordings) and almost 20 million items online. Located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the Library is the home of the U.S. Copyright Office, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the Law Library of Congress and the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.

The Financial Systems Officer (FSO)/Supervisory Systems Accountant serves under the general direction of the Chief Financial Officer in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). The incumbent plans, directs, manages, designs, develops, and maintains the financial management system and reporting software for the Library and other cross serviced legislative branch agencies. As such, the incumbent is responsible for all aspects of the Library's financial systems development and maintenance efforts. The incumbent also ensures compliance with the Library's internal control and financial systems standards.

The position description number for this position is 251915.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a Supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses may be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Initial appointments, permanent or indefinite, to the Library of Congress require completion of a one-year probationary period.  In addition, per Library of Congress Regulation 2010-12, an appointee to this position who is a new hire and/or a Library employee assuming his/her first supervisory/managerial position at the Library is subject to a one-year supervisory probationary period.


The work requires overseeing a financial system of central importance to the mission of the Library. The incumbent performs technical and advisory duties, and coordinates the efforts of the systems analyst staff with the agencies for which the Library performs financial system services. The work requires the incumbent to be adept at conceiving new strategies for the solution of problems. In the Library, the incumbent works closely with the other offices within OCFO, the Contracts Office, and all service units to ensure the proper use and control of the Library's funds. The incumbent also works with officials outside the Library to formulate and execute plans related to interagency agreements and other cross-servicing duties. The incumbent is one of the primary authorities in the Library on financial systems issues, regulations, laws, and standards, and is responsible for assuring compliance with the prevailing legal and regulatory requirements in accomplishing the mission of the Financial Systems Office.

The assigned functions of this position will be conducted in accordance with the Library's principles and standards. As the Library is a legislative branch agency, the incumbent is responsible for interpreting the intent of legislation and broad program objectives to develop financial management policy and recommend financial system principles and standards. To accomplish this task, the incumbent uses guidelines, standards, rules, and regulations of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Office of Management and budget (OMB), and other legal requirements governing the Library's programs and operations.

Supervises a group of employees performing work up to the GS-14 level.  Provides administrative and technical supervision needed for accomplishing the work of the Financial Systems Office.  Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations in performance plans for each staff member that are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes staff performance; demonstrates and conducts work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and performance appraisals. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Develops work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to staff related to work and administrative matters.

As Contracting Officer's Representative, provides expert technical advice in the monitoring and evaluation of contractor activities on contracts covering Library and legislative branch-wide systems. Directs, coordinates, and approves detailed planning, design, development, programming, testing, documentation, training, and implementation of the Library's financial management system through the use of outside vendors/contractors.

Plans, directs, and manages the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of the financial system for the Library and other cross-serviced legislative branch agencies, such as a property accounting system, cost accounting system, accounts payable and disbursement system, and/or resources and financial management system. Manages systems; interprets general guidelines and implements state-of-the-art changes in accepted accounting policies and procedures. Develops plans and specifications for financial systems updates, changes, and/or redesign. Evaluates benefits and costs, determining the impact of updating new systems with expanded capabilities and replacing older systems. Plans, directs, implements, and evaluates matters related to accounting and financial systems. Serves as the final authority in matters related to the financial systems.

May serve as Acting Chief Financial Officer.