To qualify for this position, applicants must meet the specialized experience AND basic requirements as described below:
Specialized Experience: Experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and is equivalent to the next lower grade level.
GS-11 - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that involved providing professional accounting knowledge and oversight of financial services; interpreting financial data; assisting in auditing financial program areas; analyzing documents for accuracy and authorizations; creating administration financial policies; researching, interpreting and verifying appropriation and general ledger accounts, and preparing audits and reconciling financial reports.
GS-12 - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level that involved formulating a variety of financial reports; reconciling cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other general ledger accounts; resolving accounting discrepancies in reported data; experience working with and resolving discrepancies between multiple accounting software applications; and specialized experience described above.
GS-13 - One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level that includes recommending the development of policies and procedures affecting the accounting systems; devising accounting structures and procedures to satisfy regulatory or legislative changes; developing and monitoring accounting internal control programs: identifying problem areas, and developing solutions to improve operating program effectiveness; utilizing professional knowledge of accounting principles and procedures to carry out complex assignments including oversight, operation, and control of accounting and financial management activities; and specialized experience described above.
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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
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. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:
- Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
- 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.
You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims. Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include the courses' names and number of credit hours. To search the database of accredited institutions visit: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx
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 U.S. accredited college or university. For further information visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Education may not be substituted for experience at the GS-12 OR GS-13 grade level.
ALL QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET BY THE DATE THE REFERRAL LIST IS ISSUED.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.
Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.
Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree.
If you are among the Best Qualified candidates, your application may be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possibly, an interview.
All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:
Accounting Procedures and Processes; Reconciliation and Financial Reporting; Record Keeping Systems; Federal Laws and Tax Regulations
To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link View Assessment Questions.
If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.