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Job Title:System Accountant

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Threat Reduction Agency

Job Announcement Number:DTRA-13-910316-DE

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

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Thursday, June 20, 2013 to Sunday, July 07, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Belvoir, VA United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Department of Defense

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) makes the world safer by reducing the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction. In the 21st century few tasks are as challenging or demanding. Join this professional team and make a difference.  This position is located in the Acquisition, Finance and Logistics Directorate/Comptroller Department.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.
  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs ARE NOT authorized.


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As a System Accountant, you will be responsible for the following duties: 


. Develops and analyzes Agency-Level reports reflecting the financial status and progress; ensures reports accurately reflect the financial position of all Agency organizational units.


. Develops detailed accounting reports to address emergent reporting requirements supporting a large Agency costumer base.


. Ensures proper interfacing among Department of Defense(DoD) and Defense Finance and Accounting systems, automated systems software capabilities, and systems interrelationships to solve the most complex and difficult systems problems.


. Conducts system reviews and evaluates the effectiveness, applicability, and efficiency of financial management systems and procedures in the light of organizational and management needs , technological developments, and changing conditions to determine the need for updating planning, programming, budgeting, executing and accounting automated systems/software applications.


. Provides senior level agency coordination of accounting issues such as the appropriate accounting treatment of different agency business events when reporting results in the financial system and subsystems.


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To qualify for this position at the GS-14 level you must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience serving as a lead system accountant performing a variety of professional support and advisory functions necessary to plan budget and account for funds received by the Agency; Developing and maintaining complex automated subsystems that produce budget, accounting and financial information that account for special interest funds with the Defense Acquisition Workforce Fund; Developing and documenting new processes and procedures as new systems and databases are introduced into the work environment.


Specifically you will be evaluated on the following competencies:
1.  Mastery of financial systems, the U.S. Standard General Ledger(USSGL), and reporting concepts, procedures, and analytical techniques.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of budget formulation; generally accepted accounting principles, accounting theories, practices, methods, and techniques of accounting; automated systems, financial management and related regulatory and statutory requirements.
3. Detailed knowledge of relational database development and maintenance; financial spreadsheet analysis; and ability to template data for presentation in systems via upload and download from financial systems.
4. Abillity to independently plan, schedule, coordinate, and carry out assigned programs and projects and other work within assigned area of responsibility.

Basic Requirements
A.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.")

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. The applicant's background must also include oneof 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 certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
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 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.


Transcripts must be provided. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you being rated ineligible for this position. This education must be from an accredited college or university accredited by an organization approved by the U.S. Department of Education.

Substitution of Education may not be used in lieu of specialized experience for the GS-12 grade level or higher.


OVERTIME: Occasionally
TRAVEL: May be required up to 10% in performance of temporary assignments
(You must successfully pass a pre-employment drug test for this position. If you decline to take the drug test, it will be considered a declination for employment.)



Other Notes:

Positions may be filled by displaced Department of Defense  (DoD) employees through the Priority Placement Program.

Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


For Competitive Applicants / All US Citizens -We will review your résumé and supporting documents, to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Based on the results of this evaluation, you will be placed in one of the following quality categories:


Best-Qualified:  This highest category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s), as determined by the job analysis.


Highly-Qualified:  This higher category will be used for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position, as determined by the job analysis.


Qualified:  This lowest category will be used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position.  Candidates may require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.


Names of the candidates in the Best-Qualified category will be sent first to the hiring manager for employment consideration. Applicants in other categories will be referred in accordance with category rating procedures.


Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position. 


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:


In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.


Special Employment Consideration: Person with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the armed forces, and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for non-competitive appointment.  For further information see: Special Hiring Authorities  If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these non-competitive appointments, please indicate the type of appointment you are seeking on your application and follow all other instructions for applying.

Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in “Required Documents.”

If you need additional assistance please contact:

Fax: (478) 757-3144
TDD: 800-750-0750


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To begin the process, click the Apply Online button follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at  and click on "Application Status". Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online.

If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, occupational/assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX:, document your responses to the occupational/assessment questionnaire To view a copy of the questionnaire please select View Occupational Questionnaire/Assessment Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here: You must also cite Vacancy Identification Number 910316.





  1. Resume showing relevant experience; (cover letter optional)

Veterans’ Preference:  If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you must submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents must provide acceptable documentation to verify:  the type of preference claimed (i.e. 5 point, 10-point, etc.) and the character of the service (i.e. Honorable Discharge).  The member 4 copy of your DD214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," is preferable.  If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form 15 "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference", If selected, additional documentation may be required prior to appointment.


    PLEASE REVIEW the following LINK for additional documents you need to provide, particularly if you are claiming vet preference or veteran appointabilities.  This link also contains important information regarding current active duty military.  

  2. Military Spouse- Spouses orders, marriage certificate
  3. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.
  4. ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified prior to Veteran's preference points being added. Federal employees seeking ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they met the requirements of 5 CFR 330.704. Applicants must be well-qualified for the vacancy. Well qualified is defined as meeting or exceeding the fully successful level for competencies required by the position. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate; your application to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.
  6. Transcripts, if applicable


Phone: (614)692-0259
Agency Information:
MSC 6201


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.


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