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Job Title:  Systems Accountant, GS-510-13 MP
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DFM-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 to Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Full-time. - Permanent.
FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, US  View Map
Current/former Fed employees with competitive status obtained through a permanent Federal competitive service appointment OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR vets eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.


This opportunity is also open to all US citizens under announcement DFM-2013-0008.

If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you.  In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and management best practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery!
More about NSF.

This position is located in the Financial Systems Branch (FSB), Division of Financial Management (DFM), Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA). The FSA is responsible for the design, development, testing, implementation, operations, and inspection of the core financial management system, its sub-systems and any interfaces to and from the core financial management system, external and internal. The branch maintains internal controls for the core financial system and its interfaces and ensures the integration and integrity of the system; develops new financial reports used by all levels of program management to assist managers in achieving the most effective utilization of program resources and for continuing study, revision, improvement, or replacement of the entire financial management system of the Foundation.


  • US citizenship.
  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.


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The Systems Accountant is the Foundation's subject matter expert and consultant to the top agency management officials on transitioning to a new financial management system and on the existing core financial management system, its sub-systems, and interfaces, and the financial reporting databases.

Specific duties include the following Financial Management Systems Modernization Oracle Federal Financials Release 12:

 - Develops, analyzes, and conducts studies for addressing complex and critical system integration procedures and issues involving financial management systems.   

 - Participates in the planning and evaluation of a new financial management system and reporting applications.

 - Conducts research on new systems requirements set forth by FSIO, OMB, Department of Treasury, GAO and other regulatory and oversight organizations.

 - Develops documentation of current manual and automated financial systems processes.

 - Develops and/or reviews data clean up and data conversion strategy in support of the financial systems modernization effort.

 - Designs and/or reviews the account code structure for enhancements to the existing financial system, transition and the new financial management system.

 - Coordinates upgrades and enhancements to the new financial management system and its interfaces.

 - Designs new financial reporting applications and databases and queries to meet users' reporting needs.

 - Develops and/or evaluates requirements for new financial management systems.

 - Analyzes business processes and develops systems to streamline processes and address financial management issues.

 - Develops guidance and metrics for measuring success and continuous improvement of the existing core financial management system and the new financial management system, its interfaces, and reporting databases.

 - Establishes Financial Management System policies and procedures. System Analysis, Maintenance, Training, Documentation, and Regulatory and Legislative compliance.

 - Provides authoritative advice and guidance on complex agency- wide financial systems and processes.

 - Evaluates and analyzes the core financial management system, its interfaces, and the financial reporting databases.

 - Conducts impact analysis to determine the effect enhancements, changes, and system fixes will have on NSF's business processes and procedures.

 - Performs financial system data extraction, analysis, data manipulation and interpretation.

 - Oversees the development and/or develops technical and user guides for the core financial management system, financial reporting databases, and its interfaces.

 - Develops training scenarios and conducts training to NSF employees and contractors in the use of core financial management system and financial reporting databases.

 - Translates functional requirements to system specifications.  - Oversees reviews of the Foundation's core financial management system and its interfaces.

 - Supports the annual audit process by creating new financial reporting databases and/or modifying existing financial reporting procedures.

 - Develops and maintains security and contingency plans for the core financial management system and the financial reporting databases.


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All candidates must meet one of the following basic requirements for accountant positions:

1. A degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. May include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.

2. A combination of education and experience - 4 yrs of experience in accounting or a combination of accounting experience, college level education, and training and one of following: 1) 24 semester hrs. in appropriate accounting or auditing courses (can include 6 hrs. of business law); 2) certificate as a Certified Public Acct. or a Certified Internal Auditor, from a written exam; 3) degree that included substantial accounting/auditing courses, (15 sem. hrs.), but less than 24 sem. hrs.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement described above, candidates at the GS-13 level must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience are: Help plan the work of the section, help plan and conduct systematic reviews of accounting and financial reporting systems, investigate existing accounting systems, develop and maintain financial codes and classification systems, help design new or revised accounting reporting systems and analyze reporting requirements.

SELECTIVE FACTOR:  In addition to meeting the above education and experience requirements ALL candidates must have two years of experience with Oracle Federal Financials Release 12 (R12) which included being a member of an integrated project team for the implementation of Oracle R12, as a member of a financial management organization operating/supporting Oracle R12, or both.

You must meet the minimum education requirements as described in “Qualifications."

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Your application package must include proof of meeting educational requirements.


Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully.  Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score.  A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.

To preview questions please click here.


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A GREAT LOCATION!  The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington.  Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage.  There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.  Employees receive the Federal benefits package and NSF offers:

    Pre-tax parking
    Public transportation subsidy
    Child Development Center on site
    Child care subsidy
    Flexible working hours
    Physical Fitness Facility on site
    NSF Federal Credit Union on site
    Health Services Unit on site
    Employee Assistance Program


Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least “Very Good” on the questionnaire.  You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.


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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide.

If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement.

WARNING!  Applications submitted online must have a valid email address.  If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.



If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a noncompetitive special appointing authority, under an interchange agreement, or
similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or comparable federal agency form if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.
3. Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.
4. Other – Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

You must submit proof of meeting the basic education requirement described in the QUALIFICATIONS paragraph.  Therefore, you should submit TRANSCRIPTS (unofficial copies are acceptable) or a DIPLOMA that verifies that the requirement is met. 

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).


Karen Stemler
Phone: 703-292-8401
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-5090
Agency Information:
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
Fax: 703-292-7478


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