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Job Title:  Systems Accountant, GS-510-13 DE
Agency:  National Science Foundation
Job Announcement Number:  DFM-2013-0008

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
Any US Citizen.

This opportunity is also open to status candidates and veterans eligible under VEOA under announcement DFM-2013-0007.


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.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


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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.


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligibles.  Based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire, you will be assigned a score.  Your score will determine in which of three categories you will be placed:  Excellent, Very Good, or Good.  Under this process, veterans will be assigned to the appropriate category (without additional preference points) and then placed at the top of their category.  

The information contained in your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you meet the competencies required of this position. Please ensure you answer all questions accurately. Your responses are subject to verification. In support of your responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, your resume should include verbiage that describes your experience relative to the position for which you are applying and provide examples that show the depth of knowledge, level of skill, or degree of ability you possess. If your application does not support your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire or your application is not complete, it may affect your evaluation or result in your name being removed from further consideration.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or CTAP must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." In NSF categories, this means at least “Very Good.”
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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 eligible under a special appointing authority (e.g., veterans appointment
; persons with mental retardation, severe physical disability or psychiatric disabilities); or ICTAP/CTAP, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:
1. Veteran's Preference Documentation (DD-214 and SF-15): If you are eligible and claiming 5-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veteran's preference, you MUST submit a copy of your DD-214, SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and the documentation required by the SF-15. (Please note:  An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing veterans' preference will not be accepted as proof of entitlement.)

2. Documentation of Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

3. CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are applying under CTAP or ICTAP, you MUST submit proof of eligibility under 5 CFR 330.602(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

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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