You must meet one of the Basic Qualifications listed below.
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". 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 one of 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; or
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.
IN ADDITION TO THE BASIC REQUIREMENT, YOU MUST ALSO MEET SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW. Specialized Experience is typically experience which is directly related to the work of the position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
At the GS-09 level: Qualifying experience for GS-09 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include the following: verifying that grantees correctly applied their indirect cost rates; reviewing grantees' calculations of basic indirect cost rates; assisting with financial/compliance/internal/administrative reviews; assisting with resolution of non-Federal (OMB Circular A-133) and Federal audits (OIG performed).
You have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or a master's or equivalent graduate degree.
At the GS-11 level: Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-09 in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include those examples listed above as well as analyzing grantees' calculations of indirect cost rates; performing financial/compliance/internal/administrative reviews; performing resolution of non-Federal (OMB Circular A-133) and Federal audits (OIG performed).
You have completed 3 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
At the GS-12 level: Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include the following: reviewing indirect cost rate proposals; recommending indirect cost rate adjustments; preparing rate agreements; conducting vulnerability assessments and reviews of internal control systems; conducting financial compliance and administrative reviews (onsite or desk reviews); and resolving non-Federal (OMB Circular A-133) and Federal (OIG performed) audits.
At the GS-13 level: Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include the following: completing all aspects of indirect cost negotiations (reviewing indirect cost proposals, computing/developing indirect cost rates, recommending rate adjustments or changes in methodology, preparing/issuing rate agreements, etc.); planning and conducting vulnerability assessments and evaluations of internal control system; conducting all phases of financial compliance and administrative reviews (planning, fieldwork testing, report writing, etc.); and resolving non-Federal (OMB Circular A-133) and Federal (OIG-performed) audits.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.
Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures. Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire. We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:
For the GS-9 & GS-11 grade levels
- Knowledge of accounting and auditing concepts, practices and techniques
- Ability to collect, analyze, evaluate and interpret financial/accounting data
- Knowledge of the area of cost accounting, cost principles, audit resolution, and indirect cost rates
For the GS-12 & GS-13 grade levels
- Skill in the area of cost accounting, cost principles, and indirect costs in order to advise on price and cost analysis techniques
- Knowledge of accounting and auditing concepts, practices and techniques, together with knowledge of basic trends and current developments in the accounting/auditing profession
- Ability to clearly present ideas and information orally
- Ability to clearly present ideas and information in writing
Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire. High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.
Displaced/Surplus Employees: Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit 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 a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.