Job Overview

Summary

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, recognized throughout the United States and around the world as a key source for the best and most comprehensive economic statistics available.  The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used in decision-making by policy-makers in the Congress and the executive agencies, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury.  BEA's data are also used extensively by private businesses and a wide range of regional organizations, state and local governments, businesses and educational institutions.

Applications under this vacancy announcement will be considered under external competitive procedures only.  This vacancy is also being advertised under merit promotion procedures as (BEA-ASD-2013-0003).  Each announcement requires a separate application using the Census Bureau's on-line application system by logging into http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ and clicking on "Search Jobs."  Merit promotion procedures apply to current or previous Federal employees in the competitive service who are eligible for transfer, promotion, reassignment, or reinstatement. Merit promotion procedures MAY also apply to applicants seeking consideration through a special appointing authority such as Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), Schedule A, etc. Please read the vacancy announcement to determine who may apply.

This vacancy is for an Accountant position in the Office of Financial Services, Administrative Services Division, located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.

The incumbent will serve as a staff member of the Budget Finance Section, Office of Financial Services within the Administrative Services Division. This position requires knowledge of government accounting records, appropriation law, and general best practices in budget execution & formulation.  The individual will provide data analysis which leads to effective use of funds by performing data collection & analysis; tracking transactions, reconciling & verifying; preparing status of funds reports;  providing estimates of expenditures and personnel costs for year-end close & formulation.  The candidate will work independently and in groups to ensure maximum availability & utilization of funds and achieve goals. 

BEA has been ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies for which to work.  It has a dynamic and motivated staff, and encourages professional growth.  BEA has an unparalleled location in the heart of downtown D.C., only blocks from the White House and within walking distance to three Metro lines.  The Penn Quarter, Logan and Dupont Circles, and the Kennedy and Verizon Centers are all within walking distance.  This location provides for a unique balance of intellectual pursuit during the day and wealth of cultural and social activities after work.

This position is in the competitive service.

One year probationary period may be required.

Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

This is a non-bargaining unit position.

The Full Promotion Potential of this position is:  ZA-03.

If this position is filled at a level below the full performance level, the selectee may be promoted without further competition.  This implies no promise or guarantee of a promotion.

This position may be filled through means other than the competitive promotion process.

Duties

The individual selected for this position will:

Major Duty 1:   Manage work efficiently, document/improve procedures and controls, prepare apportionment/allotment information;

Major Duty 2:  Perform budget execution/formulation operations, estimates and analyses;

Major Duty 3:  Develop annual budget operating plans;

Major Duty 4:  Perform measurements and develop reports;

Major Duty 5:  Develop IAAs (revenue) & prepare IPACs; and prepare AOCs and PAOCs, payment review/track/reconcile.