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Job Title:  Accounting Officer- MP
Agency:  Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Job Announcement Number:  FOD-COD-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 01, 2013 to Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map
20005View Map
All current Federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) employees who are currently serving or previously served on a career or career-conditional appointment.


This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Operations Department, Controller Operations Division.

Recruitment incentives may be authorized for this position, if applicable.

Your dream job awaits you at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation!

PBGC is one of the top 20 small agencies in the federal government and is full of great and rewarding opportunities with a dynamic workforce dedicated and committed to its mission. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to be the Accounting Officer for a career like no other career choice you have explored. This prestigious position will allow you to lead and direct a talented team who provides operational support in the areas of strategic planning, human resources, procurement, budget, and facility services.

So dream no more, the Accounting Officer position could be yours! PBGC is eager to employ more talented employees to protect the retirement incomes of nearly 44 million hardworking Americans. Your career at PBGC will be challenging, compelling and important, and will also include great benefits (see federal benefits highlighted below).

Don't delay; apply today!


  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You may undergo a personnel security background investigation
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt
  • 1 year probationary period required unless met during prior Federal service
  • A supervisory probationary period may be required


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As the Accounting Officer (PBGC’s Controller), you will:
Provide PBGC with accurate and timely financial reporting by accurately classifying and recording financial data and periodically presenting financial statements to PBGC management, PBGC Board Representatives, U.S. Treasury, OMB, OIG, external auditors, and other key stakeholders. 
Be responsible for corporate-wide financial standards and controls, for planning, developing, and coordinating a corporate-wide financial management system, which incorporates the management of the revolving and trust funds, and for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and responsiveness of financial reporting for internal and external customers.
Review Financial Accounting Standard Board (FASB) and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) pronouncements and determine their effect on the reporting of PBGC financial condition.
Interface with Treasury FMS, OMB, external auditors and others on audit of PBGC financial statements and operations and maintain appropriate liaisons and interface with GAO, U.S. Treasury, OIG, OMB, external auditors, or other key stakeholders (both internal and external) to ensure effective coordination of accounting activities and financial reporting. 


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All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

All Accountant positions require the following education requirement within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.  You may satisfy the education requirement by submitting transcripts to verify that you meet the requirement below, or by submitting an SF-50 showing that you currently hold or previously have held a position in the 0510 (Accountant) or 0511 (Auditor) occupational series in the Federal government. 

A. Degree
A degree from an accredited college or university in 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; OR

B. Combination of Experience and Education 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:

* Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; or * A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or * Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial coursework 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) you have 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 you 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, your education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

You may start at $123,758 (GS-15) if you also possess the following within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement:

One year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-14 grade level overseeing an organization’s accounting and financial reporting function. Examples include the preparation of separate financial statements for a single reporting entity and/or on a combined basis that are used in a published annual report or regulatory filing.
In addition, a CPA or CPA candidate is preferred.


If you meet the basic qualification requirements, we will further evaluate your resume and cover letter to determine the quality and extent to which your background (experience, education, training, etc.) relates to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs):

1) Experience preparing and reviewing detailed trial balances and consolidated work papers, as well as overseeing the preparation of accurate and timely financial statements.

2) Experience supervising and directing accounting and financial reporting activities involving complex and diverse assets and liabilities, income, and expenses entries, as well as cash flow transactions as well as preparing the FACTS II reporting (Budgetary Usage reporting to Treasury FMS) and FMS Form 2108 (Budgetary Usage Report at fiscal year end to Treasury).

3) Experience interpreting FASAB or FASB accounting guidance related to the recording and classifying of complex assets, liabilities as well as income and expense activity.

4) Experience representing the organization on technical accounting and financial reporting topics for discussions with senior management, Treasury, FMS, GAO, OMB, OIG, key stakeholders (internal or external) or external auditors.

Based on that evaluation, we will rate you Best Qualified, Qualified, or Minimally Qualified.

If, after your application has been rated by the Subject Matter Expert, you are found to meet none of the KSAs listed above, your status will remain Minimally Qualified.
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Visit Federal Employee Benefits for information on the major benefits offered. Visit PBGC Employee Benefits to learn more about PBGC specific benefits.


To be considered under a special hiring authority such as the Schedule A appointing authority for persons with disabilities;  the direct-hire authority to appoint veterans with service-connected disabilities of 30 percent or more; Peace Corps or VISTA service; or another excepted service/special hire authority, you must submit documentation to support your claim for eligibility with your application package. For more details, visit Federal Hiring Flexibilities.

PBGC encourages qualified applicants with disabilities to apply. Applicants with disabilities who are interested in learning more about job opportunities under the Schedule A Hiring Authority and other available hiring flexibilities and authorities are encouraged to contact PBGC’s Selective Placement Program Coordinator, Donald Beasley, at (202) 326-4000 ext. 3637 or TTY/TDD users should call the federal relay service at (800) 877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4000 ext 3637.


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In order to be considered, submit all of the required information (including your supplemental documentation) before midnight EST on the closing date.

If you are not able to apply online or require reasonable accommodations, contact Brandy Pelham on (202) 326-4000 ext. 3177 or no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

For TTY/TDD users, call the Federal Relay Service toll free at 1-800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to (202) 326-4111.

Please complete all the steps in the online application process at USAJOBS ( You may make updates to your information at any time prior to midnight EST on the closing date of this announcement.

* Register with USAJOBS, which will store your information and resume. You will only need to complete this step once.
* Locate and review the vacancy announcement on USAJOBS. Click the Apply Online link and then select a resume to submit with your application.
* Click on Apply for this Position Now. You will be redirected to our online system.
* Complete or review the online core questions, which determine the types of positions you are eligible for.
* Specify which series and grade(s) you wish to be considered for.
* Complete the online vacancy questions, then click "Finish". You will continue to the Vacancy Documents page.
* Submit each of the documents that apply to you by upload, USAJOBS, or fax according to the instructions provided.
* Click "Next," and you will see an overview of your responses. To finish, click "Finish."


RESUME : You must submit a resume. Your resume should clearly show your possession of the specialized experience qualification requirement and competencies so that we can determine your qualifications for this position.  Your resume should be specific to the position you are applying for, relating your skills and experience to those noted in the job posting.  

COVER LETTER (OPTIONAL): Your cover letter should state your interest in this position and the strengths that you feel will make you an asset to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  We will not use your cover letter to determine your qualifications; however, your cover letter will go to the Selecting Official along with your resume if you are referred.  

SF-50 (NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION) All status candidates or reinstatement eligibles must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (or similar form) which indicates position, title, series, grade and competitive status.  

TRANSCRIPT(S) This position has a positive education requirement.  You must submit transcripts to verify that you meet the education requirement for this position.  In addition to providing the appropriate transcript(s) to support the positive education requirement, you must also provide any additional transcripts to support education noted for the individual grade levels specified in this announcement, if applicable.  Information on the specific education requirement can be found under the Qualifications and Evaluations tab in the vacancy announcement. Your transcripts should include course titles, school name/location, date completed, grades, and number of credits earned.  Applicants who obtained their qualifying education outside of the U.S. and its territories must provide proof that their degrees have been validated as equivalent to a degree conferred by a college or university in the U.S. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted with your application; however, you must bring official transcripts with your first day if you are hired.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are currently serving or have previously served in the 0510 (Accountant) or 0511 (Auditor) series in the Federal government, you do not need to submit a transcript(s).   You must, however, submit an SF-50 showing that you did serve in one of these series.

ICTAP AND/OR CTAP CANDIDATES: To receive selection priority, surplus and displaced employees must apply to and be found well-qualified for the position. A well-qualified CTAP or ICTAP employee is one who satisfies all medical, physical, education, and/or experience factors for the vacant position; is rated at Qualified or better against the Rating Schedule for the position; has a current performance rating of at least "fully successful" (Level III) or its equivalent; and can satisfactorily perform all of the duties of the position within a reasonable orientation period, e.g., 30 days. CTAP and ICTAP candidates must submit documents showing eligibility for selection priority (e.g., RIF separation notice, Certificate of Expected Separation, or other proof of eligibility for priority selection); an SF-50 showing the current (or former) position, grade level, promotion potential, and duty location; and the most current performance appraisal including the performance rating.

For additional information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit OPM's Career Transition Resources page .

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION (OPTIONAL): Please complete and submit the form "Demographic Information on Applicants" located at  This form is used to determine if our recruitment efforts are reaching all segments of the population, consistent with Federal equal employment opportunity laws. Your voluntary responses are treated confidentially and are not released to anyone who can affect your application, or to the public.


Brandy Pelham
Phone: 202-326-4110 ext 3177
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Human Resources Dept.
1200 K Street, NW
Suite 120
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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You may check the status of your applications by clicking on the My USAJOBS tab at the USAJOBS website.

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