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Job Title:Lead Accountant, ZA-510-IV, BEA-M-JMW

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Bureau of Economic Analysis

Job Announcement Number:BEA-BPD-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, November 14, 2013 to Friday, November 22, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

ZA-0510-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional - Full-Time, Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

04

DUTY LOCATIONS:

few vacancies in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) employees on a permanent competitive appointment or with reinstatement eligibility; Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) eligible employees; and individuals eligible for non-competitive appointment under a special appointing authority.

JOB 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.

This vacancy is for a Lead Accountant position in the Special Surveys Branch, Balance of Payments Division (BPD), located at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis in Washington, DC.
 
The incumbent will serve as a lead accountant for two surveys of cross-border transactions in financial services.  The incumbent will carry out tasks that are of critical importance to the accuracy and timeliness of BEA’s international transactions statistics.  The incumbent will actively participate in planning and carrying out the work of the division.
 
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-04.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If your resume is incomplete, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • You must be registered with Selective Service if applicable (www.sss.gov).
  • You must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met.

DUTIES:

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The individual selected for this position will:

*Major Duty 1:  Assist in conducting and ensuring the integrity of BEA’s international transactions data program carried out by the Balance of Payments Division;

*Major Duty 2:  Delegate responsibility and assign projects to other staff members and communicate survey results to account analysts and senior management to ensure correct interpretation of survey data;

*Major Duty 3:  Resolve complex reporting issues referred by staff including documenting the data issue and the resolution;

*Major Duty 4:  Interpret accounting principles (including U.S. GAAP) as they apply to the financial services surveys;

*Major Duty 5:  Research the financial industry to ensure that the BEA surveys reflect the changing economic environment and data needs; and

*Major Duty 6:  Develop procedures to collect, review, and evaluate the accuracy of survey data to ensure survey data are in compliance with survey instructions and economic and financial accounting standards.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirements for All Bands/Grades

  1. 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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")

OR
  1. 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.

BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS:

BAND-IV (GS-13/14): To qualify for the band IV (GS-13/14 level), you must meet the basic requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS 12 level) or band III. Specialized experience for this position consist of: experience preparing, analyzing, interpreting accounting principles and presenting accounting and survey data; operating, maintaining, and modifying accounting systems; using survey/accounting information to recommend solutions to management; managing, operating, and analyzing cost accounting systems in connection with manufacturing or other business activities; researching accounting/survey data; communicating with company's and staff, in person and in writing regarding accounting survey data.

Note: To receive consideration for this vacancy, transcripts (unofficial or official) must be faxed in before the closing date. 


Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Any required investigations and clearances must be completed before the selectee can be placed in the position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation (transcripts if applicable) to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.  If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire that you completed as part of the application.  However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the occupational questions, or your score will be lowered.  The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. 
 
The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
 
KSA 1:  Ability to recommend, present technical information, and provide guidance to staff members on work assignments;
 
KSA 2:  Ability to analyze company financial statements;
 
KSA 3:  Knowledge of accounting concepts and their application to economic surveys;
 
KSA 4: Knowledge of financial industry related to economic surveys; and
 
KSA5:  Ability to analyze changes in statistical data and identify errors in data
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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Benefits include:  health, life, dental and vision insurance, comprehensive retirement, tax-deferred Thrift Savings Plan (401K), sick and annual leave (employees accumulate 13 days of sick leave each year along with 13 to 26 vacation days, depending on years of employment), ten paid holidays, Flexible Spending Accounts.  Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at http://www.usa.gov/Federal_Employees/Benefits.shtml.
Additional benefits may include flexible work schedule, transportation subsidy, exercise and shower facilities, career development with a generous training program, and more. 

OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining a rating of at least 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's
Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.  CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
 
1. A copy of your specific Reduction In Force (RIF) notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;
 
2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade or band level, and duty location;
 
3. A copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and
 
4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
 
The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:
 
*30% or more disabled veterans
*Persons with disabilities
*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
 
The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.  TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov. To begin, click the Apply Online button near on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov and place your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Application Status."  Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately by e-mail at mgshelp@monster.com or phone at 866-656-6831.  The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST. 

For instructions on submitting your application in another format please contact:  (Jowan.M.Kirby.Williams@census or 301-763-3705)


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

**THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT; WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU SEND ALL OF YOUR OFFICIAL OR UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS FROM ANY ACCREDITED EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION**

A complete application consists of the following:
*Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional.  Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.  Your resume should also list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week.  For work in the Federal service, please include the grade or band level for the position(s).  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).
 
*SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," if applicable, supporting your eligibility.
 
*Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and documentation, if applicable. See the “Other Information” section.
 
*Education.  If this position requires higher education, you may be asked to submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements.  Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information.
 
*Documentation supporting eligibility for non-competitive appointment, (severely disabled, eligible veterans, certain military spouses, etc.)
 
You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.
 
Special Instructions for Foreign Education:  Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities.  Applicants educated in whole or in part of foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree.  A listing of these accredited organizations can be found here at http://www.naces.org/members.htm. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application.  Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jowan Kirby Williams
Phone: 301-763-3705
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: jowan.m.kirby.williams@census.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
4600 Silver Hill Road
Room 2J238C
Attn: Human Resources/ECB
Washington, DC
20233
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed.  You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at https://my.usajobs.gov and placing your cursor over “My Account” and then click on "Applicant Status.”
 
By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed.  After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
 
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment.  The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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Job Announcement Number:

BEA-BPD-2014-0001

Control Number:

355346600