Job Title: Lead Accountant, ZA-510-IV, BEA-M-JMWJob Announcement Number: BEA-BPD-2014-0001
Department: Department Of Commerce
Agency: Bureau of Economic Analysis
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/ Per Year
Thursday, November 14, 2013 to
Friday, November 22, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Competitive Services: Career or Career Conditional -
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.
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.
- 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:Back to top
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:Back to top
Basic Requirements for All Bands/Grades
- 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.")
BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: BAND-IV (GS-13/14):
- 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:
- Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
- A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
- 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.
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
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