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Job Title:Staff Accountant

Department:Legislative Branch

Agency:Architect of the Capitol

Job Announcement Number:CFO 2014-035A

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


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


Wednesday, January 08, 2014 to Friday, January 24, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens 




About the Agency

The AOC prides itself on our Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism. The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitments to holding ourselves to the highest standards. We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence. We take PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.
The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more


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    This position is located in the Office of the Chief Financial Officer. The incumbent is responsible for special projects for the financial and accounting operations of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC).

    The Staff Accountant:

    -Compiles data for AOC reports and executes a variety of professional accounting and program management duties to support the CFO and senior management.
    -Administers data gathering for annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). Consults with CEAR and other agencies. Tracks contractor support for graphics development and editing and makes changes as needed. Represents CFO and AOC in evaluation panels.

    -Creates a wide variety of cost accounting reports to support the Strategic Plans of the AOC. Acts as a technical expert and reviews existing financial and accounting programs. Determines needs for improvement and provides recommendations for economy, efficiency, and effectiveness and recommends changes or updates that impact policies, procedures, and systems.

    -Evaluates the effectiveness of audit readiness internal controls, accounting operations, performance indicators, and trends to monitor performance. Is a liaison to the CFO on accounting and financial management issues and participates in meetings with other agencies.

    -Represents the agency in communications with internal and external organizations on matters related to the financial systems and program developments.

    -Facilitates development of financial and accounting policies, programs, and systems as well as quality assurance reviews of existing and proposed accounting processes. Assures adherence to Federal laws and the Architect of the Capitol regulations and practices.


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    GS-14: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service, which has equipped an applicant with the particular knowledge, skill, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of qualifying include professional, comprehensive knowledge accounting principles, concepts, theories, and laws as they pertain to Federal accounting requirements practices and laws, the US standard government general ledger, the CFO Act, Federal Financial Accounting Standards, OMB Circulars, and other higher Government mandates. Knowledge of the Anti-deficiency Act and related reporting requirements and an annual Performance Accountability Report (PAR), which is subject to Congressional and public scrutiny, CFO dashboard management reports; and other reports or assistance in support of HRIS, Payroll, FTE, and 

    To view qualifying educational requirements and/or combination of education and specialized experience click on the following link:
    Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position:

    REQUIRED EDUCATION Applicant's must have a Bachelor's degree 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. (The term"accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" and should be interpreted,generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
    A combination of education and experience of 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. Also include 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses, 6 of which can be in business law; a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor through written exam; degree with substantial course work in accounting or auditing.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Education Requirements, all applicants must possess one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Duties may include specialized experience in any combination of the following activities:

    GS-13 LEVEL: Specialized experience includes:
    1. knowledge of accounting standards and practical application to the production of audited federal financial statements and related financial reports (Accounting standards include generally accepted accounting principles, Federal accounting standards, generally accepted auditing standards, and regulatory guidance. Financial reports include an entity’s general ledger, sub-ledgers, and any other data source relied upon to conduct day-to-day financial operations, perform analysis, prepare work papers and/or prepare financial statements.);
    2. knowledge of budgeting and GTAS requirements;
    3. preparing, analyzing, and interpreting accounting data;
    4. high-level proficiency with large-scale core financial systems, systems interfaces, and financial reporting tools, including skill in operation of accounting systems, reviewing output, correcting errors, executing custom and standard queries and reports; and
    5. the ability to communicate financial issues and use accounting information to recommend potential solutions to management.



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    Applicants must be a United States Citizen.

    If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

    This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC’s suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide, and cover the cost for the drug test.

    Background Investigation - The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

    The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. Federal Law requires DHS to use the E-VERIFY system to verify the employment eligibility of all new hires, and obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system as a condition of continued employment.
    For more information on E-Verify, please visit

    The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.
    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Moving expenses are not authorized.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized.

    Probationary Period- Selectee(s) is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

    All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

    Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.
    All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.


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    You MUST apply online. If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement.

    If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page.

    Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page.


    A complete application consists of:

    1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the KSAs in the job announcement. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.
    2. Transcripts: If you are substituting education for experience, please attach a copy of your transcripts.

    Supporting Documentation:

    Veterans’ Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you must submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.e. a letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) certifying to the veteran’s present receipt of compensation. Veterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit Member 4 copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. For more information, please visit

    You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:

    1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Architect of the Capitol application site which you access through the USAJobs site.
    2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4052 using the system generated fax cover sheet.

    Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement
    NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.

    Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.


    If you are unable to apply on-line, you may visit our Employment Center for technical assistance in entering your application. The Employment Center is located at 441 Second & D Streets S.W., Washington, D.C., Room H2-178, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may call (202) 226-7000 for directions.



    Mari Donegan
    Phone: 202-226-5553
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    Architect of the Capitol
    2nd and D Street, S.W.
    Washington, DC
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application. After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.

    You can check the status of your application by logging into You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.

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