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Job Title:  Operating Accountant
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Job Announcement Number:  MP-14-1030927-AF

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,228.00 to $80,896.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 30, 2014 to Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Not Applicable


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1030927

Our Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS) operates an integrated and complex system of veterans health care for eligible veterans across Eastern Colorado with community based clinics in Aurora, Lakewood, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Alamosa, La Junta, and Lamar.


  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • A relocation incentive MAY be authorized to a highly qualified candidate.


  • You must be a US citizen to be considered for this position.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.


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Incumbent will:

  • Plan, establish and maintain a commercial-type double entry accounting system covering several appropriations, revolving funds, general post funds, personal funds of patients, research, grants and construction appropriations, the overall budget is over $580,000,000.
  • Maintain appropriate daily transactions and updating records, computer-generated hard copy listing, subsidiary journals, operating ledger accounts and fund control points. VA currently uses the Federal Management System (FMS), which is designed to integrate with IFCAP (Integrated Funds Distribution Control Point Activity, Accounting and Procurement).
  • Develop and maintain such controls as may be necessary to assure that Accounting records accurately reflect the financial condition of ECHCS.
  • In the absence of the supervisor incumbent gives advice or instruction to employees on technical and administrative matters, participates in the training of new accounting employees and the cross-training of employees.
  • Serve as technical accounting advisor to the Financial Manager, Assistant Financial Manager, Chief Accountant and station management; including advising of proper procedures to be followed when procedures have not been disseminated or have to be developed locally to meet station needs. Is often called upon to attend meetings related to financial matters and inter-service relations.

  • Work Schedule: 8am - 4:30pm

    A relocation incentive MAY be authorized to a highly qualified candidate.


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    To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For the GS-11 level, these applicants must have held at least the GS-09 grade or higher for a year. (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION).

    Basic Requirement: To meet the basic requirement for the this position you must have either, A Degree: You must have a 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.


    A Combination of education and experience - You must have 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.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-09) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to:

    • Planning, establishing and maintaining a commercial-type double entry accounting system covering several appropriations, revolving funds, general post funds, personal funds of patients, research, grants and construction appropriations;
    • Conducting organization, procedural, and policy analyses;
    • Extracting financial data from accounting records, forms, and reports; planning and conducting reviews and evaluations of financial data and activities;
    • Conducting financial assessments to improve financial program effectiveness; and
    • Obtaining, compiling, and summarizing narrative information and quantitative financial data reports.


    Education: Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level. You must possess a PhD. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher level graduate education in Accounting, Business, Financial Management, or a field of study that is directly related to the duties of this position.


    Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-11. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position.

    A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

    You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position.

    • Knowledge of generally accepted fiscal practices, principles and standards in accounting
    • Ability to Efficiently Navigate Agency Accounting Systems
    • Ability to Set Work Priorities and Meet Deadlines without Supervision
    • Ability to Provide Quality Customer Service

    If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

    PLEASE NOTE:Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

    All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

     Veterans' Preference:  When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

    Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit


    Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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    VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

    VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

    "Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position."

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


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    To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 12, 2014to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

    It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

    To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


    The following documents are required (use this as your checklist when applying):

    1. Résumé, which lists your name, complete address, telephone number(s), and email address.For work experience, list job title (include series and grade if Federal), from and to dates (month and year), hours worked per week, ending salary, employer's name and complete address, supervisor's name and telephone number, and a detailed description of all duties related to the job for which you are applying.

    2.Responses to the questionnaire. View Occupational Questionnaire

    3.If you are a veteran, you must submit a copy of Form DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member 4, which shows the characterization of service), and, if applicable, an SF 15, Application for 10-point Veterans Preference and a Preference Letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs dated 1991 or later.

    4.If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of their most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, reflecting time in grade, tenure and competitive status (block 24 and 34).

    Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.The Vacancy ID is1030927.

    Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

    2. Print the 1203FX form ( ), follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items.

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    Midwest Services Branch
    Phone: (816)426-5706
    Agency Information:
    1055 Clermont Street
    Denver, CO


    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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