Job Overview


About the Agency

Why is it Great to Work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

Do your career justice and consider a career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). In addition to being regarded as a family and career-oriented agency, the BOP offers a broad range of exciting career opportunities in a work environment that promotes integrity, diversity, and professional development. With over 38,000 highly motivated individuals, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is one of the most unique agencies in the United States Department of Justice where each employee's day-to-day performance makes a difference.

In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3307, a maximum entry age of 36 has been established for initial appointment to a position in a Bureau of Prisons institution.  If you are above the maximum entry age and have prior federal law enforcement coverage, you MUST submit an SF-50 to verify prior coverage.

Qualified Preference Eligible Veterans may be exempt from meeting the maximum age of 37.  Please refer to the Required Documents Section for the appropriate documentation to submit to validate veteran eligibility.


The incumbent supplies timely and accurate financial reports such as, budget status reports, miscellaneous accounting data, cost reports, etc. Serves as, or assists the institution Certifying Officer with primary responsibility for approving and certifying payments. This includes all employee uniform allowances and re-post of government issued purchase cards. Payments are made from various appropriations including Salaries and Expenses(S&E), Building and Facilities (B&F), and the Trust Fund. Certifies all payments of travel advances and reimbursements to all institution employees. Incumbent is responsible for monitoring/reviewing the processing of all obligations for accuracy and timeliness. Analyzes obligation documents to determine validity of payment vouchers and proper classification of the obligations.

Works closely with the accounting technicians, budget analyst, and cost center managers regarding obligations. Assists the department manager with the collection of funds from the Debitek/Cash to Card machine weekly. Conducts formal as well as informal training to the Accounting Technicians on areas of policy, regulations, and various laws that fall under the area of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.

Along with all other correctional institution employees, incumbent is charged with responsibility for maintaining security of the institution. The staffs correctional responsibilities precede all others required by this position and are performed on a regular and recurring basis.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel may be required for training

Relocation Authorized

  • No