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Job Title:Financial Management Specialist, GS-0501-09/11/12

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Administration for Children and Families

Job Announcement Number:HHS-ACF-DE-14-1071271

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$47,923.00 to $106,955.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 17, 2014 to Monday, June 16, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




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Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.


As a Financial Management Specialist in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Grants Management, you will support a range of financial management functions including the annual audit of ACF's financial statements, implementation of OMB Circular A-123, improper payment Risk Assessments and broad oversight of ACF's diverse portfolio of mandatory and discretionary grants.


This announcement is open continuous for 90 days.  The first cut-off is March, 31, 2014.  Applications received by the first cut-off will receive first consideration.  Additional referral certificates will be issued upon request until positions are filled. 


This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-ACF-MP-14-1071287 under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.


Although this vacancy announcement is advertised for multiple duty locations and grade levels, it is not intended to convey any implication nor expectation that positions will be filled at all grade levels or locations.  


The beginning and ending salaries may vary depending on location of position.

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


  • 25% or Greater
  • Up to 25% travel required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • One-year probationary period may be required


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  • Review and analyze detailed financial management information in support of the annual audit of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) financial statements.
  • Support the completion of risk assessments of major ACF grant programs.
  • Support financial oversight activities designed to ensure proper stewardship of ACF funds.
  • Compile, analyze and maintain financial data.
  • Conduct financial and trend analyses.
  • Draft status reports of pending and resolved actions/deliverables.
  • Design, develop, and implement financial management policies, procedures, standards, and practices.
  • Draft instructions, guides, and procedures for tracking and reporting expenditures.
  • Collaborate with program, budget and grants staff to ensure fiscal and legislative requirements are met.
  • Review statutory requirements of complex mathematical computations for awarding grants.
  • Interpret and apply changes in federal laws and regulations, and establish their impact on programs and grantees.


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GS-09: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level or higher in the Federal service that included gathering, assembling, and analyzing financial data; assisting in conducting financial analyses; assisting senior staff in the completion of risk assessments of grant programs; and providing financial management advice to stakeholders related to issues and concerns OR a Master's, LL.B., J.D., or equivalent graduate degree OR have successfully completed at least 2 full years (36 semester hours or the equivalent) of progressively higher graduate level education leading toward such a degree with major study in a field that demonstrates that I have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR an equivalent combination of the required specialized experience and education listed in the statements above. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 


GS-11: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level or higher in the Federal Service that included assisting in financial and trend analysis; reviewing and maintaining financial data in support of financial audits functions; assisting in the development and implementation of financial management policies and procedures; advising on corrective actions to financial management issues; and assisting senior staff in the completion of risk assessments of grant programs; OR possess a Ph.D., LL.M., or equivalent doctoral degree OR have successfully completed 3 full years (54 semester hours or the equivalent) of progressively higher level post-graduate education leading to such a degree with major study in a field that equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position; OR an equivalent combination of the required specialized experience and education listed in the statements above. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 

GS-12: At least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level or higher in the Federal Service that included conducting financial and trend analysis; supporting the completion of risk assessments of grant programs; conducting financial management oversight to ensure fiscal and legislative requirements are met; reviewing financial management information in support of financial audits functions; identifying and devising solutions to financial policy and program problems; and providing technical advice and assistance to stakeholders regarding the interpretation, implementation, and impact  of laws, rules, and regulations on programs and grants.

If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.   Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your transcript(s) submitted must reflect this. 


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on foreign education

Conditions of Employment:


1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


5. Financial disclosure statement required: No


6. One-year probationary period may be required.


7. Travel, transportation, and moving expenses authorized: No


8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes  


9. Drug Screening Required: No


10. Relocation incentives authorized: No


11. Recruitment incentives authorized: No


12. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


13. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: Yes


Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens:  Candidates will be assigned to a quality category:

·         Best Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is almost identical to those required by the position.

·         Well Qualified - Applicants who have experience that is very similar to those required by the position.

·         Qualified - Applicants who meet minimum qualification requirements, but do not identify any additional qualifying experience or skill.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.  Candidates in the highest category will be referred to the hiring agency.


Application of Veterans' Preference: The Category Rating process does not add veterans' preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category.  Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).  Veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.


The assessment questionnaire is designed to measure the following competencies that are required for this position:

  • Financial Management
  • Oral Communication
  • Written Communication


To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


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Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see


Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. Well-Qualified includes those applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to:


Selective Service: The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position. For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, go to:


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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 Monday, June 16, 2014 to receive consideration.

* 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.

* 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 @ and click 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.

To complete a hard copy assessment questionnaire and submit it via fax: Do not complete the steps below if you have already applied online to the questionnaire for this position.1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to: 1-478-757-3144


  • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose, you must include a detailed description of your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
  • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire

Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

  • College transcripts (if qualifying all or in part based on your education)
  • Cover letter
  • Veterans' Preference documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:

If you are unable to upload supporting document(s) online, you can fax them by completing the following:

1. Print out a Fax Cover Page @ and complete the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1071271

2. Fax a Cover Page with each supporting document to 1-478-757-3144 by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 16, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


Mid-Atlantic Services Branch
Phone: (757)441-6765
Agency Information:
1900 E St NW
Washington, DC


You will be notified on the outcome of your application once a list of candidates has been sent to the hiring manager for employment consideration.

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