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Job Title:Accountant

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Finance and Accounting Service

Job Announcement Number:D-DFAS-1083459-14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$47,923.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, March 27, 2014 to Wednesday, April 09, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0510-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

6 vacancies in the following location:
Rome, NY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

DFAS' mission is to lead the DoD in finance and accounting by ensuring the delivery of efficient, exceptional quality pay and financial information. We take pride in serving the men and women who defend America. DFAS is seeking goal-oriented people who like a challenge and care about serving our country. We offer rewarding careers in finance, accounting, information systems, contracting services, human resources, clerical work and many other areas. For more information visit www.dfas.mil

Vacancy Information: These positions are located In Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Accounting Operations Directorate, at Rome, New York.

This position is being announced using the USA Staffing Application Manager system. Please click the How to Apply tab for instructions on applying for this position.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • This position may require up to 24% travel.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Background Investigation
  • Suitable for Federal Employment
  • Registered for Selective Service (if applicable)

DUTIES:

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The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position. 

·         Provides professional accounting advice and assistance in the application and compliance of generally accepted accounting principles, policies, and procedures.

·         Reviews, analyzes and modifies operating programs, practices, and procedures related to receiving, controlling, validating, recording, and reporting accounting transactions affecting the asset, liability, revenue, expense, and budgetary accounts of supported organizations.

·         Assists in establishing and monitoring internal controls to identify problem areas, determine actions required to improve operating program effectiveness, and ensure and maintain the integrity of financial and accounting information.

·         Applies knowledge and understanding of automated data processing systems as they apply to accounting systems and "feeder" systems and the ability to deal effectively and logically in solving program/system issues.

·         Performs special audits, studies, reports and/or, analysis to evaluate the status of the financial health and/or position of accounting operations based on balanced scorecard measurements or indicators.

·         For vacancies filled at less than the full performance level of the position, duties will be developmental in nature.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Basic Requirement:

This position has a positive education requirement.  To qualify for this position you must meet one of the basic requirements described below.

Completion of all requirements for a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited college or university; 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.

OR

Candidates may also qualify through a combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of professional accounting experience (at least one year must be equivalent to the journeyman level) or an equivalent combination of professional accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND 24 semester hours in accounting/auditing courses or a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor

To qualify for the GS-09 grade level: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-07 if outside the Federal service is required. Specialized experience is defined as: Providing professional accounting services, advice, assistance, and information to an assigned area by applying accounting concepts, principles, and methods to the day-to-day accounting operations.

Examples of qualifying specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level: Perform duties concerned with tracking, analyzing, and reporting on financial activities; recording and reporting obligations and expenditures of appropriated funds; and evaluating the effectiveness of internal accounting controls and systems.  Professional accounting work experience in preparing accounting and financial reports for use by others; analyzing and reconciling reports to reflect an organization's financial activities and status of funds; designing, developing, examining and interpreting accounting data, statements and reports for management's use; and reviewing and analyzing financial statements and reports for the purpose of maintaining integrity of financial information and monitoring program effectiveness.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at the GS-09 level: A Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.     Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

To qualify for the GS-11 grade level: In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable in difficulty and responsibility to GS-09 if outside the Federal service is required. Specialized experience is defined as: Experience providing professional accounting services in the interpretation and application of accounting principles, policies, and procedures.  

Examples of qualifying specialized experience for the GS-11 grade level: Knowledge of analyzing and interpreting, developing, adapting, modifying or integrating accounting data; Designing, implementing and assessing internal control processes; providing analyses and reconciliations related to accounting functions involving a large number of transactions across interrelated systems; Preparing fiduciary financial reports; Conducting studies of financial management execution activities; Enhancing the validity, accuracy, and integrity of accounting processes. 

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at the GS-11 level: A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. may be substituted to meet the specialized experience requirement. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.


Background or Security Investigation: This is a non-critical sensitive position.  Employment in this position requires a background investigation which may delay your starting date. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the employment offer may be withdrawn. Individuals selected for this position are required to obtain and maintain a favorable security determination to occupy a sensitive position within the agency as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain eligibility to occupy a sensitive position may result in termination. For more information see the security section of Understanding Vacancy Announcements.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification. HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated based upon information you provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. If a determination is made that the work experience described in your submitted resume does not support your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire, your score may be reduced, and you may lose consideration for this position. If you are already a DFAS employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.

Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into 3 categories as described below:

  1. Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualifications and demonstrates minimum experience and/or training only based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
  2. Highly Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates full-performance level experience based on responses to occupational questionnaire.
  3. Best Qualified Category. Meets the minimum qualification requirements and demonstrates experience as an expert in the field or recognized as a senior specialist, team lead, etc.

The Assessment Questionnaire takes approximately 15 minutes to complete and collects information on your education, training and experience related to the following critical competencies:

·         Accounting Concepts, Policies and Principles - Apply federal accounting standards, fiscal law, policies, regulations, principles, standards, internal controls and procedures to financial management activities.

·         Accounting Analysis - Analyze, evaluate and review accounting data and reports using business tools and applications, and performance metrics to provide recommendations.

·         Problem Solving - Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; seeks/generates and evaluates alternative perspectives/solutions; makes timely/effective recommendations, based on potential implications of findings or conclusions. Critically evaluates to identify the causes of problems, and chooses courses of action that balance the interests of the mission and stakeholders.

·         Customer Service - Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers.  Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

·         Written Communication: Writes to convey information in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience, using correct English grammar, punctuation and spelling. Expresses thoughts persuasively and uses effective modes to reinforce message retention.

IMPORTANT NOTE - YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY. ERRORS OR OMISSIONS MAY AFFECT YOUR RATING.


BENEFITS:

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You can review our benefits at: http://www.usa.gov/Federal-Employees/Benefits.shtml

Competitive wages, flexible schedules and one of the most comprehensive benefits packages found in either government or private sector. These extraordinary benefits encompass health, pay, work/life balance, growth & learning.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from the DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment.
  • A one year probationary or trial period may be required.
  • We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
  • DFAS recognizes the value of competencies gained through formal education and professional certifications. To ensure that consistent credit is given for these credentials in the selection process DFAS has developed standard selection criteria to be used when filling positions in professional and administrative series. Selections for professional and administrative positions will be based on four categories of selection criteria: Experience, Other, Education, and Certifications.
  • Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Priority Consideration: If you are a displaced Federal Civil Service employee and attain a rating of at least 85 or are placed into the middle quality level category of "Highly Qualified" under category rating procedures, you may be entitled to receive special priority selection under the ICTAP. For more information on ICTAP, click here ICTAP Guidance. NOTE: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are NOT ICTAP eligible.
  • This career ladder/developmental position requires participation in the DFAS Leaders in Motion (LIM) Program.  This is a formal training program designed to develop well-qualified, well-trained, high potential employees for future positions throughout the agency.  Individuals selected for this position will be required to sign a training agreement and complete all program requirements in order to advance to the next level.



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1083459. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

You are highly encouraged to establish a USAJOBS account and submit your application package online so that you can receive status updates. If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaireView Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire http://www.opm.gov./Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
  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.
PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  1. Résumé, you are encouraged to choose only ONE method of submitting your resume. (HR will review the resume that the system date stamps as the latest one received and this may not be the resume which best reflects your qualifications for the job and may result in an ineligible rating.) You may submit your resume by: attaching in your USAJobs account; uploading in your Application Manager account; OR faxing. For assistance in preparing your resume, take a look at the DFAS Resume Tools.
  2. Complete Assessment Questionnaire: Your resume must describe the quality of work in regards to responses to the occupational self-assessment questionnaire as they generate your numerical rating.
  3. Other Supporting Documents
The following supporting documents are ONLY required if applicable to your personal qualifications or status. They must be received by the closing date of the announcement or at the time of application if applying to an announcement with an extended closing date.
  1. Transcripts and/or Certifications: You must submit documentation if you are substituting education for experience or to meet the basic requirement. For additional information on acceptable documents, click here Transcripts and Certifications. You must also document your education and/or certifications in your resume. To be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Cover Letter: You may submit a cover letter which will be forwarded to the selecting official with your resume. Your cover letter will not be used to verify your qualifications or determine eligibility for preference.
  3. Veterans Preference: If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST submit the appropriate documentation. Failure to do so WILL result in the loss of veteran's preference, and will possibly impact your placement on the certificate.For more veterans' information please click here.
    • 10-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a signed SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof as required by the SF-15. Click here for a copy of the SF-15.
    • 5-Point Veterans' Preference: You MUST submit a copy of your DD-214 which includes Character of Service (usually Member-4 copy). If you are currently active duty, you may submit written documentation (certification) from your branch of service certifying that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed. The certification should also include when your terminal leave will begin, your rank and dates of active duty service.
  4. Military Spouse Preference: Copy of spousal travel orders providing eligibility.
  5. ICTAP Eligibles: A copy of the RIF separation notice and SF50 if available.
WARNING:Failure to submit a complete application package including any required documentation by 11:59 PM (EST) Wednesday, April 09, 2014, or at the time of application for announcements with an extended closing date, may result in an ineligible rating and loss of consideration. To verify that your application is complete, log into your USJOBS account, select Application Status and More Information. The Details page will display the status of your application. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Customer Care Center
Phone: (317)212-0454
TDD: (317)212-6579
Email: DFAS.DEU.PROCESSING@DFAS.MIL
Agency Information:
Defense Finance and Accounting Service DEU
APPLY ONLINE OR BY FAX ONLY
SEE HOW TO APPLY TAB
Indianapolis, IN
46249

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

The occupational questionnaire and the resume that you submit will be used to assess your qualifications for the job, and to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

All information included in the resume and Occupational Questionnaire is subject to review and verification. HR will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum requirements will be further evaluated by information provided in the Occupational Questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have misrepresented your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position and, if you're already an employee, you may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal service.

Application of Veterans Preference: The Category Rating Method does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligible's who meet 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 when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Qualified) provided no preference eligible in that category is passed over to select a non-preference eligible in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied.


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Job Announcement Number:

D-DFAS-1083459-14

Control Number:

365540100