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Job Title:Accountant

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Job Announcement Number:LAG-CFO-1101813-BB-051

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,621.00 to $116,901.00 / Per Year


Monday, May 05, 2014 to Monday, May 19, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




5 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


United States Citizens


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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

This is a key position within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE utilizes the government's second largest cadre of law enforcement officers to ensure our nation's economic, transportation and infrastructure security. ICE enforces immigration and customs laws. Our talented and courageous workforce identifies criminal activities and eliminates vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation's borders.

ICE is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). With more than 19,000 employees in 400 offices around the world, ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation. For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

Organizational Location: This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO), Office of Financial Management (OFM), Accounting Operations, Financial Reporting and Analysis located in Washington, D.C.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Note: One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Work may on occasion require travel away from normal duty station.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass background investigation and drug screen for fed employment
  • Relevant Experience (see Qualifications and Evaluations Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must certify registration with Selective Service


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This position is located within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). The primary purpose is to serve as serve as an Accountant in the Office of Financial Management Division (OFM), providing accounting services that support key agency/department programs and Components within the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Financial Management, Headquarters, Financial Reporting & Analysis Division. Specifically, you will:

  • Prepare monthly and yearly financial statements, reports and records by collecting, analyzing and summarizing account information, lead and complete monthly close procedures, FACTS I and FACTS II reporting, analyze revenues and expenses to ensure they are recorded appropriately;
  • Analyze the financial statements and related trial balances which includes investigating abnormals balances and analytics for discrepancies and research and reconcile all discrepancies, auditing and verifying documents and following internal controls;
  • Prepare financial statements and supporting schedules according to monthly deliverables, report on variances and assist with reviewing and approving quarterly deliverables, prepare monthly account reconciliations and assist staff with analyzing financial statements and SF 133s on a regular basis and lead year end audits and prepare financial statements, analyze and correct discrepancies, and assist in documentation and monitoring of internal controls;
  • Prepare the management of accounting systems covering operations and system changes that impact the (USSGL) general ledgers proprietary and budgetary accounts, OMB A-136 Financial Reporting Requirements, OMB A-11 Preparation, Submission and Execution of the Budget, TIER Reporting, FACTS I and II, and the SF 133; and
  • Identify and resolve a variety of financial-related issues, questions and problems related to the agency financial management program and provide analysis and advice regarding accounting programs and financial systems to management.


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You qualify at the GS-12 grade level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level performing these duties:

  • Preparing financial statements;
  • Reconciling cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and other general ledger accounts;
  • Conducting financial general ledger analysis; and
  • Identifying and resolving abnormal account balances.

You qualify at the GS-13 grade level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level performing these duties:

  • Preparing monthly and yearly financial statements, reports and records by collecting, analyzing and summarizing general ledger accounts;
  • Analyzing revenues and expenses to ensure proper record retention;
  • Analyzing financial statements and related trial balances to include investigating abnormals balances and analytics for discrepancies; and
  • Researching and reconciling discrepancies from audits and verifying documents following internal controls.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification claims will be subject to verification.

Basic Educational Requirements:

Degree: 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" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")


Combination of education and experience: 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:

1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;

2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or

3. 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 1, 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 1; 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.


Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

Proof of Education: You must submit transcripts or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training  will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to the following fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities) needed to perform the duties of this job: Arithmetic, Attention to Detail, Decision Making, Financial Management, Information Management, Oral Communication, Problem Solving, Reading, Self-Management, Teamwork and Writing.

Based on your responses, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Well Qualified:  Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified:  Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Applicants in the best qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview.

ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must be placed in the well qualified category for this position as described above. 

Veterans:  Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified.  Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are placed in the best qualified category above non-preference eligibles, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. This position is NOT considered scientific/professional.  For more information regarding veterans' preference, please see:



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DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package:  health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include:  flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".


Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


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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.

Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 19, 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,, 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.


  • Resume which shows relevant experience, education, and training. Work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.
  • Veterans Documentation reflecting qualifying service for 5pt or 10pt preference (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate). Click here for more information.
  • Proof of eligibility if applying for consideration under a priority selection program (e.g. ICTAP) or a special appointing authority.
  • List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking, name and address of institution. Prior to appointment, an official college transcript will be required.

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 is 1101813.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete your Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. Your complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, May 19, 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 all six pages of 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.

Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email. If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to Monday, May 19, 2014 for further instructions. You must submit all required information by Monday, May 19, 2014. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. A valid email address is required in order to notify you of the outcome of your application.


HR Assistant
Phone: (949)360-3058
Agency Information:
ICE Laguna Service Center
24000 Avila Road 5th Floor
Laguna Niguel, CA


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs account throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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