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Job Title:  Accountant -DEU
Agency:  Federal Trade Commission
Job Announcement Number:  OED-FIN-2014-0002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 to Friday, May 30, 2014
Full Time - This is a permanent appointment.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
All Qualified Candidates
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

This position is located in the Office of the Executive Director (OED), Financial Management Office (FMO), Financial Policy, Reports, and Controls (FPRC). The incumbent of this position serves as a senior accountant, providing expert advice and support in accounting and financial management-related activities. The incumbent has overall responsibility for the agency’s externally reported financial information, and is responsible for ensuring that the agency’s accounting system and policies are adequate and meet Federal financial management requirements and standards. The incumbent reports to the Assistant CFO for Financial Policy, Reporting and Internal Controls.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • This position requires U.S. citizenship.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Transcripts must be provided.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.


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Incumbent will perform the following duties:

  • Prepares, or oversees the preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual financial statements, including the Agency Financial Report (AFR), Notes to the Financial Statements and specific sections of the AFR that deal with financial information.
  • Ensures timely submission of financial reports and schedules to OMB and Treasury. Reviews, analyzes, and validates financial data, ensuring that data contained in financial reports and statements is accurate and meets prescribed Federal accounting standards. Resolves accounting discrepancies in reported data.
  • Performs, or oversees the performance of, ongoing and specific analyses of financial data in the agency’s general ledger to ensure reliability and accuracy of reported data. Recommends and implements remedies to complex financial reporting problems.
  • Develops, or oversees the development of, new accounts, posting rules/models, policy, and instructions to ensure compliance with Federal accounting standards.
  • Supports the ACFO as the audit liaison for the annual financial statement audit; responds to auditor’s requests by obtaining supporting documentation and monitoring timely submission of supporting schedules to auditors. Develops plans and leads the resolution of any financial reporting corrective actions.
  • Provides expert advice and assistance to program officials and FMO personnel on specialized areas of accounting, including interpretation of financial data, unusual and difficult accounting systems issues, and financial management policies, practices, and procedures that guide financial work throughout the agency.
  • Identifies policies and procedures in need of revision, develops and recommends proposed changes, and analyzes the impact of these changes.
  • Plans, develops, and coordinates financial management improvements necessary to comply with OMB directives and legislation.
  • Advises management on the implications of new standards and expected impact relative to implementation of required accounting standards.
  • Provides direction and guidance in the configuration and implementation of automated systems to comply with accounting standards and accompanying reporting requirements.
  • Coordinates the resolution of accounting system issues; tests systems changes to ensure that they do not compromise reporting requirements.
  • Defines systems specifications; determines accounting data requirements; advises on modifications to configuration, interfaces, and data entry to accept new kinds of data.
  • Develops instructional manuals, procedures, and policies related to financial systems and reports.


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Basic Requirements:

A. 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.")


B. 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 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.
In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements above, applicants at the GS-14 level must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service which has provided them with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position.  Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate mastery knowledge of cost accounting theory, concepts, and principles.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements above, applicants at the GS-13 level must have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service which has provided them with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate mastery knowledge of cost accounting theory, concepts, and principles.

Please note: Applicants must submit college transcripts to verify the educational requirements.

All applications must be received on-line via


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Individuals applying for this announcement are required to complete and submit an online application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS.  The information you provide in USAJOBS is general information completed by all candidates. That information and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to FT-SEE when you apply online. The submission of anything other than the below online application will result in you not being considered for this job.

If applying online poses a hardship to any applicant, please contact us.  Applicants must contact us at 202-326-2021 prior to the closing date to speak to someone who can provide assistance for online submission.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

There are several parts of the application process that will affect your overall evaluation:
1. Your online resume (See Step 1 below).
2. Your responses to the eligibility questions.
3. Your responses to the vacancy specific self-assessment questions.
4. Submission of supporting documentation (See instructions under the "Required Documentation" section of this posting.

You have until 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement to complete the following four-step application process:

STEP 1:  To apply, you must first register on USAJOBS at and have at least one resume associated with your account.  Your online resume must be built using the USAJOBS resume builder or you can upload an existing resume from your computer. You must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Once you have completed the registration process, thoroughly review this vacancy announcement and then select the "Apply Online" button and follow the instructions provided.

STEP 2:  After selecting a resume to submit with your application package, you will be taken to FT-SEE to answer questions related to your experience and vacancy specific questions.  The answers to the questions are necessary to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you are applying. When completed, the information you provided through  USAJOBS and the answers to the
FT-SEE questions will become your application.

STEP 3: Review your resume to make certain that it supports your responses to the questions.  Once you submit your online application, you will see a screen telling you that your application has been successfully transmitted.  If you do not receive this confirmation, you have not successfully completed your application.

STEP 4: Submit Supporting Documentation, as necessary.

NOTE:  Paper applications and information sent by mail WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


To help you ensure your application fully outlines your qualifications and eligibility for this position, please submit the following documentation as appropriate.  Some of the items listed may not apply to you.


__ Announcement number, title, and grade(s) of the position

__ Full name, mailing address (including zip code) and day and evening phone numbers (with area code)

__ Statement that you are a U.S. citizen

__ Current Federal employees serving on a competitive career or career conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible must submit a copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).

__Copy of DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (only if claiming veteran's preference)

__SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference) plus the support documentation required by this form (if claiming 10-point veteran's preference)

__ Paid and non-paid work experience related to the position.  For each period of Work experience include:

___Job title
___Series/grade (if Federal employment)
___Duties and accomplishments
___Employer's name and address
___Supervisor's name and contact information
___Starting and ending dates of employment (month/day/year)
___Number of hours worked per week
___Indicate if we may contact current supervisor/employer

___Other job related information, such as training courses (title & year); skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, etc.)

___Certificates/licenses (current).  

___Honors, awards, and special accomplishments

___A Legible copy of college transcripts (if qualifying all or in part on the basis of Education for this position)

___Support documentation for eligibility for special hiring authorities, such as disability, Peace Corps service, etc.


Keyonna Washington
Phone: 202-326-2853
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-326-3422
Agency Information:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Room 723
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


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