Applicants must possess the Basic Education Requirement and Additional Requirements to be qualified for this Accountant position.
Basic Education Requirements:
A. A degree in 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 (which may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law). OR
B. A combination of education and experience with 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. My background also includes one of the following: (1) 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality--including 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, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement, provided that (a) I have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that I have 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 answer A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, my education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
A. One full year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-05 level or higher in the federal Service) assisting in the preparation of financial statements and reports; applying knowledge of accounting, budget, and acquisition concepts and principles; using automated financial systems to reconcile data and generate reports; and communicating financial information to agencys managers. OR
B. Successful completion of at least 1 full year (18 semester hours or the equivalent) of progressively higher graduate level education in a field that demonstrates that I have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (You must provide supporting transcripts.) OR
C. Superior Academic Achievement based on my undergraduate degree. (You must provide supporting transcripts.) OR
D. An equivalent combination of the required specialized experience and/or education listed in statements A and B above. (You must provide supporting transcripts.)
Superior Academic Achievement: S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
1.Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
2.Grade-point average (G.P.A.)-- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:
a.3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
b.3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.
Grade-point averages are to be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9.
3.Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society -- Applicants can be considered eligible based on membership in one of the national scholastic honor societies listed below. These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies (external link). Agencies considering eligibility based on any society not included in the following list must ensure that the honor society meets the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.
If education is a basic requirement or you are qualifying all or in part based on your education, you must submit transcripts (official or unofficial). Failure to submit transcripts may result in an ineligible rating.
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.
Time-in-Grade Requirements: Under competitive merit promotion procedures, any individual who is currently holding, or who has held within the previous 52 weeks, a General Schedule position under non-temporary appointment in the competitive or excepted service, must meet time-in-grade requirements (have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade of the grade for which you are applying). You must include an SF-50 (you may need to submit more than one) that supports meeting this requirement with your application package.
All qualification requirements must be met by midnight (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.
Once the job opportunity announcement closes, your résumé and supporting documents will be reviewed and evaluated against your assessment questionnaire responses to determine whether you are qualified for this position. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
For Competitive Applicants/All U.S. Citizens: Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection Procedures. Your application will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the occupational questionnaire or competencies for consistency. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your application will be further reviewed to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the occupational questionnaire or competencies listed in this vacancy announcement. You will then be placed in one of three rating categories:
Qualified Category Meets the specialized experience outlined in the minimum qualifications requirements section of the vacancy announcement as identified through the job analysis.
Well Qualified Category Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and demonstrates a proficiency level in the critical competencies for successful performance of this position as identified through the job analysis process.
Best Qualified Category Meets the basic qualification requirements for the vacancy announcement and has successful experience in the same or similar job that has demonstrated an "outstanding" proficiency level in applying the critical competencies for this position to work at increased levels of difficulty and complexity as identified through the job analysis process.
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 eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who do not have a service-connected disability of 10 percent or more will be assigned to the appropriate quality category based upon the job-related assessment and will be listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within the appropriate quality category. Preference eligibles who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent and who meet the minimum qualifications requirements will be listed in the highest quality category (except if the position is a scientific or professional position at the GS-9 level or above). The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has defined the professional and scientific professional positions and can be accessed here: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp.
For Merit Promotion and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Applicants: The highest rated merit promotion/VEOA candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.
For Noncompetitive Appointment Applicants: All qualified noncompetitive candidates will be referred to the hiring agency.
Application of Veterans' Preference: Under Category Rating procedures, 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:
- Accounting Procedures
- Accounting Systems
- Accounting, Budget and Acquisition Principles and Procedures
To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions