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Job Title:  Accountant, GS-0510-07
Agency:  Selective Service System
Job Announcement Number:  AN1129192

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,631.00 to $55,421.00 / Per Year
Monday, June 02, 2014 to Friday, June 13, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Arlington, VA View Map
US Citizens and Status Candidates
Not Applicable


Join the Selective Service System's team of energetic, career minded professionals! The Selective Service System offers an opportunity for self-motivated individuals with excellent interpersonal skills and a strong work ethic to launch or continue a career in public service.

Our fast paced environment consists of challenging and rewarding work, training opportunities, and the potential for advancement. The Selective Service System offers competitive wages, a thrift savings plan with matching funds (similar to a 401k savings program), extensive health care benefits (dental and vision coverage available), paid vacation time, and a host of unique work-life benefit options that include Tele-work options as well as Alternate and Flexible Work Schedules.

The Selective Service System is an independent agency whose mission is to maintain a system which can promptly and efficiently furnish untrained manpower for induction into the Armed Forces during a national emergency; and provides an Alternative Service Program to men classified as conscientious objectors during a draft.

This position is located in the Financial Management Directorate, Selective Service System.  As an Accountant, you will serve as Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Accounting Officer performing a variety of accounting procedures, using an automated financial system, and reconciling various financial documents in compliance with Federal laws and agency guidance.

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


  • Not Required


  • No


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


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  • ·         Serve as an Accountant and Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

    ·         Provide technical support to the CFO in the monthly, quarterly, and year-end financial closeout process.

    ·         Assist in the preparation and submission of budget estimate and justification documents.

    ·         Obligate purchase orders, contracts, travel orders and similar documents against appropriated funds.

    ·         Use automated financial management systems to reconcile data and generate reports.

    ·         Perform special research for preparing reports on financial data.

    ·         Communicate financial information to supervisor and/or managers.


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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.


Additional 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 agency’s 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.



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:

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
  • 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

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment under Merit Promotion consideration, you must be:  1) a preference eligible; or 2) a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions (you must submit a DD214-member copy 4).

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, placing them in the Well Category or higher (or rated an 85 or above for consideration under merit promotion procedures). For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to: 

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

Hiring Authorities for Veterans

People with Disabilities


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 Friday, June 13, 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: 




  • Your Résumé (if you submit a personally developed résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written format, be sure to include a detailed description of your job-related qualifications, beginning/ending dates, and hours worked per week, for each paid and non-paid position you included).
  • Completed Assessment Questionnaire
  • College Transcripts that reflect the required degree and/or course work. You may submit official, unofficial, or a self-certified list of course titles, grades earned, completion dates, and the number of semester or quarter hours earned.
  • Standard Form 50 (only applies to current or former Federal service employees)
  • Performance Appraisal OR a written statement as to why one can not be provided must be submitted (only applies to current Federal service employees). Your performance appraisal must be your most recent (within the previous 18 months) performance appraisal. 


Other Supporting Documents: (only submit if applicable to you)

  • Veterans' Preference and/or VEOA documentation (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4, SF-15, VA letter, etc.)
  • CTAP/ICTAP documentation (notice of separation, SF-50, current performance appraisal)
  • Noncompetitive appointment eligibility documentation

    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 1129192

    2. Fax a Cover Page with each supporting document to 1-478-757-3144 by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 13, 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:
    Mid Atlantic Svc Branch Norfolk
    OPM Federal Building
    200 Granby Street
    Suite 500
    Norfolk, VA


    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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