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Job Title:  Supervisory Accountant
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Office of Justice Programs
Job Announcement Number:  JP-14-128

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 18, 2014 to Thursday, July 31, 2014
Full Time - Permanent - No time limit
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


About the Agency

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) provides innovative leadership to federal, state, local, and tribal justice systems, by disseminating state-of-the art knowledge and practices across America, and providing grants for the implementation of these crime fighting strategies. OJP works in partnership with the justice community to identify the most pressing crime-related challenges confronting the justice system and to provide information, training, coordination, and innovative strategies and approaches for addressing these challenges. OJP is seeking results-oriented professionals to join our team and build solutions to address evidence-based, "smart on crime" approaches in criminal and juvenile justice.
This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO).

Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on


  • Occasional Travel
  • Less than 25%.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Accounting / related degree required (see Basic Qualifications for details)
  • Time-in-grade requirements must be met by the close of this announcement
  • Federal payments are required to be made by direct deposit.


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(The duties described reflect the full performance level of this position)

Provides analysis and advice on financial matters to program officials, managers, and resource administrators. Performs duties associated with the management, control, and usage of financial resources or funds. Supplies financial reports to operating program officials for informational and planning purposes. Plans and conducts studies to determine the requirement for updated financial information. Computes and forecasts effects of changes in administered programs.

Provides analysis and advice in the design, adaptation, or installation of automated accounting systems. Analyzes current and/or required accounting systems to design new or improved systems.

Evaluates accounting systems to determine the need for revisions or new automated and/or manual systems for DOJ OJP Programs. Ensures the resulting accounting system meets the needs of the user(s). Advises and provides technical consultation and guidance to DOJ OJP program personnel. Provides advice on matters related to program development, subsystem design, and new developments and techniques.

Supervises a group of employees performing work at the GS-14 level. Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.
Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised. Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.


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A. Applicants must show successful completion of a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher 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/36 quarter hours in accounting. The 24 semester/36 quarter hours may include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing". Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor".)


B. Combination of education and experience--at least four (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:
--Twenty-four semester/36 quarter hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 semester/9 quarter hours of business law;
--A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or
--Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester/22 quarter hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour/36-quarter-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 four-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester/36 quarter hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.


In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have had one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-14.

Specialized experience is experience which is in or related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the specific knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience included providing advice and making recommendationf for financial management planning and effective decision-making, serving as an authority on the relationship of accounts presented in the US Standard General Ledger (USSGL) and ensuring timely preparation and submission of all required financial reports.

Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website:

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.

You are eligible to apply under merit promotion procedures as a status candidate if you meet one of the following criteria:
- Current Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
- Former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service.
- Career or career-conditional employees in the excepted service that is under an OPM approved Interchange Agreement.
- Displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).
- Veterans who have Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibility. (You are eligible for this appointing authority if you are a veteran who substantially completed 3 or more years of active service AND you have been separated under honorable conditions OR a preference eligible as defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108 (3)). Additional information on VEOA eligibility and veterans' preference eligibility is available in the Vet Guide that can be found at
- Individuals with disabilities - For more information and proof required see
- Returning Peace Corp Volunteer, etc. (with appropriate documentation)

Click here to see the full Qualifications Statement.

See Basic Qualifications.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


You will be considered under all categories for which you are eligible.
CATEGORY RATING: Under DOJ/OJP procedures, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Names of all candidates in the best qualified category will be sent to the hiring official for consideration. Although veteran preference points are not assigned under the category rating procedures described above, veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-veterans within each category for which they are qualified. In addition, qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 10% or more are placed at the top of the highest qualify category (i.e., Best Qualified), except for scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.
STATUS/MERIT PROMOTION: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration. As a current or former federal employee, you must meet time-in-grade and all qualification requirements for consideration upon the closing date of this announcement.
Regardless of the method in which you are evaluated, your application, resume, and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on the announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume and application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.
Your on-line application includes your: 1. Resume and/or work history profile, 2. Responses to the online questions, 3. Required supporting documents, 4. Cover letter (optional). Note: If a cover letter is submitted, it may be used to assess your qualifications.
We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants: 1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible. 2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated against your responses to the occupational Questionnaire. You may also be further evaluated using additional assessment processes. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A human resources representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Your resume will be among the factors used in setting your pay, should you be made an offer of employment. Please ensure that it fully describes your experience as it relates to the position for which you are applying. 3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.


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You can review our benefits at:

To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at
OJP has partnered with the Vida Fitness Center for your physical fitness needs. OJP also offers on-site fitness centers at various DOJ locations within the downtown areas. OJP offers credit union services & an ATM machine is located on-site. We also have a health unit & an on-site nurse for your use & convenience.
Up to $125 per months in tax free transit benefits are offered by the Employee Transit Benefit Program.
The Federal Workforce Flexibility Acts allows newly hired employees to be granted credit for previous military or private sector experience directly related to the position for which hired. This non-Federal experience may be counted as service time for annual leave accrual purposes upon appointment.

This position is eligible to telework.


This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies that may occur within 90 days of the closing date.

This position is excluded from the bargaining unit

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the representative listed under Agency Contact Information. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

OJP offers opportunities for flexible work schedules.

A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of Justice. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the DOJ security office.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

Must complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.

Position may be subject to a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period for supervisory positions as applicable (unless already completed).

Appointment to the position is subject to a 1-year probationary period is required (unless already completed).

Selectees may be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.


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Applications for this position are being processed through an on-line applicant assessment system that has been specifically configured for Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs applicants. Even if you have already developed a resume in USAJOBS, you will need to access this on-line system to complete the application process. To obtain information about this position and TO APPLY, please click on

If you are unable to apply online, you may contact the employing office for alternate application procedures. Please email the Avue Help Desk at:



You must attach copy of your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), showing 'Tenure' and 'Position Occupied' (if applying under Merit Promotion/Status Announcements) and a copy of your most recent Performance Appraisal (dated within the last 18 months or a separate statement explaining why you are unable to submit your appraisal.

ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION should be submitted with your Avue application. If you have difficulty with the application or require assistance attaching documentation, please contact Avue through the 'Live Chat' or by eMail to:


Avue Help Desk
Agency Information:
Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Washington, Dist of Columbia


Once your completed application is certified and received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

Recruitment methods and selection procedures will be based solely on merit after fair and open competition, and will be made without regard to political, religious, or labor organization affiliation or non-affiliation, marital status, race, color, sex, national origin, non-disqualifying disability, sexual orientation, or age.

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