Systems Accountant

Employment Type

: Full-Time

Industry

: Accounting



Summary

THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: Please refer to the Additional Information section for more information.

These positions are located in the USDA Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Financial Management Services.

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Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities listed are at the full performance level.
  • Performs reconciliation to determine the order of execution of the feeder systems, the accuracy of accounting transactions, and the reliability of reports.
  • Traces specific accounting entries and/or transactions through the automated accounting and/or payroll/personnel systems to ensure quality control and system integrity is maintained.
  • Participates with management and agency officials in discussions concerning the implementation and/or revisions of accounting, financial, and/or payroll/personnel reporting systems.
  • Provides technical guidance and training to lower-graded employees.
  • Maintains liaison with agency officials to make the reporting and data more meaningful and to expand the scope of its usefulness.
  • Determines and presents scheduling of feeder systems to update the general ledger.
  • Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required for training and site visits. Travel may include overnight stays up to one week.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have Federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a background investigation (GS-11).
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment as determined by a Public Trust background investigation (GS-12).
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov.
  • Qualifications

    Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate specialized experience requirements. To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. The following link provides more information on the qualifications for these positions: Office of Personnel Management Qualification Standards.

    You must possess the Basic Requirements indicated below, plus additional specialized experience and/or education to be considered eligible for this position. This position has a positive education requirement; therefore, a legible copy of your college transcripts is required to be attached to your application prior to the closing date of the announcement; applicants who fail to submit their transcripts will not be given credit for their education.

    Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.



    Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study 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 (this can include up to 6 hours in business law).
    OR
    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 AND Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
    OR
    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 AND 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 hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement, 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 for a degree; 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.

    GS-11: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level; OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, or Ph.D., or equivalent doctoral degree; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience (equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level) and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.) that together meet the specialized experience requirements.

    Specialized experience for the GS-11 grade level is defined as experience applying conventional accounting principles and procedures in the review and analysis of accounting systems and a wide range of accounting functions, including performing reconciliation of day-to-day accounts and making adjustments. Participating in developing procedures and/or user requirements for revisions to existing systems. Analyzing trends or anomalies in accounting system transactions and recommending solutions to resolve issues.

    GS-12: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.

    Specialized experience for the GS-12 grade level is defined as experience participating in the implementation or modification of accounting and/or payroll/personnel systems and procedures, including providing technical guidance and training; performing reconciliations to determine the accuracy of accounting transactions and the reliability of reports; conducting evaluations of accounting and/or payroll/personnel systems and tracing specific accounting entries and/or transactions through the automated accounting and/or payroll/personnel systems to ensure quality control and system integrity is maintained.

    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    See above for education requirements.

    Additional information

    THIS IS AN OPEN CONTINUOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: This type of announcement provides the Office of the Chief Financial Officer with a readily available source of applicants when vacancies occur. Eligibility and qualifications will be verified when there is a vacancy for the location and grade for which you applied.


    Applications received by 11:59 PM EST on March 6, 2020 will be included in the next eligibility and qualification review cut-off.
    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.
    Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

    Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period.

    If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

    Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to UBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 Read more

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the competencies listed below:

  • Accounting
  • Oral Communication
  • Technical Competence
  • Writing


  • Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. If you meet the qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified, you will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities must meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.

    To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10695857 Read more

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness, Credentialing

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Current Federal employees:
  • Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade held (or promotion potential) on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND
  • Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. A performance plan is not an acceptable substitute
  • Current permanent FSA County employees must submit your most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.
  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA: DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, that shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.
  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: Copies of Notification of Personnel Action(s) (SF-50) showing the employee served in eligible appointment(s) for a period(s) of more than 24 mos w/o a break between appointments of two+ years. Include initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and separation SF-50s for each period. Submit performance rating(s) showing acceptable performance for each period counted towards eligibility signed by supervisor(s). If documentation does not exist for one or more periods, submit a statement from supervisor(s) indicating acceptable performance. Applicants who do not have performance documentation for any period shall provide a reason why the documentation is not available and statement that performance for all periods was at an acceptable level.
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 33
  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    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. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


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