We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
- Responses to the online questions, and
- Required supporting documents.
1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible.
2. Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
- Knowledge of accounting and financial business management principles in order to accurately collect and compile financial data and technical program information.
- Ability to analyze financial data and information in order to draw meaningful conclusions and support recommendations.
- Ability to communicate orally in order to provide policy and procedural guidance for personnel and officials inside and outside the Agency.
- Ability to communicate in writing to develop procedural guidance and issue papers on complex accounting issues for personnel and officials inside and outside the Agency.
Your application will be rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the duties of this position. We may lower your rating if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.
3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview. If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
Although all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement (see "How to Apply"), applicants have until 30 days after the closing date to meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements listed below.
For the GS-09 level: Candidates must have been a GS-07 for 52 weeks (when applicable).
For the GS-11 level: Candidates must have been a GS-09 for 52 weeks (when applicable).
Time After Competitive Appointment:
Candidates who are current Federal employees serving on a non-temporary competitive appointment must have served at least three months in that appointment.
A. Degree: Four year degree in accounting; or a four year 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 non conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
Minimum Qualification Requirement:
For GS-09 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes organizing financial data and performing a variety of financial management, accounting and/or auditing functions.
For GS-11 level: You must have one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes performing a variety of financial management, accounting and/or auditing functions, including drafting portions of evaluative reports and/or preparing work papers and reconciling financial expenditures.
You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows:
For the GS-09 level:2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate leading to such a degree and education is related to the position being filled (attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit).
For the GS-11 level:Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree and education is related to the position being filled (attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit).
Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credentialing agency. You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.