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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Executive Director/ Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board
Open Period:
10/18/2018 - 11/30/2018


ES - 0510 00
USD $126,148 - USD $189,600
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Washington, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Justin Scott


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
-U.S. citizens

-Current career SES

-Former career SES with reinstatement eligibility

-SES Candidate Development Program (CDP) graduates
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Career SES
About the Agency

The Executive Director of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB or Board) is the chief executive officer of the FASAB. This includes oversight and management of the people, budgets, purchasing, programs, and contracts; managing the research staff supporting Board deliberations; and furthering the development of products aiming to improve the usefulness and effectiveness of federal financial reports. This position answers directly to the Board members.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

The selectee may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses and/or a recruitment incentive.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel



  • Managing the development of accounting standards and principles for the federal government.
  • Overseeing all administration actions related to the Board's operations.
  • Implementing and carrying out the directions of the Board.
  • Leading and developing the Board's senior professional accounting staff and administrative staff.
  • Assuring that all matters related to the Board and its operations are handled effectively and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act.
  • Working with the chair of the Board to ensure efficient and effective Board meetings.
  • Qualifications and Evaluations

    Conditions of Employment:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • A one-year probationary period is required for initial SES appointments.
  • You may be required to undergo a background investigation.
  • You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report.
  • Requirements met by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Complete application package must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date.
  • Education Requirements:

    A. Degree: accounting/auditing; 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/auditing. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.


    B. Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting/auditing, or an equivalent combination of accounting/auditing experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting/auditing knowledge. Your 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; OR

    2. A certificate as a 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.


    • Your application will be screened to determine if you meet the requirements listed in the announcement.

    • A panel appointed by the Administrative Steering Committee will evaluate your executive experience and potential demonstrated in your application.

    • A panel appointed by the Administrative Steering Committee will conduct interviews and make a recommendation to the Board's chairperson.

    • The Board's chairperson will select someone for the position. 


    1. You must be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


    • The PTQs describe the necessary professional and technical knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.  If you're a federal employee, this level of experience is typically gained as a GS-14 or GS-15.

    • You must submit narrative statements to address the professional/technical qualifications (PTQs). Address all PTQs in a document that is 4 pages or less.

    • You should include one or two examples of relevant experience per PTQ. For each example, describe your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions.

    • You should not enter "Refer to Resume" to describe your experiences. Applications directing the reviewer to search within the application or to see the resume are considered incomplete and may not receive further consideration.

    The PTQs you must address are:  

    1. Comprehensive knowledge of and experience with financial accounting and reporting concepts and principles.

    2. Experience effectively communicating technical problems and solutions to audiences such as members of boards, Administration officials, Congressional staff, and citizens.

    3. Experience assembling and leading a diverse team of individuals to solve business or research issues.

    4. Experience contributing to accounting or auditing standards development, such as drafting proposed standards, responding to exposure drafts, serving on task forces, or participating in deliberations.


    • The ECQs were designed to assess executive experience and potential not technical expertise.  They measure whether an individual has the broad executive skills needed to succeed in a variety of SES positions.

    • Your resume must show evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is indicative of senior executive-level management capability and directly related to the ECQs.  Your resume should emphasize your level of responsibility, scope and complexity of programs managed, program accomplishments, policy initiatives undertaken, and the results of your actions.  Do not address the ECQs in separate narrative statements.

    • Refer to OPM’s Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications for background on the ECQs and developing your executive qualifications resume.

    The five ECQs you must address are:

    1. Leading Change:  Describe your experience bringing about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals, establishing an organizational vision, and implementing it in a continuously changing environment.  

    2. Leading People:  Describe your experience leading people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals, providing an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitating cooperation and teamwork, and supporting constructive resolution of conflicts.  

    3. Results Driven:  Describe your experience meeting organizational goals and customer expectations, making decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. 

    4. Business Acumen:  Describe your experience managing human, financial, and information resources strategically. 

    5. Building Coalitions:  Describe your experience building coalitions internally and with other federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
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    Agency Benefits:

    HEALTH BENEFITS INTO RETIREMENT:  Employees who are currently enrolled in and have been continuously covered for at least 5 years under the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program and who are eligible to retire on an immediate annuity, can keep their health benefits coverage.

    ANNUAL LEAVE ACCRUAL RATE:  SES members earn 8 hours of annual leave per pay period.

    Other Information:

    ABOUT FASAB:  The FASAB is an independent entity. The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) provides personnel services to the Board and positions are covered under GAO's performance based compensation system, which is pay banded. 

    CAREER SES APPOINTMENT:  You will be eligible for reinstatement to the SES as a career appointee or eligible for noncompetitive transfer to a career SES appointment in the civil service SES under GAO’s interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

    REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:  GAO provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities.  To request an accommodation, please email

    VETERANS' PREFERENCE:  does not apply to this position.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    How do I apply to this announcement?

    1. Click "Apply" to create a USAJOBS account or log into your existing account.  Follow the prompts to begin the application process.

    2. You will be redirected to the Career Connector website to complete the application process.

    3. Click "Submit" to transmit your complete application package to GAO.

    What is a complete application package?

    The applicable documentation listed in the Required Documents section.  Items not listed in the Required Documents section should not be submitted.

    Can I send my application package documents to the agency point-of-contact via email or mail?

    Your application package must be submitted online through Career Connector.  We are unable to accept mailed or emailed documents.

    When is the application package due?

    It must be received by 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of the announcement.  It is your responsibility to ensure all the documents are received and the information is readable.  Your application may not be considered if it doesn't meet this criterion.  Requests for extensions will not be granted.

    How can I verify if GAO received my application package?

    1. Sign into your USAJOBS account.

    2. If your application package was successfully transmitted, you will see "Received" beside the position title.  Keep in mind, this may take a couple hours because your documents undergo a virus scan.

    3. To view your documents or the complete application package received by GAO, select "Application Status."  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.

    If you have questions about:
    -The vacancy announcement or the position:  The agency contact is listed at the bottom of the announcement.
    -Technical issues with USAJOBS:  Please refer to the USAJOBS Help page.

    Required Documents:

    All applicants must submit:

    1. Resume: your resume should be 5 pages or less.

    2. Online questionnaire: completed in Career Connector.

    3. Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQ) narratives: Upload this document under the "Professional & Technical Quals (PTQs)" category.

    4. Performance Appraisal: You must submit a recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. If you do not include the performance appraisal or a statement indicating why it is unavailable, your application may be considered incomplete, resulting in non-referral.  Upload this document under the "Performance Appraisal" category.

    5. CPA Certification: You are encouraged to include a copy of your CPA certificate in your application package. If selected, you will be required to provide a copy once a tentative offer is made. Upload this document under the "Copy of Professional Certification" category.

    6. Transcripts (if using education to be considered): You are encouraged to include a copy of your transcripts in your application package. If selected, you will be required to provide a copy once a tentative offer is made.  Upload this document under the "Transcript" category.

    I am applying as a current career Senior Executive Service (SES) member. I must submit:

    1. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: please ensure the information below is complete and legible. Upload this document under the "SF-50" category.

      • Block 1 (Name)

      • Block 5-B (Nature of Action) - should mention SES career appointment;

      • Block 16 (Pay Plan);

      • Block 18 (Grade or Level);

      • Block 20 (Total Salary/Award);

      • Block 24 (Tenure); and

      • Block 34 (Position Occupied) - should list "3 - SES General" or "4 - SES Career Reserved"

    I am applying as a former career Senior Executive Service (SES) member that is reinstatement eligible. I am eligible for reinstatement to the SES because (1) I successfully completed the 1-year SES probationary period or am exempt because I was converted to the SES as a career appointee when the SES was first established, and (2) left the SES for reasons other than misconduct, neglect of duty, malfeasance, or less than fully successful performance, or resignation after receipt of a notice proposing or directing removal under any of the aforementioned conditions. I must submit:

    1. SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: please ensure the information below is complete and legible. Upload this document under the "SF-50" category.

      • Block 1 (Name)

      • Block 5-B (Nature of Action) - should mention SES career appointment;

      • Block 16 (Pay Plan);

      • Block 18 (Grade or Level);

      • Block 20 (Total Salary/Award);

      • Block 24 (Tenure); and

      • Block 34 (Position Occupied) - should list "3 - SES General" or "4 - SES Career Reserved"

    I am applying as an SES Candidate Development Program graduate. I must submit:

    1. Certificate of Executive Qualifications: Upload this document under the "Certificate of Executive Qualifications" category.

    Next Steps:

    1. After submitting your application, check your USAJOBS' profile to confirm that your application was received.

    2. We will screen the applications to identify the applicants who met the requirements stated in the announcement.  Please check your USAJOBS' profile to see if you met these requirements.  

    3. If you meet the requirements, a panel appointed by the Administrative Steering Committee will evaluate each applicant's application to identify executive-level experience and determine who moves forward to the Board's chairperson.  Interviews may take place during this step.  

    4. The Board's chairperson will make a selection.  Interviews may take place during this step.  Please check your USAJOBS' profile to see if you were not selected.

    5. We will contact you if selected.  

    6. If you accept, we may conduct a background investigation before making a final job offer. 

    You can track your application as it moves through the recruitment process by:

    1. Signing into your USAJOBS account.

    2. Viewing the application status on your profile dashboard.

    3. Clicking “Additional Application Information” under the job title for more details.