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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
USDA, Food and Nutrition Service
Position Title:
Open Period:
04/11/2012 - 05/01/2012
GS - 0510 09/11
$56172.00 - $88349.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 2 in San Francisco, CA, US
For More Info:
Applicant Call Center


Who May Apply:
U.S. citizens who meet any of the categories shown under the heading "Who May Apply" at the end of the Job Summary section below.
Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
The mission of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is to increase food security and reduce hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people with access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.
FNS provides excellent opportunities for specialized training through its own facilities and outside resources. Career guidance and on- and off-the-job training programs are tailored to an individual employee's needs. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to food program activities that seek to strengthen America, there is a challenging and rewarding career waiting for you with FNS!

Key Information:

  • Relocation and Recruitment incentives may be available.

  • FNS offers alternative and flexible work schedules.

  • Click "Print Preview" to review the entire announcement before applying.

Who May Apply:

  1. Current Federal employees on career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service, or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility;

  2. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles;

  3. Individuals eligible under special hiring authorities (e.g., individual with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, Certain Military Spouses), etc.

  4. USDA employees currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA); OR

  5. Individuals eligible for appointment under the Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

Individuals who do not meet the above may apply under 12-FNS-138P, open to the Public.
Supervisory Position:
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The Western Regional Office (WRO) is hiring an Accountant for its Financial Management (FM) staff. FM oversees and manages the administration of more than $5 billion of appropriated Federal funds to operate the USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Child Nutrition Programs, Women Infant and Children Program, The Emergency Feeding Assistance Program, and The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations) in the eight Western states, including parts of the Pacific Basin and 35 Indian Tribal Organizations (ITO). 

Some of the Accountant's duties include:

  • Making presentations to help state and local program operators understand Federal regulations and policies

  • Working with automated financial and program data systems, and solving problems

  • Developing and maintaining spreadsheets and reports of funding projections

  • Evaluating, researching, investigating, and analyzing financial data

  • Reviewing audit reports and following up to close audit findings

  • Identifying problems and recommending solutions

  • Preparing written correspondence

  • Providing management briefings (both oral and written)

  • Working with a variety of people, both internal and external to WRO

We are looking for a creative and analytical problem-solver with good written and oral communication skills. Travel may be required up to 30 percent of the time. The accountant hired must be a good team player, who can negotiate and compromise, as well as an independent self-starter, who can recognize a need and take the initiative to address it.

Join us!

Qualifications and Evaluations




  1. Resume,

  2. Responses to the online questions, and

  3. Required supporting documents.

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 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.
Basic Requirements:
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: 

Specialized Experience:
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.

Benefits and Other Info

Our comprehensive benefits are some of the most generous. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at:
Other Information:

  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

  • Relocation and Recruitment incentives may be available.

  • This is a bargaining unit designated position.

  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.  

  • 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. However, promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed.

  • Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual: Newly-appointed employees or employees reappointed after a break in service may be eligible to receive credit toward annual leave accrual based on prior work experience. FNS may grant service credit for prior non-Federal work experience or active duty uniformed service that is directly related to the position being filled. Creditable service must be determined prior to the effective date of the employee's entry on duty. For more information, contact the Human Resources Specialist listed under "Contact Information."

  • To file a complaint of discrimination, within 45 days of notification, write USDA, EEO Counselor, FNS, Office of Civil Rights, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22302-1500, or call (703) 305-2195. USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

  • FNS has contracted with the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt (BPD) to provide certain Human Resource services to its organization. BPD's responsibilities include advertising FNS' vacancies, accepting and handling applications, and extending job offers.  

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:

  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.

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

  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  

  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

  • Travel locally and/or overnight approximately 25% of the time.

  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.  

  • Successfully complete a background investigation.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. FNS provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us if you require this for any part of the application and hiring process.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a Resume with USAJOBS ( We recommend you go to the end of the Qualifications & Evaluations section of the job announcement to preview the online questions that you will answer. You may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. See Resume Tips.

Step 2 - Apply Online Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 3 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS, 2) upload from your computer, or 3) fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

Required Documents:

Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

SF-50 (Current and Former Federal Employees)

  • Submit a copy of an SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows your current grade and competitive civil service status. If your current grade is not your highest permanent grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing your highest grade. (The "position occupied" block on the SF-50 should show a "1" and your "tenure" block should show a "1" or "2".)

  • If you are currently on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA), submit a copy of an SF-50 showing that.

  • Performance Appraisal
    Submit a copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP), you must submit proof of eligibility. For a detailed list of documents, click here.

    Special Hiring Authorities Documentation
    If you are applying under a special hiring authority, submit a copy of proof of your eligibility.

    Veterans' Documentation
    If you are applying through VEOA, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

    Education Documentation

    Submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.  To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at:

    What to Expect Next:
    You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.