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Grade: 07

1 Basic Requirement: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in accounting.
  • I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration, which included at least 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.)
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  • I possess a combination of accounting experience, college level education and professional level training in accounting that totals 4 years in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described.
Criteria Descriptions: Criteria #1: I have completed 24 semester hours of college-level accounting or auditing courses, which included up to 6 semester hours of business law. Criteria #2: I have been certified through written examination as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor. Criteria #3: I have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial coursework in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but less than the 24 semester hours required and have successful work experience in accounting, auditing, or a related field such as valuation engineering or financial institution examining that together demonstrate (1) a good knowledge of accounting and underlying fields and (2) a level of experience equivalent to the full performance level of the job being filled.
2 GS-7 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have successfully completed at least one full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) in a field of study directly related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education that together meet the requirements for this position.
  • Superior Academic Achievement - I meet one of the requirements listed in the superior academic achievement description below.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described.
Superior Academic Achievement Description:
I have successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and I meet one of the following:
  1. In the upper 1/3 of my graduating class; OR
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  3. A GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  4. Member of a national scholastic honor society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Grade: 09

1 Basic Requirement: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in accounting.
  • I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration, which included at least 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.)
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  • I possess a combination of accounting experience, college level education and professional level training in accounting that totals 4 years in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described.
Criteria Descriptions: Criteria #1: I have completed 24 semester hours of college-level accounting or auditing courses, which included up to 6 semester hours of business law. Criteria #2: I have been certified through written examination as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor. Criteria #3: I have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial coursework in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but less than the 24 semester hours required and have successful work experience in accounting, auditing, or a related field such as valuation engineering or financial institution examining that together demonstrate (1) a good knowledge of accounting and underlying fields and (2) a level of experience equivalent to the full performance level of the job being filled.
2 GS-9 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service described in the vacancy announcement.
  • I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first year of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described.

Grade: All Grades

1 Which statement reflects your highest level of experience solving accounting problems? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience solving accounting problems in a professional setting.
  • I have experience or training in accounting problem solving, but have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  • I have experience solving accounting problems that required developing cooperation, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  • I have experience solving accounting problems that required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, and interacting with individuals constructively.
  • I have experience solving accounting problems that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse individuals, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.
2 Which statements describe your experience with financial reviews? Answer to this question is required
  • Validate, monitor, control, and maintain accounting transactions and records.
  • Work closely with team members to acquire information necessary to complete financial review.
  • Examine documents to determine if transactions are properly supported in accordance with pertinent laws, policies, and practices.
  • Interpret and apply accounting and auditing principles.
  • Prepare working papers and verify reports against source accounts and records.
  • Perform or verify reconciliations of subsidiary records to the general ledger.
  • None of the above.
3 I have performed the following accounting-related tasks: Answer to this question is required
  • Prepared monthly reports and financial statements and interpreted accounting data.
  • Evaluated sources documents, identified discrepancies and their sources, and recommended corrective action.
  • Supported processing of a variety of accounting transactions and compilation and analysis of financial reports.
  • Prepared accounting entries for input into an accounting system.
  • Assisted in the preparation of monthly financial statements and/reports by providing accounting and financial data.
  • None of the above.
4 Choose the one answer which best describes your experience in preparing financial statements and the accompanying footnotes. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task.
  • I have performed this task with close supervision.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task or trained others to perform this task.
5 Which accounting activities have you performed as a principle work responsibility in the course of your career? Answer to this question is required
  • Determined cost and expenses
  • Analyzed cash management processes
  • Managed the collection of funds
  • Reported financial activities
  • Managed cost and expenses
  • Ensured compliance with appropriate internal controls
  • Ensured internal control over the transmission of financial data
  • Ensured internal control over the disbursement of funds
  • Managed investment of excess operating cash
  • Obtained and managed banking services
  • Drafted and maintained accounting policies and procedures
  • None of the above
6 I have performed the following accounting duties: Answer to this question is required
  • Maintained general ledgers and journals.
  • Overseen entry of data into ledgers and journals by others.
  • Prepared specialized financial data, reports, and statements.
  • Analyzed and interpreted accounting data.
  • Led a work group or discussions relative to financial data accuracy and reporting.
  • None of the above.
7 Choose the statements that best describes your experience operating and maintaining automated accounting systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience operating and maintaining the Oracle Financials or other accounting systems of similar complexity.
  • Experience creating ad hoc reports using an automated system.
  • Experience converting data from one automated accounting system to another.
  • Experience exporting or downloading data from accounting systems.
  • Experience reconciling subsidiary systems or ledgers or physical counts to the general ledger in an automated accounting system.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining accurate product costing.
  • None of the above.
8 Which types of computer programs or applications do you use to modify documents on a regular and recurring basis? Answer to this question is required
  • Word processing
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheets
  • Photo editing applications
  • Internet browsers
  • None of the above
9 Choose the answers that describe your experience in written communication. Answer to this question is required
  • Experience developing financial policy and procedures.
  • Experience preparing financial technical operating instructions.
  • Experience writing technical reports, letters, and memorandums.
  • Experience writing non-technical reports, memos and routine office memorandums.
  • Experience writing desk procedures in draft for review.
  • Experience developing automated accounting instructions and procedures for routine transactions.
  • Experience preparing reports and statements that contain timely, accurate, and essential financial management information.
  • Experience preparing test scenarios for new releases and conducting actual testing and documenting results.
  • Experience preparing external financial management reports, statements, supporting schedules, justifications, and related documentation.
  • Experience preparing responses to audit recommendations.
  • None of the above.
10 From the following list of interpersonal activities, identify those that you have routinely performed? Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitated the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed to meet an objective.
  • Interacted effectively in situations where frequent change, delay, or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Provided direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  • Persuaded and/or inspired others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  • Diffused confrontational situations with people who were difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Developed effective, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Worked cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  • None of the above.
11 Which statement reflects your highest level of experience analyzing financial data and preparing explanations of variances? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job but with close review and assistance from either a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • Others regularly consult me for help to perform this task or I have trained others to perform this task.
12 Choose the statements that describe your experience ensuring customer satisfaction. Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted meetings with customers to assess satisfaction and ensure needs are met.
  • I have established or modified office priorities to address customer needs.
  • I have evaluated and modified services and products to improve and ensure quality customer service.
  • I have investigated, researched, and resolved customer issues.
  • I have established metrics or other means of analysis to measure customer service and ensure timely and accurate actions.
  • I have provided customer service that was favorably recognized by a colleague, supervisor or the customer.
  • None of the above.
13 Which analytical activities have you conducted to resolve problems? Answer to this question is required
  • Business process analysis
  • Work flow analysis
  • Process reengineering
  • Information flow analysis
  • Cost benefit analysis
  • Risk analysis
  • Review of management controls or internal controls
  • Security analysis
  • Contingency analysis
  • None of the above
14 Choose the statements that describe your experience conducting complex analyses and making decisions to promote program effectiveness. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in the identification of issues.
  • I have experience in the development of methods and approaches for gathering data.
  • I have experience in the analytical techniques to review data and processes.
  • I have experience in the development of recommendations.
  • I have experience in the implementation and follow through of recommendations.
  • None of the above.
15 Do you have work experience with cash and accounting reconciliation? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Which types of systems and software have you used for accounting and planning activities? Answer to this question is required
  • Central accounting system
  • Human resources system
  • Acquisition system
  • Receivables system
  • Reimbursement system
  • Inventory system
  • Asset management system
  • Automated budget formulation system
  • Payroll system
  • Financial reporting system
  • None of the above
17 I have authored complex financial reports and statements to advise managers on program operations. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
18 I have experience presenting information to the following audiences: Answer to this question is required
  • Senior agency or organization officials
  • Immediate supervisors
  • Colleagues or peers
  • Subordinates
  • Government organizations
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • Civic groups
  • Universities
  • Non Profit Institutions
  • Media outlets
  • None of the above
19 Which courses of action have you taken to resolve financial discrepancies? Answer to this question is required
  • Proof read data
  • Adjusted accounting data
  • Consulted with supervisor
  • Consulted with external customers partners
  • Recommended a change to prevent future problems
  • Identified reasons for discrepancy
  • Developed new strategies for the solution of financial management issues
  • Made recommendations for system improvements involving interface with other management systems modules
  • Created a journal voucher entry
  • None of the above
20 Identify the accounting functions that you perform on a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Assist in planning, coordinating, and conducting reviews of portions of an organization`s or agency`s financial operations.
  • Participate in consolidating findings of financial reviews, identified deficiencies, and monitored the implementation of corrective action.
  • Provided guidance regarding financial management systems, current accounting or financial management techniques, and cost allocation methods.
  • Applied accounting or financial management techniques and methods to resolve financial problems.
  • None of the above.