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Grade: 11

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For the GS-11, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes:
- Reconciling transactional data (subsidiary ledger) to the general ledger (summary); AND
- Applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to accounting processes; AND
- Working with automated accounting systems; AND
- Analyzing accounting data and communicating to various stakeholders.
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3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
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You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. 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.
1 Select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education. Answer to this question is required
  • I have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service reconciling transactional data (subsidiary ledger) to the general ledger (summary); applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) to accounting processes; working with automated accounting systems; and analyzing accounting data and communicating to various stakeholders.
    1.1 Please specify where the above experience is documented in your resume by indicating place of employment, job title, and length of time performing the duties. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR I have a Ph.D. or equivalent, doctoral degree. Qualifying education must be in a field related to this position.
  • I have a combination of the education and experience listed above (1 and 2) in which my percentage of specialized experience and education totals to 100%. (For example: the completion of 50% requirements for Ph.D. and 6 months of specialized experience.)
  • I do not meet the specialized experience as described in the previous question and do not meet the qualifying education as listed in the selections above.
2 From the list below, select all of the choices with which you have working experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Accounting
  • Budgeting
  • Performance tracking
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial management
  • None of the above

Grade: 12

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For the GS-12, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: - Researching and reconciling transactional data (subsidiary ledger) to the general ledger (summary); - Preparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports. (i.e. SF224, Intergovernmental Reports, General Ledger, cash reconciliations, and funds control); - Assisting with the development or implementation of an automated accounting system, solution or tool; AND - Performing research or drafting of financial management/accounting policies or procedures.
1 Do you have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service researching and reconciling transactional data (subsidiary ledger) to the general ledger (summary)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service preparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports. (i.e. SF224, Intergovernmental Reports, General Ledger, cash reconciliations, and funds control)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Do you have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service assisting with the development or implementation of an automated accounting system, solution or tool? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Do you have one (1) year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service performing research and/or drafting financial management/accounting policies or procedures? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following functions do you have experience performing as a regular part of your employment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have validated the accuracy of accounting system data.
  • I have interpreted financial statements in order to determine problems or trends.
  • I have prepared special management reports on the oversight of funds within the organization.
  • I have recommended to management improvements to financial controls or solutions to problems detected through analysis of accounting system activity.
  • None of the above.
6 Which of the following analytical assignments do you have experience performing? Answer to this question is required
  • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating financial data
  • Researching new or improved management practices for possible application to financial programs and operations.
  • Conducting special financial management studies for efficiency and productivity.
  • Performing trend analyses involving financial management data to identify deviations from standards.
  • As a result of studies or analyses, making recommendations on improvements to work methods and procedures.
  • I have not performed any of the above activities.
7 From the list below, select all of the choices with which you have working experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Accounting
  • Budgeting
  • Performance tracking
  • Financial reporting
  • Financial management
  • None of the above
8 Which of the answer(s) below indicate(s) your experience gathering and evaluating information and data? Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied analytical and evaluating methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues.
  • I have tracked and monitored completion of assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and document any trends
  • I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks
9 Select the answer(s) that describe your experience identifying and analyzing problems; making logical decisions; and providing solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified and analyzed problems, distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • I have developed policies, regulations, procedures, and plans for meeting goals and objectives.
  • I have independently interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve problems and issues.
  • None of the above

Grade: 13

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For the GS-13, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes: - Applying General Ledger chart of accounts to accounting transactions; - Preparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports. (i.e. SF224, Intergovernmental Reports, General Ledger, cash reconciliations, and funds control) ; - Performing research and/or drafting financial management/accounting policies or procedures; AND - Leading a team and/or project involving financial and accounting information.
1 Do you have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service applying General Ledger chart of accounts to accounting transactions? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service preparing, analyzing and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports. (i.e. SF224, Intergovernmental Reports, General Ledger, cash reconciliations, and funds control)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Do you have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing research and/or drafting financial management/accounting policies or procedures? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Do you have one (1) year experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service leading a team and/or project involving financial and accounting information? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following functions do you have experience performing as a regular part of your employment? Answer to this question is required
  • I have validated the accuracy of accounting system data.
  • I have interpreted financial statements in order to determine problems or trends.
  • I have prepared special management reports on the oversight of funds within the organization.
  • I have recommended to management improvements to financial controls or solutions to problems detected through analysis of accounting system activity.
  • None of the above.
6 Which of the following analytical assignments do you have experience performing? Answer to this question is required
  • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating financial data
  • Researching new or improved management practices for possible application to financial programs and operations.
  • Conducting special financial management studies for efficiency and productivity.
  • Performing trend analyses involving financial management data to identify deviations from standards.
  • As a result of studies or analyses, making recommendations on improvements to work methods and procedures.
  • I have not performed any of the above activities.
7 Which of the following tasks related to the use of accounting and financial principles do you have experience performing as part of your current or past positions? Answer to this question is required
  • Established accounting and financial procedures for a new activity.
  • Evaluated historical financial and accounting data and made informed recommendations to management.
  • Audited financial records for the purpose of verifying data accuracy.
  • None of the above.
8 Which of the answer(s) below indicate(s) your experience gathering and evaluating information and data? Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied analytical and evaluating methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues.
  • I have tracked and monitored completion of assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and document any trends
  • I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks
9 Select the answer(s) that describe your experience identifying and analyzing problems; making logical decisions; and providing solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified and analyzed problems, distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions.
  • I have developed policies, regulations, procedures, and plans for meeting goals and objectives.
  • I have independently interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve problems and issues.
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following describes your highest level of experience analyzing new, complicated, extensive, and/or ambiguous accounting problems and devising the appropriate resolutions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have researched and resolved fiscal accounting problems in an automated or manual environment by interpreting and adapting established accounting standards and guidelines.
  • I have resolved fiscal accounting problems in an automated or manual environment by interpreting and adapting established accounting standards and guidelines, and recommending solutions based on independent research.
  • I have participated with others in projects involving researching and resolving accounting problems in an automated or manual accounting environment.
  • None of the above.
11 Choose the one answer that best describes your experience in providing technical information in writing to individuals within your immediate organization. Answer to this question is required
  • Preparing and writing technical correspondence, reports and other documents for others within the immediate work area and for higher levels of management.
  • Writing any technical information to individuals in the immediate work area such as peers.
  • Writing any technical correspondence, reports, procedures, or policy documents.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 Are you currently serving or have you served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
2 As outlined in the vacancy announcement, you must submit a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not submitted an appraisal meeting these specific requirements, you must explain why you are unable to do so. By answering "No" to the following question, you will be given an opportunity to provide an explanation. Have you submitted a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 Please explain why you are unable to provide a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. Maximum length of 250 characters.
Individual Occupational Requirements A. Degree: 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. 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.") OR 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 nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
3 Select the one statement from the list below that best describes your level of education. There must be sufficient documentation in your resume to support your response (e.g., copies of transcripts). Answer to this question is required
  • I have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree 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. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.
  • I have 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 included 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. May include up to 6 hours credit in business law.
  • I have 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 includes a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, which was obtained through a written examination.
  • I have at least 4 years of experience in auditing/accounting, or a combination of experience/education, and training including completion of the requirements for a degree that include course work in accounting/auditing (15 semester hours), but does not fully satisfy the 24 semester hours requirement in option A, provided that (a) you have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting/auditing, or related field (valuation engineering or financial institution examining); (b) a panel of at least 2 higher level professional accountants/auditors has determined that you have demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals the level of advancement which is normally associated with completion of the 4-year course of study described in option 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.
  • I do not meet any of the above education or combination of education and experience statements.
4 Select all of the following with which you have direct work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Prepare internal and external accounting reports
  • Oversee and lead in the preparation of internal and external accounting reports
  • Test and document system changes
  • Analyze systems errors
  • Perform analysis and helps in the design of new computer-based accounting systems and modifications
  • Identify problem areas and inconsistencies in existing accounting systems, accounting methods, and financial management policies and procedures
  • Prepare and input accounting data into the financial system and validates the resultant output/outcomes
  • Analyze systems using charts, narrative descriptions of the functions performed, and similar documentation
  • Develop reports on the status of projects and tasks
  • Analyze financial statements
  • Document systems procedures
  • None of the above
5 Choose the answers that best describe your knowledge and experience analyzing, testing, interpreting, accessing and updating accounting information in an automated accounting system. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying financial system problems through analysis and recommending corrective action.
  • Applying independent judgment to determine if systems conform to, and are consistent with, accounting principles.
  • Utilizing automated tools, separate from an accounting system, to perform analysis.
  • Recommending corrective action when system weaknesses are discovered.
  • Researching accounting system problems and recommending solutions to correct the problems.
  • Recommending corrective action when problems with data are discovered.
  • Utilizing various tools to conduct analysis of financial information.
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following reflect the area(s) you have experience providing advice and guidance? Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided advice and guidance on general accounting.
  • I have provided advice and guidance on basic government accounting and operations.
  • I have provided advice and guidance on planning, budgeting, and accountability/business practices.
  • I have provided advice and guidance on general management.
  • None of the above.
7 From the following list, select those activities that represent your experience solving problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have resolved problems under close supervision.
  • I have resolved problems independently.
  • I have worked closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  • I have combined pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.
  • I have facilitated the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed in order to meet objectives.
  • I have prepared analytical documents such as decision memos that identified policy or process issues and offered multiple options for resolution.
  • I have applied general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • I have reviewed and recommended improvements in program policies, procedures, legislation, or other multi-faceted documents.
  • I have served on teams assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to previously identified issues and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  • None of the above.
8 Choose the answer(s) that describe(s) your experience analyzing and interpreting financial data Answer to this question is required
  • Documenting and explaining comparative analysis of general ledger balances.
  • Determining appropriate reports to analyze and resolve account discrepancies.
  • Working with proprietary and budgetary accounting in the Federal government.
  • Performing analysis to determine abnormal trends.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, maintaining, and reconciling subsidiary and general ledgers.
  • Performing analysis and special reviews to ensure integrity of accounting systems.
  • Working in an automated accounting system performing financial management activities.
  • None of the above.
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Which of the following best describes your experience resolving problems?

Answer to this question is required
  • I creatively find innovative ways to resolve problems within the scope of existing constraints.
  • I review policies and procedures, but deviate from them to create better options to resolve problems.
  • I find ways to resolve problems regardless of policy and procedures.
  • I vary from policy and procedures occasionally.
  • I follow policies and procedures to deliver results.
  • None of the above.
10 Which of the following type(s) of document(s) do you have experience writing? Answer to this question is required
  • Financial summary reports
  • External correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Policy guidance
  • Decision memos
  • Research papers
  • None of the above