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Grade: 09

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Grade: All Grades

All applicants are REQUIRED to submit all undergraduate and graduate college transcripts, including transcripts from transfer schools no later than the date indicated in the announcement. Transcripts may be unofficial at the time of application, but an official transcript is required if a job offer is extended.

1

I am applying for the Recent Graduates Program based on the following statement. Select the one statement that applies.

Answer to this question is required
  • I have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution.
  • I am a veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during a portion of my 2 year eligibility period. My eligibility period is extended to receive the full 2 years of eligibility. I understand that my eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date that all educational requirements were completed.
  • None of the above
2

Do you meet the qualifications for this position as described in the "Requirements" section of the announcement?

Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 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
    3.1 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
Education Requirements:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in accounting or 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
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; AND
(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.
4 Select the statement that describes your level of education and/or experience. There must be sufficient documentation in your application to support your response (e.g., copies of transcripts, list of courses). Answer to this question is required
  • I have a 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 a combination of education and experience with at least four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND Twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law.
  • I have a combination of education and experience with at least four (4) years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent professional accounting knowledge AND Have a certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination.
  • I have 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.
  • I do not meet the education or combination of education and experience statements as described.
Specialized experience for the GS-09, is one year of experience at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, which is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement. Specialized experience is defined as follows:
-Applying accounting principles and policies in order to perform various accounting functions; AND
-Examining loan level accounting invoices from a bank, issuer, servicer, or other entity to ensure request meets funding and account coding requirements; AND
-Reconciling contractor billings to contract award documentation to verify sufficient funding availability.
OR
-2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree;
OR
-You may qualify by a combination of experience and education. Options for qualifying based on a combination will be identified in the online questions.
5 For the GS-09, select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 1 full year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level or equivalent as described above.
  • I have 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree or equivalent graduate degree OR I have a masters or equivalent graduate degree.
  • 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 a masters degree 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.
6 From the following, please select each statement that demonstrates your experience applying accounting theories, concepts, principles, and practices in the maintenance of an organization’s financial records? Answer to this question is required
  • Assisting in the preparation of financial statements and accounting reconciliation entries in an automated accounting environment
  • Assisting in the development of accounting policies and procedures
  • Application of General Ledger accounts and treatments
  • Research and analysis of accounting issues
  • Preparation of accounting data for entry in an automated accounting system
  • I do not have experience applying accounting theories, concepts, principles, and practices in the maintenance of an organizationā€˜s financial records
7 Which of the following accounting policies and standards do you have experience working with? Check all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Budgetary and proprietary accounting
  • Credit Reform Act
  • Treasury Financial Manual
  • OMB Circular A-123
  • Financial Statement Preparation
  • Anti-deficiency Act
  • Law Treasury Report on Receivables
  • U.S. Government Standard General Ledger
  • Credit Reform Accounting
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles
  • The Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) Pronouncements
  • None of the above
8 Please indicate all of the accounting activities with which you have experience. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Financial reporting
  • General Ledger
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Accruals
  • Assets and liabilities
  • Financial Auditing
  • Reimbursements
  • Budgeting
  • Systems Accounting
  • None of the above
9 Please select the answer(s) that best describe your experience(s) analyzing and interpreting financial data. Answer to this question is required
  • Determining appropriate reports to analyze and resolve account discrepancies
  • Performing analysis to determine abnormal trends
  • Reviewing, analyzing, maintaining, and reconciling subsidiary and general ledgers
  • Working in an automated accounting system performing financial management activities
  • None of the above
10 Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience drawing conclusions based on an analysis of information? Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems under close supervision
  • I have assisted others in identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • I have participated on a team that was responsible for identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • I have independently identified the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • I have led others charged with identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • I have no experience identifying the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
11 Please select all of the following that apply to your experience with financial system integration/conversions. Answer to this question is required
  • Provided summary level financial information for module entry
  • Determine open balances for module conversion
  • Processed converted balance information into successor system
  • Documented system requirements for use in new system configuration
  • Assisted with system integration or user acceptance testing
  • None of the above
12 Please select the answers that best describe your experience analyzing, testing, interpreting and updating accounting information in an automated accounting system. 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
13 Please select the answers below that describe your experiences communicating in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted in the preparation of budget or financial reports
  • I have assisted in the development of operating instructions or formal instructions or directives
  • I have prepared analytical summaries or justifications, and reports
  • I have answered congressional correspondence
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks
14  Please select the type(s) of written products you have created. Answer to this question is required
  • Issue/position papers or summary reports that included analysis and recommendations
  • Operating procedures and guidance
  • Recommendations for solutions to reporting problems
  • Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources
  • None of the above
15 Select the oral communication activities you have experience performing as part of your job duties. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Represented a work group or organization at meetings
  • Responded to telephone requests from colleagues, managers, or clients both inside and outside of the organization
  • Acted as primary liaison with other organizations
  • Answered public inquires
  • None of the above