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Grade: 12

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Specialized experience for the GS-12: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent in the private sector that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Specialized experience for this position includes:

- Experience assisting with processing and validating of accounting transactions, such as disbursements, reconciliations and repayments; AND
- Experience maintaining financial reports, records, or general ledgers; AND
- Experience analyzing organization or office budgets.

1 Do you meet the specialized experience as stated in the vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 13

1 Do you meet the specialized experience statement as stated in the vacancy announcement? Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
Specialized experience for the GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent in the private sector that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Specialized experience for this position includes:

- Experience maintaining integrated financial systems; AND
- Experience applying proprietary and budgetary accounting knowledge in order to create financial reports, records, and general ledgers ; AND
- Experience preparing and analyzing organizational or office budgets.
2 Do you meet the specialized experience as stated in the vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Indicate all of the following accounting principles that you have applied as part of your job. (Select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Cash basis
  • Accrual basis
  • Depreciation
  • Amortization
  • Asset valuation 2
  • Estimated liabilities
  • Materiality
  • Full Disclosure
  • Accounting Period
  • None of the above
4 Choose the statement that best describes your ability to respond to internal departmental requests for service/information, explain procedures and follow up on work performed to ensure a high level of operational information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience communicating effectively with others in a business setting that includes: resolving routine operational or procedural problems, following established procedures, and training and advising others on the application of these procedures.
  • I have experience providing a full range of operational information that includes responding to complaints/problems, diagnosing and fixing problems, providing technical information.
  • I have experience communicating effectively with others in a business setting that includes: following established procedures and ensuring quality interdepartmental communication.
  • None of the above .

Grade: All Grades

1 Where did you learn about this Department of the Treasury job opportunity? Answer to this question is required
  • FedExperience website
  • USAJOBS website
  • Career Connector Notification
  • Community Organization
  • Employment Office (Federal/State or Local)
  • Friend/Relative
  • Job Fair, Conference, or Convention
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Public Notice or Service Announcement
  • Radio/TV
  • School, College, Counselor
  • Vacancy Announcement Posting
  • Professional Organization
  • Diversity Organization
  • LinkedIn
  • Other
If your application is incomplete, for example not providing the information or examples as requested or stating please see resume, N/A, etc. OR if a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education, your application will be marked ineligible and receive no further consideration for this announcement.
2 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
    2.1 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
3 Are you currently serving or have you previously served in a Schedule A Appointment with 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 agency approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
Basic Requirements for Accountant 0510 series:

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; OR
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.
4 You must meet the minimum basic educational and/or work experience requirements for professional accounting positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/work experience background for an accounting position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have earned 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 credit semester hours or equivalent in accounting. (May include up to 6 credit hours or equivalent 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 included 24 credit semester hours or equivalent in accounting or auditing courses. (May include up to 6 credit hours or equivalent 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. I also have a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) certificate obtained through a written examination.
  • I have 4 years of experience in accounting, or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, & training & have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial accounting exposure (e.g., 15 credit semester hours or equivalent), plus I have worked at the full performance level in an accounting or auditing position and a panel of at least 2 professional accountants have determined that I possess the required professional accounting knowledge, skills & abilities.
  • I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and work experience under any of the choices above.
5 Select those items that describe work activities you have performed in financial management. (Select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Formulating and preparing budget requests.
  • Originating and/or analyzing financial statements.
  • Reviewing financial and investment transactions for accuracy and completeness.
  • Responding to adhoc inquiries and preparing financial reports for upper management.
  • None of the above.
6 Select all statements that represent your experience in managing a complex financial management and financial reporting program" (Choose all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Developed and disseminated internal control program guidance providing for comprehensive risk assessments and internal control reviews of agency programs and operations.
  • Provided oversight and guidance for an effective, ongoing internal control program.
  • Ensured that all financial/program managers were knowledgeable of and thus able to comply with internal control requirements.
  • Utilized input of financial/program managers to prepare department heads annual internal controls assurance statement.
  • Maintained systemic methodology for ensuring that all audit reports issued were accounted for and tracked to ensure that all appropriate corrective actions were addressed.
  • Performed or supervised the performance of internal control reviews of specific programs or operations and prepared recommendations based on findings.
  • Prepared periodic internal control reports for senior management.
  • None of the above.
7 Choose the response that best reflects your experience working with the General Ledger (GL) and GL account relationships. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experienced at least two full accounting cycles, to include posting year-end pre-close and post-close and beginning of year activities to the general ledger, and have reconciled, proprietary and budgetary accounts.
    7.1 Please list the dates and reference where you gained this experience. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have a working knowledge of the GL and the relationships between proprietary and budgetary accounts.
    7.1 Please list the dates and reference where you gained this experience. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • I have some knowledge of the GL and the relationships between proprietary and budgetary accounts.
  • I have had education or training in the GL and the relationships between proprietary and budgetary accounts but have not yet used it on the job.
  • None of the above.
8 Select all the statements that accurately describe your experience with accounting and financial systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a working knowledge of consolidating/corporate financial systems (e.g. ERP or transactional systems such as Oracle, SAP, or in-house accounting systems etc.).
  • I have supported the preparation of an entity's financial reporting.
  • I have extensive knowledge of Standard General Ledger accounting.
  • I have extensive knowledge of canned reporting and ad-hoc reporting from accounting or financial systems.
  • I have a working knowledge of internal controls and have prepared test plans and tested in support of financial systems.
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following statements best describes your experience with project management? (Select one) Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with project management.
  • I have participated in an analyst/associate role on a project team.
  • I have led projects and/or teams in a coordinator role, with responsibility for tracking progress and contributing to reports.
  • 4. I have led projects and/or teams with responsibility for managing all aspects of the project including tracking milestones, reporting on progress, recommending mitigation plans, and managing the work of others.
10 Please select which stakeholder(s) you have direct work experience communicating project status and potential risks to? Answer to this question is required
  • Management Analysts
  • Financial Managers
  • Project / Program Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Executives
  • Training specialists
  • None of the above
11 Choose the statement(s) that describe the types of experience you have had related to program compliance. Answer to this question is required
  • Develop procedures for reviewing or auditing awardees compliance with program rules.
  • Selecting a representative sampling of transactions in order to test compliance with program rules.
  • Analyze potential conflicts of interest issues.
  • Draft memos recommending that an instance of noncompliance has occurred and the recommended resolution of instances of awardee non-compliance.
  • None of the above.
12 Choose the statement(s) that best describe your communication/briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support office goals. Answer to this question is required
  • Regularly communicate financial summary reports and investment reports.
  • Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  • Brief managers outside the organization on financial reviews.
  • Defend organization position with third parties performing financial oversight.
  • Demonstrate ability to foster cooperation and consensus among groups to accomplish organization goals.
  • Demonstrate ability to build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information achieve results and accomplish goals.
  • None of the above.
13 Please select those responses that best describe your experience interacting with a variety of people to achieve effective solutions. (Select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as spokesperson for an organization.
  • I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  • I have presented, defended, or negotiated specific goals, needs, or problems with senior management.
  • I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  • I have served on panels, committees, or tasks forces with regard to technical or programmatic issues.
  • I am regularly consulted by peers, other agency personnel, and private industry on technical or programmatic issues.
  • None of the above.
14 Select the response that BEST describes your highest level of experience in writing (e.g. drafting program reports, composing documents or correspondence involving technical information, and adapts writing to the audiences level of knowledge). Answer to this question is required
  • Drafted reports and worked with others to draft reports. Edited and reviewed other documentation and portions of reports for technical accuracy, supportability, grammar, and recommendations. Integrated technical writing of others into one report. Written memos and letters pertaining to a report for management staff.
  • Edited and reviewed documentation and portions of reports for technical accuracy, supportability, grammar, and recommendations. Summarized major portions of work, Integrated technical writing of others into one report. Written memos and letters pertaining to a report.
  • Summarized major portions of documents written by other people. Written memos and letters pertaining to an evaluation. Prepared reports that are reviewed by others.
  • None of the above.