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Grade: 07
* 1.1. 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 auditing position. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit). (MC)
  1. 1. 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).
  2. 2. 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).
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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; & a panel of at least 2 professional accountants have determined that I possess the required professional accounting knowledge, skills & abilities.
  5. 5. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and work experience as described.


* 2.2. For the GS-7 specialized experience includes fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-05 level, or equivalent, that includes professional knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, and methods sufficient to work using conventional procedures and practices that apply to most situations, such as: - Assisting in the routine maintenance of automated accounting systems. - Researching technical directives and policies as well as accounting and other fiscal issues. - Assisting in reconciling a variety of general ledger accounts. - Using an automated system to find, review, or change accounting data in transaction files, ledgers, accounts, summary reports, and financial statements. OR EDUCATION: One year of graduate education or superior academic achievement. Select the answer that best describes your specialized experience and/or education. (MC)
  1. 1. I have 52 weeks or more of specialized experience in responsibility and scope to the GS-05 level, or equivalent as described.
  2. 2. I have 1 full year of position-related graduate level education or superior academic achievement
  3. 3. I have a combination of the above-described experience and qualifying education for the position.
  4. 4. I do not meet any of the stated requirements


Grade: 09
* 1.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 auditing position. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit).
  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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; & a panel of at least 2 professional accountants have determined that I possess the required professional accounting knowledge, skills & abilities.
  5. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and work experience as described.


* 2.3. Specialized experience includes (52) weeks of experience at the GS-07 level that includes: Identifying accounting problems such as inadequate maintenance of fund controls,inaccurate records,reports improper methods for document control,lack of documentary evidence to support performance of regulatory reconciliations. Compiling centrally requested cost reports, reports of variance from standards. Developing reports comparing actual results to plans and budgets. Conducting special cost analysis of various operations to determine if proposals for revised methods or new equipment would affect savings.Performing statistical analyses of agency productivity trends. Participating with other accountants in developing cost estimates for in-house projects and contractor proposals. OR Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters or equivalent graduate degree. Select the answer that best describes your specialized experience and/or education. (MC)
  1. 1. I have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level as described above.
  2. 2. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or JD in a related field.
  3. 3. I have a combination of the education and specialized experience described that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.
  4. 4. I have none of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.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 auditing position. (Attach a copy of transcript(s) or a list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned to ensure proper credit).
  1. 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).
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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; & a panel of at least 2 professional accountants have determined that I possess the required professional accounting knowledge, skills & abilities.
  5. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and work experience as described.


* 2.4. For the GS-11 specialized experience includes fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that includes professional knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, and methods sufficient to: - operate or inspect accounting systems; - prescribe accounting standards, policies, and requirements; - examine, analyze, and interpret accounting data, records, and reports; - conduct special studies or specialized projects and assignments. OR Three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. equivalent doctoral degree. Which of the following best describes your specialized experience/education for this position: (MC)
  1. 1. I have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level as described above
  2. 2. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. in a related field.
  3. 3. I have a combination of the education and specialized experience described that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.
  4. 4. I have none of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.5. I have performed the following accounting functions. Select all that apply. (MAMC)
  1. 1. Overseen entry of data into various ledgers and records
  2. 2. Prepared specialized financial data reports and statements
  3. 3. Interpreted accounting data
  4. 4. None of the above.


* 2.6. I am familiar with the following accounting functions. Select all that apply (MAMC)
  1. 1. Fund accounting
  2. 2. Comprehensive debt management
  3. 3. Disbursements
  4. 4. Preparation and management of financial reports
  5. 5. Audit support
  6. 6. None of the above.


* 3.7. I have performed the following accounting-related duties. Select all that apply: (MAMC)
  1. 1. Prepared reports and statements and interpreted accounting data
  2. 2. Evaluated source documents, identified discrepancies and their sources and recommended corrective action
  3. 3. Supported processing of a variety of accounting transactions and compilation and analysis of financial reports in accordance with public or government accounting principles, regulations, theory, and practices.
  4. 4. Prepared accounting entries for input into an accounting system.
  5. 5. None of the above.


* 4.8. From the list below, select the financial operations and reporting tasks that you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. Select all that apply. (MAMC)
  1. 1. Reviewing and reconciliation of accounts.
  2. 2. Maintaining the accuracy of the general ledger.
  3. 3. Overseen entry of data into various ledgers and records.
  4. 4. Performed more than one of the tasks listed above on an occasional and non-recurring basis.
  5. 5. None of the above.


* 5.9. From the list below, select the financial review and audit tasks that you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. Select all that apply.(MAMC)
  1. 1. Examined documents to determine if transactions were properly supported in
  2. 2. Participated in consolidating findings of financial reviews, identified deficiencies, and monitored the implementations of corrective action steps to improve deficiencies
  3. 3. Assisted in planning, coordinating, and conducting reviews of portions of an agency's financial operations.
  4. 4. Worked closely with team members to acquire information necessary to complete a financial review.
  5. 5. Validated, monitored, controlled and maintained accounting transactions and records.
  6. 6. Interpreted and applied accounting and audit principles to programs.
  7. 7. Prepared working papers and verified reports against source accounts and records.
  8. 8. None of the above.


* 6.10. Choose all of the following for which you have a working knowledge: (MAMC)
  1. 1. Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act
  2. 2. OMB Circulars A-87, A-110, A-133, & A-123
  3. 3. Debt Collection Improvement Act
  4. 4. None of the Above.


* 7.11. Choose the statement that best describes your experience with accounting systems. (MC)
  1. 1. I have updated accounting information and generated reports using an automated accounting system.
  2. 2. I have participated in an accounting system redesign or automation project that required me to identify functional requirements and data elements needed in operational and management information reports of the new system.
  3. 3. I have experience developing or writing requirements for the automation of a major computerized or manual accounting process.
  4. 4. None of the above.


* 8.12. Choose the statements that describe your skills in operating and maintaining automated accounting systems. (MAMC)
  1. 1. Experience creating adhoc reports using an automated system.
  2. 2. Experience converting data from one automated accounting system to another that involved the writing of requirements for the conversion.
  3. 3. Experience exporting/downloading data from accounting systems.
  4. 4. Experience reconciling subsidiary systems/ledgers or physical counts to the general ledger in an automated accounting system.
  5. 5. None of the above.


* 9.13. Choose the statements that best describe your experience with accounting systems. (MC)
  1. 1. I have no experience with an accounting system.
  2. 2. I have experience with a Federal accounting system including retrieving, analyzing and summarizing financial information.
  3. 3. I oversee staff who retrieve, analyze and summarize financial information in order to take action and/or resolve discrepancies in financial accounting systems.
  4. 4. I have experience with a private company accounting system including retrieving, analyzing and summarizing financial information.
  5. 5. I have experience with a variety of accounting systems reconciling financial data, preparing financial statements and preparing financial reports for management`s use.


* 10.14. Select from the list below the statements that represent your experience in utilizing standard software on a regular and recurring basis to complete your daily tasks. Select all that apply. (MAMC)
  1. 1. Access or other flow-charting software.
  2. 2. Powerpoint or other presentation software.
  3. 3. Word or other word processing software.
  4. 4. Excel or other spreadsheet software.
  5. 5. Advanced Microsoft Word user (can build and size tables, incorporate footnotes, headings, and formulas).
  6. 6. Advanced Microsoft Excel user (can build pivot tables and macros, utilize a variety of formulas and format reports).
  7. 7. No experience with any of the above.


* 11.15. Choose the one statement that best describes your skill in querying data from large accounting databases. (MC)
  1. 1. I have extracted data from an accounting system using queries I designed and wrote and exported/imported data between a spreadsheet and an accounting system.
  2. 2. I have extracted data from an accounting system using queries I designed and wrote.
  3. 3. I have extracted data from an accounting system using queries designed and written by others and exported/imported data between a spreadsheet and an accounting system.
  4. 4. I have extracted data from an accounting system using queries designed and written by others.
  5. 5. None of the above.


* 12.16. Choose the one statement that best describes your experience with automated accounting systems. (MC)
  1. 1. Experience in an accounting system redesign or automation project that required me to identify functional requirements and data elements needed in operational and management information reports of the new system.
  2. 2. Experience creating ad-hoc reports using an automated system or developing or writing requirements for the automation of a major computerized or manual accounting process
  3. 3. Experience reconciling subsidiary systems/ledgers or physical counts to the general ledger in an automated accounting system.
  4. 4. Experience updating accounting information and generated reports using an automated accounting system.
  5. 5. None of the above.


* 13.17. Choose the one answer that best describes your experience in presenting technical information orally to various audiences. (MC)
  1. 1. Experience making oral presentations of facts and technical data to individuals at different levels within and outside the organization for the purpose of briefings in an attempt to persuade others to make decisions.
  2. 2. I have delivered oral presentations prepared in software such as Powerpoint or other presentation software to groups of people.
  3. 3. Experience conducting briefings to senior management officials to present, explain, interpret, and negotiate findings of financial reviews that involve financial problems, impact budget outcomes, and require corrective action.
  4. 4. Experience communicating with technical/non-technical staff assisting with briefings/meetings and presentations on routine or operational accounting issues.
  5. 5. Experience in making oral presentations to individuals in the immediate work area such as supervisors and peers.
  6. 6. None of the above.






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