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Grade: 07
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* 1.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, choose the one answer that best describes your education and professional experience as it pertains to the requirements for this position.
  1. I have fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-05 level, or equivalent that is directly related to the position and has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, which include experience using an automated accounting system and reconciliation of accounting documents.
  2. I have at least one full year of graduate level education in either accounting or auditing or related fields, such as business administration, finance, or public administration.
  3. I have a Bachelor's Degree with Superior Academic Achievement demonstrated through at least one of the following. i. Class standing (upper third of graduating class); ii. grade point average (a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years education or courses completed during the final 2 years; iii. a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on required courses in the major field); iv. election to membership in a national scholastic honor society.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


Grade: 09
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* 1.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, choose the one answer that best describes your education and professional experience as it pertains to requirements for this position.
  1. I have 52 weeks at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, that is directly related to the position and has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, which includes experience using an automated accounting system, reconciliation of accounting documents, and experiencing interpreting and applying Federal accounting policies and procedures.
  2. II have two full years of progressively higher graduate education or a Master's degree in either accounting or auditing or related fields, such as business administration, finance, or public administration.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience as described that together qualify me for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.From the list below, select the actions you have performed in conjunction with reconciling accounting transactions. Select all that apply.
  1. Reconciling sub ledger details to the general ledger.
  2. Researching discrepancies and making recommendations or correction entries for difference identified in reconciliations.
  3. Reconciling a particular vendor's or customer's accounts to determine amount due.
  4. Validating the accuracy and completeness of data interfaced from a subsidiary system to the core accounting system.
  5. None of the above.


* 3.From the list below, select the financial statements/reports you have experience creating on a regular and recurring basis. Select all that apply.
  1. Balance Sheet
  2. Income Statement
  3. Statement of cash flows
  4. Statement of retained earnings
  5. Management reports
  6. Budgetary variance reports
  7. None of the above


* 4.Please select all of the following that apply to your experience with financial system integration/conversions.
  1. Provided summary level financial information for module entry.
  2. Determine open balances for module conversion.
  3. Processed converted balance information into successor system.
  4. Documented system requirements for use in new system configuration.
  5. Assisted with system integration and/or user acceptance testing.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.REQUIRED--A copy of your most recent performance appraisal or a written justification as to why you do not have one. Have you received an appraisal or rating on your job performance?
  1. Yes
    If yes, you must submit a copy of your most recently received performance appraisal per the instructions under "How to Apply" of this announcement.
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.If no, please explain why. Your statement will not be accepted if it does not give a reason. "I have not received a performance appraisal" is acceptable as a reason.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 2.Select the one answer that best reflects your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for the Accountant position.
  1. I have a Bachelor's degree with a major in accounting.
  2. I have a Bachelor's degree in a field related to accounting such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of business law).
  3. I have at least 4 years of accounting experience or an equivalent combination of accounting experience and education/training, that includes: either 24 hours in accounting, a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, or 15 hours of accounting and advanced accounting experience.
  4. I do not fully possess the amount or type of education reflected in any of the above responses.


* 3.From the list below, select the regulatory guidance or accounting standards that you have worked with on a regular and recurring basis. Select all that apply.
  1. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  2. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) statements and interpretations.
  3. Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) standards and other pronouncements.
  4. Entity specific financial reporting policies and procedures.
  5. Internal Control Standards.
  6. OMB Circulars.
  7. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the one statement that best describes your experience researching, interpreting, applying, and implementing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
  1. I have assisted in the development, implementation, and operation of GAAP principles, concepts, and standards for a wide variety of financial activities.
  2. I have experience in preparing financial statements or providing input for financial reports in conformance with these principles, concepts, and standards.
  3. I have experience entering or verifying accounting data in a simple case basis or single entry accounting environment where no formal accounting or reporting is required.
  4. I do not have any of the experience described above.


* 5.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.
  1. Preparing financial statements, including OMB and Treasury reports, management reports, or summaries.
  2. Reviewing and reconciling general ledger accounts.
  3. Preparing financial statement footnotes.
  4. Maintaining the accuracy of the general ledger.
  5. Overseeing entry of data into various ledgers and records.
  6. Performed more than one of the tasks listed above on an occasional and non-recurring basis.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.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.
  1. I have examined documents to determine if transactions were properly supported in accordance with pertinent laws, policies, procedures, and practices.
  2. I have participated in consolidating findings of financial reviews, identified deficiencies, and monitored the implementations of corrective action steps to improve deficiencies.
  3. I have assisted in planning, coordinating, and conducting reviews of portions of an agency?s financial operations.
  4. I have worked closely with team members to acquire information necessary to complete a financial review.
  5. I have validated, monitored, controlled and maintained accounting transactions and records.
  6. I have interpreted and applied accounting and audit principles to programs.
  7. I have prepared working papers and verified reports against source accounts and records.
  8. I have performed none of the above.


* 7.From the list below, select the functions you have performed in support of the accounts payable functions on a regular and recurring basis. Select all that apply.
  1. I have processed accounts payable transactions to generate payments.
  2. I have reviewed and approved accounts payable transactions prepared by others.
  3. I have researched and resolved payment questions.
  4. I have researched and matched invoices to appropriate purchase orders.
  5. I have reviewed invoices and/or payments for validity, accuracy, completeness and authorized signatures.
  6. I have maintained source documents for audit trails related to payable transactions.
  7. I have performed none of the above.


* 8.From the list below, please select all accounting related certifications you have achieved.
  1. Certified Public Accountants (CPA).
  2. Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM).
  3. Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
  4. Certified Financial Manager (CFM).
  5. Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).
  6. Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).
  7. None of the above.


* 9.From the list below, select the one answer that best describes your normal recurring experience working with schedules and deadlines.
  1. I have scheduled my work activities and that of subordinate staff to meet required deadlines.
  2. I have independently scheduled the majority of my work to meet required deadlines.
  3. I followed a schedule in which recurring work was scheduled by my supervisor, but I scheduled special projects and other non-routine work independently to meet required deadlines.
  4. I have followed a schedule of work activities determined by my supervisor.
  5. I do not have any experience as described in the choices above.


* 10.Select from the list below the statements that represent your experience in providing customer service on a regular and recurring basis. Select all that apply.
  1. I have successfully worked with customers to design and implement a new business process.
  2. I have explained complex problems over the telephone to customers working toward a solution.
  3. I have worked in a call center environment and responded to questions from customers of a troubleshooting nature.
  4. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the one answer that best describes your experience in presenting technical information orally to various audiences.
  1. I have 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. I have delivered oral presentations prepared in software such as Powerpoint or other presentation software to groups of people.
  2. I have 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.
  3. I have experience communicating with technical/non-technical staff assisting with briefings/meetings and presentations on routine or operational accounting issues.
  4. I have experience in making oral presentations to individuals in the immediate work area such as supervisors and peers.
  5. I have experience presenting information to any audience including college classes.
  6. I have not given oral presentations of technical information in a professional work environment.


* 12.Select from the list below the answers that best describe your experience in providing technical information in writing to customers or other individuals outside your immediate organization. Select all that apply.
  1. I have authored documents detailing the accounting policy of an organization.
  2. I have written issue papers in an attempt to generate support on a specific issue.
  3. I have written official correspondence to address or resolve complex technical issues.
  4. I have developed and provided training documents or instructional materials to customers.
  5. I have responded to questions from the general public through e-mail.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Choose the one answer that best describes your experience in providing technical information in writing to individuals within your immediate organization.
  1. I have experience preparing, written technical correspondence, reports and other documents for others within the immediate work area and for higher levels of management than immediate supervisor.
  2. I have experience in writing any technical information to individuals in the immediate work area such as supervisors and peers.
  3. I have experience in writing any technical correspondence, reports, procedures, or policy documents.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.Select the one answer that best describes your experience in writing technical information that is logical, precise, innovative, and well organized for various audiences.
  1. I have experience creating written technical correspondence with technical/non-technical staff and high level officials on controversial or complex accounting issues.
  2. I have experience creating written technical correspondence with technical/non-technical staff on routine or operational accounting issues.
  3. I have created routine technical documents and provided this information to individuals in the immediate work area such as supervisors and co-workers.
  4. I have not created written documentation of technical information in a professional work environment.


* 15.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.
  1. Visio or other flow-charting software.
  2. Project or other project management software.
  3. Sharepoint.
  4. Powerpoint or other presentation software.
  5. Word or other word processing software.
  6. Excel or other spreadsheet software.
  7. Advanced Microsoft Word user (can build and size tables, incorporate footnotes, headings, and formulas).
  8. Advanced Microsoft Excel user (can build pivot tables and macros, utilize a variety of formulas and format reports).
  9. No experience with any of the above.


* 16.Choose the one statement that best describes your skill in querying data from large accounting databases.
  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. I have extracted data from an accounting system using queries I designed and wrote.
  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. I have extracted data from an accounting system using queries designed and written by others.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.Please select all of the following that apply to your experience with financial accounting systems.
  1. I have 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. I have 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. I have experience exporting data from accounting systems and manipulating data.
  4. I have experience using the system to process accounting documents and/or perform research and analysis.
  5. I have experience setting up and maintaining the accounts and/or other accounting system configurations for an organization.
  6. I have experience reconciling subsidiary systems/ledgers or physical counts to the general ledger in an automated accounting system.
  7. I have experience updating accounting information and generated reports using an automated accounting system.
  8. I have experience using and/or maintaining accounting systems or software for a small business application.
  9. None of the above.






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