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* 1.REQUIRED--A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal within the last year, you must provide an explanation. Have you received an appraisal or rating on your job performance in the last year?
  1. Yes
    If yes, you must submit a complete copy of your most recently received performance appraisal (dated within the last year) 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 within the last year" 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.


You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service that is directly related to the position as listed in the this announcement and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience requires professional knowledge of accounting concepts, principles, and methods sufficient to: Advise management on any accounting matter that pertains to the accomplishment of the office's mission; Study and/or formulate accounting standards, policies, requirements in order to provide solutions to streamline operations; Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting data, records, and reports; Participate on audits, reviews, or management requested studies of financial statements or operations; Conduct special studies or specialized projects and assignments; Make formal oral and written presentations to upper level management both internal and external to the office and the Bureau on accounting matters.

* 3.Please select the following statement that best describes how you meet specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-12 level as described in the vacancy announcement under specialized experience requirements.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the one year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 4.In which position in your resume can your experience be found?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Which of the following describes your highest level of experience with generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standards in a variety of accounting systems to analyze new, complicated, extensive, and/or ambiguous accounting problems and to devise appropriate resolutions.
  1. I have researched and resolved complex fiscal accounting and auditing problems in an automated environment by interpreting and adapting established complex accounting and/or auditing standards and guidelines.
  2. I have researched and recommended solutions to complex fiscal accounting problems in an automated or manual environment by recommending changes in complex accounting and/or auditing standards and guidelines based on independent research.
  3. I have participated with others in projects involving the researching and resolving of general accounting problems in an automated or manual accounting environment.
  4. I have little or no experience analyzing complex accounting problems.


* 6.From the list below select the response that best describes your experience in establishing, coordinating and implementing the policies and procedures required to implement new and/or revised accounting related policies, programs and procedures.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 7.With which of the following do you have experience that will demonstrate your knowledge of and ability to apply accounting theory, concepts, principles and practices in the maintenance of an organization's financial records?
  1. Preparation of financial statements and complex accounting reconciliation entries in an automated accounting environment.
  2. Development of accounting policies and procedures.
  3. Research and analysis of complex accounting issues.
  4. Preparation of accounting data for entry in an automated accounting system.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Which of the following financial reports do you have experience preparing?
  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.


* 9.Please select the one response that best describes your ability to gather, assemble, correlate, and analyze facts and to devise solutions to problems of high complexity within an accounting organization.
  1. Participated as a member of a group responsible for analyzing and interpreting complex accounting laws, rules, regulations or other guidance for implementation in a major automated accounting environment.
  2. Independently developed or revised reporting or procedural guidelines for operations.
  3. Interpreted and implemented procedures, guidelines, or other technical documentation.
  4. None of the above.


* 10.Please choose the one statement that best describes your experience in communicating information orally.
  1. I have given presentations to individuals both within and outside my organization.
  2. I have given presentations to senior management officials for purposes of obtaining decisions.
  3. I have presented decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to senior management officials.
  4. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  5. I have provided one-on-one instructions to others on procedures.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.Please choose the one statement that best describes your experience communicating in writing.
  1. I have developed and compiled written documents for a wide variety of audiences that required moderate editing prior to distribution.
  2. I have consistently generated effective, detailed, well written documents that require little editing prior to distribution.
  3. I have independently generated effective, detailed, well-written documents that required no editing, and are of a quality suitable for review by senior executives.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.Which of the following experience do you have interacting with a variety of people to achieve effective solutions?
  1. I have served as spokesperson for an organization (such as a section, branch or division) or project.
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. I have presented, defended, and negotiated specific goals, needs, or problems with senior management.
  4. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  5. I have served on focus groups, committees, or project teams with regard to accounting issues.
  6. I have provided guidance and advice to peers and other agency personnel on accounting issues.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Which best describes how you resolve problems?
  1. I creatively find innovative ways to resolve complex problems within the scope of existing constraints.
  2. i review policies and procedures, but deviate from them to create better options to resolve problems.
  3. I find ways to resolve problems regardless of policy and procedures.
  4. I vary from policy and procedures occasionally.
  5. I follow policies and procedures to deliver results.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.From the following list, select those activities that represent your experience solving problems.
  1. Resolved problems under close supervision.
  2. Resolved problems independently.
  3. Worked closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  4. Combined pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions.
  5. Prepared analytical documents such as decision memos that identified policy or process issues and offer multiple options for resolution.
  6. Applied general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  7. Reviewed and recommended improvements in program policies, procedures, legislation, or other complex documents.
  8. None of the above.


* 15.Which of the following best describes your level of experience or performance in providing customer service in an accounting environment?
  1. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task function.
  2. I have education, training, but no experience in performing this task function.
  3. I have identified customer needs and preferences, provided customer service, and adhered to quality standards in straightforward and defined situations involving the application of clear and specific guidelines.
  4. I have identified customer needs and preferences, provided customer service, adhered to quality standards in complex or ill-defined situations, or in situations requiring analysis and interpretation of general guidelines and applying them to new situations.
  5. I have identified customer needs and preferences, provided customer service, adhered to quality standards in situations that were complex, and/or that involved difficult interpersonal relations requiring conflict resolution, persuasion or convincing others to achieve my goals.


* 16.I have experience performing the following project management tasks.
  1. Resource allocation.
  2. Budgeting.
  3. Scheduling.
  4. Risk management.
  5. Scope management.
  6. Change management.
  7. None of the above.


* 17.Choose the one statement that best describes your experience in project management.
  1. I have led a multidisciplinary, formal project team from project initiation through project close-out, responsible for developing the project plan, monitoring the project, and ensuring the completion of project milestones.
  2. I have organized, coordinated, and prioritized a variety of team-based activities and worked as part of a team as the situation may have dictated.
  3. I have been a member of a formal project team or an organized team-based project.
  4. I have received project management training.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks or received project management training.


* 18.Are you currently serving, or have you served in the last five years, in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.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.






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