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Grade: 07
* 1.Basic Requirement: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in accounting.
  2. I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration, which included at least 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.)
  3. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  4. I possess a combination of accounting experience, college level education and professional level training in accounting that totals 4 years in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Criteria Descriptions: Criteria #1: I have completed 24 semester hours of college-level accounting or auditing courses, which included up to 6 semester hours of business law. Criteria #2: I have been certified through written examination as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor. Criteria #3: I have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial coursework in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but less than the 24 semester hours required and have successful work experience in accounting, auditing, or a related field such as valuation engineering or financial institution examining that together demonstrate (1) a good knowledge of accounting and underlying fields and (2) a level of experience equivalent to the full performance level of the job being filled.

* 2.GS-7 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed at least one full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) in a field of study directly related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. Superior Academic Achievement - I meet one of the requirements listed in the superior academic achievement description below.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Superior Academic Achievement Description:
I have successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and I meet one of the following:
  1. In the upper 1/3 of my graduating class; OR
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  3. A GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  4. Member of a national scholastic honor society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.


Grade: 09
* 1.Basic Requirement: Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a bachelor's degree in accounting.
  2. I have successfully completed a bachelor's or higher degree in a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration, which included at least 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.)
  3. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  4. I possess a combination of accounting experience, college level education and professional level training in accounting that totals 4 years in addition to meeting one of the criteria described in the criteria descriptions below.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Criteria Descriptions: Criteria #1: I have completed 24 semester hours of college-level accounting or auditing courses, which included up to 6 semester hours of business law. Criteria #2: I have been certified through written examination as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor. Criteria #3: I have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial coursework in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but less than the 24 semester hours required and have successful work experience in accounting, auditing, or a related field such as valuation engineering or financial institution examining that together demonstrate (1) a good knowledge of accounting and underlying fields and (2) a level of experience equivalent to the full performance level of the job being filled.

* 2.GS-9 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field of study directly related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first year of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Which statement reflects your highest level of experience solving accounting problems?
  1. I have no experience solving accounting problems in a professional setting.
  2. I have experience or training in accounting problem solving, but have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have experience solving accounting problems that required developing cooperation, coordination of activities, and reaching consensus.
  4. I have experience solving accounting problems that required agreement on complex issues, achieving cohesiveness, and interacting with individuals constructively.
  5. I have experience solving accounting problems that required analyzing and solving complex problems collectively, inspiring others, building cohesiveness among diverse individuals, and reaching solutions to controversial issues.


* 2.Which statements describe your experience with financial reviews?
  1. Validate, monitor, control, and maintain accounting transactions and records.
  2. Work closely with team members to acquire information necessary to complete financial review.
  3. Examine documents to determine if transactions are properly supported in accordance with pertinent laws, policies, and practices.
  4. Interpret and apply accounting and auditing principles.
  5. Prepare working papers and verify reports against source accounts and records.
  6. Perform or verify reconciliations of subsidiary records to the general ledger.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.I have performed the following accounting-related tasks:
  1. Prepared monthly reports and financial statements and interpreted accounting data.
  2. Evaluated sources documents, identified discrepancies and their sources, and recommended corrective action.
  3. Supported processing of a variety of accounting transactions and compilation and analysis of financial reports.
  4. Prepared accounting entries for input into an accounting system.
  5. Assisted in the preparation of monthly financial statements and/reports by providing accounting and financial data.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the one answer which best describes your experience in preparing financial statements and the accompanying footnotes.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task.
  3. I have performed this task with close supervision.
  4. I have performed this task 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 supervised performance of this task or trained others to perform this task.


* 5.Which accounting activities have you performed as a principle work responsibility in the course of your career?
  1. Determined cost and expenses
  2. Analyzed cash management processes
  3. Managed the collection of funds
  4. Reported financial activities
  5. Managed cost and expenses
  6. Ensured compliance with appropriate internal controls
  7. Ensured internal control over the transmission of financial data
  8. Ensured internal control over the disbursement of funds
  9. Managed investment of excess operating cash
  10. Obtained and managed banking services
  11. Drafted and maintained accounting policies and procedures
  12. None of the above


* 6.I have performed the following accounting duties:
  1. Maintained general ledgers and journals.
  2. Overseen entry of data into ledgers and journals by others.
  3. Prepared specialized financial data, reports, and statements.
  4. Analyzed and interpreted accounting data.
  5. Led a work group or discussions relative to financial data accuracy and reporting.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Choose the statements that best describes your experience operating and maintaining automated accounting systems.
  1. I have experience operating and maintaining the Oracle Financials or other accounting systems of similar complexity.
  2. Experience creating ad hoc reports using an automated system.
  3. Experience converting data from one automated accounting system to another.
  4. Experience exporting or downloading data from accounting systems.
  5. Experience reconciling subsidiary systems or ledgers or physical counts to the general ledger in an automated accounting system.
  6. Experience establishing and maintaining accurate product costing.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.Which types of computer programs or applications do you use to modify documents on a regular and recurring basis?
  1. Word processing
  2. Presentation software
  3. Spreadsheets
  4. Photo editing applications
  5. Internet browsers
  6. None of the above


* 9.Choose the answers that describe your experience in written communication.
  1. Experience developing financial policy and procedures.
  2. Experience preparing financial technical operating instructions.
  3. Experience writing technical reports, letters, and memorandums.
  4. Experience writing non-technical reports, memos and routine office memorandums.
  5. Experience writing desk procedures in draft for review.
  6. Experience developing automated accounting instructions and procedures for routine transactions.
  7. Experience preparing reports and statements that contain timely, accurate, and essential financial management information.
  8. Experience preparing test scenarios for new releases and conducting actual testing and documenting results.
  9. Experience preparing external financial management reports, statements, supporting schedules, justifications, and related documentation.
  10. Experience preparing responses to audit recommendations.
  11. None of the above.


* 10.From the following list of interpersonal activities, identify those that you have routinely performed?
  1. Facilitated the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation was needed to meet an objective.
  2. Interacted effectively in situations where frequent change, delay, or unexpected events arose that caused major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Provided direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  4. Persuaded and/or inspired others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  5. Diffused confrontational situations with people who were difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  6. Developed effective, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  7. Worked cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  8. None of the above.


* 11.Which statement reflects your highest level of experience analyzing financial data and preparing explanations of variances?
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job but with close review and assistance from either a supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task 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. Others regularly consult me for help to perform this task or I have trained others to perform this task.


* 12.Choose the statements that describe your experience ensuring customer satisfaction.
  1. I have conducted meetings with customers to assess satisfaction and ensure needs are met.
  2. I have established or modified office priorities to address customer needs.
  3. I have evaluated and modified services and products to improve and ensure quality customer service.
  4. I have investigated, researched, and resolved customer issues.
  5. I have established metrics or other means of analysis to measure customer service and ensure timely and accurate actions.
  6. I have provided customer service that was favorably recognized by a colleague, supervisor or the customer.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Which analytical activities have you conducted to resolve problems?
  1. Business process analysis
  2. Work flow analysis
  3. Process reengineering
  4. Information flow analysis
  5. Cost benefit analysis
  6. Risk analysis
  7. Review of management controls or internal controls
  8. Security analysis
  9. Contingency analysis
  10. None of the above


* 14.Choose the statements that describe your experience conducting complex analyses and making decisions to promote program effectiveness.
  1. I have experience in the identification of issues.
  2. I have experience in the development of methods and approaches for gathering data.
  3. I have experience in the analytical techniques to review data and processes.
  4. I have experience in the development of recommendations.
  5. I have experience in the implementation and follow through of recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Do you have work experience with cash and accounting reconciliation?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Which types of systems and software have you used for accounting and planning activities?
  1. Central accounting system
  2. Human resources system
  3. Acquisition system
  4. Receivables system
  5. Reimbursement system
  6. Inventory system
  7. Asset management system
  8. Automated budget formulation system
  9. Payroll system
  10. Financial reporting system
  11. None of the above


* 17.I have authored complex financial reports and statements to advise managers on program operations.
  1. True
  2. False


* 18.I have experience presenting information to the following audiences:
  1. Senior agency or organization officials
  2. Immediate supervisors
  3. Colleagues or peers
  4. Subordinates
  5. Government organizations
  6. General public
  7. Technical experts
  8. Professional organizations
  9. Civic groups
  10. Universities
  11. Non Profit Institutions
  12. Media outlets
  13. None of the above


* 19.Which courses of action have you taken to resolve financial discrepancies?
  1. Proof read data
  2. Adjusted accounting data
  3. Consulted with supervisor
  4. Consulted with external customers partners
  5. Recommended a change to prevent future problems
  6. Identified reasons for discrepancy
  7. Developed new strategies for the solution of financial management issues
  8. Made recommendations for system improvements involving interface with other management systems modules
  9. Created a journal voucher entry
  10. None of the above


* 20.Identify the accounting functions that you perform on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Assist in planning, coordinating, and conducting reviews of portions of an organization`s or agency`s financial operations.
  2. Participate in consolidating findings of financial reviews, identified deficiencies, and monitored the implementation of corrective action.
  3. Provided guidance regarding financial management systems, current accounting or financial management techniques, and cost allocation methods.
  4. Applied accounting or financial management techniques and methods to resolve financial problems.
  5. None of the above.






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