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Grade: All Grades
* 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-14 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.�


* 3.From the following list, please identify all that you have performed at work
  1. Managed competing assignments
  2. Set milestones and deadlines for assignments
  3. Briefed staff and management on status of assignments
  4. Provided guidance, direction, or instruction to individuals
  5. Reacted effectively to unforeseen events or delays
  6. Rearranged priorities and work assignments based on the actions of others
  7. None of the above


* 4.Have you lead and managed an accounting team or group project that required you to enlist the cooperation of others to arrive at a desired outcome or goal?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Please select the answer that best describes your experience, relative to accounting teams.
  1. I have served in a leadership capacity as a technical expert on accounting team projects by establishing requirements, options for improvements, deadlines and by allocating tasks amongst the team.
  2. I have served as a technical expert on an accounting team.
  3. I have assisted with accounting related projects on a team.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.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.


* 7.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.


* 8.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.


* 9.Select the oral communication activities you have performed on a regular or recurring basis in a professional setting.
  1. Met with high level officials, client or customers to discuss financial statements or data.
  2. Represented a work group or organization at meetings.
  3. Responded to telephone requests from colleagues, managers, or clients both inside and outside of the organization.
  4. Acted as primary liaison with other organizations.
  5. Answered public inquires.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.Choose the statements that describe your experience performing studies and analyses of proposed regulatory strategies, policies, programs, and practices as a foundation for developing comprehensive plans.
  1. I have analyzed the processes, structures, problems, etc. of a program for needed improvements in an existing regulatory program.
  2. I have conducted research involving a variety of programs using laws, regulations, and directives.
  3. I have conducted office reviews and audits in order to identify specific needs and problems.
  4. I have been responsible for tracking and monitoring a variety of specific activities relating to an organization's administrative policies and business practices.
  5. I have experience conducting manpower surveys and/or organizational studies.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.Select the answer which best reflects your highest level of experience with applying regulatory and accounting policies for loan and loan guarantee accounting under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.
  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 the job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor or a senior employee.
  5. I am a technical expert and others regularly consult with me for help with performing this task or I have trained others to perform this task.


* 12.Which statements describe your experience with Federal credit accounting and reporting under the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990?
  1. Led a team in preparing complex reports, analysis statements for financial audits and requests.
  2. Validated, monitored, controlled, and maintained accounting transactions and records.
  3. Examined documents to determine if information was supported in accordance with pertinent laws, policies, procedures, and practices.
  4. Prepared working papers and verifying reports against source documents.
  5. Worked closely with team members to acquire information necessary for internal and external data requests.
  6. Applied accounting principles and concepts to develop and validate the calculation of credit subsidies, re-schedulings and re-estimates.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience with the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990?
  1. I have knowledge of the Act but must consult with subject matter experts for their interpretation before making a decision.
  2. I interpret the Act and occasionally consult with others before applying it.
  3. I interpret the Act and independently apply it without consultation.
  4. I interpret the Act and lead others with interpreting it.
  5. I supervise others who apply the Act and may be relied upon to explain the Act to the general public.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.MAMC Choose the statements that describe your experience in a leadership role.
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had direct supervisory authority.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have been a team leader, articulating goals and outcomes and motivating others to achieve them.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have worked to promote cooperation, coordination of work, and process efficiencies.
  4. In my past work assignments, I have developed methods for handling potential work flow problems arising from urgent or emergency situations.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.I have performed the following accounting-related tasks:
  1. Prepared financial reports, statements and analysis 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 financial statements and/reports by providing accounting and financial data.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Choose the statements that best describes your experience operating and maintaining automated accounting systems.
  1. I have experience operating and maintaining the CGI Momentum 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.


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


* 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. Intergovernmental working groups and committees
  10. Universities
  11. Non Profit Institutions
  12. Private and non-governmental financial institutions
  13. None of the above


* 19.I have interpreted and applied the following laws, regulations, or acts:
  1. Chief Financial Officers Act
  2. OMB Circular A-11, Preparation, Submission and Execution of the Budget
  3. Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act
  4. Federal Financial Management Improvement Act
  5. Government Performance and Improvement Act
  6. OMB Circular A-129, Policies for Federal Credit Programs and Non-Tax Receivables
  7. Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990 (FCRA)
  8. Improper Payment Improvement Act
  9. OMB Circular A-136, Financial Reporting Requirements
  10. None of the above.






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