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* 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-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.I have notified others (in writing) of decisions, problems, or further actions needed related to budget and financial matters.
  1. True

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please identify the organization and dates where you gained this experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. False


* 4.Which types of software applications have you used on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting?
  1. Word processing
  2. Spreadsheets or databases
  3. Presentation software
  4. Research tools (such as Internet search engines)
  5. Financial reporting software
  6. None of the above


* 5.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience using automated accounting database systems.
  1. I accessed accounting systems to run queries and pull data for use in developing financial analysis.
  2. I accessed an accounting system to obtain specific data.
  3. I have not accessed an accounting system; however I receive accounting data from the budget execution or financial reporting staff.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.Indicate your highest level of experience gathering and evaluating information and conducting trends analysis on data.
  1. I have applied cost effectiveness evaluation practices, theories, methods, and techniques to provide solutions to technical issues (e.g. financial controls, office budgets, program operation improvements).
  2. I have obtained accurate and sufficient information on congressional, industry, or public inquiries and recommended responses based on evaluation of the information.
  3. I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to recommend solutions and improvements for efficiency.
  4. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and documented any trends.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.I have notified others (orally) of decisions, problems, or further actions needed that related to internal control matters that had agency-wide or organization-wide impact.
  1. True

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please identify the organization and dates where you gained this experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. False


* 8.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


* 9.Indicate the accounting activities you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Financial reporting
  2. General Ledger
  3. Accounts payable
  4. Accounts receivable
  5. Accruals
  6. Assets and liabilities
  7. Financial Auditing
  8. Tax auditing
  9. Operational auditing
  10. Cost accounting
  11. Payroll
  12. Reimbursements
  13. Budgeting
  14. Systems Accounting
  15. None of the above


* 10.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.


* 11.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience related to auditing?
  1. Experience leading operational or financial audits or reviews.
  2. Experience working on a significant segment of operational or financial audits or reviews.
  3. Experience as a staff accountant or auditor with limited audit experience or experience in reviewing financial statements, tax returns, etc.
  4. Experience in reviewing financial documents for completeness and accuracy.
  5. I have training or education related to auditing but no on-the-job experience in this area.
  6. I do not have training or experience related to auditing.


* 12.Select the answer which best reflects your highest level of experience developing accounting policies and procedures.
  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.


* 13.Have you performed audits or internal control reviews of programs or activities?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Which metrics have you implemented to evaluate systems?
  1. Time
  2. Cost
  3. Efficiency
  4. Accuracy
  5. Technology
  6. Impact
  7. Outcome
  8. Security
  9. None of the above


* 15.With respect to agency or an organization`s financial information systems, I am responsible for:
  1. Examining the Management Information system reports.
  2. System testing.
  3. Implementation.
  4. Evaluation.
  5. Revisions and updates.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience with accounting systems.
  1. None of the above.
  2. I have updated accounting information and generated reports using an automated accounting system.
  3. 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.
  4. I have experience developing or writing requirements for the automation of a major computerized or manual accounting process.


* 17.Which of the following types of documents have you written?
  1. Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  2. Brochures or awareness publications
  3. Budget or financial plans
  4. Financial summary reports
  5. Correspondence or memoranda
  6. Option papers or decision memos
  7. Policies or directives
  8. Project status reports
  9. Regulatory or statutory material
  10. Standard operating or maintenance procedures
  11. Training materials
  12. White papers or issue papers
  13. None of the above


* 18.Which products have you written related to financial management?
  1. Briefing materials
  2. Documentation on complex financial process or procedures
  3. Financial statements that comply with FASAB and OMB requirements
  4. A summary analysis on the effect of new laws, regulations, or reporting requirements
  5. Corrective actions to address internal control or financial management deficiencies
  6. None of the above


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


* 20.Identify all of the following types of teams on which you have participated.
  1. Multi-organizational
  2. Multi-disciplinary or cross functional
  3. Multi-agency
  4. None of the above






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