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Grade: 13

Candidates for Accountant positions must meet one of the following: A. Degree: accounting; or a degree in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.") OR B. Combination of education and experience--at least 4 years of experience in accounting or auditing, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following: 1. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; 2. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.
1 After reading the requirements above, please select the choice that best describes how you meet the basic requirements for the Accountant job series. Answer to this question is required
  • I meet the requirements set forth in (A) above.
  • I meet the requirements set forth in (B) above.
  • I meet the requirements set forth in (C) above.
  • I meet the requirements set forth in (D) above.
  • I meet all the requirements set forth in (E) PLUS the additional requirements in (F), (G), and (H).
  • I do not meet any of the choices above.

Specialized experience is defined as one year of experience at the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the private sector developing, maintaining, and implementing financial management and accounting policies and procedures. Examples may include interpreting and developing policy guidance and procedures on accounting standards issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board; interpreting and developing policy guidance and procedures on laws & regulations (e.g. CFO Act of 1990, as amended, Accountability of Tax Dollars Act of 2001, and various Circulars) promulgated by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Government Accountability Office and other federal regulating bodies; drafting position papers and reports on legislative, regulatory and technical accounting and financial management issues; and developing desk top procedures.

2 Do you have at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent to in the private sector as described above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 From the following options related to skill in designing, evaluating, and implementing internal controls of corporate financial and accounting policies and procedures, choose the statements from the list below that reflect your experience and/or training. Answer to this question is required
  • experience evaluating and preparing responses to audit findings
  • experience reviewing and identifying gaps in internal control procedures
  • experience preparing and implementing corrective action plans in response to audit findings
  • experience documenting or updating internal control procedures or cycle memos
  • experience documenting and evaluating internal controls over the preparation of financial statements
  • none of the above
4 From the following options related to skill in designing and evaluating policies and procedures for the preparation of financial statements and other financial reports, choose the statements from the list below that reflect your experience and/or training. Answer to this question is required
  • experience identifying gaps in the preparation of financial statements and designing and communicating new or revised policies or procedures
  • experience reviewing financial statements
  • experience identifying gaps in accounting functions (e.g., accounts receivable, accounts payable, investment accounting) and designing and communicating new or revised policies or procedures
  • experience providing generally accepted accounting principles guidance and instructions to preparers of financial statements and other financial reporting requirements
  • experience evaluating new or emerging internal controls over financial reporting and designing and communicating new or revised policies or procedures
  • none of the above
5 From the following options related to skill in communicating recommendations and gaining consensus on solutions to implement financial policy and procedures, choose the statements from the list below that reflect your experience and/or training. Answer to this question is required
  • experience developing and communicating a solution to implement a new or revised Financial Accounting Standards Board pronouncements
  • experience conducting a risk assessment and cost benefit analysis of implementing a new or revised Financial Accounting Standards Board pronouncements
  • experience developing and communicating a solution to implement a new or revised Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board pronouncements
  • experience conducting a risk assessment and cost benefit analysis of implementing a new or revised Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board pronouncements
  • experience developing and communicating a proposed solution to implement legislative changes or a new revised Office of Management and Budget circulars and memorandum or Department of the Treasury guidance
  • none of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you find out about this vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Facebook (BeKnown)
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
  • word of mouth
  • USAJobs
  • Executive Search Firm
  • Vocational rehabilitation center
  • College posting
  • Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
  • Veteran’s job fair/job board
  • Diversity job fair/job board
  • Professional organization (e.g., NABA, ABBA, SOA, AICPA, etc.)
  • Niche (or trade) job fair or job board
  • Efinancial.com
  • INDEED.com
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Veterans Disability Organizations
  • Other
  • Prefer not to answer
2 If you answered "Other", please provide the resource here. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
3 Have you accepted a buyout or an early out from a Federal agency within the past 5 years? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No