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Grade: 07
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. I have a degree in 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.


  2. NOTE: 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).

    OR

  3. I have a combination of education and experience, which includes at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. My background also includes one of the following:

    • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
    • A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
    • 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.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A or B.


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.UNICOR Accountants must prepare financial documents and reports in maintaining the agency's financial integrity and operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared written reconciliations explaining differences between general ledger accounts and subsidiary records; and/or I have drafted cover memorandums for the monthly balance and internal control check outlining the status of the accounting operation; and/or I have submitted requests for prior period adjustments; and/or I have proofread written documents for subordinates or co-workers.
  2. I have completed monthly balance and internal control check for review by management; and/or I have drafted correspondence concerning accounting information, such as TDY travel, for review by institution staff; and/or I have sent notifications to debtors requesting settlement of outstanding debts.
  3. I have drafted written reconciliations explaining differences between general ledger accounts and subsidiary records; and/or I have drafted cover memorandums for the monthly balance and internal control outlining the status of the accounting operation; and/or I have submitted requests for prior period adjustments; and/or I have prepared responses to the Controller's request for data or audit data calls.
  4. None of the above.


4.UNICOR Accountants must be able to demonstrate the ability to take established accounting policies and procedures and use these policies and procedures to resolve problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reconciled transportation reserve register amounts to the balance for accrued transportation expense in the general ledger; and/or I have reconciled inmate payroll amounts to the general ledger accrual account and related expenses, identified errors, and made the necessary corrective entries; and/or I have pre-audited payment vouchers for accuracy.
  2. I have reviewed obligations for accuracy in accordance with written policies; and/or I reconciled job cost variances from the standard; and/or I have reconciled general ledger account balances to the open item reports; and/or I have prepared the monthly balance and internal control check.
  3. I have researched the hierarchy of GAAP to determine the correct classification of general ledger data; and/or I have processed job costing in accordance with written guidelines; and/or I have researched the prompt payment guidelines and applied that research to making payments and following up on incorrect invoices; and/or I have provided staff assistance to another office.
  4. None of the above.


5.UNICOR Accountants must be able to organize and evaluate accounting data in order to maintain the financial operations of the organization. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed job costing data results for accuracy of the standard cost; and/or I have prepared the monthly balance and internal control check; and/or I have prepared the monthly close out folder from accounting source documents.
  2. I have prepared the monthly review of operating results and costing data; and/or I have collected information and made the entries necessary to respond to audit data calls, such as the year-end expense recognitions for accrued payables or staff annual leave; and/or I have prepared annual accounts receivable report.
  3. I have collected inmate payroll data from source documents and entered into system of records; and/or I have matched vendor invoices to receipt of goods listing and establish payments; and/or I have entered new obligations into the accounting system and verified their accuracy by reviewing obligation reports.
  4. None of the above.


6.UNICOR Accountant must be knowledgeable of accounting principles, theories, and techniques in order to determine the accuracy of financial information, to properly record accounting data and interpret findings. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have balanced sales to shipments per revenue recognition policy; and/or I have computed inmate pay in accordance with inmate pay policy; and/or I have established accounts receivables per established guidelines; and/or I have proofread figures on disbursement documents; and/or I have applied the prompt payment guidelines to the processing of payments and notifying vendors of incorrect invoices.
  2. I have reconciled job costing variances to the standard cost; and/or I have prepared the monthly review of operating results and costing data and made any necessary corrections; and/or I have completed the monthly balance and internal control check by making necessary corrections.
  3. I have completed the job cost variance report and submitted it to the factory manager; and/or I have ensured that all payments were accurate and processed on time in accordance with prompt payment guidelines; and/or I have reviewed open payables to determine their validity; and/or I have reconciled real property, personal property, and the related depreciation accounts to subsidiary records; and/or I have prepared an income statement to reflect financial standing at year-end.
  4. None of the above.


7.UNICOR Accountants must be knowledgeable of automated accounting systems in order to enter accounting transactions, retrieve reports, and disseminate information. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have monitored costing reports to include overhead variance reports, job cost variance reports, material and labor usage reports; and/or I have researched how source documents for entries are recorded into automated accounting system; and/or I have generated operating results for the factory.
  2. I have used various menus to retrieve accounting documents; and/or I have adjusted accounts maintained in an automated system; and/or I have entered invoices into automated system.
  3. I have generated cost variance reports needed to summarize cost standard validation; and/or I have generated reports of property, plant and equipments additions, deletions and accumulated depreciations; and/or I have generated management reports to prepare the monthly operating results report; and/or I have generated general ledgers to complete the monthly balance and internal control check.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 09
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. I have a degree in 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.


  2. NOTE: 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).

    OR

  3. I have a combination of education and experience, which includes at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. My background also includes one of the following:

    • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
    • A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; OR
    • 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.


* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A or B.


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

3.UNICOR Accountants must prepare financial documents and reports in maintaining the agency's financial integrity and operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared written analysis of financial statements and/or operations; and/or I have prepared responses to Finance Branch Memos and Audit Guidance Memos that required detailed accounting information.
  2. I have drafted written reconciliations explaining differences between general ledger accounts and subsidiary records; and/or I have drafted cover memorandums for the monthly balance and internal control outlining the status of the accounting operation; and/or I have submitted requests for prior period adjustments; and/or I have prepared responses to the Controller's request for data or audit data calls.
  3. I have assembled financial reports to supply management with a written assessment of operations; and/or I have prepared written requests for write-off's and/or journal entries and provided clear explanations that fully explained the problem and corrective action needed to fix the problem.
  4. I have prepared written reconciliations explaining differences between general ledger accounts and subsidiary records; and/or I have submitted requests for prior period adjustments; and/or I have proofread written documents for subordinates or co-workers.
  5. None of the above.


4.UNICOR Accountants must be able to demonstrate the ability to take established accounting policies and procedures and use these policies and procedures to resolve problems. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have researched the hierarchy of GAAP to determine the correct classification of general ledger data; and/or I have processed job costing in accordance with written guidelines; and/or I have researched the prompt payment guidelines and applied that research to making payments and following up on incorrect invoices; and/or I have provided staff assistance to another office.
  2. I have reviewed obligations for accuracy in accordance with written policies; and/or I have reconciled job cost variances from the standard; and/or I have reconciled general ledger account balances to the open item reports; and/or I have prepared the monthly balance and internal control check.
  3. I have researched Comptroller General decisions to determine employee's travel entitlements; and/or I have researched complex accounting issues through the hierarchy of GAAP for upper management; and/or I have researched prior period adjustments and properly identified the corrective action needed; and/or I have performed analysis of proposed general ledger adjustments and determined through research the proper classifications for recording the transaction in accordance with GAAP.
  4. None of the above.


5.UNICOR Accountants must be able to organize and evaluate accounting data in order to maintain the financial operations of the organization. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed job costing data results for accuracy of the standard cost; and/or I have prepared the monthly balance and internal control check; and/or I have prepared the monthly close out folder from accounting source documents.
  2. I have reviewed product costing data and submitted requests to the General Managers outlining the corrective action needed to meet the standards established or pricing quoted; and/or I have participated in program reviews by reviewing accounting information and evaluating whether or not the information is processed within the guidelines provided for in policy; and/or I have collected information from the automated accounting system in order to formulate responses to audit data calls.
  3. I have prepared the monthly review of operating results and costing data; and/or I have collected information and made the entries necessary to respond to audit data calls, such as the year-end expense recognitions for accrued payables or staff annual leave; and/or I have prepared annual accounts receivables report.
  4. None of the above.


6.UNICOR Accountants must be knowledgeable of accounting principles, theories, and techniques in order to determine the accuracy of financial information, to properly record accounting data and interpret findings. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed lesson plans and instructed staff at all levels on accounting policies and procedures; and/or I have developed spreadsheets to track financial data; and/or I have reviewed financial reports for improper general ledger account balances and determine the action that is necessary to correct errors; and/or I have reviewed the hierarchy of GAAP for new pronouncements and communicated the results of this review to management.
  2. I have reconciled job costing variances to the standard cost; and/or I have prepared the monthly review of operating results and costing data and made any necessary corrections; and/or I have completed the monthly balance and internal control check by making necessary corrections.
  3. I have completed the job cost variance report and submitted it to the factory manager; and/or I have ensured that all payments were accurate and processed on time in accordance with prompt payment guidelines; and/or I have reviewed open payables to determine their validity; and/or I have reconciled real property, personal property, and the related depreciation accounts to subsidiary records; and/or I have prepared an income statement to reflect financial standing at year-end.
  4. None of the above.


7.UNICOR Accountants must be knowledgeable of automated accounting systems in order to enter accounting transactions, retrieve reports, and disseminate information. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have generated cost variance reports needed to summarize cost standard validation; and/or I have generated reports of property, plant and equipments additions, deletions and accumulated depreciations; and/or I have generated management reports to prepare the monthly operating results report; and/or I have generated general ledgers to complete the monthly balance and internal control check.
  2. I have conducted research using an automated accounting system; and/or I have processed payments in an automated accounting system; and/or I have provided an explanation of variance using an automated accounting system.
  3. I have monitored costing reports to include overhead variance reports, job cost variance reports, material and labor usage reports; and/or I have researched how source documents for entries are recorded into automated accounting system; and/or I have generated operating results for the factory.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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