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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.

* 1.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: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

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.

2.Financial Specialists must respond to inquiries, provide interpretations, and present financial reports in a clear, concise manner. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have revised memorandums and charts for internal use; and/or I have responded to email request for pay arrangements instructed by the supervisor; and/or I have updated calendar to include scheduled meetings and due dates for financial projects and reports; and/or I have prepared weekly status report for internal use.
  2. I have written a newsletter article about financial management; and/or I have prepared minutes of budget meetings; and/or I have written letters to vendors concerning debts due to government.
  3. I have completed standard cost forms and schedules; and/or I have summarized information and quantitative data for use within the office; and/or I have completed work orders; and/or I have prepared an inmate incident report.
  4. None of the above.


3.Financial Specialists must interact with staff, managers, and outside contacts in maintaining day to day operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded to routine telephone or inmate inquires; and/or I have discussed issues with regional staff to complete routine assignments; and/or I have completed one course in public speaking; and/or I have verified status of accounts with vendors.
  2. I have responded to inmate questions and complaints; and/or I have contacted staff concerning travel or salary advances; and/or I have lead discussion in department/staff meeting.
  3. I have interpreted regulations and provided technical advice to staff and members of the community; and/or I have answered complex questions relating to Financial Management; and/or I have briefed supervisor on status of workload.
  4. None of the above.


4.Financial Specialists must be knowledgeable of financial principles in order to determine the accuracy of financial information submitted by subordinates and cost center managers. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted with reconciling a subsidiary account to general ledger account; and/or I have developed a spreadsheet to function in support of a journal entry/general ledger account; and/or I have performed cash reconciliation.
  2. I have reviewed financial reports to determine if they were balanced; and/or I have with assistance from Comptroller, resolved various issues pertaining to financial management; and/or I have assisted in compiling the Budget Requirements Report; and/or I have certified vendor payments.
  3. I have reviewed vendor payment for accuracy; and/or I have prepared travel settlement vouchers; and/or I have reviewed vendor invoices for accuracy; and/or I have reviewed obligations for accuracy.
  4. None of the above.


5.Financial Specialists must analyze, draw conclusions, and make recommendations regarding the best use of financial resources. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reviewed general ledger accounts for proper balances; and/or I have prepared monthly proof checks and 224 submission; and/or I have corrected statement of differences in Treasury.
  2. I have determined the general ledger accounts were balanced; and/or I have determined from reports the obligations for each cost center; and/or I have with assistance from Controller, analyzed various financial reports.
  3. I have prepared responses to audit guidance memoranda; and/or I have classified financial transactions according to the appropriate general ledger account; and/or I have assisted with reconciling an annual physical inventory.
  4. None of the above.


6.Financial Specialists must apply a variety of accounting and budget policies, procedures, and other guidelines in maintaining the operations of the institution. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have reconciled and resolved general/subsidiary ledger discrepancies; and/or I have reconciled inmate payroll; and/or I have served as team leader in conducting an annual physical inventory; and/or I have participated in a program review.
  2. I have used accounting manual to determine what items were needed to pay a bill; and/or I have reviewed simple travel vouchers for accuracy according to Travel Regulations; and/or I have prepared asset recognition entries in accordance to regulations.
  3. I have met deadlines according to policy; and/or I have applied prompt payment policy for making payments to vendors; and/or I have certified travel vouchers containing valid claims for reimbursement according to travel regulations.
  4. None of the above.


7.Financial Specialists 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 general ledger to balance property and accumulated depreciations; and/or I have generated monthly ending reports to prepare the monthly proof checks; and/or I have generated cost reports to balance work-in-progress accounts; and/or I have generated outstanding travel advance and account receivable reports.
  2. I have reviewed obligation reports to assist with fund control or ensure cost centers are not over obligated; and/or I have reviewed personal or real property reports for accuracy; and/or I have completed one training course on automated financial systems; and/or I have researched how source documents for entries are recorded into the automated accounting system.
  3. I have operated Fund Control programs; and/or 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 explanation of variance using automated accounting.
  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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