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Grade: 05
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-4 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.Accounting Technicians have contact with vendors, co-workers, subordinates, institution department heads, personnel at other institutions, higher level administration within the Bureau, Department of Justice auditors, inmates, general public, local and, although infrequent, foreign government officials. They provide and exchange information regarding a variety of accounting transactions. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have, upon request, provided travel forms to employees; and/or I have provided information request forms to inmates; and/or as directed, I have cancelled and rescheduled meetings and appointments.
  2. I have assisted in the response to an inmate's inquiry regarding his/her account; and/or I have advised supervisors of an issue concerning work; and/or I have explained account information to a department head; and/or I have contacted vendors to request a copy of invoice or proof of delivery.
  3. I have provided general information to visitors; and/or I have assisted in explaining account information to a department head; and/or I have addressed staff and customer complaints
  4. None of the above.


3.Accounting Technicians must be able to effectively communicate in writing. They may have contact with vendors, inmates, staff, department heads, administrative staff, and others where it is necessary to respond in writing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared rough drafts for comments in correspondence regarding policy change; and/or I have prepared itineraries for conferences; and/or I have typed correspondence from draft form; and/or I have composed and sent e-mail correspondence.
  2. I have summarized data in a report; and/or I have prepared agenda for meetings, using established procedures and formats; and/or I have prepared an inmate incident report; and/or I have prepared minutes from a staff meeting from written notes.
  3. I have responded to simple e-mails; and/or I have completed supply technician forms; and/or I have prepared inter-office memoranda.
  4. None of the above.


4.Accounting Technicians must have a knowledge of disbursements and fund accounting methods used in maintaining balancing and closing sub-accounts in an accounting system. They must adhere to the standards of the U.S. Treasury Department, the General Accounting office, Office of Personnel Management, the Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Prisons. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have compiled and examined reports to confirm transactions were accepted in the system; and/or I have proofread figures on disbursement documents; and/or I have corrected accounting data that was incorrectly entered into the system.
  2. I have ensured all required external reports were completed by required dates; and/or I have followed existing office procedures when maintaining open accounts payable balances; and/or I have maintained batch records according to established guidelines.
  3. As instructed and with assistance, I have coded and keyed financial data; and/or with assistance, I have maintained and balance petty cash funds; and/or as directed, I have tracked payroll and overtime expenditures.
  4. None of the above.


5.Accounting Technicians must apply a variety of accounting procedures in preparing, processing, and maintaining accounts. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have analyzed obligation documents to determine proper obligation type; and/or I have ensured adequate funding for all obligations and payments; and/or I have advised management when funding inadequacies are noted.
  2. I have assisted supervisors in conducting audit of department's accounting operations; and/or with direction, I have keyed accounting entries in accordance with established policy; and/or I have totaled receipts and prepared deposits, with assistance.
  3. I have reviewed audit trails and internal controls; and/or I have checked daily accounting reports to ensure transactions were processed; and/or I have researched applicable policies or guidelines when faced with questionable accounting issues.
  4. None of the above.


6.Accounting Technicians are responsible for processing accounting documents and maintaining files. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have filed and retrieved records, invoices, or reports from existing filing system; and/or I have prepared and maintained records for household budgets; and/or with supervision, I have set up a file index.
  2. I have maintained established files, adding topics/files as needed; and/or I have pulled medical records for patient appointments; and/or I have maintained pending files for various functions.
  3. I have used established checklists for individual files; and/or I have maintained case files; and/or I have organized a small office/records filing system; and/or I have sorted and distributed incoming source documents.
  4. None of the above.


7.Accounting Technicians enter, correct, and retrieve accounting data using the Financial Management Information System (FMIS) as well as several other on-line systems. They also use various office equipment such as the personal computer, adding machine, and other small equipment. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have utilized spell checker, macro, and file merger in Word Perfect; and/or I have keyed budget or accounting data to produce reports; and/or I have operated check endorser.
  2. I have utilized a calculator/adding machine; and/or I have used a photocopier, fax and scanner; and/or I have searched the internet for basic information; and/or I have demonstrated basic knowledge of personal computer nomenclature.
  3. I have used grammar check for documents; and/or I have assisted in setting up an automated filing system for easy access/retrieval of information; and/or I have ordered office supplies for a variety of common office equipment.
  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


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.





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