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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose the one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for Accountant positions
  1. I have a degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing or in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting (May include up to 6 hours of credit in business law)
  2. I have combination of education & experience- 4 years experience in accounting or combination accounting experience, college level education, & training. I have one of these: 1) 24 semester hours in appropriate accounting or auditing courses (can include 6 hours of business law); 2) certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, from written exam; 3) degree that included substantial accounting/auditing courses, (15 semester hours), but less than 24 semester hours
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above


* 2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the basic requirements, choose the one answer which best describes your education and professional experience as it pertains to requirements for this position
  1. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position
  2. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: working with administrative support or small business accounting systems, ( i.e. payroll, purchases, sales); data trend analysis; and developing instructional procedures for use by others
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above


* 3.I have experience, education and/or training in analyzing and interpreting financial data specific to a reimbursable program.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I have work experience directly related to the application of the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB) standards and concepts.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Choose the answers that best describe your knowledge and experience analyzing, testing, interpreting, accessing and updating accounting information in an automated accounting system.
  1. Working with a Joint Financial Management Improvement Program (JFMIP) compliant Core Financial System.
  2. Identifying financial system problems through analysis and recommending corrective action.
  3. Applying independent judgment to determine if systems conform to, and are consistent with, accounting principles.
  4. Utilizing automated tools, separate from an accounting system, to perform analysis.
  5. Recommending corrective action when system weaknesses are discovered.
  6. Recommending corrective action when problems with data are discovered.
  7. Researching accounting system problems and recommending solutions to correct the problems.
  8. Understanding of internal controls and identifying adequate and deficient controls.
  9. Utilizing various tools to conduct analysis of financial information.
  10. Reviewing computerized data output and verify with manual data input.
  11. Providing training to co-workers on automated financial systems.
  12. Providing training to auditors on automated financial systems.
  13. Providing training to management on automated financial systems.
  14. Assisting co-workers with Federal Financial system error messages.
  15. Assisting co-workers with non-Federal Financial system error messages.
  16. Working in other automated accounting systems.
  17. Completed course work or formal training in the computer field.
  18. None of the above.


* 6.I have knowledge and direct work experience providing technical and functional expertise related to cost and repayment accounting.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Select the functional areas with which you have work experience in the accounting field.
  1. Accounts receivable, including billing and collection processes.
  2. Accounts payable, including payments processes and expense recognition.
  3. Cost accounting, including cost accounting standards and requirements.
  4. Budgetary accounting in support of Federal, State, and/or Local government budget formulation and execution processes.
  5. General accounting.
  6. Subsidiary ledger reconciliation.
  7. Reporting, including regulatory reporting requirements, e.g., Federal Agency Centralized Trial Balance System (FACTS II) (reporting and the year-end closing statement, and preparation of the Chief Financial Officers financial statements).
  8. Cash accounting, including preparation of reports to Treasury, e.g., FMS Form 224, and monthly Treasury reconciliations.
  9. Property, Plant, and Equipment, including construction-in-progress, plant and facilities, movable equipment, reconciliation, and depreciation.
  10. Revenue, including revenue recognition for reimbursable agreements, revolving funds and user fees.
  11. None of the above.


* 8.Select the answers that best describe your knowledge and experience analyzing and interpreting financial data.
  1. Documenting and explaining comparative analysis of general ledger balances.
  2. Determining appropriate reports to analyze and resolve account discrepancies.
  3. Working with proprietary and budgetary accounts in local, State, and Federal Government.
  4. Performing analysis to determine abnormal trends.
  5. Working with subsidiary systems (i.e., procurement, travel, labor, bankcard, accounts receivable, and accounts payable) that interface with the Department of the Interior's Federal Financial System (FFS).
  6. Working with subsidiary systems (i.e., procurement, travel, labor, bankcard, accounts receivable, and accounts payable) that interface with a financial system other than FFS.
  7. Reviewing, analyzing, maintaining, and reconciling subsidiary and general ledgers.
  8. Reviewing, analyzing, and maintaining deposits and funds administration.
  9. Processing refunds and disbursements.
  10. Performing analysis and special reviews to ensure integrity of accounting systems.
  11. Reconciling property.
  12. Reconciling payroll interfaces.
  13. Reconciling labor cost reports.
  14. Reconciling employee activity reports.
  15. Taking corrective action to reconcile accounting errors.
  16. Working in an automated accounting system performing financial management activities.
  17. Received training in professional accounting principles, theories, concepts, and techniques.
  18. Received training in analyzing and interpreting financial data.
  19. None of the above.


* 9.Select the answers that best describe your knowledge and experience related to communication skills.
  1. Experience communicating information to groups or individuals in order to instruct, or persuade regarding activities or programs.
  2. Experience conducting exit conference upon completion of audits.
  3. Experience conducting formal training sessions on technical matters.
  4. Experience representing management in meetings.
  5. Experience representing management at conferences.
  6. Experience conducting informal training, provided to others on an individual basis.
  7. Experience presenting regional policies to internal and external individuals or groups.
  8. Experience communicating information via the telephone.
  9. Experience dealing with and resolving conflicts, complaints, and problems in person or on the telephone.
  10. Experience appropriately tailoring information presented for the applicable audience.
  11. Completed course work or formal training in communication skills.
  12. None of the above.


* 10.Select the answers that best describe your experience in written communication.
  1. Experience developing financial policy and procedures.
  2. Experience preparing financial technical operating instructions.
  3. Experience gathering data and organizing it to be presented.
  4. Experience writing technical reports, letters, and memorandums.
  5. Experience writing non-technical reports, memos and routine office memorandums.
  6. Experience writing desk procedures in draft for review.
  7. Experience finalizing desk procedures.
  8. Experience developing automated accounting instructions and procedures for routine transactions.
  9. Experience preparing reports and statements that contain timely, accurate, and essential financial management information.
  10. Experience preparing test scenarios for new releases and conducting actual testing and documenting results.
  11. Experience preparing external financial management reports, statements, supporting schedules, justifications, and related documentation.
  12. Experience preparing responses to audit recommendations.
  13. Experience interpreting and translating technical information (i.e. government regulations, policies, etc.) into plain English.
  14. Experience reviewing documents for technical soundness.
  15. Experience reviewing documents for appropriate content.
  16. Experience appropriately tailoring information presented for the applicable audience.
  17. Experience responding to requests for information in specified formats.
  18. Experience using automated spelling and grammar check tools accurately and appropriately.
  19. Completed course work or formal training in creative writing.
  20. Completed course work or formal training in written communications.
  21. None of the above.


11.Select the answers that best describe your experience working on accounting assignments and resolving accounting issues.
  1. Performed studies related to obligations and budgets
  2. Researched source documents
  3. Identified disbursement from cost reports
  4. Traced liquidation of obligations/accruals
  5. Performed adjustments to reconcile and balance accounts
  6. Identified accounting changes and determined related transactions and causes
  7. Performed reviews and analyses to ensure the integrity of general ledger controls
  8. Performed reviews and analyses to ensure accuracy of the general ledger balance
  9. Analyzed and prepared billings for reimbursable work
  10. Performed studies related to cost recovery/repayment
  11. Performed studies related to cost allocations
  12. None of the above


* 12.Select the answers that best describe the type of regulatory references you have used on a regular basis
  1. Federal Travel Regulations
  2. State Department Foreign Travel Regulations
  3. Federal Appropriation Laws
  4. Prompt Payment Act
  5. US Treasury Regulations
  6. Government Accounting Office Regulations
  7. Federal Acquisition Regulations
  8. Office of Management & Budget (OMB) Regulations
  9. U.S. Codes
  10. Comptroller General Decisions
  11. GSA Regulations
  12. Imprest Cashier Regulations
  13. GSA Board of Appeal Decisions
  14. Debt Collection Act of 1982 as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996
  15. Civilian Personnel Law Manual
  16. Internal Revenue Code
  17. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other


2.If you selected OTHER as your response to the question above, please elaborate on your answer.
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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