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


* 4.Please select the response that reflects your highest level of experience in using spreadsheets for accounting and financial data management.
  1. I have extensive experience in analyzing and managing accounts and financial data through the use of multiple-layered spreadsheets with statistical functions and complex formulae that required me to write macros for specific analytical functions.
  2. I have experience using layered spreadsheets with some complex formulae.
  3. I have used spreadsheets for simple tables and data compilation with standard formulae.
  4. I have completed formal education or training in the use of spreadsheets but have not yet used the application on the job.
  5. I have no experience using spreadsheets.


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 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-12 In addition to meeting the basic requirements, choose the one answer which best describes your professional experience as it pertains to the requirements for this position
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience may include: maintaining an accounting system on a regular basis; formatting new reports to satisfy information requirements; modifying and adapting conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve accounting problems and developing subsystems based on requirements
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above


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


* 4.Please select the response that reflects your highest level of experience in using spreadsheets for accounting and financial data management.
  1. I have extensive experience in analyzing and managing accounts and financial data through the use of multiple-layered spreadsheets with statistical functions and complex formulae that required me to write macros for specific analytical functions.
  2. I have experience using layered spreadsheets with some complex formulae.
  3. I have used spreadsheets for simple tables and data compilation with standard formulae.
  4. I have completed formal education or training in the use of spreadsheets but have not yet used the application on the job.
  5. I have no experience using spreadsheets.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the response that best reflects your experience assessing policy and program effectiveness using a wide range of qualitative and/or quantitative methods to make recommendations for improvements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 2.Select the response that best reflects your experience in conducting audits of integrated financial operations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.I have written financial audit reports that:
  1. Identify noncompliance with regulations
  2. Identify inefficient practices
  3. Reach conclusions on the acceptability of costs
  4. Issue opinion on financial statements
  5. None of the above


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


* 5.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


* 6.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.


* 7.Select the answers that best describe your ability to develop new insights and apply innovative solutions to make organization improvements; create a work environment that encourages creative thinking and innovation; and design and implement new or cutting-edge programs and processes.
  1. Apply creative problem solving methods and innovative solutions to recurring problems
  2. Develop new business processes to achieve improvements in organizational performance
  3. Process re-engineering of existing processes to achieve improvements in organizational performance
  4. Recognize and reward creative thinking by others
  5. Develop and market new programs and services for customers
  6. None of the above


* 8.I have experience utilizing the computer for the following activities.
  1. Creating, editing, printing, retrieving and/or manipulating files.
  2. Editing and reformatting electronic drafts.
  3. Revising existing databases or spreadsheets.
  4. Producing documents requiring complex/varied formats such as graphics or tables within text.
  5. Producing documents that include charts and/or graphs using presentation software.
  6. Utilizing network/shared files and directory space.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.Select the response(s) that best describes your experience utilizing computer software and features.
  1. Used advanced and varied software features to create and edit spreadsheets.
  2. Used advanced and varied software features to create and edit graphs or charts.
  3. Used advanced and varied software features to create and edit automated forms.
  4. Used advanced and varied software features to create and edit automated presentations that included graphics.
  5. Used varied software features to create and edit formal documents, such as correspondence, memos and letters.
  6. Used advanced features to run custom reports.
  7. Used advanced features to export and import information from one system/software to another.
  8. Used varied functions and features to locate and research information via the internet.
  9. Created and edited documents that required complex formatting.
  10. None of the above


* 10.Please choose those answers that best describe your experience working on a team or as a team leader.
  1. Experience leading a multi-disciplinary team on projects or studies.
  2. Experience as a team leader responsible for planning, organizing, and coordinating work tasks.
  3. Experience as a team leader responsible for setting work priorities and defining critical work paths.
  4. Experience as a team leader responsible for monitoring performance and implementation to meet goals and objectives related to the organization's mission.
  5. Experience as a team member with some responsibility for planning performance and implementation of projects and studies to meet goals and objectives related to the organization’s mission.
  6. Experience working on a team that independently handled problems involving accounting requirements where there are no existing guidelines.
  7. Experience working on a team and handling problems involving accounting requirements where there are established guidelines.
  8. Completed course work or formal training on team leadership or teamwork.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.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.


* 12.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.


You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 13.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.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


* 15.Provide specific information about your response to the previous question (i.e. professor's name and place of employment; college or university name; job/career fair and location held; friend's name; etc.).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 16.Were you encouraged to apply for this position by a current Bureau of Reclamation, Lower Colorado Region employee?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.If you selected yes to the previous question, please list the employee's first and last name.
Maximum length of 250 characters.






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