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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.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.


* 4.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.


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.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.


* 4.From the functions listed below, select the supervisory functions that you have regularly performed.
  1. I have considered and approved leave requests in context of work requirements.
  2. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  3. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  4. I have developed performance standards, and evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  5. I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  6. I have prepared recommendations for disciplinary actions to address conduct and performance issues.
  7. I have interviewed candidates for positions in the unit, and recommended/selected for appointment, promotion, or reassignment.
  8. I have identified developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget constraints.
  9. I have coached and mentored staff to achieve desired results.
  10. I have prepared award nominations in recognition of high performance.
  11. None of the above.


* 5.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.


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.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.


It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy and completeness of your application. An incomplete application or one that is not completed in accordance with instructions found in this announcement will subject you to being found ineligible. By selecting the applicable documents from the list below, I acknowledge my responsibility to submit/provide this information to the Human Resources office by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

* 3.Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Indicate who officially rated your performance (e.g., immediate supervisor, 2nd level supervisor, acting supervisor, etc.). Also, indicate your rating in terms of the performance system (e.g., 3 level rating out of a 5-tier system; 2 level rating out of a 3-tier system; Pass rating out of a Pass/Fail system).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Indicate the type of recognition received (e.g., monetary award, time off award, safety award, plaque, etc.), for what purpose, and from whom (e.g., supervisor, co-worker, community or government official).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Select all that apply for this vacancy.
  1. I have included a resume with my user profile in USAJOBS that will be used to support my answers to job specific questions. To be considered for the position your application must include a resume. Failure to submit a resume will result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  2. I am a veteran or other category of preference eligible. I will submit a DD-214, SF-15, and other documentation that verifies my eligibility for veterans or derived preference (e.g., VRA, VEOA, widow etc.). Failure to submit the required documents will remove my consideration as a preference eligible.
  3. I am currently, or have been, a Federal employee with competitive status. I will submit a copy of my most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that verifies my competitive status. Failure to submit a SF-50 will result in loss of consideration as a current or previous Federal employee and may result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  4. I am CTAP/ICTAP eligible. I will submit a copy of my most recent performance appraisal, proof of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, and my most recent SF-50. Failure to submit the required documents will remove me from consideration as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.
  5. I am a returned volunteer from the Peace Corps or VISTA. I will submit proof of that service. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as a Peace Corps or VISTA return volunteer and may result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  6. I am an overseas returnee with verification of service. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as an overseas returnee.
  7. I am an individual with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or major life activities AND have been certified by the State Department of Vocational Services rendering me eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities. I will submit copies of my Vocational Rehabilitation documents to verify my eligibility for this program. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as a disabled individual.
  8. I meet the educational requirements of this position as described in the vacancy announcement. I am submitting a copy of my transcripts, which include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred, to verify my educational accomplishments. I understand that if I do not supply a copy of my transcripts, I will be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
  9. I am applying for an Engineering (0800 series) position and am a Registered Professional Engineer. I will submit a copy of my Professional Engineer (PE) Registration. I understand that if I fail to supply my PE registration, I will not be given credit as a Registered Professional Engineer and may be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
  10. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I will submit a copy of my CPA certification. I understand that if I do not provide a copy of my CPA, I will not be given credit as a CPA.
  11. I am applying for a Contract Specialist (1102 series) position and meet the Department of Interior mandatory training requirements for Contract Specialist. I am submitting copies of the training certifications. I understand that if I do not supply these copies, I will not be given credit for the training and will be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.


* 6.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.


* 7.Choose the answers that best describe the types of financial laws and regulations you use (or have used) within a work environment.
  1. Treasury Regulations
  2. Office of Management and Budget Business Rules for Intra-Governmental transactions.
  3. Office of Management and Budget Circulars and Bulletins, especially OMB 01-02 “Audit Requirements for Federal Financial Statements” and OMB 01-09 “Form and Content of Agency Financial Statements”
  4. General Accounting Office guidance, e.g., Governmental Auditing Standards (Yellow Book), Internal Control Standards, Federal Appropriation Law, Comptroller General Decisions
  5. Government Standard General Ledger
  6. Prompt Payment Act
  7. Financial management legislation, including the CFO Act of 1990, the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act, the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act
  8. OMB Circulars, e.g., A-123 “Management Accountability and Control” and A-127 “Policies and Standards for Financial Management Systems”
  9. Other financial laws and regulations
  10. None of the above


* 8.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.


* 9.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.






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