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Grade: 13
* 1.[342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


2.[548] You must meet the minimum basic educational/experience requirements for professional accounting positions in the federal government. Choose one answer which best describes your educational/experience background for an accounting position.
  1. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that included 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses. (May include up to 6 hours credit in business law.)
  2. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training. I am also a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor which was obtained through a written examination.
  3. I have earned a Bachelor's degree in accounting; or a degree 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.)
  4. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or a combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training and have completed the requirements for a degree that included substantial work in accounting (e.g., 15 semester hours) plus (a) I have worked at the full performance level in accounting or auditing; and (b) a panel of at least 2 professional accountants have determined that I possess the required professional accounting knowledge, skills and abilities.
  5. I do not meet any of the education and/or combination of education and experience under any of the choices above.


* 3.[529] Select the software application(s) in which you have experience utilizing advanced functionalities to analyze, manipulate, and present complex data / information.
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. Microsoft Access
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint
  5. WordPerfect
  6. SAP Financial Information System
  7. PeopleSoft Enterprise
  8. Lotus Notes / Domino
  9. Oracle Financial Information System
  10. None of the above


* 4.[531] Choose the statement(s) that best describe your highest level of experience utilizing financial database systems.
  1. Used basic software applications and programs to assist in the preparation of routine financial reports
  2. Used a financial system on a daily basis, and used basic financial management software applications and programs to prepare financial and expenditure reports
  3. Used a variety of financial management software applications and programs on a continuing basis to prepare complex financial reports and to analyze financial status, trends, or expenditures for use in presentations
  4. None of the above


* 5.[1408] Choose the statement that best describes your level of experience operating and utilizing the reporting functions of a financial accounting system.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in operating and or utilizing the reporting functions of a financial accounting system.
  2. I have had education or training in operating or utilizing the reporting functions of a financial accounting system, but have not applied it to a job.
  3. I have operated and utilized the reporting functions of a financial accounting system as a regular part of my job.
  4. I have operated and utilized the reporting functions of a financial accounting system as a regular part of my job and do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  5. I have operated and utilized the reporting functions of a financial accounting system as a regular part of my job and have trained others on the use of the system. When my work is reviewed it is for adherence to policy or program mission and objectives.
  6. I am considered an authority by my peers in the operation and utilization of a financial accounting system.


* 6.[14145] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience providing technical assistance and training on grant management systems/issues.
  1. I have developed and conducted workshops, courses and/or seminars on finance grant management systems and/or grant financial management related issues.
  2. I assisted with developing and conducting workshops, courses and or seminars on grant management systems and/or grant financial management related issues.
  3. I have used teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or an internet based product to conduct technical assistance and training on grant management systems and/or grant financial management related issues.
  4. I have assisted my organization's customers when they had issues and questions on my organization's finance grant programs.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.[5148] Choose the statement that best describes your level of experience operating and utilizing the various functions of a financial accounting system.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in operating and/or utilizing the various functions of a financial accounting system.
  2. I have had education or training in operating or utilizing the various functions of a financial accounting system, but have not applied it to a job.
  3. I have operated and utilized the various functions of a financial accounting system as a regular part of my job.
  4. I have operated and utilized the various functions of a financial accounting system as a regular part of my job and do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  5. I have operated and utilized the various functions of a financial accounting system as a regular part of my job and have trained others on the use of the system. When my work is reviewed it is for adherence to policy or program mission and objectives.
  6. I am considered an authority by my peers in the operation and utilization of a financial accounting system.


* 8.[5850] Select the Microsoft Excel feature(s) you are proficient in using to analyze and present complex financial, accounting or budget data or information. Proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the feature's capabilities.
  1. 3-D charts
  2. Macros
  3. Pivot tables
  4. Parsing data from text files
  5. Linking data between spreadsheets
  6. Conditional formatting
  7. Uploading and downloading data from/to systems and system interfaces
  8. Using data forms to add, edit, or delete records
  9. None of the above


* 9.[5938] Select the financial management and administrative systems with which you have direct project management and implementation experience.
  1. Financial Management and Reporting
  2. Budgeting
  3. Project Accounting
  4. Asset Management
  5. Payroll and Benefits
  6. Labor Distribution
  7. Employment and Recruiting
  8. Property Management
  9. Procurement Management
  10. Web Content Management
  11. Document Management
  12. Workflow Management
  13. Database Management
  14. Knowledge Management & Reporting Systems
  15. None of the above


* 10.[6203] Select the statement that best describes your experience in developing and implementing a new financial reporting and analysis systems while ensuring coordination with legacy systems.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor senior employee or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 11.[15276] Select the spreadsheet feature(s) you are proficient in using to analyze, manipulate, and present complex financial, accounting or budget data or information. Proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the feature's capabilities.
  1. 3-D charts
  2. Macros
  3. Pivot tables
  4. Parsing data from text files
  5. Linking data between spreadsheets
  6. Conditional formatting
  7. Uploading and downloading data from/to systems and system interfaces
  8. Using data forms to add, edit, or delete records
  9. None of the above


* 12.[48924] Select the responses that describe your experience with automated financial accounting systems.
  1. I have no working experience using automated financial accounting systems.
  2. I am often consulted by other staff because of my expertise with automated financial accounting systems.
  3. I have experience with automated financial accounting systems used either in the public or private sector.
  4. I have experience with financial systems that have integrated or interfaced feeder systems.
  5. I have experience planning for and managing the operation of financial systems that use automated financial accounting systems and that have integrated or interfaced feeder systems.
  6. I have experience planning for and managing the implementation of financial systems that use automated financial accounting systems and that have integrated or interfaced feeder systems.


* 13.[8411] Choose the one statement that best reflects your experience in analyzing, monitoring and evaluating accounting and financial management programs, problems, and issues.
  1. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  2. I have reviewed and analyzed accounting and financial management programs, problems and issues on the job under close supervisor by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  3. I have conducted reviews of new or proposed financial policies, procedures and guidelines for impact on programs and agency wide personnel policies; made recommendations to management on the need for changes in existing policies; and developed new organizational financial policies, procedures and guidelines when the issues under consideration are new and have no applicable precedent or are highly controversial.
  4. In addition to number 3, I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.[8544] Select the activity(ies) in which you I have analyzed, monitored, and reported grant information and financial data.
  1. Collaborating with program and financial management staff to develop policies governing grant related reporting requirements for purposes of informing agency leadership, Congress, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and grantee stakeholders.
  2. Making decisions on financial management goals and initiating strategies for accomplishing agency goals and objectives in the areas of financial grant policy.
  3. Developing reports necessary to track and monitor grant awards, obligations, and closeouts.
  4. None of the above.


* 15.[8546] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience with financial and grant management systems.
  1. I have led major segments of implementing new financial and grant management systems.
  2. I have developed user and technical requirements for financial and grant management systems.
  3. I have developed acceptance criteria for financial and grant management systems.
  4. I have developed implementation and test plans for financial and grant management systems.
  5. I have developed system integration, migration and training plans for financial and grant management systems.
  6. I have managed implementation projects for financial and grant management systems up to and including operations turnover.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.[8821] Select the statement that best reflects your experience operating and utilizing the reporting functions of a financial management or information system.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training operating and utilizing the reporting functions of a financial management or information system
  2. I have completed formal education or training operating and utilizing the reporting functions of a financial management or information system, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have operated and utilized the reporting functions of a financial management or information system on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have operated and utilized the reporting functions of a financial management or information system as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, operating and utilizing the reporting functions of a financial management or information system has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.[9061] Select the level of experience you have with internal financial controls.
  1. I am familiar with the requirements of the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act and have directed the development of internal financial controls within an organization.
  2. I am familiar with the requirements of the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act and have participated in the implementation of internal financial controls within an organization.
  3. I have led development of systems that monitor the performance of complex financial functions.
  4. I have implemented internal financial control processes.
  5. I am familiar with the concepts of internal financial controls.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Select the response that best reflects the highest level of experience you have attained as it pertains to financial management responsibility.
  1. Independently reviewed financial data, reports, and/or financial information requests and the resulting identification of financial management issues
  2. Reviewed financial data, reports, and/or financial information requests and assisted others in the identification of issues and the development of recommendations for further action
  3. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 4.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 5.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 6.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.