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Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose the answer that best describes your education and experience:
  1. I have a degree from a 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 a combination of education and experience - 4 years experience in accounting, or a combination of accounting experience, college level education and training. I have one of these: 1) 24 semester hours in appropriate accounting or auditing courses (can include 6 hours of business law); 2) a certificate as a CPA or a CIA; or 3) a degree that included substantial accounting/auditing (15 semester hours).
  3. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.GS-12 In addition to meeting the basic requirement, choose the answer that best describes your professional experience.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples include: independently conducting tasks analyzing program operations for impact upon the accounting/financial management system; analyzing program trends/anomalies in accounting system transactions; analyzing specific problem areas arising within the accounting system or program operations and devising solutions; and evaluating the current status of accounting or reporting systems.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 Choose the answer that best describes your education and experience:
  1. I have a degree from a 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 a combination of education & experience - 4 years experience in accounting, or combination of 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) a certificate as CPA or a CIA; or 3) a degree that included substantial accounting/auditing (15 semester hours).
  3. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.GS-13 In addition to meeting the basic requirement, choose the answer that best describes your professional experience.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Examples of specialized experience include: designing, developing, operating, or inspecting accounting systems; prescribing accounting standards, policies, and requirements; examining, analyzing, and interpreting accounting data, records, and reports; or advising or assisting, management on accounting and financial management matters.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the answer that best reflects your knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, standards, theories, and concepts.
  1. I have no knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, standards, theories, and concepts.
  2. I have knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, standards, theories, and concepts.
  3. I have extensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, standards, theories, and concepts.


* 2.Do you have experience using accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have working knowledge of any of the following Federal financial management areas?
  1. Financial operations (e.g. payables, receivables, debt management, travel, etc.)
  2. Financial statement reporting
  3. Internal controls
  4. Financial systems implementation
  5. Performance measurement & management
  6. Grant accounting
  7. Budget execution
  8. None of the above.


* 4.Do you have experience analyzing any of the following to solve a variety of complex problems to implement and track new or revised requirements and legislation?
  1. Accounting/Financial practices
  2. Cash management practices
  3. Asset management practices
  4. Grant management and accounting
  5. None of the above.


* 5.I have performed the following duties:
  1. Reconciled grant accounting transactions.
  2. Performed analytical reviews of grant recipient financial reports.
  3. Served as a liaison with internal and external personnel.
  4. Performed training and information presentations.
  5. Developed policy and/or procedures.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.I have performed the following duties:
  1. Performed analytical reviews.
  2. Performed research and compiled results in a position paper.
  3. Served as your agency's representative with internal and external personnel.
  4. Performed training and presentations on an agency-wide basis.
  5. Initiated and developed agency policy.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Describe your experience communicating both orally and in writing as an authoritative spokesperson on fiscal accounting and financial management to both Executive and Audit staff.
  1. I do not have experience in this area.
  2. I have written materials for briefings on complex accounting and/or systems issues.
  3. I have drafted financial policy guidance and procedural materials.
  4. I have written memoranda on financial management issues.
  5. I have made presentations to senior officials.
  6. I have negotiated with, and presented persuasive arguments to senior officials to gain approval of proposals and recommendations.


* 8.Choose the answer(s) that best describe your experience advising and instructing grantees and agency personnel on federal grant financial matters and policies.
  1. I have developed agency-wide policy advising grantees and agency personnel on federal grant financial matters.
  2. I have developed and delivered briefings to grantees and agency personnel on federal grant financial matters and policies.
  3. I have trained and mentored agency personnel in the application of federal grant financial matters and policies.
  4. I have provided authoritative advice and guidance to grantees and agency personnel on federal grant financial matters and policies.
  5. I have no federal grant financial management experience as described above.


* 9.Choose the answer(s) that best describe your experience using various payment methods, i.e., ACH, FedWire, and Check.
  1. I have analyzed and verified the accuracy of payments using these methods.
  2. I have responsibility for overseeing electronic transfers.
  3. I have examined and certified payments made by FedWire, ACH, and Check.
  4. I have developed operating procedures for various payment methods.
  5. I have no experience using various payment methods as described above.


* 10.Are you familiar with the US Standard General Ledger (USSGL) and the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)?
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience using the USSGL or GAAP.
  2. I have had education or training related to the USSGL and GAAP, but have not yet applied this training on the job.
  3. I am familiar with the USSGL and GAAP and apply them on the job with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I am familiar with the USSGL and GAAP and apply them on a regular basis as part of the job, independently and usually without close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert in performing tasks which require applying the USSGL and GAAP.


* 11.Choose the answers that describe your experience overseeing and managing an agency's official accounting records.
  1. I have experience preparing internal and external financial reports.
  2. I have experience preparing internal and external financial statements.
  3. I have experience developing financial control mechanisms.
  4. I have experience managing debt collection activities.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.Indicate your knowledge and experience using the body of laws and control agency (OMB, Treasury, GAO, GSA, etc.) regulations pertaining to Federal appropriations, obligations, expenditures, recoveries, and procurement to enable the development and implementation of policies and standards.
  1. Prompt Payment Act of 1982 (P.L. 97-177).
  2. Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990 (CMIA).
  3. Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA, P.L. 104-134).
  4. Federal Travel Regulations.
  5. CFO Act of 1990.
  6. Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act (FMFIA).
  7. Federal Financial Management Improvement Act (FFMIA).
  8. OMB A-127, Federal Financial Management Systems.
  9. OMB 1-123, Internal Controls.
  10. Federal Accounting Standards.
  11. US Standard General Ledger (US SGL) at the transaction level.
  12. OMB's FSIO's (Financial Systems Integration Office) financial system requirements.
  13. OMB A-22, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions.
  14. OMB A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations Federal Financial Management Systems.
  15. OMB A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments.
  16. OMB A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations.
  17. OMB A-133, Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations.
  18. None of the Above.


* 13.Select the answer(s) that describe your experience related to grant financial matters and policies.
  1. Developed and implemented accounting policies and procedures to be applied to institution grant recipients.
  2. Developed and implemented record keeping and reporting requirements to be applied to institution grant recipients.
  3. Developed and implemented fiscal controls to be applied to institution grant recipients.
  4. Developed and implemented monitoring procedures designed to assure institutional compliance with Federal grant accounting rules and regulations.
  5. Supervised site visits to grantee institutions for purpose of reviewing and analyzing grant accounts.
  6. Reviewed and reconciled accounting records between NSF and grantee institutions.
  7. Supervised, trained and/or consulted by others as an expert for assistance on grant financial matters and policies.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Have you participated in or led any of the following agency or organizational financial management initiatives that impact financial systems?
  1. Financial Management Line of Business.
  2. Internal Control Program.
  3. GMRA
  4. President's Management Agenda/electronic government.
  5. Shared Services.
  6. JFMIP-FSIO Compliance.
  7. Enterprise information systems.
  8. None of the above.


* 15.Choose the answers that describe your experience preparing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting accounting data.
  1. I have experience in performing ongoing monitoring and analysis of financial data recorded in systems to identify discrepancies and imbalance conditions, and complete timely corrective entries to reconcile differences.
  2. I have experience conducting research and interpreting regulations, policies and procedures.
  3. I have experience managing accounting activities for interagency agreements and reconciling accounting data with external customers.
  4. I have experience preparing internal and external financial statements and financial reports.
  5. I have experience collecting audit data and communicating financial information to audit staff.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.Choose the answers that describe your experience using networked personal computer equipment and software programs to extract, compile, and manipulate accounting data and to accomplish word processing, spreadsheet, and/or other database applications.
  1. I have used advanced applications of automated spreadsheet software (i.e. Excel or a similar spreadsheet program) to perform financial analyses, including use of sorts, pivot tables, and/or macros to manipulate data.
  2. I have used Access or a similar program to query and/or develop databases and user interfaces.
  3. I have created queries in various financial systems to analyze financial data.
  4. I have experience merging content, technology, and applications.
  5. I have utilized information technology tools and practices to analyze and recommend improvements to existing information management systems.
  6. I have used word processing software to type official correspondence, forms, and reports.
  7. None of the above.






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