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YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION(S) MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 1.GS-7 Choose the one answer that best describes your 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 a combination of education & experience - 4 yrs experience in accounting OR combination of acctg experience, college education & training that provided professional acctg knowledge. I possess one of these: 1) 24 sem hrs in appropriate acctg/auditing courses (can incl 6 hrs of business law); 2) certificate as Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor from written exam; 3) degree that included substantial accounting/auditing courses (15 sem hrs), but less than 24 sem hrs.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.GS-7 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 have 1 year of graduate level education in accounting and/or auditing or in a related field such as business administration, finance or public administration.
  2. I have one year of appropriate professional accounting experience equivalent to GS-5. Examples of experience include: use of automated accounting systems to find, review or change accounting data in automated files of transactions, ledgers, accounts, and summary reports and financial statements.
  3. Superior Academic Achievement - I meet 1 of the following: Upper 1/3 of my graduating class; OR a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed in final 2 years of curriculum; OR a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed in final 2 years of curriculum; OR member of an honor society recognized by the National Association of College Honor Societies.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience that together meet 100%.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


YOUR RESPONSES TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 3.Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing and reconciling allotments and operating allowances, original books of entry, registers, obligations, liquidations, financial statements and subsidiary records.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing interrelated issues on the impact of significant budgetary or accounting events on multi-appropriated fund accounts, such as allocations, commitments, obligations, costs, and disbursements.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Please check each of the accounting responsibilities/functions in which you have experience:
  1. Provide reports that analyze transactions/accounts, or quality of incoming and outgoing work.
  2. Prepare and interpret reports for higher management's review outlining findings, trouble areas, and recommendations for corrective action/improvement.
  3. Develop recommendations for reporting policy, accounting procedures, and standards which govern financial reporting sytems.
  4. Provide advisory services to management officials on accounting problems arising from day-to-day operations as revealed by accounting data, in order to more fully understand the meaning of developments.
  5. Conduct studies requiring the solution of new or unique problems relating to accounting and financial reporting.
  6. Respond to a wide variety of unusual and complex accounting questions and problems from a diverse customer base.
  7. Prepare complex, consolidated reports and statements.
  8. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience preparing complex financial reports and statements.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience preparing and interpreting reports for management's review outlining findings, trouble areas and recommendations for corrective action or improvements.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your experience preparing regulatory reports required by the Treasury Department and/or OMB.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following best describes your experience analyzing and reporting on current and historical financial data of yearly obligations, expenditures, agency and activity funding needs, surpluses and shortages, and accounting and financial trends and problems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your experience responding to a wide variety of unusual and complex accounting questions and problems generated from a large and diverse customer base.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Which of the following best describes your experience participating in the testing, development and implementation of financial reporting systems to meet new or modified financial information needs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Which choice best describes your experience with automated accounting systems:
  1. I have limited or no experience with an automated accounting system.
  2. I have some experience working with a large automated accounting system.
  3. I have audited large, automated accounting systems.
  4. I have extensive experience with a large company/government entity automated accounting system, including routinely tracking costs in the system and resolving discrepancies.


* 13.Which of the following best describes your experience applying generally accepted accounting principles, concepts and theories to actual financial problems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Which of the following best describes your experience performing accounting functions that include fund accounting.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Which of the following best describes your experience supporting day-to-day processing of a variety of accounting transactions and the compilation and analysis of financial reports.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.Please check each of the accounting responsibilities/functions in which you have experience (Choose all that apply):
  1. Analyze, interpret and process a wide variety of unusual and complex transactions/adjustments/documents for the administration of various appropriations.
  2. Work with appropriations having unique and diverse accounting requirements and entries.
  3. Perform detailed research, analysis, reconciliation and interpretation of complex asset, liability or suspense accounts.
  4. Identify over or underpayments and potential unauthorized acts or actions.
  5. Validate the accuracy of the interface data to/from the official accounting system, and take appropriate action to correct problems and discrepancies.
  6. None of the above.






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