Accountant

US Department of Energy, Washington, District of Columbia

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Date Posted January 10, 2021
Industry Accounting
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified

Description:

    Duties

    Summary

    A successful candidate in this position will report on a wide range of specialized financial management areas, including environmental liabilities, pension and post-retirement benefits accounting, DATA Act Reporting, and loan accounting, as well as coordinates field office financial reviews. Lead integrated contractor data with the Department's accounting system and identifies any variances and analyzes for anomalies. Contribute to the Department-wide monthly accounting close process.


    Responsibilities

    As an Accountant, you will:

    • Assess, develop, and recommend new financial and accounting policies, principles, and procedures as well as revises existing guidance.
    • Serve as a lead to address broad policy issues that have a major impact on the Department, its contractors, the Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Chief Financial Officer community, and the public.
    • Provide expert technical guidance in the analysis and reconciliation of a wide variety of integrated accounts.
    • Identify, develop, and recommend changes based on (a) accounting standards (Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Standards) issued by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB), (b) new or revised laws, (c) changes in General Accounting Office (GAO) policy and Comptroller General decisions, (d) changing requirements or Directives within the Department, (e) new or revised rules issued by other Federal agencies, including central agencies such as the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Treasury, and General Services Administration (GSA), and (f) court orders.
    • Research, interpret, analyze and evaluate existing financial data, rules, regulations and DOE policies to resolve issues and questions raised by the Department's management, integrated and other contractors, other Federal and oversight organizations, field offices, and representatives from the private sector.
    • Recommend and implement the best approach to solving problems by giving consideration to the impact on the Department and its accounting and financial management functions that may be affected.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Less than 10% overnight travel may be required to attend training and meetings.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

  • Job family (Series)

    0510 Accounting

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  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a United States Citizen.
    • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
    • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
    • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
    • Must complete a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450 form.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    You will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

    This position is eligible for telework; however, approval is at the discretion of the supervisor.

    You may be required to complete a one-year probationary period, if not completed under a competitive or excepted service appointment.

    If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure, OGE-450 form upon entry into the position and annually thereafter.

    Qualifications

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    A. Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study 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. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")

    OR

    B. Combination of education and experience: at least 4 years of experience in accounting, or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge. The applicant's background must also include one of the following:

    • Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law;
    • A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;

    OR

    Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, e.g., 15 semester hours, but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement of paragraph A, provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

    In addition to the Basic Requirements shown above, you must also meet the Specialized Experience as described below.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Specialized Experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

    • Developing and recommending new policies, procedures to management to ensure effective and efficient financial management operations.
    • Preparing analyses for financial audits and responding to audit findings to ensure compliance.
    • Managing financial reporting such as Digital Accountability and Transparency (DATA) Act and Governmentwide Treasury Account Symbol (GTAS) to assess operational efficiency and to provide accurate, reliable, and useful financial audit data.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

    • Knowledge of administrative controls and federal accounting processes and activities.
    • Knowledge of principles, procedures, methods, and skill in financial management, accounting and analyzing program/budgetary relationships related to annual, multi-, and no-year funding and specific aspects of organization's programs and projects to provide advice and independent recommendations to program officials and senior management.
    • Ability in oral and written communication, including the ability to brief senior leadership on politically sensitive topics, rectify differing opinions and comments into a final product, and writing qualitative and quantitative narratives.
    • Knowledge of Federal financial management requirements and procedures for budget formulation and execution and funds control to be able to develop, document and implement complementary accounting policies, procedures or guidance.
    • Knowledge of finance accounting systems specifications and requirements sufficient to interpret the Federal requirements within the operating systems of the Department and to apply the interpretations to solve specific difficult and complex problems and to gather and analyze information related to Federal financial management including audit and internal controls.

    "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills; and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    EDUCATION:

    This position has positive education requirement.

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    Additional information

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • This position is not covered under a Bargaining Unit.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

    EEO Policy: https://www.eeoc.gov/federal/fed_employees/index.cfm
    Reasonable Accommodation Policy: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/disability-employment/reasonable-accommodations/
    Veterans Information: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job-seekers/veterans-preference/

    Telework: www.telework.gov

    Selective Service Registration: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/fair-and-transparent/selective-service/


    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications necessary for this position. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to determine if your qualifications meet the criteria for referral to the selecting official.

    We will also verify that you are eligible for Merit Promotion positions by reviewing your previous Federal employment to ensure you meet Time-in-Grade requirements. If you are eligible to apply to Merit Promotion announcements based on Veteran or other non-competitive statuses, we will verify your supporting documentation prior to referral.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants. If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.

    ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.

    • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you must list the full name and address of the each employer.
    • For all types of work experience, you should indicate the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
    • For paid work experience, please indicate your starting grade/salary for each position and the highest grade/salary you earned (if different).
    • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
    • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.

    Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require one specific format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which type of resume is acceptable. It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

    Current and former Federal employees: Most recent SF-50 (Standard Form 50 - Notice of Personnel Action).

    To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show the following. If you do not submit an appropriate SF-50, we cannot verify your status eligibility!

    • Full position title;
    • appointment type;
    • occupational series;
    • pay plan, grade, and step;
    • tenure code; and
    • service computation date (SCD).

    Specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

    Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214 Member #4 Copy, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.

    Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.

    Displaced Federal employees who qualify for CTAP/ICTAP: If you are a former Federal employee who was displaced due to a Reduction-in-Force (RIF) or surplused by some other means, please submit a copy of the separation letter or RIF notice from your agency. To be selected under I/CTAP, you must still be found well-qualified for this position. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.


Help

This job is open to

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Military spouses

  • Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

•Federal Employee •Excepted Service with Interchange Agreement •CTAP •ICTAP •Veterans Recruitment •30% Disabled •Individuals with disabilities •VEOA

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