This position is located in the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Finance and Procurement Office (FPO), Finance and Accounting Division (FAD), Accounting Branch. The incumbent of this position will work closely with the Chief of the Accounting Branch to help support financial policy updates and provide assistance on staying in compliance with judiciary standards and requirements relating to accounting matters.
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Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing professional knowledge of and skill in applying theories, practices, methods, and techniques of accounting policy and procedures in support of financial operations and audits;
  • Assisting with researching, analyzing, and evaluating financial processes for effectiveness and efficiency with policies and audit guidelines making recommendations as needed to meet divisional strategic objectives;
  • Reviewing, comparing, and evaluating the Judiciary’s financial statements, including footnotes to financial policy and assisting in drafting or updating policy in support of the statements;
  • Reviewing and interpreting new or substantially revised policy changes issues by regulatory authorities to determine the impact on audit, accounting, and financial policy and procedures;
  • Reviewing financial policy and audit reports of Judiciary financial statements and developing corrective actions to remediate findings related to financial policy and procedures;
  • Creating, submitting, and reviewing reports from financial systems as required by senior management, financial managers, program offices, or customers;
  • Processing and monitoring accounting transactions into the financial system;
  • Performing and/or reviewing reconciliations of Standard General Ledger (SGL) accounts, analyzing abnormal balances, and recommending and/or processing corrective adjustments, including but not limited to accruals, advances, assets, budget, expenses, obligations, liabilities, payables, receivables, and travel;
  • Identifying, validating, and documenting system processing issues and submitting written summation to management;
  • Analyzing and evaluating current general accounting methods and procedures for adequacy and effectiveness; recommending changes, modifications, and improvements in operating procedures;
  • Analyzing and reconciling general ledger accounts detail transactions to ensure accuracy and integrity in the Judiciary Integrated Financial Management System (JIFMS);
  • Performing account reconciliations for SGL accounts, budgetary and proprietary accounts, of financial management data against various systems and sources, including transactions posted from interfaced travel systems, of information such as budget, human resources, inventory, procurement, and travel to identify discrepancies, delinquencies, and abnormalities and taking corrective actions where appropriate;
  • Performing trend analysis of Judiciary funds and trial balance line items;
  • Verifying systems assurance and data integrity for the central accounting system;
  • Monitoring and maintaining internally developed controls, researching and developing new tools to assist in management remediation of audit findings;
  • Developing, running, and distributing requested financial reports;
  • Routinely using automated tools such as Microsoft Office, including Access, Excel, and Word, Adobe, JIFMS, Business Analytics, Data Warehouse, and other tools in support of Finance and Accounting activities;
  • Identifying any gaps in current standard operating procedures and financial policy; developing and/or updating financial policy and/or standard operating procedure documents as needed;
  • Advising and consulting with courts on their local financial, accounting, and travel matters;
  • Providing customer service and problem-solving techniques, resolving customer requests, issues, and problems; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment


  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO’s Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at http://ww.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.
  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience directly related to: 1) performing financial analysis; 2) applying accounting principles; and 3) utilizing financial systems, executing internal controls, and interpreting accounting policy.


    Basic Qualifications: Applicants must meet ONE of the qualification requirements (A, B, or C) as described below:

    (A) Degree in an accounting or related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that includes or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting and/or auditing. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

    (B) A 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 and included at least one of the following: 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (this can include up to 6 hours of business law); or a certificate as a certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor, obtained through written examination. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

    (C) 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 1, 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 is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in paragraph A; and (c) except for literal non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant’s education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

    NOTE: This job series has education requirements. To validate that you meet the education requirements you claim based on how you answer the questionnaire, a copy of your transcript must be submitted. Failure to submit your transcript may make you ineligible for this position.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:

    • Resume – Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship – Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) – All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation – Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran’s present receipt of compensation.

    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.