This position performs professional accounting duties in the VHA Office of Finance, Resource Management and is responsible for the accounting and financial management, budget formulation, execution, planning and monitoring of all appropriation and accounts for of all VHA programs.
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The Accountant performs professional accounting duties in the VHA Office of Finance, Resource Management and is responsible for the accounting and financial management, budget formulation, execution, planning and monitoring of all appropriation and accounts for of all VHA programs. Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Provides expert advice and assistance to VHA program offices and field stations relative to VHA operating programs in the application of accounting and financial reporting, policy, standards and procedures as well as analysis and problem solving of difficult and complex technical accounting matters.
- Formulates reviews and recommends accounting and financial policy and procedures for VHA programs.
- Drafts decisions necessary to clarify problems and strengthen VHA accounting and financial management regulations and policies.
- Performs complex advisory duties associated with the management and control of VHA resources and or funds.
- Prepares and supplies authoritative financial statement to VHA officials for informational and financial planning purposes.
- Serves as VHA CFO Representative on boards, committees, task forces on policy and procedural matters pertaining to accounting and financial activities.
- Plans and conducts broad financial studies to determine the requirement for updated financial information.
- Evaluates and conducts long range studies to measure the effectiveness of VHA financial and accounting policies and procedures as the relate to financial management and accounting practices.
- Makes recommendations addressing broad program, issues.
- Prepares various VHA financial and accounting reports from a variety of sources identifying problem, areas and providing analysis and recommendations for improvement
- Analyzes and develops plans for implementing VHA national policy issues.
- Validates data entered into a variety of basic and specialized VHA accounting systems that are integrated into a large complex accounting system.
- Provides expert advice on the interpretation of VHA account regulations and the impact of new legislation or program, initiatives on VHA programs.
- Serves as an expert authority on reconciliation of integrated accounts for a variety of VHA accounting systems, accounting and financial reporting policies and procedures, and determines whether changes are needed for compliance.
- Evaluates and refines VHA accounting and financial systems to determine the need for improvements, enhancements or new systems.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.
Work Schedule: M-F 8am – 4:30pm
Virtual: Virtual workplace is available for a well qualified candidate.
Position Description/PD#: Accountant/PD030130, PD03336-0, and PD03335-0
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
- You may be required to serve a probationary period
- Subject to background/security investigation
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/21/2021.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. For a GS-12 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-11. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.
This occupation has an Individual Occupation Requirement (IOR). Applicants must meet the following IOR:
A. Successful completion of a 4-year 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. The 24 hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.
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.
- 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 hours requirement of paragraph A above, 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 completion of a 4-year course of study described in paragraph A above; and (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirements of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant’s education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED.
You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below:
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Identifying discrepancies and assisting field offices in correcting discrepancies; developing and implementing actions to ensure accuracy of financial data; preparing certification letters, analyzing responses, performing follow-ups; ensuring professional accounting practices are followed; providing on site technical assistance providing explanation and interpretation of technical issues; review audit findings and assist field offices in developing and implementing corrective actions; evaluating financial policies and recommending new or additional financial policy; knowledge of statutory changes and requirements on accounting and auditing; provides guidance on accounting reconciliations, asset capitalization, estimation and recording of liabilities.
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-11 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: experience applying professional knowledge of accounting and related regulatory and statutory requirements to identify accounting problems in an automated accounting system; experience developing new accounting policies and standings; analyzing cost/benefit relationships; experience balancing subsidiary records and control accounts.
- Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: experience with accounting, auditing, travel, fiscal and financial management functions; resolving basic accounting problems including documentary deficiencies and inaccurate records and reports. OR
- Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in a related field or 3 full years of progressively higher graduate education leading to such a degree. OR
- Combination: combination of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience, as described above, which meets the total qualification requirement for the GS-11 grade level. TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED
You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
- Financial Analysis
- Principles of Accounting
- Strategic Thinking
- Written Communication
- Financial Management
- Oral communication
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: The work is principally sedentary.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/ .
A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.
Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ . If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html .
VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.
Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee’s credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.
Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified : applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .
Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
- Most recent SF-50 (must be dated 1/3/21 or later for current Federal Employees)
- CTAP documentation
- Individual Occupational Requirement – supporting documentation, e.g. transcripts, certifications etc.
- If you are a current or former Federal employee applying for a higher grade and your SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you meet the one year time-in-grade requirement so you will need to provide an SF-50 which clearly demonstrates you meet the time-in-grade requirements. Examples of appropriate SF-50’s include:
- Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
- Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
- SF-50’s at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old
The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50’s (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
- Cover Letter
- DD-214/ Statement of Service
- Disability Letter (Schedule A)
- Disability Letter (VA)
- SF50 dtd 1/3/21 or later for current Federal GS Employees
- Performance Appraisal
- Professional Certification
- Proof of Marriage Status
- Separation Notice (RIF)
- SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
- Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
- An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
- Award 50’s do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
- Examples of appropriate SF-50’s include:
- Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
- Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
- SF-50’s at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans’ Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 “Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference” with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
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.