Applicants must meet ONE of the qualification requirements (A, B, or C) as described below:
(A) Degree in an accounting or in a 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.
(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 certified public accountant or a certified internal auditor, obtained through written examination.
(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 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.
1. Do you meet the basic education requirements for this position?
2. Please select the ONE response that BEST describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform as an Accountant, at the GS-14 level.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. If faxing in the Occupational Questionnaire, Form 1203-FX, darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the form.
3. Prepares, examines, or analyzes accounting records, financial statements, or other financial reports to assess accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards.
4. Develops, maintains, and analyzes budgets, prepares periodic reports that compare budgeted costs to actual cost.
5. Develops a corrective action plan for issues identified in an audit report and assists the agency to complete financial related actions.
6. Provides procedural recommendations to ensure that the agency complies with federal financial reporting requirements.
7. Handles the most complex issues or leads other analysts in evaluating the efficiency of resource utilization throughout the fiscal year and forecasts spending to help ensure effective resource utilization.
8. Interprets the implications of financial indicators to better understand and forecast agency financial performance.
9. Reviews spending to independently determine financial impact of programs and/or decisions.
10. Monitors resource requirements of complex and/or controversial programs.
11. Analyzes implications of key financial indicators to better understand agency financial performance.
12. Conducts audits or analyses that require complex and detailed review of financial accounting processes.
13. Analyzes specialized programs when historical data and precedents were not readily available and analysis methodologies were not clear-cut or established.
14. Applies expertise in generally accepted accounting principles, and accounting standards as issued by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board.
15. Serves as a subject matter expert on projects relating to the review, analysis, modification, and/or implementation of new accounting practices and procedures.
16. Implements new program techniques and procedural approaches to improve accounting operations.
17. Analyzes either several different components of non-controversial programs/policies, or more controversial programs/policies that were similar in nature.
18. Analyzes a limited number of specialized program elements using standard analysis methods.
19. Provides interpretation of accounting reports, statements, and other program data.
20. Estimates the effects of proposed accounting operations, and applied standard accounting principles and techniques to cases where little precedent information existed.
21. Utilizes skill in presenting complex information, analysis, ideas and positions in a clear, succinct, accurate, convincing manner.
22. Communicates with key personnel both internal and external to the agency in order to influence them to accept findings/recommendations on significant financial issues.
23. Communicates with a wide variety of individuals both internal and external to the agency to plan, coordinate, or advises on complex or sensitive financial issues.
24. I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled; I may be denied an appointment; or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that I will not be considered for employment if I do not respond "Yes" to this certification item.