Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Accountant/ PD# 81670-A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Eligible
Telework: Yes
Virtual Position: Ineligible.

This recruitment is for 2positions with the Office of Finance, Office of Financial Reporting, Financial Reporting Service, located at 810 Vermont Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.

DIRECT HIRE AUTHORITY: This position is being filled using Direct-Hire Authority (5 CFR 337.201) for this occupation.

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Accountant/ PD# 81670-A

Prepare the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) financial statements and related financial information in accordance with the laws and regulations of the United States Government, principally the Chief Financial Officers Act (CFO Act) of 1990 and the Government Management Reform Act (GMRA) of 1994. The principal financial statements are prepared to report the financial position and results of operations of VA pursuant to the requirements of 31 U.S.C. 3515 (b). Critical areas of performance Include: (1) Preparation of the Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) – financial statements, footnotes, supplementary financial Information and management's discussion and analysis of financial position; (2) Assist in the coordination of the financial statements audit; preparation of the bulk of auditor requested schedules and responses to auditor points/questions and reconciliations; and (3) Monthly reporting of VA-wide financial information to Treasury and 0MB for governmentwide consolidation. This includes preparation and analysis of financial statements for management and OMB.

Formulates, reviews, and recommends Department financial policies, plans and procedures for assigned accounting matters pertaining to the medical and administrative appropriations and funds. Reviews laws and directives published by the regulatory government agencies, such as the Government Accountability Office (GAO), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Department of the Treasury, and other federal agencies to determine their impact on VA's financial policies, reporting, systems, and/ or operations. Prepares corresponding VA policies to incorporate requirements. Provides expertise regarding the analysis and interpretation of laws, regulations, decisions and directives of other governmental bodies which bear on VA fiscal and procedural matters and assigned accounting policies. Monitors the (1) validation of general ledgers and reconciliation with subsidiary records (2) preparation, submission, or distribution of reports, and (3) general overall quality of the data produced by the accounting system. Counsels, advises, and assists VA staff office heads and field station personnel in the application of fiscal policies, plans, standards, procedures, end assists in the analysis and solution of difficult end complex technical fiscal procedural matters to assure integration and interface between existing systems. Participates In the composition of manuals and directives used for accomplishing the Department's financial management program. Conducts surveys and studies for the purpose of preparing analysis and recommendations on fiscal and assigned accounting problems.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for all males born after 12/31/1959.
  • May have to serve a one year probationary period.
  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This is a sedentary position.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet BOTH basic requirements and grade level requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 09/14/2020

Basic Requirements:
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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")
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.
  • GS-13:

    Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (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: Assisting with the preparation of financial policies, and procedures for assigned accounting matters. Reviewing and coordinating responses to staff offices in the application of fiscal policies, plans, standards, and procedures, and assist in the analysis and solution high-complexity fiscal procedural matters. Coordinating the resolution of accounting system problems arising from factors such as changes in legislation or changes in financial management requirements, polices, and/ or procedures. Supporting implementation of Federal financial systems by performing the development, reconciliation, and testing of financial reports as well as validating general ledger posting logic and other accounting configurations. Writing reports and developing staff papers that persuasively articulate recommendations regarding fiscal and accounting policies. Effectively apply accounting knowledge to assure that accounting and reporting results fulfill the needs and requirements of regulatory agencies and internal management. Produce standard and highly specialized financial reports as required by external regulation such as Trial Balances, Balance Sheets, Statement of Net Cost, Statement of Net Position, Statement of Budgetary Resources, GTAS, Flux analysis, Reclassified Statements, and Notes to the Financial Statements, etc.

    There is no educational substitution for the GS-13 level.

    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: 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.

    Additional information

    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.

    The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be well-qualified, applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors if applicable, and must be proficient in most of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website which can be found at https: www.opm.gov/ .

    Receiving Service Credit for 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.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

    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. Candidates may be referred to the selecting official based off the number of applicants. The first 50 applicants to apply will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and those that are minimally qualified will be referred to the hiring manager on a certificate in order of application date. Your application date is the date you last submitted and/or updated your application. Based on hiring needs, additional groups of the next 50 applicants to apply to this vacancy may be reviewed for minimum qualifications and be referred to the hiring manager on a certificate.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    High Risk (HR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    Documents Accepted:

    • Cover Letter
    • DD-214/ Statement of Service
    • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
    • Disability Letter (VA)
    • License
    • Interchange Agreement Documentation
    • VA Compensatible Disability Letter
    • Other (3)
    • PCS Orders
    • Performance Appraisal
    • Professional Certification
    • Proof of Enrollment
    • Proof of Marriage Status
    • Resume
    • Separation Notice (RIF)
    • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
    • Transcript

    Documents Required:

    • Resume
    • Transcript

    Please review the above list(s) to ensure you have included all necessary documents required for your application.Not every applicant will require the same documents, therefore it is the applicants responsibility to ensure that their application package includes all necessary documents to determine qualifications and eligibility for appointment, such as a copy of your SF-50, transcript, ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information. Applicants will be deemed ineligible if supporting documentation is not submitted.

    Veterans' Preference: Since the Direct-Hire Recruitment Authority is being used, traditional Veterans' Preference rules do not apply. Qualified veterans will, however, be given full consideration for this position.

    Applications are accepted online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    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.

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