This position is located in Bank Supervision Policy, Chief Accountant Office. As an Accountant/Senior Accounting Policy Advisor, you will provide accounting expertise and support to develop policies specific to existing and emerging risk. Develop accounting policy guidance to address system issues affecting national banks and federal savings associations.

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As an Accountant/Senior Accounting Policy Advisor, you will:

  • Identify and formulate accounting policies and reporting standards specific to risk issues identified at Community, Midsize and Large Banks. Brings significant risk issues to the National Risk Committee and the Capital and Accounting Policy Steering Committee for consideration.
    Recommend policy revisions and coordinates policy development with representatives of other regulatory agencies as appropriate. Represent the OCA on OCC risk committees (such as the National CECL Implementation Committee, the Retail Credit Risk Committee, the Commercial Credit Risk
    Committee and the Market Risk Committee).
  • Monitor and interpret the effects of domestic and international industry developments and emerging accounting issues and their impact on the supervision of national banks and federal savings associations and systemic bank and federal savings association industry issues. Understand and interprets generally accepted accounting principles. Analyze specific bank and thrift accounting practices for compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Counsel OCC senior management and staff and senior management of national banks and federal savings associations on accounting practices and issues. Participates on OCC cross-functional teams, task forces and group projects to identify and analyze major issues affecting the banking and thrift industry.
  • Design and implement programs to help ensure OCC personnel are educated on new accounting standards and changes in regulatory policies. Develops and builds strong working relations with the Community, Midsize and Large Bank Senior Management and examiners. Conduct presentations on accounting issues at Community, Midsize and Large Bank meetings. Ensure recent policy decisions are communicated and that accounting policy is employed consistently throughout the agency.
  • Represent the OCA in various conferences with external accounting standard setters such as the SEC, the FASB, and the IASB, external representatives of the banking and federal savings association industry and national accounting firms and attorneys. Serves at industry conferences as a speaker or a conference leader. Plan and conducts meetings with accounting firms to exchange information and discuss emerging accounting issues. Assist in the development and implementation of OCC training programs relative to bank & federal savings associations accounting issues. Participate on OCC task forces and group projects that analyze major systemic issues affecting the banking & federal savings association industry and recommends policy options.
  • Serve as the OCA representative on Large Bank Network Groups. Works with the Financial Markets Group (part of Credit and Market Risk) to ensure that systemic issues are identified and addressed.
  • Research and respond to accounting questions submitted by OCC personnel, bankers, public accountants and other regulatory agencies. Respond and resolve highly visible and complex accounting and reporting questions directly, and provide recommendations to senior staff on
    precedent setting issues or formal accounting opinions. Serve as an authoritative resource for accounting and financial reporting for national banks and federal savings associations, providing accounting counsel to examiners and other representatives of OCC, representatives of the banking
    and thrift industry, and the accounting profession.

Travel Required

Occasional travel – Occasional Travel may be required for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

 Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
 Complete a background investigation (unless already completed).
 Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
 Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
 Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9 . Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
 Travel occasionally to attend conferences and/or training.
 Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
 File an OCC Financial Disclosure Form.
 Complete a financial disclosure review and resolve any ethics issues.
 Click here for important information about OCC ethics standards, such as the requirement that new hires divest their bank securities.
 Successfully complete a background investigation that includes criminal history, financial history (including a credit check) and other information.


You must meet the following requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement:

This position requires:

A. A 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.")


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. Your background must also include one of the following: 1) Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; or 2) A certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 3) 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.

The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Accreditation . An official transcript will be required if you are selected. If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at Proof of Creditability .


To qualify for the NB-VI.2 (GS-14 equivalent) level, you must have specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level, NB-V or NBV.2 (GS-13 equivalent) in the Federal service. The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. Specialized experience for this position includes:

 Experience analyzing bank or financial institution accounting practices to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements (e.g., GAAP); and
 Experience advising bank examiners or financial partners (i.e., banks, thrifts or other regulatory agencies on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) relating to financial institutions; AND
 Developing regulatory policies and guidelines for financial/banking industry

To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.


Please refer to the qualifications section.

Additional information

  • If you are a current OCC employee who previously received a waiver determination permitting you to retain bank securities due to extenuating circumstances, please note that this determination may be rescinded if the nature of your duties changes. We strongly suggest that you discuss the potential implications of any change in duties on a prior securities determination with your ethics official.
  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more positions.
  • This position is a Step 2 level position within the NB-VI pay band. Step 2 level positions are distinguished by additional job complexity, responsibility, and advanced skill levels required by the work.
  • For specific information on geographic pay differentials, click here .
  • Click all links in this vacancy announcement to view additional information and instructions.
  • Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
  • Click "Print" to review the entire announcement before applying.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "not qualified" determination.

Rating: Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:

  • Bank Supervision Knowledge
  • Policy Research Analysis
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Advisement, Collaboration and Outreach
  • Influence/Negotiating

Category rating will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. If qualified, you will be assigned to one of three quality level categories (Outstanding, Excellent, or Qualified) depending on your responses to the online questions and your experience, education, and training related to this position. Your rating may be lowered if your responses to the online questions are not supported by the education and/or experience described in your application.

Veterans' preference is applied after applicants are assessed. Preference-eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category and considered before non-preference-eligibles in that category.

Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application may be referred to a selecting official for consideration. You may be required to participate in a selection interview.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) , you must be assigned to the Outstanding or Excellent category to receive special selection priority.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

A complete application includes: 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, and 3. Submission of any required documents.Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view Resume Tips .

If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing actual or expected dates of service and type of discharge. Ten-point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15 , along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form.

For more information on veterans' preference view FedsHireVets .

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.

For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, submit a copy of your transcripts or equivalent. An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page .

If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency. Refer to the OPM instructions.

Cover letter
Recent performance evaluation
(be sure to redact/remove all sensitive information prior to submitting)

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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