Accountant
Department Of Agriculture - Atlanta, GA

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Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. Rural Development promotes economic development by providing loans to businesses through banks and community-managed lending pools, while also assisting communities to participate in community empowerment programs. Join the Rural Development team and make a commitment to America's rural communities.

There are two (2) vacancies. These positions may be filled at any of the following locations: Atlanta, GA, Cedar Rapids, IA, Baton Rouge, LA, Minneapolis, MN, Saint Cloud, MN, Kansas City, MO.

You will serve as an Accountant for an assigned group of electric and telecommunications utility systems financed by the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). You will plan and conduct Loan Fund and Accounting Reviews (LFAR) to determine the propriety of disbursements of RUS loan funds by electric and telecommunications borrowers.

This position is being advertised concurrently under Merit Promotion Announcement DC-2013-0015. Applicants who wish to be considered under those procedures must apply to DC-2013-0015.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • U.S. Citizenship.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Background Investigation is required.
  • A one year probationary period is required
  • Relocation and travel expenses will not be paid.
  • Occasional travel is required.

DUTIES:
  • Plan and conduct Loan/Grant Fund and Accounting Reviews (LFAR).
  • Review annual Certified Public Accountants (CPA) audits of borrowers and grantees financial statements.
  • Provide information and guidance to awardees and CPA on Rural Utility Service (RUS) program requirements.
  • Provide technical accounting guidance to borrowers.
  • Conduct special reviews for loan security borrowers and analyzes selected capital, revenue, and expense accounts.
  • Organize and conduct education programs on accounting topics.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must provide documentation (such as a transcript, professional certificate, letter from panel, etc) to show they meet the Basic Requirements, either Alternative A or Alternative B for this position:

Alternative 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 or auditing courses. The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.

OR

Alternative B: A combination of education and 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. Applicant's background must also include one of the following:

(1) 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality (including up to 6 semester hours of business law);

(2) A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or Certified Internal Auditor ; or

(3) Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing (at least 15 semester hours) provided that (a) the applicant has successfully worked at the full performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field; (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants has determined that the applicant has demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and related fields that is equivalent to a four-year course of study leading to a degree as described in Alternative 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must also meet the following:

For GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07; or its non-Federal equivalent OR master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR a combination of education as described and specialized experience.

For GS-11: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09; or its non-Federal equivalent OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR a combination of education as described and specialized experience.

For GS-12: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11; or its non-Federal equivalent. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 level.

For GS-13: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12; or its non-Federal equivalent. There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-13 level.

NOTE: To be considered for this position, you must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the GS-0510 series set forth in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards by the closing date of the announcement. A copy is available at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp.

Specialized experience is any experience that equipped the applicant with the particular competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-09 level: work experience that required a professional knowledge of accounting principles, theory, and concepts; and auditing techniques; applying accounting and auditing standards to coordinate the financial activities of an organization and performing duties such as designing, developing, operating or inspecting accounting systems; developing audit plans, prescribing accounting standards, policies and requirements; examining analyzing and interpreting accounting data, records and reports; or advising or assisting management on accounting and financial management matters.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-11 level: professional accounting/auditing work experience in preparing accounting and financial reports for use by others; analyzing and reconciling reports to reflect an organization's financial activities and status of funds; performing audits or compliance reviews; designing, developing, examining and interpreting accounting data, statements and reports for management's use; and reviewing the financial statements and reports for the purpose of maintaining integrity of financial information and monitoring program effectiveness.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-12 level: professional accounting/auditing work experience in preparing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting accounting data; operating, maintaining, and modifying accounting systems; conducting audits or compliance reviews, using accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems and structuring of organization programs; managing, operating, and analyzing cost accounting systems in connection with other business activities; designing, implementing, and assessing internal control processes and systems.

Qualifying specialized experience for the GS-13 level: applying generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) knowledge to extensive and complex assignments, by recommending proposed accounting policies, procedures, and standards; experience planning and coordinating of studies and analysis to determine borrower's accounting objectives are being achieved, and of accounting systems; experience analyzing accounting systems or modifying and adapting conventional accounting and analytical techniques to solve a variety of accounting problems.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Category rating will be used for this vacancy. We will review your resume and transcript (if required) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet basic qualifications you will be placed in one of three quality categories, 'Best-Qualified', 'Well-Qualified', or 'Qualified' based on your answers to the on-line occupational questions. These responses must be supported by your resume and/or other documentation you provide. Responses that are not supported by your resume and/or other documentation may be changed, which could result in a category change for your application or elimination from consideration.

The occupational questions will evaluate you on the following competencies: Accounting; Financial Management; Audit Review; Written Communication; and Oral Communication.

Names of candidates in the 'Best-Qualified' category will be sent to the selecting official for consideration.

The description of the categories is as follows:

Best-Qualified: Highly proficient with an overall comprehensive level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Well-Qualified: Competent in the position with an overall accomplished level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Qualified: An overall basic level of the competencies of the job based on a complete review of experience, education, and training as detailed or described in the resume.

Veterans' Preference: Preference eligibles will be listed at the top of their assigned category, before non-preference eligibles in that category.

For additional information on entitlement see: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .

Interagency Career Transition Assistance program (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Well-Qualified category or higher. For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ictap.

**REMINDER** Applicants - Be sure that experience/education as described on your resume contains accurate and sufficiently detailed information to clearly support the competencies. All information used to evaluate your application must be received by the closing date of the announcement. Once the position is closed, no additional information will be accepted.

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BENEFITS: The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits .

OTHER INFORMATION: PROMOTION POTENTIAL TO GS-13: Selection may be made at either the GS-09, GS-11, GS-12, or GS-13 level. Applicant(s) selected at the GS-09, GS-11. or GS-12 may be non competitively promoted to the next higher grade level upon satisfactory completion of any required training, demonstrating ability to perform at the higher grade level, meeting qualification requirements, and management's certification of the need for the position/promotion.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: To be eligible for appointment to this position, the preferred candidate or new hire will be cleared to come on board once the results of the fingerprint check, review of the OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and the candidate’s Electronic Questionnaires for Investigations Processing (eQIP) entries have been reviewed and determined to be satisfactory, and the candidate’s original signature page(s) is/are received.

This position may be eligible for Telework.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal or because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or 202-720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.

E-VERIFY: If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires Rural Development to use the E-VERIFY system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.

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