Accountant
Department Of Energy - Germantown, MD

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This position is located in the Energy Finance and Accounting Service Center (EFASC), Office of Finance and Accounting, Office of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The EFASC performs a wide range of financial services and has Departmental-wide responsibilities for financial reporting and analysis, travel, payroll, and several other finance, cash management and accounting functions.

The incumbent serves as a technical authority for accounting services within EFASC and performs a wide variety of assignments designed to provide value-added services and accounting information to DOE’s internal and external customers.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Relocation is at your own expense.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

DUTIES: As a Accountant, you will:
  • Perform difficult and diverse cost accounting work, including cost accruals, financial transfers (IPACs), reimbursable work and is responsible for the application of accounting principles, theories, concepts and practices to a wide variety of complicated situations and problems.
  • Receive, revise, research, documents, reconciles and records all property and inventory transactions. Issues property transfers between DOE entities. Reconcile financial accounting property transactions with local property information systems and contractor submitted property inventory reports.
  • Make day-to-day decisions concerning the accounting treatment of financial transactions. Conduct day-to-day operations of a very large and complex financial system involving cost accruals, multiple fund types and financial plans and task accounting and interfaces and correlates the work with other related functions and tasks.
  • Examine accounting source documents for adequacy and propriety and ensures that these can properly substantiate accounting transactions.
  • Review audit reports in the areas of travel, payroll, receivables, P&CE, investments, budget execution, accruals, collections, deposits, and recommends CFO positions on assigned reports and correspondence.
  • Advise Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) on funding and costing issues and concerns with grants, contracts and cooperative agreements. Assures compliance with the requirements and guidelines as established by DOE Orders, the FAR, Treasury procedures, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

GS-7:

  • Performing accounting assignments involving accounting source documents for adequacy and propriety;
  • Practical application of accounting concepts, principles, procedures, and techniques;
  • Using automated systems to update and maintain accounting records;
  • Communicating with program, budget, procurement, and/or other accounting personnel.
  • GS-9:

  • Assessing internal control processes and accounting systems;
  • Reviewing and analyzing financial transactions, records, and reports;
  • Reconciling accounts, detecting, analyzing and tracking discrepancies;
  • Gathering and evaluating information for financial and accounting trends analysis and for comparison to plans and budgets.
  • ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS REQUIREMENTS

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  • Knowledge accounting principles, concepts, and practices.
  • Knowledge of Governmental regulations, requirements, and practices to independently perform assignments using conventional methods and techniques.
  • Skill in reviewing, analyzing, and summarizing a large volume of financial and accounting information.
  • Ability to apply principles, practices, methods, and techniques of the assigned functional area.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate (orally and in writing) accounting information, to report operational conditions, makes recommendations to mitigate problems, and/or to generate general office correspondence.
  • You must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
    • CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    EDUCATION: You must provide documentation supporting your education claims. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    This position requires 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.

    OR

  • 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.
  • Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    Background and/or/Security Investigation is required.

    This is a Bargaining Unit position.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

    If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.

    To preview questions please click here .

    BENEFITS: The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
    • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
    • Retirement program
    • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
    • Flexible work schedules and telework
    • Training and education opportunities
    • Transit benefit
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
    • Health and wellness programs
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Worklife4You Resource
    For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page .

    OTHER INFORMATION:
    • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
    • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register .

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