Systems Accountant
Department Of Agriculture 499 reviews - New Orleans, LA

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The mission of the National Finance Center: To design, develop, implement and operate, cost-effective, financial, administrative, and management information systems and services supporting missions of the USDA and its customers.

This position is located in the Office of Chief Financial Officer, National Finance Center (OCFO/NFC), Government Employees Services Division (GESD), Payroll Accounting Directorate.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional similar positions.


U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
Background and/or Security Investigation required
Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)

Travel relocation and expenses will NOT be paid DUTIES:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide accounting advice and assistance concerning discrepancies between various feeder subsystems and the General Ledger and Budget Cost Subsystems.

As a Systems Accountant, you will be responsible for the following:

Applying standard accounting principles, theories or concepts for administrative and financial operations.
Developing and initiating financial reports.
Assisting in reviewing and developing systems requirements for accounting systems.
Preparing periodic reconciliations.
Analyzing financial and statistical data of various systems to determine the accuracy of recording transactions and the reliability of reports.
Communicating effectively with technical and non technical personnel to discuss and resolve problems related to accounting and financial reporting systems. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:


To be minimally qualified for this position you must meet one of the Basic Qualifications as listed below.

A. Degree: 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. The applicant's 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;

2. A certificate as 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.

NOTE: If you meet the basic requirements for A or B, you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your college transcript OR a list of college courses with credit hours, dates completed, and grades received to verify education.

In addition to the basic requirements above, candidates must possess the following specialized experience:


At the GS-07 level:
Qualifying experience for GS-07 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-05 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience preparing and filing accounting documents and data using automated accounting systems.

At the GS-09 level:
Qualifying experience for GS-09 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-07 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience performing reconciliations, preparing reports, and preparing and filing accounting documents and data using automated accounting systems.



Education may be substituted for the specialized experience requirements at the following grade levels.

At the GS-07 level:
One year of directly related graduate-level education or superior academic achievement (*SAA) may be substituted for the experience requirements.

(*SAA is defined as a GPA of 3.0/4.0 for all courses or 3.5/4.0 for courses within the major field or standing within the top third of a graduating class or membership in a national scholastic honor society.)

At the GS-09 level:
Two years of progressively higher level directly related graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree may be substituted for the experience requirements.

Combining Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate education in excess of one year and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements and may be computed by first determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click here.

Candidates must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. All candidates' eligibility must remain active to receive further consideration throughout the employment process. Qualification standards are found in the Operating Manual of Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions which is published by the Office of Personnel Management. You may review these operating manuals in their entirety by clicking here and at all Federal personnel offices.

Category Rating: Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and support ing documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you meet minimum qualifications and your application demonstrates you possess the particular competencies for this position. Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles.

The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or support ing documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be adjusted and/or you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:

Knowledge of professional accounting theories, principles, practices, and techniques governing the execution of accounting assignments.
Skill in the use of automated accounting systems in order to process accounting data and prepare reports.
Skill in applying operating functions, procedures, and legislation to prepare account reconciliations.
Ability to communicate effectively with technical and non technical personnel to discuss and resolve problems related to accounting and financial reporting systems. BENEFITS:

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP/ICTAP: Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program, to be eligible to exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at least Well-Qualified, based upon the rating criteria for this position. Submit copy of RIF separation notice and/or SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action. For information on how to apply as an CTAP/ICTAP eligible see:

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959 , you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See .

Veterans' Preference: I f you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit the appropriate documentation, as specified below. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency .

In order to verify your Veterans Preference entitlement, please submit your DD-214 Member-4 copy(Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

In addition, if you are a disabled veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, or widow/widower of a veteran, the spouse of a disabled veteran or the natural mother of a disabled or deceased veteran, you must submit a signed and dated Standard Form (SF) 15 , Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form to support your claim.

Assessed applicants will be placed in the appropriate quality category and ranked according to veterans’ preference eligibility and non-preference eligibility. Within each category, all qualified preference eligibles are placed ahead of non-preference eligibles. Preference eligibles do not receive additional points under category rating procedures. For positions other than professional and scientific at the GS-09 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the highest quality category. For professional and scientific positions at the GS-9 level or higher, qualified CPS and CP preference eligibles are placed at the top of the appropriate quality category for which rated.

Survey: In order to determine if the recruitment efforts of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer are reaching the broadest possible spectrum of America's population, we request that you complete the Demographic Information on Applicants form available at the following link, , and then print and submit the form along with their application. Submission of this form is entirely voluntary and your replies on it are highly confidential. Your completion of the form will not impact your chances of selection but will instead, assist us in improving our recruitment efforts in the future.

Some positions within this series may require the selectee to obtain/maintain a high-level background investigation and/or security clearance. Failure to obtain/maintain the appropriate background investigation and/or security clearance may serve as the basis for termination of employment .

This position may be eligible for Alternative Work Schedule, Flexible Work Schedule and/or Telework assignments

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