- Validates, monitors, controls, and maintains accounting transactions and accounting records for multiple accounts.
- Reconciles subsidiary ledgers to general ledgers for accounts having a variety of transactions.
- Researches discrepancies between ledgers and makes adjustments.
- Reconciles detailed listings of outstanding transactions to general ledger accounts.
- Maintains control accounts and subsidiary accounts and processes accounting transactions for a wide variety of functions including obligations, accrued expenditures, disbursements, appropriation refunds, reimbursable orders, earnings, collections, expenditure vouchers, cost transfers, rejected transactions, inter-fund bills, travel, training orders, and other accounts in connection with the general ledger.
- Performs a variety of special assignments involving the collection, analysis, and reporting of data for budget preparation.
- Participates in the internal audits of Fiscal programs, vulnerability assessments, systematic internal reviews, quality assurance programs, safety inspections, control point audits and many other program audits involving cost, obligation and receivable accounting systems.
- Performs either the FMS obligator or payer function and is required to work in either function, as well as being cross-trained to facilitate future succession planning.
- Provides assistance and training to fund control point contacts.
- Recognizes and advises the supervisor and/or the lead accountant of unusual training needs for these contacts.
- Provides backup coverage for the local VA Agent Cashiers.
- Other duties as assigned to accomplish the goals of the Centralized Accounting Section, Fiscal Department, Medical Center, Veterans Integrated Services Network and VA Central Office as related to accounting or other activities.
Job family (Series)
0525 Accounting Technician
Conditions of Employment
You must be a United States Citizen to apply for this jobDesignated and/or random drug testing requiredSelective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959You may be required to serve a probationary periodSubject to background/security investigationTravel may be requiredSelected applicants will be required to complete an online on-boarding processResume/CV required Resume: Your resume should include the following information for each job that you list: Job title; Complete Work Place Addresses; Duties (be as detailed as possible); Month and year start/end dates (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008); Full-time, part-time status (include hours worked per week).Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations where patients receive care or who come into contact with VA patients as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, paid and unpaid, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, students, researchers, volunteers, and trainees who work at these facilities.Time in Grade is required
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 11/13/2019.Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current permanent Federal Service employees in a career or career-conditional appointment and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks (full-time equivalency) must also meet time-in-grade requirements.
Note: if you have not held a GS grade at any time in the past 52 weeks, this question does not apply to you.
For this vacancy, applicants must have held grade GS-05 or higher for at least one (1) year to be eligible for the GS-06 grade level; and applicants must have held grade GS-06 or higher for at least one (1) year to be eligible for the GS-07 grade level of this position. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation.
This does not apply to temporary, term or intermittent appointments in accordance with 5 C.F.R. §300.603.Please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to verify your current Federal Service status. You must also submit additional SF-50(s) with salary information to clearly demonstrate one (1) year time-in-grade as required in the announcement. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate that you possess one (1) year time-in-grade.
In this instance, you should provide additional SF-50s to clearly demonstrate one (1) year time-in-grade.Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment.
Qualifications: You may qualify based on your SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE as described below:
Specialized experience for the GS-06 Grade Level: Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. [To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GS-05 grade level or higher, or an equivalent level of responsibility. Examples of creditable specialized experience include, but are not limited to: computing pay requests through independent research of technical manuals; processing recurring, official pay adjustment documents; familiarity with automated payroll systems and actions required to input, correct and obtain information; advising on pay plans and retirement systems in accordance with company guidelines/regulations; and providing technical advice to all employees regarding payroll, time and leave matters.].
Specialized experience for the GS-07 Grade Level: Must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. [To be creditable, the specialized experience must have been at the GS-06 grade level or higher, or an equivalent level of responsibility. Examples of creditable specialized experience include, but are not limited to: performing quality reviews of Federal pay request actions; researching and troubleshooting unusual or one-of-a kind Federal pay adjustments; extensive knowledge of various Federal pay systems to include advising employees on Federal guidelines for pay plans and retirement systems; auditing and reconciling various advanced payroll reports; and providing senior-level technical advice to Federal employees regarding payroll, time and leave matters.].
- Accounting Operations
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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.Physical Requirements: See VA Directive and Handbook 5019. The position involves work that is mainly sedentary but requires some bending, walking, standing and lifting/carrying (under 15lb) of supplies. Some assignments may involve more frequent walking, but these assignments may involve more frequent walking, but these assignments require no unusual physical demands to perform work. The incumbent will need to have the ability to verbally communicate and hear (aid permitted) using a telephone and must be able to type and operate computer equipment as an essential part of their position. The incumbent must be able to work closely with internal and external customers.Work Environment: The position may at times involve exposure to a work environment that may include intermittent excessive noise, dust, slippery or uneven walking surfaces, working around moving objects or vehicles. The incumbent may also be exposed to patients and contaminated materials and may be required to don protective clothing. The incumbent may occasionally be exposed to patients who are combative secondary to delirium, dementia, or psychiatric disorders. The incumbent must be a mature, flexible, sensible individual capable of working in stressful situations, able to shift priorities based on patient needs.
There is no educational substitution at this grade level.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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
Receiving Service Credit or 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.Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.
For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.
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.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, full dates of employment and specific detailed duties performed. (required-all applicants) Please see the How to Apply section at the bottom for helpful resources and training aids for applying to Federal positions.
2. SF-50 or Notification of Personnel Action showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held. You must submit your SF-50 that shows Time-in-Grade eligibility and reflects your title, series, and grade. No award SF-50 will be accepted. (required, if you are Current or prior Federal employee as applicable)
3. A copy of your transcripts that show the degree and date conferred. (highly recommended)
4. DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Must be the Member 4 or member 2 copy of the DD-214 that shows Character of Service. (As applicable)
5. Documentation of Service-Connected disability: Service-Connected disability letter AND SF-15 Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (As applicable)Failure to submit any of the required documents may result in loss of consideration due to an incomplete application package. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted to support their status eligibility.SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
- Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
- An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade
- Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
- Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
- Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
- Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
- SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
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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This position, located in the Finance Department at this VA Sheridan Health Care System., composes a career ladder structure to the full performance level of Accounting Technician, GS-0525-07. The employee is responsible for maintaining and controlling accounts and accounting transactions in a highly complex finance and dual accounting system. The employee reconciles numerous general ledger accounts, which are reported to Central Office.
The incumbent in the Accounting Technician position performs the work described as a team member while working with others to foster team spirit and commitment to achieve common goals. These duties include, but are not limited to the following:
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.Work Schedule: M-F 730-4pmTelework schedules: Not authorizedVirtual work schedules: Not authorizedFLSA: Non-exemptPosition Description/PD#: Accounting Technician/PD10147A and PD10148ABU Status: BURelocation / Recruitment Incentives: NOT authorizedRelocation Expenses: NOT authorizedDesignated Drug-Testing Position: Applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test result is receivedFinancial Disclosure Report: NOT required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.