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Department Of Transportation Washington , DC 20319

Posted 2 months ago

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The position is located in the Office of Funds Administration in the Office of the CFO at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). FRA is the principal agency of the Federal government for the promulgation and enforcement of rail safety regulations. The agency administers financial assistance programs to Amtrak and other railroads, conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy.

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As an Accountant, you will:

  • Serve as an expert advisor on the development, delivery, and oversight of statutes, regulations, guidance procedures, policies and other financial management and administrative requirements related to the award of Federal grants to the National Passenger Railroad Corporation (Amtrak), and the accountability of programs provided for under assistance agreements.

The ideal candidate working independently, would possess strong analytical skills to review and interpret financial information in order to evaluate the financial management of grantees. Additionally, the individual would have experience providing technical advice and assistance on complex accounting and auditing issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Some travel is required for this position.

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date

  • Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: FRA.CFO-2018-0002.


  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the GS-13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:

  • Experience using financial management, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), theories, techniques and methodology to perform accounting responsibilities.

  • Experience compiling, analyzing, and validating components of the general ledger to create financial statements and reports, and resolve auditability weaknesses.

  • Experience using an automated accounting system to process accounting data, produce financial statements and reports, and perform queries.

To qualify for the GS-14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:

  • Experience posting, verifying, and resolving accounting reconciliation issues, including propriety and budget accounts; as well as, developing recommendations for system changes.

  • Experience managing obligations, disbursements (expenditures), and accruals of grant funds.

  • Experience writing accounting documents including policies, reports, procedures and interpretive guidance, and providing guidance, training, and explaining problems related to automated accounting systems.

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; religious; 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.

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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must have completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in accounting or 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.


You must have a 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.

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