Department Of Veterans Affairs Austin , TX 78719

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This position is located within the Financial Accounting Service. The duties encompass resolving system issues, classifying accounting transactions, maintaining and reconciling accounts, closing accounts and preparing reports and statements, analyzing accounting data, and examining accounts. the accountant performs accounting transactions that may include verifying the accuracy and completeness of the accounting data, and the debit and credit entries to be made.

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The first 50 candidates who applied will be considered for referral to the selecting official. Additional candidates will be referred based on hiring needs.

Major duties to include, but not limited to the following:

  • Provide financial advice and perform accountant work for internal agency operation programs.

  • Advise on and/or perform professional financial accounting duties; develop accounting procedures and resolve technical problems in executing a computerized, integrated accounting system.

  • Administer accounting systems designed to track, reconcile, and report on agency operations and maintenance funding and/or appropriations for which the agency has legislative oversight and responsibility.

  • Monitor and control by timely recording, coding, balancing, and scrutinizing for inaccurate accounts.

  • Reconciles accounts with manual and computer subsidiary accounts.

Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday; 8:00 am

  • 4:30 pm

Telework: Available

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Available

Position Description Title/PD#: Accountant/PD14197A and PD141196A

Physical Requirements:The work is principally sedentary

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.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • You may be expected to travel up to 10% for this position

Supervisory status


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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job

  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation

  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required

  • May serve a probationary period

  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

  • A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.

  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Experience in accounting operations and requirements to include those established by Government Accountability Office (GAO), Department of Treasury, and Office of Management & Budget (OMB )to independently perform assignments.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: This section includes questions about the basic education requirement for this vacancy. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

  • 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.")


  • 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 oneof 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.

A transcript and/or CPA Certificate and/or CIA Certificate must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

GS-11 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Experience assisting in resolving system issues, analyzing accounting data, and examining accounts; conducting various complex and multi-faceted analyses, preparing reports, and compiling information for management; briefing management on major issues and providing logical, cogent recommendations.


Applicants may substitute education for the experience required for the GS-11 level. 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. This education must have been obtained in an accredited business or college or university for which a bachelor's degree or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite.


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-11 level. An equivalent combination of successfully completed higher level graduate education and specialized experience directly related to the position meet total experience requirements for the GS-11

GS-12 grade level: One year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal service); experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) and other characteristics to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled, in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Experience conducting various complex and multi-faceted analyses, preparing reports, and compiling information for management; briefs management on major issues and providing logical, cogent recommendations. Developing accounting processes and providing accounting systems support to make financial reporting possible. Taking corrective action as required to resolve problems and backlogs related to meeting workload requirements. Analyzing and reconciling Financial Inventory Accounting Fund reporting system, monthly reporting submissions and supporting documentation incorporating a vast array of inventory accounting regulations, policies and procedures. Advising in various accounting functions/projects providing work assignments and professional guidance to lower graded accountants and accounting technicians to accomplish functional project goals/objectives.

There is no educational substitution for the GS-12 level.

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: 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:

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.

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