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Accountant Recent Graduate, ZA-0510-II


  • Duties
    Help Duties Summary

    BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, and a comfortable, healthy and efficient work environment. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely comprised of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals. To learn more about working at BEA or to see open positions, please visit our Web site . BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC.

    The Recent Graduate Program is a one-year program that targets individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants will be place in a dynamic, one-year career development program. Throughout the program, you will participate in formal training, job assignments and receive a mentor to develop competencies applicable to BEA's mission and needs. This position is at the Band II (GS-7 Equivalent) level with an opportunity for permanent appointment upon successful completion of the program. To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:
    • Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the program.
    • Demonstrate successful job performance.
    • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.
    Relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid.

    This is a non-bargaining unit position.

    This is an open continuous announcement. The initial cutoff date for referral is August 3, 2017. After this date additional referral list will be created as vacancies are available. This announcement covers multiple positions with the various Directorates of the Bureau of Economic Analysis through July 19, 2018.

    **Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within BEA from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, general job responsibilities and duty location **

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    Responsibilities

    The individual selected for this position will:

    ● Review survey forms submitted by respondent companies for accuracy and consistency.

    ● Contact respondent companies to obtain survey response, correct errors on survey forms, request additional information, and provide guidance on how to correctly fill out surveys within the deadlines established by management.

    ● Estimate data for companies when they are unable to provide accurate information.

    ● Research financial information on the internet and in databases.

    Travel Required
    Not required

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    03

    Who May Apply This job is open to… Recent College Graduates from qualifying institutions within two years of degree or certifications (Veterans precluded by their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply)
    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

  • Job family (Series)
    0510 Accounting

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. citizen,
    • Suitable for Federal Employment,
    • You may be required to complete a financial disclosure (OGE-450),
    • Registered for Selective Service System. If applicable (www.sss.gov),
    • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher,
    • A One-year probationary period may be required.

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

    Qualifications
    Applicants must apply within two years of obtaining degree or certificate completion (except veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have six years after degree completion).

    NOTE: To show proof of meeting this requirement, all applicants must submit a copy of their college transcripts with the degree conferred date (does not have to be the official transcript at this time).

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

    To be eligible as a Recent Graduate, you must have already obtained a degree within 2 years from close of announcement.

    Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    As an Accountant, you must meet the following Basic Requirements:

    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.

    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.

    To qualify for a Band II (GS-7 Equivalent):

    In addition to meeting the Minimum Qualification Requirements above, applicants must have the education listed below.

    Completion of 1 full academic year of graduate level education (18 credit hours, 27 quarter hours; or Eligibility under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision and completion of a bachelor's degree.

    S.A.A. is based on (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society membership.
  • Class standing -- Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses.
  • Grade-point average (G.P.A.) -- Applicants must have a grade-point average of:

  • 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or
  • 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.

  • EXPERIENCE: (Accounting Related)

    BAND II: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the Band-II (GS-5). Examples of specialized experience are: preparing, analyzing, interpreting and presenting accounting data; operating, maintaining, and modifying accounting systems; using accounting information to recommend solutions to management problems and structuring of organization programs; managing, operating, and analyzing cost accounting systems in connection with manufacturing or other business activities; designing, implementing, and assessing internal control processes and 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.

    Education

    Additional information

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
    • VRA
    • VEOA
    • 30% or more disabled veteran
    • Persons with disabilities
    • CTAP
    • ICTAP
    The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. TTY users can contact the Human Resources Office via the Federal Relay Service, 1-800-877-8339.

    Recent Graduates and their supervisors must sign Pathways Agreements setting forth expectations for the program.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Your application includes your:
  • Resume,
  • Responses to the online questions, and
  • Required supporting documents.
  • We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

    1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnair, or your score may be lowered.

    2. Rating: The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:
    • Knowledge of U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and International Financial Reporting Standards.
    • Knowledge of the preparation and analysis of financial statements.
    • Ability to apply economic accounting concepts.
    • Ability to communicate technical information in writing and over the phone.
    • Ability to research company financial information on the internet and in the databases and analyze company financial statements.
    The above competencies are desirable at the full performance level of this position Band III.

    3. Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

    We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/ No, Multiple Choice questions) and place you in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are "gold,' "silver," and "bronze." However, your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the "gold" category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    How you will be evaluated for preference eligibility: Within each category, those entitled to veterans' preference will be listed at the top of the pre-defined category for which they are placed. Preference eligible with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be listed at the top of the highest quality category (gold) depending on the position and grade level of the job.

    If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and/or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 (well qualified) to receive special selection priority.

    We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.

    To preview questions please click here .

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Applicable

  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    A complete application consists of the following:
    • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
    • Veterans' Preference Documentation: Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. Previous versions of the SF-15 will not be accepted. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx .
    • Sole Survivorship Documentation: If you are applying under Sole Survivorship preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214 or another form of official documentation which shows your discharge or release from active duty occurred on or after August 29, 2008 and was based on a sole survivorship discharge.
    • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
    • Education Documentation: All applicants to include BEA employees MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of courses showing title, number of credits, grade, and date of completion.
    To be used in meeting qualifications requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx . An official transcript will be required if you are selected.

    If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of credibility of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency; more information may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e4.asp#e4a

    CTAP and ICTAP Eligibles

    CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: http://www.opm.gov/ctap

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential.
  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination, certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a work-related compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement.
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your position, grade/band level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.


  • 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.

  • Benefits
    Help Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

    Benefits include annual and sick leave, ten paid holidays, and other benefits which may include a flexible work schedule and more. Applicants who receive a temporary appointment of less than a year will not be eligible to receive: health, life, or retirement benefits.

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

    To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov . To begin, click the Apply Online button on the right side of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents.

    To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at https://my.usajobs.gov and place your cursor over "My Account" and then click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

    If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk immediately within an hour of your system issue by e-mail at [email protected] or phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply online, however, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Monica Bennett @ [email protected] or (301)763-7983.

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    Agency contact information Monica Bennett

    Phone
    301-763-7983
    Fax
    000-000-0000
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS
    4600 Silver Hill Road
    Room:
    Washington, District of Columbia
    United States

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    Next steps

    You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at: http://usajobs.gov and clicking on "Applications" The status will be visible next to the corresponding position. The four points of notification are:
  • Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  • Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  • Referred or Not Referred; and
  • Selected or Not Selected
  • By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    Read more Reasonable Accommodation Policy

    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.


    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474581200 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Posted
03/19/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Suitland, Maryland, US