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Justice, Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System Staff Accountant (Chief, Financial Statements) in Washington, District Of Columbia

Summary

Why work for the Federal Bureau of Prisons?

You can have a meaningful career with an agency that truly values a diverse workforce. You will find a diverse workforce employed from entry level jobs to senior management positions. We protect public safety by ensuring federal offenders serve their sentences of imprisonment in facilities that are safe, humane, and provide reentry programming. Employees at correctional facilities perform correctional work regardless of their specific occupation.

Responsibilities

The Chief, Financial Statements Section, serves as a Supervisory Accountant and is responsible for the development of the Bureau’s financial reports and statements in compliance with the Department of Treasury, Office of Budget and Management, General Accounting Office, Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, and other government accounting policy and directives.

The incumbent is responsible for the preparation of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) audited financial statements. The financial statement reporting requirements are highly complex and specialized and are established by the Office of Management and Budget and Treasury. The BOP financial statements are provided to the Department of Justice and are used by Congress and others as a measure of efficiency in management of resources.

In addition to the audited financial statements, the incumbent is responsible for all other external reporting including, but not limited to, FACTS I & II Reporting (Federal Agencies’ Centralized Trial-Balance System), Report on Receivables Due from the Public, Report on Budget Execution, and Treasury’s Year-end Closing Statement.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship is Required.

See Special Conditions of Employment Section.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP eligibility, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and score 85 or better on established ranking criteria. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at: Click Here

Qualifications

To be considered for the position, you must meet the following qualification requirements:

Basic Requirements:

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.")

OR

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. 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.

AND

In addition to the above basic requirement, applicant must have the following:

Education: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience for this position.

Specialized Experience :

You must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level in federal service. To be creditable, this experience must have equipped the applicant with the particular qualifications to perform successfully the duties of the position, and must typically be in or related to the position to be filled. Some examples of this qualifying experience are: Experience in applying extensive knowledge of accounting principles, theories, techniques and methodologies to prepare financial statements with accuracy and in compliance with authoritative directives in a federal government setting.

Experience in monitoring, reviewing and preparation of analyses and reports on accounting and financial operations (analyzing, classifying, reconciling, recording, adjusting transactions and account balances), ensuring compliance with various directives established by the General Accounting Office, Office of Management and Budget and Treasury.

Experience in monitoring accounting operations, policy, and programs, identifying problem areas, determining necessary action to improve operations and program effectiveness and maintaining the integrity of financial information.

Experience that demonstrates the ability to resolve problems and make changes to accounting systems and Financial Statements based on changes in legislation, regulations and directives.

Experience conducting analyses and interpretation of accounting and financial management data to assist in decision-making matters ranging from discontinuance, changes in current or long-term operations, or development of new programs. Credit will be given for paid and unpaid experience. To receive proper credit, you must show the actual time (such as number of hours worked per week) spent in the activities.

Your eligibility for consideration will be based on your responses to the questions in the application.

Education

See Qualifications Section for education requirements, if applicable.

ONLY if education is a requirement/substitution for specialized experience, applicant MUST upload legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement. Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, Degree and Date Awarded (if applicable). All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, Click Here.

Foreign Education: For information regarding foreign education requirements, please see Foreign Diploma and Credit Recognition at the U.S. Department of Education website: Recognition of Foreign Qualifications.

If you are selected for this position and qualified based on education (i.e. basic education requirement and/or substitution of education), you will be required to provide an OFFICIAL transcript prior to your first day on duty.

Additional Information

This position IS NOT included in the bargaining unit.The representative rate for this position is $133,447 per annum ($63.94 per hour). Special Conditions of Employment Section:Initial appointment to a supervisory/managerial position requires a one-year probationary period.The incumbent is subject to geographic relocation to meet the needs of the agency. Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a urinalysis, physical, and background investigation. All applicants are subject to National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and credit checks. The addresses listed on the USAJOBS account/resume must be the primary residence at the time of application. You may be required to provide proof of residence.Additional selections may be made if vacancies occur within the life of the certificate.

Current Federal Law Enforcement Employees:

Individuals selected who are under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) and who have not had three years "primary" law enforcement retirement coverage, will not be covered by law enforcement retirement while in this position. To regain coverage, individuals must return to a position with "primary" coverage.

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