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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Finance Accounting Technician in Austin, Texas


The position is located within the Department of Veteran's Affairs in the VA Financial Services Center, Financial Operations Service. The duties encompass resolving system issues, classifying accounting transactions, maintaining and reconciling accounts, closing accounts and preparing reports and statements, and analyzing accounting data and examining accounts.


This is a bargaining unit position. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available.

Telework: May be available with supervisor approval.

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description Title/PD#: Accounting Technician/ PD15004A and PD14171A

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Authorized

Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary. This position involves a multi-grade career ladder. The major duties listed below represent the full performance level of GS-7. At the GS-6 grade level, you will perform assignments of a more limited scope and with less independence. You will progressively acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-7. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied. Major Duties:

· Prepares reports for VA stations including HQ, and local management.

· Reviews documents to ensure their accuracy and are authorized in conformity with existing federal regulations such as the Prompt Payment Act and ensures sufficient funds are available.

· Responsible for creating help desk tickets for items that are beyond tier one support.

· Routinely provides user guide information to customers and assist in updating the guides with systems change.

· Ensures the accounting system of record is reconciled with the Treasury for appropriate commercial operation transactions.


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/28/2020. Time-in-Grade (TIG) Requirement- Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. (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-5 or higher for at least one year to be eligible for the GS-6 grade level of this position. Applicants must have held grade GS-6 or higher for at least one year to be eligible for the GS-7 grade level of this position. The grade must have been held in the Federal service but may have been in any occupation. Provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" to indicate your current federal status. You must also submit additional SF-50(s) to clearly demonstrate one 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 year time-in-grade. In this instance, you should provide an additional SF-50 to clearly demonstrate one year time-in-grade. 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 performing accounts payable, receivable and administrative functions in a fast paced environment You may qualify based on your experience as described below: You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: For the GS-6 level: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-5 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Assists in maintaining logs and performs follow-up to ensure openings and adjustments of receivables meet established timeframes and the Debt Collection Improvement Act; Assists in coordinating with Agent cashiers, budget/accounting officials to ensure funds are applied appropriately and timely. Provides tier one support for a variety of FSC and VA applications/systems to include assistance logging into systems, password reset, input, query information to ensure appropriate browser settings, etc. For the GS-7 level: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-6 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes: Provides reports to the budget office with billable and non-billable items for services rendered; provide resolution of various financial problems such as variances, rejects, adjustments, bills for collection, expenditure transfers and delinquent vendor invoices; analyze general ledger accounts to ensure accurate reports, analyzes documents for accuracy and authorization, and documents financial transactions to assure a proper audit trail. There is no educational substitution for the GS-6 or GS-7 level. Attention to DetailFinancial SystemsProblem SolvingSelf Management 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: The work is primarily sedentary. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


There is no educational substitution at this grade level.

Additional Information

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process. 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 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.