Accounting

Accounting

GS-0510

Position Overview

Accountants manage, allocate and monitor financial resources to help the agency ensure transparency, compliance, effectiveness and accountability in financial management. They assess risk; detect fraud, waste and abuse; and, analyze accounting data to recommend solutions supportive of program goals.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
Department of the Interior Offices
National Park Service
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate has strong quantitative analysis skills and can identify trends in data. She or he communicates well and can think strategically while effectively managing details.

Specialty Areas

Cost; Staff; Systems; Forensics

Work Environment

Work is performed in an office setting.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Mid:

    • Reviewing, analyzing, and reconciling financial system reports
    • Testing and evaluating financial system software
    • Reviewing data and identifying trends and control weaknesses
    • Collecting information to be used in a financial and performance reports

  • Journey:

    • Planning and conducting financial management studies
    • Advising program managers on accounting policies and data interpretation
    • Analyzing process flows and recommending improvements in control techniques
    • Reviewing and analyzing the impact of new regulations or requirements on financial management processes
    • Preparing annual financial statements and other required financial documents

  • Senior:

    • Formulating major accounting policy and providing authoritative interpretation/decision-making on financial management policy
    • Administering the development of organizational responses to OMB, GAO, Treasury proposals
    • Defining specifications and overseeing the development of complex financial systems that produce critical accounting and financial information

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Strengths by Level

Mid 9-11
Journey 12-13
Senior 14-15
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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    Senior 14-15
  • Decision Making
    Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15
  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15
  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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    Mid 9-11
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    Senior 14-15
  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15
  • Reasoning
    Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences or draws accurate conclusions.
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    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15
  • Self-Management
    Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
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    Journey 12-13
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15
  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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    Mid 9-11
    Journey 12-13
    Senior 14-15

Common Pathways

Candidates who made this career change most commonly held these occupations...

30.6%

Financial Administration and Program

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15.3%

Accounting Technician

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12.5%

General Business and Industry

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Less Common Pathways (<2%)
  • 0503 - Financial Clerical And Assistance
  • 0544 - Civilian Pay
  • 0561 - Budget Clerical And Assistance
  • 1102 - Contracting
  • 1805 - Investigative Analysis Series

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