Accounting Technician

Accounting Technician

GS-0525

Position Overview

The DOI mission involves keeping track of many thousands of financial transactions: timber sales payments, rents, employee payrolls, recreational permit fees, royalties and electric service payments are just a few examples.  Accounting Technicians provide essential support by processing receipts and payments accurately and efficiently and verifying and maintaining accurate accounting records.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

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

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate possesses strong attention to detail and enjoys researching and solving problems.

Work Environment

Work is performed in an office setting.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Clerical and Administrative Support Group Qualification Standard on the OPM website.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Reviewing and classifying data/transactions for consistency
    • Examining and processing vouchers, purchase orders or payments
    • Identifying and closing out overdue accounting transactions
    • Entering data into accounting systems; Analyzing and reconciling accounts
    • Auditing routine transactions and resolving discrepancies

  • Mid:

    • Examining accounts and researching and resolving challenging reconciliation problems
    • Advising systems developers on accounting system user requirements
    • Recommending procedural changes and innovative solutions to increase accuracy and prevent discrepancies
    • Leading a team of lower level technicians

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Strengths by Level

Entry 5-6
Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • Information Management
    Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather information; organizes and maintains information or information management systems.
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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9
  • 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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    Entry 5-6
    Mid 7-9

Common Pathways

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Where We Are

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