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Department Of Health And Human Services
"Any US Citizen" Permanent Full Time The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal, and Urban operated facilities and programs.
The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior''s definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
This position is being announced concurrently under Excepted Service Examining Plan/Merit Promotion Plan (ESEP/MPP) procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++ IHS-14-GP-1159493-ESEP/MP ++ for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.
This position is located in the Division of Financial Management, Accounting Services Branch, General Ledger & Reports Section, Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service, Aberdeen, South Dakota. The accountant is at the advanced trainee level and is responsible for preparing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting accounting data and reports to higher authorities or agency management officials.
US Citizenship is required. Position subject to Level V or Level VI Background/Security clearance. The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check. If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59) A valid driver's license is required to (Operate Government Vehicles).
Major Duties:
The Accountant will be responsible for entering accounting transactions for Schedule of Collections and various correction entries assigned by the supervisor. Also corrects any errors resulting thereof.
The Accountant process tax remittances to the Internal Revenue Service and maintains a subsidiary ledger to monitor that the payments balance with the PCS move vouchers.
The Accountant is responsible for processing the W-2's for all PCS moves that are processed in Finance. The accountant is given general instructions as to the purpose of the assignment, limitations, expected deadlines and priorities. Any problems that arise are referred to the supervisor for help or a decision.
Assignments consist of specific tasks designed to give the accountant experience in the practical application of theory and basic principles of accounting. Decisions regarding what needs to be done follow well accepted accounting practices and established procedures within the organization. Actions to be taken or responses to be made are based on factual differences such as the type of information needed on balance sheets.
Performs other position related duties as assigned.
To qualify for this position, your resume must reflect sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the position for which you are applying. Your resume is key in evaluating your experience, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your work experience.
BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):
Individual Occupational 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.
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Combination of Education & 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. A 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.
GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level; OR, One (1) year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.
GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level; OR, Two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master''s degree or master''s or equivalent graduate degree.
GS-11: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level; OR, Three (3) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.
Specialized Experience Defined:
Specialized Experience for the GS-07 is defined as but not limited to: professional knowledge of accounting practices, methods, and techniques required to perform assignments independently using established procedures and practices. Working knowledge of the departmental accounting regulations and agency fiscal practices, Appropriation Law. Experience working specific segments of the accounting operation, such as calculating and processing tax payments and reconciling and issuing W-2''s, managing cost assessments and various monthly Intra-Governmental Payment and Collection obligations and bills and Intra-Governmental Payment and Collection reconciliation. Experience managing multiple spreadsheets and analyze the data for future expectations and ability to establish estimates.
Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is defined as but not limited to: professional knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, theories, practices, methods, and techniques and knowledge of practices, agency and departmental accounting policies, and programs to accomplish independently a variety of assignments. Analyzing agency accounting systems or in modifying and adapting conventional accounting techniques to solve a variety of accounting problems. Working knowledge and experience in specific segments of the accounting operation, such as Intra-Governmental Payment and Collection reconciliations, SF224 preparation (Statement of Transactions/Balance sheet) and General Ledger Cash management for Treasury Payments and Collections. Knowledge of journals and correcting entries. Knowledge of Appropriation Law and Prompt Payment Act.
Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is defined as but not limited to: professional knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, theories, practices, techniques, and knowledge of program practices, policies, and functions to accomplish independently a variety of accounting assignments. Knowledge of fund accounting methods, procedures, and techniques used in maintaining and analyzing U.S. Government Standard General Ledger accounts within an accounting system comprised of numerous and diversified activities. Analyzing accounting systems or in modifying and adapting conventional accounting techniques to solve a variety of accounting problems that may arise. Knowledge of journals and correcting entries. Complex automated accounting system, due to numerous major fund allowances, sub-activities, sub-sub activities, cost centers, projects, and multiple locations or programs from which allowances and costs are distributed. Knowledge of Appropriation Law and Prompt Payment Act. Experience in building useful reports with a variety of accounting data and ability to analyze the data and make recommendations to resolve problems.
Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program. For further information, click on
You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Friday, July 18, 2014
You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume ( _your resume must state specific duties that relate to this position_ ) and your responses to the assessment questions will be evaluated against the duties you provided in your resume, along with your submitted documentation to determine your ability to demonstrate the following:
Technical Competence
Attention to Detail
Decision Making
Speaking
If you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, your application will be rated based on Category Rating and Selection procedures, you will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified , or Qualified . Within each of these categories, applicants eligible for veteran''s preference will receive selection priority over non-preference eligibles. If after reviewing your resume and responses to the assessment questions, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration.
The following links below provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities. If you are a Veteran, qualified CTAP and ICTAP eligible, or an individual with a disability, please refer to the following links below for additional guidance:
Veterans , i.e. (VEOA, VRA, and 30% or more disabled)
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP )
Interagency Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
Schedule A Appointments for the Disabled
Click here to view vacancy questions: View Assessment Questions. All documents above _MUST_ be received by 11:59 (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date of, Friday, July 18, 2014 , to be considered.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package. See required documents below.
1. Click 'Apply Online'' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.
2. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
3. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
4. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
5. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position. Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 1159505. Fax your documents to .
You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line. If you cannot complete your application package online:
1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to . Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one.
Submission of a resume'' or a 1203FX form alone IS NOT a complete application. This position requires the completion of additional forms and/or supplemental materials as described under Required Documents section.
The IHS 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 (_Mr. Troy Bad Moccasin, HR. Staffing Officer_, PHONE: , and/or troy. ). The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
For additional questions please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) found here:
_Required Documentation for Eligibility and Preference_ :
_Resume_: You are highly encouraged to use USAJOBS Resume Builder.__
_Indian Preference Applicants:_ - _If claiming Indian preference for the first time, or if you have no previous documentation of preference, applicants must provide a completed copy of the Form BIA-4432 (expiration date 11/30/2014), "Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the BIA and IHS Only." Indian preference will not be given unless a properly signed and dated form is submitted with your application, including any verification by an authorized Tribal Representative or BIA Official of tribal enrollment records. For detailed instructions, see form BIA-4432. You must also complete the family history chart if necessary. _Current IHS employees with a BIA form on file in their Official Personnel Folder are required to submit a copy of that form with their application.__ Refer to BIA-4432 link:
_Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)_ or other Veterans preference (VRA and 30%or more disabled) - include a copy of your DD-214, if you''re claiming Vet preference. For more information please see link at:
_Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)_ - If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP, follow the instructions below: .
_Current or former Federal employee_: Include your most recent SF50.
_Transcripts -_Transcripts must be provided if substituting education for experience and/or if education is required for this position. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable, but official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
Your application package _MUST_ be complete by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) onFriday, July 18, 2014, the closing of this announcement.
Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Applicant _MUST_ verify the completeness and successful submission of their applications by logging into the USAJobs Application Manager to check the "Status". Your qualifications for the job will be reviewed against other applicants to determine, if you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps have been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.
If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.
Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 90 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.
A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/placement
This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Security Clearance (BI): If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a fingerprint check. Fingerprint results must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
Position subject to Level V or Level VI Background/Security clearance.
Selectee will be required to be immunized against Measles and Rubella and provide documentation prior to or at the time of their start date. Special consideration may be allowed to individuals who are allergic to a component of the vaccine or are currently pregnant. Selectee must have documented immunity to Rubella and Measles.
Males over the age of 18, and born after December 31, 1959, are required to be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) in order to be eligible for employment with the Federal Government.
Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.
_OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION:_
All information provided by the candidate will be verified, reference checks will be conducted from current and past supervisors on the tentative selectee.
The law prohibits public officials from appointing, promoting, or recommending their relatives.
Federal annuitants (military and civilian) may have their salaries reduced. All employees must pay any valid delinquent debt or the agency may garnish their salary.
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