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This position is located in the Travel and Relocation Branch (TRD), Finance (FIN) Division, Chief Financial Officer Directorate (CFO), Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), Glynco, Georgia.
The purpose of this position is to administer the travel program and to provide advice and accounting service regarding travel issues and requirements for FLETC divisions and serviced Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components. You will provide technical advice and guidance to management, ensuring compliance with current FLETC, Homeland Security, and Federal regulations and procedures, advising on FLETC/Homeland Security and Federal travel and taxation regulations and policies, serving as the E-Travel System (ETS) program coordinator and the principal liaison between the Agency and the Travel Management Center (TMC).
Typical assignments of an Accounting Technician (Travel) include:
09 - You may be non-competitively promoted without further competition when the supervisor determines that the duties of the higher grade level are being performed and all regulatory requirements have been met.
0525 Accounting Technician
The qualification requirements listed below must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
GS-07: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal Service performing basic travel functions that include examining travel authorizations and vouchers for compliance with regulatory requirements; performing basic accounts payable functions that include processing invoices or similar transactions while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements; or performing basic accounts receivable functions that include processing billing or similar transactions while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.
Successful completion of one year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position. Provide a copy of your transcripts.
Equivalent combinations of specialized experience and graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position. Only graduate education in excess of the first 9 hours will be combined with the specialized experience. Provide a copy of your transcripts.
Time-in-Grade: Current and former federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the GS-06 grade level in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
GS-08: You must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service performing intermediate level travel functions that include examining travel authorizations and vouchers for compliance with regulatory requirements; performing intermediate level accounts payable functions that include processing invoices or similar transactions while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements; or performing intermediate level accounts receivable functions that include processing billing or similar transactions while ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.
Successful completion of one and a half years (27 semester hours) of graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position. Provide a copy of your transcripts.
Equivalent combinations of specialized experience and graduate level education that is directly related to the work of the position. Only graduate education in excess of the first 18 hours will be combined with the specialized experience. Provide a copy of your transcripts.
Time-in-Grade: Current and former federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level in the federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps and AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, and 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. The Office of Personnel Management must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. You may be non-competitively promoted without further competition when the supervisor determines that the duties of the higher grade level are being performed and all regulatory requirements have been met.
As a general rule, education is not creditable above GS-5 for most positions covered by this standard; however, graduate education may be credited in those few instances where the graduate education is directly related to the work of the position. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) in order for your graduate education to be credited.
DHS uses E-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Secret as a condition of placement into this position. This will include a credit check after a tentative job offer is given, a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.
The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
Physical Demands: The work involves some physical effort, such as standing, walking, bending, etc. Much time is spent on the computer.
Work Environment: The work is performed in a normal office setting (open landscape). Normal safety precautions are required.
Re-employed annuitants’ annual salaries will be reduced by the amount of their retirement annuity and by further cost of living increases. FERS retirees receiving a FERS annuity supplement must also be aware that, like social security benefits, their FERS annuity supplement is subject to an earnings test and may be reduced if the salary earned is more than the social security exempt amount of earnings. Additional information is available on OPM’s website or by contacting OPM.
Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
Any Offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Personnel Management guidance and U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements.
If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use a job questionnaire to determine the degree to which your experience, education, and training demonstrate the following competencies needed to perform this job:
1. Knowledge of a wide-variety of interrelated steps, conditions, and procedures and processes required to assemble, review, and maintain complex accounting and fiscal transactions.
2. Knowledge of various accounting and financial regulations, laws, and requirements to provide guidance on travel programs.
3. Ability to identify the source of account discrepancies, corrective actions required to bring accounts into agreement, proving the accuracy of adjusted accounts, recommending actions to prevent recurrence of similar discrepancies, and compiling and verifying the accuracy of accounting data to prepare statements and reports, schedules, and comparative analyses of accounting transactions.
4. Knowledge of the interrelationships of various accounting systems applications and computer file systems and content to research or investigate problems or errors that require reconciling and reconstructing incomplete information, to conduct extensive and exhaustive research for required information needed to process and resolve travel account transactions; and to document and enter data in accounts and records for complex and unique travel transactions.
5. Knowledge of agency policies, procedures, law, and regulations related to the authorization, processing, payment and reconciliation of travel expenses and documents; and ability to analyze the efficiency of the travel program and recommend improvements to reduce errors, processing delays, and clarifies procedures.
6. Ability to apply various accounting methods, forms and techniques in order to process, accrue, obligate and disburse travel documents while ensuring proper posting to the travel systems.
Due weight will be given to performance appraisals and incentive awards in merit promotion selection decisions in accordance with 5 CFR 335.103(b)(3). If you are determined to be best-qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, the veteran must 1) be a preference eligible; or 2) be a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement. (Note: Veteran’s preference does not apply under Merit Promotion procedures. View information on VEOA information on Feds Hire Vets.)
Career Transition Assistance Program or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government as a civilian, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well-qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be rated at a minimum score of 85 for this position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
1. Your resume
2. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information.
3. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and provide the documents that demonstrate your preference eligibility e.g., the AB4, Civil Service Preference Letter. If you are applying based on your eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit a certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date you apply. Your certification must include your dates of service, your rank, and your character of service. Click here to view more veterans’ information.
4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP/ICTAP)? You must submit copies of your: agency notice; most recent performance rating; and your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
5. Are you a current or former federal employee? You must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 that indicates your tenure group, grade, and salary (including basic).
6. Have you occupied a GS position in the federal civilian service within the last 52 weeks? You must submit a copy of the SF-50 that proves you meet the time-in-grade requirements listed in the "Qualifications" section of this announcement.
7. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment: position title, type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee), agency, and beginning and ending dates of your appointment.
8. You may be asked to provide a copy of your recent performance appraisal and/or incentive awards.
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Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.
Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas.
Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.
• Federal employees serving on career or career-conditional appointments • Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility • Individuals with disabilities, peace corps, former overseas employees, military spouses, 30% disabled veterans, and those eligible under other special hiring authorities • Persons eligible under Interchange Agreements • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)