Army National Guard Units (Title 32/Title 5) COST ACCOUNTANT in Jefferson City, Missouri

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This National Guard position is for a GS-0510-11 COST ACCOUNTANT, Position Description Number T51370000 in SPMD 152D and is part of the MO United States Property and Fiscal Office.

APPOINTMENT FACTORS: This is a Permanent Title 5 Excepted Service position. This is a bargaining unit position.

WHO MAY APPLY: All qualified permanent Title 5 and Title 32 employees who are currently employed by the Missouri Army National Guard.

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  • Analyze, examine, and interpret accounting data, records and reports to determine past costs, identify improperly recorded costs, and reallocate cost to ensure they are recorded in proper cost structure.
  • Utilize General Fund Enterprise Business System (GFEBS) to inform managers of the cost of performing various functions associate with Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Service Support Programs (SSP).
  • Furnishes advice and assistance to management on accounting and financial management matters, analyzes information, resolves conflicting data, and formulates recommendations for management decisions.
  • Coordinates and integrates analytical activities related to cost accounting and management.
  • Using appropriate costing methodologies, develops cost accounting data to provide accurate and timely financial information to satisfy command information requirements and to document full costs of installation activities.
  • Monitors and assists in implementation of approved and directed procedural and cost management changes.
  • Evaluates proposed regulatory changes and employee suggestions referred by the USPFO and provides comments and recommendations.
  • Provides accounting advice and recommendations to program managers and the installation staff.
  • Determines, selects, organizes and analyzes appropriate data for the effectiveness and/or efficiency of operations for use in executing performance measurements.
  • Identifies, monitors and reports trends and performance measurements that will aid managers in making financial management decisions.
  • Plans, coordinates and performs comprehensive reviews, special studies, and selective internal examinations of USPFO functions pertaining to cost management environment.
  • Conducts detailed analysis on Interfacing System Information Documents (IDOCs) and takes corrective action to ensure proper system master data allows for proper interfacing.
  • Applies a knowledge of military and civilian pay entitlements and allowances and military and civilian travel entitlements.
  • A thorough understanding of management, organization, and resources utilization policies and principles, and knowledge of review and analysis techniques including statistical sampling techniques and procedures.
  • Identifies such problems as document flow and controls, inaccurate records and reports, regulatory compliance, conflicts with regulatory guidance, and correctness of payment and accounting for public funds.
  • Analyzes and evaluates findings, determines types of corrective/improvement actions needed, and develops formal reports for submission to the Financial Manager.
  • Recommends changes to procedures and practices covering all functional areas, additional training, and changes in the utilization of resources.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment
  • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
  • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
  • As a condition of continued employment in this GS-0510-11 position, the selected individual must obtain the appropriate certification levels for this position within 24 months after initial assignment.
  • Must maintain the position's continuous training and education studies, as identified for each certification level, during the defined 24 month period.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:Mustpossess a minimum of one year on-the-job experience in grade immediately below the next higher level and possess experience in the following six basic qualification factors: skilled in collecting and analyzing contracting data effectively, efficiently, and accurately; ability to clearly enunciate English without impediment of speech that would interfere or prohibit effective communication; ability to write English in reports and presentation formats; ability to communicate clearly and effectively; skilled in presenting formal training presentations and briefings; and skilled in applying procedures and directives by reading and interpreting program material.

GS-11 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Must possess at least 24 months of accounting experiences and competencies that provided knowledge of principles and procedures; possess an excellent understanding of the basic principles and concepts of the National Guard accounting business program requirements; experiences and training that demonstrates your ability to conduct accounting business in accordance with directives and policies; the ability to study and evaluate the existing internal control systems to determine the level of reliability; and, the skills to determine the appropriate procedures needed to validate system reliability. Must have the competency to obtain sufficient reliable evidence through inspection, observation, inquiries, and confirmation to provide a reasonable basis for an opinion regarding the activity under examination. Must possess accounting experiences that used statistical and/or judgmental sampling of financial records and management controls to determine the degree of efficiency, economy, and effectiveness in which the activities discharged their financial responsibilities, and/or to determine that the financial records were maintained in accordance with applicable regulations. Must possess the ability to follow directions, to read, retain, and understand a variety of instructions, regulations, policies and procedures.

  1. Accounting Degree; 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 six hours of credit in business law. OR
  2. Combination of Education and Experience: At least four 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 ONEof the following:
  3. Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to six hours of business law;
  4. A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination;
  5. Completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing. For example, completed 15 semester hours however, the school course work does not fully satisfythe 24-semester-hour degree requirement as defined above in paragraph one (subject: Degree), provided that: (a) The applicant successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field for example, valuation engineering or financial institution examining; (b) A panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors determined that the applicant demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and advancement levels that are normally associated with successful completion of the four-year course of study degree, as described above in Paragraph One; 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.

You must provide transcripts or other documentation to support your Educational claims.

Additional information

If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

Veterans' Preference: A copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).

Veterans Information:Veterans' preference must be validated by formal submissions including all necessary supporting documentation. You must provide acceptable documentation of your preference or appointment eligibility. Acceptable documentation may be:

  1. A copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.
  2. A "certification" that is a written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
  3. You may obtain a letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs reflecting your level of disability for preference eligibility by visiting a VA Regional Office, contacting a VA call center or online.

NOTE:Prior to appointment, an agency will require the service member to provide a copy of the DD-214.

If claiming 10 point preference, you will need to submit a Standard Form, SF-15, "Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference."

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Category Rating:Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of your qualifications will be conducted to determine if you are qualified for this job. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are:

a. Highly-Qualified: The numeric value rating normally ranges from 90-100 points. This higher numeric value group is applied for those candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective placement factors and appropriate numeric ranking factor(s) as determined by the job analysis and crediting plan. To be Highly-Qualified, the candidates are considered, by the Human Resources Specialist (Staffing), as highly proficient and fully competent to effectively perform all the job requirements and can successfully perform in the position almost immediately, or with a minimum amount of training and/or orientation.

b. Well-Qualified: The numeric value group normally ranges from 80-89 points. This next lower numeric value group is used for those candidates that meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in most, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates may require some training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

c. Qualified: The numeric value group normally ranges from 70-79 points. This lowest group is for those candidates who meet the minimum qualifications of the position and are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the position. Candidates will require extensive training and/or orientation in order to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume or any other written format Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year) of employment and duties performed.

Helpful Hints for Applying:

  • Ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

  • Be specific and include details about the experience and duties performed that relates to the position you are applying for.

  1. If you are using education to qualify for this position OR education is a mandatory requirement to meet qualifications, YOU MUST submit copies of college transcripts that identify each course, the college or university, semester or quarter hours earned, grade and grade-point received. Submitting a certificate or a degree will not suffice. You must submit transcripts when required. Photocopies are acceptable.

  2. If you have been or currently are a Federal Civil Service employee, please submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action, Form SF-50. If you have never been a Federal Civil Service employee, this is not a requirement. This is also not a requirement for current Technicians employed by the Missouri National Guard.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements: You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified".

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link:

A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documentsto be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

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Agency contact information
Natalie Soto Cortes

(573) 638-9500 X39811



MO United States Property and Fiscal Office 7001 Range Road Jefferson City, MO US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/09/2018 to 03/30/2018

Salary: $61,218 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 11

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent - Excepted Service Permanent