Job Title: Accountant

Agency: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Salary Range: $86,335 – $157,709/ Per Year

Series/Grade: The agency uses the Administratively Determined system in which rank is attached to the individual. The salary range for this position is statutorily capped at $160,100.

Position Information: This is an opportunity for permanent employment in the excepted service. You will be required to serve a two-year trial period.

Duty Location: Washington, DC

Who May Apply: Open to the public. U.S. citizenship required.

Security Clearance: Must have or be able to obtain a TOP SECRET – Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS-SCI) Security clearance.  If you already have a TS/SCI clearance, please highlight your last investigation date in your application.

Agency Mission
The Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s responsibilities comprise two basic functions: oversight and advice. In its oversight role, the Board is authorized to continually review the implementation of executive branch policies, procedures, regulations, and information sharing practices relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to ensure that privacy and civil liberties are protected. The Board is also authorized to continually review any other actions of the executive branch relating to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism, in order to determine whether such actions appropriately protect privacy and civil liberties and whether they are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policies regarding privacy and civil liberties. In its advice role, the Board is authorized to review proposed legislation, regulations, and policies related to efforts to protect the nation from terrorism (as well as the implementation of new and existing policies and legal authorities), in order to advise the President and executive branch agencies on ensuring that privacy and civil liberties are appropriately considered in their development and implementation.

The primary purpose of this position is to perform duties as an Accountant, working under general supervision of the Chief Financial Officer, is to provide general accounting, financial management and financial reporting support. The accountant will be expected to process accounts payable/receivables, capitalization, advances/prepayments accounting, reconciliations and provide other assistance with the accounting/financial management workload of the Agency’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. In addition, the Accountant will also be required to apply knowledge and interpret the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), US Standard General Ledger, Fund Balance with Treasury (FBwT), Capitalization of Property and Leases, Adjusted Trial balance (ATB), etc. Serve as a professional accountant with the ability to research and analyze various financial statements and disclosures to determine compliance with the GAAP, which may include applying accounting principles, techniques, and theories to solve complex financial issues. Provide technical advice and assistance by working independently with accounting, audit, or other multi-discipline teams to resolve accounting and financial issues to include the correction of differences identified between the subsidiary ledger balances and the control account balances in the general ledger.

Prior experience conducting a wide range of acquisition lifecycle activities as it relates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) guidelines and US Government contracting is preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide general accounting, financial statement, and reporting support.
  2. Create trial balance to financial statement crosswalks and other crosswalks. Apply the knowledge and understanding in the areas of financial reporting in compliance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).
  3. Perform a variety of activities related to the daily financial operations of the Agency’s accounting system, such as review, analyze, compile, reconcile and report the financial data of the Agency on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.
  4. Create budgetary to proprietary tie-outs.
  5. Provide support to accounts payable, accrual estimates and accrual accounting.
  6. Assist the agency with capital lease determinations.
  7. Complete advances, prepayments, and related budgetary and proprietary accounts (such as GL 480200 - undelivered orders, obligations, prepaid/advanced, etc.) processes and procedures.
  8. Review and analyze accounts payable/receivables documentation/billing, and other related financial management support.
  9. Perform various elements of the federal government financial audit processes and procedures.
  10. Interpret audit findings and analyze the corresponding regulations and the impacts to auditable processes.
  11. Support and provide analysis to process and apply technical expertise to devise new or revised accounting policies/procedures, categorize accounting transactions, and improve accounting operations.
  12. Document the design and implementation of complementary user entity controls.
  13. Conduct studies and projects to improve policy, procedures, and controls in the organization to ensure adherence to proper budgetary and financial accounting standards and determine the feasibility of proposed and mandated accounting changes.
  14. Serve as alternate Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR), assisting Lead COR in procurement oversight.
  15. Other duties assigned by the Chief Financial Officer, as needed.

Educational Requirements
Specialized study should include at minimum a bachelor’s degree in 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 with five (5) to seven (7) years of accounting experience. The applicant must also possess active credentials as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM). Strong writing skills, proficiency in oral presentation and briefing, and subject matter expertise in financial management are essential for this position.

Application Process
Please send the following required documents to with the title “Accountant”: Cover letter, resume, and writing sample (10 pages or less). All submitted materials must be at the UNCLASSIFIED level. If all the materials above are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. Candidates selected for an interview may be asked to provide references and undergo a writing assessment. A candidate’s application may be considered for other eligible vacant positions at the agency. The candidate will be contacted if considered for another eligible vacant position.

Closing Date
A panel will convene to evaluate applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. A review of your application will be made to determine whether you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be evaluated. Candidates will be placed into categories of “best qualified”, “qualified”, and “not qualified”. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be placed in a different category. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your categorization.

No Travel Expenses for Interview 
Candidates from outside the Washington, D.C., area may be selected for a telephone or in-person interview. If selected for an in-person interview, any travel or lodging will be at the applicant’s personal expense.

Telework, Travel and Benefits 
Telework may be made available per agency policy.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our budget office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package.

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