Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Accounting Technician in Topeka, Kansas

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1893443

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

This is a re-announcement of YN-EA-17-MKB-1893443-BU-R2. You do not need to reapply to receive consideration for this position.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities and leadership positions at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the Nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Area of Consideration: First area of consideration (AOC) will be given to NAGE (permanent employees), Topeka, KS (including current Veteran Canteen Service employees who have served on a permanent appointment for 90 days or more). Second AOC will be given to any additional permanent employees of EKHCS. Third AOC will be status eligible to include special appointing authorities.

This announcement is open to all status candidates (please refer to the list available here: OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions).

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.

Duties

This position is located in the Financial Management Service at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center, Topeka, KS. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform a variety of duties in a field station in connection with the maintenance of accounts in the accounting section;
  • Serve as alternate agent cashier and alternate transportation assistant;
  • Receive purchase orders, travel orders and similar documents for obligation against appropriated funds;
  • Review documents to ensure they are authorized in accordance with regulations, charged to the applicable appropriation, and funds are available to cover the obligation;
  • Obligate documents assigning appropriate symbolic codes for general ledger accounts, obligation account, control point and cost center, limitation and appropriation;
  • Maintain liquidated obligation back-up service documents;
  • Provide reimbursement follow-up, reconciliation, and application of payments for several military revenue generation programs;
  • Prepare monthly reconciliation and adjustment of accounts;
  • Analyze and validate automated reports for accuracy;
  • Provide data for reports to Austin DPC and VACO and various local reports for operating officials and management;
  • Process field service receipt documents and various EOM journal vouchers including salary accruals.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Position Description Title/PD#: Accounting Technician, 09934-0

Supervisory Status

No

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Position is subject to time in grade requirements.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level. Examples include knowledge of accounts payable, accounts receivable, patient accounts, non-VA payments, accounting or reconciliation, first or third party collections.

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. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required graduate education you have earned (courses directly related to the work of an Accounting Technician). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at the GS-06.

A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; 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.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements:Most of the work is done while sitting. Work involves some walking, standing, bending, stooping, reaching and some lifting (5-10 lbs) and carrying light items, such as papers, books, etc.

Time-in-grade: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements. For a GS-06 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-05 level.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on “Application Status.” For a more detailed update of your status, click on “more information.” Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.

BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp.

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP)provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website. Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474469100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-08-04

Salary: $36,780 to $47,817 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06

Series: 0525 Accounting Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: YN-EA-17-MKB-1893443-BU-R3

Control number: 474469100