Bureau of Economic Analysis Supervisory Accountant, ZA-0510-IV, BEA-M-VFP in Suitland, Maryland

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BEA’s mission, to promote a better understanding of the U.S. economy by providing the most timely, relevant and accurate economic accounts data in an objective and cost effective manner, is implemented through collecting data, conducting research and analysis, developing and implementing estimation methodologies, and disseminating data. The data produced by BEA are among the most important tools used by fiscal and monetary policymakers in Congress and the Executive Branch, including the Council of Economic Advisers, the Federal Reserve, the Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Treasury.

BEA is consistently ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal government. We provide outstanding benefits, training, advancement opportunities, and a comfortable, healthy and efficient work environment. BEA is a moderately sized agency, with all staff housed together in one location and is largely comprised of economists, accountants, statisticians, and information technology professionals. If you are looking to make an impact applying top-flight analytical skills to measure and understand the nation’s economy, BEA is the right place for you. To learn more about working at BEA or to see open positions, please visit our Web site.

BEA is located within the Suitland Federal Center (SFC) in Suitland, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. The SFC is an award-winning, state-of-the-art workplace conveniently located directly off the Suitland Metro stop; free parking and a variety of van pools, carpools, and bus lines are also available. On-site amenities include a cafeteria, gym, health center, and child development center.

This vacancy is for a Supervisory Accountant position in the Direct Investment Division (DID),located in Suitland, MD. The Bureau of Economic Analysis is accessible from the Metro Rail Green Line - Suitland Station.

This position is ELIGIBLE for telework; additional criteria will be required (e.g., supervisory approval).

Relocation expenses will not be paid.

This is a* NON-BARGAINING*unit position.

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This position is located in the Multinational Operations Branchof the Direct Investment Division.

As Chief of the U.S Operations Section the incumbent will supervise and manage a staff of accountants; Provide expertise, leadership, and direction for the section's program of data collection on the activities of U.S. affiliates; Process the annual survey of foreign direct investment in the United States; Communicate survey data results; Resolve technical data issues; Direct all aspects of the Section's operations; Set priorities; Develop section schedules and deadlines; Allocate section resources; Delegate responsibilities and assign projects to section staff; Ensure that the section's objectives are achieved within scheduled time frames; Initiate all personal actions affecting the Section; and Oversee all administrative matters concerning the section.

The individual selected for this position will:

  • Conduct direct investment surveys.
  • Use and apply survey methodology and data collection knowledge.
  • Communicate in person and in writing to explain economic data or topics or to resolve technical issues.
  • Oversee the operations of a section.
  • Plan, direct, and review work performed by staff. The Full Potential of this position is: ZP-IV

This position may be filled as a* Supervisory Economist, ZP-0110-IV,under announcement BEA-DID-2018-0006.However, this vacancy WILL NOT be filled concurrently with** BEA-DID-2018-0007.*

Applicants interested in being considered for the position as a* Supervisory Economist, ZP-0110-IV,must apply to announcement* BEA-DID-2018-0006.

*Multiple selections may be made from various directorates within BEA from this announcement for a position with the same title, series, grade(s), promotion potential, duty station, same qualifications and specialized experience.*

Salaries shown for this vacancy include locality pay. Applicants interested in relocating to a different geographic location should be aware that their salary is subject to change.**

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Department of Commerce employees (includes any Bureau under Commerce) on a permanent competitive appointment;

Current Department of Commerce employee (includes any Bureau under Commerce) on a term, temporary or excepted service appointment with reinstatement eligibility;

and Surplus and displaced Commerce employee (CTAP).

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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0510 Accounting

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizen.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable. (www.sss.gov)
  • Time-in-band requirements must be met by closing date of the announcement.
  • A one-year supervisory probationary period may be required.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



Basic Entry Requirements for All Grade or Band Levels:

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.


B. Combination of education and 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 oneof 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. BAND LEVEL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Entry Requirements above, applicants must have the experience listed below. Band IV (GS-13/14)To qualify for the band IV (GS-13/14 level), you must meet the basic requirements listed above and have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS 12 level) or band III. Examples of qualifying experience include specialized work experience analyzing and auditing survey reports containing complex accounting and related economic data; identifying data discrepancies and irregularities; and experience supervising or leading a team.

Education cannot be substituted for experience at this grade level. 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; religious; 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.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

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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.

Your application includes your:

  1. Resume,
  2. Responses to the online scored occupational questionnaire, and
  3. Required supporting documents. We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:

1. Minimum Requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education, and/or experience required for this position. You will be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we will rate you as ineligible. Your resume and/or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered.

2. Rating: The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

  • Ability to apply analytical and reasoning skills to review, edit and analyze survey data prepared by businesses and other entities.
  • Skill in following up with businesses and other entities to resolve data problems.
  • Knowledge of techniques for collecting data on economics surveys.
  • Ability to explain economic survey data.
  • Ability to supervise a staff of employees or lead a team. 3. Referral: If you are among the best qualified candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for consideration and possible interview.

Due weight shall be given to performance appraisals and awards in accordance with 5 CFR § 335.103(b)(3), during the interview/selection process conducted by the hiring manager.

If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), you must receive a rating of at least 85 out of 100 to be rated as well qualified to receive special selection priority.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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Required Documents

A complete application consists of the following:

  • Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume should list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. Your resume should also indicate your citizenship and if you are registered with the Selective Service System if you are a male born after 12/31/59.
  • SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action," supporting your eligibility,with the exception of current Bureau of Economic Analysis employees.
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information).
  • Education Documentation:This position requires proof of higher education, you must submit an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. This also applies to Bureau of Economic Analysis employees. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/policy/ApplicationOfStds-04.asp for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient.

Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - http://www.ed.gov/international/usnei/us/workrecog.doc You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

* CTAP Eligibles*

CTAP candidates will be eligible for selection priority if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctapguideline.pdf CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

  1. A copy of your RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a directed geographic relocation outside of the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice);
  2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade/band level, and duty location;
  3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  4. Any documentation from your bureau/operating unit that shows your current promotion potential. NOTE: You will not be considered if you fail to provide all required documents.
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.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Additional benefits available at Bureau of Economic Analysis Headquarters located in Suitland, MD, include: fitness center; child-care facility; credit union; free parking; convenient access to Metro rail and Metro bus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities; car pools/van pools; etc.

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How to Apply

Please note: if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will lose consideration for this position (or lose the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

If applying online poses a hardship, please contact the Human Resources Specialist prior to the announcement's closing date.

Monster Government Solutions is available to assist you during the business hours normally 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday. If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the Monster Help Desk at mgshelp@monster.com or at 866-656-6831 or the USAJobs Help Desk.

Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBS (*www.usajobs.gov*) The preview link is available at the end of the Qualifications and Evaluation section of the announcement. Please ensure your resume supports response of these assessment questions.

Step 2 -Click* Apply Online* You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via 2 different options: 1) download from USAJOBS or 2) upload from your computer. Answer the assessment questions and submit all required documents. Once you complete the application click the "Submit My Answers"button.

You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJobs accounts and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

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Agency contact information
Vanessa F. Proctor







BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS 4600 Silver Hill Road Room 2K038D Washington, District of Columbia United States

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Next steps

What to Expect Next:

You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov, and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

  1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
  2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
  3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
  4. Selected or Not Selected By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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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 www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493870700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/14/2018 to 03/22/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: ZA 04

Work schedule: Full-Time - Competitive Service - Career or Career-Conditional Appointment

Appointment type: Permanent - Full-Time, Permanent