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Employment and Training Administration Accountant in Atlanta, Georgia


This position is located in the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment, and Training Administration (ETA), Atlanta Regional Office. The incumbent of this positionutilizes a professional knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles andprocedures, knowledge of financial management policies, procedures and practices, and federalrules and regulations in carrying out complex assignments.

This position is inside the Bargaining Unit.


The mission of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S.Labor market by providing high quality job training, employment, labor market information and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.

MAJOR DUTIESAgency Expert• Serves as an agency expert on ETA programs pertaining to a full range of issues, includinghighly complex and unusual issues, and is recognized as a subject matter expert in the field.Provides authoritative advice and consultation to ETA officials and customers on highlycomplex accounting, financial management, and administrative issues and concerns.• Provides leadership to individual accountants and/or teams or groups of specialists.Develops and delivers training and on-the-job training for Federal staff.• Researches, compiles, and analyzes information and data to use in accounting, financialmanagement, and administrative planning; makes recommendations.• Prepares and conducts briefings for officials and other stakeholders on accounting,financial management, and administrative guidance and policy.• Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates organizational-wide accounting policy and operations foreffectiveness and/or improvements. Develops specific regulatory and/or procedural guidance for implementationand maintenance.•Monitors internal controls to identify problem areas, improve operating programeffectiveness and maintain the integrity of financial information.• Represents organization in conferences and meetings with customers, managers, and otherofficials for the purpose of obtaining and exchanging information regarding new/revisedfinance and accounting requirements as it relates to grants servicing and management.

General Grants Management• Acts as a principal point of contact (liaison) between the Government and grantees.• Manages a grant portfolio within assigned program area(s) of high complexity, scope,and impact, and conducts the day-to-day fiscal management for the grants within his/hergrant portfolio.• Works collaboratively with administrative, program, and performance offices that play arole in the administration of grants.• Prepares and delivers presentations to various internal and external audiences (e.g.,internal: ETA leadership and colleagues; external: grantee community and otherworkforce system stakeholders) on financial and administrative matters.

Provides Compliance Assistance• Reviews a variety of financial reports, analyzes and validates financial data, and resolvesaccounting discrepancies in reported data.• Follows up on audit findings with grantees to ensure compliance.• Reviews grant applications, annual plans, agreements, and modifications, ensuringcompliance with Federal rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.• Communicates Federal and grant award requirements to grantees to ensure understandingof grant requirements. Interprets Federal requirements and procedures to grantees toassist them to comply with Federal requirements.• Ensures that grantees deliver agreed upon products and services, achieve negotiatedperformance outcomes, and operate in accordance with programmatic, administrative,and budgetary requirements.

Conducts Oversight• Conducts risks assessments of assigned grants.• Conducts quarterly desk reviews of assigned grants (i.e., in-depth performance analysisof grantee quarterly fiscal reports).• As necessary, designates grantees at risk, including notification to grantee, remediation,and documentation.• Develops and carries out monitoring plan, in accordance with annual work planinstructions.• Leads and conducts on-site compliance monitoring reviews and Enhanced DeskMonitoring Reviews (EDMRs) of grantees to evaluate programmatic and fiscaladministration of the project, assess financial management systems and functions, andensure compliance with grant requirements.• Prepares highly complex monitoring reports upon the completion of a monitoring review.

Provides Technical Assistance• Provides onsite and remote technical assistance to grantees in planning, operation, andmanagement of their financial systems to provide assistance in implementation of systems to ensure that Federal funds aresafeguarded to the maximum extent.• Designs and provides financial management training on the rules and requirementsgoverning the various workforce development programs administered by ETA.• Provides technical advice on unusual and difficult accounting issues and/or operationsproblems.•Develops and applies new methods and techniques to solve problems where existingguides are largely inapplicable.

Maintains Grant Records• Effectively utilizes electronic grant management systems in accordance with establishedguidelines and protocols.• Maintains grant files and adheres to grant management documentation requirementsestablished in Employment and Training Orders (ETOs).


Conditions of Employment

Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.

Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.

Applicants must meet all legal and regulatory requirements. Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


In addition to meeting the Specialized Experience requirement, applicants must also meet the Education requirement.

Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service or equivalent. Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting fiscal and grants management oversight and providing technical and compliance assistance related to workforce programs.

Specialized experience includes ALL of the following: Review and evaluate financial and accounting policies, standards, and procedures to provide clear, concise, factual justifications.

Provides technical guidance and assistance to grantees in planning, operation, management and implementation of their financial systems to ensure that federal funds are safeguarded to the maximum extent.

Review financial reports, analyze, and validate financial data to resolve accounting discrepancies in data.

Review grant applications, annual plans, agreements, and modifications to ensure compliance with Federal rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.

Lead and conduct on-site compliance monitoring reviews and Enhanced Desk Monitoring Reviews (EDMRs) of grantees to evaluate programmatic and fiscal administration of the project. *Note: One or more additional assessment tools may be applied (e.g., a structured interview, panel review, work sample etc.)


Basic Requirements1. 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. (The term "accounting" means "accounting and/or auditing" in this standard. Similarly, "accountant" should be interpreted, generally, as "accountant and/or auditor.")OR2. 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 one of 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; or3.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 non-conformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, the applicant's education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

NOTE: You must submit academic transcripts demonstrating that you meet the qualifying educational requirements listed above. You must supply transcripts from each academic institution in which the required courses were taken in order to receive credit for that course work. If you do not submit sufficient academic documentation necessary to demonstrate that you meet the Basic Requirement described above, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible for further consideration for this vacancy.

Any applicant falsely claiming an academic degree from an accredited school will be subject to actions ranging from disqualification from federal employment to removal from federal service.

If your education was completed at a foreign college or university, you must show comparability to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States and comparability to applicable minimum course work requirements for this position. Click Evaluation of Foreign Education for more information.

Additional Information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.