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Accounting Technician (GS-5)

Apply online through 3/31/2023 at: USAJOBS - Job Announcement

This is NOT a remote work opportunity. Positions may be located at:
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Limestone, ME
  • Rome, NY
Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination.

This opportunity is open to US Citizens and Nationals. Current students may apply up to six months prior to completing their academic degree.


Performs duties for the full range of accounts and types of transactions that support validating, monitoring, controlling, and maintaining accounting transactions and accounting records/ledgers for multiple accounts.

Enters data into the applicable system(s); compares transactions entered to those intended and corrects invalid/incorrect entries.

Periodically screens files for accuracy and compatibility.

Receives extracts, records and balances data in automated systems.

Responds to questions from customers or co-workers regarding accounting data, discrepancies, and procedures.

Researches minor problems covering all aspects of processing technical accounting data, compiles, analyzes, and summarizes data from systems, documents, and reports.

Explains procedures and problems and takes corrective actions as necessary to ensure the accuracy and propriety of transactions and records.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S Citizen
  • Registered for Selective Service (males born after 12-31-1959)
  • Suitable for federal employment
  • Obtain/Maintain Financial Management Certification
  • This national security position, which may require access to classified information, requires a favorable suitability review and security clearance as a condition of employment. Failure to maintain security eligibility may result in termination.
  • Time after Competitive Appointment: Candidates must have served 3 months after latest competitive appointment in the Federal service.
  • Background or Security Investigation: This is a Non-Critical Sensitive position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation which may delay your starting date.
  • This is NOT a remote work opportunity. Individuals must be in the local commuting area of the position location prior to appointment.


This position is being filled under the Direct Hire Authority for Certain Personnel of the Department of Defense via delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location. We reserve the right to close this announcement early or to extend, as appropriate, based upon the needs of the Agency. Qualified application packages may be referred to management at various points in the selection process depending on the number and timing of applications received. Selections may be made at any point during the announcement open period.

To be hired at the GS-5 entry grade level, applicants must minimally have: One year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade (GS-04) in the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required.

GS-05: Specialized experience is defined as: performing duties that support the processing of financial/accounting transactions using standardized procedures that may include reviewing financial/accounting systems information/documents for accuracy/completeness, inputting financial/accounting information into automated systems, or correcting invalid financial/accounting transactions.

Volunteer Experience: 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 to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR GS-5 SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Four years of successfully completed education above the high school level may be substituted to meet the specialized experience required when it is directly related to the work of the position being filled for which high school graduation, or the equivalent, is a prerequisite. Equivalent combinations. Equivalent combinations of successfully completed related post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.

Related degree fields include Finance, Accounting, Management, Actuarial Science or other related degree(s) to the position being filled.

If you are using education to substitute for the specialized experience, you must submit transcripts at the time you applyTo be creditable, education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. You must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (

For additional information or to apply visit: USAJOBS - Job Announcement