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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Financial Accounts Tech in Tucson, Arizona

Summary The Southern Arizona VA Health Care System is currently recruiting for a Financial Accounts Technician, GS-0503-5, position to perform a variety of clerical and financial duties, utilizing established procedures in carrying out assignments, located in Tucson, Arizona. The position works closely with the cashier staff, Health Administrative Service (HAS) staff and FMS staff. This position reports to the Chief of Accounting in the Financial Management Services Line. Responsibilities Validates, monitors, controls, and maintains accounting transactions and accounting records for multiple accounts. Performs a variety of payment transactions such as employee reimbursements, public vouchers, beneficiary travel mileage vouchers and other such payment documents. Provides information to veterans upon request such as account balance, payments made, etc. Performs assigned duties in a manner that promotes quality health care, outstanding customer service and maintenance of an environment committed to serving the veteran. Communicates with all contacts, including patients, insurance companies, VA and non-VA professional and administrative staff. Responds to issues promptly and courteously. Supports the team concept and functions as a team player. Contributes to team initiatives and continuously strives to improve the processes of the position. Reviews and processes a variety of payment transactions to employees, vendors, and veterans in the Financial Management System. Maintains control accounts subsidiary accounts and process accounting transactions for a wide variety of functions including obligations, accrued expenditures, disbursements, appropriation refunds, reimbursable orders, earnings, collections, in connection with general ledger. Recognizes errors and omissions through approved procedures. Processes payments for the compensated work therapy program. Determines if proper voucher or other method for payment has been accurately prepared and certified for payment. Supports Accounting utilizing financial reports generated through the Financial Management Systems (IFCAP, FMS, IPPS) to identify the current status of undelivered orders (UDO) and accrued services payables (ASP). Collects data/information from Logistics, vendors, and Fund Control. Supports the Agent Cashier duties to include but not limited to processing receipts and disbursements such as patient funds, beneficiary travel mileage payments to veterans, charges for medical record copies, etc. Maintains ledger of daily disbursements and replenishments deposited to EFT account to include change orders and maintains ledger of account balances. Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday to Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Telework: Not Available Virtual: This is not a virtual position. Position Description/PD#: Financial Accounts Tech/PD11792O Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report: Not required Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/20/2021. Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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 by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-5 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-4. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. **NOTE: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-4 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: performing cashier duties such as disbursements, replenishments, audits disposition of final salary checks, Convenience Checks, credit card transactions/terminal, donation accounts, security, storage and use of accountable forms; maintaining complex accounting, budget or other fiscal transactions; researching or investigating problems or errors that require reconciling and reconstructing incomplete information; operating a calculator, telephone, personal computer, credit card terminal, printer, fax machines, check endorser, currency and coin counter. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation. {NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position}. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours of a course of study leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Two full academic years of study, or 60 semester hours, beyond the second year is equivalent to l year of specialized experience. Determine the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the year of specialized experience required at the GS-5 level. Then determine the applicant's education as a percentage of the education that meets the requirements for GS-5. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for GS-5. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Accounting OperationsAnalytical ThinkingCommunicationComputer SkillsFinancial Management 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: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work is primarily sedentary, although some slight physical effort may be required in lifting files (weighing less than twenty pounds) and walking from one building to another. The work involves computers and calculators and requires keyboarding and viewing computer screens for the bulk of the daily work period. Work is typically performed in an adequately lighted and climate controlled office. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/. Education A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education. 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html. Additional Information 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. Receiving Service Credit or 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. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified: applicants must possess experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the required competencies of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/. 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. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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