Environmental Protection Agency Financial Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia

  • Duties



This announcement has been modified to state that only candidates within the commuting area of Washington, DC may be considered for this position.

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This position is located in Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Immediate Office, Policy and Communications Staff in Washington, D.C.

For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-chief-financial-officer-ocfo

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

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You will:

  • Serve as a confidential advisor to the Office of the Chief Financial Officer's Chief of Staff and provide recommendations for improving the financial business practices of the Agency.

  • Establish and recommend organizational focus and provide strategic direction for the development of Agency policies and procedures.

  • Initiate, coordinate, and oversee extensive research, special studies, and assignments on a wide range of program, budget, finance, and accounting areas.

  • Review correspondence, communications, policies, and initiatives to ensure that key information is disseminated in an accurate and timely fashion.

  • Promulgates innovative solutions and methodologies in order to convert strategic goals into programs or policies by forecasting long-range organizational needs.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

If you are an EPA internal employee in the commuting area of Washington, DC and are:

  • Current permanent Office of Chief Financial Officer employee with competitive status; or

  • EPA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligible

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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0501 Financial Administration And Program

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.


You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as providing advice and recommendations to senior-level management on financial policies, procedures, and practices; and executing, coordinating, and/or overseeing research, analyses, and studies on a wide range of program, budget, finance, and accounting areas.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of financial management; 2) Ability to serve as an expert on organizational issues and programs; 3) Ability to identify, analyze, or interpret issues or problems impacting financial management and organizational effectiveness; 4) Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods; 5) Ability to express ideas, concepts, and methodologies clearly and concisely to persuade others of different opinions; 6) Knowledge of trends, developments, and best practices in finance.

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

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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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.

We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

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  • Required Documents


Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:

  • Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

  • Responses to the online assessment questionnaire.

  • Displaced Federal employees under CTAP: copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

  • Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in eOPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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.

Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the day the announcement closes.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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Agency contact information
Marketa M. Evans







Environmental Protection Agency US Environmental Protection Agency Human Resources Management Division Research Triangle Pk, North Carolina United States

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Next steps

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account.

You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your online occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation.

You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.

Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.

If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

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  • Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493621200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/13/2018 to 03/26/2018

Salary: $114,590 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 14

Work schedule: Full-time

Appointment type: Permanent