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Job opening: Cost Accountant

Salary: $78 820 - 140 713 per year
Published at: Jan 03 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services, Program Support Center, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. Salary: GS-11/12 Dallas, TX $78,820 - $122,811 per annum New York, NY $88,236 - $132,807 per annum Rockville, MD $82,764 - $128,956 per annum San Francisco, CA $90,310 - $140,713 per annum For specific wage information, refer to the OPM Salary Tables.


WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING DAY TO DAY As a Cost Accountant, you will use your knowledge of and experience with the Program Support Center to optimize business results and customer experience by: Serving as an expert and senior cost accountant utilizing knowledge of cost accounting theories, practices and techniques and Federal regulations, involving the reviews and approval of indirect cost proposals and cost allocation plans. Communicating in writing to develop transmittal letters, determination letters, technical reports or guidance and should be professionally written to senior officials or major grantee/contractor organizations, HHS OPDIVs, and other affected Federal agencies with minor revisions. Performing as expert/senior cost accountant on a variety of cost accounting tasks as a lead team member and is expected to independently assist other team members with the review and approval of high-risk and major grantees proposals which are performed in accordance with Federal Procurement Regulations, grant polices, and 2 CFR 200. Using professional judgement based on experience as a journeyman in selecting the proper procedural and technical instructions in performing aspects of work not specifically prescribed. Serving as an expert advisor to customer agency managers, grants offices, and other Federal agencies. Interrelating with other accountants, customer agency support staff and managers in procurement, budget, personnel, program operations, etc., to plan and carry out assignments, to assist with problems, and provide technical assistance as needed. Duties listed are at the full performance level.


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service - http://www.sss.gov
  • Suitable for federal employment.
  • Meet time in grade restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. All information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.
  • Documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
  • All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date.
  • Financial disclosure statement may be required.
  • Probationary (or trial) period may be required.


This announcement has an applicant limit of 150. Once the first 150 applicants have been reached, the announcement will no longer be available to apply. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR Basic Qualifications: Must meet one of the items listed below: 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.") -OR- 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: Twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses of appropriate type and quality. This can include up to 6 hours of business law; A certificate as Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination; or 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. -AND- Minimum Qualifications: For GS-11: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, you must have one-year specialized experience to perform successfully the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service performing ALL of the following: Performing cost accounting tasks such as reviewing and approving indirect cost rates and cost allocation plans. Reconciling cost to financial statements and other financial reports. Communicating results of indirect cost negotiations to internal and external stakeholders. -OR- Education: Successful completion of at least three (3) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. You must include transcripts. -OR- Combination: Successful completion of a combination of graduate-level education (beyond the first two years) and specialized experience, as described above, to meet the total requirements. The education portion must include graduate courses that demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do to the work of this position. You must include transcripts. For GS-12: In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, you must have one-year specialized experience to perform successfully the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service performing ALL of the following: Reviewing complex indirect cost rate assignments and cost allocation plans. Analyzing financial reports and systems to determine adequacy of internal controls. Testing financial systems for compliance. Performing resolution of Office of Inspector General or A-133 compliance and performance audits. Documenting experience: IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. Do not copy and paste the duties, specialized experience, or occupational application questionnaire from this announcement into your resume as that will not be considered a demonstration of your qualifications for this position. In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description. Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the "percentage of times" the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above. 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; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to gain employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If such experience is on a part-time basis, you must provide the average number of hours worked per week as well as the beginning and ending dates of the experience so it can be fully credited. OPM Qualification General Policies Website


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov.

Note: Applications can be accepted from students who expect to complete qualifying education within 9 months from the date of application. Education was completed successfully before the applicant can be appointed.


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