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Financial Analyst

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

IT, Accounting & Finance
Muskogee, OK, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024

Summary

Located in the Fiscal Service at the Medical Center level, the purpose is to serve as an Employee Compensation Analyst. Developmental, career ladder structure to the full performance of Financial Analyst, GS-0501-09 will be recommended only after the incumbent meets all regulatory/statutory requirements, is satisfactorily progressing in training, successfully performing currently assigned range of duties and is capable of taking on expanded duties/responsibilities with greater independence.

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Overview

  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates

    07/03/2024 to 07/12/2024

  • Salary

    $49,025 - $77,955 per year

    GS 7 Salary Range: $49,025-$63,733 and GS 9 Salary Range: $59,966-$77,955

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 7 - 9

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    Location

    2 vacancies in the following location:

  • Remote job

    No

  • Telework eligible

    Yes—as determined by the agency policy. Approximately 3 days per pay period

  • Travel Required

    Not required

  • Relocation expenses reimbursed

    No

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-time

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Promotion potential

    9

  • Job family (Series)

    0501 Financial Administration And Program

  • Supervisory status

    No

  • Security clearance

    Not Required

  • Drug test

    No

  • Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

  • Trust determination process

    Credentialing

    Suitability/Fitness


  • Announcement number

    CBSU-12464262-24-DRS

  • Control number

    798449600

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Clarification from the agency

This announcement is open to current, permanent employees of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center and any CTAP eligible applicants.

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Duties

Duties to include but limited to the following: Payroll Function Support:

  • Supports the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Assistant Financial Officer (AFO) and the Employee Compensation Supervisor to provide accurate and timely compensation for all Healthcare System Employees.
  • Investigates Employee compensation-related errors and/or anomalies through analysis of VA Financial Management and Human Resources automated systems to correct issues identified through customer service requests or internal audit discovery.
  • Reviews and reconciles various types of Employee compensation and leave transactions involving General Schedule (GS), Wage Grade (WG), VM, VN, Title 5, Title 5 Hybrids, Title 38, Title 38 Hybrids, Senior Executive Service (SES), Veterans Canteen Service (VCS), and Fee Basis Providers.
  • Uses the following components of the VA financial management system: Defense Civilian Payroll System (DCPS) -The payroll processing system for all VA Eastern Oklahoma Health Care System employees, operated by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS).
  • Uses DCPS as the payroll system of record to research all payroll related issues and cases.
  • Analysts use VATAS to research cases submitted by Healthcare System employees; and run reports to correct potential payroll problems prior to transmission of the timecard.
  • Reports and tracks escalation cases from start to finish.
  • Provides research suspense account for payroll related actions from DFAS collections and stations deposits.
  • Troubleshoots issues in critical or emergency situations, such as with the transmission of timesheet data to DFAS.
  • Consults with other Subject Matter Expert analysts whenever circumstances warrant.
  • Recommends and implements solutions or workarounds and documents all communicative efforts and resolutions in the incident record/service request.
  • Provides input and keeps informed of procedures and along with related updates and changes.
  • Research's, documents, and recommends innovations that would benefit VA financial/payroll operations.
  • Provides training for Healthcare System employees and customers that translates directly to paid employment.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.

Work Schedule: Full Time, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Telework: 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.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Financial Analyst/PD14126A, PD14127A, and PD14126A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
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Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to background/security investigation
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
  • Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)
  • Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) - See "Additional Information" below for details.

Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 07/12/2024.

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 07 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 05.For a GS 09 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS 07.The grade may have been in any occupation but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that clearly 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.


GS 7
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS 05 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 1-Knowledge the pay and leave entitlements of USC code Title 5 and Title 38 physicians and nurses) which covers: pay systems; salary and wages; pay administration; recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives; student loan repayments; leave administration; and work schedules; 2-Knowledge of public laws and legal actions impacting payroll; 3- Requires knowledge of the Federal, VA, local station financial standards and policies; 4-Requires a broad knowledge of the various financial applications at a level to serve independently as the specialist in diagnosing and resolving application problems; 5- Knowledge of the financial components listed, such as the DCPS user manual of procedures, rules, report processing, pay and leave relationships and data tables.(This experience must be well documented in your resume or application package.) OR
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement leading to such a degree in a major field of study related to the work of the position which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond bachelors degree. [Note: To combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position. EXAMPLE: To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education beyond the first 18 semester hours (i.e. beyond the first year) by 18. Add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.] (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED).
GS 09:
  • Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS 07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: 1-Knowledge the pay and leave entitlements of USC code Title 5 and Title 38 physicians and nurses) which covers: pay systems; salary and wages; pay administration; recruitment, relocation, and retention incentives; student loan repayments; leave administration; and work schedules; 2-Knowledge of public laws and legal actions impacting payroll; 3- Requires knowledge of the Federal, VA, local station financial standards and policies; 4-Requires a broad knowledge of the various financial applications at a level to serve independently as the specialist in diagnosing and resolving application problems; 5- Knowledge of the financial components listed, such as the DCPS user manual of procedures, rules, report processing, pay and leave relationships and data tables. (This experience must be well documented in your resume or application package.) OR
  • Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related in a major field of study related to the work of the position which provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position. (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED) OR
  • Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have a combination of specialized experience and education beyond above bachelors degree. [Note: To combine education and experience, first determine how much of the qualifying experience and education you have, as a percentage of what is required for each. Add the percentages together, and if the total is 100% or more, then the combined education and experience is qualifying for the position. EXAMPLE: To compute the percentage, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of education beyond the first 18 semester hours (i.e. beyond the first year) by 18. Add the two percentages together. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.] (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)
Preferred experience: Strong background in customer service and VATAS preferred but not required.

You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
  • Arithmetic/Mathematical Reasoning
  • Customer Service (Clerical/Technical)
  • Information Management
  • Reasoning (Clerical/Technical)


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 position is principally sedentary.

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: https://sites.ed.gov/international/recognition-of-foreign-qualifications/.

Additional information

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/.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Pursuant to VHA Directive 1193.01, VHA health care personnel (HCP) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 subject to such accommodations as required by law (i.e., medical, religious or pregnancy). VHA HCPs do not include remote workers who only infrequently enter VHA locations. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before your start date. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required accommodation from this requirement using the reasonable accommodation process.

If you are unable to apply online or need an alternate method to submit documents, please reach out to the Agency Contact listed in this Job Opportunity Announcement.

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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.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The Department of Veterans Affairs performs pre-employment reference checks as an assessment method used in the hiring process to verify information provided by a candidate (e.g., on resume or during interview or hiring process); gain additional knowledge regarding a candidate's abilities; and assist a hiring manager with making a final selection for a position.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

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.

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.

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
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  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action
  • Transcript


SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (if applicable for Time in Grade and/or Eligibility):
  • Most recent SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • An SF-50 showing 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
  • Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade.
  • Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
Veterans' Preference: For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference.

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.

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 07/12/2024 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12464262.

  1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USA JOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
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Agency contact information

Dawn Schissler
Address
Jack C Montgomery VA Medical Center
1011 Honor Heights Drive
Muskogee, OK 74401
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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

NOTE: Participation in the seasonal influenza program is a condition of employment and a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP). It is a requirement that all HCP to receive annual seasonal influenza vaccination or obtain an exemption for medical or religious reasons. Wearing a face mask is required when an exemption to the influenza vaccination has been granted. HCP in violation of this directive may face disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service. HCP are individuals who, during the influenza season, work in VHA locations or who come into contact with VA patients or other HCP as part of their duties. VHA locations include, but are not limited to, VA hospitals and associated clinics, community living centers (CLCs), community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs), domiciliary units, Vet centers and VA-leased medical facilities. HCP include all VA licensed and unlicensed, clinical and administrative, remote and onsite, paid and without compensation, full- and part-time employees, intermittent employees, fee basis employees, VA contractors, researchers, volunteers and health professions trainees (HPTs) who are expected to perform any or all of their work at these facilities. HPTs may be paid or unpaid and include residents, interns, fellows and students. HCP also includes VHA personnel providing home-based care to Veterans and drivers and other personnel whose duties put them in contact with patients outside VA medical facilities.

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