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ACCOUNTING TECHNICIAN, GS-525


Essential Competencies

ENTRY LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to process contract payments, vouchers, personal property, collections, and accounting procedures. Work is performed under close supervision.

I.Payments and Accounting Procedures

A. Audits/submission of travel vouchers (including transfer of station)
B. Collection Officer
C. Adjustment vouchers
D. Review of commitment and obligation documents
E. Preparation of monthly obligation documents
F. GSA Vehicle sheets
G. Input/monitoring/adjusting data in automated programs
H. Maintenance/review printouts and microfiche

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of basic accounting terms to process transactions and maintain accounts

Knowledge of various transaction codes used in the various vouchers and ability to detect and correct coding errors; to assign appropriate transaction codes

Ability to ensure accuracy of accounts

Knowledge of basic NPS accounting policies, procedures, and regulations to ensure the transactions are properly recorded

Knowledge of the format, content, and use of various accounting documents such as obligations, invoices, and disbursements used in the NPS automated system to properly document transactions, assign appropriate codes, resolve discrepancies, and prepare reports

Knowledge of user access, command, and control language to key entry to computer systems and to balance reports and transmit to centralized location

DEVELOPMENTAL LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to provide technical assistance in regards to payments and accounting procedures. Work is performed as an advanced trainee with general review.

I. Payments and accounting procedures

A. Coordination of day-to-day operations of automated system
B. Analysis of data/conformance with automated system requirements and procedures
C. Review financial statements for accounting errors
D. Review monthly statements
E. Interpretation/analysis of special problems
F. Adjustment and collections forms
G. Document control file for GSA vehicles
H. Accounting reports and year-end closing reports

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of appropriations, functional accounts, budget and accounting system, and budget coding to prepare coding adjustments and various accounting and budget reports

Knowledge of fund accounting methods, procedures, and techniques used in maintaining and analyzing all classes of accounts in an accounting system encompassing a number of diversified activities

Knowledge of NPS financial regulations, procedures, and policies

Knowledge of procedures involved in entering, modifying and correcting information in a computerized accounting system

Knowledge of collection and billing procedures

Knowledge of procurement documents, accounting symbol codes, account structures, and procedures for setting up and liquidating obligations

FULL PERFORMANCE LEVEL

Description: These competencies identify the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required to serve as the principal assistant responsible for providing technical assistance in regard to payments and accounting procedures. Work is performed independently with little supervision.

I. Payments and accounting procedures

A. Technical assistance
B. Maintenance/reconciliation of operating plans
C. Research of accounting problems
D. Current year fund reports
E. Imprest fund audits
F. Procedural instructions and guidelines

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of Government accounting procedures, practices, and theories to verify work

Knowledge of Government appropriations and management codes to ensure correct documentation on all transactions

Knowledge of NPS accountability codes to ensure proper documentation and maintain fiscal integrity

Knowledge of automated system to spot and correct errors and to ensure correct application of transactions

Knowledge of techniques in maintaining, balancing, and classing account in an accounting system to assist in year-end closing

Knowledge of interrelationship between appropriations and the various control accounts to ensure transfer of funds is accomplished correctly

Knowledge of Government regulations pertaining to transfers of station and travel to correctly prepare and process vouchers

Knowledge of Treasury Department Manual and associated imprest fund directives to ensure adherence by imprest fund cashiers

National Park Service
Training and Development Division
Essential Competencies
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