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    Job Title: Financial Management Specialist

    Department: Department Of Health And Human Services

    Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

    Job Announcement Number: HHS-CMS-DE-11-521822


    $89,664.00 – $116,562.00 /year


    Friday, August 19, 2011 to Thursday, August 25, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    Multiple duty locations – click here for more info


    United States Citizens


    Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

    This position is located in the Consortium for Medicaid & Children’s Health Operations, Division of Medicaid & Children’s Health Operations, Chicago, IL, Springfield, IL, Indianapolis, IN, Columbus, OH, Lansing, MI, St. Paul, MN, and Madison, WI.

    PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps (not as a career/career-conditional employee) are encouraged to apply under the merit promotion announcement indicated above.

    Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


    • U.S. Citizenship is required.
    • Be sure to read the “How to Apply” section for all required documents.
    • You must meet the minimum qualifications stated on the announcement.
    • You may be required to complete a one (1) year probationary period.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Columbus Metro area, OH; 1 vacancy – Madison Metro area, WI; 1 vacancy – Springfield, IL; 1 vacancy – Chicago Metro area, IL; 1 vacancy – St. Paul, MN; 1 vacancy – Indianapolis Metro area, IN; 1 vacancy – Lansing, MI

    In this position, you will provide authoritative and comprehension technical financial expertise to state Medicaid agencies to ensure that expenditures of these agencies are made in compliance with Federal Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) regulations. You will specifically:

    Monitor state Medicaid and CHIP financial management operations including reviewing the non-Federal share amounts and related expenditures throughout the fiscal year. Identifies and resolves financial problems or issues prior to the submission of claims.

    Review and analyze health care items in state budgets to identify future activities and related funding sources and issues.

    Conduct in-depth reviews of funding mechanisms such as donations, taxes, certified public expenditures, intergovernmental transfers, and state and local appropriations to verify that they are allowable non-Federal funding sources.

    Plan, coordinate and conduct financial reviews and audits.

    Develop review and audit guides to supplement the established financial management review and audit guides.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: In addition to meeting the Basic Requirement, applicants must possess one (1) year of specialized experience at the next lower qualifying grade under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. The experience must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position being filled.

    GS-13: Specialized experience includes examining Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program accounting documents for proper accounting classification and authorization; performing reconciliations of budget estimates to actual expenditures; analyzing a variety of costs for allowability with Federal regulations; developing and analyzing the adequacy of budget estimates; preparing complex financial reports; and analyzing financial and statistical data.

    Your current and/or previous experience must meet the level
    of difficulty and complexity of the GS-12 grade level in the Federal
    service and you must have performed at this level for at least fifty-
    two (52) weeks.

    Conditions of Employment:

    1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.

    2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the 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. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.

    3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

    4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

    5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.

    6. One-year probationary period may be required.

    7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

    8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

    9. Drug Screening Required: No

    10. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No


    Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.

    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).
    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

    Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles

    Ability to analyze


    Ability to organize

    Ability to communicate

    Benefits and Other Info


    The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans’ preference see

    Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

    For information on “People with Disabilities” please visit

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

    How To Apply


    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

    Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 521822. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.
    4. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Rockville Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD: Rockville/Bethesda Use (800) 877-8339; Baltimore Use (410) 786-0727, email [email protected]; please cont the Customer HelpDesk Telephone (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: Atlanta Use (866) 539-4484; email [email protected]. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

    1. Your Resume’
    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
    3. Other supporting documents:
    – Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
    – College transcript, if applicable

    For Resume’ and Application Tips visit:


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

    1. Your Résumé

    2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

    3. Other supporting documents:

    – Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
    – College Transcripts, if applicable

    Note: You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received. An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, August 25, 2011.


    Bethesda Center Helpdesk
    Phone: (888)478-4340
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    OHR Bethesda Operations Center
    7700 Wisconsin Ave
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Fax: (478)757-3144


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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