Air Force Personnel Center DHA RECENT GRADUATES PROGRAM (Financial Management) in Fort Sam Houston, Texas

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The PALACE Acquire Program offers you a permanent position upon completion of your formal training plan. As a PALACE Acquire Intern you will experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. The program offers a 3 year formal training plan with eligibility for yearly salary increases. Promotions and salary increases are based upon your successful performance and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with the United States Air Force.

Any individual who was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education from a public or other non-profit institution not more than two years before the date of appointment meets the basic eligibility requirement to apply for the DHA Recent Graduates Program; OR

Any individual who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniformed service of more than four years and was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education from a public or other non-profit institution not more than four years before the date of appointment meets the basic eligibility requirement to apply for the DHA Recent Graduates Program.


  • Orientation program

  • Mentorship throughout the Program

  • Individual Training & Development Plan to assist with career planning,

professional development, and training activities

  • Formal, interactive training each year of the Program

  • Opportunity for career advancement


You will be outplaced from the PAQ program after successful completion of your formal training program. Outplacement may be to a position in the local community area where you received your PAQ training or to an Air Force Installation in another geographic location within the Continental USA.

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This DHA Recent Graduates position provides a learning opportunity to enhance future goals and improve your knowledge with work experience in a working environment.

Performs a variety of tasks in support of budget, cost analysis, and financial analysis studies and projects to develop analytical, judgment, procedural and technical skills. Compiles pertinent factual financial and operational data from records, historical files, and related reports for use by higher level financial management personnel. Reviews data for consistency and relevance to the situation being studied. Performs developmental assignments providing experience in extracting and organizing data, and performing cyclic management review and analysis of program data to highlight trends, accomplishments, deficiencies and other desired indicators. Documents program data in chart and graph form for presentation.

Performs a variety of tasks to support budget formulation.* *Receives formal and on-the-job instruction and training designed to familiarize the employee with functions and operations of the organization, and to provide experience in the practical application of basic financial management activities. Assignments consist of assisting a higher grade financial specialist in conducting resource studies and coordinating the submission of budget estimates of the organization budget or a total budget for one or more funds. Learns and applies methods for determining appropriate appropriation account, object class, and line item code and techniques for reviewing estimates.

Performs basic tasks involving budget execution.* *Compiles resource data from various financial management reports. Following specific directions of higher grade specialist or supervisor, determines method of financial management to be used to track funds distribution, reconcile commitments/obligations and reallocate organizational fund. Assists in monitoring and reviewing obligations, expenditures, reimbursable orders, requests for allotments, costs, etc. Participates in the preparation of a variety of management reports covering the status of funds, expenses, obligations, and projecting use of available resources. Gathers, extracts, and compiles data for use in recurring and nonrecurring report formats and routinely provides status updates. Verifies, enters, and adjusts budgetary data in a variety of forms, schedules, and reports.

Participates in year-end closing to ensure proper and full use of provided funds.

Performs tasks in support of cost analyses.* *Programs being analyzed by higher graded financial management personnel are relatively stable throughout the year. By performing supporting tasks, develops experience in cost comparison/benefit studies and in developing lifecycle cost analyses of projects. Extracts, organizes, and performs statistical and quantitative analyses of program data to highlight trends, accomplishments, deficiencies, and other desired indicators. Assists in preparation of economic analyses of operating systems.

Uses automated financial management system(s) and computer-generated products in accomplishing financial management assignments.


  1. Knowledge of well established laws, regulations, policies, precedents, methods and techniques applicable to common budgeting, cost analysis, and financial analysis work.

  2. Knowledge of commonly used budget formulation and execution practices, procedures, and guidelines.

  3. Knowledge of management theories, principles, concepts and practices; and life cycle management policies, procedures, and practices.

  4. Knowledge of the methods and techniques of research inquiry and cost.

  5. Knowledge of methods and practices used in research and analysis of data and the practical application of IT in doing such work.

  6. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Mandatory Training Requirements

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

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0501 Financial Administration And Program

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Must meet suitability for Federal employment
  • Must sign a Mobility Agreement
  • You will be required to serve a two year probationary period
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship


  1. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.

  2. Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan.

  3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. (IF APPLICABLE)

  4. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties. (IF APPLICABLE)**


Qualified candidates will be considered in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management . You can also visit: for additional qualification standards.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position has an education requirement. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims. Degree Audits are not accepted. NOTE: Failure to provide transcripts will result in non-consideration for applicable position. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.


FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. You must show proof the education credentials have been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education program. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Additional information

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the selective service system (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment. For additional information or to register, click here.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here for more information.





You must upload/submit all required documents in order to be considered, i.e., Resume, All transcripts (we will accept unofficial), DD 214, Veterans Award Letter and SF 15 (if applicable)

90-Day Certificate: This DHA Public Notice may be used to fill like vacancies for 90-days from the closing date. Applicants may receive consideration as/if additional vacancies occur during this period.

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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 application, including an online assessment questionnaire if applicable, to ensure that you meet the requirements to perform in this position satisfactorily.

If qualified, we will then place you in one of the three categories described below:

  1. Best-qualified category. Bachelors/Masters Degree in Finance, with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  2. Highly-qualified category. Bachelors/Masters Degree in Finance, with an overall GPA between 3.0 and 3.45.

  3. Qualified category. Bachelor's degree in Finance; in any field that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in financial-related coursework (with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in this coursework) from an accredited college or university, (examples of financial-related coursework are college level mathematics, accounting, operations research, business management, financial analysis, quantitative analysis, economics, public administration, and computer science), and have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level; OR one year of graduate level education in the fields such as those described above.

Applicants in the Best-qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Veterans' Preference does not apply in the recruitment and hiring procedures under the DHA Recent Graduates Authority.

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Applicants, who disqualify themselves, in the occupational questionnaire, will not be evaluated further. Your application may not receive appropriate consideration without the required supporting documentation. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or removal after hiring.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

The following documents are REQUIRED and MUST BE submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

  • Current Resume - For qualifications determination, your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

  • Transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable; however, if selected, official transcripts are required).

  • Veteran's Preference/military service verification: DD 214, VA letter, SF 15 if claiming 10 point preference, if applicable and Online Application (Questionnaire),

VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The appointing authorities for Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA), and 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans, as well as all claims of veterans' preference for employment, require proof of active duty service. Proof of creditable active duty is usually demonstrated by submitting a DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, with your application. For active duty members who have not yet received a DD214, the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act (5 U.S.C., Chapter 21, Section 2108a) allows you to furnish a "certification" of your active service. A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the "certification" is submitted. Agencies are required to accept, process, and grant tentative veterans' preference to those active duty service members who submit a certification along with their job application materials. The "certification" must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. If you are claiming veterans' preference for employment or are applying for consideration under the VRA, VEOA, or 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans appointment authorities and fail to provide a DD214 or valid "certification" of service with your initial application, you will not be afforded veterans' preference and/or will be found ineligible for consideration. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

To be considered, you must submit all required supporting documentation mentioned in this vacancy announcement, and all vacancy applications submitted electronically or via fax must be submitted and received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this announcement. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are acceptable.

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.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

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

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

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire as part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link:

  3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete application package, including supporting documentation, must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of this announcement Saturday, September 30, 2017

Click here for more information on eligibility categories and the documentation requirements. You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted within each application package to be considered. Transfer and Reinstatement eligibles must provide their most current SF-50, AND SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if different from your latest SF-50. Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list

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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process Online Questionnaire

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 2010765 to fax your documents: 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online: 1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  1. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire , and
  2. 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.

PLEASE NOTE:It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clicking here . Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.

Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

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Agency contact information
Civilian Force Renewal Branch





AF Civilian Force Renewal and Development 550 C Street W JBSA Randolph, TX USA

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Next steps

Electronic submission is the quickest and easiest option. Please ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

NOTE: Notices of Results (NORs) will not be sent to applicants under this authority.

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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.

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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 For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/13/2017 to 09/30/2017

Salary: $40,684 to $52,893 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent