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Defense Finance and Accounting Service IT SPECIALIST (APPSW) in Indianapolis, Indiana


As the world's largest finance and accounting firm, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) pays all Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, and major DoD contractors and vendors. We take great pride in serving the men and women who serve America, and invite goal-oriented people like you to challenge yourself while providing a service to our nation.


Participates in systems requirement reviews and coordinates with customer/functional representatives and other technical personnel to clarify requirements.

Modify existing financial management system computer programs and write new computer programs that implement required changes. Create and modify JCL procedures as needed to execute the programs.

Identifies how system modifications or new systems or subsystems affect current systems; prepares cost analysis; establishes target completion dates; and prioritizes proposed system changes or developments.

Prepare system documentation for purposes of improving software development processes in accordance with acceptable industry standards.

Performs staff assignments related to program design and development.

Maintain and develop computer programs using an extensive knowledge of z/OS COBOL and CICS, knowledge of ROSCOE, TSO/ISPF, JCL, VSAM and Utilities such as Sync Sort.

Analyze functional and technical requirements of proposed or existing financial management systems to determine avenues of development or modification necessary to meet mission objectives.


Conditions of Employment


Resumes for federal government positions need more detailed work descriptions and accomplishments than a typical private sector resume. Please be sure to clearly describe the full scope of your work experiences in your resume. Basic Requirement: Applicants must have IT-related experience demonstrating the following competencies appropriate to, or above, the level of this position. Your resume and work experience should clearly support your ability to meet these competencies and will be evaluated as part of the entire application process. Attention to Detail- experience reviewing my own information technology-related work or data and have been asked by others to review their work or data to ensure accuracy, completeness, and consistency with standards

Customer Service- experience maintaining relationships with customers, assessing current information technology needs of customers, and developing or identifying information technology products and services that are tailored to meet customer needs

Oral Communication- briefing mid-level management and IT staff on the status of information technology systems, projects, or daily operations, including the communication of technical information to a non-technical audience

Problem Solving- identifying alternatives to address complex information technology-related issues by gathering and applying information from a variety of sources that provide a number of potential solutions In addition to the Basic Competency Requirements listed above, one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to that of the next lower grade 11 in the federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position, is required. Specialized experience is defined as providing development, implementation, operation, and system modification expertise of an organization's major automation information systems and software; uses knowledge of z/OS COBOL, CICS and JCL to analyze causes of failure and to identify and implement appropriate changes; participating in system requirement reviews and testing; and providing advice and counsel to functional analysts on the capabilities of a specific system and/or application. Volunteer Experience: 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; spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


Education is not substitutable for specialized experience at this grade level.

Additional Information

Moving expenses will be paid. Telework availability will be based upon the mission requirements and supervisory determination. Selections are subject to restrictions resulting from the DoD Program for Stability of Civilian Employment. This position is being filled under the Direct Hire Authority for Certain Personnel of the Department of Defense via delegated authority by the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Positions may be filled as permanent or term with a full-time or part-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location. We reserve the right to close this announcement early or to extend, as appropriate, based upon the needs of the Agency. Qualified application packages may be referred to management at various points in the selection process depending on the number and timing of applications received. Selections may be made at any point during the announcement open period. Employment with DFAS means access to generous benefits such as: health, vision, and dental insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off, and educational benefits. A two year probationary period may be required. We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date. This position is Exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act. Travel requirement is seldom (0-24%) This position is covered by a bargaining unit. Veteran's Preference: Veteran's preference does not apply under this Direct Hire Authority (DHA). DFAS recognizes the value of competencies gained through formal education and professional certifications. To ensure that consistent credit is given for these credentials in the selection process DFAS has developed standard selection criteria to be used when filling positions in professional and administrative series. Selections for professional and administrative positions will be based on four categories of selection criteria: Experience, Other, Education, and Certifications. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or be exempt from Selective Service (see Retired Civil Service Employee: Employment of retired Federal employees receiving an annuity is subject to the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) policy guidance. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.