Budget Analyst


Vacancy ID: 782712   Announcement Number: IAF782712CB   USAJOBS Control Number: 330985500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

For item 1 please read the following statement carefully. Your response to this question will determine whether you will or will not be eligible for this position. If you respond No to any question in this section, you will not be eligible for consideration for this position.

1. Are you willing to submit to an initial background investigation?

A. Yes
B. No

For item 2, please read the following statement carefully.

2. From the description below, select the ONE response that best describes your experience and/or education level that demonstrates you meet the Minimum Qualification Requirements for Budget Analyst, GS-560, 12/13.

A. For the GS-12 level, my specialized experience for this position includes but is not limited to: knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures necessary to perform budget work; evaluating the impact of cost and program changes on the budget execution process; identifying and briefing management on budget status and concerns; allocating funds; and executing multi-faceted assignments at the same time.
B. For the GS-13 level, my specialized experience for this position includes but not limited to: planning, formulating, justifying and executing short term and long range budgets for an operation; reviewing, analyzing, editing and consolidating budget submission data; allocating funds; evaluating the impact of cost and program changes on the budget execution process; briefing management on budget concerns.
C. I do not possess the education and/or experience in the amounts specified in any of the above statements.

For items/tasks, choose ONE of the statements from the list below that best describes your HIGHEST level of work experience and/or training for each task.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Prepare budget justifications and proposals that reflect the needs of the agency.

4. Submit proposals that are thorough and accurate, and that receive management acceptance with little or no changes/corrections.

5. Prepare highly accurate and precise estimates of costs and obtain the most recent cost estimates from various sources.

6. Study all relevant budget material and anticipate future needs by gathering data on forthcoming plans.

7. Ensure that budget proposals incorporate all elements and translate organizational objectives, priorities, and analysis of current resources into accurate budget proposals.

8. Recognize and recommend changes based on misstatements or errors in budget proposals; consolidate budget requests and proposals.

9. Review data in administrative systems and understand underlying issues that may cause errors and provides advice on needed changes.

10. Posses in-depth knowledge of administrative systems used to perform a wide range of business functions.

11. Research, troubleshoots, and resolves complex data problems.

12. Posses knowledge and application of administrative systems to perform a variety of business such as travel management, contracts, purchases, credit cards, etc.

13. Assist and/or provide guidance to others on the use of administrative systems and data flows.

14. Establish strategic goals and priorities and use advanced business and organizational analysis to identify and assess problem definitions and potential solutions.

15. Identify relationships and linkages between different information sources and anticipate issues that are not readily apparent on the surface.

16. Anticipate the possible outcome of potential solutions, identify and resolve complex issues; and educate senior leaders as to the solution.

17. Determine criteria for assessing issues and opportunities and establish clear goals and priorities.

18. Coordinate the information gathering and reporting process and review trends and compare to expectations.

19. Lead others in attending to detail in the most difficult and/or high-pressure circumstances.

20. Independently complete thorough and accurate work.

21. Review and edit work completed by others to ensure that the quality of work meets acceptable work standards.

22. Demonstrate exceptional work standards.

23. Set the standards for the quality of the work completed for the organization.

24. Make sound decision when the data is extremely limited, conflicting, or nonexistent and the solutions are unidentified.

25. Weighs factor and perceive impact and implication of decisions in difficult situations.

26. Demonstrate the ability to weigh factors and perceive impacts and implications of decisions in situations.

27. Exercise good judgment in situations where there are clear and straightforward answers.

28. Require guidance in understanding when it is appropriate to make decisions independently vs. when it is appropriate to seek advice at a higher level.

29. Provide guidance and assistance to others in researching, interpreting and applying rules, regulations, and policies.

30. Research, interprets, and applies rules, regulations, and policies in all work situations.

31. Posses a solid foundational knowledge of rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to the work.

32. Apply rules, regulations, and policies to work being performed.

33. Ensure all problems, questions or complaints are resolved, including technical or complex financial/budget issues.

34. Independently respond quickly and accurately to routine and complex customer questions and concerns.

35. Provide standard products or routine services to customers.

36. Resolve fairly complex or non-routine problem, question, or complaint.

37. Foster working relationships throughout all organizational levels.

38. Respond with respect and concern to routine questions and concerns.

39. Exchange information with others outside the immediate work group.

40. Proactively recognize and resolve potential problems.

41. Provide guidance and advice to senior level management, internal staff and outside customers, facilitate dialogue and meetings, and the budget presentation for OMB and Congressional approval.

42. Listen actively and encourage dialogue to foster communication and workflow within a diverse group.

43. Use logic to develop and implement innovative tools and techniques to resolve complex problems and issues.

44. Consistently anticipates challenges that are not obvious to others.

45. Demonstrate a basic ability to recognize and define problems.

46. Formulate problem solving strategies consistent with organizational goals.

47. Take initiative and seeks out difficult and challenging responsibilities and tasks.

48. Continually applies significant effort and persistence toward achievement of goals in all situations.

49. Willingly accepts new or additional responsibilities.

50. Sets goals and priorities for own work and accommodate unforeseen workload.

51. Contribute to team goal setting, work planning, and progress.

52. Help team make significant progress toward accomplishing work assignments.

53. Consistently ensures, shares, and provide information to others.

54. Volunteer to assist others with excess work.

55. Prepare canned and tailored reports, briefings, and position papers to provide information on the budget to managers and/or outside customers.

56. Correspond written correspondence with the reader's level of understanding of financial, budgetary, and/or accounting information subjects.

57. Write analyses of findings resulting from reviews of work processes or products and make determinations on use of financial resources.

58. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: Understand this warning; have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.