Budget Analyst


Vacancy ID: 812104   Announcement Number: VA-JS-812104-MP   USAJOBS Control Number: 335132400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the response that best describes the experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-560-12, Budget Analyst work. Read each response carefully and select only one.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or higher that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience must have included: (1) assisting in the formulation, presentation, defense and execution of a program budget; (2) providing advice on budgeting to program managers and other senior management officials; (3) analyzing obligation and expenditure trends to ensure that the objectives of the financial plan are being met; and (4) responding to queries relative to problems, status, and questions involving budgetary issues.
B. I do not meet the above requirements to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.

2. From the descriptions below, select the response that best describes the experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-560-13, Budget Analyst work. Read each response carefully and select only one.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service or higher that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience must have included: (1) performing duties in the formulation, presentation, defense and execution of a program budget; (2) providing advice on budgeting to program managers and other senior management officials; (3) analyzing obligation and expenditure trends to ensure that the objectives of the financial plan are being met; (4) responding to queries relative to problems, status, and questions involving budgetary issues and (5) recommending approval/disapproval of funding requests.
B. I do not meet the above requirements to qualify for the GS-13 grade level.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task 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 it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Perform technical and analytical duties in the formulation and execution of a program budget.

4. Plan and organize annual multi-year budgeting projects in support of organizational objectives.

5. Translate operational and mission needs into practical programs, including the preparation of annual budget program plans.

6. Review assigned accounts against such matters as budget execution in relation to time phases.

7. Resolve discrepancies regarding budgetary projections for the current and future fiscal years.

8. Analyze obligation and expenditure trends to ensure that the objectives of the annual financial plan are being met.

9. Identify potential budgetary problems and make recommendations to help management accomplish the mission (e.g., recommends budgetary adjustments or alternative funding sources).

10. Gather, compare and correlate prior year and current year expenditures.

11. Conduct trend analyses to establish baseline budgetary data for inclusion in the budget estimating process.

12. Develop and maintain automated computer-based budget programs and other databases to track budget information.

13. Prepare narrative and statistical budgetary forms, schedules and reports.

14. Review and edit annual budget requirements for submission to upper management.

15. Respond to queries from program/project managers regarding problems, status, and questions involving budget issues.

16. Submit reports to higher headquarters on status of program, including responding to requests for information.

17. Provide advice on all phases of budgeting to program managers and other senior management officials.

18. Advise and assist managers in preparing, documenting and submitting detailed budget estimates for their respective program areas.

19. Advise managers on methods and requirements for developing extensive written support for their budget requirements.

20. Make formal and informal presentations to outline the history, current status, and objectives of assigned functional responsibilities.

21. Advise management on the purpose for which funding or authority must be used, trends in obligation/expenditure rates, etc.