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1. From the descriptions below, select the one which best describes your experience and/or education which meets the Minimum Qualification Requirements for Budget Analyst, GS-560-12.A. I have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service analyzing and evaluating budget execution; advising on and supporting funds control; monitoring spending plans; and reporting on status of funds.
For each task in the following list of factors, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
2. Determine valid Common Accounting Number and object classification to ensure obligations are properly recorded.
3. Ensure obligations are restricted to the amount listed in the ceiling memo.
4. Prevent prohibited obligations by understanding applicable laws (e.g., time, purpose and amount) governing use of federal funds.
5. Ensure approvals on funding documents are by authorized officials.
6. Ensure any receivable reimbursable agreements are executed prior to obligation of funds.
7. Provide guidance concerning the legal and regulatory aspects of acquisitions and use of funds for Program and administrative purposes.
8. Initiate and recommend changes in procedures and workflows for funds control that allow for more efficient and effective operation.
9. Review documentation on the spending plan and, working jointly with Program Officials, provide reasonable assurance that funding requirements adhere to Appropriations Law guidelines.
10. Assess risks and remain alert to potential issues and problems such as deficits or over-obligations and provide recommendations for mitigation.
11. Able to interpret detailed spending plans.
12. Assemble and compiling background and prior fiscal years' obligation data, run historical data, and determine fixed and mandatory costs, e.g., salaries and benefits, etc. Data will be provided in concert with strategic plans/projects when possible.
13. Input budget data into the Budget Planning module.
14. Accurately depicts spending plans and makes recommendations to resolve potential issues.
15. Provide budget information in support of budget formulation and budget/data calls.
16. Analyze prior fiscal years' obligations versus continuation activities, run historical data, and determine fixed and mandatory costs.
17. Track, monitor, and report all types of funds (direct, reimbursable, gift, etc.) to assist in determining achievement of Program outcomes.
18. Track, monitor, and report on obligations and projections at the transaction level, object class level, budget activity level, and project level for Agency budgetary monitoring purposes.
19. Track documents through the accounting and feeder systems (i.e., ICE / IMPAC II) for the purpose of determining funding status.
20. Input and review Labor Distribution (LDS) transactions, submit payroll CAN changes, and provide FTE utilization.
21. Resolve routine budget issues and transactional errors with the support of Program Officials and other FMO branches.
22. Compile, correlate, and consolidate data for such budget items as personnel salaries and expenses, travel, etc.
23. Enter data into budget tracking systems in accepted formats on appropriate forms and schedules.
24. Complete understanding of concepts, procedures, tools, and financial systems for budget execution.
25. Monitor, report, and advice on Program use of funds for the Division which against the approved spending plans, includes monitoring with future plans to report and by pre-established public health functions and priorities.
26. Provide updated payroll projections and object classes updates based on programmatic input.
27. Provide advice on laws regarding appropriated and other types of funds (i.e., reimbursable accounts, gift funds) to Program Officials.
28. Coordinate the development of reimbursable agreements with Program Officials. Enter fully executed reimbursable receivable agreements into the financial system.
29. Resolve complex budget issues and transactional errors with the support of Program Officials.
30. Determine whether funds are being used on a timely basis and for the intended objectives in accordance with the spending plan.
31. Write brief reports that detail the purposes (e.g., travel, overtime, or office supplies) for which funds were obligated and expended.
32. Identify potential routine financial issues, overages in cost categories, and corrective action recommendations for Program Officials.
33. Complete monthly budget changes based on known requirements.
34. Provide and/or respond to requests for standard financial data, and reports.
35. Exchange information and facts needed to complete an assignment.
36. Prepare status of funds reports which estimate year-end spending and include key implications for Program Officials.
37. Extract data from financial systems and transform data elements into financial information for analysis and review.
38. Provide and/or respond to requests for standard and ad-hoc financial data, analysis, reports; provide advice and recommendations to Program Officials.
Factor: Customer Service Activities
39. Provide guidance on basic appropriations laws, guidelines, and financial policies.
40. Provide guidance on basic requirements of all phases of the budgeting process and budgetary functions.
41. Serve as primary liaison with Program and answer/resolve Program budgetary issues.
42. Participate in new procedure and systems training.
43. Complete understanding of appropriations law, guidelines, and financial policies.
44. Complete understanding of all phases of the budgeting process and technical expertise for all budgetary functions.
45. Advise Agency/Program Officials on budget policy and procedures.
46. Interpret and apply statutes, regulations, Comptroller General Decisions, court opinions, and specific Congressional mandates included in the Agency's authorizing legislation, appropriation acts, and Committee reports.
Factor: Analysis and Budget Forecasting
47. Perform trend analysis and provide advice to Program Officials on trends in obligation and/or expenditures of funds and the effects of budgetary changes.
48. Perform trend analysis, using data relationships in the budget, conduct cost analysis and understand cost relative to level of effort (proper amount identified for services received) for management.
49. Discern trends in spending and relate them to changes in program funding needs.
50. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information will be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance. Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.
If you fail to answer this question, you will be disqualified from consideration for this position.
I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001); my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 C.F.R. part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.