Budget Analyst

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2023
Feb 04, 2023
Full Time

This position will report to the Business Support Division Chief. CSO seeks a self-motivated Budget Analyst to serve as primary financial analyst for all centrally held and allotted salaries and expenses and information technology funds. This includes establishing and administering operating procedures and standards; and managing the day-to-day financial and administrative operations of court allotments, including financial management, travel management, use of financial systems (e.g., JIFMS, EDW etc.), allocating resources, monitoring spending, producing financial projections and special analysis and reports on budgetary issues. The incumbent will work with program managers and CORs to obligate funds and prepare routing and ad hoc reporting, including quarterly and end-of-year reports, assist with budget formulation, utilize a financial tracking system for expenditures, analyze past and current funding requirements for trends, support the development of funding requirement projections, and create data visualization of financial and budget information.

The incumbent will be expected to move quickly with the changing environment and manage multiple priorities. In addition to being organized and analytical, the analyst must possess a strong business acumen, superior customer service skills, proficiency in written and oral communications, and strong interpersonal skills to convey information and interact with a variety of stakeholders at all levels, internally and externally.

The duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Coordinating the formulation of CSO's budget submissions; managing the development of CSO's annual budget request and re-estimates to the Budget Office for submission to Congress using tables, supporting narratives, and graphic displays; working with the Budget Office to facilitate appropriate responses to constituents on financial plan resource matters; and independently identifying and researching budgetary and financial issues; and evaluating resource allocation, developing written analysis of findings, and making recommendations on appropriate fiscal analysis.
  • Managing and preparing CSO's annual financial plan with responsibility for formulating and executing budget plans; monitoring expenditures in the Quarterly Review System; and conducting budget trend analysis.
  • Overseeing and assisting in the preparation of financial estimates, analyses, reports, and other data to help evaluate; and maintaining the effectiveness of CSO program requirements, systems, and procedures.
  • Reviewing, analyzing and/or assisting in preparing budget estimates for one or more national programs; and collecting, auditing, and analyzing data and information regarding operations, budget and financial data, and other similar statistical data.
  • Reviewing budget-related expenditures within other divisions to ensure compliance with budget and making recommendations as to additional amounts to be obligated or de-obligated for budget planning purposes.
  • Preparing budget policy guidance and developing training on all aspects of budgeting and financial analysis related to budget formulation and execution for funds managed by CSO.
  • Participating in the development of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee's annual budget request; and providing justification, and re-estimates to the Budget Committee of the Judicial Conference.
  • Coordinating with the agency procurement staff, in conjunction with CSO's Procurement Analyst, on CSO procurement matters to include preparing and proposing an annual procurement and acquisition plan; carrying out authorized procurements in accordance with procurement guidelines/laws, ensuring clearance and interaction with the Procurement Management Division is followed, and ensuring CSO's compliance with procurement rules, related contract and appropriation matters, and due dates.
  • Managing funds related to travel authorizations and vouchers, including reviewing requests for funding information before travelers enter the request in the Judiciary Electronic Travel System (JETS) and other systems; and preparing travel authorizations in accordance with Judiciary travel regulations.
  • Providing on-going technical advice and assistance to managers of national programs on a wide range of budget formulation and execution issues with a focus of turning data into high-level information for a wide variety of audiences; reviewing and analyzing resource proposals for division program(s) and funding changes; and assessing program impact of budget cuts and/or Budget Committee changes.
  • Preparing long-range staffing and program estimates for the court allotments; reviewing current year and prior year open obligations; providing quarterly reports to senior management reflecting the status of open orders and making recommendations for resolution; and generating automated reports and developing a variety of reports based on historical and current data, including statistics.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the AO. If non-citizens are considered for hire into a temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO Human Resources Office there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the U.S. and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at USAJOBS Help Center | Employment of non-citizens / . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • New employees to the AO will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights/responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/ .
  • All new AO employees are required to identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience : Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience is demonstrated experience in All of the following areas:
    • Experience with the federal budget process;
    • Interpreting and applying budget instructions, administrative memoranda, and regulatory guidelines from a procedural, technical standpoint;
    • Analyzing detailed accounting and statistical information, processing analysis tools and structured problem-solving techniques; and
    • Evaluating the effectiveness of the full range of fiscal management budgetary functions and exercising judgment in planning and carrying out all phases of budget formulation and execution processes.

    Highly Desired:

    • Advanced analysis skills using Excel or a similar analytic tool, including the ability to perform conditional summations, data indexing and matching, data error identification and cleaning, conditional formatting, table referencing and lookups, data filtering, data visualization, and use of pivot tables.
    • Knowledgeable about the federal government's budgetary processes (knowledge of the Judiciary's budgeting process is a plus).
    • Knowledge of federal budget cycles, processes, and congressional budget justifications.
    • Knowledge of remote/virtual meeting environments such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
    • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills (e.g., time management, communication, setting goals, delegation, working under pressure, self-motivation, analytical thinking, and attention to detail).
    • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel (Advanced), and Outlook.


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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