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Budget Analyst

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

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The Office of Financial Management (OFM) is looking for bright, innovative, and results-oriented individuals to join our fast-paced organization. Make a difference by joining our team!

The Office of Financial Management is led by the Deputy Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Director for Financial Management. Three subordinate offices report to the Deputy CFO and work to fulfill the office's mission: Provide quality financial management information, services and systems, unparalleled in government, to meet the related needs of Commerce's program managers and administrators.

As a Budget Analyst, you will perform the following duties:
  • Preparing budget estimates, tracking obligations and comparing to operating budget, developing algorithms, reviewing budget justifications in support of budget submissions.
  • Monitoring the budget and accounting system and analyzing reports.
  • Preparing monthly status of funds, analyzing undelivered orders, preparing and coordinating bureau meetings, ensuring that budget documents form the proper foundation for budget limitations imposed by Congress or other authority as they relate to program execution and reporting, and financial management controls.

This Job Opportunity Announcement may be used to fill other Budget Analyst ZA-0560-3/4 FPL-4 positions within the Office of the Secretary in the same geographical location with the same qualifications and specialized experience.

This position is also advertised under OS-OFM-DE-23-12079603, which is open to Delegated Examining eligible applicants. You must apply to both announcements if you want to be considered for both.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use of possession of drugs.
  • A probationary or trial period may be required.
  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
  • Drug Test: No
  • License required: No
  • Pre-employment physical required: No
  • Bargaining Unit Position: No
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE form 450): No
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expense: Will Not be paid
  • Time-in-grade/band requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement unless eligible for special hiring authority, reinstatement eligible, non-current Federal employee applying as a VEOA eligible which do not require time-in-grade/band.


To receive consideration, applicants must submit complete applications prior to the established cut-off date(s).The first cut-off will take place on October 23, 2023, to begin initial applicant consideration. Applications received will be considered upon request by the organization, as well as on the following cut-off dates specified below, as needed: November 9, 2023; December 9, 2023; January 9, 2024. Applicants found eligible and referred on a cut-off date, or the date requested by the organization, will continue to be referred on subsequent cut-off dates. Cutoff dates and the closing date of this announcement may be adjusted as needed, and any updates will be reflected on this announcement.

Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at:

Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and responsibility to the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies/knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience need not have been in the federal government.

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 directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

This position is being filled under the DOC Alternative Personnel System (CAPS). The system replaced the Federal GS pay plan structure. Under CAPS, positions are classified by career, pay plan, and pay band. Non supervisory positions cap out at interval 3 of the band.

The ZA-3 is equivalent to the GS-11/12 and ZA-4 is equivalent to the GS-13/14 grade levels.

To qualify at the ZA-3 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-2 or GS-9 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: preparing budget estimates, tracking obligations, communicating verbally and in writing with customers, preparing budget reports for management and making comparisons to the operating budget.


SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION: Completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.M if related, in a field related to this position.



To qualify at the ZA-4 level:

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must possess one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the ZA-03 or GS-12 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is defined as: Developing budget policies or procedures; preparing budget estimates, exhibits, backup tables, briefing documents, or budget reports; preparing narrative justifications use in budget submissions; assessing rates, fees, and investment proposals.


There is no positive education requirement for this position.

Additional information

The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.
  • Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA)
  • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
  • 30% or more disabled veterans
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)
  • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)

  • ICTAP and CTAP Eligibles: CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: Employee Guide to Career Transition

    CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your specific RIF notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

  • ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement;
  • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc;
  • A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and
  • Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

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