Business Financial Analyst

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Analyst, Business
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Superintendent, House Office Buildings (HOB), Director, Planning, Analytics and Business Processes. The selectee will serve as a principle financial advisor on the effectiveness of budget and financial operations and programs and administer the components of the budget that support the operational and construction activities within the HOB.

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At the Architect of the Capitol, we are proud to be ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government. Our employees are passionate about AOC's mission to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. AOC is a legislative branch agency, the recognized authority for the preservation, maintenance and construction of the world's most iconic treasures and buildings on Capitol Hill. As a global destination for thousands of visitors every day, Capitol Hill intersects history, architecture and art with the birthplace of our nation's laws.

The Business Financial Analyst will analyze current and proposed operations and processes of the organization and advise senior managers on financial matters pertaining to these issues for the HOB.


Budget Formulation and Execution
  • Serves as principal advisor to the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Director, and Assistant Superintendents on budget matters for the HOB. Tasks include obtaining information from managers to formulate the budget, preparing the budget for presentation for review and coordinating with the AOC Budget Office on budget execution, including out year projections, spend plan development, quarterly execution reviews, and fiscal year end close out.
  • Analyzes appropriation legislation for impact on HOB operating programs. Coordinates with program managers to determine that new funds are adequate to meet the needs for legislation passed and to advise them on the allocation of funds in light of any changes in requirements.
  • During budget formulation, obtains and validates input from program managers. Compiles supporting budget presentation information and materials. Reviews and evaluates the materials for compliance with AOC objectives and priorities. Plans and coordinates the presentation of annual and long-range budgets. Works closely with program managers to ensure coordination of the major budget phases during the current year's budget execution, the following year's presentation and enactment phases and the formulation phase for the next two years.
  • Serves as the HOB expert on budget guidelines. Coordinates with counterparts in other jurisdictions on the development of interpretative guidance for use by managers. Provides guidance and direction to other analysts for use in measuring operating program performance and effectiveness. Ensures review of a variety of historical data and comparison to current spending information and trends for a consolidated estimate covering the complex and diverse programs administered at the facility.
  • Distributes cost ceilings to program managers. Coordinates with officials who maintain accounting records to prevent over-obligation. Reviews expenditure reports to identify trends which may result in surplus or fund shortages. Reviews annual supplemental requests for capital fund accounts and recommends revisions as needed. Prepares and provides regular fund status reports to program managers.
  • Works with senior managers to respond to questions from the Budget Office regarding ongoing budget and financial management operations. Assists managers with development of proposed appropriations language supporting new and/or revised program and budgetary requirements.

Financial Resources Analysis and Reporting
  • Prepares regular and specialized financial reports using a wide variety of sources for substantive agency programs. Analyzes financial data to identify problem areas and develops plans to resolve problems and implement policies. Provides subject matter expertise to HOB managers regarding ongoing budget and financial management operations.
  • Serves as an expert, analyzing and resolving complex issues related to the financial program aspects of a significant organizational segment of an agency. Locates, analyzes, and validates complex cost data pertaining to a wide range of programs with different modes of operation, guidelines, and requirements. Provides management officials with procedural and regulatory guidance concerning availability of or limitations on the use of funds. Provides advice and recommendations on all aspects of the financial budget process to program officials and senior managers and in resolving issues.

Financial Advisory Services
  • Provides subject matter expertise to HOB managers regarding ongoing budget and financial management operations. Develops and updates HOB division budget trackers. Fosters transparent communication in general advisory services and monthly budget meetings.
  • Identifies, analyzes, evaluates, troubleshoots and resolves financial management/reporting and internal control problems and addresses and resolves deficiencies as deemed necessary.
  • Provides management officials with procedural and regulatory guidance concerning availability of or limitations on the use of funds. Provides advice and recommendations on all aspects of the financial budget process to program officials in resolving program funding issues.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.



You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at OPM qualification standards

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

Candidates for this GS-13 position must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience is defined as: (1) Serving as an agency's principle advisor on budgetary matters and interpretation of policies, regulations, and laws related to the federal budget process; (2) Utilizing principles, policies, regulations and procedures of budget/financial transactions to evaluate financial data and prepare a variety of reports; (3) Communicating in writing to reflect financial management and budgeting findings and recommendations to top management officials; (4) Conducting reviews and/or audits of financial programs to ensure expenditure of funds in accordance with regulatory or legal requirements; and (5) Creating charts, graphs and reports using financial analytics tools.


Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies:
  • Knowledge of financial concepts and practices to establish and maintain budgets.
  • Ability to gather and analyze financial information to identify and resolve financial and auditing issues.
  • Ability to analyze trends in spending and monitor the financial status of operations and make strategically based decisions.
  • Ability to prepare organized written memoranda, budget justifications, reports, and instructions.
  • Ability to make clear and convincing oral presentations.
  • Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

    Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    The Architect of the Capitol's job application process is designed to ensure that we only ask you for the information that is absolutely needed to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position.

    To apply for this position, you only need to submit online the following: a) your resume and 2) answer the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant supplemental information. No additional documentation or attachment is required at the time of application.

    We ask that you prepare and submit a resume that best describes fully your background experience, skills, abilities, education, training and other relevant credentials. The resume should include dates of employment.

    Nothing further is required until it is requested by the staff of the Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for a position, you will be asked to provide it during the selection process or upon selection. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

    For example, we may ask you to provide documents such as college transcripts, copy of diploma or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires a license or certification, we will ask candidate(s) to provide proof at the time of selection.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of Veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, the SF-15 plus proof required by that form).

    If you fail to provide the required documents, we will withdraw a tentative job offer made and/or remove you from further consideration.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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