Budget Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Sep 23, 2020
Sep 30, 2020
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Labor, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the Directorate of Administration and Management, Budget and Finance Division.

- This position is inside the bargaining unit.

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Duties same as GS-14 except this grade requires more general supervision.


Reviews, analyzes, and interprets legislation, appropriation language, and Departmental budget guidance and other agency guidelines pertaining to the MSHA Budget. Validates agency workload estimates and prepares briefing materials for DOL and MSHA Executive Staff. Participates in the preparation of narrative presentations for MSHA and ensures that budgetary, performance, workload, pricing, and staffing strategies are properly presented and supported. Compiles narrative and statistical material and prepares exhibits and related background information for the preparation of senior MSHA officials scheduled to appear before DOL, OMB, or Congressional Committees. Interprets and analyzes prior and current-year financial data and reports to establish program requirements and to ensure efficient resource utilization, recommending revision to funding levels during the fiscal years, as appropriate. Provides advice and guidance to program areas and line managers on the interpretation and formulation of budget estimates and the formulation of budget requests. Develops proposed policy and procedural guidance for use in budget development. Reviews program area budget to ensure conformance to administrative and other guidance provided by DOL, OMB, and Congress. Recommends, justifies, and provides the rationale for major reprogramming of funds and restructuring of projects/programs to ensure adequate and efficient distribution of resources and advises of potential or immediate change in plans or policies. Maintains continuous liaison with the program area staff, appropriate counterparts, and higher authority on all program and budget formulation and execution matters to ensure continuity of efforts in attaining objectives. Converts workload estimates to staffing requirements and relates workload estimates to current staffing levels to reach desired staffing levels necessary for the efficient performance of program requirements. Prepares requests for apportionments, allotments, operating budgets, and work plans in conformance with all established OMB, Treasury, GAO, and GSA requirements; and in conformance with DOL policies and procedures; ensures proper control over the utilization of carry-over funds, when available. Participates in working groups and ad hoc committees as they relate to MSHA financial matters. Conducts or participates in special studies, analyses, presentations, and briefings, as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5% OR LESS

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
14 - There is no obligation to provide future promotions if you are selected. Promotions are dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, meet all the performance requirements, and supervisor's recommendation to the next grade.


Conditions of Employment

  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Must be at least 16 years old and a U.S. Citizen.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.

Applicants must meet time-in-grade, time-after-competitive-appointment and qualifications requirements within 30 calendar days after the closing date of the vacancy to be eligible for consideration for selection.

Federal Employees Please Note: Your SF-50 must include enough information to be able to determine that time-in-grade requirements have been met and reflects your position title, pay plan/series/grade, tenure and the type of appointment (i.e. competitive/excepted). In some cases you may need to submit more than one SF-50.

Reference the "Required Documents" section for additional requirements.


For GS-13 - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-12, in the Federal Service.

For GS-14 - Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, GS-13, in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience includes knowledge, skill and experience: in financial management activities related to concepts, principles, practices, laws and regulations which apply to budgeting for substantive national programs and services including expert knowledge of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and congressional laws, regulations, policies and directives; manage audit and internal control reviews including corrective action plans; the process and procedures in which budgets are developed, transmitted, presented, and reported within the agency; applicable legislation, statutes, regulations, policies, and procedures in order to develop policy documents, technical assistance papers, and other materials requiring in-depth expertise in financial theory, techniques, and methodologies; to develop and apply financial management techniques and methodologies to plan and execute programs; in oral communication and written communication to present technical financial information to a non-technical audience.


There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 or GS-14 grade level.

Additional information

DOL seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees' differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse customers we serve. DOL fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility and fairness so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.

Refer to these links for more information: GENERAL INFORMATION , ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Click here for Evaluation details. For Displaced Employees ONLY: if you meet the eligibility requirements for special priority selection under ICTAP / CTAP , you must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles will be considered "well-qualified" if they attain at least a rating score of 85.0 in a numerical rating scheme. Be sure to review DOL Account Eligibility Questions #24 to reflect that you are applying as a ICTAP or CTAP eligible and submit supporting documentation.

Evaluation Factors (Competencies) - All qualified applicants will be evaluated on the following key competencies:

Financial Management: Prepares, justifies, and/or administers the budget for program areas; plans, administers, and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies; assesses financial condition of an organization.

Interpersonal Skills: Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops & maintains effective relationships w/ others; may include effectively dealing w/ individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds & different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, & other individual differences.

Problem Solving: Identifies problems; determines accuracy & relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate & evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Planning & Evaluating: Organizes work sets priorities, & determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals & strategies to achieve them; coordinates w/ other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress& evaluates outcomes.

The information you provide may be verified by a review of your work experience and/or education, by checking references and through other means (ex. interview). Your evaluation may also include a review by an HR Specialist or panel and may include other assessment tools (ex. interview, structured interview, written test, work sample, etc.). The examining Office of Human Resources (OHR) makes the final determination concerning applicant ratings. Your resume MUST provide sufficient information to substantiate your vacancy question responses. If not, the OHR may amend your responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency indicated by the content of your resume.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Required Documents

The following documents must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the vacancy closing date. Warning: If you submit a document using the same document title, the 2nd submission will OVERWRITE the 1st submission. Also, do not upload password protected documents.

- The following documents are required from all applicants (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY):

ARE YOU A CURRENT OR FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEE? If applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service, please provide a copy of your last or most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" which shows your appointment eligibility for the position for which you are applying. Your SF-50 must identify the highest grade you held on a permanent basis, Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series, and Grade/Pay Band, and career status. Multiple SF-50 may be submitted to demonstrate your highest previous rate and eligibility.

*WARNING: An award SF-50 (ex. cash or time off award) may not indicate grade, step and competitive status. For current DOL employees, an award SF-50 DOES NOT indicate grade and step.

- Resume are required to provide a resume by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of your choosing. To receive full consideration for relevant and specialized experience, please list month, year, and the number of work hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to the vacancy questionnaire.

- Most recent performance appraisal/evaluation signed and dated within 18 months is requested by the agency, but will not disqualify candidates if not submitted. If not submitted during the application process, one may/will be requested at the time of the interview if the opportunity is extended. Applies to current and former Federal employees.

The following documents are required if applicable:

- Displaced Employee Placement Documents - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP Eligibility .

- Cover Letters are not mandatory and will not be used to verify experience, but may be submitted.

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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