Defense Analyst

Washington, D.C
Feb 19, 2021
Feb 27, 2021
Full Time


CBOs Budget Analysis Division seeks an experienced analyst for its Defense, International Affairs, and Veterans Affairs Cost Estimates Unit, which provides estimates of the costs of legislative proposals for defense programs and the use of appropriated funds. Initially, the analysts portfolio will include military construction programs, environmental programs and policies for defense installations.
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The Congress relies on CBOs cost estimates and budgetary analyses in preparing annual budget plans, evaluating the Presidents budget proposals, and assessing the potential budgetary consequences of various policy proposals. CBOs defense analysts work closely with each other and with Congressional staff during the legislative and budget process and are particularly involved during the preparation and enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act; the Department of Defense Appropriations Act; and the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Excepted service


Top Secret background investigation


Applicants must hold a graduate degree in quantitative analysis, operations research, economics, public policy, public administration, or a related discipline and have a strong quantitative background. The position requires the following:
U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain and maintain a top secret security clearance;
The ability to accurately interpret and analyze legislative proposals;
Strong quantitative skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel;
Resourcefulness in investigating unfamiliar issues;
Superior written and oral communication skills, especially the ability to explain technical material to nonspecialists; and
The ability to work on several projects simultaneously and to complete projects independently or in teams under tight deadlines.
The preferred background includes the following:
At least five years of recent practical experience with budget formulation, budget execution, quantitative program analysis, or financial analysis,
preferably related to the Department of Defense;
Knowledge of defense programs, policies, and procedures; and
Familiarity with the Congressional budget and legislative process.


Please see qualifications above.



Applicants must hold a graduate degree in quantitative analysis, operations research, economics, public policy, public administration, or a related discipline and have a strong quantitative background.

Additional information

This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive civil service.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application includes your résumé, responses to the online questions, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your résumé includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a not qualified determination. Those who aren't qualified will be informed and not considered further. Others will be referred to the hiring division for further consideration.

NOTE: To ensure consideration you must submit a complete application by March 1, 2021 at (not USAJobs). Although we may continue to accept applications beyond that date, we are only ensuring that those who submitted by the deadline above will be considered. Should the hiring division wish to review candidates who applied after that date, we will then process those applications to determine if they are qualified and should be forwarded for management review.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Top Secret

Drug test required

Required Documents

A cover letter, resume of no more than two pages, a brief writing sample, and contact information for three references. Recent graduates must submit unofficial transcripts.

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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