Program Analyst

Washington, D.C
Apr 22, 2021
Apr 30, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Division of Consumer Response and Operations (DCRO) in the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, D.C. BCP, through its consumer protection work in eight divisions and eight FTC regional offices, carries out the Commission's mandate to protect the American public from unfair and deceptive acts and practices in commerce.

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If selected for the Program Analyst position, you will perform the following duties:

Assists in monitoring the obligation and expenditure of funds of BCP division and regional office operating budgets to ensure funds are properly allocated and expended in a timely and effective manner.

Reviews and edits operating budget requests submitted by BCP divisions and regional office staff for reasonableness, accuracy, and conformance with agency, OMB, and Congressional procedures and guidelines.

Serves as liaison between BCP division and regional administrative officers, program assistants, the budget office, and other staff involved in budget execution.

Serves as a purchase card approving official for BCP division and regional offices.

Reviews purchase card use to ensure all applicable rules and regulations are followed.

Provides procedural instructions and policy guidance on proper purchase card usage.

Works closely with Agency Organization Program Coordinator (A/OPC) to respond to any questions from cardholders.

Performs monthly purchase card reallocation in the financial system for each BCP division and regional office purchase cardholder.

Maintains SharePoint site for purchase cardholders.

Provides advice and assistance to BCP division and regional budget/administrative staff in the development of operating budget requests and related supporting documentation.

Drafts procedural instructions and policy guidance for use by these staff members to plan and estimate funding needs.

Researches and recommends study methods and techniques to be utilized in internal analysis and audits.

Works on team responsible for interpreting findings resulting from studies that are independently developed.

Drafts recommendations for program officials and supervisors and strives to have viable recommendations accepted by operating components.

Recommendations include work method or procedural changes, systems variations, and acceptance of new technology developments.

Reviews purchase requests in agency acquisition system to ensure proper accounting codes are used and funds are available.

Serves as the e-train administrator for BCP division and regional staff.

Serves as a backup in BCP's travel system for all divisions and regions to ensure proper accounting codes are used and funds are available.

Researches and responds to travel related questions from BCP division and regional staff.

Ensures proper approval routing chain is in the travel system.

Performs miscellaneous program support duties and special projects, as assigned.

Supports Fund Manager in BCP operations and serves as back-up as needed.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. citizenship requirement must be met by the closing date of this vacancy.
  • This position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959 must register with Selective Service.
  • You may serve a one-year probationary period under this appointment.
  • You must meet time in grade requirement by the closing date of the vacancy.
  • You must submit a copy of your performance appraisal with your application.
  • You must be a current title 5, status employee of the Federal Trade Commission.


To qualify for a Program Analyst at the GS-13 level, you must meet the following requirements:

You must demonstrate in your resume at least one (1) year of qualifying experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: preparing operating budget requests, analyzing and estimating obligations and expenditures, reviewing purchase card usage to ensure proper rules and regulations are followed, serving as e-train administrator for staff, and providing budget, purchase card, and training guidance to staff.

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.



Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP eligibility.
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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, your résumé and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are found qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your résumé showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment and duties performed.
2. Other supporting documents:
- Most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action" showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service) - REQUIRED
- Most recent Performance Appraisal - REQUIRED
- Cover Letter, optional
- College transcript(s), optional
- Career Transition Assistance Program/ Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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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