Program Analyst, GS-0343-14 MP

Alexandria, Virginia
Jul 19, 2021
Jul 22, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Budget Operations and Systems Branch (BOSB), Budget Division, Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management (BFA), National Science Foundation (NSF). BOSB develops and maintains budget/management procedures, databases, and monitoring systems for providing budget control on behalf of the Director.

Learn more about this agency


The primary purpose of this position is to identify, compile, and analyze data to deliver products such as reports, datasets, or database tables that respond to information requirements related to budget or other NSF business processes. Specifically, the employee obtains and analyzes data from various system or other authoritative sources to determine the overall accuracy, completeness, limitations, and appropriateness of the data in responding to the requirement. This includes determining ways to most effectively obtain and publish information and to make improvements to the overall Budget Division analytical capabilities. Duties include:

Serves as a subject matter expert for business and strategic planning by providing expert advisory service to senior management in carrying out reviews and assessment projects. These projects involve design and analytical tasks leading to the development and implementation of information products for officials in BFA and throughout NSF.

Responsible for compiling and analyzing data to ensure that the data captured meets the needs of the requester.

Responsible for identifying and implementing improvements to build the Budget Division's data analytics capabilities.

Plans and conducts analyses of NSF operations and enterprise information needs. Advises management and NSF officials regarding the proposed development and enhancement of budget systems and related data products by working with contractors, IT Specialists, and other subject matter experts.

Analyzes and evaluates potential solutions in terms of cost, features, flexibility, interoperability, maintainability, and prepares recommendations for approaches, methods, and solutions to address information and system requirements as an expert in the field and senior analyst.

Designs and undertakes data-gathering efforts, comprehensive data studies, and initiatives to implement information solutions. Identifies and remediates inefficiencies, quality issues, or other limitations or risks in potential data sources.

Provides subject matter and technical guidance to other BD or contractor experts and staff. Uses analyses to assist in the development and enhancement of agency information solutions. As an integral part of the BOSB Systems Team, advises agency management on developments in technology related to data analysis and reporting.

Serves as an expert on data design and implementation and provides guidance and technical advice to staff as well as NSF management and leadership on data analysis. Represents BD, BFA, and/or the agency in meetings with NSF staff as well as representatives from organizations external to NSF. Prepares and presents information to Senior Management and other NSF groups. Works closely with Division of Information Systems (DIS) staff and IT Specialists to ensure proper coordination of matters related to budget systems and requirements.

Works with and advises management on formulation, coordination, and execution activities involved in building and maintaining database application and related data analyses that provide timely, accurate, and useful information to the senior management, and staff of NSF.

Works with stakeholders by identifying key indicators of NSF operations and performance that respond to the requirements of management for decision support. These indicators include measures of program performance, resource utilization, and program effectiveness.

Determines alternative methods for meeting the requirement if an information requirement is not able to be addressed from existing sources. This may involve conducting ad hoc studies or recommending additional features to current information systems to capture additional data. Uses quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques to evaluate the NSF's operational programs and business processes relating to budget data, other data, and systems used by the agency.

Recommends way for improving and enhancing collecting, analyzing, and reviewing data. Works with NSF executives, DIS, and program staff throughout NSF to identify issues and questions and to develop new solutions for data reviews and reports for budget trends and other data requests.

  • Financial Analysis
  • External Awareness
  • Technical Competence
  • Teamwork
  • Technology Application
  • Written Communication

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.
  • US citizenship.

It is NSF policy that NSF personnel employed at or IPAs detailed to NSF are not permitted to participate in foreign government talent recruitment programs. Failure to comply with this NSF policy could result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from Federal Service or termination of an IPA assignment and referral to the Office of Inspector General. Foreign Talent Definitions

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.

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date.

You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire.

All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

This position is in the bargaining unit.


To qualify at the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data to ensure data quality and integrity; leading technical projects; producing high quality comprehensive deliverables; utilizing project management principles and best practices to support system designs, implementations, enhancements, maintenance and other system initiatives and services to meet current and future business requirements.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement described above, all candidates must meet the following selective factor. Candidates who do not show in their resume that they meet the selective factor will not receive consideration for the position.

Selective Placement Factor:

Demonstrated skill in analyzing and documenting reporting requirements, as well as developing ad hoc reports and queries using reporting tools such as, but not limited to, Oracle Business Intelligence, SQL, Tableau, and Python.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

Additional information

Relocation Expenses will not be paid.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):
ICTAP and CTAP provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well-qualified you must meet the following: OPM qualification requirements for the position, all selective factors, where applicable; special OPM approved qualifying conditions for the position; is physically qualified with reasonable accommodation, where appropriate, to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry; and receives a rating of at least "Very Good" on the questionnaire. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
Additional information regarding ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources

Veteran's Preference:
If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation as specified on the SF-15.

NSF has determined that all of its positions are eligible for telework. Work suitable for telework depends on job duties; therefore, employees must receive approval from their supervisor for telework and have a telework agreement in place. Entering into a telework agreement is voluntary.

For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide .

This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

The Selected Candidate(s) may be subject to a background investigation.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used.

Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher.

In the merit promotion selection process, formal performance appraisals may be considered if voluntarily submitted by the applicant.

To preview questions please click here .

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

If you are an NSF employee on or eligible for a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status. All applicants are required to provide a resume, in any format they choose. Cover letters are optional.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion , under an Interchange Agreements , under a non-competitive authority , or under a similar authority , you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50s) or comparable federal agency forms to verify your eligibility for reinstatement and/or grade/step/salary if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
• SF-50 must indicate that appointment is/was to a competitive service position with permanent tenure or conditional tenure within the last three years; OR, to a similar position in the excepted service at an agency that has an Interchange Agreement.
• An example of a comparable agency form is a personnel action from a DOD Non-appropriated Fund organization or from the US Postal Service for a current and continuing appointment without a break in service.
• Documents that are NOT comparable and NOT acceptable substitutes for a SF-50 include a SF-52, a Performance Appraisal form, a Personnel Action Request (PAR), or a Request for Personnel Action (RPA).

2. Performance appraisals and awards may be considered during the evaluation process if voluntarily submitted.

3. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.

4. Schedule A Certification - from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.

5. Other - Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting consideration under a Special Hiring Authority listed below, you must submit the required documentation as outlined in the regulation or Executive Order. Please also annotate your application to reflect that you are applying under a special hiring authority. If you are requesting consideration under a Special Hiring Authority not listed below, please email or reach out to the point of contact listed on the vacancy announcement.

• Returned Peace Corp Volunteers
• Certain Military Spouses (Executive Order 13473)
• Former Overseas Employees
• Foreign Service Employees
• Career Service Employees
• Postal Rate Commission Employees
• Government Accountability Office (GAO) Employees
• Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts Employees

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or CTAP, you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent performance rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) showing your position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

All uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date.

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.

Similar jobs