Bethesda, Maryland
Jul 31, 2021
Aug 03, 2021
Full Time


Join the Team! This position is located in the Headquarters Office of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Office of Financial Management, Planning & Evaluation, Division of Planning, Budgeting and Evaluation. The Office of Financial Management, Planning, & Evaluation (EXFM), Division of Planning, Budget and Evaluation (FMPB) is responsible for performing the full range of budget duties for CPSC.

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The incumbent of this position will perform a variety of analytical duties connected with the formulation, justification, presentation, execution and review of of the agency's budget as well as substantial segments thereof.

Responsibilities include the following:
  • Assists in the development of the agency performance budget for external stakeholders, ensuring requirements are defined and realistic budget estimates are developed. Develops and maintains budget tables and schedules in support of budget requests.
  • Coordinates the preparation of the annual CPSC budget for assigned areas. Reviews, analyzes and edits budget estimates and requests submitted by managers for conformance with budgetary policy and guidance.
  • Develops cost benefits analyses of proposed budgetary and program actions and advises program managers of advantageous courses of action. Also, imparts detailed knowledge of the budget and program planning activities of assigned or previously assigned areas to junior analysts.
  • Assists in the preparation of budget justifications to OMB and Congress.
  • Prepares budget documents and supporting material for presentation to the CFO, Commission and submission to OMB and the Congress
  • Coordinates the agency's annual mid-year process to identify surplus funds and new project/program priorities. Assists in developing annual mid-year guidance and works with Budget Officer and Budget Team Lead to communicate guidance to program offices. Analyzes mid-year submissions from program offices and provides prioritization recommendations on new projects or initiatives that should be funded with surplus funds.
  • Oversees the annual agency operating plan for assigned areas.
  • Prepares analysis in support of budget execution duties.
  • Recommends approval/disapproval of expenditures or fund requests in assigned area.
  • Coordinates CPSC's salaries and benefits budget.
  • Ensures that treasury warrants, OMB apportionments, and Commission allotments and allowances (all critical elements of the agency funds control system) are timely and accurately prepared and that agency management is timely notified of any need for adjustment to avoid violation of the Anti-Deficiency Act.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and interprets legislation, appropriation language and accompanying reports.
  • Prepares special studies as assigned by the Budget Officer.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required

Must be a U.S. Citizen.

This is a Public Trust Position. Employment in this position requires a background investigation. If you are selected and cannot obtain a favorable security determination within a reasonable period of time due to disclosed or undisclosed background issues, the tentative employment offer may be withdrawn.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see http://www.sss.gov for more information.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to appointment and the appropriate background investigation forms to determine suitability for Federal employment. False statements or responses on these forms can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

The selectee will be required to complete a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the I-9 Form . We will compare information provided on the I-9 Form to records available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The system confirms employee's identity and eligibility to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.

Upon appointment, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Depending on your status, this position may require serving a 1-year probationary period.



Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Applicants must meet the time-in-grade requirements of the position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate:

GS-12: preparing budget estimates and justifications for operating program areas; reviewing and coordinating documents that reflect budget execution activities; analyzing and reconciling budget documents; developing and coordinating budget submissions; generating a variety of budget related written documents, and recommending or providing guidance on financial/budget policies and procedures.

Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience or based on job titles alone. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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.


Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. There is no substitution for specialized experience for this grade level.

Additional information

CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed. Your resume must support your responses to the self-assessment questions or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited to an interview.

Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your answers to the questionnaire.

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 90.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section. Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered.

A complete application includes: 1. Resume; 2. Vacancy question responses; and 3. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).

If you are a current or former federal employee you must submit a copy of your most recent Standard Form (SF) 50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows: (1) permanent or career-conditional tenure (codes 1 or 2, in block 24), and (2) position occupied in the competitive service (code 1, in block 34). To be considered as a non-competitive eligible candidate, the SF-50 must show the highest grade level or promotion potential level applicant has attained competitively and grade must be equivalent or higher than the grade for which applying. Indicate on your application the highest permanent grade you have held; if this grade is different from your current grade, submit a copy of an additional SF-50 showing this grade.

For proof of Veterans Preference you must submit a DD-214 (member copy 4)and, if applicable, Standard Form 15, VA Letter. You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ .

If you are eligible for special hiring authority, please indicate this when you apply, and submit the supporting documentation for proof of eligibility for the special hiring authority, such as disability, Peace Corps service, Interchange Agreement, etc.

ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility. You must annotate your questionnaire to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement. You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1. Download from your USAJOBS account; or
2. Upload your file(s); or
3. Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.

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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