Policy Analyst (Budget)

Washington, D.C
Sep 07, 2021
Sep 15, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Administrative Services (DAS), Budget Division (BUD), Court Resources and Policy Branch (CRPB).
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The Budget Division seeks a self-motivated, professional policy analyst to perform a variety of policy analyst duties in support of the financial management of the judiciary. The Budget Division prepares the judiciary's annual budget request to Congress, oversees the execution of the judiciary's budget, allocates resources, monitors spending, and produces financial projections, special analyses, and reports on judiciary budgetary issues. The Division's work includes budget formulation, budget execution, and program budgeting and analysis, including the development of analytical and policy products which directly improve fiscal responsibility, accountability, and efficiency. The Court Resources and Policy Branch develops and maintains the judiciary's budget policy and procedure documentation, including relevant sections of the Guide to Judiciary Policy and various operating manuals; develops, maintains, and makes available integrated written and online budget resources for judges, court unit executives, and court budget and financial staff; and provides direct budget support and guidance to over 360 federal court units.

The incumbent of this position will occupy a full performance Policy Analyst position in the Budget Division's Court Resources and Policy Branch.

The work of this position includes responding to inquiries, providing advice, and writing policy on a wide range of issues in the field of budget management. The incumbent of this position will create, revise, and edit written materials for program and customer communications, judiciary policies, and other publications. The incumbent, in collaboration with other offices in the AO, will be responsible for ensuring that documents are legally and factually complete, comprehensive, internally consistent, and conform with existing policy.

The incumbent must have excellent research and analytical skills; the ability to write clearly and succinctly; the ability to plan, organize and work effectively under demanding circumstances and time constraints; the ability to identify and resolve problems effectively; the ability to communicate effectively with judges and other judiciary personnel, sometimes on sensitive issues; and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

The incumbent will report to the Chief of the Court Resources and Policy Branch. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:
  • Authoring, reviewing, and ensuring timely updates of budget policy to the applicable chapters of the Guide to Judiciary Policy;
  • Addressing budget policy and appropriations law inquiries from court units and program offices;
  • Communicating and coordinating with the Finance and Accounting Division, Procurement Management Division, Office of General Counsel, and other program office staff on budget-related policy and legal research and analysis;
  • Drafting and analyzing policy guidance, memos, instructions, and revisions to various budget related publications and materials;
  • Producing and presenting budget policy related informational materials and presentations;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

  • Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non-competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at http://ww.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/non-citizens . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete an FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the Major Duties stated for this position. Specialized experience includes ALL of the following: (1) Performing policy analysis, including providing guidance and responding to inquiries on budget policy and appropriations law; and (2) Conducting research and developing documents specifically complying with the requirements of federal appropriations law. This experience MUST be reflected in your resume and narrative responses to the occupational assessment questionnaire.

    Ideal Candidate
    Candidate possessing a law degree preferred, but not required.

    Applicants should be knowledgeable about federal appropriations law and the federal budget process and possess strong research, writing, analytical, and customer service skills.


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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