Budget Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
Oct 14, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.
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The incumbent serves as a Budget Analyst in the Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) Administrative Division, located in Arlington, VA. OHA is comprised of the Office of the Director, the Probate Hearings Division, the Departmental Cases Hearings Division, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, the Interior Board of Land Appeals, and the Administrative Division. As an employee of the Administrative Division, in addition to the budget analyst duties, the incumbent provides a wide range of administrative services to the supervisors and employees of OHA.

Major duties at the full performance level (GS-12) include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides analysis and guidance to senior management in the following budget activities: formulation, justification, execution, and reconciliation.
  • Prepares, reviews, edits, and consolidates annual and multi-year budget estimates for the OHA field offices and programs into a single budget request. Analyzes financial reports from the Federal Financial System to prepare monthly status reports regarding availability of funds and reconciliation reports.
  • Monitors the execution of the budget with different sources of funding, including direct multi-year appropriations, one-year allocations, allotments from different appropriations, transfers of funds from other agencies, reimbursements for services performed, and trust accounts.
  • Identifies and analyzes trends in the receipt, obligation, or expenditure of funds to ensure that objectives of the annual financial plan are being met timely and that funds are available and are properly and effectively used to support OHA program objectives.
  • Incumbent is in charge of the acquisition program for the office and is the approval authority for field office and headquarters purchases. The incumbent is the resident expert on purchasing equipment, supplies, and services from the standpoint of overall office requirements, as well as compliance with procurement policy and regulations.
  • The incumbent performs market research to determine the most appropriate items to meet the needs of the office, develops statements of work that enable vendors to accurately submit quotes for goods and services required by the office. The incumbent ensures that procurement requests are initiated in a timely manner, properly documented, and appropriately approved.
  • The incumbent conducts the necessary research and analysis to prepare a wide range of reports, including procurement, expenditures, travel, and manpower. Ensures that data and other supporting materials are accurate and applies analytical and evaluative methods and techniques designed to find and deliver the information required to meet the needs of management.
  • The incumbent has comprehensive knowledge in administrative matters and is depended upon to provide factual, up-to-date advice on a wide variety of administrative questions. The incumbent researches guidelines and regulations which govern administrative practices of the office and prepares reports and fact finding as required.
  • The Office of the Secretary has determined that the duties of this position is suitable for telework with supervisory approval.

    Salary Information
    GS-11: $72,750 - $94,5818
    GS-12: $87,198 - $113,362

    First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Although regular travel is not expected, you may be expected to travel up to 1-5 nights per month periodically.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen
    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire
    • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant 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. See http://www.sss.gov/.


    Applicants can qualify for GS-11 by meeting A, B, or C below:

    A. Experience
    To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as: preparing short range budget requests for an assigned organization(s), including preparing necessary justifications.
    B. Substitution of Appropriate Education for Experience
    You may substitute education (education that is directly related) for experience at the GS-11 level if you have achieved: a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
    3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree
    LL.M., if related
    C. Combination of Education and Experience
    A combination of education and specialized experience, which when combined, equal 100% of the qualification requirement. Only directly related education in excess of the first two years of progressively higher level graduate education toward a doctoral or the equivalent graduate degree may be used toward this combination. (example: 2.5 years in a doctoral program (50%) plus 6 months of specialized experience (50%)=100%)

    Applicants must meet the specialized experience requirements to qualify for GS-12.

    You must have at least one FULL year specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized Experience is defined as: preparing multi-year budget requests for an assigned organization(s), including preparing necessary justifications and estimating future funding needs.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    Technical Competence: Knowledge in rules and procedures concerning federal budget administration.
    Problem Solving: Skill in identifying problems; determining accuracy and relevance of information; using sound judgement to generate and evaluate alternatives and to make recommendations.
    Written Communication: Skill in writing in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience.
    Administration and Management: Knowledge of planning, coordination, and execution of business functions, resource allocation, and purchasing of supplies.

    Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

    If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11243751

    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 resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.
    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 30% or more.
    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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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