Budget Analyst, GS-0560-09-Folsom

$52,000 - $68,000 yearly
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • Folsom, CA, USA
  • Jan 07, 2019
Full time Accounting Admin-Clerical Business Development Finance General Business Government

Job Description

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Grade: 09

1 GS-9 Choose the one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for Budget Analyst positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a master’s degree OR equivalent graduate degree OR two full years of graduate level education leading to a master’s degree with a major in a field that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position.
  • I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 in the Federal service as a budget analyst or related position. Experience may include - tracking and monitoring financial and program trends, analyzing and interpreting current and historic data analyzing and compiling data for the most efficient and economic use of funding for program proposals. Experience must have demonstrated performing the work independently using well established policies, procedures and techniques.
  • I have a combination of education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position as described above.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 Select the response that best describes your experience in applying the principles and practices of budget formulation.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in the budget formulation process by gathering and summarizing data from various sources, performing routine calculations, updating files, and generating standard reports.
  • I have formulated a complete, but routine annual budget with supporting documentation, under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have formulated multiyear budgets with supporting documentation for fluctuating organizational requirements as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have routinely performed the more complex aspects of budget formulation for a variety of organizations and have developed guidance and instructions for use by budget analysts in subordinate echelons.
3 Select the response that best reflects the highest level of your responsibility in budget development.
  • I have not prepared a budget for an organization.
  • I have developed a budget for a small office or a routine program area for review and approval by my supervisor.
  • I have worked with management to develop a complete annual budget for an organization with subordinate elements.
  • I have worked with other budget analysts and finance staff to develop a comprehensive budget for a regional-level organization or company.
  • I have worked with senior analysts and management officials to develop and implement a comprehensive budget for a bureau-level program or activity or a national company.
4 Select any of the following tasks you have performed in formulating a budget.
  • Compared and contrasted current and historical budget and workload data to discern trends in spending.
  • Used knowledge of the organizational structure, workload and programs to advise on work plans and budget estimates.
  • Reviewed budget directives and requirements from higher authorities and determined impacts to organizational plans, objectives and spending projections.
  • Provided procedural instructions for staff to follow in planning, estimating and preparing organizational funding needs.
  • Reviewed, organized and edited narrative justifications for budget estimates.
  • Researched, compiled and summarized operational and program expense data by object class and line item.
  • Analyzed and verified budget estimates for consistency with work plans, financial and program objectives, and adherence to instructions.
  • Submitted budget requests with valid supporting documentation for approval.
  • Consolidated budgets from subordinate organizations.
  • None of the above
5 Select the response that best describes your experience interpreting and applying budget directives to provide information and guidance to program managers on procedures, forms and documentation required to support budget estimates and requests.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
6 Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing reports available from financial systems and reconciling data to maintain budget data in current status throughout the budget cycle.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
7 Select the response that best describes your experience in applying the principles and practices of budget execution to determine whether obligations, expenditures and requested allotments are within funding limitations in the approved budget.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
8 Select the response that best describes your experience applying standardized budget regulations, requirements, and procedures to record, report, process, and track of budgetary transactions, e.g., the credit, receipt, transfer, allotment, withdrawal, obligation, or outlay of funds.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
9 Select any of the following funding mechanisms you have used to execute a budget.
  • direct charges
  • indirect charges
  • full cost recovery
  • overhead rates (working capital funds)
  • reimbursements
  • revolving funds
  • accruals
  • in-kind services
  • agreements (e.g., between agencies)
  • account transfers
  • carryover funds
  • none of the above
10 Select the response that best describes your experience identifying budget shortages and surpluses through the use of a fund utilization tracking system to provide information to management to support budget transfers and efficient use of funds.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
11 Select the response that best characterizes your experience in using an automated financial system to analyze, formulate and execute a budget.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
12 Please select the response that reflects your highest level of experience in using spreadsheets for budget and financial data management.
  • I have extensive experience in analyzing and managing budgets through the use of multiple-layered spreadsheets with statistical functions and complex formulae that required me to write macros for specific analytical functions.
  • I have experience using layered spreadsheets with some complex formulae.
  • I have used spreadsheets for simple tables and data compilation with standard formulae.
  • I have completed formal education or training in the use of spreadsheets but have not yet used the application on the job.
  • I have no experience using spreadsheets.
13 Select the office software applications in which you are proficient. (Proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the systems' functionality/capabilities.)
  • Word processing software (e.g., Word, WordPerfect, WordPro)
  • Data management software (e.g., Access)
  • Spreadsheet software (e.g., Excel)
  • Presentation software (e.g., PowerPoint)
  • Electronic mail and messaging applications (e.g., GroupWise, Lotus Notes, Outlook, etc.)
  • Internet search engines
  • Financial management applications (e.g., budget, accounting, payroll)
  • Personnel management applications (e.g., time and attendance, personnel transactions)
  • Logistic management applications (e.g., property management, travel)
  • Security management applications
  • Records and forms management applications
  • Graphics software (e.g., CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator)
  • Purchasing applications
  • Other office software applications relevant to the position
  • None of the above
14 Select the response which best reflects your highest level of experience in reconcile discrepancies records.
  • Examine incoming purchase requests for completeness.
  • Understand recurring error reports and take corrective action.
  • Investigate and resolve errors of shipment overage or shortage and take corrective action.
  • Identify the reason for the discrepancy and initiate action to correct records.
  • None of the above.
15 Select the response that best describes your experience maintaining an electronic document management system to update and maintain procurement documents or related information.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
16 Select the response that best characterizes your experience in communicating budget-related information to managers or supervisors.
  • I have not communicated budget-related information to manager or supervisors.
  • I have gathered and provided readily available budget-related information upon request.
  • I have prepared and presented routine briefings or written reports on the status of current or out-year budgets.
  • I have explained budgetary cycles and administrative requirements to program/project managers and supervisors, and advised on local procedures for implementation.
  • I have reviewed budgetary information and directives from higher authority, analyzed the procedural and financial impacts to current and out-year budgets, and briefed program/project managers or supervisors on potential issues or problems.
  • I have regularly persuaded program/project managers or supervisors to accept my findings, analyses and recommendations on budget formulation and management to ensure compliance with directives and to successfully meet financial objectives and execution goals.
17 Select the response that best characterizes your experience in providing guidance on budget policies, procedures, and financial systems.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have provided routine instructions to supervisors or program managers on budgetary requirements from higher echelon, and generated reports from established financial systems.
  • I have independently developed local guidance for use by supervisors and program managers to ensure compliance with higher level directives in developing, executing, adjusting and reporting on their specific budgets.
  • I have independently developed and implemented budget and financial system procedures and guidance for use by analysts, supervisors and/or program managers in subordinate organizations.
  • I have supervised or trained other budget personnel, and/or am consulted as an expert, in the development of budget and financial system policies for use by budget and financial staff at lower operating levels.
18 Select the one statement that best describes your ability to retain composure under stressful situations when dealing with a variety of people.
  • My previous positions have not required me to deal with a variety of people in stressful situations.
  • I have had limited experience in handling stressful situations which dealt with a variety of people. When I did, my supervisor or senior employee was there to assist me in these situations.
  • I have served in positions where I had to maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was usually able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor.
  • I have served in a variety of positions where I must maintain composure in stressful situations dealing with a variety of people. I was able to do this without the review or intervention of my supervisor or senior level person.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you received an employee performance appraisal rating in the previous 12 months? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Indicate who officially rated your performance (e.g., immediate supervisor, 2nd level supervisor, acting supervisor, etc.). Also, indicate your rating in terms of the performance system (e.g., 3 level rating out of a 5-tier system; 2 level rating out of a 3-tier system; Pass rating out of a Pass/Fail system). Maximum length of 250 characters.
     
  • No
2 In the last three years, have you been recognized for your performance, accomplishments, and/or contributions at work? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Indicate the type of recognition received (e.g., monetary award, time off award, safety award, plaque, etc.), for what purpose, and from whom (e.g., supervisor, co-worker, community or government official). Maximum length of 250 characters.
     
  • No

Gary Munson

Qualifications

VRA- There are three types of veterans' preferences:Disabled, Expeditionary Medal