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Job Title:Budget Analyst

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Job Announcement Number:NIFA-M12M-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, March 19, 2012 to Monday, April 16, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




01 vacancy - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit

This position is located within the Office of the Director on the Budget Staff. The Budget Staff is responsible for the formulation, direction, oversight, and execution of NIFA budget functions in support of the diverse national research, education, and extension programs. The Budget Analyst serves as the Deputy Director to the Budget Staff and participates fully in the formulation, direction, oversight and execution of NIFA's budget and in the analysis and review of programs and policies. In addition, the incumbent speaks authoritatively for the Budget Office Director in dealing with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congressional Appropriations Committees, Department of Budget and Management Officials, and representatives from NIFA partner institutions. 



  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National to apply for this position


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Provide expertise and participate in the formulation of NIFA budget policy for the NIFA Director; coordinate, interpret and prepare the formal NIFA budget proposals and requests; appraise the effectiveness of budgetary policies and activities in meeting the diverse program goals and objectives.


Maintain constant liaison through meetings, discussions, and other communications with top level executives and officials both within and outside the Department including the Department’s Budget Office; other USDA Budget Officials; OMB Budget Examiners; key Congressional Appropriations, Budget and Authorizing committees and their staffs; and other university officials. 


Participate fully with the Budget Office Director in directing and overseeing the development, preparation and review of all budget and planning presentation documents and materials, including the preparation of draft enabling legislation and appropriation language; the preparation of testimony for insertion into Appropriations Hearing records; and Explanatory Notes or other special in-depth budget and program analysis reports for use by NIFA and the Department in responding to requests from various Department Officials, Congressional Appropriations, Budget, and Authorizing Committee Members and other executive branch organizations or officials.


Determine availability of funds including discretionary and mandatory funds, reimbursable funds, endowment funds, trust funds and transfers from all other sources to meet NIFA research, education, extension, and administrative program requirements. 


Provide analyses, evaluations, and recommendations for approval by the NIFA Director for all allotments, allocations, and apportionments in complete compliance with approved program plans, budget estimates, and Congressional intent as well as applicable laws and regulations. 


Provide input into the evaluation and recommendation of allotment adjustments or transfers between programs and the implementation of approved recommendations.  Participate in the coordination and preparation of all documentation in support of the supplemental appropriations, reprogramming actions and transfer requests to Congress and OMB.


In the absence of the Budget Office Director, serves as acting.





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To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience comparable to the GS-13 which is directly related to the work of this position.  Specialized experience is defined by the following duties: developing, justifying, and executing budgetary resources while maintaining budgetary and financial management goals and objectives; providing advice and/or collaborating in the development of strategic and performance plans, budgets, and financial plans covering current and future needs; conducting analyses of policies and processes to provide decision makers the information needed for sound budget management; developing and rendering authoritative interpretations of executive level initiatives, OMB guidelines and directives, and policies and precedents; preparing appropriate justifications for program recommendations to include studies of a statistical and qualitative analytical nature; interpreting financial data to understand and inform senior management on status of funds.




Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under Merit Promotion.


You must submit an SF-50 showing your current grade and step. Preferably your most recent promotion or within grade increase.


Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this vacancy announcement.



Your application will be evaluated and ranked under Merit Promotion procedures. Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the vacancy specific questions. You must answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications.  The score you receive is based on these responses and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the requirements of the position.  Your answers to the online questions will serve as responses to the following KSA's:

·       Knowledge of congressional, agency/departmental, and OMB budget processes, procedures and requirements to formulate, justify, and monitor the execution of an integrated Federal budget.

·       Skill in developing briefing materials and presentations for senior agency officials, OMB, and Congress on annual and supplemental budget estimates.

·       Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with agency and departmental staff to formulate policies, plans and controls for the budget execution of appropriated or authorized funds.

·       Skill in using financial and accounting systems to analyze and evaluate financial data, accounting records and operating budget trends.


Eligible candidates will then be placed for selection consideration into two categories as described below:

Best Qualified Category:
Exceeds the minimum qualification requirements based on review of resume and responses to the vacancy specific questions.

Well Qualified Category:
Outstanding level based on review of resume and responses to the vacancy specific questions.

Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official. 





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A benefits package is authorized for this position. CLICK HERE for more information concerning federal benefits.



Veterans' Preference:
To determine your eligibility for Veterans' Preference, 

Selective Service System:
Males over age 18 who were born after December 31, 1959, must have registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for Federal employment.
CLICK HERE for further information.

Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment:
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to complete this form before an offer may be made.
CLICK HERE to access the Optional Form 306.

Relocation Expenses: 
Payment of relocation expenses will be determined in accordance with P&P 412.5, Recruitment and Retention Incentives and Other Special Pay, Sections 6 and 7, as amended by Bulletin 03-402.
CLICK HERE for specific information concerning these items. 

Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the
REE Ethics Webpage. You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed. 

Reasonable Accommodation:
Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.

Civil Rights Policy Statement:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Discrimination is prohibited in all USDA programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact the USDA Target Center on (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD).


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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, April 16, 2012.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.


Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:


Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  From USAJOBS, you will be routed to Application Manager.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


If you need technical assistance with the online application process, please send an e-mail to


Note: To return to a previously saved or incomplete application, use the following link:  Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page

2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 624933.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


Option B:  Fax

If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.

1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire 
2. Print the
1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire, and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.  


The following documents are required:
• Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX)
• Resume 

In addition, you may also need to submit supplemental documentation.  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Merit Promotion:  If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you MUST submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and performance appraisal.  Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Special Hiring Authorities:  To be considered under special hiring authorities (e.g. Schedule A, VRA, 30% or More Disabled Veteran's Program, etc.), you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility.  

Veterans' Preference:  If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility.  Generally, this will be your DD-214. 

Displaced/Surplus Employees: Applicants requesting consideration under the CTAP or ICTAP programs must submit documentary evidence of eligibility. Well qualified CTAP and ICTAP applicants within the local commuting area will receive selection priority as provided by OPM regulations. Well-qualified means the applicant meets the basic qualification and eligibility requirements; is rated above minimally qualified based upon your resume/application and responses to the vacancy specific questions; and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. If you are requesting consideration as a CTAP or ICTAP applicant, you must submit the following:
1) A copy of your RIF Separation Notice or Certification of Expected Separation or other documentation indicating that you are a surplus employee;
2) Evidence of full performance level of current position;
3) A copy of your most recent performance appraisal; and
4) A copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action. 

Transcripts:  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.
CLICK HERE for more information on this topic.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs. There is normally a fee associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that are accredited to evaluate education, visit
National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.


Wahkeela Hines
Phone: (301)504-2373
Agency Information:
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
800 9th Street SW
Washington, DC


Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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