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Job Title:Budget Analyst Recent Graduate (TCF)

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

Job Announcement Number:BF-13-RE-917306

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$43,738.00 to $84,146.00 / Per Year


Monday, July 01, 2013 to Tuesday, July 09, 2013




Full Time - Recent Graduates




1 vacancy in the following location:
Northport, NY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Vacancy ID: 917306

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans. The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (“I CARE”).

Some may think the responsibility of providing superior health care services rests squarely on the shoulders of those who practice medicine. At VA, we believe every position in the health care environment plays a critical role in maintaining our "I CARE" values. That's why we created the Technical Career Field (TCF) Program - one of the largest training programs at VA. TCF internships equip professionals (including veterans) with the specialized knowledge they need to support the delivery of quality health care for our Nation's veterans.

America's Veterans need you! To find out more, go to


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Training-Service Agreement required.
  • Mobility Agreement required.
  • Statement of Understanding must be signed upon hire.


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The TCF internship is a comprehensive two-year program designed to train candidates for positions within the Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  This program provides the foundation for developing interns from entry level to full performance level.  It includes planned training, rotational assignments, and on-the-job work experiences. 

With more than 150 medical centers and hundreds of clinics nationwide, it is possible that you will need to relocate for a position. You will be required to sign a mobility statement before entering the TCF program. If relocation is necessary for permanent placement, VA pays for moving expenses.


This position  is assigned to work in the Fiscal Service at the Northport Medical Center as a TCF Intern. The Recent Graduate is participating in a centrally funded and organized developmental program designed to prepare him or her to assume the responsibilities of a budget analyst.  The Recent Graduate will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Provides instruction to facility management officials during budget calls and local budget formulation.
  • Performs facility budget formulation including preparing details analyses and estimates of annual funding needs for one or more future budget years.
  • Reviews historical data of how funds were utilized within the administered program.
  • Prepares estimates for projected budget(s).
  • Prepares justification for the estimates.
  • Performs budget presentation duties.
  • Prepares justifications for estimates to be used in the presentation of the budget.
  • Analyzes and evaluates the effects of program plans and budget issues.
  • Direct/oversees the completion and coordination of materials for the budget.
  • Performs duties involving the analysis and forecasting of the usage of funds within a program.
  • Interprets reports and other financial data for program review and analysis.


This is a developmental position leading to a GS-11, performing assignments intended to broaden skills and provide practical experience leading to progressively more complex assignments performed under progressively less supervision. You will ultimately acquire the background necessary to perform at the full performance level of GS-11. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor and is contingent upon satisfactory performance, availability of higher level work, and availability of funds.


Work Schedule:Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm




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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-05) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to performing the following duties at a developmental level:

  •  Knowledge of budget policies, methods and practices
  • Ability to analyze financial data and records
  • Ability to research and summarize information
  • Ability to conduct reprogramming actions
  • Ability to communicate in writing 


One full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours). 


Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. To calculate, first identify the percentage of required education you have earned (when substituting, you cannot use the first 60 semester hours that you earned). Then identify the percentage of required experience you possess. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify at this. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of g graduate education required) and 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e. 50% of the required experience) would equal 100% of the required experience for the position


Superior Academic Achievement(S.A.A).

S.A.A. is based on (a)class standing, (b) grade-point average, or (c) honor society membership. Individuals who have completed all the requirements for an appropriate bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university may be rated eligible for GS-7 provided they meet one of the requirements listed below: (TRANSCRIPT REQUIRED)

(a) Class Standing - In the upper third of their class based on completed college work at the time of application for the position. This is the upper third of the class in the college or university, or major subdivision (e.g., school of recreation, school of physical education). This must be documented on the transcript or by a statement from the school.

(b) Grade-point average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of: 

3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0("B" or better). This is either: (1) as recorded on the student's official transcript OR (2) as computed based on 4 years of education OR as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. This must be stated on the official transcript or calculated by the applicant as a specific attachment to the transcript (course,grade, etc.) OR 

3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum. This must be calculated by the applicant as a specific attachment to the transcript (course, grade, etc.). Grade-point averages should be rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 should be rounded to a 3.0 and 2.94 should be rounded to 2.9.

(c) Election to membership in a national scholastic honorary society meeting the minimum requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies. This must be noted on the transcript or documented by the applicant by an acceptance letter into an honor society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.


You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

  •  Knowledge of budget policies, methods and practices
  • Ability to analyze financial data and records
  • Ability to research and summarize information
  • Ability to conduct reprogramming actions
  • Ability to communicate in writing 



The work is principally sedentary. Some work may requie walking in factories, warehouses, supply dumps, and similar areas to check on inventories and the existence of, or nature of, equipment and property. Work may also require walking and standing in conjunction with travel to and attendance at meetings and conferences away from the work site. Some employees may carry light items, or drive a motor vehicle. No special physical effort or ability is required to do the work.


For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at


IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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.  Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's Preference:

When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.  If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit



Candidates for appointment under the Recent Graduates appointing authority in the occupation of Budget Analyst, GS-0560 are required to undergo the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment process.  The VA Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) in Atlanta, GA administers this process.  Applicants must follow the instructions below under “How To Apply.”


Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

  • Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
  • Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group.  Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group.  Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group.  The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview.  The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

The Federal Government has special appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A.  Specific information can be found at:  IMPORTANT:  If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (631)261-4400x7101.


Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  

VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.


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Applicants who meet the basic eligiblity requirements will be provided with further instruction on how to complete the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment which is described in the "How You Will Be Evaluated" section above


 To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational QuestionnairePrint this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
  2. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144.  Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  3. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

  1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 917306 You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
  2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


The following documents are required:

  1. Resume
  2. Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Other documents - Use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for well-qualified, displaced Federal employees), or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims. You will not be contacted for additional information.


Rina D. Evans
Phone: (631)261-4400x4044
Agency Information:
VHA Northport VAMC
Human Resources 05J
79 Middleville Road
Northport, NY


 After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating. If qualified, we will forward your application package to the Delegated Examining Unit (DEU) in Atlanta, GA.  They will contact you to complete a required Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment.  They will review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the assessment. If your résumé does not support your assessment answers, they will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined, a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.





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