Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Budget Analyst in Saint Louis, Missouri

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Summary

This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Health Administration (VHA), EES - Business and Financial Operations Division.

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Responsibilities

You will be responsible for managing assigned funding, for multiple Divisions, in numerous appropriations across three financial systems, including advising management and staff on policies related to budget, travel, payroll, fiscal, and acquisition. Duties will include:

  • Examining budget requests for adherence to Fiscal and Acquisition regulations and organizational objectives, and analyzing transactions for accuracy and completeness.
  • Evaluating proposals and providing recommendations and resolutions regarding organizational priorities and financial resources.
  • Analyzing Open Obligation and unliquidated reports.
  • Performing in-depth analysis of budget requests, utilizing cost-benefit analysis, alternative methods of funding, and making recommendations concerning budget estimates, obligations, allotments, costs, and faculty funding.
  • Advising Management and Program Managers on whether or not allocations are within ceilings, allocated funds have been obligated as originally allotted, or obligations have been expenses.
  • Providing management officials with procedural and regulatory guidance concerning availability of, or limitations on the use of funds.
  • Analyzing Resource Center budgets to represent the organization's viewpoint in formal meetings.
  • Revising and analyzing financial data and trends to prepare and/or validate estimates.
  • Submitting estimates calculated for consolidation into integrated budgets.
  • Researching, compiling, and summarizing data, and drafting and preparing formulation reports and budget estimates.
  • Monitoring and tracking obligations/expenditures and ceiling for assigned budgets throughout the execution phase of the annual operating budget in IFCAP, FMS, and TRACE and the Automated Allotment Control Systems (AACS).
  • Verifying that obligations/ceilings and expenditures occur on a timely basis.
  • Preparing and processing Transfer of Disbursing Authorities (TDA's) to national sites.Acting as Approving Official for the review and approval of credit card transactions completed in fund control points.

Work schedule: 8:00am-4:30pm Mon-Fri Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Available Telework: Available Position Description Title/PD#: Budget Analyst/ PD #03255A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized PCS Expenses:Not Authorized Financial Disclosure Report:Not Required

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

9

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required,
  • Subject to a background/security investigation.
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/13/2018.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current, permanent Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-7 level. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 showing your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement and current employees applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA).

GS-9 Qualifications

Specialized Experience: 1 year of Specialized Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of Budget Analyst, and that is typically in or related to the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least GS-7 grade level.

Examples of Specialized experience are: Knowledge of budgetary and accounting methods, procedures, and techniques to submit funding transactions and conduct analysis using multiple data systems used in the validation of transactions, research, and to resolve discrepancies; knowledge of various accounting and automated systems applications such as IFCAP, FMS, AACS, TRACE, CGE, and Excel; knowledge of Funds Control regulations, procedures, and processes, and coding of reimbursable funding documents; and experience researching, compiling, and summarizing data, and drafting/preparing formulation reports and budget estimates.

NOTE: Evidence of specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation on your resume or OF-612. Also provide work experience information such as hours per week, salary and starting/ending dates of employment (month and year format) to establish one (1) full year of Specialized Experience.

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Education: Successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree, two (2) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

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Combining Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed graduate education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED)

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 the GS-9 level. For example, an applicant who has 9 semester hours of graduate level education (i.e. 50% of 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

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

A full year of work is 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited based on time spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: The work is sedentary and requires no special physical abilities.

Education

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript to receive credit for that education.

Additional information

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. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

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

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.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

After you have met the minimum qualifications and been referred you will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

  • Knowledge of the federal budget process, accounting principles, OMB regulations and financial management practices and procedures.
  • Ability to track, monitor, prepare and analyze budget accounts and reports utilizing multiple accounting systems including IFCAP, TRACE and Excel.
  • Ability to communicate effectively regarding regulations, instructions, policy interpretation and guidelines.
  • Ability to prepare and process transfer of disbursing authorities (TDA's) to national sites from our corporate (EES) funds for the purpose of funding faculty and logistics for national programs. Narrative responses are not required presently. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the competencies; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume
  • SF-50

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please 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), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-50
  • Transcript

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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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Benefits

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How to Apply

All applicants are encouraged to apply online. To apply for this position, you must complete the questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 12/13/2018 to receive consideration. To preview the questionnaire click https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10370559.

  1. To begin, click "Apply Online" and create a USA JOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USA JOBS resume and other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  2. Click "Submit My Answers" to submit your application package. To verify your application is complete, log into your USA JOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Application page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USA JOBS account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement.

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Agency contact information
VHA National Recruitment Center
Phone

(844)456-5208

Email

VHANationalRecruitmentCenter@va.gov

Address

Employee Education Services 2402 Wildwood Ave Suite 301 Sherwood, AR 72120 US

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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

Areas of Consideration: Applicants will be considered in the order of the following Areas of Consideration:

  • First Area of Consideration: EES employees who are current, permanent employees.
  • Second Area of Consideration:VA employees - all other current, permanent Department of Veterans Affairs employees not included in the first area of consideration.
  • Third Area of Consideration: All other candidates. You may check the status of your application at any time by logging into your USA Jobs account and clicking on Applications. Information regarding your application status can be found in the USAJobs Help Center.

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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518649900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/07/2018 to 12/13/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 9

Salary: $51,080 to $66,405 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time