Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Budget Officer
Open Period:
01/15/2014 - 01/29/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0560 12/13
USD $69,497 - USD $107,434
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Billings, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
Marketing Statement:
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Budget Officer in the Montana State Office, Office of the State Director, in Billings, Montana. Information about the Billings area can be found at the Billings Chamber of Commerce website.  
This vacancy is also being announced under MT Merit-2014-0025. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.  
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.  

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

At times, travel will be required.  


The incumbent serves as the State Budget Officer and is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Providing leadership and guidance on all aspects of the Montana/Dakotas (MT/Daks) budget and financial management program. 

  • Serving as the principal budget advisor to the State Director, Associate State Director, and the MT/Daks State Leadership Team (SLT). 

  • Providing leadership to the MT/Daks Budget Strategy Team, Budget Implementation Team, and Budget Technical Team and subordinate staff in planning and executing the budget.  

  • Leading all out-year and current year budget activities to include strategic planning, budget justification and planning target allocations development and annual work plan execution. 

  • Performing a wide variety of analytical duties connected with the formulation, justification, presentation, execution and review of the MT/Dakotas budget. 

  • Reviewing, analyzing, and interpreting legislation, appropriations language, Department policy and directions, and other guidelines that pertain to the MT/Daks budget program.

  • Leading the development, preparation and submission of preliminary and final out-year program budget packages which address long-range Department, Bureau, Statewide, District and Field Office goals and objectives and Congressional mandates. 

  • Formulating the budget for multi-year contract programs and budget estimates for the MT/Daks programs and personnel, facilities, and equipment.

  • Monitoring the execution of the MT/Daks approved budget, which funds obligations and expenditures in multi-year contract programs and associated administration costs. 

  • Conducting special studies and analyses related to budget execution activities, projections, and potential cuts. 

  • Coordinating and/or recommending shifts in budget resources within MT/Dakotas to ensure priority workload is supported. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:

    • Skill in interpreting complex policy guidance to determine the effects on a budget program, to provide advice and guidance to management personnel, and to make adjustments in allowances to impacted activities. 

    • Knowledge of the impacts and requirements of the Chief Financial Officers Act, the Government Performance and Results Act, and the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act.

    • Demonstrated ability and skill in overseeing high level budget processes and in using strategies for budget presentation. 

    • Knowledge of all phases of budget and annual work planning processes to formulate budget estimates for the organization. 

    • Skill using automated financial systems and analyzing program/budgetary relationships.  

    On-line Questionnaire:

    Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

    Specialized Experience Requirements:   In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you have experience that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level.  
    For GS-12:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as experience analyzing budget policy issues; preparing and presenting requests for funding for current and out-year budget needs; performing budget analyst duties such as implementing and monitoring a budget for multiple offices; working with a variety of organizations and personnel as part of a team. 
    For GS-13:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as experience analyzing and interpreting high level policy on budget issues; preparing and submitting current and out-year budget needs for a state or district level organization to headquarters level; implementing and monitoring the budget for a state or district level organization; acting as team lead for budget or accounting staffs.
    There is no substitution of education to meet specialized experience requirements. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at:
    Other Information:

    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.

    • Supervisory Probationary Period:  If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

    • To view FAQs regarding Relocation/PCS click Here.

    • This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

    • You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually

    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    • SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
    You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:

    • Personal contact information

    • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.

    • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.

    • References  - personal and professional

    • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).

    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.
    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.
    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.  
    NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.
    1) Veterans Preference Documentation:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here. 
    2) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation:  If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility.  It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF).  Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP 
    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:
    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.  Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.  Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Checking Application Status and Materials:
    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above).
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.