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Announcement Number:
BR-WO-2019-023
Hiring Agency:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
Position Title:
Budget Technician, GS-0561-05/06/07 (LL-DEU)
Open Period:
02/11/2019 - 02/25/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0561 05/06/07
Salary:
USD $37,113 - USD $59,762
Work Schedule:
Full-time - FULL TIME
Promotion Potential:
GS-07
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

District of Columbia, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
HR Service Center
303-445-2684
codo@usbr.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All United States Citizens and United States Nationals.
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov.

View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/Video/.

Summary:

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Budget Technician. You can make a difference in the West by performing Budget Technician work assigned to the Program and Budget (P&B) Office?

LOCATION: Commissioner's Office; Policy, Administration & Budget; Program and Budget Office; Washington, DC.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Not Required

Duties

Assists the budget team in the formulation of budget estimates by reviewing projected costs for selected line items. Compiles and updates detailed information required for programs and supporting documentation, budgetary documents, accounting strings and expenditure reports.

Responsible for all obligation tracking, from the obligating document through the expense report. Monitors unliquidated obligations and validates prior year recoveries monthly.


Reviews recurring and non-recurring Policy and Budget (P&B) requisitions to ensure that the correct Unit Product Code (UPC), Financial Business Management System (FBMS) Fund Codes, Fund Centers, and Work Breakdown Structures (WBS) or similar systems are used.

Checks the accuracy of budget data in budget systems and spreadsheets, as well as in budget submissions to Congress for errors; adjusts inconsistencies and corrects errors; and ensures all necessary supporting documents are present.  Creates monthly expenditure reports to ensure proper fund utilization for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Runs financial reports from various financial reporting tools in response to requests for information from customers or as a result of reviewing account activity.

Creates WBSs in response to requests from P&B, ensuring that all WBSs are consistent with official program documents and are in accordance with the project system of accounts. Maintains and controls all P&B accounting information from initiation to completion and distributes completion notices as required.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National.
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by background investigation.
  • You must submit resume and supporting documentation.
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements.
  • For Veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents.
  • Education Requirements:
    This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

    Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.
    Evaluations:

    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official. 

    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume and responses to the online questions. 

    --Knowledge of the various interest groups and stakeholders to ensure adequate understanding of the influences, needs and expectations associated with assigned programs.

    --Skilled in the application of methods and techniques for analyzing and evaluating the effects of continuing changes in programs, plans and resources.

    --Knowledge of analytical approaches and techniques to develop program guidance and solutions to complex and varied problems in assigned areas.

    --Skilled in adapting and applying guidelines and resolving conflicts in guidelines that are not in agreement with stated budget directives. 

    --Skilled in analysis, research and innovative problem solving.

    Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

    Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

    Qualifications:

    All applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

    GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-04 level in the Federal Government.  Basic knowledge and understanding of the overall budget practices, procedures and policies sufficient to be able to perform the major duties of the budget technician with supervisory guidance.  Basic knowledge of BOR, Program and Budget operations and general knowledge and understanding of the various programs, activities and the budget and accounting system. General knowledge of a wide  range of financial and budgetary regulations and directives to carry out a variety ofroutine and non­ routine.transactions. Working knowledge of automated budget-related databases and the capability to use them effectively with necessary training. Ability to analyze details in order to identify and apply significant data in prepari1\g budget estimates and reports. 

    GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Government.  Working knowledge and understanding of the overall budget practices, procedures and policies sufficient to be able to perform the major duties of the budget technician work independently with only minimal guidance. General knowledge of BOR, Program and Budget operations and intermediate knowledge and understanding of the various programs, activities and the budget and accounting system. Intermediate knowledge of a wide range of-financial and budgetary regulations and directives to carry out a variety of routine and non-routine transactions. Intermediate knowledge of automated budget-related databases and the ability to use them effectively. Ability to analyze details in order to identify and apply significant data in preparing budget estimates and reports. 

    GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal Government. In-depth knowledge and understanding of the overall budget practices, procedures and policies sufficient to be able to perform the major duties of the budget technician work independently with only minimal guidance. General knowledge of BOR, Program and Budget operations and thorough knowledge and understanding of the various programs, activities and the budget and accounting system. In-depth knowledge of a wide range of financial and budgetary regulations and directives to carry out a variety of routine and non-routine transactions. In-depth knowledge of automated budget-related databases and the ability to use them effectively. Ability to analyze details in order to identify and apply significant data in preparing budget estimates and reports. 

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

    GS-05: 4 years above high school.

    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; religious; 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.


    To find if Education is a requirement or if Experience can be substituted for experience you can look at OPMs Qualification and Standards by series:  
    https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency Benefits:

    Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

    Other Information:

    --The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    --This position is designated as a NON-SENSITIVE position.  It requires a fully completed and favorable adjudicated Low Risk Background Investigation (T1 (NACI)) that is current.  This is a condition of employment.

    --Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov.

    --Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-WO-2019-024, for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.  If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

    DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html.

    As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

    Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to codo@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, 14th Floor, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, 14th Floor, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Required Documents:
    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    -- TRANSCRIPT(S):  All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    -- DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    -- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    -- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

    -- For information on veteran's eligibility visit:  http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/

    --CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 20 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp
    Next Steps:
    After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.