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Grade: 12

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For the GS-12, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes performing budget formulation and presenting budget justifications and findings to senior management. Examples of such experience could include:

- Analyzing changes in budgetary and financial policies, regulations, constraints, objectives, and available funds that affect the accomplishment of program objectives; OR
- Analyzing budget and financial program data to develop annual and multi-year budget estimates for assigned programs and activities; OR
- Assisting in research, identifying, and analyzing trends in the use of funds, and recommending adjustments in program spending that require the rescheduling of program workloads.
1 Select the answer that best describes your experience as it directly relates to the specialized experience statement. Carefully review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your Answer to this question is required
  • I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above. (
  • I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.

Grade: 13

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For the GS-13, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes performing budget formulation and budget execution functions. Examples of such experience could include:

- Identifying and analyzing changes in budgetary and financial policies, regulations, constraints, objectives, and available funds that affect the accomplishment of program objectives; OR
- Analyzing budget and financial program data to develop annual and multi-year budget estimates for assigned programs and activities; OR
- Conducting research, identifying, and analyzing trends in the use of funds, and recommending adjustments in program spending that require the rescheduling of program workloads; OR
- Assisting program managers and staff officials in interpreting the impact of, and planning for, multi-year financial/budgetary and program changes.
1 Do you have one (1) year of specialized experience as described above? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Choose the statement that best describes your experience communicating verbally with officials in order to gain their acceptance of critical budget findings and recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience performing this task
  • I have helped produced briefings for colleagues and lower levels of management.
  • I have produced and made oral presentations to higher level management on budget findings which are critical to the operation of an organizations programs.
  • I have independently developed and given briefings, and oral presentations to higher level management, to support negotiations and informed decisions on critical budget issues in a variety of situations with limited oversight by my supervisor.
3 Choose the statement that best describes your experience conducting budget planning, and providing control over obligations and expenditures. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience relevant to conducting budget planning and providing control over obligations and expenditures
  • I have experience that has given me an understanding of budget standards and application of budgeting procedures, principles and practices, and I have worked as a budget/management analyst with responsibility for applying routine budgeting principles and practices.
  • I have experience that has given me an understanding of budget standards and application of budgeting procedures, principles and practices, and I have worked on budgets at the organization level using various budget approaches and techniques and drafting budget reports and justifications using data and other evidence to support.
  • I have experience leading a team in conducting highly sensitive budget programs on a nationwide basis. Responsibilities included defining, reviewing historical financial operating data and trends to prepare or validate estimates, assuring that obligations incurred and resulting expenditures of funds are in accordance with pertinent laws and regulations, and performing studies on internal control and use of funds throughout the year.

Grade: All Grades

1 Are you currently serving or have you served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
2 As outlined in the vacancy announcement, you must submit a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not submitted an appraisal meeting these specific requirements, you must explain why you are unable to do so. By answering "No" to the following question, you will be given an opportunity to provide an explanation. Have you submitted a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 Please explain why you are unable to provide a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 Please select all of the following that apply to your experience(s) with the budget process. Answer to this question is required
  • I have advised program officials concerning obligations, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  • I have performed cost-benefit analysis to identify options and support recommendations regarding programmatic or budgetary initiatives.
  • I have used automated databases to prepare data summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings or fact sheets.
  • I have prepared recurring budget execution reports.
  • I have conducted analyses to identify options and recommendations, and presentations to assist management in making funding decisions.
  • I have completed budget assignments under tight deadlines while maintaining attention to detail.
  • I have assisted in the review and analyzed financial information in support of the budget process.
  • None of the above.
4 Choose the statements that describe your experiences managing and monitoring a budget for an organization. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared allotments of funds for assigned accounts.
  • I have developed and reviewed apportionments for consistency with carryover funding, new appropriations, and applicable statutory and other requirements.
  • I have been responsible for monitoring assigned accounts/components of an organizations budget.
  • I have compiled information for the development of a budget submission.
  • I have coached or led a team with the budgetary process, including development and execution.
  • I have developed and implemented strategies that ensure appropriate funding levels.
  • I have analyzed expenditure trends.
  • I have conducted a current budget needs assessment and communicated the needs to my supervisor.
  • I have tracked expenditures.
  • I have assisted in the process of reprogramming funds.
  • I have been recognized as performing high-quality work through an above average performance appraisal rating or awards.
  • None of the above.
5 Select the response that describes your experience developing strategy and background documentation for presenting a major segment of the organizations budget to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress, or equivalent public sector executive? Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed strategy and background documentation and have presented this information to OMB, Congress, or equivalent public sector executive.
  • I have developed strategy and background documentation for a major segment of the organization's budget to OMB, Congress, or equivalent public sector executive.
  • I have assisted with the development of strategy and background documentation for presenting a major segment of the organization's budget to OMB, Congress, or equivalent public sector executive.
  • I have assisted with the development of strategy and background documentation for presenting a major segment of an organizational program.
  • None of the above.
6 In which of the following areas do you have experience developing specific objectives and devising new methods, techniques, and criteria? Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified budget related trends and patterns in the use of funds.
  • I have acquired information and analyzed budget data.
  • I have recommended program spending adjustments that require rescheduling of program work load.
  • I have analyzed national level programs and exceptionally large programs (e.g., multi-million dollar research grants, contracts, and/or cooperative acquisition agreements).
  • I have analyzed the potential effects of budgetary actions on program viability and attainment of program objectives.
  • I have developed timetables for obtaining needed funding for new or modified substantive organizational programs.
  • I have modified systems to accept new kinds of budget data.
  • I have developed solutions and presented the findings.
  • have briefed management officials on the nature of testimony to be given to fund granting and approving officials.
  • I have evaluated the reactions of fund granting & approving officials to budget proposals. (
  • I have made necessary adjustments to the budget as a result of a higher level decision concerning funding.
  • I have examined budgetary issues for which there are no precedents.
  • None of the above.
7 Please select all of the following that describe your experience in oral and written communications representing an organization and providing reports for budget formulation and execution. Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided oral and written briefings to my supervisor or manager on the budget prior to Congressional or equivalent public sector hearings.
  • I have made clear and convincing oral and written presentations to individuals or groups at various levels in the organization taking into account the audience, the purpose of the discussion, and nature of the information.
  • I have led periodic meetings and program reviews, providing information and recommendations on planned programmatic decisions for more effective utilization of resources to achieve objectives.
  • I have led a team that has prepared a variety of program/financial reports using data from various sources and disseminated information to an organization's headquarters or field components.
  • I have maintained contacts with office staff in assigned offices and with other headquarters components.
  • I have led program reviews and budget presentation meetings.
  • None of the above.
8 Select all of the financial related products you have experience writing, reviewing, or communicating. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have led budget presentations explaining financial operations and issues, making recommendations for action consistent with all applicable statutory and other requirements.
  • I have reviewed and proposed editorial changes to Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congressional, or equivalent public sector communications for accuracy and consistency with policy.
  • I have developed operating instructions, formal instructions, or directives.
  • I have prepared budget presentations, talking points, and meeting summaries for use by supervisors and colleagues.
  • I have reviewed and edited program office budget submissions for reasonableness, accuracy and conformance with procedures and guidelines.
  • None of the above.
9 Please indicate which of the following types of written products you have produced that were presented to senior management without major technical revisions. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Responses to Departmental, OMB and Congressional inquiries
  • Policy statements and guidance
  • Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems
  • Budget justifications, financial forecasts and impact analyses
  • Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems (
  • Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems
  • Analysis that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints)
  • Presentations or briefing materials
  • None of the above
10 Select all of the written products below that you have experience writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written clear and concise budget findings.
  • I have written budget reports explaining operating programs and making recommendations for remedial action.
  • I have reviewed draft written products of subordinates and recommended improvements.
  • I have written articles for professional and/or governmental publications.
  • None of the above (
11 Please select the choices below that describe your experience formulating, justifying, and presenting an agency's budget. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed options and analysis to support agency negotiations with Congress, or for Congressional hearings or briefings.
  • I have coordinated and led preparation of official reports required in appropriations acts, reviewed, analyzed, consolidated, and revised budget estimates and justification statements submitted by subordinate
  • I have advised program officials and budget staff at lower echelons on the necessity for and type of communications or response necessary to address requests for information from Congressional or OMB stakeholders.
  • I have recommended approval or disapproval of requests for reports and other similar funding requests, I have considered financial and workload relationships that involve several matters.
  • None of the above.
12 Please select the choices below that describe your experiences coordinating the preparation of major segments of an organization's budget. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have recommended solutions to budget formulation, justification, and presentation problems.
  • I have analyzed, edited, and provided strategic and quantitative feedback on budget estimates and requests submitted by managers of assigned programs for accuracy of technical treatment and format, adequacy of supporting narrative, statistical and graphic presentation, and conformance with budgetary policy and guidelines.
  • I have recommended and justified necessary budgetary changes to proposed program budgets.
  • I have reviewed, analyzed, and interpreted legislative appropriations language, congressional, or presidential or executive directives pertaining to an organizations budgetary requirements
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following do you have experience researching and interpreting? Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • National budget regulations, policies and legislation
  • Agency or Organizational wide budgetary programs and/or regulations and policy
  • Direct or indirect monetary impact of new legislation or equivalent public sector rules
  • Available budget guidance for employees at the same or subordinate levels
  • Budget guidelines, circulars, and regulations developed by other agencies and organizations
  • Appropriations language, principles of appropriations law and comptroller decisions
  • Reference manuals such as financial handbooks
  • Agency or Organizational Budget circulars, directives and requirements covering specific program operations
  • None of the above
14 Choose the statements that describe your experience performing routine budgetary and/or financial analysis. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified problem areas and recommended resolutions.
  • I have prepared operating plans for assigned accounts
  • I have generated regular reporting on operating budgets or obligation balances.
  • I have prepared justifications for budget submission and ensured budgeted formulation data is accurate.
  • I have monitored assigned programs to anticipate additional budgetary requirements.
  • None of the above