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    Job Title: Budget Analyst

    Department: Department Of Homeland Security

    Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency

    Job Announcement Number: MG2011-T0346-VTR-520771-D/M


    $89,033.00 – $136,771.00 /year


    Tuesday, August 16, 2011 to Tuesday, August 30, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional




    2 vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC


    US Citizens and Status Candidates


    Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling.

    DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

    When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

    Who May Apply

    • All U.S. Citizens
    • Current federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment
    • Former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility
    • Persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special hiring authorities (click here for a list of authorities)
    • Persons eligible under an Interchange Agreement (click here to view a list of covered agreements)
    • Veterans’ preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after substantially completing at least three consecutive years of active duty (click here for information on veterans)
    • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here

    This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Budget Planning and Analysis Division.

    PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

    EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee’s official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

    Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
    • You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust-High Risk) security clearance.
    • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
    • Occasional travel may be required.
    • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
    • Males born after 12/31/59 – Selective Service Registration required.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    2 vacancies – Washington DC Metro Area, DC

    Typical work assignments include:

    • Serves as liaison to Agency elements in the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of the Agency’s budget formulation and execution process, which has a fundamental impact on program development, operations, and capabilities at FEMA.
    • Provides FEMA elements with expertise required to support planning, analyzing, coordinating, evaluating, and directing the development of budgetary requirements and allocations to support overall Agency objectives.
    • Researches, evaluates, and provides feedback on problematic trends and patterns in programming and budgeting requirements.
    • Serves as a FEMA expert for the Agency’s on-line budget management tool – RM Online. Designs and implements methods and procedures as necessary to effectively manage total integration of FEMA requirements and DHS directives within the RM Online system.
    • Reviews Agency program plans, resource projections and budgetary submissions provided by the various program and support offices of the Agency.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    You qualify for this position at the GS-13 (starting salary $89,033) level if you possess the following:

    One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service with budget formulation and execution principles and practices along with planning, programming, and budgeting regulations, guidelines and processes in order to: advise program staff throughout the Agency and outside the Agency on a variety of situations and issues that involve applying or adapting new theories, concepts, principles, standards, methods or practices for budgetary requirements determination.

    You qualify for this position at the GS-14 (starting salary $105,211) level if you possess the following:

    One full year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service analyzing, developing criteria for, and evaluating policies and procedures affecting agency budgetary requirements; analyzing and evaluating the capabilities, effectiveness, feasibility and cost of proposed and alternative programs; analyzing the impact of resource reduction options upon agency capabilities and performance; analyzing and validating cost estimates of planned or proposed budgetary requirements; developing budget formulation guidance as part of the Agency’s planning, programming and budgeting process upon which program elements multi-year plans are to be based.

    Time-in-Grade Requirements for Federal employees: Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

    The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.


    There is no education substitution at the GS-13 and GS-14 grade level.

    Background Investigation: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust-High Risk as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:

    1. Knowledge of research and analysis to perform programming and budget-related reviews.

    2. Ability to plan and execute work.

    3. Skill in providing assistance and consultation on programming and budget management matters, issues and information.

    4. Ability to communicate in writing.

    5. Ability to communicate orally.

    If you are applying under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

    2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

    If you are applying under Merit Promotion, you will be given the minimum earned rating of 70 points and a maximum of 30 points may be awarded based on your responses to the questionnaire.

    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

    Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

    Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here.

    Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, please click here.

    Benefits and Other Info


    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to and select “benefits.”


    This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

    You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.

    How To Apply


    Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

    To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


    1. Your résumé

    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions

    3. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.

    4. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit:

    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.

    5. Are you a current or former Federal employee? Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that shows your competitive service status. (The “position occupied” block on the SF-50 should show a “1” and your “tenure” block should show a “1” or “2”.)

    6. Are you a Peace Corps/ VISTA volunteer or a person with a disability? Click on the link above to view the required supporting documentation to submit with your application.


    Delores Valentine
    Phone: (202)646-1351
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
    1201 Maryland Ave SW
    Washington, DC 20472


    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

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