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    Patrick Fiorenza

    Job Title: Budget Officer

    Department: Department Of Veterans Affairs

    Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs

    Job Announcement Number: KL-11-CPF-506658


    $113,735.00 – $147,857.00 /year


    Friday, August 05, 2011 to Saturday, September 03, 2011




    Full Time Career/Career Conditional


    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC; 1 vacancy – Bay Pines, FL


    United States Citizens


    Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 506658 (Include on all documents)

    The VA was established for one purpose – “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

    How would you like to become a part of a team that provides compassionate care to Veterans?


    Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

    VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities.

    For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to


    • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
    • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
    • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


    Additional Duty Location Info:

    1 vacancy – Washington DC Metro Area, DC; 1 vacancy – Bay Pines, FL

    We encourage you to apply for a career in delivering world-class services to Veterans and their families.

    The Department of Veterans Affairs fosters the highest standards of leadership, research and development through the use of cutting-edge technology and innovative initiatives that serve our Nation’s Veterans. The Office of Information & Technology enables VA to become a Veteran centric service provider through the delivery of available, adaptable, secure, and cost effective technology services.

    Some may think the responsibility of providing superior health care services to our Veterans rests squarely on the shoulders of those who practice medicine. At VA, we believe every position in the health care environment plays a critical role in the delivery of the best care possible.

    This is the position of a Budget Officer and is located in either Washington, DC, or Bay Pines, FL. The incumbent serves as the Budget Planning & Execution Division Director in the Planning & Analysis Competency Division, Product Development Service, Office of Information & Technology (OI&T). The incumbent is responsible for two key offices: the Budget Planning Office and the Budget Execution Office. The major duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Formulating, establishing, and maintaining a national integrated system of financial management records
    • Managing and supervising the work activities of budget execution competency staff
    • Establishing fund control point, managing TDAs and prepares requests for reprogramming of funds
    • Ensuring compliance with the Clinger-Cohen Act requirements across all projects, ensuring budget execution activities are in-line with OMB 300 requirements
    • Providing linkages between the budget process and strategic planning process and accordingly advising upper management of the potential effects of budgetary actions
    • Serving on Product Development Budget Committees
    • Conducting special studies on a variety of subjects for use in the budget decision-making process

    Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

    Telework may be approved at the discretion of the supervisor.

    Compressed work times may be approved at the discretion of the supervisor.

    Qualifications and Evaluations


    To qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-14 level). Such specialized experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Your specialized experience must include:

    • Overseeing the formulation, coordination, and monitoring of service budgets, spending plans, and supporting financial documentation of financial programs at a department or agency-wide level
    • Managing and evaluating the work activities of a budget support staff
    • Conducting special studies for use in the budget decision-making process
    • Interpreting, understanding, and applying congressional, agency/departmental, and OMB budget processes, procedures, and requirements
    • Advising upper level managers on potential short-term and long-term effects of budgetary actions

    There is no education substitution at the GS-15 grade level.

    You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:

    • Skill in providing budget planning and execution support
    • Ability to manage and supervise work activities and training of budget analyst employees
    • Knowledge of financial evaluative methods and techniques
    • Knowledge of congressional, agency/departmental and OMB budget processes
    • Ability to communicate with other professionals on a wide range of topics

    For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM’s web site at

    WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


    Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:

    • Best qualified – applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
    • Highly qualified – applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
    • Well qualified – applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
    • Qualified – applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.

    After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying Veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best qualified group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.

    Veterans’ Preference:

    When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally Veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability.

    Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non-service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as well as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow, or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference” and required documentation with your application materials.

    For more information on Veterans’ Preference, please visit

    Benefits and Other Info


    Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional “dollars and cents” benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at


    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 and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website at

    Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

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

    How To Apply


    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete application (See “Required Documents” section below). The complete Application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Saturday, September 03, 2011.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application. Please ensure you click theSubmit My Answers button at the end of the process. Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted.

    Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date. To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire:
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form must be placed on top of all materials being faxed and will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
    4. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:

    1. Complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID: 506658. You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.
    2. Fax your documents to (478)757-3144.


    The following documents are required:

    • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
    • Veterans Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate
    • Unofficial college transcript for education used to qualify. (An official college transcript will be required before being hired.)
    • Use this checklist to ensure you’ve submitted everything. You will not be contacted for additional information.


    VHA Nationwide DEU
    Phone: (501)257-4134
    Fax: (478)757-3144
    Email: [email protected]
    Agency Information:
    VHA DEU Little Rock
    Thank You, AR 00000
    Fax: (478)757-3144


    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter – or e-mail – will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address. Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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