Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Budget Analyst in Riverdale, Maryland

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Riverdale, MD
Work Schedule is Full-Time - Permanent

Opened Thursday 12/1/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 12/7/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team!

The incumbent serves as a Budget Analyst, within the Operational Support Staff (OSS), Wildlife Services (WS), with responsibility for developing, coordinating, and executing program-wide administrative management systems. This position will be located in Riverdale, Maryland. The incumbent is involved in the development and application of administration management, policies, procedures, and practices related to budget and financial management.

All best qualified applicants will receive Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) assessment questions.

*Salary Information: *First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range.

This vacancy is limited to the first 50 applications received. All applications received prior to midnight (11:59 ET) of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. If the application limit is not reached by the closing date of the announcement, all applications received during the open period will be considered. Any required documents must be submitted at the time that you apply as documents will not be accepted past the day the application limit is reached, if applicable. If you choose to edit your application after it has been submitted, it will be removed from consideration until you re-submit your application. The date your application is last submitted will be used to determine whether you meet the cut-off criteria.

APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Review obligation documents, accounting adjustment documents, travel vouchers, invoices, and other documents that substantiate and support financial transactions for completeness and accuracy.
  • The incumbent facilitates proper acquisition and use of resources (staffing, funding, and material usage) to support WS HQ, Nationwide Programs, and field offices goals and objectives.
  • Monitor obligation, disbursements, and other accounting data for the unit or other assigned segments of WS’s operating budget.
  • Responsible for remaining current on agreement issues by working closely with WS OSS budget and agreements personnel primarily responsible for administering the IAs and CSAs; assisting in the timely processing of agreements, including applicable reviews to ensure they comport with the APHIS Agreements Manual, and contain all the required provisions.
  • As requested, provides information to the Financial Manager and Deputy Director for Administration regarding the fiscal control and status of agreements.
  • Prior to fiscal year-end closeout, reviews all national agreement accounts and prepares a statement of expenses, and a projection of funds to be collected and encumbered by each project for review by the supervisor and WS management.
  • Responds by telephonic and electronic methods to inquiries received, with professionalism, courteousness and in a customer-service-oriented manner.
  • Gathers, compiles, prepares, and coordinates a wide variety of administrative program data that support WS headquarters and field personnel, including developing and maintaining spreadsheets and documents that allow for the easy retrieval of information pertaining to administrative programs.
  • Participates and represents OSS, at meetings organized by MRPBS Divisions and offices, and ensures to provide information to the Financial Manager, the topics covered during meetings and the likely impact on WS operations.
  • As assigned, performs other administrative analyses and develops reports, such as, but not limited travel, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Civil Rights (CR), GPRA, and program workforce planning initiatives for the program.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel is required for training and work assignments.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.

FOR THE GS-05 LEVEL: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Obtain, compile, and summarize narrative information and quantitative data for use by others within the office.
  • Verify the costs of line items in the budget and enter the costs in standard forms and schedules.
  • Extract budget and program data from computer printouts of accounting records, forms, and reports for use by co-workers.

OR a bachelor's degree or 4 years of successfully completed education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree.

(Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level).**

FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL:** Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level that may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors which demonstrates:

  • Experience analyzing numerous accounts, tracking, adjusting and closing accounts in an accounting system comprised of a large number of projects.
  • Experience using automated financial and reporting systems to review and create reports.
  • Experience following federal and internal rules, regulations as they relate to budget (Sarbanes Oxley Act; Federal Acquisitions Regulations, etc.)
  • Experience making presentations and drafting responses for supervisors, leaders, or stakeholders. OR Successful completion of 1 full year of graduate level education in Business Administration, Accounting, Public Administration, Finance or related degree.

(Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level).**


Superior Academic Achievement:**To qualify based on superior academic achievement, you must have completed the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND must meet certain GPA requirements. For more details click: Superior Academic Achievement

TRANSCRIPTS are required if:

  • You are qualifying for the position based on education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education.
  • You are qualifying for this position based on Superior Academic Achievement.
  • This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-5/7 GRADE LEVEL: Applicants may have combinations of successfully completed education and specialized experience to meet total qualification requirements. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify for that grade level. To learn more about combining education and experience for this series, click the following: Combining Education and Experience for Administrative and Management Positions

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.

Special Conditions:

  • As a condition of employment, satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of a background investigation and/or fingerprint check may be required for this position.
  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary period (if new hire to the Federal service).
  • This position is designated a public trust position and is subject to satisfactory completion and favorable adjudication of initial background investigation and reinvestigation as a condition of employment.
  • Position may be eligible for telework.
  • The work is primarily sedentary, requiring a minimal amount of standing and walking. The work requires long periods of sitting in one position and intense concentration when reviewing and analyzing budget reports, and when assisting or preparing budget projections and adjustments. The incumbent often carries files, documents, or equipment weight up to 15 pounds from one area of the office to another. Some travel and extended workdays may be required.
  • The majority of the work is performed in an office environment or in meeting areas, including rooms that can accommodate larger numbers of personnel with diverse expertise.
  • Travel is a requirement when meeting the mission goals and needs for WS, and may be required with last-minute notice.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an email acknowledging: 1) the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, 2) if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and 3) if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. We expect to make a final job offer within 40 days after the closing date of the announcement.


The Federal Service offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at:

Other Information
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility to include your most recent performance appraisal, SF-50 showing the full performance level or career ladder of your current or previous position, and proof of eligibility such as a RIF separation notice or letter from OPM/your agency. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles will be considered well-qualified if achieving a rating of 85 or above. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is at: OPMs Career Transition Resources website.
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. See more information at:

Salary Range: $35,265.00 to $56,790.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0560-05/07

Promotion Potential: 12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

Control Number: 457749200

Job Announcement Number: 24WS-APHIS-MA-2017-0166