<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is located in the Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA) which has department-wide responsibilities for the overall direction of program review and policy analysis, including: budget analysis, preparation, presentation, and execution; legislative and regulatory analysis and reporting; performance improvement; and for developing and carrying out a program for the review and analysis of agency operations.<br /> Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>Provide input to senior program managers and agency heads outside of OBPA on alternatives, costs and benefits, and budget implications of administrative and management policies, including budget proposals, regulations and management initiatives.</li> <li>Assist in identifying deficiencies in administrative and management related agency documents and make recommendations to improve the quality of Departmental analyses, budgets,legislation, regulatory proposals, and management initiatives.</li> <li>Identify issues and reconcile administrative and management budget and program information to ensure accurate and consistent reporting of activities between the involved agencies.</li> <li>Independently, provide input to senior program managers and agency heads outside of OBPA on alternatives, costs and benefits, and budget implications of proposed administrative policies.</li> <li>Recommend actions to senior staff and executives within OBPA that can be taken to hasten the development of analyses and other policy documents under strict deadlines for completion.</li> <li>Independently, analyze administrative budget and policy proposals, and convey findings and recommendations to senior program managers and agency heads outside of OBPA.</li> <li>Negotiates resolution of any disagreements between OBPA, OMB, and USDA staff offices. Convey this information to agency heads and policy officials in writing or orally.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Not required<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a US Citizen or US National</li> <li>Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt</li> <li>Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check</li> <li>Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.</li> <li>Direct Deposit – Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution</li> <li>Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify at https: www.e-verify.gov/</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.<br /><br /><strong>Specialized Experience:</strong><br /><br /><strong>GS-0343-11 – </strong>Qualifying experience for GS-11 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-9 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience analyzing and reviewing organizational and programmatic performance and administrative policy proposals.<br /><br /><strong>or Education<br /><br />Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or </strong>three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M.<br /><br /><strong>GS-0343-12 – </strong>Qualifying experience for GS-12 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-11 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience analyzing and reviewing organizational and programmatic performance and administrative and policy proposals in order to convey findings and recommendations to senior program managers.<br /><br /><strong>GS-0343-13 – </strong>Qualifying experience for GS-13 includes one year of specialized experience comparable to GS-12 which is directly related to the work of this position and which has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. For this position, specialized experience is experience experience analyzing and reviewing organizational and programmatic performance in order to identify deficiencies and develop recommendations to senior staff and executives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of administrative and management budgets, legislation on resources requirements, organizational plans, and issues related to policy implementation.<br /><br />Full promotion level – GS-0343-13<br /><br />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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. <br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />Applications will be evaluated in accordance with Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Delegated Examining Procedures and USDA policy using category rating. Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. Category placement will be determined based on applicants' quality of experience and the extent they possess the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) or competencies: <ul> <li>Organizational Performance Management</li> <li>Administrative Laws/Regulations</li> <li>Data Gathering and Analysis</li> <li>Advisory Services</li> </ul> Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Those determined to be in the best qualified category will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.<br /><br />Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.<br /><br />Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.<br /><br />Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.<br /><br />To view the application form, visit: https: apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10530654 <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Not Required <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br />Position sensitivity and risk <br /> Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk <br /><br />Trust determination process <br /> Credentialing <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration. <ul> <li>Resume that includes:1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) other qualifications.</li> <li>If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application if it includes your name and the necessary course information; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.</li> <li>If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions.If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment.Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.</li> <li>If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS </li> <li>Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.