Budget Technician ORD
Department Of Veterans Affairs - West Haven, CT

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Vacancy ID: 902289

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise - “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 providing compassionate care to Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) needs employees who possess the energy, compassion, and commitment to serve those who served our Country. Whatever the job title, every position in VA will give you a chance to make a meaningful and personal contribution to the lives of truly special and deserving people - our Veterans. 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. Working for VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your Country's service.

If you are transitioning from the military or a Veteran already, we invite you to explore the benefits of continuing your career at the VA. The VA is committed to hiring Veterans .
The VA is much more than just another employer. It is an honorable, open and welcoming community of those who care. Gratitude is our motivation and service is our mission.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define “who we are,” our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are I ntegrity, C ommitment, A dvocacy, R espect and E xcellence (“ I CARE ”).

America's Veterans need you!

To find out more, go to http://www.va.gov/jobs/ . KEY REQUIREMENTS

You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation. DUTIES:

Employee will serve as a Budget Technician within Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center (CSPCC), Research Service at the VA Healthcare System, West Haven, CT. CSPCC provides biostatistical, data management, and administrative coordination for national clinical trials. Duties include, but may not be limited to: Maintains accounts based on approved funding, to include limitations for salaries, supplies, equipment, travel and Office of Information Technology (OIT) services and hardware. Reviews orders ensuring proper format for the ordering of supplies; office, medical and computer equipment; and contracts, etc. Collects documentation from CSPCC data management personnel for input into the OIT Information Technology Acquisition Request System (ITARS) for approval. Completes and maintains certifications for the micro purchase card, the Integrated Funds Distribution, Control Point Activity, Accounting and Procurement/Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture ( IFCAP/VISTA) system(s), and obtains the Delegation of Authority for the same. Collects information on prices from various vendors, General Services Administration (GSA), and other sources for a wide variety of supplies and equipment, seeking the best quality goods and service at the lowest possible cost; advises vendors of special needs (i.e., shipping instructions, immediate need, etc); follows-up with dates, problems with items, and make arrangement to correct problems. Tracks and reviews credit card orders using a spreadsheet and reconciles the charge(s) to the appropriate account. Examines expenditure and allotment requests and credit card documents to verify propriety according to approved distribution; detects expenditures that are deficient. Ensures the Financial Management System (FMS) reports are accurate/complete. Maintains record of all supplies in order to assure cost effective inventory and stock control; and monitor supplies for theft. Performs monthly reconciliation of control points ensuring basic accounting data and computerized and manual reports are in balance. Prepares monthly, quarterly, and year-end adjustment entries to balance accounts. Informs the Budget Analyst, the Associate Director, Fiscal, and Acquisitions & Materiel Management Services of budgetary transactions and provides them with in-depth development and analysis of total program budget, assists in budget estimates by furnishing prior year data, obligated balances, account information, equipment estimates, and monthly reconciliation. Serves in the absence of the Budget Analysts to the Associate Center Director, if necessary and when designated.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8am - 4:30pm


This position includes a Selective Placement Factor (skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to - and essential for - satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration.

The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: Knowledge of accounting systems and financial policies, procedures and laws.

In addition to meeting the Selective Placement Factor, requires one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in the Federal service, that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of this Budget Technician position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience includes: experience using accounting methods, procedures and techniques to maintain, reconcile, balance and close accounts in an accounting system; preparing in-depth development and analysis of total program budget, including providing budget reports; and using spreadsheet, Microsoft Word and Excel software. (A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.)

OR Successfully completed Four years of education above the high school level in any field for which high school graduation or the equivalent is the normal prerequisite. (Transcript required)

OR Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. (Transcript required)

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

Ability to analyze accounts and determine the needs for, and the type of adjustments necessary to reconcile and balance accounts.

Knowledge of disbursements and of accounting methods, procedures and techniques used in maintaining, balancing and closing accounts in an accounting system.

Knowledge of spreadsheet and Word Processing software, specifically Microsoft Word and Excel; and working knowledge of other software products.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENT: Most of the work is accomplished while seated at a desk; however, some standing, bending, carrying and walking to other locations are necessary. Driving off station may be required occasionally to attend meetings, receive training, and procure supplies.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications .

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL 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 PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.

Veteran's 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 DD-214(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. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.

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 " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf ) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx .

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. BENEFITS:

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.va.gov/jobs/job_benefits/benefits.asp .

The Federal Government has special excepted appointing authorities for persons with qualifying disabilities, such as Schedule A. Specific information can be found at http://www.opm.gov/disability/peoplewithdisabilities.asp . IMPORTANT: If you would like to receive consideration as a Schedule A applicant, you must contact the Human Resources office at the facility where this position is located at (203)932-5711x2392.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

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 (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ .

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.

You may be required to serve a probationary period.

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. It is...