Program Analyst, GS-343-11/12/13

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

About the organization

This position is located in the Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, and related issues, based on sound public policy the best available science, and efficient management. The work of this office 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.


• 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.
• 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.
• Identify issues and reconcile administrative and management budget and program information to ensure accurate and consistent reporting of activities between the involved agencies.
• 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.
• 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.
• Independently, analyze administrative budget and policy proposals, and convey findings and recommendations to senior program managers and agency heads outside of OBPA.
• 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.


One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; or its non-Federal equivalent that included experience in budget formulation and execution; experience interpreting legislative and regulatory analysis; experience using data analysis tools and implementing a Performance Management program; developing goals and evaluating programs, legislation and regulations, analyzing and using performance information for the purpose of improving efficiency and effectiveness, and proposing policy interventions.

Ph. D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education in finance, accounting, quantitative methods, public policy or other related areas leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. OR

Education and experience can be combined to meet the minimum qualification requirements.



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