Budget Technician

Budget Technicians compile budget data and assist in ensuring that all system fund balances match the Standard Ledger balance. Budget Technicians help VA improve financial reporting accuracy and demonstrate the sensible management of fiscal responsibilities that makes VA a leading Federal agency. These technicians monitor obligations and expenditures through the application of conventional practices to ensure proper processing, recording, and maintenance of budgetary transactions. These employees play an important role in ensuring that VA is able to effectively budget its resources to provide Veterans and their families with exceptional care and services.

Job Duties

  • Collects financial and budgetary data to prepare budget reports
  • Extracts, compiles, and summarizes expenditures by category for completion of annual budget report
  • Provides support to budget analysts and management on protocols to support budget estimates

Knowledge Areas

Need to have a thorough understanding of:

  • VA budget formulation and presentation (e.g., forecasting, developing, and justifying budgets)
  • Budget guidance and reporting (e.g., providing financial advice to stakeholders and justification and impact statements)
  • Budget execution (e.g., allocating, monitoring, and analyzing budgets)
  • Accounting concepts, principles, theories, and practices
  • Financial management systems, subsystems, and related software applications (e.g., IFCAP, PAID, and FMS)
  • Budget and accounting system transactions
  • Federal and VA financial management procedures, policies, regulations, laws, and internal controls
  • Business acumen (e.g., industry common language and financial correspondence)
  • Financial and budgetary investigation and analysis methods, principles, and techniques
  • VA organizational directives, mission, and goals

Education and Licensure

  • No mandatory requirement

Training & Developmental Experiences

Entry

Grade Range: 3-5

Developmental Experiences

  • Develop a personal or family budget plan
  • Attend a financial education workshop at a university
  • Assist an operations manager at a retail business to analyze profit and operating costs
  • Work in an accountant's office
  • Set up monthly bank to bank transfers
  • Create an Excel spreadsheet that uses formulas and automation to tabulate numbers
  • File a federal tax return
  • Draft financial correspondence for a small business owner
  • Work in the customer support section of a bank
  • Volunteer helping disabled Veterans

Training Resources

* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to VA employees for continued career growth. Some courses may not be available if they are not in a person’s learning plan or catalogue.

Mid

Grade Range: 6-9

Developmental Experiences

  • Consolidate and compile budgetary data
  • Prepare and analyze funding reports
  • Track distributions, reconcile commitments, and make obligations when reallocation of organization funds is needed
  • Compile information and supporting documentation in response to auditor questions regarding accounting treatment of financial events
  • Use payroll data to prepare salary projections for program officials so they may plan their expenditures accordingly
  • Develop and monitor cost-code ledger on funds made available to the Project Office
  • Review closed accounts with unobligated balances
  • Respond to a senior-level financial audit inquiry
  • Resolve discrepancies between transaction document accounts with the financial services staff
  • Inform a new employee about VA's five core values

Training Resources

* This is an internal Department of Veterans Affairs training opportunity provided to VA employees for continued career growth. Some courses may not be available if they are not in a person’s learning plan or catalogue.

Professional Associations

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