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Budget Analyst - Senior/Expert Level

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)
Chantilly, VA
  • Expired: January 31, 2023. Applications are no longer accepted.


For sixty years, the NRO has developed, acquired, launched and operated the satellites that are the foundation for America’s advantage and strength in space. Using a diversified architecture of spacecraft, NRO collects and delivers the best space-based intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance content on the planet.

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Basic Eligibility For A Position With The NRO

+ U.S. Citizenship is required

+ You must be able to obtain and maintain a TS/SCI security clearance

+ You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic drug testing

+ You will be subject to pre-employment and periodic polygraph examinations

Federal Employee Vaccination Requirement 

To ensure compliance with nationwide COVID-19 vaccine protocols, please visit NRO Apply Now ( to review the latest guidance.

Where You Will Work

Are you a financial mastermind?  Are you a business, finance or accounting major looking for an exciting challenge? Does analyzing, formulating and defending multi-year budgets for reconnaissance satellite systems to ensure the safety and security of the United States interest you? Does a career with an “out of this world” mission sound fascinating?

If so, the NRO is looking for you!

The NRO Cadre is collecting resumes via a Continuous Announcement for consideration against current and future opportunities for Senior - Level Budget Analysts (GG 14-15), occupational series 0560. For more information on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) occupational series, click here ( .

This is a full time position. Your resume may be considered for other positions which your skills and experience may be a good match.

Who May Apply

+ This position is open to the public.

+ Federal government employees MUST currently be at the grade level or higher as indicated in this announcement. This is NOT a promotion opportunity for current Federal government employees. If selected for the position, Federal government employees will transition laterally at their current grade level and step.

+ Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoD 1400.25 Volume 2006.

+ The NRO is only accepting external applicants for this job announcement. Current NRO Cadre employees should apply internally.

What You Will Be Doing

+ Manage/support a program, procurement, or major system acquisition with significant resources (e.g., a multi-million-dollar level of expenditures, et al.). 

+ Serve as a Senior Budget Analyst with the authority and responsibility for directing and administering the budget activities to ensure optimal effectiveness, efficiency and utilization of program resources. 

+ Develop budget estimates to support programs, by researching, compiling, and summarizing data required during the formulation of the annual budget. 

+ Recommend, justify, and provide rationale for realignments/reallocation/reprogramming of funds to management to ensure adequate and efficient distribution of resources. 

+ Provide analysis and oversight of expenditures to ensure accuracy and compliance with financial, fiscal, and auditing directives. 

+ Perform the full range of supervisory/managerial functions.

+ Analyze and manage productivity, workload, and program accomplishment of subordinate team members. 

+ Direct the development, and implementation of budgetary policies, plans, and procedures, evaluate policies and programs, to assess the impact of changes, trends, needs, and actions 

+ Perform the full range of supervisory/managerial functions. 

+ Secure classified information in accordance with EO 13526 and adheres to the tenets of NRO Directive 80-3 and Diversity Management 

What You Need

+ A Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree in a related occupation (Accounting, Business, Finance, etc.) is qualifying for this level and is highly desirable, or you may qualify based on experience.  

+ Knowledge of financial management budgetary methods, practices, procedures, regulations, policies, and processes to formulation, justify, and execute assigned budget in support of the mission, structure, goal, work processes, and programs of assigned activities/organizations and skill in applying this knowledge to difficult and complex work assignments; 

+ Demonstrated knowledge of the federal budget process to formulate budget estimates, develop and consolidate, or to edit budget justifications and reports; 

+ Knowledgeable in the use of program analyses techniques to review program performance and plans for improvements; 

+ Demonstrated knowledge and proficiency in budgeting, financial management, cost estimating, governmental program accounting, and to be well versed in writing and editing capabilities, and the use of judgement, logic, and analytical abilities. 

There is no substitution of education for experience at this level. Qualifying experience may have been acquired in any public or private sector job, but will clearly demonstrate past experience in the application of the particular competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform  and is typically in or directly related to the duties of the position as described above. Experience must be reflected in your resume. 

Other Position Requirements

+ Overtime Statement:  May be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.

+ Travel Statement:  May be required to travel in military or commercial aircraft to perform temporary duty assignments.

+ Financial Disclosure:  May be required to file an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and will be required to file annually.

+ Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) coded positions: If selected for a DAWIA coded position, the incumbent must meet appropriate certification requirements IAW the Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) no later than 24 months after accepting this position. Individual shall maintain, at a minimum 80 continuous Learning Points every 24 months via the services acquisition management system. DAWIA requirements may be located at the Defense Acquisition University website ( .

+ Geographic Mobility Agreement: May be subject to directed reassignment as required to address mission effectiveness, and/or career development.

+ Information Assurance (IA): Must achieve the appropriate IA certification within six months of assignment.

+ Emergency Essential: Certain positions are deemed emergency essential and incumbents must be willing to meet all position requirements.


Chantilly, VA


2023 salary range for the Washington, DC area:

GG-14: $132,368 – $172,075

GG-15: $155,700 – $183,500

**This position is a Senior Level DCIPS position. The NRO is accepting applications from U.S. Citizens and current Federal Government employees for this position.  To qualify for the position, Federal government employees MUST currently be at the GG – 14/15 grade level and may ONLY apply for a lateral reassignment at their current grade level and step. . Federal applicants who exceed the advertised grade may voluntarily request acceptance at the lower grade per IAW DoDI 1400.25 Volume 2006.

Hiring Incentives

The NRO may offer hiring incentives and other entitlements at management’s discretion.

Trial Period

All new DCIPS employees ( will be required to serve a 2-year trial period.

Veterans’ Preference

DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Vol 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement.  If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by section 2108 of Title 5 USC, you must submit documents verifying your eligibility upon request.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

+ An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

+ An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

+ An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send your request to

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