What do Budget Analysts do?

Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations. Analyze budgeting and accounting reports.

  • Direct the preparation of regular and special budget reports.
  • Analyze monthly department budgeting and accounting reports to maintain expenditure controls.
  • Provide advice and technical assistance with cost analysis, fiscal allocation, and budget preparation.
  • Examine budget estimates for completeness, accuracy, and conformance with procedures and regulations.
  • Summarize budgets and submit recommendations for the approval or disapproval of funds requests.
  • Review operating budgets to analyze trends affecting budget needs.
  • Consult with managers to ensure that budget adjustments are made in accordance with program changes.
  • Compile and analyze accounting records and other data to determine the financial resources required to implement a program.
  • Perform cost-benefit analyses to compare operating programs, review financial requests, or explore alternative financing methods.
  • Interpret budget directives and establish policies for carrying out directives.
  • Seek new ways to improve efficiency and increase profits.
  • Testify before examining and fund-granting authorities, clarifying and promoting the proposed budgets.
  • Match appropriations for specific programs with appropriations for broader programs, including items for emergency funds.

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Necessary Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Speaking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Management of Financial Resources

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