Budgeting is a team sport. Budget analysis is fulfilling and interesting. It can also be the basis for a successful and rewarding career, but I am biased on this matter. After all, I have spent over 40 years doing this. I enjoyed myself, and I was rewarded.
Budget analysts establish the relationships between resources and the organization's mission and functions. They do many things in their day to day work (such as analyze accounting reports, write budget justifications, research program activities, attend briefings on programs, and examine budgets and financial plans), but ultimately the work is related to the need for and use of resources to accomplish organizational objectives.
There are many demands on the time, skills, and ingenuity of budget and program analysts, budget officers, and other staff working on budget execution and formulation. These demands can be overwhelming and excessive. Is there anything that can be done to avoid being overwhelmed and overstressed? What drives the workloads that budget analysts face? What can be done about it?
What to Prepare for in an Interview/What to Ask Candidates - In looking for a job, interviews are inevitable. However, they are viewed with dread by most supervisors and people seeking jobs. And rightly so. The stakes are high, and there are few opportunities for learning and practicing. After all, how many hiring interviews do the average manager or supervisor of analysts engage in? How about the prospective analysts? By and large, not many.
Laszlo Bockh maintains this web site. He started Federal agency budgets and programs work after his Management Internship with the Public Health Service. He has worked at organizational levels ranging from entry level analyst to acting in senior executive (SES) positions.
Laszlo was a member of the team that developed the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) first budget. His extensive experience in obtaining resources for programs is complemented by his experiences in managing and leading a variety of governmental and private sector enterprises related to budgeting, information management and computers (including a paperless office), buildings and facilities, security, logistics and warehousing, procurement, purchasing, and contracting, ethics, farming (sheep, cattle, and hay), and human resources and relationships. Laszlo also served in the U.S. Army, with service in Korea, and engages in volunteer activities related to environmental matters.
Laszlo majored in Geography at Columbia University, earned a Masters in Public Administration from American University's Key Executive Program, and has engaged in extensive additional training in management. human resources and supervision, and ecology. He is a Smithsonian Gardens interpreter and he is currently working on becoming a Master Naturalist.