Detail Opportunity

Office of Management and Budget
Income Maintenance Branch

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The Income Maintenance Branch in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Education, Income Maintenance, and Labor Division is seeking an analyst for a rotation/detail of 4 to 12 months (ideally starting by April, but can be flexible).  This temporary assignment would provide an opportunity to work on various policy analysis, budget, and management duties as they pertain to low income assistance programs in HHS, USDA, and the Social Security Administration. 

The detailee will serve as a Program Examiner in OMB’s Income Maintenance Branch. The detailee will be responsible for a number of policy analysis, budget, and management duties as they pertain to low income assistance programs in HHS and USDA and/or the Social Security Administration

This detail will provide a unique opportunity for the detailee to work at the highest levels of government and to interact with a variety of White House, Executive Office of the President (EOP), Social Security Administration, HHS, and USDA/FNS employees.  The detailee will have all program examiner responsibilities for a set of programs, including (but not limited to):

  • Analyzing budget and legislative proposals
  • Making recommendations to inform development of the President’s Budget
  • Reviewing and approving financial plans, appropriations language, and draft regulations
  • Assessing the resource implications of policy proposals and decisions
  • Writing memoranda and conducting briefings for EOP senior leadership, White House staff, etc.
  • Tracking Congressional appropriations and creating and program funding

The detailee will have the option to participate in the new OMB Professional Development Exchange & Training Program.  Program participants will select an OMB mentor and participate in quarterly learning sessions and monthly cohort meetings.

About us:
The Income Maintenance Branch's oversight responsibilities include programs in the Administration for Children and Families in HHS, the Food and Nutrition Service in USDA, and the Social Security Administration.  Programs in IMB’s portfolio include Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Head Start, the Child Care and Development Fund, Home Visiting, Child Support Enforcement, Refugee Resettlement programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), Child Nutrition Programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Earned Income Tax Credit and other related programs.  Social Security programs include retirement and disability programs, as well as the Supplemental Security Income Program.  The Income Maintenance Branch interacts regularly with staff and officials from HHS, USDA/FNS, SSA, the White House and White House policy counsels, and across OMB.

Applicants must be self-starters who are flexible, excel in a fast-paced environment, and work well under tight deadlines. The ideal applicant would have some experience with budget analysis and/or program management in Federal programs, an interest in low-income programs, and excellent analytical and writing skills.

If you are interested, please contact Farrah Freis at (please include resume).  Applications will be taken on a rolling basis, and we encourage those who are interested to reach out as soon as possible.