New York State of Opportunity

Budget Examiner

Oral Test To Be Held
October through November 2023
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
August 23, 2023


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
28-471 Budget Examiner $63,266 G-18 $0

*Salaries have been updated to reflect the most updated negotiated contract.



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Minimum Qualifications

On or before December 31, 2023, you must have:

Either 1. a bachelor's degree AND two years of professional-level budgeting experience involving the analysis, evaluation, and development of recommendations on major expenditure decisions for a CENTRAL budgeting agency of a governmental jurisdiction.

Or 2. a master's degree AND one year of professional-level budgeting experience involving the analysis, evaluation, and development of recommendations on major expenditure decisions for a CENTRAL budgeting agency of a governmental jurisdiction.

Qualifying experience: For the purposes of this examination, examples of a central budgeting agency of a governmental jurisdiction would include federal, state, or local CENTRAL budget departments or offices. A central budgeting agency is in charge of reviewing the budgets of all the agencies in the jurisdiction. Experience working on the budgets of individual agencies within a jurisdiction such as a Budget Analyst in a state agency is NOT considered qualifying experience for this examination.

Examples of non-qualifying experience include but are not limited to: Budget Analyst, Budget Analyst Trainee 1, or Budget Analyst Trainee is NOT qualifying.

The Positions: These positions exist in New York State Division of the Budget and are located in the Albany Area only.

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As a Budget Examiner, you would be responsible for the central oversight and control of the fiscal operations of state departments, agencies, and public authorities. These tasks would include reviewing and analyzing budget requests relative to expenditure history and projected requirements and recommending program priorities and appropriation levels for the ensuing fiscal year; developing expenditure projections and monitoring agency compliance with revenue limitations; anticipating changes in operating procedures; developing appropriate program evaluating techniques; surveying agency operations and making recommendations for improvement; analyzing and preparing formal recommendations on program legislation; drafting correspondence for the Governor's Office; and participating in the explanation of state programs to public interest groups and other citizens.

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Subject of Examination

To be considered for appointment to this title, you must pass the oral test. The oral test evaluates your relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:

  1. Identify, analyze, and solve problems.
  2. Present/respond clearly and effectively.
  3. Use interpersonal skills to accomplish work objectives and to establish rapport with the panel of oral test examiners.

The Oral Test will be held at Albany only. At the time of the oral test, you will be given descriptions of a number of situations typical of a Central Budgeting Agency, along with specific problems that must be addressed. You will be allotted one hour to read and prepare to respond to these problems. In your oral presentation you will be expected to address factors to consider, demonstrate an awareness of issues, and recommend actions/steps that need to be taken. After each presentation you will be asked follow-up questions to probe the depth of your knowledge and understanding.

Your final score must be 70 or higher to pass. Your final score on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits.

Applicants are required to have a Personal account and keep their email address up to date. The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies will communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your test arrangements, examination results, and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number, and mailing address current by logging into

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most multiple-choice tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the multiple-choice test three days before the date of the test, email us at Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your multiple-choice test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.

Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

If you have applied to take a multiple-choice test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this multiple-choice test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at:

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

The use of cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices at your personal testing site or in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas, except as expressly authorized by the Department of Civil Service, could result in your disqualification.

S3/TB1 SLW-ctc
Issued: 7/21/23
*Amended: 8/21/23

This announcement is subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. Do not copy it, or post it to any other site, but link to it instead.

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