MACPAC Job Description: Finance/Budget Specialist
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About the Commission

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a Congressional support agency that advises the U.S. Congress on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). MACPAC is mandated to issue reports to the Congress by March 15 and June 15 of each year to provide the Congress with information about the structure and performance of the Medicaid and CHIP programs, their roles in the U.S. health care system, and the key policy and data issues outlined in the Commission’s statutory charge. MACPAC develops the analytic base for these reports and carries out its mission by conducting independent policy and data analysis and health services research on key Medicaid and CHIP topics, leading to recommendations for the Medicaid and CHIP programs. MACPAC produces analytic products, including issue briefs, statistics and data, fact sheets, research reports, Congressional testimony, and other products endorsed by its Commissioners. More information about MACPAC and its authorizing statutory language is available at

Position Summary and Major Duties

The Finance/Budget Specialist will support operations as they relate to financial management and budget, procurement, and contracting. Duties include:

  • Receiving all obligating and payment related documents for processing and recording in the financial systems (i.e., GSA and MACPAC’s internal database), and reviewing all financial documents to ensure completeness and accuracy; 
  • Serving as certifying officer verifying that payments made by MACPAC are legal, proper and correct;
  • Obtaining and reconciling financial reports from GSA to ensure accuracy; proper classification, and completeness;
  • Identifying and correcting errors and discrepancies in financial systems;
  • Reviewing open obligations, on a monthly basis to assess the validity of the obligations;
  • Assisting in preparing monthly accounting and financial reports (e.g., status of funds);
  • Preparing and maintaining the finance files;
  • Assisting in preparing for financial statement audits;
  • Maintaining MACPAC’s financial management databases;
  • Assisting in the formulation of budget estimates required to implement and administer MACPAC’s appropriations;
  • Assisting in monitoring the execution of the approved budget including obligations and expenditures in contracts and associated administrative costs;
  • Assisting with the administration of procurement and contracting, including monitoring status of contracts from award through closeout;
  • Assisting in developing MACPAC’s internal operational budget; 
  • Assisting in developing policies and procedures related to financial management; and
  • Performing other duties as assigned.


To be qualified for this position, the incumbent must have the ability to use computer systems and software applications for financial work and gather, compile, and analyze financial information. The incumbent must also have a general understanding of accounting principles, practices, and techniques. Excellent communication and organizational skills are required. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook are required. Experience with automated record systems is desirable. This position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting, business, finance or a related subject area.

Other Important Information

Applicants for the Finance/Budget Specialist must be U.S. citizens. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC.

Application Process

An application cover letter, e-mail or phone contact and resume must be submitted by November 16, 2012 to Applications will be held in strict confidence. After submitting your application for this position you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. MACPAC will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview or require additional information or references. All MACPAC employees are considered employees of the United States Senate with access to federal benefits and subject to the rules governing staff employees of the U.S. Senate. Salary for the Finance/Budget Specialist will be commensurate with experience. Information relating to health and other benefits with the federal government can be found at