Strategic planning, fiscal analysis, management of budgets and contracts

Description from Civil Service Subject of Examination:

These questions test for the ability to organize and develop long range information technology plans that align the IT organization with the agency mission and the strategic goals and initiatives of key program management leaders of an agency. Knowledge of the agency’s budget process, managing the fiscal and vendor relationship aspects of contracts and state procurement guidelines are key knowledge areas. Questions will cover such things as assigning relative priorities to budget items; determining the consequences of funding at lower levels than requested; writing budget proposals and justifications; controlling expenditures and managing contracts and vendors. Also included are: negotiating work plans and budgets; monitoring and tracking contract completion; reviewing and approving contract payments; managing grants; preparing RFPs (Request for Proposal) and RFIs (Request for Information); and evaluating proposals and applications.

Free Courses

The management classes listed on the Supervison post are probably also helpful resources for strategic planning.

NYS Budget Information

NYS Budget Process:
Budget Glossary:

Procurement Information

ITS Procurement:
OGS Procurement Landing Page:
NYS Procurement Guidelines:
Business Service Center summary:

2022 NY GovBuy Classes

Purchasing in NYS 101 :
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Preparing reports and official documents

Description from Civil Service Subject of Examination:

Preparing reports and official documents – These questions test for the ability to prepare reports and other official documents for use within and among governmental agencies, in legal or regulatory settings, or for dissemination to the public. Some questions test for a knowledge of grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Others test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, to use the proper tone, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly.

Preparing Written Material

The previous resources on Preparing Written Material should be helpful for practice in presenting information clearly and accurately and organizing paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. Here’s a link to the livestream from earlier this year.

CSEA Booklets

The following CSEA Booklets may be useful:

  • Booklet 5 – Grammar, Usage, and Punctuation
  • Booklet 17 – Preparing Written Material

Free Courses about Management Communication

These free courses may also be helpful:

MIT – Management Communication for Undergraduates

Harvard – The Science of Corresponding with Busy People Webinar