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Grade: 06
* 1.GS-06 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-05 level that is in or directly related to the line of work of the position as described in the duties and responsibilities section of this vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the specialized experience requirements described above.


* 2.Do you have experience interacting with high-level officials and providing information and assistance concerning the laws and regulations of a major program area in an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Choose the statement that demonstrates your experience in work related to the examination of legal instruments and supporting documents (other than claims) to determine whether a requested action complies with certain provisions of various laws.
  1. I have had primary responsibility for verifying and maintaining records and evaluating records in relation to legal requirements.
  2. I have assisted in reviewing documents for missing information and determining if they comply with regulations and procedures.
  3. I have no training, education, or experience in performing this task.


* 4.Have you proposed solutions and made recommendations on the basis of information presented to you?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Choose the statement that demonstrates your knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures, and forms relating to the processing of firearms licenses and permits.
  1. My knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures and forms relating to the processing of firearms licenses and permits is demonstrated through successful completion of assignments and responses to most routine and some more complex questions relating to the operations of the regulated industries. I am able to provide technical advice to examiners and to other specialists and the field on technical matters. Little supervision, consultation, or research is required.
  2. My knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures and forms relating to the processing of firearms licenses and permits is demonstrated through successful completion of assignments and responses to most complex questions relating to the operations of the regulated industries. I am generally able to provide technical advice to examiners and to other specialists and the field on most technical matters. Little supervision, consultation, or research is required.
  3. None of the above.


* 6.Have you reviewed and evaluated supporting documentation in order to make final decisions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Choose the statement that describes your written communication skills in order to prepare procedures, policies, correspondence and other materials.
  1. I have written a variety of technical and complex material targeted for management officials; staff of other Federal, state, and local entities, regulated industry members; and the general public. These materials may include detailed narrative reports, briefing and position papers, technical correspondence, internal directives, changes in regulations, procedures or policy statements.
  2. I have written a variety of less technical procedures for internal and external use. I have written Congressional responses, correspondence to industry members or staff, trade associations, status, field reports, fact or information sheets.
  3. I have written routine materials such as correspondence dealing with administrative issues. I have responded to inquiries that require general information and prepared basic instructions for forms or other documents.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.Identify the extent to which you have established and maintained files and filing systems.
  1. I have reviewed various pieces of correspondence and other office information and designed or created special filing systems to organize the information efficiently for use by other office members.
  2. I have maintained existing files or filing systems as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have received training in maintaining files or filing systems but have not performed the task.
  4. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.


* 9.Choose the statement that demonstrates your ability to communicate in person to relay and obtain information related to the programs and operations of the office.
  1. I have experience with customer service in an office environment taking and relaying detailed information, as well as receiving and answering detailed technical or administrative questions by customers and staff, both in person and via the telephone.
  2. I have some experience answering routine questions in an office environment, both in person and via the telephone.
  3. I have worked as a receptionist and/or telephone operator.
  4. I do not have the experience as described above.


* 10.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in work related to operating a personal computer and using various software packages/databases.
  1. I have experience operating a personal computer and using various software packages and databases; i.e., MS Word or similar word processing package; Excel or a similar spreadsheet, MS Outlook or a similar e-mail package.
  2. I have experience operating a personal computer and using various software packages and databases but not to the extent mentioned above.
  3. I have taken training courses in one or more of the above listed software packages.
  4. I do not have the experience as described above.


* 11.Identify the software application(s) you are proficient with and use on a daily basis. CHECK ALL THAT APPLY
  1. I have used word processing and database or spreadsheet packages to create, edit, print, and retrieve files in performing my tasks.
  2. I have updated or maintained computerized records.
  3. I have only used word processing packages (e.g. Microsoft Word, Word Perfect)
  4. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.


* 12.Choose the statement that demonstrates your experience in work related to the examination of explosives applications and supporting documents (other than claims) to determine whether a requested action complies with certain provisions of various laws.
  1. I have had primary responsibility for verifying and maintaining records and evaluating records in relation to legal requirements. I independently research and evaluate all applications and supporting documents.
  2. I have assisted in reviewing documents for missing information and determining if they comply with regulations and procedures.
  3. I have no training, education, or experience in performing this task.


* 13.Choose the statement that demonstrates your ability to gather and analyze factual information and reach preliminary conclusions.
  1. I have experience examining documents for completeness based on pertinent laws and procedures and taking appropriate action.
  2. I have a good understanding of how to review documents for completeness and what to do in the event they are incomplete.
  3. I have been trained on how to review documents for completeness.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the statement that best describes your experience analyzing and interpreting complex data and making logical and correct recommendations.
  1. I have analyzed routine and complex data completely and in a timely manner, and made sound recommendations.
  2. My analytical ability is sound. I analyze less complex data completely and in a timely manner and made sound recommendations. Work is rarely inconsistent and I required little supervision.
  3. None of the above.


* 15.Do you have experience interacting with outside officials to resolve questions and problems related to the submission of incomplete or inaccurate information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 07
* 1.Choose the statement that best describes your experience.
  1. I have the equivalent of 1 full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 level, which has provided me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.
  2. I do not meet the requirements as described above.


* 2.Do you have experience interacting with high-level officials and providing information and assistance concerning the laws and regulations of a major program area in an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Choose the statement that demonstrates your experience in work related to the examination of legal instruments and supporting documents (other than claims) to determine whether a requested action complies with certain provisions of various laws.
  1. I have had primary responsibility for verifying and maintaining records and evaluating records in relation to legal requirements.
  2. I have assisted in reviewing documents for missing information and determining if they comply with regulations and procedures.
  3. I have no training, education, or experience in performing this task.


* 4.Have you proposed solutions and made recommendations on the basis of information presented to you?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Choose the statement that demonstrates your knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures, and forms relating to the processing of firearms licenses and permits.
  1. My knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures and forms relating to the processing of firearms licenses and permits is demonstrated through successful completion of assignments and responses to most routine and some more complex questions relating to the operations of the regulated industries. I am able to provide technical advice to examiners and to other specialists and the field on technical matters. Little supervision, consultation, or research is required.
  2. My knowledge of the laws, regulations, procedures and forms relating to the processing of firearms licenses and permits is demonstrated through successful completion of assignments and responses to most complex questions relating to the operations of the regulated industries. I am generally able to provide technical advice to examiners and to other specialists and the field on most technical matters. Little supervision, consultation, or research is required.
  3. None of the above.


* 6.Have you reviewed and evaluated supporting documentation in order to make final decisions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Choose the statement that describes your written communication skills in order to prepare procedures, policies, correspondence and other materials.
  1. I have written a variety of technical and complex material targeted for management officials; staff of other Federal, state, and local entities, regulated industry members; and the general public. These materials may include detailed narrative reports, briefing and position papers, technical correspondence, internal directives, changes in regulations, procedures or policy statements.
  2. I have written a variety of less technical procedures for internal and external use. I have written Congressional responses, correspondence to industry members or staff, trade associations, status, field reports, fact or information sheets.
  3. I have written routine materials such as correspondence dealing with administrative issues. I have responded to inquiries that require general information and prepared basic instructions for forms or other documents.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.Identify the extent to which you have established and maintained files and filing systems.
  1. I have reviewed various pieces of correspondence and other office information and designed or created special filing systems to organize the information efficiently for use by other office members.
  2. I have maintained existing files or filing systems as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have received training in maintaining files or filing systems but have not performed the task.
  4. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.


* 9.Choose the statement that demonstrates your ability to communicate in person to relay and obtain information related to the programs and operations of the office.
  1. I have experience with customer service in an office environment taking and relaying detailed information, as well as receiving and answering detailed technical or administrative questions by customers and staff, both in person and via the telephone.
  2. I have some experience answering routine questions in an office environment, both in person and via the telephone.
  3. I have worked as a receptionist and/or telephone operator.
  4. I do not have the experience as described above.


* 10.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in work related to operating a personal computer and using various software packages/databases.
  1. I have experience operating a personal computer and using various software packages and databases; i.e., MS Word or similar word processing package; Excel or a similar spreadsheet, MS Outlook or a similar e-mail package.
  2. I have experience operating a personal computer and using various software packages and databases but not to the extent mentioned above.
  3. I have taken training courses in one or more of the above listed software packages.
  4. I do not have the experience as described above.


* 11.Identify the software application(s) you are proficient with and use on a daily basis. CHECK ALL THAT APPLY
  1. I have used word processing and database or spreadsheet packages to create, edit, print, and retrieve files in performing my tasks.
  2. I have updated or maintained computerized records.
  3. I have only used word processing packages (e.g. Microsoft Word, Word Perfect)
  4. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.


* 12.Choose the statement that demonstrates your experience in work related to the examination of explosives applications and supporting documents (other than claims) to determine whether a requested action complies with certain provisions of various laws.
  1. I have had primary responsibility for verifying and maintaining records and evaluating records in relation to legal requirements. I independently research and evaluate all applications and supporting documents.
  2. I have assisted in reviewing documents for missing information and determining if they comply with regulations and procedures.
  3. I have no training, education, or experience in performing this task.


* 13.Choose the statement that demonstrates your ability to gather and analyze factual information and reach preliminary conclusions.
  1. I have experience examining documents for completeness based on pertinent laws and procedures and taking appropriate action.
  2. I have a good understanding of how to review documents for completeness and what to do in the event they are incomplete.
  3. I have been trained on how to review documents for completeness.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the statement that best describes your experience analyzing and interpreting complex data and making logical and correct recommendations.
  1. I have analyzed routine and complex data completely and in a timely manner, and made sound recommendations.
  2. My analytical ability is sound. I analyze less complex data completely and in a timely manner and made sound recommendations. Work is rarely inconsistent and I required little supervision.
  3. None of the above.


* 15.Do you have experience interacting with outside officials to resolve questions and problems related to the submission of incomplete or inaccurate information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
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* 1.Federal Regulations state that all persons privileged to be employed in the Federal government, shall be reliable, trustworthy, of good conduct and character, and of complete and unswerving loyalty to the United States. Prior to appointment to an ATF position, you may be required to undergo a background investigation. The scope of the investigation will vary, depending upon the position. Are you willing to submit to this background investigation process?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.The background investigation may consist of a review of your past and present claims of education; a review of your past and present employment records; a review of your financial and criminal history; a review of your past and present involvement/use of drugs and alcohol; and extensive interviews with former and current supervisors, colleagues, neighbors, friends, professors, etc. Are you willing to provide written authorization for release of this personal information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.The Department of Justice requires that you provide proof that for 3 out of the last 5 years you have resided in the United States, worked for the United States in a foreign country in a Federal or U.S. military capacity for 3 out of the last 5 years, and/or been a dependent of a Federal or U.S. military employee in a foreign country for 3 out of the last 5 years. Are you able to provide sufficient documentation to meet this residency requirement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.You will be required to complete and sign a “Drug Use Questionnaire”. This questionnaire addresses lifetime use of illegal drugs and narcotics (including circumstances, dates, associates, types/quantities of substances, locations used, and any law enforcement actions including arrests, convictions, and other court actions). It also addresses activities involving the sale of illegal drugs and abuse of prescription drugs. Are you willing to complete and sign the "Drug Use Questionnaire"?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Federal Regulations state that employees of the Federal government shall satisfy in good faith all just financial obligations, especially those imposed by law (e.g. court imposed judgments; Federal, state or local taxes; child support payments). You must be able to provide resolution of all delinquent just debt(s) by timely submission of proof of payment, proof of participation in a payment plan, or proof of legal remedy. If you have delinquent debt(s), can you provide proof of resolution?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Federal Regulations state that no ATF employee or his/her spouse or minor child shall have, directly or indirectly, any financial interest, including compensated employment, stock, or proprietary interest in the alcohol, tobacco, firearms or explosives industries. If you have a financial or proprietary interest in any of these industries, you may be required to relinquish it. Would you be willing to relinquish your interest?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Federal Regulations state that no ATF employee can hold a Federal Firearms License or Federal Explosives License or Permit. If you currently hold a Federal Firearms License or Federal Explosives License or Permit, would you be willing to relinquish your license/permit?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Federal Regulations require that all prospective employees to the Federal government present two forms of acceptable personal identification prior to being granted unescorted access to facilities and/or information technology systems. One identification document must be state or Federally-issued and contain a photograph. Are you able to provide this required identification?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.How did you hear about this vacancy?
  1. ATF Website
  2. USAJOBS
  3. ATF Office or Recruiter
  4. Magazine Ad
  5. Other (Recruitment event, Job/Career Fair, etc)


This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, or disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001). Applicants who provide inaccurate information within the application process (i.e., performance, awards, etc.) may be removed from future consideration under this vacancy.

* 10.Federal law states that it is illegal for a person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence or who has a qualifying order of protection against him/her to possess a firearm or ammunition. The law also prohibits these persons from shipping, transporting, or receiving firearms and/or ammunition. Can you legally possess, transport, ship, and receive firearms and ammunition?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives by a person who has been convicted of a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year. Can you legally possess a firearm, ammunition, and explosives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Federal law prohibits the possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives by a person who is a fugitive from justice; is an unlawful user of a controlled substance; has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution; is an illegal alien or non-immigrant alien; has been discharged from the military under dishonorable conditions; or has renounced his/her U.S. citizenship. Can you legally possess a firearm, ammunition, and explosives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Federal law prohibits the receipt of firearms and ammunition, and the receipt or possession of explosives by a person who is under indictment for a crime punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding one year. Can you legally receive firearms and ammunition? Can you legally receive and possess explosives?
  1. Yes
  2. No


REMINDER - YOUR RESUME MUST BE ESTABLISHED IN YOUR ACCOUNT. YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE RATED AS INELIGIBLE IF YOU HAVE NOT SET UP YOUR RESUME IN YOUR ACCOUNT. YOU MUST ESTABLISH IT BEFORE THE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSES.





This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).