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Grade: 15

1 GS-15: Do you have one year of specialized experience, as defined in the vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 From the list below select the statement(s) that describe your leadership functions you have performed in a work unit or team environment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have set standards, expectations and deadlines
  • I have developed, updated, and executed portions of operating budgets
  • I have planned work assignments and schedules
  • I have assigned tasks and responsibilities to employees
  • I have reviewed completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
  • I have developed workforce plans
  • I have resolved conflicts, differences, or problems
  • I have coached and mentored employees to achieve desired results
  • I have reported progress to senior management
  • I have implemented work completed
  • I have evaluated the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects
  • I have been rewarded and recognized performance
  • I have provided career development opportunities
  • I have managed diversity
  • None of the above
3 From the list below select all of the supervisory duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  • Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • Responsible for first line supervision of employees.
  • Developed performance standards and evaluated employees’ work.
  • Instructed employees on both program work and administrative matters.
  • Interviewed candidates for positions.
  • Recommended individuals for appointment, promotion, and/or reassignment.
  • Worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • Resolved office conflicts through mediation and/or other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
  • Resolved office conflicts by providing written guidance.
  • Addressed employee conduct related issues by seeking appropriate human resources actions such as verbal admonishments and/or suspensions.
  • Coached employees on performance issues.
  • Followed necessary steps when an employee’s performance did not improve.
  • Developed performance improvement plans.
  • Oversaw the performance of other staff on a team, even though not as a formal supervisor.
  • None of the above
4 From the list below select the statement(s) that describe your experience directing, planning and organizing a complex management and organization program. Answer to this question is required
  • Planned, controlled, directed and coordinated the work of specialist professionals, and administrative support personnel engaged in carrying out the various functions in the designated program areas.
  • Collaborated in the formulation of short and long range program area plans, goals and objectives.
  • Prepared justifications for major program changes, reorganization, budget requests, and staffing and equipment needs.
  • Identified, analyzed, and evaluated strategic issues, program performance, and management or statistical information to inform decision making for agency management and organization programs.
  • None of the above.
5 From the list below select all of the following certifications that you hold. Answer to this question is required
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM)
  • None of the above
6 From the list below select all of the areas in which you have experience with financial reviews. Answer to this question is required
  • Validated, monitored, controlled and maintained accounting transactions and records.
  • Worked closely with team members to acquire information necessary to complete a financial review.
  • Examined documents to determine if transactions were properly supported in accordance with pertinent laws, policies, procedures and practices.
  • Interpreted and applied accounting and audit principles to programs.
  • Prepared working papers and verified reports against source accounts and records.
  • None of the above
7 From the list below select all of the guidelines from which you have experience in applying Federal financial practices. Answer to this question is required
  • Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB)
  • Comptroller General Decisions
  • Debt Collection Improvement Act (DCIA)
  • Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) initiatives
  • Executive Orders
  • Chief Financial Officers Act
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars
  • Financial Systems Integration Office (FSIO)
  • None of the above
8 From the list below select the response that best describes your experience reviewing the impact of new accounting procedures for the appropriations assigned, to determine the effect on financial reporting requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
9 From the list below select the statement(s) that describe your experience in performing studies and analyses of proposed regulatory strategies, policies, programs, and practices as a foundation for developing comprehensive plans. Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed the feasibility of establishing a new division within an office for a major financial management or business program (private sector or government).
  • I have analyzed the processes, structures, problems, etc. of a program for needed improvements in an existing financial management or business program (private sector or government).
  • I have regularly conducted research involving a variety of programs using laws, regulations, and directives.
  • I have independently conducted office reviews and audits in order to identify specific needs and problems.
  • I have been responsible for tracking and monitoring a variety of specific activities relating to an organization's administrative policies and business practices.
  • I have experience conducting manpower surveys and/or organizational studies.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
10 From the list below select the statement that best describes your experience in analyzing and using financial principles to evaluate regulatory or user initiated requirements to develop and support recommendations for financial management system changes. Answer to this question is required
  • I currently analyze and use financial principles to evaluate requirements, regulations and internal controls to develop and support recommendations.
  • I have experience but am not currently analyzing and using financial principles to evaluate requirements, regulations and internal controls to develop and support recommendations.
  • I do not have experience in analyzing and using financial principles to evaluate requirements, regulations and internal controls to develop and support recommendations.
11 From the list below select the statement(s) that describe your ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. Answer to this question is required
  • I have used persuasion to change the decision, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level management, internal and external customers, and stakeholders.
  • I bring opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a wide range of office activities, or the general public.
  • I have collaborated with key individuals to implement a new controversial program or initiative; represents the organization and its policies as chair of intra- or inter- office committees to build consensus.
  • I have represented the organization in negotiations with key managers and negotiates with other groups within the organization to obtain resources and/or services; negotiates with internal and external groups to facilitate programs or partnerships.
  • None of the above.
12 From the list below select the statement that describes your ability to work effectively with managers, developing and implementing organizational goals and objectives under significant staff or budget related constraints. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was closely monitored by either a supervisor or by a senior employee in order to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have led or overseen the performance of this task by lower level employees, and or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
13 From the list below select the statement that best describes your ability to interact with program leaders, managers, and senior executives, both internal and external and across organizational lines, in outlining viable approaches to effectively resolve complex business matters including the identification and resolution of control deficiencies and material weaknesses. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience in performing this task.
  • I have had training in performing the task, but have not performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised and/or trained others in the performance of this task and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
14 From the list below select all of the accounting responsibilities/functions in which you have experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Provided reports that analyze transactions/accounts, or quality of incoming and outgoing work.
  • Prepared and interpreted reports for higher management's review outlining findings, trouble areas, and recommendations for corrective action/improvement.
  • Developed recommendations for reporting policy, accounting procedures, and standards which govern financial reporting systems.
  • Provided advisory services to management officials on accounting problems arising from day-to-day operations as revealed by accounting data, in order to understand more fully the meaning of developments.
  • Conducted studies requiring the solution of new or unique problems relating to accounting and financial reporting.
  • Responded to a wide variety of unusual and complex accounting questions and problems from a diverse customer base.
  • Prepared complex consolidated reports and statements.
  • None of the above
15 From the list below select the audiences which you have experience briefing or presenting information to. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior agency officials
  • Supervisors
  • Colleagues
  • Subordinates
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
16 From the list below select the statement that describes your communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly served as a subject matter expert in dealing with managers and executives.
  • I have regularly participated in discussions with managers and executives in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have cooperative attitudes.
  • I have regularly conducted discussions as a program representative, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g. gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  • I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of individuals or groups.
  • None of the above.
17 From the list below select the statement that best describes your ability to identify, develop, recommend, and implement solutions to complex problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed a solution to ensure administrative and operational processes would be maintained.
  • I have identified a solution to resolve a mission critical function due to low manpower.
  • I have researched and identified operational problems impacting multiple program areas and devised a solution to resolve each problem independently.
  • I have prepared comprehensive recommendations regarding unusual problems that are unprecedented in nature.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you learn about this Secret Service position? Answer to this question is required
  • Agency Internet Site recruitment
  • Private Employment Web Site
  • Other Internet Site
  • Poster
  • Newspaper
  • Magazine
  • TV/Radio
  • Student association
  • Private Employment Office
  • State Employment Office
  • Federal, state, or local Job Information Center
  • Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement)
  • Agency or other Federal government on campus
  • Religious organization
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Job/Career Fair
    1.1 Please indicate the job/career fair you attended, including the location and date. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Friend or relative working for this agency
  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
  • Professional organization or publication
  • Other
  • USAJOBS Website
  • Military Outreach
2 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, ALL of my responses to the assessment questions are true, accurate, complete, and that this application for employment with the United States Secret Service is made in good faith. I understand that a false statement on ANY part of this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Select the highest level of education attained by you to date. Answer to this question is required
  • Some high school-did not graduate
  • High school graduate or certificate of equivalency
  • Terminal occupational program-certificate of completion, diploma or equivalent
  • Some college-less than one year
  • One year college
  • Two years college
  • Associate degree
  • Three years college
  • Four years college
  • Bachelor's degree
  • First professional (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), (LL.B. or J.D.), (M.D.), (B.D.), (D.V.M.), (D.S.C. or D.P.), (O.D.), and (D.O.).
  • Master's Degree
  • Sixth-year degree (Includes such degrees as Advanced Certificates)
  • Doctorate degree
  • Post-Doctorate
4 Do you currently have an application pending for any other Secret Service position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    4.1 List the positions for which you currently have an application pending. Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  • No
All applicants must undergo a comprehensive background investigation. The background investigation focuses on your honesty, reliability, police record, financial record, use of alcohol and drugs, mental health, and employment record. The background investigation includes interviews with your past and present employers, neighbors, teachers, and references, as well as checks of law enforcement, credit, educational, medical, and other records.
5 I am willing to undergo a comprehensive background investigation. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Do you have any relatives who work for the Secret Service? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    6.1 Provide the name, relationship, title, and division or office of your relative who works for the Secret Service. Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  • No
7 Have you previously applied for a position with the Secret Service? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    7.1 Please provide the position title(s) and date(s) of application. Maximum length of 50 characters.
  • No
8 Are you a veteran eligible for sole survivor preference (SSP)? To qualify for SSP, you must have been discharged or released from active duty (on or after August 29, 2008) based on a sole survivorship discharge. If so, please provide documentation to support your claim.
  • Yes
  • No