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Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.
1 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Do you have a performance appraisal rating on your job performance? If yes, you must submit the performance appraisal per the instructions on how to apply for this position. If no, please explain why. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 If no, please explain why. Maximum length of 250 characters.
3 Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
Specialized experience for the GS-13 level includes one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience:
- Consulting and assisting managers and employees on human resource initiatives such as: recruitment and placement, classification and position management; AND
- Applying HR regulations, processes and procedures; as it pertains to the review of HR operational work such as position descriptions, evaluation statements, job analyses, vacancy announcements, certificates of eligible and pay setting services for General Schedule (GS) employees or equivalent; AND
- Providing recommendations on routine/standard personnel practices and procedures and personal actions; AND
- Performing human resources staff acquisition work that included interpreting and applying Title 5 regulations and a merit staffing plan or equivalent.

4 Do you have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent performing the above tasks? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Please select those responses that best describe your experience interacting with a variety of people to achieve effective solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have facilitated communication and activities between organizational entities.
  • I have presented, defended, and negotiated specific goals, needs, or problems with senior management.
  • I have independently planned and conducted formal meetings that included individuals both within and outside my organization.
  • I have served on focus groups, committees, or project teams with regard to human resources issues.
  • I have provided guidance and advice to peers and other agency personnel on human resources issues.
  • I have acted as technical representative to management, customer organizations, or 3rd party entities.
  • None of the above.
6 From the choices below, please identify those statements that reflect your experience in communicating information orally. Answer to this question is required
  • I have given oral presentations to individuals both within and outside my organization.
  • I have given oral presentations to senior management officials for purposes of obtaining decisions.
  • I have orally presented decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to senior management officials.
  • I have provided oral briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers, or others on a regular basis.
  • I have provided one-on-one instruction to others on human resources issues.
  • I have led informal discussions on the subject of human resources where I facilitated an open exchange of ideas and communications.
  • None of the above
7 This position is responsible for producing a variety of written products. Please indicate which of the following specific types of written products you have produced. Answer to this question is required
  • Formal informational announcements via email or letters to customers, supervisors, peers and subordinates that I independently composed, not using a template.
  • Issue papers or summary reports on human resources issues, which included analysis and recommendations.
  • Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  • Responses to Departmental inquiries.
  • Reports on research studies such as drafted regulations or policies.
  • Briefing and presentation materials for senior management.
  • Formal standard operating procedures.
  • None of the above.
8 Choose the statements that best indicate your expertise with communicating in the Human Resources specialty areas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared written and oral reports regarding the evaluation of human capital programs using Human Capital Framework or Human Capital Assessment and Accountability indices.
  • I have developed written communication for programmatic changes based on the evaluation of human capital programs in response to Human Capital Framework/Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework, DEU audits and other accountability programs.
  • I have collaborated with customers to develop action plans and/or strategies to correct deficiencies and improve programs as a result of human capital program evaluations.
  • I have provided technical expertise and leadership in evaluating human capital programs.
  • I have represented an agency in meetings with high level officials both internal and external to the agency.
  • None of the above
9 Choose the statement that best describes your communication/briefing skills used as a regular part of your job in support of HR rules and regulations. Answer to this question is required
  • I communicate organizational goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations to upper level management.
  • I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to upper level management.
  • I represent my organization in meetings with third party individuals and/or organizations.
  • I brief managers on Federal policy, goals, and objectives.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
10 Choose the statement(s) that best describes your experience in written communication used as a regular part of your job to support Human Resources programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have provided input on a variety of reports, analyses, position papers, directives, or policy statements.
  • I have prepared a variety of memoranda and documents to organization personnel on an array of difficult and/or sensitive matters.
  • I have prepared action plans and other tracking mechanism for Human Resources programs.
  • I have provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and the accomplishments in a timely satisfactory manner.
  • I have skill in developing job analysis for General Schedule positions.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
11 Which of the following choices below best demonstrates your experience researching and analyzing regulations, rules and guidelines in order to resolve human resources issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I have demonstrated research and analytical skills through extensive projects/theses and/or and papers required in completing an accredited graduate or undergraduate degree or in a human resources certification program.
  • I have researched and gathered information and provided resolution to personnel related issues.
  • I provide advice to employees pertaining to a wide range of human resources related issues.
  • I have researched the Code of Federal Regulations and other HR regulations and guidelines in order to provide resolution to federal staffing and classification issues.
  • None of the above.
12 Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience in conducting analyses and making decisions to promote program effectiveness. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in the identification of issues.
  • I have experience in the development of methods and approaches for gathering data.
  • I have experience in the analytical techniques to review data and processes.
  • I have experience in the development of recommendations.
  • I have experience in the implementation and follow through of recommendations.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
13 Select the following statement(s) that best describe your ability to make sound, well-informed, and objective decisions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have identified and evaluated alternatives to decisions.
  • I have made sound and timely decisions in uncertain situations.
  • I have made decisions involving issues that impact the work and outcomes of the organization.
  • I have made decisions with little or no supervisory review.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.
14 In which of the following area(s) do you have demonstrated experience in analyzing and resolving problems? Answer to this question is required
  • I have used qualitative and quantitative techniques and tools for the purpose of resolving problems/issues/concerns and for decision-making purposes pertaining to organizational programs.
  • I have provided recommendations, conclusions, or findings to senior management officials based on analytical work.
  • I have provided advisory services to senior management on a difficult and complex personnel staffing and/or classification matter.
  • I have provided a manager with an innovative approach to complex issues which were difficult to resolve.
  • I have used judgment, initiative and resourcefulness in situations where there were no clear-cut guidelines.
  • I have identified procedural vulnerabilities and suggested solutions.
  • I have experience with none of the above.
15 Select the statement that best illustrates your ability to interpret and apply human resources regulations and/or standards. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience interpreting and applying regulations, guidelines, and standards to perform human resources projects or functions. If guidelines were not clear-cut, I sought guidance from a supervisor.
  • I have experience independently interpreting and applying human resources rules, regulations, guidelines, and standards that were not clear-cut or not completely applicable to the situation.
  • I have experience processing human resources work in accordance with explicit written instructions that required little interpretation.
  • I do not have any experience as described in the choices above.
16 Which of the following describes your experience assessing and revising policies and procedures as needed to improve quality, timeliness, and efficiency of work? Answer to this question is required
  • I have assessed and revised policies and procedures with very limited or no supervision.
  • I have been regularly consulted for assistance in assessing and revising policies and procedures.
  • I have trained others in assessing and revising policies and procedures.
  • I have analyzed and recommended the revising of policies and procedures, but did not revise and implement them myself.
  • None of the above.
17 Select the statements that describe your knowledge of delegated examining and your experience operating in a Delegated Examining Unit (DEU). Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared and issued certificates following competitive examining laws, rules and procedures.
  • As a regular part of my job I have provided expert level technical guidance and assistance on Delegated Examining rules and procedures to other HR professionals.
  • I have participated as a team member on inter-agency DEU audits and evaluations.
  • I have been the organizational lead in preparing for and participating in a formal OPM-conducted DEU audit.
  • I have developed and coordinated internal DE quality review procedures, evaluated the results, and implemented corrective actions.
  • None of the above
18 Indicate below the area(s) in which you have hands-on staffing experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Merit Promotion and internal placement
  • Delegated Examining
  • Priority consideration/selection programs (e.g. CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
  • Determining Veterans Preference
  • VEOA/VRA appointments
  • Schedule A disabled appointments (for veterans and non-veterans)
  • Excepted Service appointments/recruitment
  • Direct Hire
  • Hiring Flexibilities
  • None of the Above
19 From the choices below, select the answer which best describes your experience utilizing Delegated Examining procedures for Federal civilian positions. Answer to this question is required
  • I am currently certified to conduct competitive Delegated Examining.
  • I have issued certificates of eligible applying veterans preference rules.
  • I have audited Delegated examining cases.
  • None of the above