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Grade: 09

1 GS-09: Do you have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level OR master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related a equivalent combination of education and experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 11

1 GS-11: Do you have One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level OR a combination of graduate level education beyond the first 2 years of progressive graduate study and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Identify all of the budget functions in which you are experienced. Answer to this question is required
  • Preparing budget estimates, exhibits, backup tables in support of budget submissions.
  • Preparing narrative justifications describing organizational programs for use in budget submissions.
  • Instructing hearing witnesses appearing before OMB and agency examiners and Congressional Committees.
  • Ensuring budget documents conform to budget limitations.
  • Conducting analyses of financial conditions and practices of organizations or programs.
  • Analysis of rates, fees, and investment proposals.
  • Presenting findings and recommendations to management.
  • Interpreting and developing budget policies and procedures to resolve problems or to provide guidance to management or other budget analysts.
  • Preparing apportionments, allotments and allocations to organizational units for appropriated funding.
  • Preparing reports and providing fiscal and budgetary data on activities to agency, OMB and Congress.
  • Monitor assigned programs continually to anticipate additional budgetary requirements.
  • None of the above.
3 Identify ALL of the auditing functions you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted in planning, coordinating, and conducting audits for portions of an agency's/company's operations.
  • I have independently developed findings during financial/compliance audits and monitored the implementation of corrective actions to resolve deficiencies.
  • I have consolidated findings identified during audits and provided guidance regarding current accounting/financial management techniques and improvements to internal control systems.
  • I have applied accounting/financial management techniques and methods to resolve financial problems.
  • I have not done any of the above tasks.
4 Do you have experience providing direction and guidance on budget procedures and requirements? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
5 Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience using qualitative or quantitative methods to analyze, assess, and improve program effectiveness? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in various qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and evaluate programs. I typically work with a supervisor or someone else to conduct analyses, and develop conclusions or recommendations based on analysis.
  • I have work experience to independently conduct program analyses and make recommendations. I have experience applying these analytical skills to a variety of projects and programs and presenting conclusions and recommendations to others.
  • I have work experience conducting complex program and project analysis and developing corresponding recommendations. I routinely apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others and present these recommendations to senior management leadership.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you served in the previous five (5) years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I authorize the sharing of my application for other similar positions from this job announcement within NOAA. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Identify the budget functions you perform as a regular part of your budgetary responsibilities and in which you consider yourself proficient. Answer to this question is required
  • I prepare detailed written responses to various budget inquiries (audits, variance explanations, etc.) from headquarters personnel/management level.
  • I prepare budget narratives and impact justifications.
  • I interpret legislative and administrative policies and procedures to ensure compliance with budgetary requirements.
  • I obtain and compile budget data from automated financial management systems, records, and reports.
  • I analyze and verify data pertaining to a budget.
  • None of the above.
4 Select the statement that best describes your experience with financial and/or budget regulations, procedures, and methods. Answer to this question is required
  • I am experienced in the financial and/or budget process for the Federal government and in applying Federal government budget laws, regulations, standards and procedures, and have done so independently and on a regular and recurring basis.
  • I am experienced in the financial and/or budget process for private business or for State government, and comply with business budgeting standards and procedures and Federal laws and regulations that govern private industry, and have done so independently and on a regular and recurring basis.
  • I have some experience with the financial and/or budget process for the Federal government, state government or private industry; and I have some experience in applying budget laws, regulations, standards and procedures. I have performed these tasks on the job infrequently and/or with supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I do not have the experience or knowledge described above.
5 Select the statement that best describes your experience communicating budget or financial information verbally and in writing to management, staff, customers, and other Federal or non-Federal organizations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience, on a regular and recurrent basis, independently communicating complex as well as routine budget or financial information verbally and in writing to clients and staff to include senior employees or management internal and/or external to my organization. This may include resolving, advising or providing clear guidelines on financial or budgetary issues; interpreting regulations or policies; and/or preparation of reports, memorandums, and budget estimates.
  • In the absence of a senior specialist or my supervisor, I independently communicate complex budget or financial information, but regularly communicate routine budget or financial information verbally and in writing to senior employees or management internal and/or external to my organization. This includes resolving, advising or providing clear guidelines on financial or budgetary issues; interpreting regulations or policies; or preparation of reports, memorandums, and budget estimates.
  • As a regular and recurrent part of my work duties, I independently communicate routine budget or financial information verbally and/or in writing to customers and staff. This may include responding verbally to financial or budgetary queries; preparation of routine written correspondence or reports; presentation of financial or budgetary data in spreadsheet or table format; and assisting senior employees with communication of complex budgetary or financial information.
  • On a limited or infrequent basis, I communicate routine budget or financial information verbally and/or in writing to customers and staff. This may include responding verbally to financial or budgetary queries; preparation of routine written correspondence or reports; presentation of financial or budgetary data in spreadsheet or table format; and assisting senior employees with communication of complex financial or budgetary information.
  • I do not have experience communicating budget or financial information as described in the above responses.
6 What is your experience level for making recommendations to upper management regarding budgetary issues or problems? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
7 Select the statement that best describes your experience in the area of executing a budget. Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared reports depicting planned versus actual expenses, commitments and obligations.
  • I have tracked only specific budget items such as travel, labor, contracts, training, etc.
  • I have assisted others in the preparation of budget analysis.
  • I have received training or education in the subject described above, but I have not yet performed the tasks on the job.
  • I do not have the experience or training described above.
8 Do you have experience communicating budgetary issues with management, staff, customers, and other government organizations? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
9 Select the statement that best describes your experience as a Purchase Card Holder. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience as a Purchase Card Holder. I am responsible for making purchases for the office as a part of my job assignment. I review receipts and reconcile the expenditures. I review credit card statements of all office credit card holders in order to ensure proper use of cards. There have been no reports of bank card abuse or improprieties of cards for which I am responsible.
  • I have some experience as a Purchase Card user. I am a back-up to the person assigned to use this card. I occasionally make purchases that have been approved by my supervisor. Purchases that I have made are regularly reviewed. There have been no reports of bank card abuse or improper use of cards for which I am responsible.
  • I have receive training as a Purchase Card user. I make purchases of supplies or equipment and these requests are reviewed by my supervisor.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
10 What types of purchasing/procurement tasks/functions have you performed? Answer to this question is required
  • Purchase needed components.
  • Submit orders.
  • Review product lines and interfacing with manufacturers/suppliers.
  • Develop costs estimate for competitive bidding.
  • Determine estimates for total project costs.
  • Develop and maintain monthly and/or quarterly accounting summaries.
  • Estimate budgets.
  • None of the above.
11 I have performed the following program analysis and evaluation functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Extracted relevant pieces of information from documents and other sources
  • Used data analysis software packages and interpreted data
  • Used a variety of methods to collect information
  • Analyzed information to uncover patterns or trends
  • Presented statistical data in easily understandable terms
  • Analyzed information to determine validity of program data
  • Evaluated program performance data and recommended changes to improve operations
  • Provided written or oral recommendations to higher level officials to improve program operations
  • None of the above
12 Do you have experience monitoring budgetary expenditures to ensure they are within the organization's available funding? Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed this task independently without supervision.
  • I have performed this task under some supervision.
  • I have a working knowledge of this task, but I have not performed this task.
  • I have no experience with this task.
13 Do you have experience reconciling actual expenditures against planned expenditures on a regular basis? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
14 Select the response that best describes your level of experience analyzing and reconciling accounts and/or programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
15 Do you have experience in daily preparation, data input, tracking, reconciling and monitoring of budget reports and tables through the use of spreadsheet and/or database software applications? Answer to this question is required
  • On a daily basis, my duties include preparation, data input, tracking, reconciling and monitoring of budget reports and tables through the use of spreadsheet and/or database software applications. I perform this work independently and am often consulted by others in their use due to my expertise in this area.
  • I regularly use spreadsheet and/or database software in tracking and reconciling budget reports.
  • I have produced budget reports using automated systems, or have assisted others in tracking and reconciling reports.
  • I have some training in this task but have not performed it on the job.
  • I have no experience in this area.
16 Do you have experience preparing analyses, reports, proposals and recommendations for administrative needs, both orally and in writing to senior management? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
17 Select the statement which best describes your experience communicating in a scientific or technical environment in order to coordinate and promote the success of an inter-agency project or program. Answer to this question is required
  • I have represented my agency or organization on a number of scientific or technical interagency projects. I am skilled in coordinating tasks for an entire project, and at gaining consensus to promote the success of projects. I have been instrumental in the operational success of these projects.
  • I have served on one or more scientific or technical interagency projects as a representative of my agency or organization, and have been responsible for coordinating tasks and gaining consensus for a segment of an interagency project. I have seen the project through to successful completion.
  • I have completed tasks directly related to one or more scientific or technical interagency projects. I have made telephonic, email or in-person contacts with representatives of other agencies or organizations. I have coordinated tasks and/or the exchange or presentation of information, and have contributed to the success of the interagency project by my work and verbal contacts
  • I do not have experience in this area as described above.
18 Do you have training and/or experience interpreting and applying administrative orders, guidelines, and directives? Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
19 Select the statement that best describes your experience in submitting employee paperwork to security for processing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.