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Grade: 13

No questions specified.

Grade: All Grades

1 Have you held a political appointment within the previous five-year period? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 How did you hear about USPTO Job possibilities? Answer to this question is required
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Friend
  • Job Fair
  • USPTO Information Session
  • Monster
  • Newspaper
  • OnlineBlog/Bulletin Board
  • Professional Society/Organization
  • University Career Fair
  • University Career Placement Office
  • USAJobs
  • USPTO Employee
  • USPTO Web Page
  • Virtual Job Fair
  • State Bar Association
  • University Alumni
  • @USPTOJobs Twitter
  • USPTO Jobs web pages
  • Other
Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
3 Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service managing process and tools critical to IT Program Management and advising IT project managers and management officials on a variety of situations and issues? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Of the following, please indicate which current (unexpired) certification(s) you currently possess: Answer to this question is required
  • Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers (FAC-P/PM) Level 3
  • Federal Acquisition Certification for Program and Project Managers – IT Specialization (FAC-P/PM (IT))
  • Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) Program Consultant (SPC)
  • Scaled Agilist (SA)
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
  • None of the above.
5 Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience working with project/program management processes and tools in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of operational processes and technical programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have administered and maintained enterprise tools such as SharePoint or Project Server.
  • I have administered and maintained enterprise tools such as SharePoint or Project Server including performing system upgrades and applying patches.
  • In addition to administering and maintaining enterprise tools such as SharePoint or Project Server, including performing system upgrades and applying patches, I have also independently assessed enterprise level processes and tools, identified opportunities for improvement and implemented significant process changes through automated solutions; including communications and training for the new processes and automated solution.
6 Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience and ability in working with development/technical teams in developing priorities, action items, and follow–through to implement agreed actions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience tracking assigned project tasks and activities for a team.
  • I have experience leading technical efforts to work cooperatively and collaboratively with internal/external stakeholders to complete development/technical team tasks and activities.
  • I have experience in planning, evaluating and reporting on the progress of a development/technical team in meeting agreed upon actions.
  • I have experience translating programs, policy issues or other substantive activities into concise, well-balanced plans for implementing tool changes to comply with the policy changes.
  • I have experience planning, organizing and coordinating work assignments among development/technical team members.
  • I have experience leading a development/technical teams through various Agile development ceremonies and activities to include user story point assignments
  • None of the above.
7 Select the statement(s) that represent your experience in identifying and resolving issues: Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked closely with individuals and groups to identify issues, analyze alternatives, and negotiate differences.
  • I have facilitated the resolution of conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet objectives.
  • I have prepared analytical documents such as decision memoranda that identify policy or process issues and offer multiple options for resolution.
  • I have frequently reviewed and recommended improvements in program policies, procedures or other complex documents.
  • I have served on teams that are assigned the task of brainstorming alternative solutions to identified issues and evaluating the effectiveness of those alternatives.
  • None of the above.
8 Do you have current and recurring experience coaching and/or leading teams using a tailored & standardized enterprise Agile SCRUM or Kanban methodology? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    8.1

    Please indicate where in your resume this experience can be found and describe your contribution relevant to this experience.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
9 Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading, analyzing, evaluating and implementing improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of program performance: Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently provided managers with data to make informed decisions utilizing assessment tools on the effectiveness and efficiency of program performance.
  • I have provided analysis of program evaluations without input or oversight of management.
  • I have improved processes through the disciplined use of measurements, accountability, analysis and discussion of process alternatives in order to arrive at best practices.
  • I have independently analyzed programs and made recommendations to managers to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of programs.
  • I have led a team to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programs.
  • I do not have the experience as described above.
10 Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience with methods used to present, explain, and extract information from a variety sources including senior management and customers: Answer to this question is required
  • I have used tact and diplomacy when presenting information.
  • I have used information systems to obtain and organize data to produce correlations, conclusions and summaries that present a clear and concise manner.
  • I have used multiple information systems to conduct research and analysis to provide insight into issues/subject matter and have presented that data in a factual, clear and concise manner.
  • I have contacted customers directly to obtain their input into the subject matter being presented.
  • I have coordinated with subject matter experts to provide enhanced understanding of the issues/subject matter prior to presenting the data/information.
  • None of the above.
11 Please indicate the statement(s) that best describe(s) the methods you have used on a regular and recurring basis to prepare presentation materials to ensure Portfolio / Program / Project Managers could take appropriate and timely action: Answer to this question is required
  • I have compiled comprehensive documents and/or presentations to receive corporate level approval.
  • I have anticipated regular and recurring tasks, including proactively preparing and organizing materials for officials’ needs.
  • I have conducted quality review processes for documents or standard operating procedures, assuring attention to detail.
  • I have designed processes for assuring accurate data on a wide array of documents including processes for a variety of written official correspondence and reports.
  • I have used document control methods and tracking for the purpose of keeping officials abreast of work statuses.
  • I have not used any of these methods on a regular and recurring basis.
12 Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience in oral communications to relay information, make recommendations, advise and brief staff on program and project matters: Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have this type of experience.
  • I have briefed internal and/or external stakeholders regarding project or program statuses and assisted with the development of recommendations that facilitated informed decisions.
  • I have briefed internal and/or external stakeholders regarding program or project management policies, processes and procedures, and developed recommendations that facilitated informed decisions.
  • I have briefed internal and/or external stakeholders regarding the impact of program or project management policies, processes and procedures on project status and have developed recommendations that facilitated informed decisions.
  • I have briefed internal and/or external stakeholders regarding the impact of program or project management policies, processes and procedures on project status and have and assisted with the development of recommendations that facilitated informed decisions.
13 Do you have experience in IT Investment and Capital Planning (including the use of automated systems) to: prepare and understand project resource estimates, advise project managers in the area of resource spending and monitoring, track performance against plans and prepare related analysis and reports to management? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    13.1

    Please indicate where in your resume this experience can be found and describe your contribution relevant to this experience.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
14 Please indicate the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience performing a full-range of reporting capabilities: Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared and formatted documents using multiple kinds of software including Microsoft (MS) Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat.
  • I have used automated systems to track and manage user story and task estimates, actuals and remaining work.
  • I have applied skills necessary to provide a centralized assessment of a group of related projects or programs in a succinct presentation format.
  • I have prepared program or portfolio level views of related risks or issues to clearly present a comprehensive assessment of a significant investment portfolio.
  • I have prepared program or portfolio level view of distinct project activities on a monthly basis.
  • I have used automated systems to develop reports that effectively and accurately reflect IT Program/Project performance metrics.
  • I have created and/or modified processes and related artifacts to effectively track compliance of project/program performance against established standard practices
  • None of the above
15 Please indicate the statement that best describes your highest level of experience conducting research, formulating recommendations, analyzing information, preparing briefing material and drafting reports on processes, procedures and related tools: Answer to this question is required
  • I perform this work regularly and independently.
  • I perform this work with supervision.
  • I have had training but have never performed this work.
  • None of the above.
    15.1

    Please indicate where in your resume this experience can be found and describe your contribution relevant to this experience.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.
16 Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience with quantitative and qualitative analysis techniques in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Enterprise, Portfolio, Program, Project and Team performance: Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
  • I have assisted others in performing an analysis of narrative and statistical material to identify trends and assist in decision-making on issues that have an impact on performance.
  • I have analyzed or correlated narrative and statistical material in order to identify trends and assist in decision-making on issues that have performance impact.
  • I have experience analyzing presented material and making recommendations for performance improvements.
  • I have experience analyzing a collection of disparate, but related task assignments to assess overall process effectiveness and make recommendations for improvement.
  • I have conducted large-scale studies using quantitative and qualitative techniques to assess critical management and program processes and systems.
17 Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience with the following types of activities/tasks you have performed as part of your work experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have supported the development of a budget and appropriate allocation of resources for an organization, business unit, program or portfolio, complete with justifying materials.
  • I have coordinated the activities of an organization, business unit, program or portfolio in developing a budget and allocation of resources to include preparation of supporting materials.
  • I have consolidated budgets for multiple operating units/organizations, programs or portfolios.
  • I have applied financial analysis techniques to determine effect of strategic/tactical decisions on an organization’s budget.
  • I have performed budget formulation and execution.
  • None of the above.
18 Please indicate the area(s) you possess sufficient knowledge to be able to work with related information with minimal training: Answer to this question is required
  • OMB Circular no A-11, part 1, General information
  • Capital Planning and Investment Control (i.e. Exhibits 53 and 300; IT Dashboard)
  • Basic budget processes, policies & terminology- (i.e. commitments, obligations, expenditures, & expenses
  • Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)
  • None of the above.
19 Please select the application software you have used on a regular and recurring basis for at least a six-month duration: Answer to this question is required
  • Microsoft Project Server
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Microsoft Project
  • SharePoint
  • Rally
  • Electronic Capital Planning and Investment Control (eCPIC)
  • None of the above
20 Do you have current and recurring experience with capital investment processes and procedures to include: documenting scope and schedule, understanding and preparation of resource estimates, resource spending and monitoring, and reporting? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    20.1

    Please indicate where in your resume this experience can be found and describe your contribution relevant to this experience.

    Maximum length of 250 characters.