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* 1.Reminder: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all information/documents applicable to you as described in the vacancy announcement under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. Also please follow the online instructions carefully for submitting documents and check your account to confirm the documents are received in the online hiring system prior to the closing date. If all the required information is not submitted, you will be found ineligible for this position.
  1. OK


* 2.How did you learn about this position?
  1. Agency Internet Site recruitment.
  2. Private Employment Web Site.
  3. Other Internet Site.
  4. Poster.
  5. Newspaper.
  6. Magazine.
  7. TV/Radio.
  8. Student association.
  9. Private Employment Office.
  10. State Employment Office.
  11. Federal, state, or local Job Information Center.
  12. Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement).
  13. Agency or other Federal government on campus.
  14. Religious organization.
  15. School or college counselor or other official.
  16. Job Fair.
  17. Friend or relative working for this agency.
  18. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  19. Professional organization or publication.
  20. Other.


* 3.I am providing, for this vacancy, a copy of my annual performance appraisal that has been signed and dated within the last 18 months and shows my final rating. I understand that I can either upload or fax this document through the system at the end of this process.
  1. Yes
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please clearly explain below why you are unable to provide a performance appraisal (i.e., your current employer does not provide them, you have not received one, etc.) Failure to provide a performance appraisal or an explanation why one is not being provided will result in a determination of an incomplete application and ineligibility for consideration for this vacancy.

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Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-14 level that is directly related to the position and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience for this position must include experience working with Advanced Planning Document (APD) rules and procedure to implement automation systems in the determination of eligibility for Food and Nutrition Service.

* 4.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year (52 weeks) or more of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-14 level as described above.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.


* 5.Do you have experience working with Advanced Planning Document (APD) rules and procedure to implement automation systems in the determination of eligibility for Food and Nutrition Service?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Please identify where and when you obtained the experience(s) that supports your response above. DO NOT paste your resume here and DO NOT state "see resume" as your response. State place(s) and dates.
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* 7.Choose the statement(s) which best describe your knowledge of principles, practices, policies and area(s) of responsibility to provide guidance and leadership in carrying out program strategies and ensuring policies and plans are consistent with agency needs.
  1. I have issued technically authoritative interpretations or decisions regarding laws, regulations and program policies relating to a program within my area of responsibility. (
  2. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies and goals.
  3. I have set short-range objectives for the accomplishment of program work.
  4. I have set long-range plans for a program considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or emerging laws.
  5. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  6. I have promoted program(s) and provided expert advice to senior officials.
  7. I have performed reviews of major initiatives and finance functions including headquarters and field operations.
  8. I have reviewed and made recommendations for standard operating procedures.
  9. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 8.Which of the following programs do you have sufficient experience with to analyze program related requirements, make recommendations for action and evaluate systems project plans for these programs?
  1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  2. Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  3. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  4. Medicaid
  5. Child Support Systems
  6. None of the above


* 9.Do you have knowledge of system life cycle requirements in order to provide oversight, guidance to States in APD implementation, and to make recommendations to high level management officials?
  1. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 10.Choose the statement(s) that describe the management duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  2. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments and the capabilities of employees.
  3. I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  4. I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  5. I have been responsible for first-line supervision to employees.
  6. I have addressed employees conduct issues by seeking appropriate human resources actions such as verbal admonishments or suspensions.
  7. I have overseen the performance of other staff on a team, even though not as a formal supervisor.
  8. I have developed performance standards and evaluated employees’ work.
  9. Recommending awards and promotions.
  10. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 11.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  1. I have planned, organized and delivered major programs and/or projects working through both subordinate and non-subordinate managers and staffs, attaining organizational resource commitments and building effective and high-performing cross-organizational teams.
  2. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and/or contractors.
  3. I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and/or contractors.
  4. I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and/or contractors.
  5. I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers and/or contractors.
  6. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 12.Select the answer that best describes your experience in working effectively under pressure where fluctuating deadlines and priorities often occur.
  1. I have limited experience in this area.
  2. I have extensive experience in this area, and have assisted/trained others.
  3. I have significant experience in this area, and consider it one of my strengths.
  4. I would consider myself an expert.
  5. I have a moderate amount of experience in this area, but consider myself fully competent in this area.
  6. I have no experience in this area.


* 13.Select the answer that best describes you experience in building and maintaining a work environment that promotes teamwork, acceptance and productivity among a diverse workgroup?
  1. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  2. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  3. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  4. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  5. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


* 14.Have you managed work performed by others in a virtual environment or supervised staff in diverse geographic locations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Do you have knowledge of procurement rules and procedures related to the acquisition of automated systems?
  1. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 16.Have you monitored projects to insure conformance to the users' specifications or plan of operation as set forth in work/planning sessions, formal requirements or operating guidelines?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience gathering and evaluating information and conducting trends analysis on data.
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluation practices, theories, methods, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g., financial controls, office budgets, program operation improvements, etc.).
  2. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluated results and documented any trends.
  3. I have obtained accurate and sufficient information on congressional, agency or public inquiries and recommended responses based on evaluation of the information.
  4. I have conducted analysis, reviews and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of assigned offices.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 18.Have you prepared monitoring reports, which accurately identify any deficiencies and recommends solutions for problem areas?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.I have performed the tasks below as part of my recurring duties.
  1. Planned and carried out projects to improve the efficiency and productivity of organizations and employees.
  2. Identified, analyzed and made recommendations to resolve conventional problems and situations.
  3. Participated in studies of financial organizations or in the evaluation of program effectiveness at the operational level.
  4. Developed detailed procedures and guidelines to supplement established financial or program guidance.
  5. None of the above.


* 20.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience with preparing written documents.
  1. I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on personnel management issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  2. I have prepared written responses to public inquiries and prepared executive-level correspondence.
  3. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  4. I have prepared written material to be distributed on the internet, intranet or by other electronic methods within an organization to describe policies and/or procedures.
  5. I have gathered and researched data and information to prepare responses to non-routine correspondence.
  6. I have prepared and presented briefings to diverse audiences.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 21.Choose all of the statements that best describe your communication/briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals.
  1. I have explained or presented complex or controversial issues to various types of audiences.
  2. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives and priorities in oral presentations.
  3. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  4. I brief individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  5. I have provided training sessions to individuals or groups in order to explain procedures or policies.
  6. I defend agency positions with individuals outside of the agency.
  7. I demonstrate the ability to foster cooperation and consensus among groups concerning agency goals.
  8. I have experience explaining findings resulting from the review of systems project plans.
  9. I demonstrate the ability to build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, accomplish goals and achieve results.
  10. I have provided oral guidance and assistance related to the APD process.
  11. None of the above.


* 22.Select one choice that describes your experience with communicating agency goals and objectives.
  1. I have regularly served as a program representative in dealing with managers and staff within the areas serviced. This included acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  2. I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (representatives from the Agency, Department or other Federal agencies).
  3. I have regularly conducted discussions or participated in workgroups 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 were skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g., gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  4. I have regularly served as a program representative and participated in discussions 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 basically cooperative attitudes.
  5. None of the above.






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