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Grade: 07
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Specialized experience at the GS-07 level is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-05 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of this position. Specialized experience include: work in a trainee capacity and under close supervision where the applicant used available investigative techniques; prepared investigative reports; applied investigative procedures; applied knowledge of the laws and regulations enforced; OR One full year of graduate level education in a related field; OR Superior Academic Achievement based on a bachelor’s degree that is demonstrated through class standing (upper 1/3 of class), grade point average (2.95/4.0 overall or 3.5/4.0 in major); OR Election to membership in a qualifying national scholastic honor society.

* 1.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I possess a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the requirements for this position.
  2. I possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Service as described above.
  3. I possess a Bachelor’s degree in a related field plus Superior Academic Achievement.
  4. I possess at least one full year of graduate level education in a related field.
  5. I have been elected to membership in a qualifying national scholastic honor society.
  6. I do not meet the descriptions of required education and/or experience as described above.


* 2.Where in your resume can your experience be verified? State place(s) and dates.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: 09
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Specialized experience at the GS-09 level is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-07 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience include: working with senior Investigators performing segments of investigations; interviewing employees to verify facts and obtain specific pieces of information; securing signed statements, affidavits and documentary evidence to be included in reports or case records; OR A Masters or equivalent graduate degree; OR Two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LLB or JD.

* 1.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I possess a combination of graduate level education beyond the first year of progressive graduate study and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  2. I possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service as described above.
  3. I possess two full years of progressively higher graduate education OR a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree OR LLB or JD.
  4. I do not meet the required education and/or experience as described above.


* 2.Where in your resume can your experience be verified? State place(s) and dates.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your experience in anticipating and identifying information needs in conducting an investigation, including gathering information from several sources, conducting fact-finding interviews, and organizing information in order to report findings accurately?
  1. I have experience preparing and researching investigations. I have gathered information for other Investigators.
  2. I have experience conducting some undercover investigations pertaining to fraud after much time I prepared report(s) to submit to management with all of the findings.
  3. I have verified the facts through various interviews then submitted my findings to management for their report.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: 11
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Specialized experience at the GS-11 level is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-09 level, or equivalent, that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Specialized experience include: independently performing the full range of investigative functions on assigned cases or portions of cases from planning and conducting fact-finding to reporting the results of investigations; conducting investigative interviews; analyzing investigative facts to arrive at sound conclusions, etc.; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree or LLM.

* 1.Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I possess a combination of graduate level education beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.
  2. I possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described above.
  3. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, or at least three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LLM.
  4. I do not meet the required experience as described above.


* 2.Where in your resume can your experience be verified? State place(s) and dates.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.I have experience in writing the following documents:
  1. Policy papers/statements (including briefing and position papers)
  2. Rulings
  3. Investigative Reports
  4. Regulatory Procedures (including briefs and orders)
  5. Detailed narrative reports
  6. Technical correspondence
  7. Research and analytical studies
  8. Press releases
  9. Internal directives
  10. Industry circulars
  11. Other published material
  12. None of the above


* 4.Which of the following reflects the course of action you most frequently take when, during the course of investigation, you discover conditions that do not comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
  1. Call them to the attention of the supervisor and obtain additional information before continuing the investigation.
  2. Brief the supervisor or manager and make recommendations concerning adjusting the scope or coverage of the investigation.
  3. Independently and informally expand the scope of the investigation to determine if a pattern exists.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your experience in anticipating and identifying information needs in conducting an investigation, including gathering information from several sources, conducting fact-finding interviews, and organizing information in order to report findings accurately?
  1. I have experience preparing and researching investigations. I have gathered information for other Investigators.
  2. I have experience conducting some undercover investigations pertaining to fraud after much time I prepared report(s) to submit to management with all of the findings.
  3. I have verified the facts through various interviews then submitted my findings to management for their report.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.

* 2.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


* 3.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.

        BRANCHED: * 1.If your answer was "other" please list where you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 4.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.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.This position requires extensive travel (includes considerable overnight travel within a multi-state area, nationwide travel on an infrequent basis), and driving long distances. If selected, are you able to meet these requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.This position is physically vigorous, thus enabling candidate to work long hours under adverse conditions. Duties of the position require moderate to arduous physical exertion involving walking and standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy loads, driving a vehicle for long periods of time, and exposure to inclement weather and adverse environmental conditions. If selected, are you able to meet these requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Select the different levels of experience you have effectively communicating orally.
  1. I have experience participating in formal or informal interviews and meetings for the purpose of gathering information.
  2. I have experience giving formal and informal oral presentations to supervisors, managers, instructors, or peers relating to investigative work performed.
  3. I have experience working in various environments outside a work place to verify facts.
  4. I have experience responding to questions and/or defending conclusions drawn from the work performed.
  5. I have not performed any of the above.


* 8.Identify the highest level of experience you have communicating effectively in writing, including preparation of investigative reports and other records of work performed.
  1. I have prepared written investigative reports that contain sufficient detail and facts to support my conclusions and recommendations.
  2. I have experience preparing standard, recurring narrative-type documents.
  3. I have not performed any of the above.


* 9.Have you prepared written investigative reports that contain sufficient detail and facts to support your conclusions and recommendations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Choose the statement(s) that relate to you dealing with different people from varied background and different situations.
  1. Interacts with a wide variety of people in normal life activities.
  2. Serves as a member of an effective work team comprised of a wide range of individuals.
  3. Contributes to team processes and assists other team members when conflicts or problems arise in the function or with employees in other organizations.
  4. Has encountered conflict situations and has successfully resolved them to the satisfaction of the parties.
  5. Has successfully dealt with persons of varied race, ethnicity, religious backgrounds, handicaps and ages.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.I have utilized my interpersonal communication skills in one or more of the following areas.
  1. Followed-up with contacts when timely response has not been received.
  2. Successfully led a team of investigators on numerous occasions.
  3. Exhibited the ability to make decisions and negotiate with others.
  4. Expressed thoughts or opinions in a logical sequence as a team or work group member.
  5. Communicated technical issues to a wide variety of audiences.
  6. Conducted briefings.
  7. Participated in and represented the organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  8. None of the above.


* 12.Please choose the response that best characterizes your experience in planning and carrying out cooperative projects.
  1. Collaborate with others to accomplish work-related activities.
  2. Experience in recognizing, or developing or pursuing leads
  3. Analyze and evaluate information connected with fraud, abuse and waste control efforts in the Department's program, highlighting areas which exhibit potential program vulnerability and recommending methods to eliminate and/or resolve those vulnerabilities to management officials.
  4. Receive and evaluate initial complaints and assess the alleged violation to determine if the appropriate investigative approach would be criminal, civil or administrative.
  5. Review and evaluate on cases that are assigned or self-generated and include high-profile violations.
  6. Produce a credible and articulate report of analysis findings.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.From the following list please select not more than four that represent your strongest capabilities.
  1. Use statistical techniques in analyzing data.
  2. Assembling date into a report that is a step by step format and easy to follow and understand.
  3. Gathering information without bringing attention to self.
  4. Plan the data gathering and analysis functions for a project.
  5. Collect, record, assemble, and analyze research results.
  6. Present technical or program information in oral briefings.
  7. Apply knowledge of investigative or fact finding techniques.
  8. Compose written reports of findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  9. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the one statement that best describes how you organize and prioritize your work.
  1. I normally work on wide variety of complex projects or assignments that are of high to extremely high priority. I assign priority to work, re-evaluating these priorities as the environment changes, and complete assignments in a timely manner.
  2. I work on multiple tasks or assignments simultaneously, assigning priorities to each and normally complete these assignments when due.
  3. I manage an inventory of assignments or projects and attempt to complete these tasks on or before the assigned deadline.
  4. None of the above.


* 15.Choose all the statements that describe your ability to research, analyze, and evaluate abroad range of materials including laws, regulations, rulings, statistical data, and technical reports.
  1. I have planned developed and coordinated operations, programs and initiatives.
  2. I have planned and directed studies and surveys.
  3. I have coordinated a team's activities with other departments or organizations.
  4. I have conducted, overseen, or coordinated nations, multi=-national or international inspections and/or investigations.
  5. I have participated in studies of complex processes, problems, or initiatives relating to enforcement of federal, state or local laws and regulations.
  6. I have participated on task forces or working groups that required the participation of one or more agency departments or directorates, and involved other federal, state, local or international authorities.
  7. I have participated in the generation of policies, regulations and/or adverse actions.
  8. I have suggested program improvements by analyzing comments provided by an array of sources (e.g. industry representatives, the general public field personnel, or federal, state or foreign government agencies/organizations).
  9. My experience does not include accomplishments in these specific areas.


* 16.Which of the following best reflects your experience in delivering quality work products that satisfy team and/or organizational priorities and deadlines?
  1. I manage multiple tasks/assignments with a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving the team leader or supervisor.
  2. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are of high priority to the organization. My work assignments are most generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain it from my team leader or supervisor.
  3. In addition to managing multiple tasks/assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  4. None of the above.


* 17.Choose all of the statements that best describe your experience in planning and managing an inventory of projects or assignments.
  1. I have planned or managed an inventory of multiple projects or assignments.
  2. I have developed work plans and identified how the task will be completed.
  3. I have completed multiple assignments that met or exceeded established deadlines.
  4. I have successfully prioritized assignments and projects based on changing mission commitments.
  5. I have not performed any of the above.


* 18.Select all of the charactertics/skills below that you possess:
  1. Manage workload
  2. Independent
  3. Outgoing
  4. Self-starter
  5. Manages time wisely
  6. Establishes deadlines
  7. Able to multitask
  8. Meets deadlines
  9. Self-motivator
  10. Confident
  11. Able to adapt to ever changing environment
  12. Organized
  13. Flexible
  14. Maintains activity records
  15. Independent
  16. Able to work well under pressure
  17. Quiet
  18. Social
  19. Work with little day-to-day guidance
  20. None of the above.


* 19.From the options below, select all the choices that describe your ability and proficiency with the Spanish language.
  1. I possess the ability to speak basic Spanish.
  2. I can fluently speak Spanish.
  3. I can fluently speak, write and read Spanish.
  4. I can read basic Spanish.
  5. I have the ability to effectively and efficiently write Spanish.
  6. None of the above.


* 20.I have performed the following functions successfully in projects/assignments:
  1. Set project goals, milestones and expectations
  2. Plan work assignments
  3. Track progress of assignments and make sure everything is on schedule
  4. Review completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
  5. Resolve conflicts, difference, or problems
  6. Report progress to senior management
  7. None of the above


* 21.Have you used investigative techniques and procedures to conduct field investigations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.I am proficient in applying the following investigative techniques.
  1. Conducting surveillance
  2. Undercover
  3. Electronic research and data collection
  4. Data mining
  5. Reviewing records at a business
  6. Collecting Samples
  7. Processing evidence
  8. None of the above


* 23.Select the one choice below that best describes your ability to prepare written investigative reports.
  1. I have experience in preparing findings for use in written investigative reports and given to management to review.
  2. I have prepared written investigative reports based on investigations I have conducted and has been submitted to management.
  3. I have prepared written reports on the job that were not based on investigations I conducted.
  4. I have no experience in preparing written reports.






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