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* 1.Please choose one of the following so that we may determine your eligibility?
  1. I am a current Federal employee on career or career conditional appointments in the competitive service or former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility.
  2. I am a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.
  3. I am eligible under a special hiring authorities (e.g., individuals with disabilities, covered by an interchange agreement, eligible for Certain Military Spouses), etc.
  4. I am a current USDA employee currently serving on a Veteran's Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
  5. I am eligible for appointment under the Veteran's Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).
  6. I do not meet any of the above criteria, therefore I am not eligible to apply to this vacancy announcement.


* 2.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 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.
  2. No


Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, that includes designing, planning, executing, and evaluating a public affairs and/or communications program to communicate agency policies, programs, and actions to various pertinent publics and groups; developing and disseminating informational materials to the general public or specialized target groups; building and maintaining partnerships and effective working relationships with all media; AND providing oversight and leadership of a team.

* 3.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level within 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement designing, planning, executing, and evaluating a public affairs and/or communications program to communicate agency policies, programs, and actions to various pertinent publics and groups?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.List the public affairs and/or communication programs that you have designed, planned, executed, and evaluated. Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level within 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement developing and disseminating informational materials to the general public or specialized target groups?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.List the informational materials you have developed and disseminated to the general public or specialized target groups. Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level within 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement building and maintaining partnerships and effective working relationships with all media?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.List the partnerships and effective working relationships you have built and maintained with all media. Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.Will you have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level within 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement providing oversight and leadership of a team?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.List the team(s) for which you have provided oversight and leadership. Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 7.Do you have experience designing, planning, executing, and evaluating a public affairs and/or communications program for a health, nutrition, social service, or community development program?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Have you provided oversight and leadership to a Public Affairs staff?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Which of the following duties and responsibilities have you completed in providing oversight and leadership to a team?
  1. I have assigned and reviewed work.
  2. I have assured that production and accuracy requirements are met.
  3. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted short-term and long-term priorities, and prepared schedules for completion of work.
  4. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  5. I have developed performance standards.
  6. I have evaluated work performance of subordinates.
  7. I have given advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both work and administrative matters.
  8. I have heard and resolved complaints from employees, referred group grievances and more serious unresolved complaints to a higher level supervisor or manager.
  9. I have effected minor disciplinary measures, such as warning and reprimands, recommended other action in more serious cases.
  10. I have identified developmental and training needs of employees and provided, or arranged for, needed development and training.
  11. I have found ways to improve production or increase the quality of the work directives.
  12. I have not completed any of these duties and responsibilities in providing oversight and leadership to a Public Affairs staff.


* 10.Have you served as a senior advisor on Public Affairs activities or programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Which of the following duties and responsibilities have you completed as a senior advisor on Public Affairs activities or programs?
  1. I have analyzed, summarized, and prioritized information for public consumption.
  2. I have evaluated the efficiency or effectiveness of information policies, procedures, and operations.
  3. I have recommended improvements to public affairs programs in order to better inform a variety of audiences about relevant programs.
  4. I have conducted surveys and studies to determine the effectiveness of communication activities within an organization.
  5. I have implemented a comprehensive public affairs campaign to enhance the understanding of the agency's programs among the general public and specialized groups and organizations.
  6. I have evaluated the effectiveness of media relations activities.
  7. I have identified for a regional director and other program officials the information needs of the general public and various specialized groups within a region.
  8. I have not completed any of these duties and responsibilities as a senior advisor on Public Affairs activities or programs.


* 12.Which of the following have you coordinated and directed with the intent to develop interest in agency programs?
  1. I have coordinated and directed special events.
  2. I have coordinated and directed ceremonies.
  3. I have coordinated and directed tours/multi-day events.
  4. I have coordinated and directed activities with VIPs.
  5. I have not coordinated and directed any of these activities with the intent to develop interest in agency programs.


* 13.Have you used word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation programs to produce a variety of written documents?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Have you used software to create tables, charts, and graphic presentations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Which of the following items have you written as part of your regular responsibilities?
  1. Briefings or policy memos and guidance to present ideas and concepts in a clear, precise manner.
  2. Policy or decision memos relating to legislation, regulation, or policy.
  3. Policies and procedures for high-level agency officials and the public.
  4. I have not written any of these items.


* 16.Which of the following informational materials have you developed?
  1. Education materials.
  2. Press releases.
  3. Special reports.
  4. Fact sheets.
  5. Feature articles.
  6. Publications for the public.
  7. Exhibits.
  8. Brochures.
  9. Newsletters.
  10. I have not developed any of these informational materials.


* 17.The position requires establishing and maintaining effective working relationships. Identify the groups with which you have established and maintained effective working relationships.
  1. Information and Public Affairs officials of State governments.
  2. Advocacy groups.
  3. Cooperating agencies.
  4. General readership newspapers.
  5. Radio stations.
  6. Television stations.
  7. Community organizations.
  8. Congressional offices.
  9. I have not established and maintained effective working relationships with any of these groups.


* 18.Which of the following duties and responsibilities have you completed when communicating organizational information?
  1. I have presented and clarified information to the media.
  2. I have publicized an organization's programs, policies, or activities.
  3. I have defended an organization's point-of-view.
  4. I have responded to questions regarding the organization's policies and programs.
  5. I have not completed any of these duties and responsibilities to communicate organizational information.


* 19.The nature of the work requires you to effectively work with the media. Which of these duties and responsibilities have you completed when working with the media?
  1. I have established and maintained effective working relationships with the media.
  2. I have organized and coordinated news media interviews with staff.
  3. I have overseen arrangements with media representatives involving organization activities.
  4. I have gathered information and produced informational materials concerning departmental policies, programs, and activities for dissemination to the news media.
  5. I have obtained feedback on the effectiveness of informational materials provided to the news media.
  6. I have not worked with the media in any of these capacities.


* 20.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


* 21.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.


* 22.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.






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