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* 1.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.


* 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


* 3.Please choose one of the following so that we may determine your eligibility. (Note: You must meet one of the categories as described in the "Who May Be Considered" section of the job announcement or you will be found not eligible.)
  1. I am a current, permanent USDA employee.
  2. I am a USDA employee eligible for CTAP consideration.
  3. I am a USDA employee currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
  4. I do not meet any of the above criteria.


Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which includes public affairs/media relations experience identifying and developing strategies to address communications needs to a variety of audiences; developing informational materials such as brochures, media talking points, or fact sheets; AND planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication initiatives and programs in addressing the strategic goals of an organization administering nutrition assistance, social service, or public health-related programs.

* 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 identifying and developing strategies to address communications needs to a variety of audiences?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the position in which you met specialized experience. Your answer must 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 developing informational materials such as brochures, media talking points, or fact sheets?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the position in which you met specialized experience. Your answer must 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 planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication initiatives and programs in addressing the strategic goals of an organization administering nutrition assistance, social service, or public health-related programs?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the position in which you met specialized experience. Your answer must be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 7.Have you prepared, implemented, and evaluated communication strategies for high-level Agency or organizational officials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Which programs have you assisted in planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication initiatives to address the strategic goals of an organization?
  1. Nutrition Assistance programs.
  2. Social Service programs.
  3. Public Health-related programs.
  4. Other multi-media information and communication programs.
  5. I have not assisted in planning, implementing, and evaluating the effectiveness of information and communication initiatives to address the strategic goals of an organization.


* 9.Which of the following duties have you completed to plan, direct, and coordinate media outreach for public affairs initiatives?
  1. I have analyzed, summarized, and prioritized complex and controversial information for public consumption.
  2. I have evaluated the efficiency or effectiveness of information dissemination 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 evaluated the effectiveness of media relations activities.
  5. I have not completed any of these duties to plan, direct, and coordinate media outreach for public affairs initiatives.


* 10.Which of the following have you written to enhance the understanding of an agency program?
  1. I have drafted briefings or policy memos and guidance to present complex or controversial ideas, policies, and concepts.
  2. I have written policy or decision memoranda relating to legislation, regulation, or policy.
  3. I have written formal documents such as policies and procedures for agency officials and the public.
  4. I have written informational materials for the public.
  5. I have not written any of these items to enhance the understanding of an agency program.


* 11.Which of the following informational items have you developed?
  1. News releases.
  2. Press releases.
  3. Radio scripts.
  4. Television scripts.
  5. Program talking points.
  6. Feature articles.
  7. News conferences.
  8. Exhibits.
  9. Brochures.
  10. Pamphlets.
  11. Newsletters.
  12. I have not developed any of these informational items.


* 12.Which of the following duties have you completed related to public affairs and media relations services in support of agency programs?
  1. I have presented and clarified information for the media, accurately assessing understanding of the information.
  2. I have developed and implemented short and long-range communication strategies that publicize and organization?s programs, policies, activities, or initiatives.
  3. I have defended an organization's point-of-view and responded to questions regarding the organization's policies and programs.
  4. I have maintained electronic public affairs databases.
  5. I have not completed any of these duties related to public affairs and media relations services in support of agency programs.


* 13.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


* 14.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.






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).