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* 1.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 FNS employee.
  2. I am a USDA employee eligible for CTAP consideration.
  3. I am an FNS employee currently serving on a Veterans' Recruitment Appointment (VRA).
  4. I do not meet any of the above criteria.


* 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 of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which has equipped the candidate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of this position successfully. Specialized Experience includes leading or overseeing an office, staff, or program responsible for providing advice to managers/officials on funding policies and procedures; analyzing and interpreting financial data and trends; AND providing administrative services using system processes and procedures that ensure financial integrity.

* 3.Will you have fifty-two (52) weeks of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have 52 weeks of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, leading or overseeing an office, staff, or program responsible for providing advice to managers/officials on funding policies and procedures?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where did you lead or oversee an office, staff, or program responsible for providing advice to managers/officials on funding policies and procedures? 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.Have you been responsible for a significant program or function in an agency’s business and financial information systems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which of the following responsibilities have you completed for a significant program or function in an agency’s business and financial systems?
  1. Oversee accounting requirements and operations relating to program and administrative funds.
  2. Collect program and financial data from grantees.
  3. Prepare complex data analyses for program staff.
  4. Ensure expenditures of funding meets legal and regulatory requirements.
  5. Provide oversight of a Purchase Card or Credit Card program.
  6. I have not performed any of these responsibilities for a significant program or function in an agency’s business and financial systems.


* 7.Which of the following have you completed in supervising and managing personnel?
  1. Planned work to be accomplished by subordinates.
  2. Set and adjust short-term priorities.
  3. Prepared schedules for completion of work.
  4. Evaluated the work performance of subordinates.
  5. Given advice, counsel, or instruction on work and administrative matters.
  6. Heard and resolved grievances and complaints from employees.
  7. Effected minor disciplinary measures.
  8. Identified developmental and training needs of employees.
  9. Developed performance standards for subordinates.
  10. None of the above.


* 8.Do you have 52 weeks of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, providing administrative services using system processes and procedures that ensure financial integrity?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where did you provide administrative services using system processes and procedures that ensure financial integrity? 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


* 9.Have you prepared and monitored an annual operating budget for a large organizational unit?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.The position requires interaction with the National Finance Center and Program Managers. Which of the following accounting and financial systems have you provided guidance on to higher-level management?
  1. Payroll
  2. Travel
  3. Purchase Cards
  4. None of the above


* 11.Which of the following duties have you completed in the preparation of financial information to ensure the integrity and soundness of financial systems?
  1. I have verified the accuracy of financial information and reconciled errors or inconsistencies.
  2. I have analyzed and evaluated financial information from internal reports.
  3. I have analyzed and evaluated financial information from external reports.
  4. I have analyzed and evaluated financial information to recommend alternatives or solutions.
  5. I have prepared and provided portions of financial reports and statements to advise managers on program operations.
  6. I have not completed any of these duties in the preparation of financial information to ensure the integrity and soundness of financial systems.


* 12.Which of the following statements and reports have you assessed for accuracy, completeness, and conformance to reporting and procedural standards?
  1. Income Statements
  2. Cost Reports
  3. Balance Sheets
  4. Performance Reports
  5. Cash Flow Statements
  6. Budget Reports
  7. None of the above


* 13.Have you planned and administered a supply management program to obtain both expendable and nonexpendable items and materials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Which of the following administrative services do you utilize on a regular and recurring basis in order to provide support to employees?
  1. Procurement
  2. Travel Management
  3. Property Management
  4. Supply Management
  5. Records Management
  6. Fleet Management
  7. None of the above


* 15.Have you analyzed maintenance and repair costs in order to recommend the disposal or replacement of equipment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Do you have 52 weeks of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, analyzing and interpreting financial data and trends?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.Where did you analyze and interpret financial data and trends? 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


* 17.Which of the following best describes your experience in analyzing financial data or information to develop management reports?
  1. I have researched information, analyzed data, and created segments of reports for management.
  2. I have researched information, created data studies, and written ad hoc reports for management.
  3. I have researched information and analyzed data to provide managers information for creating reports.
  4. I have not developed management reports.


* 18.Have you maintained a financial management library to administer data within an organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.Which of the following materials have you maintained in a financial management library to administer data within an organization?
  1. Financial instructions
  2. Circulars
  3. Regulations
  4. Funding policies
  5. Federal funding policies
  6. None of the above


* 20.Which of the following tools and technology have you used on a regular and recurring basis to receive and post financial data?
  1. Accounts receivable software
  2. Accounting software
  3. Enterprise Resource Planning credit management software
  4. Oracle PeopleSoft
  5. Credit management software
  6. Microsoft Excel
  7. None of the above


* 21.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


* 22.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.


* 23.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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