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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.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.


* 3.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


To be qualified for this position at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level. Specialized experience includes: - Working with large, medium and small applications and systems; - Leading or coordinating disaster recovery activities; AND - Leading or overseeing operations, maintenance and sustainability operations of diverse technical platforms and environments within a USDA office or using USDA systems.

* 4.Will you have 52 weeks of experience equivalent to the GS-13 level within 30 calendar days of the closing date of the announcement?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.I have dealt with human resource issues such as reviewing performance, managing and resolving conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner, and identifying staffing needs for a geographically dispersed organization.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.I have reviewed the fiscal data of an organizational unit to recommend changes in programming or staffing.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.I have managed resources and work performed by others in geographically dispersed situations with changing priorities to meet established deadlines and commitments.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.I have worked effectively with managers to develop and implement short- and long- term goals related to development and promotion of nutritional assistance programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I have at least one year of experience working with large, medium and small applications and systems specifically as it pertains to an end user environment.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.In order to receive proper credit for this time, please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 10.I have demonstrated interpersonal skills characteristic of an effective leader such as communicating vision, listening to employees’ issues and concerns, being proactive and innovative in resolving problems, and having a positive, can-do attitude.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.I have worked with staff in multiple geographic locations to complete projects and implement IT initiatives.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.I have worked with or have knowledge of the IOS (Apple) and Web based environments as typically used by Federal Office workers.
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 13.I have analyzed and resolved complex network or system problems as they relate to issues in a desktop environment (such as resolving GPO conflicts or USGCB conflicts).
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 14.I have performed complex troubleshooting activities in a LAN/WAN environment as they relate to an end user environment.
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 15.I have at least one year of experience Leading or overseeing operations, maintenance and sustainability operations of diverse technical platforms and environments within a USDA office or using USDA systems.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.In order to receive proper credit for this time, please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 16.I have managed work associated with an IT Service Desk.
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 17.I have worked to standardize IT operations within multiple locations of an organization.
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 18.I have analyzed, summarized, and prioritized IT information for management officials.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.I have conducted studies, and recommended improvements to office policies rated to IT procedures.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.I have written recommendations for changes to organizational programs that bring them into compliance or improve effectiveness or efficiency.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.I have drafted briefings or reports to present ideas and concepts related to IT issues in a clear, precise manner.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.I have written detailed procedures for resolving various IT issues.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 23.I have orally presented technical information regarding IT issues.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 24.I have orally defended my organization’s point-of-view on IT related issues.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 25.I have orally offered technical and managerial advice to management officials regarding IT related issues.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 26.I have at least one year of experience leading or coordinating disaster recovery activities.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.In order to receive proper credit for this time, please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 27.I have worked with or have knowledge of a MS Windows XP and Windows 7 environment including MS office and related software.
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 28.I have conducted or have experience with patch management, release management, configuration management, or system integration activities.
  1. I have education or training on 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 direction by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed and led/overseen the performance of this task by lower level specialists, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.


* 29.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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