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Grade: 06
* 1.Please provide examples of experience that support your selection(s). This information should supplement the experience listed in your resume. Sufficient responses to the narrative questions are required for consideration for this announcement.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


Specialized experience includes performing day-to-day administrative functions such as: tracking correspondence, preparing reports, and reviewing written materials for grammatical accuracy; as well as collecting, analyzing, and reviewing information for special projects.

* 2.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-05 level or equivalent by the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 07
* 1.Please provide examples of experience that support your selection(s). This information should supplement the experience listed in your resume. Sufficient responses to the narrative questions are required for consideration for this announcement.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


Specialized experience includes performing day-to-day administrative functions such as: tracking correspondence, preparing reports, and reviewing written materials for grammatical accuracy; as well as collecting, analyzing, and reviewing information for special projects, and making all necessary arrangements for large conferences and meetings such as: accommodations and scheduling.

* 2.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-06 level or equivalent by the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Have you researched emerging issues to recommend solutions or make corrections and strategized with team on how to best move forward.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 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.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.


* 3.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.


* 4.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


* 5.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.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your experience with office visits and telephone calls:
  1. I have received office visits and telephone calls and directed them to higher level personnel.
  2. I have received officie visits and telephone calls and have independently answered inquiries.
  3. I do not have experience receiving office visits and telephone calls.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience responding to questions from customers and management officials?
  1. I have responded independently to customers and management to provide specific program information.
  2. I have responded independently to customers and management to provide general or basic program information.
  3. I route questions from customers and management to the appropriate source for answers.


* 8.Which of the following have you drafted briefings or reports to present ideas and concepts in a clear, precise manner?
  1. Program Policies
  2. Routine correspondence (mail, email, etc)
  3. Travel vouchers
  4. Meeting reports


* 9.Have you reviewed organizational jackets to ensure grammatical accuracy and conformance with policy?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.What is your experience with reviewing documents for grammatical accuracy and conformance with general policy?
  1. I have independently reviewed various documents for grammatical accuracy.
  2. I have independently reviewed various documents for grammatical accuracy and conformance to policy.
  3. I have worked as part of a team of reviewers, where the responsibility for grammatical accuracy did not fall completely to me.
  4. I have education, such as a degree, or training in grammar competency, technical or business writing.
  5. I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 11.Which answer best describes your experience in arranging meetings and conferences?
  1. I have coordinated schedules for meetings as a routine part of a job.
  2. I have secured conference areas and accommodations for meetings and/or conferences.
  3. I have secured conference areas and accommodations for meetings and/or conferences, and arranged travel obligations as necessary.
  4. I have no education, training or experience with coordinating schedules.


* 12.Please select the item below which best describes your experience in coordinating daily administrative functions.
  1. Handles routine actions in any given day. This is typically characterized by: maintaining subject matter files; screening and referring calls and visitors to appropriate subject matter personnel; preparing and processing travel orders and personnel actions; ordering office supplies; and, maintaining supervisor's calendar.
  2. Handles multiple activities in assigned organization. This is characterized by: maintaining controls of incoming correspondence, following up to insure timely action; making travel arrangements and preparing itinerary; answering and referring calls; maintaining supervisor's calendar; maintaining filing system; and assisting or informing other employees about office procedures and requirements.
  3. Independently coordinates and directs the day-to-day activities of the office. This is characterized by: receiving and responding to a variety of calls; maintaining supervisor's calendar; recommending and implementing new standard procedures; arranging meetings and conferences; designing/developing new filing system; compiling and summarizing information from various sources; and planning and organizing the work of others.
  4. None of the above.


* 13.Select all of the following that describe your experience with federal travel regulations and automated systems:
  1. I have prepared travel documents.
  2. I have approved travel documents.
  3. I have audited travel documents.
  4. I do not have experience with travel documents.


* 14.Have you worked as part of a team on special projects, studies, or analyses dealing with issues or problems important to the organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Which of the following tasks have you performed in relation to the collection and/or analysis of information:
  1. I have secured reference materials and information from many sources.
  2. I have reviewed and analyzed reference materials.
  3. I have organized reference materials into appropriate format and presented to appropriate audience.
  4. I do not have experience collecting and/or analyzing information.






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