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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.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.


You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Specialized experience includes demonstrative experience analyzing and making recommendations to develop laws, regulations, guidelines and procedures.

* 6.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Have you analyzed legislation and/or policy to determine what impact changes will have on organizational programs?
  1. Yes

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

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 8.Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience in performing analytical and/or evaluative reviews to assess the effectiveness of current operations and policies and to identify critical or continuing program needs.
  1. Applies fact-finding and investigative techniques in resolving operational and/or programmatic issues.
  2. Evaluates comments received on proposed regulations and/or policies to determine whether changes are feasible, enforceable and acceptable in view of program goals.
  3. Works with senior officials to define, analyze, and resolve problems with regulations and policy.
  4. None of the above.


9.Have you developed policies, standards, or procedures for a specific program area and/or developed internal administrative or operational policies and procedures within an assigned program area?
  1. I have had education or training in 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 with minimal supervision.
  4. I have led or overseen the performance of this task by lower level employees, and/or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to guide them in performing this task because of my expertise.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 10.I have written policy and/or decision memoranda relating to legislation, regulations, or policy.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.I have drafted all or portions of briefings to present ideas in a clear and concise manner.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Choose the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of a job. Select all that apply.
  1. Correspondence to parties outside of an organization
  2. Legislative analysis and proposals
  3. Regulations and regulatory analysis
  4. Procedural handbooks and/or Instructions
  5. Guidance material for use by State and local administrators
  6. Federal register notices
  7. Responses to sensitive and unusually complex inquiries from Congress, States, and general public
  8. Spreadsheets incorporating formulas and graphs
  9. None of the above


* 13.Which of the following best describes your experience communicating verbally?
  1. I have regularly acquired, clarified, or exchanged facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  2. I have participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific programmatic challenges. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  3. I have regularly served as a program representative and subject matter expert, and I have justified, persuaded, negotiated, and/or resolved matters involving significant or controversial administrative or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (representatives from agency, other Federal agencies, or industry leaders).
  4. I have conducted discussions and/or participated in workgroups as a program representative in whom the purpose was to influence, motivate, and/or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g. gaining agreement regarding program policy.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied?
  1. Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among internal and external stakeholders.
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  4. Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  5. Diffuse difficult situations with people who are in disagreement with a policy or policies, and hostile to the policy decision.
  6. Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.Indicate the highest capacity that you have held during the execution of a specific project.
  1. Project team member
  2. Project team leader (management of a small component of a larger project, including planning and assignment of work to team members)
  3. Project manager (leading all components of project, including planning and assignments of work to team leaders and/or members)
  4. None of the above


* 16.Select the response that most accurately reflects your experience in managing multiple assignments and/or projects.
  1. I have set priorities and made adjustments to meet delivery schedules and deadlines on single (and sequential) assignments and/or projects under my control.
  2. I have set priorities and made adjustments for other employees (e.g., on teams I have led) to meet delivery schedules and deadlines on multiple (and simultaneous) assignments and/or projects under my responsibility.
  3. I have set priorities and made adjustments to meet delivery schedules and deadlines on multiple (and simultaneous) assignments and/or projects under my control.
  4. None of the above.


* 17.Select those statements in the following list that describe your experience and ability in participating in or managing inter-disciplinary teams focused on regulatory policies. Select all that apply.
  1. I have demonstrated experience leading projects to conduct studies designed to provide solutions to new and existing needs and problems.
  2. I have demonstrated experience assigning tasks to team members and monitoring their progress.
  3. I have demonstrated experience creating and maintaining project plans, monitoring progress of project, informing senior officials, and adjusting priorities as needed.
  4. I have demonstrated experience leading portions of a project to conduct research on solutions to new and existing needs.
  5. I have demonstrated experience assigning tasks to members of work groups and monitoring progress.
  6. I have demonstrated experience maintaining project plans for a work group project.
  7. I have demonstrated experience working independently and taking initiative to implement plans and ideas, using judgment in determining when assistance/approval might be needed.
  8. None of the above.






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