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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


* 4.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.


Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent in other public sectors, that is directly related to the position as listed and which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include: •Applying Advance Planning Document (APD) rules and procedures to implement automation systems in the determination of eligibility for Food and Nutrition Service programs and/or other major Federal Assistance programs, •Working independently and/or in teams to evaluate management practices and develop recommendations to improve IS project outcomes.

* 5.Select the answer that best describes your experience as it directly relates to the specialized experience statement. Carefully review your application and ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. I have one full year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.

        BRANCHED: * 1.This experience must be clearly documented in your resume. Indicate where we can find this specialized experience to ensure you receive proper credit.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. I do not have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the definition as described above.


* 6.Choose all of the following Federal Nutrition Assistance, Health or Human Services Programs with which you have program knowledge and experience.
  1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
  2. WIC Program
  3. School Lunch Program
  4. Medicaid
  5. Child Welfare
  6. Child Support Enforcement
  7. None of the Above


* 7.Have you evaluated systems plans that require an understanding of an organization’s priorities, and related efforts to solve problems?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 8.Have you applied knowledge of SNAP and/or WIC program requirements in order to evaluate systems project plans for these programs?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 9.Have you evaluated complex technical documentation for adherence to specified requirements, including FNS Handbook 901?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.Have you reviewed documents or evaluated systems specifically related to SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT)?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 11.Have you evaluated financial information, budgets or spreadsheets for adherence to accounting principles, accuracy of calculations, logic or other appropriate standards?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 12.Have you written detailed commentary, analysis or reports presenting the results of system project plan reviews?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 13.Have you evaluated projects to insure conformance to the users' specifications or plan of operation as set forth in work/planning documents or sessions, formal requirements or operating guidelines?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 14.Have you provided technical guidance and assistance in the preparation of project specifications, or on-going advice and analysis regarding automated systems?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 15.Have you prepared monitoring or evaluation reports, or technical briefings, which accurately identify any deficiencies and recommend solutions for problem areas?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 16.Have you negotiated solutions to problem areas identified in system project plans?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 17.Have you provided oral guidance and assistance related to the FNS Advance Planning Document process?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 18.Have you explained or presented complex or controversial issues to various types of audiences?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 19.Have you provided training sessions to individuals or groups in order to explain procedures or policies?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 20.Do you have experience explaining findings resulting from the review of systems project plans?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 21.Have you drafted policy/decision memos relating to legislation, regulation, or policy?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 22.Have you authored briefings or reports to present complex ideas and concepts in a clear, precise manner?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 23.Have you created training materials such as documented Standard Operating Procedures, PowerPoint presentations, handouts, or worksheets?
  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 and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  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.


* 24.Select all of the following computer software programs with which you have utilized in a work setting:
  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft PowerPoint
  3. Microsoft Excel
  4. Microsoft Live Meeting
  5. Microsoft Access
  6. SharePoint
  7. Metastorm BPM
  8. AltoSoft
  9. Camtasia
  10. None of the Above


* 25.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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