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Grade: 11
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Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-9 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 1) assisting program staff during negotiations for grant awards; 2) tracking and documenting the management of grants; 3) providing technical assistance to program staff and grantees on the interpretation and application of grants laws, regulations, policies and procedures.

* 1.Which of the following best describes your specialized experience/education for this position?
  1. I have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level as described above.
  2. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full academic years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. in a related field.
  3. I have a combination of the education and specialized experience described that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the work.
  4. I have none of the above.


* 2.Have you assisted with monitoring grantees’ to assure compliance with terms and conditions of a grant award?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Have you responded to grantee questions and inquiries?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Have you ever communicated an interpretation of grant laws, regulations, policies or procedures to staff or grantees?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 12
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Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-11 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 1) evaluating grantee proposal and justifications, including cost factors; 2) monitoring grant management activities and grantee operations; and 3) providing technical guidance to internal and external stakeholders on grant administration and financial policies, procedures, statutes, and regulations.

* 1.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level as described above within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Which of the following have you been involved in negotiating?
  1. Grant awards
  2. Grant budgets
  3. Grant terms and conditions
  4. None of the above


* 3.Have you been responsible for monitoring grantees’ continuing operations to assure compliance with terms and conditions of a grant award?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Have you negotiated the amount of continuation and supplemental grant awards?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Have you briefed grantees on the responsibilities, requirements, grants management objectives, policies and procedures to be followed during the life of the grant?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Have you been responsible for advising staff and grantees on the interpretation and application of grants laws, regulations, policies and procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Which of the following audiences have you made presentations to on Federal grant laws, regulations, rules, policies, procedures, and results of grant competitions?
  1. Program officials within my own agency or organization.
  2. Program officials within grantee financial management organizations.
  3. Accountants.
  4. None of the above.


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.

        BRANCHED: 1.If your answer was "other" please list where you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 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.Have you been responsible for ensuring the close out of grants is compliant with administrative and fiscal requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Have you reviewed grant applications to assure compliance with applicable announcements and fiscal policies?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience in initiating, planning, and conducting surveys and studies to recommend changes to policies, procedures, and regulations?
  1. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have assisted senior level Specialists in this task.
  3. I have performed this task independently.
  4. I have led or overseen the performance of this task by lower level employees.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 8.Have you tracked trends and patterns, including statistical analysis, of grantee financials performance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Have you evaluated explanations for deviations of requested amounts when computing direct costs of grant applications?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Have you conducted cost analyses of proposals?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.Have you reviewed cost factors, including cost principles, when evaluating grantee requests and justification?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Have you analyzed grantee financial reports to determine business capabilities?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Have you coordinated with program officials to resolve grantee issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Which of the following statements best describe your experience in providing training, technical assistance, oversight, ethics advice, expertise, and consultation to program officials, grantees, review panels, applicants, recipients, and sub-recipients as needed?
  1. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  2. I have assisted senior level Specialists in this task.
  3. I have performed this task independently.
  4. I have led or overseen the performance of this task by lower level employees.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.






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