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* 1.Which of the following defines your eligibility for this announcement?
  1. I am currently a USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligible. (I will provide the information required as described in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.)
  2. I am currently an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligible. (I will provide the information required as described in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.)
  3. I am eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). (I will provide the information required as described in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.)
  4. I do not fit in any of the categories above and am therefore not eligible to apply to this announcement.


* 2.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


Specialized experience is fifty-two (52) weeks of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, which is directly related to the position as listed in this announcement and has equipped the candidate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position successfully. Specialized experience includes serving as a technical advisor on payroll and personnel processing actions; providing oversight and quality control review to ensure personnel actions are coded in accordance with policies and standards; AND evaluating payroll and personnel activities to identify requirements for maintaining and improving payroll and personnel action processing systems.

* 3.Will you have fifty-two (52) weeks of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, serving as a technical advisor on payroll and personnel processing actions within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where did you serve as a technical advisor on payroll and personnel processing actions? Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Which of the following best describes your experience and knowledge on human resources personnel action processing rules, regulations, concepts, and principles?
  1. I have extensive, hands-on work experience operating an HR personnel actions' processing environment using the NFC payroll system. I have researched complex processing issues, presented recommendations based on research, developed processes and standard operating procedures, and designed and delivered training on personnel action processing.
  2. I have developed processes and standard operating procedures for inputting personnel processing actions.
  3. I have developed materials used to train employees on personnel action processing.
  4. I do not have experience and knowledge on human resources personnel action processing rules, regulations, concepts, and principles.


* 5.Have you served as an agency liaison to provide technical advice on payroll and personnel processing actions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which informational materials have you utilized to resolve issues for management, employees, or customers?
  1. Technical reference guides.
  2. Program statements.
  3. Organizational/Agency policies.
  4. Standard Operating Procedures.
  5. Federal, state, or local regulations.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Have you recommended new or amended policy after evaluating the effect of recent or revised legislation on agency functions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Will you have fifty-two (52) weeks of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, providing oversight and quality control review to ensure personnel actions are coded in accordance with policies and standards?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where did you provide oversight and quality control review to ensure personnel actions are coded in accordance with policies and standards? Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 9.Which of the following processing personnel actions have you researched and coded in accordance with policies and standards?
  1. Nature of Action.
  2. Authority Code.
  3. Veterans’ Preference.
  4. Retirement Code.
  5. Position Information.
  6. Service Computation Date.
  7. Tenure.
  8. Probationary Periods.
  9. Within-Grade Date.
  10. Back Pay Calculations.
  11. Payroll Deductions.
  12. Salary Determinations.
  13. Not to Exceed Dates.
  14. Leave Without Pay.
  15. Dates for Details.
  16. None of the Above.


* 10.Which of the following guidelines have you utilized in providing oversight and quality control review to ensure personnel actions are coded in accordance with policies and standards?
  1. Code of Federal Regulations.
  2. Federal Guide to Processing Personnel Actions.
  3. Federal Pay Setting Guidelines and Rules.
  4. Other Federal Government Guidelines.
  5. NFC Payroll Personnel Processing Manuals and Reference Guides.
  6. Federal Guide to Personnel Recordkeeping.
  7. Standard Operating Procedures.
  8. None of the Above.


* 11.Will you have fifty-two (52) weeks of experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level, evaluating payroll and personnel activities to identify requirements for maintaining and improving payroll and personnel action processing systems?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where did you evaluate payroll and personnel activities to identify requirements for maintaining and improving payroll and personnel action processing systems? Please include the dates you obtained this experience. Your total experience must equal 52 weeks equivalent to the GS-12 level and be supported by your resume.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 12.Which of the following Human Resources automated systems have you used on a regular basis to support payroll and personnel action processing?
  1. HR Connect.
  2. NFC (National Finance Center).
  3. EPIC.
  4. eOPF.
  5. Other Human Resources information system software.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Which of the following responsibilities have you completed in relation to payroll and personnel action processing systems?
  1. I have provided formal training to other staff members on using payroll and personnel action processing systems.
  2. I have provided guidance to other staff members on using payroll and personnel action processing systems.
  3. I have developed procedures on using payroll and personnel action processing systems.
  4. I have represented an agency to other organizations on developing requirements, resolving issues, or performing testing on payroll and personnel action processing systems.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Which of the following personnel actions have you reviewed and processed on a regular basis using human resources software?
  1. Promotions.
  2. Reassignments.
  3. Accessions.
  4. Separations.
  5. Details.
  6. Name changes.
  7. Leave without pay.
  8. Return to duty.
  9. Retention allowances.
  10. Relocation bonuses.
  11. Recruitment bonuses.
  12. Corrections.
  13. Manual adjustments.
  14. Back-pay calculations.
  15. Interest calculations.
  16. Tax withholdings.
  17. None of the above.


* 15.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


* 16.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.


* 17.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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