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Grade: 07
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GS-7: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes installing and configuring software in a z/OS environment; OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: One full year of graduate level education OR a Bachelor's Degree in any of the designated fields (computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management, or a degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in one or more of these fields) with Superior Academic Achievement demonstrated through class standing (upper third of the graduating class); grade point average (a GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years education or courses completed during the final 2 years; or a GPA of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on required courses in the major field); or election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. A copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned is required.

* 1.GS-7: Choose one answer that best describes your experience or education as related to the basic qualification requirements for the GS-7 level position. Your answer must be supported by your on-line resume:
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience as defined in the vacancy announcement which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-05 level.
  2. I have successfully completed at least one full year of graduate level study (18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) in a field that is related to the duties of this position.
  3. I have Superior Academic Achievement because I have a Bachelor's degree, with one of the following: (1) A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all completed undergraduate courses or those completed in the last 2 years of study, or (2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all courses in the major field of study or those courses in the major completed in the last 2 years of study, or (3) rank in the upper one third of the class in the college, university, or major subdivision, or (4)membership in a national honor society recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.
  4. None of the previous statements apply to me.


* 2.Please indicate the school or job where you acquired this education and/or experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


In addition to meeting specialized experience, applicants must have proficiency in each of the four competencies listed below. • Attention to Detail – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. • Customer Service – Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the service or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. • Problem Solving – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

* 3.Do you possess all four competencies listed above in your IT-related experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: 09
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GS-9: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes installing and configuring software in both z/OS and z/VM environments; OR You may substitute education for specialized experience as follows: Two full years of progressively higher graduate education or Master's degree in any of the fields listed above. A copy of transcript or list of college courses designating semester or quarter hours earned is required.

* 1.GS-9: Choose one answer that best describes your experience or education as related to the basic qualification requirements for the GS-9 level position. Your answer must be supported by your on-line resume:
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience as defined in the vacancy announcement which has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level.
  2. I have a master's or equivalent degree that has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of this position.
  3. I have completed 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a graduate degree in a field that has equipped me with the knowledge and skills to perform the duties of this position.
  4. I do not have the experience or education listed above.


* 2.Please indicate the school or job where you acquired this education and/or experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


In addition to meeting specialized experience, applicants must have proficiency in each of the four competencies listed below. • Attention to Detail – Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. • Customer Service – Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the service or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. • Problem Solving – Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

* 3.Do you possess all four competencies listed above in your IT-related experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. When you receive your application confirmation notice, we suggest that you request that a copy of the questions and your responses be sent to you by return email. Then, if you identify any inaccuracies, you may change your responses before the closing date of this announcement. If you are rated ineligible based on your responses to the questions, you will be notified by email shortly after the announcement closes.

Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are claiming preference but are currently in the military, you must submit a memo from your current military personnel office. This memo must include years of service, projected terminal leave date, campaign and expeditionary medals (including purple heart, if applicable) and statement about the character of service (honorable).

All supplemental documents requested in this vacancy announcement must be received by the closing date. Please check the Required Documents section of the vacancy announcement carefully to determine what, if any, additional documentation is required.

Your responses to the following questions supplement the information provided in your resume. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position. Failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a "NOT QUALIFIED" determination for this position. Use the following links for tips on preparing your resume and writing your cover letter -- Resume, Cover Letter.

* 1.I am applying for the Recent Graduates Program based on the following statement. Select the one statement that applies.
  1. I have, within the previous 2 years, completed all educational requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying institution.
  2. I have completed all educational requirements, as stated above, between December 27, 2010 and July 10, 2012 (exception provided by Pathways regulations.)
  3. I am a veteran, who, due to a military service obligation, was precluded from applying to a Recent Graduates Program during a portion of my 2 year eligibility period. My eligibility period is extended to receive the full 2 years of eligibility. I understand that my eligibility period may not extend beyond 6 years from the date that all educational requirements were completed.
  4. None of the above


* 2.Choose the response that most accurately describes your cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  1. 4.0
  2. 3.5-3.99
  3. 3.0-3.49
  4. 2.0-2.99
  5. below 2.0


* 3.From the descriptions below, choose the response(s) that most accurately describes your degree(s).
  1. Master’s degree in computer science – emphasis in mainframe
  2. Master’s degree in computer science
  3. Master’s degree in other than computer science
  4. Bachelor’s degree in computer science – emphasis in mainframe
  5. Bachelor’s degree in computer science
  6. Bachelor’s degree in other than computer science
  7. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with learning mainframe software in a z/OS environment.
  1. I do not have the described experience in performing this task.
  2. Student/classroom experience only – 1 to 3 specific classes
  3. Student classroom experience only – more than 3 specific classes
  4. On-the-job training


* 5.Choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with working with mainframe software in a z/OS environment.
  1. I do not have the described experience in performing this task.
  2. Student internship on-campus
  3. Student internship off-campus
  4. Full time z/OS systems programmer job – 1 year of experience
  5. Full time z/OS systems programmer job – more than 1 year of experience


* 6.Please specify where in your resume the experience was gained (company, job title, and years of experience).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 7.Choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with learning mainframe software in a z/VM environment.
  1. I do not have the described experience in performing this task.
  2. Student/classroom experience only – 1 to 3 specific classes
  3. Student classroom experience only – more than 3 specific classes
  4. On-the-job training


* 8.Choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with working with mainframe software in a z/VM environment.
  1. I do not have the described experience in performing this task.
  2. Student internship on-campus
  3. Student internship off-campus
  4. Full time z/VM systems programmer job – 1 year of experience
  5. Full time z/VM systems programmer job – more than 1 year of experience


* 9.Choose the response that most accurately describes your experience with working with UNIX operating system software.
  1. I do not have the described experience in performing this task.
  2. Student internship on-campus
  3. Student internship off-campus
  4. Full time z/OS systems programmer job – 1 year of experience
  5. Full time z/OS systems programmer job – more than 1 year of experience


* 10.I have been an administrator of the following operating system(s):
  1. Microsoft Windows
  2. Linux, UNIX, AIX
  3. Linux on System Z
  4. OS X Mountain Lion
  5. Android
  6. iOS
  7. z/OS
  8. z/VM
  9. None of the above


* 11.I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001), my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding "No" to this item will result in my not being considered for this position.
  1. Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  2. No, I do not certify the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith.
  3. No, I do not understand the information provided above.






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