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Grade: All Grades
* 1.REQUIRED--A copy of your most recent performance appraisal or a written justification as to why you do not have one. Have you received an appraisal or rating on your job performance?
  1. Yes
    If yes, you must submit a copy of your most recently received performance appraisal per the instructions under "How to Apply" of this announcement.
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.If no, please explain why. Your statement will not be accepted if it does not give a reason. "I have not received a performance appraisal" is acceptable as a reason.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


Individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled. 1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. 2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services 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. 3. 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. 4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

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


For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes one year of experience leading projects or acting as a project manager in an IT related field.

* 3.Do you have at least one year of experience at the GS-12 or equivalent as described above?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Make sure experience is clearly documented in your resume. Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience/education so it may be found to ensure you receive proper credit.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.I have experience performing the following project management tasks:
  1. Resource allocation
  2. Budgeting
  3. Scheduling
  4. Risk management
  5. Scope management
  6. Change management
  7. None of the above


* 5.Do you have a Project Management Certification?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If yes, please list the accrediting organization, date of certification, and certification number.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.I have experience documenting and using the following project management plans and tools:
  1. Project Charter
  2. Status Report
  3. Project Schedule
  4. Status Meeting Agendas and Minutes
  5. Action Item Log
  6. Risk Register
  7. Issue Log
  8. Decision Log
  9. None of the above


* 7.Are you proficient in a Project Management application?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If yes, please list the project management application, version, and number of years experience.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 8.How many different projects, with full performance accountability as the official project manager, have you led the planning and execution?
  1. 10 or more
  2. 8 to 9
  3. 6 to 7
  4. 4 to 5
  5. 2 to 3
  6. 1
  7. 0


* 9.What’s the most number of dedicated project resources you have managed as the fully accountable project manager?
  1. Over 10
  2. 6 to 9
  3. 3 to 5
  4. 1 to 2
  5. 0


* 10.How many projects have you managed as the fully accountable project manager with over a $500,000 total budget?
  1. 5
  2. 4
  3. 3
  4. 2
  5. 1
  6. 0


* 11.From the following list of situations involving conveying information orally, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. Briefed mid management within my agency or organization.
  2. Briefed organization or agency management within my agency or organization.
  3. Briefed organization or agency senior executives within my agency or organization.
  4. Briefed mid management from external agencies or organizations.
  5. Briefed organization or agency management from external agencies or organizations.
  6. Briefed organization or agency senior executives from external agencies or organizations.
  7. None of the above


* 12.From the following list, select one choice that best describes your communication skills.
  1. I have regularly served as a subject matter expert in dealing with managers and executives.
  2. I have regularly participated in discussions with managers and executives in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have cooperative attitudes.
  3. I have regularly conducted discussions as a program representative, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, 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 compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  4. I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of individuals or groups.
  5. None of the above


* 13.From the following list of situations involving conveying information in written form, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. Authored documentation for mid management within my agency or organization.
  2. Authored documentation for organization or agency management within my agency or organization.
  3. Authored documentation for organization or agency senior executives within my agency or organization.
  4. Authored documentation for mid management from external agencies or organizations.
  5. Authored documentation for organization or agency management from external agencies or organizations.
  6. Authored documentation for organization or agency senior executives from external agencies or organizations.
  7. None of the above


* 14.Choose the statement that best describes your experience building support for ideas and initiatives with key stakeholders inside and outside the organization.
  1. I have no experience performing this task.
  2. I have had limited experience building support for ideas and initiatives with key stakeholders inside and outside the organization gained by seeking support for ideas or initiatives under close guidance.
  3. I have sought support for ideas and initiatives from key internal and external stakeholders with the result that these ideas/initiatives have been included in major recommendations made by others.
  4. I have analyzed the pros and cons of key ideas/initiatives and clearly elucidated these options for key internal and external stakeholders with the result that the ideas/initiatives were successfully implemented. 4
  5. I have experience establishing project scopes.
  6. I have initiated and/or terminated projects based on the scope and fit to my organization.


* 15.I have experience in the following leadership tools and practices:
  1. Conflict management
  2. Negotiations
  3. Situational leadership
  4. Team building
  5. Delegating
  6. Training
  7. Mentoring
  8. Coaching
  9. Coalition/relationship building
  10. None of the above


* 16.Do you have experience in reviewing the scope of a project and determining the IT resource areas that will need to be involved through the life of the project?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Do you have experience facilitating technical discussions and requirements work sessions with the customer and the technical subject matter experts in the room?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Do you have experience documenting requirements and assisting in the translation of the requirements to the IT design/engineer teams?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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