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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you currently serving, or have you 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


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 duties such as: Conducting broad or specific studies relevant to organizational goals and objectives; Directing special projects; Reporting findings and making written recommendations to management officials

* 2.Do you have at least one year of experience at the GS-12 or equivalent as described above?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.In which position(s) in your resume can your 1 year of experience be found?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 4.Select the items that describe work activities you have performed in assisting organizations in managing change.
  1. Assessed organizational readiness for change.
  2. Performed marketing and or communication activities to prepare the organization for a change in programs, policies, etc.
  3. Formally led change initiatives.
  4. Developed change management plans strategies.
  5. Conducted focus groups, surveys or interviews to determine readiness for change.
  6. Participated in performing change management interventions
  7. None of the above


* 5.Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your ability to set priorities and provide advice and instructions on how to best meet customer needs.
  1. I have led less experienced co-workers on multiple projects in order to meet customer needs, including providing advice to co-workers on how to best meet customer needs. My experience includes planning requirements and process improvement efforts for assigned projects. I have used project management practices, tools, and techniques to manage and control multiple projects.
  2. I have experience gathering, assessing and developing user requirements to meet organizational needs.
  3. I have developed and recommended innovative solutions to complex project management risks/problems that result in decisions affecting the outcome of projects.
  4. I have experience analyzing and evaluating changes in project plans and funding along with their effect on financial and budgetary milestones in order to set priorities and meet customer needs. I also have experience recommending and implementing new or revised project plans and funding to improve practices and programs.
  5. I have experience tracking schedules and monitoring project action items for multiple projects that have strict deadlines to ensure that projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Select the response(s) that describe(s)your ability to manage multiple projects and to meet strict schedule and budget deadlines.
  1. I have established priorities among concurrent multiple projects, to complete the projects and deliverables on time and within budget constraints.
  2. I have established and tracked timelines for multiple projects.
  3. I have successfully managed concurrent multiple projects from inception to completion.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.Choose the statement that best describes your skill in evaluating specific situations, identifying issues or problems, or seeking alternative solutions consistent with applicable regulations.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 8.Indicate your experience(s) gathering and evaluating information and data.
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluating methods, theories and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g., researching and analyzing official documents; compiling and charting statistical data; gathering, summarizing, and analyzing information for incorporation into final reports; carrying out specified portions or segments of specific projects).
  2. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and document any trends.
  3. I have conducted analysis, reviews and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the office.
  4. I have not performed any of the above tasks


* 9.Select all the answer(s) that describe your experience identifying and analyzing problems, making logical decisions, and providing solutions.
  1. Identified and analyzed problems; distinguished between relevant and irrelevant information to make rational decisions
  2. Used qualitative data and analytical tools in problem solving.
  3. Developed policies, regulations, procedures, and plans for meeting the organization's goals and objectives.
  4. Independently interpreted and applied statutes and regulations to resolve problems and issues.
  5. Prepared and presented analytical information to senior management officials within the organization. Analyses are used to explain or justify decision, conclusions, findings and recommendations.
  6. Developed comprehensive material for reports, briefings or meetings of senior management officials on issues.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.Select the response that best describes your decision making ability to identify and evaluate alternative, and make sound and timely decisions, even in uncertain situations.
  1. I have independently identified alternatives and made sound and timely decisions in non-routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization.
  2. I have independently made decisions involving issues in routine situations impacting the work and outcomes of an organization
  3. I have made decisions with supervisory review only at the final stage.
  4. I have made decisions with supervisor review and approval at predetermined stages in project development.
  5. I have made decisions involving simple or routine situations with frequent peer review and interaction with my supervisor.
  6. None of the above


* 11.Which of the following best describes your proficiency in the use of spreadsheet or database software?
  1. I have little or no proficiency in the use of spreadsheet or data base software.
  2. I am able to use spreadsheet or data base software to track and monitor routine program operations.
  3. I am able to use spreadsheet or data base software to analyze routine program trends.
  4. I am able to use spreadsheet or data base software to forecast long-range program trends.
  5. I am able to use spreadsheet or data base software to track and monitor program delivery and effectiveness.
  6. I do not have any experience as described in the choices above.


* 12.Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience with office automation.
  1. I have used computer software, such as Microsoft PowerPoint, to create charts and graphic presentations.
  2. I have used computer software, such as Microsoft Word, to type reports, letters, forms, etc.
  3. I have used computer software, such as Microsoft Excel, to create tables and produce spreadsheets.
  4. I have used database software to perform data entry and data manipulation.
  5. None of the above


* 13.Please choose the statement that best describes your experience communicating in writing.
  1. I have developed and compiled written documents for a wide variety of audiences that required significant editing prior to distribution.
  2. I have consistently generated effective, detailed, well written documents that required moderate editing prior to distribution.
  3. I have independently generated effective, detailed, well written documents that required little or no editing, and are of a quality suitable for review by senior executives.
  4. None of the above


* 14.Select the response(s) that describes your interpersonal communication skills that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet program objectives.
  2. I have interacted with effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to support staff or co-workers.
  4. I have imposed consequences and held others accountable to meet program requirements, policies and/or standards
  5. I have persuaded others to adopt new methods procedures or techniques in order to improve operations or to meet new standards.
  6. I have diffused confrontational contacts with people who are difficult, hostile or distressed.
  7. None of the above


* 15.Select the response(s) that describes your experience in preparing written documents.
  1. I have written technical reports based upon research, analysis, and data collection that summarize findings and made recommendations to inform or guide others in my organization.
  2. I have written documents that serve as policy or formal guidelines for my organization.
  3. I have prepared written documents that summarize review comments on draft policy, technical papers, or complex reports.
  4. I have written briefing papers that clearly and concisely summarize important points and contain recommendations for consideration by managers in my organization.
  5. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to communicate information that is complex or controversial in nature.
  6. I have written business letters to other organizations or customers to inform them of routine program activities.
  7. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  8. None of the above


* 16.Select the one response that best describes your experience in delivering quality work products that satisfy team and/or organizational priorities and deadlines.
  1. I normally work on individual projects and assignments that are of high priority to the organization. My work assignments are generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain if from my team leader or supervisor.
  2. I manage multiple tasks/assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving the team leader or supervisor.
  3. In addition to managing multiple tasks/assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others to determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  4. None of the above






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