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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.


You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as: Experience in conducting program cost and schedule analysis, including cost/budget formulation, planning, tracking and reporting. Experience in developing cost and price estimates and comparing them to available funds. Experience in analyzing and monitoring budgets and costs. Experience in preparing monthly reports and briefings to management regarding status and future predictions of cost/budgets. Experience in documenting and communicating findings to the team leader; and recommending improvements in management controls.

* 2.Do you meet the specialized experience as stated in the vacancy announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience performing statistical analyses of program data?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Indicate your experience gathering and evaluating information and conducting trends analysis on data.
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluation practices, theories, methods, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g. financial controls, office budgets, program operation improvements, etc.)
  2. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and documents any trends.
  3. I have obtained accurate and sufficient information on congressional, industry or public inquiries and recommended responses based on evaluation of the information.
  4. I have conducted analysis, reviews and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the assigned field offices.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 5.Do you have professional experience analyzing management processes and systems, and developing recommendations for improvements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Which of the following best reflect your ability to perform quantitative analysis and evaluation?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.
  2. I have had formal undergraduate level education/training in this area. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  3. I have had formal graduate level education/training in this area. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  4. I have had formal education/training in this area, and work experience in performing quantitative and qualitative analysis and evaluation.
  5. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  6. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  7. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely.
  8. I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Choose the statement(s) that best describe the analytical techniques you have used most frequently to develop new or modified work methods.
  1. Organizational structures.
  2. Record and file management.
  3. Human resource management.
  4. Program guidelines and procedures.
  5. Automating work processes.
  6. I have not used any of the above to develop new or modified work methods.


* 8.Do you have experience writing technical reports in a clear and well-organized manner and orally presenting findings to a variety of high-level audiences?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.Do you have experience preparing briefings on projects or program status for senior office management?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Choose the statements that best describe the highest responsibility you routinely have for preparing written documents.
  1. Routinely write reports to supervisor reflecting your analysis and recommendations in documents such as memorandums to the file or briefing memorandums.
  2. Routinely write or coordinate policy documents such as program policies and procedures, examination/review procedures, policy guidance, or training manuals that are distributed within the agency for use by professional users such as management/program analysts and program managers.
  3. I have prepared detailed summary reports, spreadsheets, presentations, diagrams, including recommendations and possible solutions to program operations problems.
  4. Issue/position papers or summary reports on organizational data that included analysis and recommendations.
  5. Policy statements and guidance.
  6. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  7. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  8. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  9. Presentation or briefing materials.
  10. None of the above.


* 11.Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience? Check all that apply.
  1. Established priorities among multiple projects.
  2. Established timelines for multiple projects.
  3. Closed out projects.
  4. Started up and manage projects through completion.
  5. Established and monitor project progress.
  6. Met deadlines.
  7. Used project management software.
  8. Made resource decisions for competing projects.
  9. Assigned tasks and monitor performance.
  10. Anticipated and resolve problems.
  11. None of the above.


* 12.Choose the following products you have experience using on a regular basis.
  1. Microsoft Project.
  2. Microsoft Word.
  3. Microsoft Excel.
  4. Microsoft PowerPoint.
  5. Microsoft Visio.
  6. None of the above.






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