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Note: Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the job-specific questions, or you may not receive credit.

If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, the following process will take place: Your application will receive no further consideration for this announcement OR after a review of all the experience and training, a score reflective of your application will be assigned.

* 1.Specialized experience for this position includes accomplishment of computer project assignments requiring a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This specialized experience should include experience as a systems administrator with such tasks as: installing, supporting, and maintaining servers, planning for and responding to service outages and other problems, as well as hardware or software troubleshooting. Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  1. I have one year of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, as described above.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience as described above.


* 2.If you answered yes, where in your resume do you meet this specialized experience (position, employer, dates of employment)?
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


* 4.Which of the following best reflects your level of experience in the following functions as it relates to system administration: designing systems, maintaining systems, updating systems, monitoring systems, and installing security patches to systems?
  1. I have performed none of the functions as a regular part of my job.
  2. I have performed one of the functions as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have performed two of the functions as a regular part of my job.
  4. I have performed three of the functions as a regular part of my job.
  5. I have performed four of the functions as a regular part of my job.
  6. I have performed all of the functions as a regular part of my job.


* 5.Which of the following functions have you regularly performed in supporting system administration?
  1. Monitor the system for software failure
  2. Monitor system for security threats
  3. Configure or manage an enterprise identity manager product (i.e. Oracle/Sun Identity Manager, IBM Tivoli Identity Manager)
  4. Troubleshoot and correct performance problems
  5. Troubleshoot and correct system problems
  6. Administration or support of Public Key Infrastructure
  7. Administration or support of Single Sign-On
  8. Integrate applications using Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML)
  9. None of the above


* 6.Which of the following statements best describes your experience analyzing problems from available information and formulating recommendations?
  1. I have experience in leading teams in gathering, evaluating, and analyzing data to form sound conclusions and recommendations that are supported by facts gathered and that meet stated objectives.
  2. I have experience in gathering, evaluating, and analyzing data to form sound conclusions and recommendations that are supported by facts gathered and that meet stated objectives.
  3. I have experience in conducting research and analyzing data.
  4. I have experience performing routine research and analysis.
  5. I have no experience performing routine research and analysis.


* 7.Which of the following best reflects your experience working in professional IT work teams charged with carrying out an assignment or project?
  1. I have been a member of professional IT work teams that have completed work assignments or projects.
  2. In addition to being a member of professional IT work teams, I have led IT work teams that have completed work assignments or projects.
  3. I have not served on a professional IT work team.


* 8.From the list below, which of the following best describes your experience working in a team environment?
  1. I have experience working as a member of a team/group to accomplish an assignment.
  2. I have experience working with a team to jointly produce a report or recommendation as part of a project that was presented to a supervisor or manager. This experience included explaining information or persuading others to accept the recommended point of view.
  3. I have experience as a primary member of a team where the group was responsible for completing an IT project in a specific time frame and jointly presenting it to senior management. This experience required working with team members who were from different organizations, disciplines, or conflicting views or approaches.
  4. I do not have experience working in a team environment.


* 9.Choose the statement that best characterizes your experience in executing IT projects.
  1. I have experience in a role where I received a broadly defined assignment and developed it into a well-defined project. After developing the project, I was responsible for leading the project to completion.
  2. I have experience leading a project defined by management and overseeing the completion of the project.
  3. I have experience leading a specific component of a project, but not the entire project.
  4. I have worked with others as a team to complete projects or components of a project under the direction of a project manager or leader.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your experience with oral communications?
  1. I have experience participating as a team member in the preparation and delivering of oral presentations involving communicating and explaining complex technical data, information or procedures to others. (Examples of this experience include: conducting training seminars, conducting on-the-job training for other employees, or conducting explanatory briefings of technical data).
  2. I have experience preparing oral presentations involving communicating and explaining complex technical data, information, or procedures to others. (Examples of this experience include: conducting training seminars, conducting on-the-job training for other employees, or conducting briefings of technical data).
  3. I have experience participating as a team member in the preparation and delivering oral presentations involving communicating routing information.
  4. I have experience preparing and delivering oral presentations involving communicating routine information.
  5. I have experience participating as a team member in the preparation and delivering oral presentations involving communicating routine information.
  6. My experience is not reflected in any of the above statements.


* 11.Which of the following best describes your experience with written communications?
  1. I have experience preparing and publishing written presentations involving complex technical data, information, or procedures to others. (Examples of this experience include: developing training materials, preparing system design documents for change management, or preparing briefings of technical data).
  2. I have experience participating as a team member in the preparation and publishing written presentations involving complex technical data, information, or procedures to others. (Examples of this experience include: developing training materials, preparing system design documents for change management, or preparing briefings of technical data).
  3. I have experience participating as a team member in the preparation of status reports and briefing papers involving communicating routine information.
  4. I have experience preparing status reports and briefing papers involving communicating routine information.
  5. My experience is not reflected in any of the above statements.


* 12.I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information on and attached to this application is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that false or fraudulent information on or attached to this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I understand that any information I give may be investigated.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.I understand that correspondence necessary for this announcement may be conducted via e-mail and sent to the e-mail address I have provided in this application process. I must keep this e-mail address current. I further understand that any filters or spamblockers I am using may affect my ability to receive correspondence.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., SF-50, most recent performance appraisal, transcripts, DD-214, etc., may be required for this position. I understand any required documentation must be submitted in accordance with the timeframes established in this announcement. I also understand that failure to submit this documentation may negatively impact my consideration for this vacancy.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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