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Grade: 11
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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrated accomplishment of project assignments requiring a wide range of knowledge of system requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge generally is demonstrated by assignments where the applicant has experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others inside the organizational unit.OR Undergraduate or Graduate Education must include a degree in 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 the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems, or networks. You must have three (3) full academic years of progressively higher graduate level education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral 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-11 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-09 level, or equivalent, as described in the job opportunity announcement.
  2. I have successfully completed 3 full acedemic years of education of progressively higher graduate level education leading to a Ph.D., LL.M., or equivalent doctoral degree. (In order to be creditable, education must be related to this position.)
  3. I have a combination of education and experience as described that together qualify me for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.If you answered 1 or 3 to the previous question, where in your resume do you meet this specialized experience (position, employer, dates of employment)?
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: 12
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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 that demonstrated accomplishment of project assignments requiring a wide range of knowledge of system requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. This knowledge generally is demonstrated by assignments where the applicant has experience planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment where this entailed coordination with others both internal and external to the organizational unit.

* 1.Do you meet this specialized experience?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 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.


* 3.What is your experience working with databases?
  1. I have identified and collected data from users.
  2. I have developed the requirements to store data.
  3. I have developed queries to prepare reports.
  4. I have entered data provided to me into a database or spreadsheet.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.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.


* 5.Which best describes how you resolve problems?
  1. I independently find innovative ways to resolve complex business problems within the scope of existing policies and procedures.
  2. I review policies and procedures to solve complex business problems with minimal guidance from my lead and/or supervisor.
  3. I resolve routine business problems by following established and well-documented policy and procedures using my own research.
  4. I resolve routine business problems by following established policy and procedures after receiving detailed guidance from my lead and/or supervisor.
  5. I frequently vary from policy and established procedures to resolve problems and obtain results.
  6. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
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.

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


* 2.Which of the following defines your eligibility for this announcement?
  1. I am a current BFS employee on a career or career-conditional (permanent) appointment in the competitive service.
  2. I am a current BFS employee serving on a Veteran's Recruitment Appointment or an appointment through the program for the employment of individuals with disabilities.
  3. I am currently a Treasury Career Transition Assistance program eligible. ( I will provide the information required as described in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.
  4. I do not fit any of the categories above and am therefore not eligible to apply to this announcement.


* 3.REQUIRED--A copy of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year, that includes the final rating. If you have not received a performance appraisal within the last year, you must provide an explanation. Have you received an appraisal or rating on your job performance in the last year?
  1. Yes
    If yes, you must submit a complete copy of your most recently received performance appraisal (dated within the last year) 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 within the last year" is acceptable as a reason.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 4.Select the responses that best describe your involvement with the planning, design, and implementation of IT systems to meet the business requirements of customer organizations.
  1. Performed needs analysis to define opportunities for new or improved business process solutions.
  2. Managed, reviewed and resolved conflicts associated with the identification and specification of IT systems requirements through customer consultation
  3. Managed, reviewed and resolved conflicts associated with the development of overall functional and systems requirements and specifications.
  4. Defined system scope and objectives.
  5. Ensured the integration of all systems components, e.g., procedures, databases, software, and hardware.
  6. Planned and scheduled the installation of new or modified hardware and operating systems and application software.
  7. Resolved hardware/software interface and interoperability problems.
  8. Ensured systems availability, functionality, integrity and efficiency.
  9. Maintained systems configuration.
  10. Managed the installation and integration of systems fixes, updates, and enhancements.
  11. Developed database requirements.
  12. None of the above.


* 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 a database.
  4. Troubleshoot and correct performance problems.
  5. Troubleshoot and correct system problems.
  6. 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.From the choices below, please select the answer that best reflects your skill at communicating technical and non-technical information to end users.
  1. I do not have experience presenting technical and non-technical information to end users.
  2. I have presented technical and non-technical information to end users.
  3. I have made oral presentations of technical and non-technical information to supervisors, co-workers and others.
  4. I have been acknowledged for my ability to orally communicate technical and non-technical information to a variety of personnel internal and external to the organization.


* 8.From the choices below, please select the answer that best describes you.
  1. I am able to communicate moderately technical ideas with individuals or groups and collaborate with senior personnel.
  2. I am able to clearly communicate and defend highly complex and controversial ideas and advise other IT experts within the agency or outside the agency.
  3. I am able to present recommendations and justifications to implement systems that meet current and future business requirements and enhance the existing architecture.
  4. I am able to communicate complex technical ideas and information with individuals or groups that encompass all levels of personnel and present recommendations regarding policy, programs, and innovations.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in writing technical instructions, technical guidance, technical procedures, and guidelines for implementation of technology.
  1. I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 10.Which of the following statements best describes your experience documenting problems and resolutions.
  1. I consistently document the stated problem, underlying root cause and resolution, and update existing documentation to reflect new information.
  2. I thoroughly document the stated problem and underlying root cause and resolution.
  3. I document the stated problem and the resolution.
  4. I create/update documentation.
  5. I do not have this experience.


* 11.Which of the following best describes your experience with written communications in the field of information technology?
  1. I have experience preparing and delivering written presentations that involved negotiating and defending IT issues and positions on behalf of my organization.
  2. I have experience preparing and publishing written presentations involving complex IT 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 for use in hardening procedures or certification and accreditation support).
  3. I have experience preparing status reports and briefing papers involving communicating routine IT information.
  4. I have experience preparing written presentations that do not involve the field of information technology.
  5. My experience is not reflected in any of the above statements.


* 12.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.


* 13.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.






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