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* 1.Where did you learn about this Department of the Treasury job opportunity?
  1. USAJOBS website
  2. CareerConnector Notification
  3. Community Organization
  4. Employment Office (Federal/State or Local)
  5. Friend/Relative
  6. Job Fair, Conference, or Convention

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where did you learn about this Fiscal Service job opportunity?
    1. Operation Warfighter Event
    2. Veterans Career Fair and Expo
    3. Jobzone Veteran Job Fair Prince Georges Community College
    4. Prince Georges Community College Job Fair
    5. Towson University Job Fair
    6. Other
  7. Magazine
  8. Newspaper
  9. Public Notice or Service Announcement
  10. Radio/TV
  11. School, College, Counselor
  12. Vacancy Announcement Posting
  13. Professional Organization
  14. Diversity Organization
  15. Disability Employment Program Manager
  16. Vocational Rehabilitation Services
  17. Selective Placement Program Coordinator
  18. Other


* 2.Are you a veteran eligible for sole survivor preference (SSP)? To qualify for SSP, you must have been discharged or released from active duty (on or after August 29, 2008) based on a sole survivorship discharge. If so, please provide documentation to support your claim.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.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 includes experience monitoring, supporting, tuning and troubleshooting DB2 z/OS hosted applications as a database administrator. Do you have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-11 or equivalent as described above?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.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.


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.

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


* 6.Select the following application(s) you have experience with.
  1. Oracle Database Management System
  2. DB2 v9 or v10 for Linux, Unix, or Windows
  3. SQL Server
  4. DB2 v 9 or DB2 v 10 for zOS
  5. Native IBM DB2 Tools
  6. BMC, CA Platinum or other 3rd party DB2 Tool sets
  7. Global Mirroring or TSM
  8. Database Archiving
  9. None of the above


* 7.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.


* 8.Do you have experience developing new methods, approaches, and procedures, and interpreting guidelines, and standards related to database technology?
  1. I have independently performed this task (e.g., sole author or team leader).
  2. I have performed this task as part of a team (e.g. coauthor, team member).
  3. I have performed this task with supervision (e.g., research assistant, intern).
  4. I have had education or training in performing in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing in this area.


* 9.Which statement below most accurately states your experience with SQL and database management system (DBMS) utilites?
  1. I have experience and have performed as a lead DBA utilizing SQL, DBMS utilities and reviewing stored procedures.
  2. I have experience and have performed as a senior DBA using SQL, DBMS Utilities and reviewing stored procedures.
  3. I have experience and have performed under the direction of a senior DBA using SQL, DBMS Utilities and reviewing stored procedures.
  4. I have had education or training in performing in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing in this area.


* 10.Do you possess a valid/current certification for IBM DB2 for z/OS?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.I have experience planning and coordinating activities to support DB2 z/OS applications, which included the following:
  1. Installation
  2. Operation and Maintenance
  3. Testing
  4. Troubleshooting
  5. Migration
  6. None of the above


* 12.Which of the following best describes your database experience?
  1. I have experience as a senior database administrator directing a team of senior DBAs and mentoring junior DBAs across multiple system applications.
  2. I have experience as a senior database administrator working independently and with other staff members on a variety of different system applications.
  3. I have experience as a junior database administrator taking direction from senior staff members.
  4. My experience is not reflected in any of the above statements.


* 13.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.


* 14.Indicate your experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  1. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  2. I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  3. I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  4. I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 15.Select the response that describes your experience leveraging technologies supporting agile response to manifested and unmanifested performance issues affecting the infrastructure and the systems that run on it.
  1. Troubleshooting when the issues are reported and working them through has been my primary approach to responding to infrastructure performance related issues
  2. Triage and diagnosing performance trends actively using technologies specialized in this realm has been a primary resource for identifying and addressing infrastructure performance challenges.
  3. Rely on the output of other teams dedicated to this solution and have only analyzed reports on events after they have occurred.
  4. None of the above.


* 16.Which of the following best describes your experience level with respect to developing archival plans, backup, recovery, and methodologies to maintenance individual applications?
  1. I have independently performed this task (e.g., sole author or team leader).
  2. I have performed this task as part of a team (e.g. coauthor, team member).
  3. I have performed this task with supervision (e.g., research assistant, intern).
  4. I have had education or training in performing in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing in this area


* 17.Which best describes how you resolve problems?
  1. I find innovative ways to resolve complex business problems within the scope of existing policies and procedures.
  2. I review policies and procedures, but deviate from them to create better options to resolve complex business problems.
  3. I find ways to resolve complex business problems regardless of policy and procedures.
  4. I vary from policy and procedures occasionally.
  5. I follow policies and procedures to deliver results.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience designing, maintaining, and implementing complex SQL, DDL, and utility scripting in support of DB2 z/OS applications?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 19.Which of the following best describes your experience with upgrading, maintaining, and tuning DB2 system applications on the mainframe?
  1. I have substantial experience upgrading, maintaining, and tuning DB2 applications. I have led a major upgrade, or tuning effort that resulted in marked improvements in CPU utilization and increased processing times for both batch and online operations.
  2. I have moderate experience upgrading, maintaining, and tuning DB2 applications. I have been part of a major upgrade or tuning effort that resulted in marked improvements in CPU utilization and increased processing times for both batch and online operations.
  3. I have some experience upgrading, maintaining, and tuning DB2 applications. I have performed routine tuning effort that resulted in improvements in CPU utilization and increased processing times for both batch and online operations.
  4. None of the above.


* 20.Which of the following best describes your experience with oral communications in the field of information technology?
  1. I have experience preparing and delivering oral presentations that involved negotiating and defending IT issues on behalf of my organization.
  2. I have experience preparing and delivering oral information explaining complex IT technical data, training, or procedures to others. (Examples of this experience include: conducting training seminars, conducting on-the-job training for other employees, providing technical customer service support, or conducting explanatory briefings of technical data).
  3. I have experience preparing and delivering oral presentations involving communicating routine IT information.
  4. I have experience preparing and delivering oral presentations that do not involve the field of information technology.
  5. None of the above.


* 21.From the following list of verbal communication activities, please identify the action you have routinely performed in your employment.
  1. Provide telephone support to resolve technical problems with users of hardware or software.
  2. Provide informal instructions and directions to users concerning complex software use.
  3. Deliver user training on applications, software, hardware or networks.
  4. Give presentations to small groups within the user community.
  5. Give presentations to large groups of users (twenty or more).
  6. Deliver formal classroom instruction covering technical subject matter.
  7. Provide IT training to upper level management.
  8. Represent your employer as a conference leader or speaker at formal conferences.
  9. Represent your employer as a lead negotiator in dealings with contractors, vendors or service providers from outside the agency.
  10. None of the above.


* 22.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.


* 23.Describe 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.


* 24.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. None of the above.






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