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Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Choose all that apply to your experience in performing routine budgetary and/or financial analysis.
  1. Identify problem areas and recommend resolution.
  2. Prepare allotments for assigned accounts.
  3. Maintain records of apportionment and/or obligation balances.
  4. Monitor financial management information reports to control obligations against allotments.
  5. Develop budgetary data.
  6. Prepare justifications for budget submission ensuring budgeted formulation data is accurate.
  7. Monitor assigned programs continually to anticipate additional budgetary requirements.
  8. None of the above.


* 2.Please indicate the types of activities/ tasks you have performed as part of your work experience.
  1. Supported the development of a budget for an organization or business unit.
  2. Coordinated the activities of an organization in developing a budget.
  3. Developed and presented budget requests with supporting justifications.
  4. Engaged in the Strategic/Tactical Planning process.
  5. Consolidated budgets for multiple operating units/organizations.
  6. Developed collateral material in support and justification of a budget.
  7. Recommended the allocation of resources.
  8. Applied financial analysis techniques to determine effect of strategic/tactical decisions.
  9. Used financial software and systems for developing budgets/forecasting.
  10. Performed State and/or Federal budgeting.
  11. Managed the budgeting process of a large complex organization.
  12. Presented and justified the request for budgeted resources for an organization.
  13. None of the above.


* 3.Choose the statement(s) that best describe the type of communication services you have provided as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have served as the point of contact with members of the public or outside agencies in order to convey detailed information about policies and regulations and rendered necessary assistance.
  2. I have explained technical or other complex information related to government regulations.
  3. I have promoted, developed and maintained good working relationships with key individuals and/or groups.
  4. I have served as a liaison making contacts with a variety of government, nonprofit and corporate officials for the purpose of conveying information.
  5. I have conducted or facilitated briefings, meetings or conferences with senior agency officials or representatives of other government agencies.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Indicate your highest level of 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.


* 5.Which of the following reflects your highest level of experience with laws and regulations relevant to the evaluation of proposed and actual changes to operating programs?
  1. I have had approval authority on projects or programs where laws and regulations were reviewed before making changes to operating programs.
  2. I have led a team responsible for reviewing laws and regulations before making changes to operating programs.
  3. I have participated in working groups as a subject matter expert on issues pertaining to laws and regulations that are relevant to operating programs.
  4. I have advised senior management on laws and regulations.
  5. I have had experience complying with the laws and regulations independently.
  6. I have had experience complying with the laws and regulations under supervision.
  7. I do not have experience evaluating proposed or actual changes to operating programs against laws and regulations.


* 6.Please select the statement(s) that best reflects your experience in communicating with different levels of an organization.
  1. I have actively participated in meetings with upper management and/or high ranking officials.
  2. I have served as a liaison between employees and management.
  3. I have served as a mediator between management and union officials.
  4. I have actively participated in meetings and discussions with employees in blue-collar positions.
  5. I have served as a mediator between management and employees.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience(s) in communications.
  1. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings or conferences.
  2. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers or others on a regular basis.
  3. I have coordinated meetings, workshops or conferences.
  4. I have delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Which of the following choices best describes your knowledge of, and experience with, planning, organizing, and conducting extended research or administrative related studies?
  1. I have no knowledge of, or experience with, planning, organizing, or conducting research or extended studies.
  2. I have knowledge of, or education in, planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies, but no experience.
  3. I have assisted in planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies.
  4. I have been responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies under supervision.
  5. I have been responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies without supervision.
  6. I have supervised others who were responsible for planning, organizing, conducting, and managing complex financial and economics related studies.


* 9.Please indicate the statement that best describes your experience planning and organizing work to achieve the goals of a program or organization.
  1. I have planned, developed and implemented programs with organizational scope and impact; managing work teams and/or advisory groups in the overall design of systems and programs.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives; planning for short and long term resource needs.
  3. I have set goals and/or planned work to be accomplished by others; set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  4. I have planned and organized my own work assignments against deadlines assigned by my Supervisor; often handling several work assignments at the same time.
  5. I do not have on-the-job experience planning or organizing work to achieve program / organizational goals.


* 10.Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  2. I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  3. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  4. I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  5. I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.From the following list, identify the types of written products you have produced. (Check all that apply).
  1. Licenses
  2. Regulations
  3. Interpretive guidance
  4. Policy documents
  5. Briefing papers/talking points for senior officials
  6. Speeches
  7. Congressional testimonies
  8. Legal Briefs
  9. None of the above






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