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* 1.GS-14 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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.


* 2.Select the budget formulation and execution activities that you have performed in a professional setting.
  1. Appeals on budget decisions or OMB passback.
  2. Budget guidance development.
  3. Program financial performance reviews.
  4. Budget planning preparation.
  5. Budget and program trend analysis.
  6. Analyze impacts for alternative level of funding.
  7. Assemble information for a program performance progress report.
  8. Perform or participate in budget execution activities.
  9. Provide budget advice to program offices.
  10. Review budget and program data to determine additional funding needs and the need to reprogram funds.
  11. None of the above.


* 3.Choose the responses that reflect tasks you have performed as a regular, recurring part of a job.
  1. Create alternative budget scenarios
  2. Assess the impact of alternative budget scenarios on programs or staffing
  3. Ensure all year-end close out activities are complete and all purchases were obligated appropriately
  4. Provide guidance on an organization's budget formulation and execution requirements and procedures
  5. Provide financial and accounting advice to management related to budget formulation and execution
  6. None of the above


* 4.Which analytical activities have you conducted on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting?
  1. Business process analysis
  2. Work flow analysis
  3. Process reengineering
  4. Information flow analysis
  5. Cost benefit analysis
  6. Risk analysis
  7. Review of management controls or internal controls
  8. Security analysis
  9. Contingency analysis
  10. New product analysis
  11. Build vs. buy decision
  12. Service provider or vendor analysis
  13. Alternatives analysis
  14. None of the above


* 5.Select the statements that describe your experience with budget management and execution.
  1. I have prepared formal budget request packages.
  2. I have developed and justified a multi-year budget for an organization.
  3. I have explained and defended budget requests before senior agency management officials.
  4. I have served as a funds administrator and authorized obligations for at least 6 continuous months.
  5. I have been responsible for budget execution and monitoring for at least 6 continuous months including reconciling commitments, obligations and expenditures.
  6. None of the above


* 6.Select the statements that describe your experience performing routine budget execution functions.
  1. Prepare financial plans
  2. Prepare operating budgets
  3. Prepare and process requisition or commitment documents
  4. Reconcile obligating documents against obligation amounts
  5. Receive, review, and reconcile invoices for appropriate payments
  6. Prepare reimbursable agreements
  7. Reconcile monthly budget execution activities
  8. Prepare and present monthly financial reviews
  9. None of the above


* 7.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.


* 8.Select the statements that describe your experience ensuring customer satisfaction.
  1. I have conducted meetings with customers, managers, and staff to assess satisfaction and ensure needs are met.
  2. I have established or modified office priorities to address customer needs.
  3. I have evaluated and modified office priorities to address customer needs.
  4. I have directly investigated, researched and resolved customer issues.
  5. I have established metrics or other means of analysis to measure customer service and ensure timely and accurate actions.
  6. I have provided customer service that was favorably recognized by a colleague, supervisor or the customer.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.Which tasks have you performed that demonstrate your ability to solve problems?
  1. Developed a strategic plan.
  2. Developed balance scorecards.
  3. Developed tactical plans derived from a strategic plan.
  4. Planned projects.
  5. Determined objectives to improve processes.
  6. Planned budgets.
  7. Set priorities in order to deliver results.
  8. Developed performance measurements.
  9. Anticipated potential threats.
  10. Anticipated potential opportunities.
  11. Identified workforce needs.
  12. Examined policy issues with a long term perspective.
  13. None of the above.


* 10.Which tasks have you performed to maintain and promote effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, and co-workers?
  1. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors and co-workers.
  2. I have led efforts to promote effective working relationships with managers, supervisors and co-workers.
  3. I have worked on teams to promote effective working relationships with managers, supervisors and co-workers.
  4. I have developed programs to promote effective working relationships with managers, supervisors and co-workers.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the types of written products you have drafted as a regular part of a job.
  1. Issue or position papers or summary reports on organizational data that included analysis and recommendations.
  2. Policy statements and guidance.
  3. Communication plans.
  4. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  6. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  7. Presentation or briefing materials.
  8. Briefings and testimony for Congressional hearings.
  9. Budget support, justification impact, and analysis.
  10. Organizational assessments.
  11. Strategic plans.
  12. None of the above.






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