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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.Choose all tasks that you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Analyzing problems related to major programs, researching solutions, and drawing logical conclusions.
  2. Making recommendations on new processes, systems and procedures related to improving a major program.
  3. Researching, analyzing and interpreting new legislation or regulations related to a major program or initiative.
  4. Developing interpretations, legal opinions or administrative rulings involving major program(s).
  5. Drafting white papers, guidelines, action strategies, and/or guidance involving the implementation of a new program or initiative.
  6. Resolving problems at an organizational or staff level but not related to a major program or initiative.
  7. Analyzing problems and making recommendations on new processes, systems and procedures related to improving major program(s) at a department or agency.
  8. Researching, analyzing and interpreting new legislation or regulations related to major program(s) at a department or agency.
  9. Drafting white papers, guidelines, action strategies, legal opinions, interpretations and/or guidance involving the implementation of a new major program or initiative at a department or agency.
  10. None of the above.


* 3.Select the answer that best describes your experience in problem-solving, planning, and goal setting.
  1. I do not have experience solving problems in a workplace.
  2. I have worked on analyzing routine problems and identifying recommendations.
  3. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems and identifying recommendations that are complex and controversial.
  4. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems with no precedent available and identifying innovative solutions to issues that are controversial and sensitive.
  5. I have worked on solving difficult problems, establishing plans and goals, and using non-traditional techniques and innovative solutions for issues that are complex, controversial and sensitive.


* 4.Do you have experience in gathering, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data to make logical decisions, and to recommend solutions for programmatic and/or operational issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Choose all of the following which you done as a routine part of your professional work experience.
  1. Established priorities and timelines among multiple projects
  2. Started up and managed projects through completion
  3. Established milestones and monitored project progress
  4. Met deadlines
  5. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  6. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  7. Anticipated and resolved problems
  8. Maximized use of limited financial and personnel resources
  9. None of the above


* 6.Please select the responses that best describe your experience performing the following tasks when planning and organizing meetings, conferences or workshops.
  1. Advising attendees on the agenda, time, and location.
  2. Making travel arrangements.
  3. Arranging for authorized entry/access to facilities or installations.
  4. Ensuring that meeting rooms are reserved.
  5. Ensuring that all materials have been printed.
  6. 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 policies and strategies.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives.
  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.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the minor conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving major conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Select which statements best describe your experience in completing reports, evaluations, program analysis, and/or written correspondence.
  1. I have written a variety of technical and complex reports, memos, and policy papers requiring the analysis of interrelated concepts and strategies.
  2. I have prepared written documents that explain policies, procedures, or decisions on specific cases or studies.
  3. I have written clear and concise reports addressed for various target audiences from data collected and carefully analyzed.
  4. I have had formal coursework or training in technical or creative writing.
  5. I have written correspondence for signature of executive level officials, and have provided technical and complex information for writing responses to inquiries.
  6. I have written new or revised government regulations, policies, or procedures and developed modifications to final regulatory policies and procedures.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience planning and implementing new or major HR information systems initiatives:
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 11.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in developing and enhancing working partnerships and resolving issues.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group sessions (i.e. group feedback sessions, focus groups, user workshops)
  3. Prepare and present technical briefings and/or training activities to a variety of audiences.
  4. Work closely with managers to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences, or develop improvements.
  5. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  6. Conduct meetings to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts, or resolve issues. This would include making presentations to influence individuals or groups who are resistant to agency positions or have conflicting agendas.
  7. Represented an organization's program in discussions with individuals or groups who may be skeptical or in disagreement and require skill to influence, motivate, question or otherwise gain the desired outcome.
  8. None of the above


* 12.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.






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