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* 1.GS-15 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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 activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in budget formulation and execution.
  1. Appeals on budget decisions/OMB passback.
  2. Budget guidance development.
  3. Review financial performance of programs.
  4. Budget planning preparation.
  5. Budget and program trend analysis.
  6. Analyze impacts for alternative level of funding.
  7. Prepare or review program performance progress report.
  8. Provide budget advice to program offices.
  9. Review budget and program data to determine additional funding needs and the need to reprogram funds.
  10. None of the above.


* 3.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 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. Used financial software and systems for developing budgets.
  9. None of the above.


* 4.Please select the response that best describes your knowledge of Federal budget processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  1. I have not had experience, formal education, or training in this area.
  2. I have formal education or training Federal budget processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have experience in preparing budget requests and justifications for an office and presented justifications to management.
  4. I have experience formulating and consolidating a Bureau's/ Agency's Congressional Budget Justification, consulted with the Director and staff members to ensure that strategic goals, program activities, performance indicators are properly reflected in the budget justification.
  5. I have planned, directed and administered the formulation and submission of a Bureau/Agency's Congressional Budget, preparation of materials in support of Congressional testimony on the budget, participated in budget briefings to the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional staff, prepared formal responses to appropriator's questions.


* 5.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


* 6.Which of the following most accurately describes your experience setting priorities, organizing, and responding to work requests?
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had oversight over several teams or groups with it being my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines. I have developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress. I have experience reporting on progress to higher-level management.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met. I have experience reporting on progress to my immediate supervisor.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience adjusting my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but have not been required to apply this ability in my professional job assignments.
  5. I do not have education or training related to setting priorities.


* 7.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. None of the above.


* 8.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.


* 9.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.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your background in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs?
  1. I do not have education, training or experience in foreign policy / international affairs.
  2. I have had education or training in foreign policy / international affairs, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs as a regular part of my job, usually with review by a supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs as a regular part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing work in the realm of foreign policy / international affairs, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 11.From the following list, please indicate to whom you have provided advice, guidance, or consultation based on the results of analyses of foreign policy and/or foreign assistance issues.
  1. Chief executive
  2. Senior management
  3. Middle management
  4. Peers
  5. Congress (members of staff)
  6. International organization (members or staff)
  7. Non-governmental organization or academic institution
  8. General public
  9. None of the above


* 12.Which of the following choices BEST reflects your highest level of negotiating experience?
  1. I have no experience, education or training in negotiating issues.
  2. I have completed formal education or training that would facilitiate me in performing this task, but I have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have defended my positions and negotiated specific issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  4. I routinely and independently defend my positions and negotiate an array of issues under the direction of my supervisor OR a senior colleague.
  5. I defend my positions and negotiate issues as a central or major part of my work. I perform this task routinely and usually independently. I consult with the supervisor OR a senior colleague in negotiating more complex issues.


* 13.Choose the one answer that BEST describes your knowledge of, and work experience with, international development issues:
  1. I have no education, training or experience with international development issues.
  2. I have education, or training on international development issues, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development issues as a regular part of my job, usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed work on international development issues as a regular part of my job, and usually with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing work on international development issues, having trained others in this activity, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 14.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of experience in communicating persuasively?
  1. I have persuaded team members or subordinates to work toward an objective or goal.
  2. I have persuaded senior officials to take action or make a decision of considerable import to the organization's mission.
  3. I have made formal presentations to officials inside or outside my employing organization for purposes of persuading them to take action.
  4. None of the above.


* 15.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work. (Check all that apply)
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed in order to meet an objective
  2. Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  3. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to new staff
  4. Persuade others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations
  5. Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed
  6. None of the above


* 16.Choose the statement that best describes your experience advising management on constituent group positions and actions, or of the various audiences' potential reactions to organizational policies and programs, and recommending appropriate actions.
  1. I do not have direct experience performing this task.
  2. I have not performed this task as described above; however, experience gained in past/current position(s) reflects my ability to deal with this task.
  3. I have performed this task on an occasional basis.
  4. My experience reflects skill and high proficiency performing this task. I have performed this task on a continual basis in past and/or current position(s).


* 17.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in identifying and resolving unique or complex challenges through an inter-agency process in the U.S. government.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in resolution of such challenges.
  3. I have served as a member of a team to resolve such challenges.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such challenges.


* 18.I am highly knowledgeable about the annual Congressional Appropriations process.
  1. True
  2. False






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