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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Basic Requirement - Choose the one answer that best describes your education.
  1. I have successfully completed at least 24 semester hours of post-high school education in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
  2. I have successfully completed four full years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
  3. I qualify based on meeting the exception described below.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements described above.


* 2.Basic Requirement GS-13 and Above - Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I meet both the requirement described in the experience description below and the requirement described in the education description below.
  2. I wish to be considered qualified based on the waiver provisions described below.
  3. I do not meet either of the requirements described above.


* 3.GS-14 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the 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 described above.


* 4.Which of the following phases of contract/agreement administration have you been responsible for?
  1. Modification
  2. Renegotiation of cost or statements of work
  3. Claims
  4. Settlement of disputes
  5. Determining contractual compliance by contractors
  6. Final close out
  7. None of the above


* 5.Select the statements that describe your experience communicating with individuals involved in the acquisition process.
  1. I have experience communicating orally and in writing with contractors and offerors (including large and small business, non-profit organizations, and universities) regarding a wide range of pre and post award issues.
  2. I have experience facilitating contractors and program personnel through complex acquisitions, or serious performance problems.
  3. I have experience working with small groups to reach consensus on difficult issues.
  4. I have experience working with widely distributed groups with highly divergent interest to resolve or define complicated issues.
  5. I have experience briefing senior officials on unique, innovative acquisition policies and procedures.
  6. Formulating and drafting acquisitions policy and regulations for implementation across a larger workgroup.
  7. Conducting training briefings for senior contracting personnel to improve acquisition practices throughout the agency.
  8. Representing the department authoritatively on selected procurement issues internally and externally in high level venues.
  9. None of the above


* 6.Describe your experience with writing activities related to the contracts process.
  1. I have experience communicating in writing with contractors and offerors (including large and small business, non-profit organizations, and universities) regarding a wide range of pre and post award issues.
  2. I have experience communicating in writing with contractors and program personnel on serious, complex performance problems, or on issues related to the need for expedited or increased action from the project officer or other program personnel.
  3. I have experience thoroughly documenting a file to clearly evidence all pre and post award contract actions taken.
  4. I have experience writing legal documents, contracts, cooperative agreements or similar commitment documents.
  5. None of the above


* 7.Select the statements that describe your experience related to contracts.
  1. I have operational experience applying the principles, concepts, and accepted practices of the Federal contract process.
  2. I have experience soliciting, negotiating, and administering complex, cost type contracts for services.
  3. I have prepared and reviewed the design of acquisition strategies and plans for complex procurements to ensure maximum practical opportunity for small businesses.
  4. I have experience developing and managing federal government small business programs.
  5. I have experience performing and managing closeout functions.
  6. I have prepared and reviewed the design of acquisition strategies and plans for complex procurements.
  7. None of the above


* 8.Select the contract types that you have experience awarding and/or administrating.
  1. Cost-Reimbursable
  2. Firm Fixed Price
  3. Indefinite Delivery
  4. Times & Materials
  5. Labor Hour
  6. None of the above


* 9.Select the areas in which you have negotiated and awarded contracts.
  1. Construction contracts
  2. Architect and Engineering Services
  3. SBA 8(a) contracts
  4. Professional services contracts
  5. Technical and/or management services contracts
  6. Firm Fixed-Price contracts
  7. Fixed-Price with Incentive Fee
  8. Fixed-Price with Economic Price Adjustments
  9. Cost Reimbursement contracts
  10. Cost Share contracts
  11. Cost Plus Fixed Fee
  12. Cost Plus Incentive Fee
  13. Cost Plus Award Fee
  14. Time and material contracts
  15. Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quality (IDIQ) contracts
  16. Multiple award IDIQ contracts
  17. Labor hour contracts
  18. Simplified Acquisitions
  19. Commercial items
  20. Commercial services
  21. Government-Wide-Agency-Contracts (GWAC)
  22. Federal Supply Schedules
  23. Information technology services
  24. Research & Development Services
  25. Contracts based on unsolicited proposals
  26. None of the above


* 10.Select the acquisition plans that you have had experience reviewing.
  1. Market research documentation
  2. Appropriate contract type
  3. Pricing provisions
  4. Selection of source
  5. Method of acquisition
  6. Clarity of contract terms
  7. File documentation
  8. Propriety of cited funds
  9. None of the above


* 11.Select all of the supervisory duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  2. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  3. I have been responsible for first line supervision to employees.
  4. I have developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work.
  5. I have instructed employees on both program work and administrative matters.
  6. I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  7. I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  8. I have addressed employees conduct issues by seeking appropriate human resources actions such as verbal admonishments or suspensions.
  9. I have overseen the performance of other staff on a team, even though not as a formal supervisor.
  10. I have followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve.
  11. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 12.Describe your experience managing, directing or administrating a program and/or significant program segment.
  1. I have issued technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations and program policies relating to the program.
  2. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies and goals.
  3. I have set the short-range objectives for the accomplishment of the program work.
  4. I have set long-range plans for the program considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or emerging laws.
  5. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  6. I have promoted program(s) and provided expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 13.Choose the level that best describes your experience supervising an acquisition/procurement staff.
  1. I have not supervised or led an acquisition/procurement staff.
  2. I have been a team leader for an acquisition or procurement program but have not been responsible for supervisory functions.
  3. I have been an acquisition manager or supervisor of an acquisition or procurement program and have performed the full scope of supervisory functions for 5-10 employees.
  4. I have been a senior acquisition manager or supervisor of an acquisition or procurement program and have performed the full scope of supervisory functions, including serving as hiring selection official for 15 or more employees.


* 14.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


* 15.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.


* 16.Choose the item(s) that apply to your experience in producing written communication as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have produced correspondence, reports and justifications.
  2. I have reviewed correspondence, reports and justifications prepared by subordinates.
  3. I have delegated the production of correspondence, reports and justifications.
  4. I have been authorized to sign correspondence, reports and justifications.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.Choose the statement that best describes your ability to analyze and evaluate organizations and management systems, identify problems and develop solutions.
  1. I have experience performing work that required the independent resolution of problems involving complex, diverse or unique issues using little source material and pre-existing precedents.
  2. I have experience performing work that required the resolution of problems involving issues that impacted a limited segment of an organization using a wide range of source material and pre-existing precedents.
  3. I have experience performing work that required resolution of problems involving routine issues of limited impact on an organization using clear-cut guidelines and precedents that determine the most appropriate guideline to use.
  4. None of the above.


* 18.Select the statements that describe your experience performing analytical and evaluative activities, studies, or projects.
  1. Applies fact-finding and investigative techniques in resolving issues.
  2. Evaluates comments received on proposed regulations and/or policies to determine whether changes are feasible, enforceable and acceptable in view of program goals.
  3. Uses qualitative and quantitative methods, and other statistical approaches and techniques to assess program effectiveness.
  4. Assists in conducting interviews to obtain information on organizational missions, functions, and procedures.
  5. Works with upper management to define, analyze, and resolve problems with regulations and policy.
  6. None of the Above.


* 19.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.






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