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Grade: All Grades
Experience Description:
I have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower grade level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

* 1.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.


* 2.Choose the statements that describe your communication and briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support organizational goals and leadership.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. I brief individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I defend agency positions with individuals outside of the agency.
  5. I build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.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


* 4.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


* 5.From the following choices, please select the statement(s) where you have at least 10 separate writing experiences.
  1. Overseeing the writing and editing of Justifications for Other than Full and Open Competition (JOFOCs).
  2. Writing and editing materials concerning procurement actions including statements of work, technical and cost evaluations, cost analysis, blanket purchase agreements and contracts.
  3. Preparing reports pertaining to procurement operations in response to inquiries from oversight agencies (e.g. Department head, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Federal Procurement Policy).
  4. Writing and editing internal memoranda relating to procurement operations, policy, or procedure.
  5. Writing and editing correspondence that presents procurement data.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Describe your experience with applying legal precedents and best practices found in government contracting case law to specific contracting situations to insure that legally binding contracting officer decisions are consistent, justifiable and will be upheld at appellate courts or board.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 7.Describe your experience with applying contract and procurement knowledge, analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative techniques sufficiently to identify, evaluate, and recommend consistent, accurate and clear complex policy and technical guidance such as handbooks and guides, research briefs, and analytical reports and review findings for senior management and external customers.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 8.Select the description that best represents your highest level of experience interacting and achieving consensus with various groups and individuals.
  1. Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  2. Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems, which arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  3. Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  4. Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in writing instructional material (e.g., instructions, guidance, procedures, justifications, directives, guidelines) for implementation of regulations and organizational procedures.
  1. I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in this task.
  2. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience persuading, influencing, and delivering proactive customer service?
  1. I have experience conducting discussions or participating in work groups as a representative for the agency in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups.
  2. I have experience participating in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve problems.
  3. I have experience and training that demonstrates effectiveness in dealing with internal customers and external service providers.
  4. None of the above descriptions apply.


* 11.Choose all the statements that describe your experience managing, directing or administrating an important 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.


* 12.From the options below, please choose the answer that describes your experience managing and resolving conflicts and disagreements and minimizing negative impact.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 13.Select the one statement below that best describes your highest level of experience managing multiple assignments, conflicting priorities, and multi-tasking, while maintaining good customer service and meeting various deadlines without sacrificing the quality of your performance or work product.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 14.Select one statement below that best describes your ability to ensure that staff are appropriately utilized, appraised, and developed, and that they are treated in a fair and equitable manner.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 15.Explain your experience instructing and/or facilitating meetings on contracting and procurement theories and practices.
  1. Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contracts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  2. Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems, which arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  3. Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  4. Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.Indicate the measures you have taken to monitor and ensure that the Procurement related educational training you provided was effective and achieved the desired established outcomes.
  1. Determined performance criteria
  2. Collected performance data
  3. Analyzed performance data to determine the impact on staff, programs, and/or activities
  4. Made recommendations to management based on performance measure outcomes
  5. None of the above


* 17.Describe your experience in developing and providing Procurement related educational training within the Agency you worked for and its various branch offices (both domestically and internationally).
  1. Experience that involves routinely working with external management official s to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing
  2. Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems, which arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  3. Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  4. Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  5. None of the above.






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