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* 1.GS-15 - In addition to the Basic Requirement, 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 in or directly related to the position advertised in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


* 2.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience negotiating contracts in compliance with applicable regulations and case law.
  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.


* 3.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.


* 4.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.


* 5.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.


* 6.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


* 7.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


* 8.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing and amending terms and conditions of contracts that involve the transportation of cargo.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 9.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in coordinating with internal and external parties in order to resolve discrepancies in delivery schedules and provide a solution.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 10.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing and approving all shipping arrangements made by a contractor.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 11.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing and approving the issuance of freight solicitations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 12.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in reviewing and approving charter parties prior to signature.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 13.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in formulating a strategic path for shipments that involve unusual combinations of points of origin and destination.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 14.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in developing reports that summarize cargo preference requirements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 15.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in presenting information orally to help resolve organizational issues.
  1. Facilitate organizational group sessions (for example, group feedback sessions, focus groups, change management workshops)
  2. Present technical briefings and/or training activities to a variety of audiences.
  3. Facilitate team building and conflict resolution activities.
  4. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, and/or recommendations.
  5. Present information to supervisors, managers, employees and executives clarifying procedures, decisions, problems, or further action needed.
  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 who have conflicting agendas.
  7. None of the above


* 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 highest level of experience in conveying complex issues in writing in a succinct, organized, and timely manner.
  1. I have no experience with such work.
  2. I have assisted others in a team in such work.
  3. I have served as a member of a team doing such work.
  4. I have led a team and oversaw and/or implemented recommendations for such work.
  5. None of the above.






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