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Grade: All Grades
* 1.GS-11 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first two years of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 2.GS-12 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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.


* 3.Do you have experience analyzing data within the Budget Formulation and Execution Manager System or a similar budget formulation and execution system?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Which oral communication tasks have you performed in a professional setting?
  1. Participated in organizational level discussions to determine program strategies.
  2. Contacted other agency personnel in order to resolve, obtain, and provide information regarding budgetary matters.
  3. Conducted briefings to upper management under challenging circumstances. Communication involved answering difficult questions, debating an issue, and proving a point.
  4. Exchanged controversial information with management.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Do you have professional experience orally communicating technical budget issues to audiences within your organization as well as external audiences?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Select all the statements that reflect your experience in analyzing program information for resource allocation decisions at the Agency or Department level or equivalent.
  1. I have professional experience in analyzing global health programs for resource allocation purposes.
  2. I have professional experience in analyzing food security programs for resource allocation purposes.
  3. I have professional experience in analyzing global climate change programs for resource allocation purposes.
  4. I have professional experience in analyzing economic growth programs for resource allocation purposes.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statement(s) 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.


* 8.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience solving budgetary problems in a professional setting?
  1. I do not have training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised others` performance of this task or have trained others so they can perform this task.


* 9.Please select those below that describe your experience communicating in writing.
  1. Prepare issue or position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which include analysis and recommendations.
  2. Draft responses to Departmental and/or congressional inquiries.
  3. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities (e.g., memos, letters).
  4. Compose guidelines or policies for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Compose technical or training manuals.
  6. Develop materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences (e.g., agendas, meeting minutes).
  7. Write publications such as books or manuscripts.
  8. None of the above.


* 10.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience writing justifications of agency budget requests?
  1. I do not have training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised others` performance of this task or have trained others so they can perform this task.


* 11.Which types of software applications have you used on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting?
  1. Word processing
  2. Spreadsheets or databases
  3. Presentation software
  4. Research tools (such as Internet search engines)
  5. Financial reporting software
  6. None of the above


* 12.Do you have professional experience representing an Agency or Department or equivalent in budget negotiations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.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.


* 14.This position requires establishing and maintaining effective relationships with agency individuals in the public and private sector. Choose the statement(s) that describe the services you provided as a regular part of your job.
  1. Made recommendations to senior level personnel on the best course of action regarding the review and analysis of documents, including the provision of summaries for such documents
  2. Made recommendations to senior level legal personnel on the best course of action regarding the review and analysis of legal documents, including the provision of summaries for such documents.
  3. Maintained and conducted effective contacts and acted as liaison with customers/clients regarding analyses you performed on substantive issues.
  4. Participated in meetings with senior level personnel and prepared policy analyses, background information, fact sheets and other material concerning substantive technical issues.
  5. Responded verbally to inquiries or requests for information regarding topics for which you provided analyses.
  6. Explained verbally technical information regarding topics for which you provided analyses to a variety of audiences.
  7. None of the above.


* 15.Have you represented the organization in meetings with higher level managers, other agencies and contractors on issues related to records management?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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