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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-09 Choose the one answer that best describes your education or experience.
  1. I have a masters or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education with a major study in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.
  2. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Examples include accomplishments of assignments related to those described in the specialty below.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11 Choose the one answer that best describes your education or experience.
  1. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education with a major study in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management.
  2. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level. Examples include accomplishments of assignments related to those described in the specialty below.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Which of the following items have you used when evaluating information systems for FISMA security compliance?
  1. Configuration Management
  2. Vulnerability Management
  3. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGS) and Checklists
  4. Continuous Monitoring
  5. None of the above


* 2.Are you a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Do you have experience in planning and implementing programs, policies and procedures to protect the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of computing systems, networks, and data?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.For which IT security systems do you have experience developing and/or implementing?
  1. Large mainframe computing systems
  2. mid-range computing systems
  3. server
  4. firewalls
  5. Local Area Networks (LAN)
  6. Wide Area networks (WAN)
  7. Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  8. Certificate Authority/digital signature functions
  9. None of the above


* 5.Do you have experience using local and government-wide regulations (e.g., OMB Circular A-130, FIPS Publication Guidelines, National Institute of Standards and Technology publications; DM-3140, Information Resources Management Security Manual) to establish policies and procedures for access to data?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Do you have experience with participating in audit reviews, security and risk assessments, security test and evaluations, and other accreditation activities to ensure that systems carefully accredited and comply with security standards?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Have you developed and evaluated security plans, policies, technical/administrative procedures associated with IT equipment, software, design, data and physical security, communications?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Please indicate the types of information system security with which you have experience.
  1. Red/black engineering
  2. Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF)requirements and operation
  3. Tempest assessments and ratings
  4. Common Criteria
  5. Orange and Red Books
  6. Trusted network interpretation principles
  7. Information system classification criteria
  8. Security configuration guides
  9. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience?
  1. Monitor audit logs and access to operations systems, computing platforms, applications systems, network links, and telecommunication links for successful and unsuccessful security breeches.
  2. Investigate or participate in periodic surveys and inspections to assure compliance with IT security directives and inspection procedures.
  3. Investigate or participate in periodic surveys and inspections to assure that actual or suspected security deviations are identified and reported.
  4. Prepare inspection reports to eliminate security deviations.
  5. Participate in the development, maintenance, execution, and monitoring of continuity of operations plans.
  6. Develop and/or implement software necessary to audit access through remote terminals and across the network.
  7. Verify users need-to-know, clearance requirements and proper authorization.
  8. I do not have experience in any of the above.


* 10.In which of the following areas have you worked with IT security?
  1. Defense sector
  2. Civilian sector
  3. Private industry
  4. None of the above


* 11.Please indicate the types of information system security with which you have experience.
  1. Common Criteria
  2. FISMA Requirements
  3. NIST 800 Series Guidance
  4. regarding security
  5. C&A and ST&E processes
  6. Information system classification criteria
  7. Security configuration guides
  8. None of the above


* 12.Choose the statement that best describes your experience providing customer support services.
  1. I have no experience providing customer support services.
  2. I have provided customer support services as directed by others.
  3. I have led project teams responsible for installing, configuring, updating, and troubleshooting systems and equipment for customers.
  4. I have led planning activities that resulted in customer support programs implemented throughout the organization.
  5. I have developed and interpreted policies, procedures, and strategies governing delivery of all customer support services.


* 13.Which of the following customer support activities have you performed as a regular part of your job?
  1. Responded to customer reports of system and/or equipment failures.
  2. Ensured that all issues related to requests were identified and reconciled.
  3. Diagnosed and resolved operating problems for common failures.
  4. Diagnosed and resolved operating problems for unprecedented, highly complex failures in critical systems.
  5. Recommended implementation plans for major modifications or upgrades to existing systems and equipment.
  6. Recommended implementation plans for installation of completely new technology.
  7. Identified, evaluated, and reported trends and patterns in customer usage.
  8. Identified, evaluated, and reported trends and patterns in systemic problems.
  9. Developed recommendations for customer.
  10. Developed and presented formal and informal training for users.
  11. None of the above


* 14.Please select all responses that describe your experience in developing relationships to achieve business results or accomplish objectives (Check all that apply).
  1. I have initiated collaboration with other organizational units within my functional area (for example, Human Resources, Information Technology, or Finance) on specific projects/initiatives to achieve common goals and objectives.
  2. I have initiated collaboration with other organizational units outside of my functional area (for example, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Finance) on specific projects/initiatives to achieve common goals and objectives.
  3. I have initiated collaboration with external organizations within my functional area (for example, other agencies, businesses, and institutions) on specific projects/initiatives to achieve common goals and objectives.
  4. I have initiated collaboration with external organizations (for example, other agencies, businesses, and institutions) in matters beyond my functional area on specific projects/initiatives to achieve common goals and objectives.
  5. I have an external (that is, outside of my own agency, business, or institution) network of colleagues and professionals with common interests to stay current on the industry and best practices.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.Please select all responses that describe your experience using data integration and presentation techniques and technologies to provide services to customers (Check all that apply).
  1. I have used my experience with application servers—such as Tuxedo, Websphere webLogic, and IIS—to diagnose and fix application performance problems for users of corporate databases.
  2. I have used my experience with data distribution to provide deliver data to customers located in isolated regions of the world with limited bandwidth and high network latencies.
  3. I have used my knowledge and experience with an enterprise service bus to federate databases located inside an intranet into a virtual database for data customers.
  4. I have used my knowledge and experience with an enterprise service bus to federate databases located inside an intranet with databases from the Internet to create a virtual database for data customers.
  5. I have used my knowledge of Extract-Transform-and-Load tools, such as Informatica, to create centralized databases for data customers.
  6. I have used my knowledge of data warehousing to build data cubes and datamarts for data customers.
  7. I have used my knowledge of Extract-Transform-and-Load tools, such as Informatica, to create data dictionaries and document the genealogy of data used for reporting by data customers.
  8. I have used my knowledge of Publish-and-Subscribe Enterprise Service Bus tools, such as webMethods, to create data integration solutions for data customers.
  9. I have used my knowledge of pattern-matching, cluster analysis and other Big Data techniques, to extract meaning from unstructured data for effective use by decision-makers.
  10. None of the above.


* 16.Select the response that best describes your experience orally communicating technical information to individuals without a technical background so that the issues are understood.
  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.


* 17.Which of the following best describes your experience communicating orally.
  1. I have regularly served as a representative in dealing with managers and employees. This included acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  2. I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, and/or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (representatives from Agency, Department, other Federal Agencies, industry leaders, congressional staffs, and officials of foreign governments).
  3. I have regularly conducted discussions and/or participated in workgroups as a program representative in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, and/or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g. gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  4. I have regularly served as a program representative and participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  5. None of the above apply


* 18.I have communicated orally in the following situations:
  1. Conferences
  2. Meetings
  3. One-on-One discussions
  4. Telephone inquiries
  5. Training
  6. Technical assistance
  7. Speeches
  8. Negotiations
  9. Conflict resolution
  10. Interviews
  11. Briefings
  12. None of the above


* 19.Indicate your experience in maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, or co-workers.
  1. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, or coworkers.
  2. I have led efforts to promote the establishment of effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, or co-workers.
  3. I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, or co-workers.
  4. I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, or co-workers.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 20.Choose the statement that best describes the working circumstances in which you feel most comfortable and perform at your best.
  1. I have worked alone.
  2. I have worked in small, close-knit groups having common interests and goals, contributed to the accomplishments of assigned tasks.
  3. I have worked in large, complex groups where my facilitation skills contributed directly to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  4. I have lead small, close-knit groups where I ensured that everyone in the group is doing his or her fair share of the work, thereby contributing to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  5. I have lead large, complex groups where my management skills ensured that the work was coordinated sufficiently well to ensure successful and timely completion of assigned tasks.
  6. None of the above.


* 21.Select the statement that best describes the method you have used to make decisions in a professional environment.
  1. I weigh the pros and cons independently
  2. I weigh the pros and cons under the direction of my supervisor
  3. I weigh the pros and cons to make decisions and provide guidance and supervision to others in these areas
  4. I consult with my peers before making a decision
  5. I defer decisions to my supervisor
  6. None of the above


* 22.How much experience do you have weighing the relative pros and cons of potential actions to make decisions?
  1. I am experienced in weighing the relative pros and cons of potential actions to make decisions and provide guidance and supervision to others in these areas
  2. I have weighed the relative pros and cons of potential actions to make decisions on the job independently and without the review of a supervisor
  3. I have weighed the relative pros and cons of potential actions to make decisions on the job under the direction of a supervisor or other employee
  4. I have had training or education directly related to weighing the relative pros and cons of potential actions to make decisions, but I have not performed them on the job
  5. I have not had experience in weighing the relative pros and cons of potential actions to make decisions


* 23.Describe your experience documenting problems and resolutions.
  1. I have consistently documented the stated problem, underlying root cause and resolution, and updated existing documentation to reflect new information.
  2. I have thoroughly documented the stated problem and underlying root cause and resolution.
  3. I have documented the stated problem and the resolution
  4. I have created updated documentation
  5. None of the above


* 24.I have performed problem-solving using non-traditional techniques and innovative approaches to deal with issues that are complex, controversial and sensitive.
  1. True
  2. False






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