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* 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.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 policies and strategies.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives.
  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.


* 3.Which of the following best describes your experience in setting priorities to meet your professional responsibilities?
  1. I normally work on individual projects or assignments that are generally completed independently and within the assigned deadlines and milestones.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I normally resolve the minor conflicts independently.
  3. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I adjust my use of time to meet changes in priorities and the requirements of new and/or unexpected work. In resolving major conflicts, I involve the team leader or supervisor.
  4. In addition to managing multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period, I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I assist my team or staff in determining how best to use their time and reprioritize their work as situations warrant.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Choose all statements that relate to your experience in communicating in writing.
  1. I have prepared written presentations of factual data and information.
  2. I have prepared option papers or summary reports that include analysis and recommendations.
  3. I have produced written products which are given wide distribution within the agency or to limited scientific or subject-matter interest groups.
  4. I have written clear and effective correspondence, reports and other written materials for a specialized audience.
  5. I have written technical and non-technical reports and present data and information to audiences.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  2. I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  3. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  4. I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  5. I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience planning and implementing new or major HR information systems initiatives:
  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.


* 7.This position requires that you have experience in using MS applications. In which Microsoft applications you are proficient?
  1. MS Word
  2. MS Excel
  3. MS Access
  4. MS PowerPoint
  5. MS Outlook
  6. None of the above.


* 8.Please select the statement(s) that best reflects your experience in communicating with different levels of an organization.
  1. I have actively participated in meetings with upper management and/or high ranking officials.
  2. I have served as a liaison between employees and management.
  3. I have served as a mediator between management and union officials.
  4. I have actively participated in meetings and discussions with employees in blue-collar positions.
  5. I have served as a mediator between management and employees.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.From the following list, please identify the type(s) of contact(s) that you interact / communicate with on a daily basis.
  1. Senior management officials within your organization
  2. Officials in other agencies or organizations
  3. Professional individuals
  4. Peer groups
  5. Members of the public
  6. None of the above


* 10.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.


* 11.Do you have experience in gathering, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data to make logical decisions, and to recommend solutions for programmatic and/or operational issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.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.


* 13.Choose all that apply to your experience in performing routine budgetary and/or financial analysis.
  1. Identify problem areas and recommend resolution.
  2. Prepare allotments for assigned accounts.
  3. Maintain records of apportionment and/or obligation balances.
  4. Monitor financial management information reports to control obligations against allotments.
  5. Develop budgetary data.
  6. Prepare justifications for budget submission ensuring budgeted formulation data is accurate.
  7. Monitor assigned programs continually to anticipate additional budgetary requirements.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in budget formulation and execution.
  1. Appeals on budget decisions/OMB passback.
  2. Budget guidance development.
  3. Review financial performance of programs.
  4. Budget planning preparation.
  5. Budget and program trend analysis.
  6. Analyze impacts for alternative level of funding.
  7. Prepare or review program performance progress report.
  8. Provide budget advice to program offices.
  9. Review budget and program data to determine additional funding needs and the need to reprogram funds.
  10. None of the above.


* 15.Please select the response that best describes your knowledge of Federal budget processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  1. I have not had experience, formal education, or training in this area.
  2. I have formal education or training Federal budget processes, policies, procedures, and guidelines but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have experience in preparing budget requests and justifications for an office and presented justifications to management.
  4. I have experience formulating and consolidating a Bureau's/ Agency's Congressional Budget Justification, consulted with the Director and staff members to ensure that strategic goals, program activities, performance indicators are properly reflected in the budget justification.
  5. I have planned, directed and administered the formulation and submission of a Bureau/Agency's Congressional Budget, preparation of materials in support of Congressional testimony on the budget, participated in budget briefings to the Office of Management and Budget and Congressional staff, prepared formal responses to appropriator's questions.






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