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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.


* 2.Choose all the examples that apply to your experience developing effective internal and external working relationships.
  1. Demonstrated ability to build constructive relationships with customers, peers, supervisors, managers, and subordinates.
  2. Took leadership role to improve performance, develop innovations, or achieve challenging goals.
  3. Acted decisively and appropriately to resolve project or system issues.
  4. Took action to evaluate and improve practices and avoid future problems.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 - Choose 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 as described above.


* 2.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.


* 3.Select the statements that describe your experience leading or participating as a team member on specific projects.
  1. Communicate the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values to work team members and integrate them into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans products, and services.
  2. Communicate the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actions to be taken, milestones, program issues, and timeframes for completion to all team members.
  3. Coach the team and provide advice on appropriate work methods, practices and procedures, and identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  4. Lead the team in identifying, distributing, balancing and adjusting workload and tasks as needed in accordance with established workflow, skill level and/or occupational specialization, and priorities.
  5. Participate in various team projects to analyze specific issues and to develop an approach to resolve specific agency problems or projects.
  6. Monitor and report on status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that the team meets the instruction on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality.
  7. Coach, facilitate and/or negotiate in coordinating team initiatives and to build consensus.
  8. Amend or reject work that did not meet established standards.
  9. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select activities from the following list that you have regularly performed and which demonstrate your skill in working with senior managers to implement new initiatives.
  1. Provide frequent briefings to higher-level authority on issues and recommend solutions to problems.
  2. Facilitate group meetings (for example, group feedback sessions, focus groups, and conference sessions).
  3. Develop and present technical briefings and/or training activities in topics to a variety of audiences.
  4. Work closely with managers to resolve problems, analyze alternatives, negotiate differences, or develop improvements.
  5. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  6. Provide information to supervisor, managers, employees and members of the general public involving clarification of procedures, decisions, problems, or further action needed.
  7. 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.
  8. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 2.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience providing technical assistance and advisory services to others in a professional setting?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task 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 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 and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task.
  6. I have prepared and managed an annual procurement plan that identifies all procurement actions, funding required, documents needed and expected completion dates.
  7. I have assisted technical staff prepare high quality documents needed to carry out a wide range of program activities, including: action memos, Activity Approval Documents, grant agreements, and modifications to contracts and grants.


* 3.Choose the statement that best describes your experience researching analyzing and interpreting policies, procedures, laws, statues and other regulations.
  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.


* 4.Which of the following reflects your highest level of experience with laws and regulations?
  1. I had approval authority on projects or programs where laws and regulations were reviewed before making changes to operating programs.
  2. I participated in working groups as a subject matter expert on issues pertaining to laws and regulations that are relevant to operating programs.
  3. I advised senior management on laws and regulations.
  4. I have experience complying with the laws and regulations independently.
  5. I have experience complying with the laws and regulations under supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Choose the statements that describe your professional oral communication experience.
  1. I have presented, formally and informally, recommendations and possible solutions to problems within the organization.
  2. I have greeted visitors in a professional manner.
  3. I have responded to non-controversial requests or inquiries.
  4. I have made presentations to internal and external audiences on programmatic or administrative matters.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Choose the statements that describe services you have provided on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting.
  1. Facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  2. Negotiated policy changes.
  3. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  4. Briefed senior management on complex QA topics.
  5. Independently planned, hosted, and conducted meetings.
  6. Am regularly consulted by others on technical and programmatic issues.
  7. Served as an active participant on committees or task forces on technical and programmatic issues.
  8. Served as authoritative spokesperson for the organization on complex or controversial issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Which tasks have you performed on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting?
  1. Established priorities among multiple projects
  2. Established timelines for multiple projects
  3. Closed out projects
  4. Started up and manage projects through completion
  5. Established and monitor project progress
  6. Met deadlines
  7. Used project management software
  8. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  9. Assigned tasks and monitor performance
  10. None of the above


* 8.Select the responses that reflect your experience setting priorities.
  1. I have completed numerous long-term projects on time with minimal supervision.
  2. I have completed numerous short-term projects on time with minimal supervision.
  3. I complete numerous projects on time as assigned by my supervisor.
  4. I have experience working on a single project and completing it on time.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Select the statements 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.


* 10.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience resolving technical problems in a professional setting?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task 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 as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Choose the statements that describe your experience communicating in writing in order to effectively prepare narrative and technical reports.
  1. I have prepared detailed summary reports, including recommendations and possible solutions to program operations problems.
  2. I have drafted correspondence to external parties.
  3. I have independently responded to non-controversial requests or inquiries.
  4. I have prepared presentation materials conveying technical or programmatic requirements.
  5. My written products have been recognized as high quality through a performance appraisal and/or awards.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.Choose the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of a job.
  1. Issue/position papers or summary reports on organizational data that included analysis and recommendations.
  2. Policy statements and guidance.
  3. Communication plans.
  4. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  6. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  7. Presentation or briefing materials.
  8. Briefings and testimony for Congressional hearings.
  9. Budget support, justification impact, and analysis.
  10. Organizational assessments.
  11. Strategic plans.
  12. None of the above.






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