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Grade: All Grades
* 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.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


* 3.I have routinely and successfully applied the following interpersonal communication skills at work.
  1. Facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties when cooperation was needed in order to meet a program objective.
  2. Interacted effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arose that caused shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  3. Persuaded others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve operations.
  4. Diffused confrontational contact with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  5. None of the above.


* 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.I have notified others (orally) of decisions, problems, or further actions needed that related to budget and financial matters that had agency-wide or organization-wide impact.
  1. True
  2. False


* 7.Select the choices that describe your experience representing an organization when interacting with others.
  1. Briefed senior executives and organizational leadership on budget prior to Congressional hearings and met on issues pertaining to OMB with members of Congress or Senior Congressional Staff.
  2. Presented at periodic meetings and program reviews, and provided information and recommendations on planned programmatic decisions for more effective utilization of resources to achieve objectives.
  3. Explained program or financial data from various sources and to organization leadership and field organizations or the equivalent.
  4. Answered questions on organization or agency budgets after others presented information at staff meetings, program reviews and budget presentations.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.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.


* 9.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience analyzing budget and financial data to identify emerging problems or issues and evaluate organizational effectiveness.
  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.


* 10.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.


* 11.What is your experience in coordinating with senior officials and executives effectively to solve problems or questions related to financial issues?
  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.


* 12.I have verified the accuracy of data and reconciled errors or inconsistencies.
  1. True
  2. False


* 13.Do you have professional experience analyzing the processes and systems used to develop and execute a budget for a large multi-division organization, which includes experience making recommendations for improvements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Have you analyzed budget requests and recommended policy or funding options to achieve the most effective, efficient, and appropriate use of budgetary resources?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Do you have experience analyzing financial and program data to identify trends, problems, and points?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience managing multiple projects simultaneously?
  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.


* 17.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience organizing and planning work.
  1. I led a team or group and was responsible for setting project objectives, goals, and deadlines for many different tasks. I developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress.
  2. I planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals, and deadlines for others. I was modified the plan as necessary to ensure deadlines were met.
  3. I assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence.
  4. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time but have not been required to apply this skill on the job.
  5. None of the above.


* 18.Do you have experience developing and adhering to work plans?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.Do you have experience implementing processes and meeting project milestones, including coordinating staff assignments, organizing teams, and developing and implementing individual team work plans?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 20.Please select the statements that describe your experience in communicating in writing.
  1. I have prepared budget or financial reports or proposals.
  2. I have developed operating instructions or formal instructions or directives.
  3. I have prepared analytical summaries or justifications, investigative reports, or articles.
  4. I have provided a written response to congressional correspondence.
  5. None of the above.


* 21.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience writing briefing material or talking points for senior executives 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.


* 22.I have authored budget or financial reports for senior management review.
  1. True
  2. False


* 23.I have notified others (in writing) of decisions, problems, or further actions needed related to budget and financial matters.
  1. True
  2. False


* 24.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






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