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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Basic Requirement GS-13 and Above - Choose the one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I meet both the requirement described in the experience description below and the requirement described in the education description below.
  2. I wish to be considered qualified based on the waiver provisions described below.
  3. I do not meet either of the requirements described above.


Experience Description:
I have completed all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower grade level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.

Education Description:
I have successfully completed four full years of education above high school leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Waiver:
When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the hiring agency may waive any or all of the experience and education requirements listed above if that procurement official certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.

* 2.GS-15 - In addition to the basic requirement, choose the one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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 described above.


* 3.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 systems and programs.
  2. I have established annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans for an organizational component; setting goals and objectives; planning for short and long term resource needs.
  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.


* 4.I have experience in applying Federal procurement practices from the following Guidelines:
  1. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  2. Comptroller General Decisions
  3. Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Initiatives
  4. Executive Orders
  5. OMB Circular A-76
  6. OMB-300
  7. OMB Circular 123
  8. None of the above


* 5.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience interpreting and applying Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) requirements to your Agency's Small Business program.
  1. I have no experience interpreting and applying FAR requirements to my agency's Small Business Program.
  2. I have interpreted and applied FAR requirements to agency's Small Business Program, but must consult with senior staff or supervisor before taking final action.
  3. I have independently interpreted and applied FAR requirements to agency's Small Business Program.
  4. I am an expert in the interpretation and application of FAR requirements to agency's Small Business Program. I am often relied up to provide guidance and assistance to others.


* 6.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience interpreting and applying Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) requirements to the COTR program.
  1. I have no experience interpreting and applying FAR requirements to my agency's COTR Program.
  2. I have interpreted and applied FAR requirements to agency's COTR Program, but must consult with senior staff or supervisor before taking final action.
  3. I have independently interpreted and applied FAR requirements to agency's COTR Program.
  4. I am an expert in the interpretation and application of FAR requirements to agency's COTR Program. I am often relied up to provide guidance and assistance to others.


* 7.Select the statements that describe your managerial experience directing programs and subordinates in federal government acquisition and small business contracting.
  1. I have supervised federal government acquisition staff in meeting customer requirements in compliance with acquisition rules and regulations.
  2. I have supervised federal government small business development staff in supporting agency efforts to meet its small business contracting goals.
  3. I have developed, managed and guided subordinates in developing and executing comprehensive agency or department small business contracting programs that achieved small business contracting goals.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.Select the written products you authored that were adopted by senior management without technical revisions.
  1. Responses to Departmental, OMB and Congressional inquiries
  2. Policy statements and guidance
  3. Organizational assessments
  4. Budget justifications, financial forecasts and impact analyses
  5. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems
  6. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems
  7. Analysis that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints)
  8. Presentations or briefing materials
  9. Briefings and testimony for Congressional hearings
  10. None of the above


* 9.Describe your experience managing, directing or administrating a program and/or significant program segment.
  1. I have issued technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations and program policies relating to the program.
  2. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies and goals.
  3. I have set the short-range objectives for the accomplishment of the program work.
  4. I have set long-range plans for the program considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or emerging laws.
  5. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  6. I have promoted program(s) and provided expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 10.Choose the statements that describe your experience managing individuals to accomplish goals.
  1. I have provided broad guidance to people to prioritize work and accomplish it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  2. I have managed professional and administrative staff in the design and delivery of programs and projects.
  3. I have led a large, complex, multi-layered workforce of widely varying occupations and knowledge levels.
  4. I have led a management evaluation or assessment team to provide assistance on organizational programs.
  5. I have served as acting supervisor on occasion, and assisted the supervisor in developing and leading others.
  6. I have led, directed and motivated team members to accomplish specific projects.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Describe your experience in performing studies and analyses of proposed regulatory strategies, policies, programs, and practices as a foundation for developing comprehensive plans.
  1. I have analyzed the feasibility of establishing a new division within an office for a major regulatory program.
  2. I have analyzed the processes, structures, problems, etc. of a program for needed improvements in an existing regulatory program.
  3. I have regularly conducted research involving a variety of programs using laws, regulations, and directives.
  4. I have independently conducted office reviews and audits in order to identify specific needs and problems.
  5. I have been responsible for tracking and monitoring a variety of specific activities relating to an organization's administrative policies and business practices.
  6. I have experience conducting manpower surveys and/or organizational studies.
  7. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 12.Choose the level that best describes your experience advising management officials on policy matters related to federal acquisition.
  1. I have provided policy advice and recommendations to top agency officials (Agency or Bureau Heads or their Deputies, Assistant Commissioners or comparable level positions) on a regular and recurring basis in the area of federal acquisition.
  2. I have provided policy advice to senior acquisition managers resulting from changes in laws, regulations, or Administration policies.
  3. I have made recommendations to acquisition managers in the area of federal acquisition that resulted in operational procedural changes.
  4. None of the above


* 13.Choose the level that best describes your experience leading a strategic sourcing program.
  1. I have established or led a strategic sourcing program and have been the key advocate for my organization, providing advice and recommendations to top corporate or agency officials.
  2. I have led strategic sourcing team(s) that achieved significant cost savings or process improvements.
  3. I have been a member of strategic sourcing team that achieved significant cost savings or process improvements.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience formulating agency-level policies/procedures in order to implement federal acquisition laws, regulations, and administration policies.
  1. I have developed and coordinated agency orders, directives, or policies that required interpretation of acquisition related laws, regulations, and Administration policies.
  2. I have participated as a specialist or team member in the development of proposed acquisition related agency orders, directives, or policies.
  3. I have participated as a specialist or team member in the development of procedural desk guides for agency or bureau-level use in the area of federal acquisition.
  4. I have interpreted and applied agency policies and guides to my duties related to acquisition.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.Select the statements that describe your experience communicating with individuals involved in the acquisition and/or assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) process.
  1. I have experience communicating orally and in writing with contractors and offerors/applicants (including large and small business, non-profit organizations, and universities) regarding a wide range of pre and post award issues.
  2. I have experience facilitating contractors, assistance recipients, and program personnel through complex acquisitions and/or assistance competitions, or serious performance problems.
  3. I have experience working with small groups to reach consensus on difficult issues.
  4. I have experience working with widely distributed groups with highly divergent interest to resolve or define complicated issues.
  5. I have experience briefing senior officials on unique, innovative acquisition or assistance policies and procedures.
  6. Formulating and drafting acquisition or assistance policy and regulations for implementation across a larger workgroup.
  7. Conducting training briefings for senior acquisition or assistance personnel to improve related practices throughout the agency.
  8. Representing the department authoritatively on selected acquisition or assistance issues internally and externally in high level venues.
  9. None of the above.


* 16.Which training certifications do you posses?
  1. FAC-C (or DAWIA) Level 1
  2. FAC-C (or DAWIA) Level 2
  3. FAC-C (or DAWIA) Level 3
  4. National Contract Management Association, Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM).
  5. National Purchasing Managers Association as a Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.)
  6. I have received a Master's degree or a university program certificate in contracting, procurement, or acquisitions management.
  7. None of the above


* 17.Select the audiences to which you have provided contracting and procurement advice.
  1. Senior staff members (internal)
  2. Program offices (internal)
  3. Contractors
  4. Department officials (internal)
  5. External agencies and their field offices
  6. None of the above


* 18.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.
  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.


* 19.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience negotiating contracts in compliance with applicable regulations and case law.
  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.


* 20.Describe your experience with applying contract and procurement knowledge, analytic, diagnostic, and qualitative techniques sufficiently to identify, evaluate, and recommend consistent, accurate and clear complex policy and technical guidance such as handbooks and guides, research briefs, and analytical reports and review findings for senior management and external customers.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 21.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.


* 22.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.


* 23.Choose the statement that best describes your experience in facilitating the resolution of complex A&A matters through discerning all aspects relevant to the area in question with demonstrated ability to analyze industry concerns and the corresponding government interest in the application of federal regulations and policies. Demonstrated ability to readily impart easily understood recommendations and resolution to complex A&A matters.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 24.Choose the statement that best describes your experience and ability to rapidly research areas of first impression, or instances of the highest complexities while providing well-reasoned advice on regulatory and procedural matters based on sound business judgment and expert knowledge of A&A policies.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or superiors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.






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