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Grade: 11
* 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.Select the statement that best describes your experience in computing retirement calculations either manually or using a retirement software program.
  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.


* 3.Select the statement that best describes your experience applying your knowledge of the laws, rules, and regulations governing federal employee benefits programs.
  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.I have provided counseling to employees, supervisors and/or dependents on regulations, procedures and eligibility determinations for:
  1. Health Insurance
  2. Life Insurance
  3. Retirement benefits
  4. Death benefits
  5. Early outs/Buy outs
  6. Flexible spending accounts
  7. None of the above.


* 5.I have performed the following employee benefits functions successfully and routinely as a part of my job:
  1. Determine the amount of retirement contributions, refunds of contributions, payment, and repayments needed for service credit and whether the requirements for payments of a survivor annuity or lump sum are satisfied.
  2. Gather information and explain technical data on various routine employee benefits functions, such as health benefits open season, life insurance, FSA, leave, etc.
  3. Explain options to employees regarding military benefits, veteran`s preference, and prior Government service.
  4. Explain to employees the process and employee options when submitting either a FERS or CSRS retirement application.
  5. Research, interpret, and apply basic laws, regulations, and policies on the Thrift Savings Plan programs.
  6. Explain to employees and beneficiary�s retirement laws, regulations, and processes including such things as voluntary retirement, survivor benefits, deposits and redeposit.
  7. Prepare initial retirement annuity estimates.
  8. Explain to employees the relationships of the Federal retirement program to other retirement programs, e.g. social security, military provisions, etc.
  9. Explain to employees and beneficiaries� life and health insurance laws, regulations, and processes including such as conditions to be met for reinstatement of insurance, conversions of life insurance, five-year rule, etc.
  10. Gather and explain benefits eligibility to employees transferring to International Organizations.
  11. None of the above.


* 6.Choose the responses that best describe your experience in employee benefits.
  1. Determine the amount of retirement contributions, refunds of contributions, payment, and repayments needed for service credit and whether the requirements for payments of a survivor annuity or lump sum are satisfied.
  2. Resolve injury compensation issues through coordinated efforts with supervisors, managers, medical professionals, and Office of Worker`s Compensation Programs (OWCP) representatives.
  3. Gather information and explain technical data on various routine employee benefits functions, such as health benefits open season, life insurance, FSA, leave, etc.
  4. Explain options to employees regarding military benefits, veteran�s preference, and prior Government service.
  5. Explain to employees the process and employee options when submitting either a FERS or CSRS retirement application.
  6. Research, interpret, and apply basic laws, regulations, and policies on the Thrift Savings Plan programs.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.Describe your highest level of experience generating reports and analyzing data.
  1. I have generated "canned" reports where the report parameters are pre-defined and the process of running the report is well established and fully automated.
  2. I have created basic ad-hoc reports requiring few data elements drawn from a single database or application.
  3. I have created ad-hoc reports requiring merging data from multiple sources or databases. Also, I have reviewed reports for data quality and completeness.
  4. I have prepared complex ad-hoc reports by merging data stored in multiple tables or systems. I have analyzed reports to identify historical trends, identify quality control issues, develop projections, and offer recommendations based on the data analysis.
  5. None of the above


* 8.Choose the activities that describe your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have facilitated controversial/complex HR situations.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  3. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  4. I have developed and enhanced alliances with internal and external groups and individuals.
  5. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  6. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources professionals to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult human resources issues.
  7. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  8. I have communicated with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 9.Choose the statement(s) that best describe your communication / briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations to various levels of management.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations to managers and/or employees.
  3. I represent my agency in meetings with outside organizations or individuals.
  4. I brief managers on agency policy, goals and objectives.
  5. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 10.Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in project management.
  1. I have communicated with end-users about business requirements.
  2. I have designed technical requirements according to business requirements.
  3. I have designed project plans.
  4. I have designed the processes to implement the requirements.
  5. I have designed templates to document the processes.
  6. I have designed and implemented test plans for projects.
  7. I have trained other staff in projects to carry out processes.
  8. I have designed and implemented processes for production.
  9. I have managed staff to implement project plans, which include development, testing, migration, and documentation.
  10. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the statement that best describes your experience working in a team environment.
  1. I primarily 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 led small, close-knit groups, where I ensured that everyone in the group was doing his or her fair share of the work, thereby contributing to successful completion of assigned tasks.
  5. I have led 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.


* 12.Choose one answer that best describes your knowledge of the Federal Employees Compensation Act.
  1. I have a thorough understanding of all of the components of the Federal Employee Compensation Act.
  2. I have some understanding the components of the Federal Employee Compensation Act.
  3. I have no understanding of the components of the Federal Employee Compensation Act.


* 13.Choose one answer that best describes your experience with the federal Workers' Compensation Program.
  1. I have successfully processed Workers' Compensations claims including Continuation of Pay, leave buy backs, CA-l, CA-2, CA-7, and CA-16 forms.
  2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of Workers' Compensation.
  3. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your experience applying knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing the federal Workers' Compensation program.
  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 them 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 I have trained others so they can perform this task or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Select the statement that best describes your experience using software associated with the federal Workers' Compensation program.
  1. I have knowledge of ECOMP and use it on a regular basis.
  2. I have knowledge of ECOMP but have never used it.
  3. I have used ECOMP with assistance from a colleague or supervisor.
  4. I have no knowledge of ECOMP.


* 16.Select the statement that best describes your familiarity with the Office of Workers' Compensation CAP program.
  1. I have knowledge of OWCp's CAP Program and know who the target audience is?
  2. I have knowledge of OWCP's CAP Program but have never used it.
  3. I have no knowledge of OWCP's CAP Program.






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