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* 1.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 as described above.


* 2.With which interpersonal activities do you have experience performing as a manager or supervisor?
  1. Conflict resolution
  2. Mediation
  3. Negotiation
  4. Facilitation
  5. Arbitration
  6. Performance counseling
  7. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  8. None of the above


* 3.Indicate your highest level of experience maintaining and promoting effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers, or contractors.
  1. I have established effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  2. I have led efforts to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  3. I have worked on teams to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  4. I have developed programs to promote establishing effective working relationships with managers, supervisors, co-workers or contractors.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Which staffing functions have you performed?
  1. I have created staff positions.
  2. I have interviewed and hired staff.
  3. I have monitored employee performance.
  4. I have conducted performance appraisals.
  5. I have counseled employees regarding unsatisfactory performance.
  6. I have terminated employees or taken other adverse personnel actions.
  7. I have identified employees for bonuses, awards, or other incentives.
  8. None of the above.


* 5.Choose the statements that describe the management tasks you performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  2. I have assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  3. I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  4. I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  5. I have addressed employee conduct issues by seeking appropriate supervisory actions such as verbal admonishments or suspensions.
  6. I have developed performance standards and evaluated employees` work.
  7. Recommending awards and promotions.
  8. None of the above.


* 6.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience managing and directing others.
  1. I have managed a group of supervisors, formulated organizational objectives, and directed personnel in attaining these goals.
  2. I have supervised a group of employees, assisted in the formulation of organizational goals and objectives, and provided direction to accomplish these goals.
  3. I have directed a task force in the formulation of program objectives.
  4. I have served as an acting supervisor or manager on a number of occasions.
  5. I do not have experience managing and directing others.


* 7.Identify the statements that reflect your experience providing leadership and direction to others when developing business strategies.
  1. Research business practices and trends, methods of program strategies, and resource allocation, which influence the future strategic direction of the office in support of overall business goals and objectives.
  2. Evaluate agency and program requirements and recommend changes to current operational policies and procedures.
  3. Direct teams and cross-organizational groups performing comprehensive reviews to assess, evaluate, improve, and enhance programs.
  4. Advise senior management on strategic issues and initiatives.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.With which audiences have you routinely communicated information orally or formally briefed?
  1. Briefed mid management within my agency or organization.
  2. Briefed organization or agency senior executives within my agency or organization.
  3. Briefed mid management from external agencies or organizations.
  4. Briefed organization or agency senior executives from external agencies or organizations.
  5. Briefed Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Congress or other regulatory oversight entities.
  6. None of the above


* 9.I have experience orally briefing or presenting information to the following audiences:
  1. Senior agency officials
  2. Supervisors
  3. Colleagues
  4. Subordinates
  5. Government organizations
  6. Private industry
  7. General public
  8. Technical experts
  9. Professional organizations
  10. Civic groups
  11. Universities
  12. Non Profit Institutions
  13. Media outlets
  14. None of the above


* 10.Choose the statements that describe your experience analyzing 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. None of the above.


* 11.Select the example that reflects your highest level of experience generating and developing new product ideas from first article stages to final production.
  1. I have experience in this area and have worked with several product lines in the development and production from the idea stage to the final product.
  2. I have worked with different teams as a team member in the idea stage and helped in the coordination of the final product stage.
  3. I have worked on the development of several product through the idea stage of the line.
  4. I have training or education in this area but do not have on the job experience with the process.
  5. I do not have training, education, or experience in this area.


* 12.Choose the statements that describe your experience managing, directing, or administering a program 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 set short-range objectives for the accomplishment of the program work.
  3. I have set long-range plans for a program considering the possible changes in program direction and new or emerging laws.
  4. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.Choose the statements that describe your experience supporting and recommending methods and strategies for human capital programs (e.g., workforce planning, organizational space planning, employee orientation, development, and training).
  1. I have provided advisory services to various levels of agency personnel, including upper-level management.
  2. I have forecasted the size and composition of an office workforce and developed strategies for selecting, placing, and developing employees.
  3. I have implemented a system that ensures a continuing supply of properly trained managers and employees and provided feedback to managers or senior management on program performance.
  4. I have developed and implemented a strategic recruitment plan.
  5. I have coordinated with office business unit representatives to ensure office space and equipment needs are adequately addressed.
  6. I have coordinated staff development opportunities for different levels of personnel, working with business unit representatives to ensure all employees are afforded the opportunity for continuous learning and employee development.
  7. I have performed organizational design studies of complex organizations.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Please indicate the segments you have been responsible for when working with complex projects.
  1. Planning
  2. Evaluating
  3. Directing
  4. Tracking
  5. Analyzing
  6. Coordinating
  7. None of the above


* 15.Select the following Program and Human Resources Management functions you have performed:
  1. Established guidelines and performance expectations for staff members.
  2. Assessed worker performance relevant to the organization’s mission.
  3. Provided informal feedback in the form of periodic evaluations of employee performance.
  4. Resolved informal complaints and grievances.
  5. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to the work and administrative matters.
  6. Taken disciplinary steps, as appropriate with your delegation of authority.
  7. Certified time and attendance.
  8. Ensured that subordinate staff is fully trained and that they comply with provisions of the safety regulations.
  9. Ensured the accomplishment of affirmative action objects and furthered the goals of equal employment opportunity (EEO).
  10. None of the above.


* 16.Choose the statements that describe communications you have written.
  1. Policy statements and guidance.
  2. Communication plans.
  3. Organizational assessments.
  4. Budget support, justification impact, and analysis.
  5. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  6. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  7. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  8. Presentation or briefing materials.
  9. Briefings and testimony for Congressional hearings.
  10. None of the above.


* 17.Choose the statements that best describe your experience preparing written documents.
  1. I have prepared written responses to public inquiries and prepared Congressional or executive-level correspondence.
  2. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for dissemination.
  3. I have prepared written material to be distributed on the internet or intranet to describe policies or procedures.
  4. I have gathered and researched data and information and prepared responses to non-routine correspondence.
  5. I have prepared issue papers on workforce management issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  6. I have written briefings for diverse audiences.
  7. None of the above.






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