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* 1.GS-9 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or at least two 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-7 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 year of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 2.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.


* 3.Choose all of the following which you done as a routine part of your professional work experience.
  1. Established priorities and timelines among multiple projects
  2. Started up and managed projects through completion
  3. Established milestones and monitored project progress
  4. Met deadlines
  5. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  6. Assigned tasks and monitored performance
  7. Anticipated and resolved problems
  8. Maximized use of limited financial and personnel resources
  9. None of the above


* 4.Which of the following most accurately describes your experience setting priorities, organizing, and responding to work requests?
  1. In my past work assignments, I have had oversight over several teams or groups with it being my responsibility to set all project objectives, goals and deadlines. I have developed both short and long range goals with milestones to assess progress. I have experience reporting on progress to higher-level management.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project that involved setting objectives, goals and deadlines for others. I am proficient at modifying these plans as necessary to ensure deadlines are met. I have experience reporting on progress to my immediate supervisor.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled tasks so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience adjusting my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  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 ability in my professional job assignments.
  5. I do not have education or training related to setting priorities.


* 5.Please indicate the types of activities/ tasks you have performed as part of your work experience.
  1. Supported the development of a budget for an organization or business unit.
  2. Coordinated the activities of an organization in developing a budget.
  3. Developed and presented budget requests with supporting justifications.
  4. Engaged in the Strategic/Tactical Planning process.
  5. Consolidated budgets for multiple operating units/organizations.
  6. Developed collateral material in support and justification of a budget.
  7. Recommended the allocation of resources.
  8. Applied financial analysis techniques to determine effect of strategic/tactical decisions.
  9. Used financial software and systems for developing budgets/forecasting.
  10. Performed State and/or Federal budgeting.
  11. Managed the budgeting process of a large complex organization.
  12. Presented and justified the request for budgeted resources for an organization.
  13. None of the above.


* 6.Select which statements best describe your experience in completing reports, evaluations, program analysis, and/or written correspondence.
  1. I have written a variety of technical and complex reports, memos, and policy papers requiring the analysis of interrelated concepts and strategies.
  2. I have prepared written documents that explain policies, procedures, or decisions on specific cases or studies.
  3. I have written clear and concise reports addressed for various target audiences from data collected and carefully analyzed.
  4. I have had formal coursework or training in technical or creative writing.
  5. I have written correspondence for signature of executive level officials, and have provided technical and complex information for writing responses to inquiries.
  6. I have written new or revised government regulations, policies, or procedures and developed modifications to final regulatory policies and procedures.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.Select the responses that describe your experience with technical writing (e.g., project plans, data reports, interpretive environmental assessment reports).
  1. I have been the sole or primary author of data collection and analysis plans, comprehensive data reports, or interpretive environmental assessment reports for outside (published or client) use.
  2. I have been the sole or primary author of internal technical documents OR secondary author of environmental monitoring plans and technical reports for outside (published or client) use.
  3. I have provided a peer review on other`s technical writing to ensure technical and grammatical adequacy.
  4. I have independently written informal documents or memos summarizing materials used and methods applied in technical field work.
  5. My writing experience is non-technical.


* 8.Indicate your highest level of experience in 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. I have not performed any of the above tasks.


* 9.Which of the following BEST describes your experience consulting with and supporting internal/external customers and providing technical guidance/advice on correspondence and document management related issues?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have education or 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 supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.


* 10.Please select the statement(s) that best reflects your experience in communicating with different levels of an organization.
  1. I have actively participated in meetings with upper management and/or high ranking officials.
  2. I have served as a liaison between employees and management.
  3. I have served as a mediator between management and union officials.
  4. I have actively participated in meetings and discussions with employees in blue-collar positions.
  5. I have served as a mediator between management and employees.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.From the following list, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations.
  1. Senior officials
  2. Colleagues
  3. Government organizations
  4. General public
  5. Private industry
  6. Academia
  7. Professional organizations
  8. Technical experts
  9. Inter-agency Meetings
  10. None of the above


* 12.Select the answer that best describes your experience in problem-solving, planning, and goal setting.
  1. I do not have experience solving problems in a workplace.
  2. I have worked on analyzing routine problems and identifying recommendations.
  3. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems and identifying recommendations that are complex and controversial.
  4. I have worked on analyzing difficult problems with no precedent available and identifying innovative solutions to issues that are controversial and sensitive.
  5. I have worked on solving difficult problems, establishing plans and goals, and using non-traditional techniques and innovative solutions for issues that are complex, controversial and sensitive.


* 13.Do you have experience in gathering, organizing, analyzing, and interpreting data to make logical decisions, and to recommend solutions for programmatic and/or operational issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Which of the following choices BEST describe your experience applying administrative concepts, principles and practices?
  1. I have experience in reviewing and analyzing a variety of office procedures and recommending changes.
  2. I have limited experience applying administrative concepts, principles, and practices in the resolution of issues.
  3. I have independently conducted studies on operational issues and problems and identified issues for concern and recommended specific remedies.
  4. As a member of a team or working group, I have applied administrative concepts, principles, and practices in evaluating specific problems areas that impact the efficiency of my organization.
  5. I have experience as a lead administrative support person applying the full range of administrative concepts and principles including recommending and establishing procedures for the support staff of an organization.
  6. I have served on an agency / Department level team or working group that required me to apply administrative concepts, principles, and practices in evaluating and recommending remedies on a specific issue.
  7. None of the above.






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