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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.Which tasks have you performed on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting?
  1. Established priorities among multiple projects
  2. Established timelines for multiple projects
  3. Closed out projects
  4. Started up and manage projects through completion
  5. Established and monitor project progress
  6. Met deadlines
  7. Used project management software
  8. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  9. Assigned tasks and monitor performance
  10. None of the above


* 3.Select the statement which best describes your highest level of experience planning and organizing your work.
  1. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have followed a schedule, goals, and guidelines prepared by my supervisor.
  3. I have set goals and priorities for my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have set goals and priorities for my own work and coordinated activities and timelines with others to ensure that project goals and deadlines were met.


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your experience researching analyzing and interpreting policies, procedures, laws, statues and other regulations.
  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.


* 5.Select the statements that describe your experience leading or participating as a team member on specific projects.
  1. Communicate the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values to work team members and integrate them into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans products, and services.
  2. Communicate the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actions to be taken, milestones, program issues, and timeframes for completion to all team members.
  3. Coach the team and provide advice on appropriate work methods, practices and procedures, and identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  4. Lead the team in identifying, distributing, balancing and adjusting workload and tasks as needed in accordance with established workflow, skill level and/or occupational specialization, and priorities.
  5. Participate in various team projects to analyze specific issues and to develop an approach to resolve specific agency problems or projects.
  6. Monitor and report on status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that the team meets the instruction on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality.
  7. Coach, facilitate and/or negotiate in coordinating team initiatives and to build consensus.
  8. Amend or reject work that did not meet established standards.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following describes your highest level of experience in managing change or change initiatives?
  1. I have assisted others in organizational development and or change management initiatives.
  2. I have been a member of a team that used organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  3. I have independently used organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  4. I have been a team leader in projects using organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  5. I have been a team leader in complex, cross functional or organization wide efforts employing organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  6. None of the above


* 7.Choose the statements that describe your experience managing, directing, or administrating an important 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 performed reviews of major initiatives and finance functions including headquarters and field operations.
  8. I have reviewed and made recommendations for standard operating procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 8.Choose the types of written products you have drafted as a regular part of a job.
  1. Issue/position papers or summary reports on organizational data that included analysis and recommendations.
  2. Policy statements and guidance.
  3. Communication plans.
  4. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  6. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  7. Presentation or briefing materials.
  8. Organizational assessments.
  9. Strategic plans.
  10. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience performing quantitative analysis and evaluation?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.
  2. I have had formal education or training in this area but have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience providing technical assistance and advisory services to others in a professional setting?
  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 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 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/or I have trained others so they can perform this task.


Grade: 14
* 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.Which tasks have you performed on a regular and recurring basis in a professional setting?
  1. Established priorities among multiple projects
  2. Established timelines for multiple projects
  3. Closed out projects
  4. Started up and manage projects through completion
  5. Established and monitor project progress
  6. Met deadlines
  7. Used project management software
  8. Made resource decisions for competing projects
  9. Assigned tasks and monitor performance
  10. None of the above


* 3.Select the statement which best describes your highest level of experience planning and organizing your work.
  1. I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have followed a schedule, goals, and guidelines prepared by my supervisor.
  3. I have set goals and priorities for my own work to ensure that deadlines are met.
  4. I have set goals and priorities for my own work and coordinated activities and timelines with others to ensure that project goals and deadlines were met.


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your experience researching analyzing and interpreting policies, procedures, laws, statues and other regulations.
  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.


* 5.Select the statements that describe your experience leading or participating as a team member on specific projects.
  1. Communicate the organization's strategic plan, mission, vision, and values to work team members and integrate them into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans products, and services.
  2. Communicate the assignment, project, problem to be solved, actions to be taken, milestones, program issues, and timeframes for completion to all team members.
  3. Coach the team and provide advice on appropriate work methods, practices and procedures, and identifying the parameters of a viable solution.
  4. Lead the team in identifying, distributing, balancing and adjusting workload and tasks as needed in accordance with established workflow, skill level and/or occupational specialization, and priorities.
  5. Participate in various team projects to analyze specific issues and to develop an approach to resolve specific agency problems or projects.
  6. Monitor and report on status and progress of work, checking on work in progress and reviewing completed work to see that the team meets the instruction on work priorities, methods, deadlines and quality.
  7. Coach, facilitate and/or negotiate in coordinating team initiatives and to build consensus.
  8. Amend or reject work that did not meet established standards.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following describes your highest level of experience in managing change or change initiatives?
  1. I have assisted others in organizational development and or change management initiatives.
  2. I have been a member of a team that used organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  3. I have independently used organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  4. I have been a team leader in projects using organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  5. I have been a team leader in complex, cross functional or organization wide efforts employing organizational development and or change management principles or techniques to facilitate organizational improvement.
  6. None of the above


* 7.Choose the statements that describe your experience managing, directing, or administrating an important 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 performed reviews of major initiatives and finance functions including headquarters and field operations.
  8. I have reviewed and made recommendations for standard operating procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 8.Choose the types of written products you have drafted as a regular part of a job.
  1. Issue/position papers or summary reports on organizational data that included analysis and recommendations.
  2. Policy statements and guidance.
  3. Communication plans.
  4. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Recommendations for solutions to policy or reporting problems.
  6. Correspondence that consolidates input from a number of different sources (including contradictory viewpoints).
  7. Presentation or briefing materials.
  8. Organizational assessments.
  9. Strategic plans.
  10. None of the above


* 9.Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience performing quantitative analysis and evaluation?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.
  2. I have had formal education or training in this area but have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.I have planned and performed the following duties as it relates to research and analysis.
  1. Conducted operational/financial studies, providing recommendations for needed revisions in applicable policies and procedures.
  2. Consolidated the results of analysis into an overall report for presentation to management.
  3. Conducted follow-up surveys on approved reports or actions to detect any problems.
  4. Conducted comprehensive studies concerned with the identification of operational elements.
  5. Participated in the monitoring, tracking and evaluation of operational workload indicators and workload systems.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.Choose the statements that describe your communication and briefing skills that you use as a regular part of your job to support organizational goals and leadership.
  1. I regularly communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations.
  2. I explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. I brief individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I defend agency positions with individuals outside of the agency.
  5. I build consensus through collaboration from others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience providing technical assistance and advisory services to others in a professional setting?
  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 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 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/or I have trained others so they can perform this task.


* 13.Indicate your highest level of experience conducting trends analyses on data.
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluation practices, theories, methods, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues.
  2. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and documents any trends.
  3. I have obtained accurate and sufficient information on congressional, industry or public inquiries and recommended responses based on evaluation of the information.
  4. I have conducted analysis, reviews and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the assigned field offices.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your experience trouble shooting technical problems in a professional setting.
  1. I have applied analytical and evaluating methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on complex technical issues (e.g., conducting studies; researching and analyzing issues of concern; compiling and charting statistical data; gathering, summarizing and analyzing information for incorporation into final reports; carrying out specified portions or segments of specific projects).
  2. I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and document any trends.
  3. I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and maintenance programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the office.
  4. I do not have experience trouble shooting technical problems in a professional setting.






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