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* 1.GS-12 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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 of the following reflects your highest level of experience with laws and regulations relevant to the evaluation of proposed and actual changes to operating programs?
  1. I have had approval authority on projects or programs where laws and regulations were reviewed before making changes to operating programs.
  2. I have led a team responsible for reviewing laws and regulations before making changes to operating programs.
  3. I have participated in working groups as a subject matter expert on issues pertaining to laws and regulations that are relevant to operating programs.
  4. I have advised senior management on laws and regulations.
  5. I have had experience complying with the laws and regulations independently.
  6. I have had experience complying with the laws and regulations under supervision.
  7. I do not have experience evaluating proposed or actual changes to operating programs against laws and regulations.


* 3.Choose all examples that apply to your experience analyzing data and information when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed data or statistics to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  2. I have been the primary author of briefings, articles, studies, or reports.
  3. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  4. I have composed explanations or justification decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  5. I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) identify issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) formulate strategies and recommendations that I incorporated into written reports that I prepared.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.Choose the statement(s) below that describe your experience managing, directing, or administering an important program and/or significant program segment. (Check all that apply)
  1. I have developed and recommended program policies, strategies, and goals.
  2. I have set short-range objectives for the accomplishment of program work.
  3. I have set long-range plans for a program, considering the possible changes in program direction and new and/or possible developments in the law relating to these programs
  4. I have developed and approved program procedures and practices.
  5. I have worked operationally with U.S. law enforcement, prosecutorial and/or national security elements and/or financial and related sectors.
  6. I have promoted program(s) and provided expert advice to a variety of senior officials, to other government agencies, to foreign governmental authorities, and to the private sector.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.This position requires establishing and maintaining effective relationships with agency individuals in the public and private sector. Choose the statement(s) that describe the services you provided as a regular part of your job.
  1. Made recommendations to senior level personnel on the best course of action regarding the review and analysis of documents, including the provision of summaries for such documents
  2. Made recommendations to senior level legal personnel on the best course of action regarding the review and analysis of legal documents, including the provision of summaries for such documents.
  3. Maintained and conducted effective contacts and acted as liaison with customers/clients regarding analyses you performed on substantive issues.
  4. Participated in meetings with senior level personnel and prepared policy analyses, background information, fact sheets and other material concerning substantive technical issues.
  5. Responded verbally to inquiries or requests for information regarding topics for which you provided analyses.
  6. Explained verbally technical information regarding topics for which you provided analyses to a variety of audiences.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.Choose the statement that best describes your experience researching and interpreting policy in order to provide guidance and assistance to customers.
  1. I do not have experience providing guidance to customers.
  2. I have answered routine inquiries on programs and/or drafted program policies for higher level review.
  3. I have developed and communicated policies at a local or limited area.
  4. I have developed policies and instructions at an agency wide level, communicated guidance to others and/or identified program deficiencies and developed corrective action.


* 7.Choose the statement that best describes your experience analyzing incoming information and providing advice on the perceptions of the public to your organization's activities.
  1. I do not have direct experience performing this task.
  2. I have not performed this task as described above; however, experience gained in past/current position(s) reflects my ability to deal with this task.
  3. I have performed this task on an occasional basis.
  4. My experience reflects skill and high proficiency performing this task. I have performed this task on a continual basis in past and/or current position(s).


* 8.Choose the statement(s) that best describe the type of communication services you have provided as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have served as the point of contact with members of the public or outside agencies in order to convey detailed information about policies and regulations and rendered necessary assistance.
  2. I have explained technical or other complex information related to government regulations.
  3. I have promoted, developed and maintained good working relationships with key individuals and/or groups.
  4. I have served as a liaison making contacts with a variety of government, nonprofit and corporate officials for the purpose of conveying information.
  5. I have conducted or facilitated briefings, meetings or conferences with senior agency officials or representatives of other government agencies.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.Which of the following describes your experience with the Privacy Act?
  1. I am not familiar with the Privacy Act.
  2. I have basic knowledge of the Privacy Act, but must receive advice and decisions from subject matter experts.
  3. I have a working knowledge, but must consult with subject matter experts for their interpretation of the Privacy Act before making a decision.
  4. I routinely interpret the Privacy Act, and may consult with others before making a decision.
  5. I routinely interpret the Privacy Act and provide advice within my organization.
  6. I routinely interpret the Privacy Act and provide advice to senior executives.
  7. I am an expert in the interpretation of the Privacy Act and may be relied upon to inform the general public.


* 10.Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience(s) in communications.
  1. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings or conferences.
  2. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers or others on a regular basis.
  3. I have coordinated meetings, workshops or conferences.
  4. I have delivered presentations to groups at work or in other environments.
  5. None of the above.


* 11.Do you have experience developing communication strategies for policies affecting an agency’s or organization’s mission?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Choose the statement that best describes your experience recommending improvements to records management procedures and practices to achieve organizational goals.
  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.


* 13.Please select all responses that describe your experience in locating and compiling information for reports/briefings
  1. Gathers materials to be routed for information or to be distributed at recurring meetings.
  2. Compiles factual information from sources within assigned work area.
  3. Check indices of central systems for very specific information. Present information in logical fashion.
  4. Collects, compiles, and retrieves information from various sources within an organization.
  5. Compiles relevant information and presents it in a logical format that allows for ease of interpretation by others.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.Choose the item(s) that apply to your experience in producing written communication as a regular part of your job.
  1. I have produced correspondence, reports and justifications.
  2. I have reviewed correspondence, reports and justifications prepared by subordinates.
  3. I have delegated the production of correspondence, reports and justifications.
  4. I have been authorized to sign correspondence, reports and justifications.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.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.






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