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Grade: All Grades
* 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.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.


* 3.Do you have experience analyzing data within the Budget Formulation and Execution Manager System or a similar budget formulation and execution system?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience advising management officials on policy matters related to budgeting.
  1. I have provided policy advice and recommendations to executive level officials on a regular and recurring basis in the area of budgeting.
  2. I have provided policy advice to senior managers resulting from changes in laws, regulations, or Administration policies.
  3. I have made recommendations to lower or middle level managers in the area of budgeting that resulted in operational procedural changes.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.Select the statements that describe your experience coordinating the preparation of major segments of an organization`s or agency`s budget.
  1. I analyzed, advised, and recommended solutions to budget formulation, justification, and presentation problems.
  2. I analyzed and edited budget estimates and requests submitted by managers for accuracy of technical treatment and format, adequacy of supporting narrative, statistical and graphic presentation, and conformance with budgetary policy and guidelines.
  3. I recommended and justified necessary budgetary changes to proposed program budgets.
  4. Reviews, analyzes, and interprets legislation appropriations language and organization guidelines pertaining to the budgetary requirements.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Choose the statements that describe your experience working with budget data to assist in the preparation of budget estimates and justifications.
  1. I have collected budget data from multiple sources.
  2. I have compiled budget data into estimates of annual funding summary reports and schedules.
  3. I have monitored budget data reports to ensure accurate portrayal of funds.
  4. I have monitored budget data reports to take adjustment actions as necessary.
  5. I have made recommendations for improvements in the monitoring, tracking and reporting of funds and program obligations.
  6. I have assisted in the compilation of proposed budgets ensuring consistency with existing legislature and regulatory guidance.
  7. I have prepared information on proposed budgets that tie to program needs.
  8. None of the above


* 7.Choose the statements that describe your experience performing routine budgetary and financial analysis.
  1. I have identified problem areas and recommended resolutions.
  2. I have prepared allotments for assigned accounts.
  3. I have maintained records of apportionment or obligation balances.
  4. I have prepared justifications for budget submission and ensured budgeted formulation data is accurate.
  5. I have reviewed, recorded, and processed funding agreements for interagency cost recoverable agreements.
  6. I have monitored assigned programs to anticipate additional budgetary requirements.
  7. None of the above


* 8.Which statement best describes your highest level of experience analyzing source documents, program needs, agency objectives, and regulatory guidelines to determine funding requirements?
  1. I do not have training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area 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 independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised others` performance of this task or have trained others so they can perform this task.


* 9.Do you have professional experience representing an Agency or Department or equivalent in budget negotiations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Choose the statements that describe your oral communication tasks that you performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in oral presentations.
  2. I explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  3. I briefed individuals outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. I defended agency positions with individuals outside of the agency.
  5. I fostered cooperation and consensus among groups by supporting agency goals.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.Do you have professional experience orally communicating technical budget issues to audiences within your organization as well as external audiences?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Please select those below that describe your experience communicating in writing.
  1. Prepare issue or position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which include analysis and recommendations.
  2. Draft responses to Departmental and/or congressional inquiries.
  3. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities (e.g., memos, letters).
  4. Compose guidelines or policies for implementing new initiatives or systems.
  5. Compose technical or training manuals.
  6. Develop materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences (e.g., agendas, meeting minutes).
  7. Write publications such as books or manuscripts.
  8. None of the above.


* 13.Do you have professional experience developing written budget justifications, operating plans?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select all the statements that reflect your experience in analyzing program information for resource allocation decisions at the Agency or Department level or equivalent.
  1. I have professional experience in analyzing global health programs for resource allocation purposes.
  2. I have professional experience in analyzing food security programs for resource allocation purposes.
  3. I have professional experience in analyzing global climate change programs for resource allocation purposes.
  4. I have professional experience in analyzing economic growth programs for resource allocation purposes.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.I have experience in developing performance measures including: collecting the data to be measured, analyzing the data to determine the impact on staff, programs or activities, and recommending the best performance measures to utilize.
  1. True
  2. False


* 16.Select the choices that describe your experience representing an organization when interacting with others.
  1. Briefed senior executives and organizational leadership on budget prior to Congressional hearings and met on issues pertaining to OMB with members of Congress or Senior Congressional Staff.
  2. Presented at periodic meetings and program reviews, and provided information and recommendations on planned programmatic decisions for more effective utilization of resources to achieve objectives.
  3. Explained program or financial data from various sources and to organization leadership and field organizations or the equivalent.
  4. Answered questions on organization or agency budgets after others presented information at staff meetings, program reviews and budget presentations.
  5. None of the above.


* 17.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience supervising a Budget Staff?
  1. I have not supervised or led a Budget Staff.
  2. I have been a team leader but have not been responsible for supervisory functions.
  3. I have been a budget manager or supervisor and have performed the full basic supervisory functions (e.g., motivating, providing performance feedback).
  4. I have been a budget manager or supervisor and have performed the full scope of supervisory functions (e.g., serving as hiring selection official, handling and EEO issue, terminating an employee).


* 18.Choose the statements that describe your experience with fund execution and application.
  1. I have analyzed recurring reports to determine proper application of funds for a variety of funding sources.
  2. I have assisted in data collection of application funds.
  3. I have reviewed and coordinated accounting documents to ensure stable budget execution activities are in place.
  4. I have analyzed accounting documents to identify whether stable budget execution activities are in place.
  5. I have analyzed accounting documents to determine whether stable budget execution activities are in place and made authoritative decisions based on analysis.
  6. I have prepared allotments and sub-allotments of funds for distribution.
  7. I have reviewed documents by checking the propriety of obligations and expenditures.
  8. I have reviewed use of funds documents for legal and regulatory aspects.
  9. None of the above


* 19.Choose the statements that apply to your experience with the budget process.
  1. I have advised program officials concerning obligations, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  2. I have performed cost-benefit analysis in support of programmatic or budgetary initiatives.
  3. I have used automated databases to prepare data summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings or fact sheets.
  4. I have gathering the data needed and developed unit cost rates for various categories of employees (e.g. auditor, investigator, lawyer).
  5. None of the above.


* 20.Please select the budget related tasks you performed on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Interpreting and applying budget regulations.
  2. Tracking costs and assessing trends.
  3. Advising program officials concerning obligations, expenditures and availability of funds.
  4. Utilizing automated databases to prepare data summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings or fact sheets.
  5. Preparing recurring reports on budget execution.
  6. None of the above.


* 21.Choose the statement that best describes your highest level of experience monitoring budgets.
  1. I have monitored a budget greater than $100 million to ensure expenditures were within budget.
  2. I have monitored a budget between $51 million and $100 million to ensure expenditures were within budget.
  3. I have monitored a budget between $1 million and $50 million to ensure expenditures were within budget.
  4. I have monitored a budget less than $1 million to ensure expenditures were within budget.
  5. I do not have experience monitoring a budget.


* 22.Please select the statements that describe your experience in communicating in writing.
  1. I have prepared budget or financial reports or proposals.
  2. I have developed operating instructions or formal instructions or directives.
  3. I have prepared analytical summaries or justifications, investigative reports, or articles.
  4. I have provided a written response to congressional correspondence.
  5. None of the above.


* 23.I have notified others (in writing) of decisions, problems, or further actions needed related to budget and financial matters.
  1. True
  2. False


* 24.Which statement best reflects your highest level of experience writing briefing material or talking points for senior executives in a professional setting?
  1. I do not have training or experience in this area.
  2. I have had education or training in this area 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 independently and without the review of a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised others` performance of this task or have trained others so they can perform this task.






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