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Grade: 14

1 GS-14: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position. Before answering this question, see the qualifications section on this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
2 I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf

Grade: All Grades

1 Which of the following best reflects your highest level of experience using qualitative or quantitative methods to analyze, assess, and improve program effectiveness? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in various qualitative and quantitative analytical methods. However, I have not yet applied this ability in work situations.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to use a range of qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze and evaluate programs. I typically work with a supervisor or someone else to conduct analyses, and develop conclusions or recommendations based on analysis.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to independently conduct program analyses and make recommendations. I have experience applying these analytical skills to a variety of projects and programs and presenting conclusions and recommendations to others.
  • I have work experience demonstrating the ability to conduct complex program and project analysis and developing corresponding recommendations. I routinely apply these highly developed analytical skills to provide direction to others and present these recommendations to senior management leadership.
  • None of the above.
2 Please select from the list below situations in which you have applied knowledge of administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents: Answer to this question is required
  • To manage programs, including budget and human resources
  • To implement programs
  • To make recommendations to improve programs/ operations
  • To decide on continuation or termination of programs
  • To make recommendations to senior agency officials
  • To negotiate program direction and completion alternatives
  • To identify problems or vulnerabilities in a program
  • To develop new policies or procedures for the agency
  • To formulate policy to support executive direction (e.g. policy manuals, guides, training materials)
  • None of the above
3 Which of the following best represents your level of experience with the integration of data from a variety of sources in order to make decisions? Answer to this question is required
  • Produced a technical paper or policy report that relays findings in a larger context
  • Analyzed a variety of estimates, trends and/or results to explain a specific issue
  • Produced empirical studies and/or estimates and results
  • Collected and organized relevant data to address a specific issue
  • I have no experience in performing this task.
4 Do you have experience in workforce planning and analysis? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Which of the following have you done that demonstrate your ability to think strategically? Answer to this question is required
  • Wrote strategic planning documents
  • Analyzed financial statements
  • Analyzed working capital funds
  • Developed balance scorecards
  • Developed tactical plans derived from a strategic plan
  • Project planning
  • Budget planning
  • Performance measurements
  • Workforce planning
  • None of the above
6 From the list below, select the budget preparation and execution tasks you have performed. Answer to this question is required
  • Followed an office budget which has been set by others.
  • Tracked expenditures to monitor office budget compliance.
  • Reconciled reports of obligations and expenditures with authorizations.
  • Provided input used by others to construct an office budget.
  • Independently constructed an office budget, which was adopted for use by your employer.
  • Constructed a program budget, which was adopted for use by Program Manager.
  • None of the above.
7 Which of the following best describes your experience with budget management? Answer to this question is required
  • I have prepared a budget for a discrete program or project.
  • I have adhered to a budget for a discrete program or project.
  • I have prepared a budget for an office.
  • I have adhered to a budget for an office.
  • I have prepared a budget for a division.
  • I have adhered to a budget for a division.
  • I have no practical experience with budget management.
8 From the list, select the budget task that you have performed. (Select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewed budget estimates
  • Developed budget plans
  • Analyzed obligations and expenditures
  • Ensured budget compliance with statutory and administrative regulations and standards
  • Conducted budget evaluation and recommended alternative procedures to reduce unnecessary expense
  • None of the above
9 Please select from the list below situations in which you have interpreted and applied administrative laws, policies, regulations, and precedents: Answer to this question is required
  • Inspection
  • Program reviews / evaluations
  • Audits
  • Qualitative analyses
  • Adjudicating administrative actions or processes
  • Program budget
  • Organization Finances
  • None of the above
10 Please indicate which of the following program activities you have performed as part of your work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Resolving conflicts between program goals, objectives, resource requirements, budgetary policies, objectives, and constraints
  • Developing indicators to measure program performance
  • Preparing or recommending annual financial plans to allot funds in support of program objectives
  • Developing recommendations for budgetary adjustments (i.e., reprogramming) to support unanticipated changes in program operations and/or funding
  • None of the above
11 Which of the following types of situations illustrate your experience negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations? Answer to this question is required
  • Monetary impact, such as outsourcing
  • Policy changes
  • Adding, dropping, or modifying programs
  • Congressional mandates
  • Contracts
  • Employee relations
  • Organizational realignment
  • None of the above
12 Which of the following choices best describes your knowledge of, and experience with information technology performance indicators and their associated metrics? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge of, or experience with, information technology performance indicators and their associated metrics
  • I have knowledge of, or education in information technology performance indicators and their associated metrics but no work experience
  • I have monitored specific metrics and reported on them
  • I have used and interpreted specific metrics and made decisions based on them
  • I have developed performance measures and identified appropriate metrics
13 Indicate the types of performance metrics that you have personally developed. Answer to this question is required
  • Customer service
  • Call center
  • Hardware/ network performance
  • Development
  • Contract performance
  • Budget tracking
  • Due diligence compliance
  • Earned value / Return on Investment
  • None of the above
14 Which of the following responses best reflects your experience with Information Technology (IT) related capital investment planning processes? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience or education with IT related capital planning processes.
  • I have assisted with the preparation of an office or bureau IT Capital Investment Plan.
  • I have prepared an office or bureau IT Capital Investment Plan.
  • I have prepared an office or bureau IT Capital Investment Plan, and presented / negotiated it with Agency level staff.
  • I have reviewed, prepared and provided advice and guidance on an Agency IT Capital Investment Plan and provided advice and guidance to several bureau level staffs on their IT Capital Investment Plans.
15 In which of the following events have you communicated orally or made oral presentations? Answer to this question is required
  • Speeches
  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Telephone inquiries
  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Interviews
  • Briefings
  • Negotiations
  • None of the above
16 Which of the following forms of communication have you used to communicate technical information? Answer to this question is required
  • Formal presentations
  • Informal presentations
  • Information memoranda
  • Policy or other briefing documents
  • Journals
  • News media
  • Instructional aids
  • None of the above
17 Select one description that best represents your highest level of experience in interacting with various groups and individuals. Answer to this question is required
  • Experience that involves routinely working with external management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership or shared problem solving, such as sharing options and initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships.
  • Experience that involves routinely working with internal managers to resolve issues and problems that arise on a daily basis. This involves briefing managers on new or revised regulations and discussing policy alternatives.
  • Experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to programs and all parties.
  • Experience that involves explaining agency policy and regulations and providing background of the rationale for such policies, and using negotiating techniques to ensure full compliance.
  • None of the above apply.
18 Which of the following choices best describes your experience applying legislation, statutes, policies and/or regulations to information technology? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing this task
  • I have education or training in performing this task
  • I have performed this task with supervision (e.g., research assistant, intern)
  • I have performed this task as part of a team (e.g., coauthor, team member)
  • I have independently performed this task (e.g., sole author or team leader)
19 Do you have experience in managing and coordinating policies and procedures for a large organization? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
20 Which of the following best describes your experience with information technology related policy? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with policy research.
  • I have education or training in policy research.
  • I have reviewed organization-wide policy related to information technology.
  • I have interpreted policy related to information technology.
  • I have identified applicable policy related to my information technology area of responsibility.
  • I have been part of a team that developed policy related to information technology.
  • I have independently developed policy related to information technology.