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Grade: 13

GS-13: Applicants must meet the basic qualification requirements that follow to qualify for this position. Carefully read all possible answers before selecting a response. Choose the one answer that best describes your IT related experience and specialized experience and indicate your response below: (See the Qualifications Section of the vacancy announcement for additional information.)
A.) I have IT-related experience demonstrating EACH of the four competencies AND specialized experience listed below and as described in the vacancy announcement:
1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail;
2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services;
3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately;
4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations; AND
I have at least 1 full year of specialized experience as described in the Qualifications section of this vacancy announcement. This experience is equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.
B.) I do not meet any of the requirements described above.
NOTE: Experience MUST be IT related; the experience may be demonstrated by paid or unpaid experience and/or completion of specific, intensive training (for example, IT certification), as appropriate.
1 GS-13: Based on your review of the basic qualification requirements listed above, choose the corresponding letter that best describes your education or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • A
  • B - I do not meet any of the requirements described 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 choices best describes your knowledge of, and experience with network security? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge of, or experience with, network security
  • I am familiar with network security in general terms
  • I have developed policy defining network security requirements
  • I have defined and implemented multiple network security protocols and/or systems. I have a strong understanding of both hardware and software security tools such as firewalls and intrusion detection
  • I have managed tasks in which network security was a major component of the effort
2 Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of education or experience in applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience in applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues.
  • I have education or training applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues, but have NOT yet applied it on the job.
  • I have applied advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues on the job under close supervision.
  • I have routinely and independently applied advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues as a regular part of the job without supervision.
  • I am highly skilled at applying advanced and current security concepts to a wide range of security issues on the job and have trained others to perform these tasks.
3 Which of the following best reflects your ability to analyze complex issues and identify appropriate solutions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions under close supervision.
  • I have assisted others in the analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • I have participated on a team that analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have independently analyzed complex issues and identified appropriate solutions.
  • I have led others charged with the analysis of complex issues and identification of appropriate solutions.
  • I have no work experience analyzing complex issues and identifying appropriate solutions.
4 Which of the following best describes your experience integrating information from a variety of sources in order to make decisions? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience performing these tasks
  • I have training or education directly related to these tasks, but I have not performed them on the job
  • I have performed these tasks on the job under the direction of a supervisor or other employee
  • I have performed these tasks on the job without the review of a supervisor
  • I am experienced in performing these tasks and providing guidance and supervision to others in these areas
5 From the following list of information security programs, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully administered / managed. Answer to this question is required
  • Information Security
  • Cyber Security
  • TEMPEST
  • Technical Surveillance
  • Countermeasures
  • None of the above
6 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.
7 Which of the following BEST describes your background coordinating, formulating and implementing cybersecurity policy? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in coordinating, formulating or implementing cybersecurity policy.
  • I have education or training in coordinating, formulating and implementing cybersecurity policy, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely coordinated, formulated and implemented cybersecurity policy as a regular part of my job with review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I have routinely and independently coordinated, formulated and implemented cybersecurity policy as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled in coordinating, formulating and implementing cybersecurity policy, having trained others in this capacity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
8 I have working knowledge of cybersecurity threats and countermeasures. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 Which of the following best describes your experience serving as a liaison on security related matters? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience serving as a liaison on security matters.
  • I have education or training in this area, but have not applied this knowledge on the job.
  • I have served as a liaison on security related issues as part of my job, but under close supervision.
  • I have routinely and independently served as a liaison on security related issues as part of my job without supervision.
  • I am highly skilled at serving as a liaison on security related issues, having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert.
10 Which of the following statements describes your highest level of work experience at coordinating interagency policy and policy documents? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in coordinating interagency policy or policy documents.
  • I have completed formal education or training that would facilitate me in performing this task, but I have not yet applied this knowledge in a work environment.
  • I have routinely and independently coordinated interagency policy and policy documents as a regular part of my job, with review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently coordinated interagency policy and policy documents as a regular part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at coordinating interagency policy and policy documents, having trained others in performing this task and/or others consult me as an expert for assistance.
11 From the following choices, identify the types of oral communications in which you have experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Briefing papers
  • Briefing superiors / supervisors
  • Briefing decision-makers
  • Communicating with hostile persons or groups
  • Persuading or recommending action
  • Instructing, teaching
  • Participating in team exercises
  • Briefing large groups (more than 30 participants)
  • Explaining abstract concepts
  • Providing guidance to subordinates
  • Briefing small groups (less than 15 participants)
  • None of the above
12 From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied: Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitate the amicable resolution of competing or conflicting interests among parties whose cooperation is needed to meet an objective.
  • Interact effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments.
  • Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to staff.
  • Persuade and/or inspire others to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques to improve operations.
  • Diffuse confrontational situations with people who are difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Develop trusting, productive working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and supervisors to achieve goals and objectives.
  • None of the above.
13 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have communicated technical information: Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • None of the above
14 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Academic reports
  • Government or official reports
  • Newspaper, magazine, or journal articles
  • Press releases
  • Technical documents
  • Speeches
  • Books
  • Publications
  • Policy guidance
  • Opinion papers / decision memos
  • None of the above
15 Which of the following best describes your experience communicating verbally? Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly met with colleagues for the purposes of clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  • I have provided briefings to my supervisor and/or senior management.
  • I have conducted training sessions.
  • I have regularly served as a representative in dealing with managers and employees. This included acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  • I have regularly justified, persuaded, negotiated, and/or resolved matters involving significant or controversial policy or program issues. This included communicating effectively with a full range of internal and external individuals or groups (representatives from Agency, Department, other Federal Agencies, industry leaders, congressional staffs, and officials of foreign governments).
  • I have regularly conducted discussions and/or participated in workgroups as a program representative in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, and/or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g. gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  • I have regularly served as a program representative and participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve specific business problems. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  • None of the above.