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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
3 Please identify those customer service skills you have routinely and successfully applied at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Diplomacy
  • Research capabilities
  • Analysis capabilities
  • Planning
  • Monitoring response
  • Prioritization
  • Collaboration
  • Accommodation
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Negotiating
  • Compromise
  • Persuasiveness
  • Identifying the need / requirement
  • Establishing parameters
  • Responsiveness
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following BEST describes your highest level of work experience developing annual budgets and/or multiyear program estimates? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience in developing annual budgets and/or multi-year program estimates.
  • I have education or training in developing annual budgets and/or mult-iyear program estimates, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have developed annual budgets and/or multi-year programs estimates as a regular part of my job under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently developed annual budgets and/or multi-year programs as a regular part of my job, usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at developing annual budgets and/or multi-year programs having trained others in this capacity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
5 Please indicate which of the following types of activities / tasks you have performed as part of your work experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Supported the development of a budget for an organization or business unit.
  • Coordinated the activities of an organization in developing a budget.
  • Developed and presented budget requests with supporting justifications.
  • Engaged in the Strategic/Tactical Planning process.
  • Consolidated budgets for multiple operating units/organizations.
  • Developed collateral material in support and justification of a budget.
  • Recommended the allocation of resources.
  • Applied financial analysis techniques to determine effect of strategic/tactical decisions.
  • Used financial software and systems for developing budgets/forecasting.
  • Performed budgeting at the local, state, and/or Federal level.
  • Managed the budgeting process of a large complex organization.
  • Presented and justified the request for budgeted resources for an organization.
  • None of the above.
6 With which of the following project / program management techniques do you have education, training or experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance, Evaluation, and Review Techniques (PERT)
  • Management by Objectives (MBO)
  • Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  • Strategic planning
  • Budgeting
  • Benchmarking
  • Process management
  • Developing milestones
  • ISO 9000
  • Six Sigma
  • Kempner-Tregoe
  • Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Return on investment calculations
  • Risk assessments
  • None of the above
7 Which of the following types of documents have you written? Answer to this question is required
  • Budget justifications
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony / Congressional inquiries
  • Speeches
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers / decision memos
  • Journal Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • Research papers
  • Presentations
  • Systems documentation
  • Newsletters
  • Financial reports and analysis
  • Training materials
  • None of the above
8 From the list below, identify all of the types of audiences with which you have experience communicating orally or making oral presentations. Answer to this question is required
  • Senior officials
  • Colleagues
  • Academia
  • Government organizations
  • Private industry
  • General public
  • Technical experts
  • Professional organizations
  • Inter-agency meetings
  • Civic Organizations
  • None of the above
9 Please indicate which of the following activities / tasks you have performed as part of your work experience: Answer to this question is required
  • Identifying and resolving complex funding inquiries from automated financial or budgetary systems.
  • Resolving conflicts between program goals, objectives, resource requirements, budgetary policies, objectives, and constraints.
  • Analyzing accounting data from internal and/or external sources to confirm the propriety of charges.
  • Developing indicators to measure program performance.
  • Preparing or recommending annual financial plans to allot funds in support of program objectives.
  • Participating in the negotiation of reimbursement agreements with other public and/or private agencies.
  • Developing recommendations for budgetary adjustments (e.g., reprogramming) to support unanticipated changes in program operations and/or funding.
  • None of the above.
10 I have experience in the following areas of accounting: Answer to this question is required
  • Generally accepted accounting principles, issued by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB).
  • Generally accepted accounting principles, issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
  • Accounts receivable, including billing and collection processes.
  • Accounts payable, including payments processes and expense recognition.
  • Cost accounting, including cost accounting standards and requirements.
  • Budget, including the Federal budget formulation and execution process and budgetary accounting.
  • Reporting, including regulatory reporting requirements, e.g., Federal Agency Centralized Trial Balance System (FACTS II) (reporting and the year-end closing statement, and preparation of the Chief Financial Officers financial statements.
  • Cash, including preparation of reports to Treasury, e.g., FMS Form 224, and monthly Treasury reconciliations.
  • Property, Plant, and Equipment, including construction-in-progress, plant and facilities, movable equipment, and depreciation.
  • Revenue, including revenue recognition for reimbursable agreements, revolving funds and user fees.
  • Trust Fund
  • None of the above
11 Please select from the list below situations in which you have interpreted complex legislation and regulatory policy guidance. Answer to this question is required
  • To manage programs
  • 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
12 I have conducted financial analysis of: Answer to this question is required
  • Transactions
  • Systems
  • Balance Sheets
  • Proprietary accounts
  • Budgetary accounts
  • Statement of Net Cost
  • Statement of Budgetary Resources
  • Statement of changes in net position
  • Statement of Financing
  • Other
  • None of the above
13 In which of the following events have you communicated orally or made oral presentations? Answer to this question is required
  • Speeches
  • Conferences
  • Meetings
  • Work groups
  • One-on-one discussions
  • Telephone inquiries
  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Interviews
  • Briefings
  • Testimony
  • None of the above
14 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.
  • Work cooperatively with others as a team to achieve a project or program goal.
  • Identify common interests.
  • None of the above.
15 Do you have experience preparing budget or financial execution documents? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Please select the response that best describes your experience in applying the Federal principles of Appropriations Law to determine whether planned obligations and expenditures are appropriate. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training in Federal principles of Appropriations Law to determine whether planned obligations and expenditures are appropriate.
  • I have completed formal education or training in the Federal principles of Appropriations Law, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have applied the Federal principles of Appropriations Law to determine whether planned obligations and expenditures are appropriate as a regular part of a job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have applied the Federal principles of Appropriations Law to determine whether planned obligations and expenditures are appropriate as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • Applying the Federal principles of Appropriations Law to determine whether planned obligations and expenditures are appropriate has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed this task routinely and independently.
  • I have trained others in applying the Federal principles of Appropriations Law to determine whether planned obligations and expenditures are appropriate and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
17 Please select the answer below that best describes your experience with interpreting complex legislation and regulatory policy guidance (e.g., Prompt Pay, FAR, OMB) to determine the impact on an organization`s operations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed complex legislation and regulatory guidance to determine the impact on an organization`s operations.
  • I have reviewed complex legislation and regulatory guidance to determine the impact on an organization`s operations and provided advice on their impacts to management.
  • I have reviewed proposed and enacted legislation to determine the impact on an organization`s operation, provided advice on their impacts to management, and been assigned responsibility for developing policy to implement.
  • I do not have experience at performing this task.
18 Please select the response that best describes your highest level of knowledge of computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training with computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning.
  • I have completed formal education or training in computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have used computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have used computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • Using computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed this task routinely and independently.
  • I have trained others in using computer systems and software that enhances financial management and planning and (or) others have consulted me as an expert.
19 Which of the following financial management techniques have you applied? Answer to this question is required
  • Internal control procedures
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Application and compliance with policies and guidance
  • Disclosure reporting
  • Executive summary
  • Reconciliations
  • Audits
  • Manual disbursing
  • Asset management inventories
  • Respond to audit findings
  • Design, develop, and prepare financial reports
  • None of the above
20 Please select the response that best describes your ability to develop and apply financial management techniques. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience, education, or training developing and applying financial management techniques.
  • I have completed formal education or training in financial management techniques, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have developed and applied financial management techniques on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have developed and applied financial management techniques as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • Developing and applying financial management techniques has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed this task routinely and independently.
  • I have trained others in developing and applying financial management techniques and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
21 Identify all of the following types of teams on which you have participated. Answer to this question is required
  • Multi-organizational
  • Multi-disciplinary / cross functional
  • Multi-agency
  • Within a work group
  • civic committees
  • None of the above
22 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.

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