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Grade: 13

1 GS-13: 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 experience requirements described under the Qualifications section of the vacancy 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-12 level in the Federal service.
  • My experience does not match the choice above.
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
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

Grade: All Grades

1 Which of the following types of documents have you written?
  • Case summary report
  • Talking points
  • Congressional inquiry responses
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Standard operating procedures
  • Directives
  • Federal Register notices
  • Regulatory / statutory material
  • Policy guidance
  • Congressional testimony
  • Analyses of proposed policy, legislative, or management initiatives
  • Option papers / decision memos
  • Publications
  • Books
  • Academic papers
  • Newspaper or magazine articles
  • Research papers
  • Strategic plans
  • Budget or financial plans
  • Performance measures
  • None of the above
2 Which of the following best describes your experience serving as a liaison on security related matters?
  • 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 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.
3 Which of the following reflects your highest level of experience developing mission objectives?
  • I have assisted others who developed mission objectives.
  • I have participated on a team that developed mission objectives.
  • I have independently developed mission objectives.
  • I have led others charged with developing mission objectives.
  • I have no experience developing mission objectives.
4 Please select from the list below situations in which you have applied knowledge of policy, legislation, and practices to assess overall effectiveness in programs:
  • 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
5 Which of the following best describes your background in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources?
  • I do not have education, training or experience in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources.
  • I have education or training in the analysis and evaluation of information derived from a variety of sources, but have not yet applied it on the job.
  • I have routinely and independently analyzed and evaluated information derived from a variety of sources as a regular part of my job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employees.
  • I am highly skilled at independently analyzing and evaluating information derived from a variety of sources having trained others in this activity and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
  • I have routinely analyzed and evaluated information derived from a variety of sources as a regular part of my job with review by supervisor or senior employees.
6 Which of the following types of situations illustrate your experience negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations?
  • Monetary impact, such as outsourcing
  • Policy changes
  • Adding, dropping, or modifying programs
  • Congressional mandates
  • Contracts
  • Employee relations
  • Organizational realignment
  • None of the above
7 Do you have experience working with security programs and operations in high threat locations?
  • Yes
  • No
8 Do you have knowledge of and experience in a range of financial, contract and program management laws, policies, regulations and precedents?
  • Yes
  • No
9 Do you possess experience in allocating resources across a wide range of security programs?
  • Yes
  • No
10 Which of the following best describes your highest level of work experience in performing all phases of the contracting process:
  • I have performed all phases of the contracting process and either assisted in the development of the contracting program strategies for an organization or developed contract management, procurement or acquisition policies, procedures or methods for use by others.
  • I have performed all phases of the contracting process assisting in the development of contracting program strategies for an organization and developed contract management, procurement or acquisition policies, procedures or methods for use by others.
  • I have performed all phases of the contracting process, but have not developed contract management, procurement or acquisition policies, procedures or methods for use by others.
  • I have education and some experience in performing the contracting process.
  • None of the above
11 Evaluate your knowledge of auditing and evaluation standards, procedures, and practices for planning and conducting audits and evaluations involving a variety of programs, functions, and systems.
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior auditor.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior auditor.
  • I have supervised other auditors in performing this task, and/or I have trained others in performing this task, and/or others normally consult me for assistance as an expert in performing this task.
12 Which of the following describes your highest level of work experience in planning and coordination?
  • I have managed the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations
  • I have led the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations
  • I have participated in the strategic planning and coordination of discrete projects or activities affecting management and operations
  • Other planning and coordination experience
  • No planning and coordination experience
13 Which of the following BEST describes your experience with analyzing statements of work and specifications to ensure their adequacy and / or to recommend revisions?
  • I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and / or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
14 Which of the following choices best describe your highest level of education or experience in national or international security programs?
  • I have no education, training, or experience pertaining to national and/or international security programs.
  • I have education or training pertaining to national and/or international security programs, but have NOT yet applied it on the job.
  • I have applied my knowledge of national and/or international security programs on the job under close supervision.
  • I have applied my knowledge of national and/or international security programs as a regular part of the job without supervision.
  • I am highly knowledgeable about national and/or international security programs and have trained others in this topic area.
15 Please indicate which of the following activities / tasks you have performed as part of your work experience:
  • 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.
16 Please select from the list below situations in which you have interpreted complex legislation and regulatory policy guidance.
  • 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
17 Select the answer that BEST describes the budget preparation and execution tasks you have performed:
  • Followed a meeting budget set by others.
  • Tracked expenditures to monitor meeting budget compliance.
  • Reconciled reports of obligations and expenditures with authorizations.
  • Provided input used by others to construct a meeting budget.
  • Independently constructed a meeting budget, which was adopted for use by your organization.
  • None of the above.
18 Ability to devise innovative solutions for organizational improvements and to design and initiate new or cutting-edge programs, projects or operational approaches:
  • I have no education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but I have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have routinely and independently performed this task as a regular part of the job, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this task on the job. I have trained others in this activity and others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.