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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 Please provide examples of your experience which support your above response. Do not paste your resume here. Maximum length of 8000 characters.

Grade: All Grades

1 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
2 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
3 From the following list check the tasks that you currently perform and/or have performed in the past on a daily basis: Answer to this question is required
  • I analyze policies, procedures and regulations for a broad range of administrative areas.
  • I formulate solutions and make recommendations to improve the efficiency of operations for a broad range of administrative support areas.
  • I assess existing support services programs to determine whether they support the work of an organization.
  • I analyze new support services programs to determine how they can best be implemented to support the work of an organization.
  • None of the above
4 Which project management tasks (related to contracting and procurement) have you performed on a regular and recurring basis? Answer to this question is required
  • Negotiated with third party organizations
  • Made decisions on equipment purchases
  • Served on source selection panels
  • Signed acceptance letters on contractor deliverables
  • Approved test and other certification requirements
  • Performed quality assurance verifications on contractor work
  • Approved payments of Government funds
  • Determined contractor awards or penalties
  • None of the above
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 Please select any of the following in which you have experience and knowledge: Answer to this question is required
  • Fixed-price contracts
  • Cost contracts
  • Use of special contract provisions and incentives
  • Installation support services and related regulatory requirements
  • Development of contract specifications (i.e. Statements of Work)
  • None of the above
7 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.
8 Which of the following Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) activities have you performed for building management contracts? Answer to this question is required
  • Manage and oversee contractual obligations.
  • Serve as an interface between project managers and contractors.
  • Monitor contractor adherence to work specifications and milestones.
  • Quality control and assurance functions on contract deliverables.
  • Advise management on the types of support available.
  • Resolve issues between the government and vendors.
  • Certify payment for goods or services provided.
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following have you done as a routine part of your professional work experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Establish priorities among multiple projects
  • Establish timelines for multiple projects
  • Close out projects
  • Start up and manage projects through completion
  • Establish and monitor project progress
  • Meet deadlines
  • Use project management software
  • Make resource decisions for competing projects
  • Assign tasks and monitor performance
  • Anticipate and resolve problems
  • None of the above
10 With which of the following elements of supervision do you have experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance evaluation
  • Recruitment / hiring
  • Disciplinary action
  • Awards
  • Time and attendance
  • Scheduling resources
  • Staffing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coaching and or counseling
  • Labor relations
  • Managing diversity
  • Employee development
  • None of the above
11 In which of the following administrative areas have you supervised or managed support services? Answer to this question is required
  • Procurement
  • Space management
  • Printing
  • Records management
  • Contractor administration
  • Property Management
  • Travel
  • Facility Management
  • Customer Service
  • Acquisitions
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Inventory
  • Preservation and Packaging
  • Traffic Management
  • Transportation
  • None of the Above
12 Which of the following functions have you performed in a supervisory role? Answer to this question is required
  • I have created staff positions.
  • I have conducted performance appraisals.
  • I have interviewed and hired staff.
  • I have terminated employees or performed other adverse actions.
  • I have identified employees for bonuses, awards, or other incentives.
  • I have promoted Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program adherence.
  • I have identified training and developmental needs for employees.
  • None of the above
13 From the following list, select all of the work tasks and employee development duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis: Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned work to be accomplished by subordinates, set and adjusted priorities, and prepared schedules for the completion of work.
  • I have assigned work to subordinates, based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  • I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • I have overseen the performance of other staff on a team, but not as a formal supervisor.
  • I have followed necessary steps to take corrective action when an employee's performance did not improve.
  • I have no experience performing any of the above tasks.
14 I have performed the following leadership functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Setting standards, expectations, and deadlines.
  • Planning work assignments to be assigned to employees.
  • Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments.
  • Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees.
  • Reviewing completed work for technical accuracy.
  • Following up with employees to assure timeliness in meeting milestones.
  • Coaching and mentoring employees to achieve desired results.
  • Reporting progress to senior management.
  • Implementing work completed.
  • Evaluating the effectiveness of completed assignments or projects.
  • None of the above.
15 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.
16 From the following list check the tasks that you perform or have performed on a daily basis in administering contracts: Answer to this question is required
  • Recommend appropriate actions when the contractor is not in compliance with contract provisions.
  • Monitor such matters as payments, claims, and contractual changes, to ensure requirements of the contract are met.
  • Conduct contract reviews to evaluate contractor's performance and monitor activities, ensuring compliance.
  • Negotiate the terms of contracts and agreements with contractors for the procurement of goods and/or services.
  • Review completed contract files, to ensure administrative matters are resolved and/or completed.
  • None of the above.
17 Which of the following BEST describes your experience with contract administration (i.e., developing statement of work (SOW); developing cost comparisons; managing contractor project activities; monitor contract costs, scheduling, and performance)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training, or experience with contract administration.
  • I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed contract administration duties on the job.
  • I have performed contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities on the job, with close supervision from my supervisor or senior employee.
  • I am highly skilled at performing contract administration duties, including developing a statement of work, developing cost comparisons, managing contractor project activities 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/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
18 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.
19 Choose all examples that match your experience in preparing written material: Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal & external audiences.
  • I have developed material for communicating information on policies and procedures to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on strategic plans to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on technical programs to a broad base of constituents.
  • I have prepared and presented issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • I have published articles and reports in professional, scientific or industrial journals and newsletters, including national or international publications.
  • None of the above.
20 Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your communication skills: Answer to this question is required
  • I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to those within and outside the office.
  • I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups.
  • I have facilitated an open exchange of ideas.
  • I have established and maintained working relationships with internal organizational units.
  • I have approached each problem / situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality.
  • I have used contacts to build and strengthen internal support bases.
  • I have developed and enhanced alliances with external groups.
  • I have engaged in cross-functional activities.
  • I have found common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • I have worked in groups and teams.
  • I have conducted briefings and other meetings.
  • I have gained cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
  • I have facilitated controversial / complex situations.
  • I have considered and responded appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in different situations.
  • I ensure that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  • I have the authority to speak on behalf of my organization in making decisions in one or more program areas.
  • None of the above.