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Grade: 14

GS-14: 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-13 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-14: 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 Do you have experience utilizing cyber tools and technologies that aid in the analysis of malicious software? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 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.
3 I have performed the following leadership functions: Answer to this question is required
  • Setting standards, expectations, and deadlines
  • Developing, updating and executing portions of a project plan
  • Planning work assignments to be assigned to employees
  • Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees
  • Reviewing work for technical adequacy and completeness
  • Ensuring timelines and milestones are met
  • Resolving personnel conflicts, differences or problems that have arisen in the work unit
  • Coaching and mentoring individuals / team members to achieve desired results
  • Reporting progress to senior management
  • Implemented steps to maintain and improve morale
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following leadership functions have you performed in work unit or team assignments? Answer to this question is required
  • Setting standards, expectations and deadlines.
  • Developing, updating, and executing portions of operating budgets.
  • Planning work assignments and schedules.
  • Assigning tasks and responsibilities to employees.
  • Reviewing completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness.
  • Following up with employees.
  • Developing workforce plans.
  • Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems.
  • 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.
5 With which of the following do you have education, training, and/or experience? Answer to this question is required
  • The Federal Records Act
  • The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Electronic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Amendments to the Freedom of Information Act
  • The Privacy Act of 1974
  • Executive Order (E.O.) 12958
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130
  • Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)
  • Reporting requirements under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) information quality guidelines and standards
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives concerning the safeguarding of personally identifiable information
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following choices best describes your experience managing resources? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience managing resources
  • I have managed resources at the office level
  • I have managed resources at the division level
  • I have managed resources at the enterprise level
7 Which of the following BEST represents your highest level of experience administering team work load (or significant portion) including resource management, team leadership, and communication with team members, managers, customers and stakeholders? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, training or experience with administering team work load (or significant portion) including resource management, team leadership, and communication with team members, managers, customers and stakeholders.
  • I have assisted in administering team work load (or significant portion) including resource management, team leadership, and communication with team members, managers, customers and stakeholders.
  • I have administered team work load (or significant portion) including resource management, team leadership, and communication with team members, managers, customers and stakeholders under close supervision.
  • I have independently administered team work load (or significant portion) including resource management, team leadership, and communication with team members, managers, customers and stakeholders.
  • I am considered an expert in training and developing new or junior employees. I have trained others in this activity and/or been consulted as an expert for assistance.
8 Which of the following BEST describes your experience reviewing appraisals? Answer to this question is required
  • I am highly skilled in reviewing two appraisals and reconciling to a single value and have trained others in this task.
  • I have experience reviewing two appraisals and reconciling to a single value, usually without supervision.
  • I am highly skilled at reviewing single appraisals that were not my own.
  • I have experience reviewing single appraisals that were not my own, usually without supervision.
  • I have reviewed my own work, but not that of other appraisers.
  • I have no experience reviewing appraisals.
9 Which of the following choices best describes your knowledge of, and experience with analyzing current information technology performance metrics to improve and forecast future performance improvements? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge of, or experience with, analyzing performance measures and metrics
  • I have assisted with the analysis of current performance measures and metrics
  • I have analyzed current systems and recommended improvements to performance measures and metrics
  • I have analyzed current systems and been responsible for managing the implementation of appropriate performance measures and metrics
  • I have analyzed system recommendations for improved performance measures and metrics and prioritized the shift in resources required for implementation
10 Which of the following best describes your ability to manage teams? Answer to this question is required
  • I have formal training or education in managing teams. However, I have not yet applied this ability to work situations.
  • I have formal training or education in managing teams. I have applied this ability to work situations.
  • I have no formal training or education in managing teams. However, I have had experience applying this ability to work situations.
  • I have no experience, formal training, or education in this area.
11 How would you describe your ability to manage a staff of 5 or more employees? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience supervising or managing employees.
  • I have experience supervising and managing a staff of up to five employees.
  • I have skill and experience in many aspects of supervision and management for a staff of five or more employees, including 4 of the 7 areas: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, scheduling resources, employee development, performance evaluation.
  • I have significant skill and experience in most or all aspects of supervision for a staff of five or more employees, including at least 6 of the 7 areas: hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, scheduling resources, employee development, performance evaluation.
  • I have a high level of skill and extensive experience in all aspects of supervision for a staff of five or more employees, including hiring, awarding, disciplining, conflict resolution, scheduling resources, employee development and performance evaluation. I have served as a supervisor of other supervisors.
12 With which of the following elements of supervision do you have experience? Answer to this question is required
  • Performance evaluation
  • Recruitment / hiring
  • Discipline
  • Awards
  • Assigning tasks
  • Staffing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Coaching and or counseling
  • Labor relations
  • Career development
  • Managing diversity
  • Project management
  • None of the above
13 From the following list, select all of the supervisory or leadership 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 been responsible for first line supervision to employees.
  • I have developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work.
  • I have instructed employees on both program work and administrative matters.
  • I have interviewed candidates for positions.
  • I have worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • I have addressed employees conduct issues by seeking appropriate human resources actions such as verbal admonishments or suspensions.
  • I have overseen the performance of other staff on a team, even though not as a formal supervisor.
  • I have followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve.
  • I have no experience in performing any of the above tasks.
14 Select the one response that best describes your personal qualities as a supervisor / manager. Answer to this question is required
  • I portray objectivity and fairness in judging people on their ability, and situations on the facts and circumstances.
  • I have the capacity to adjust to change, work pressures or difficult situations without undue stress.
  • I have the willingness to consider new ideas or divergent points of view.
  • I have the capacity to "see the job through".
  • None of the above
15 Do you have experience providing analytical assessments regarding cyber security utilizing information derived from a variety of sources? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
16 Which of the following BEST describes your experience coordinating all-source analysis of cyber issues? Answer to this question is required
  • 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/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance.
17 From the following list of information security programs, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully managed. Answer to this question is required
  • Information Security
  • Cyber Security
  • TEMPEST
  • Technical Surveillance
  • Countermeasures
  • None of the above
18 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.
19 Which of the following activities do you have experience planning, initiating, organizing, and coordinating at the national and international level? Answer to this question is required
  • Congressional inquiry responses
  • Correspondence
  • Technical reports
  • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Directives
  • White papers
  • Regulatory / statutory materials.
  • Strategic plans
  • Budget or financial plans
  • Managing programs, including budget and human resources
  • Implementing programs
  • Making recommendations to improve programs / operations
  • Making decisions on continuation or termination of programs
  • Making recommendations to senior agency officials
  • Negotiating program direction and completion alternatives
  • Identifying problems or vulnerabilities in a program
  • Developing new policies or procedures for the agency
  • Formulating policies to support executive direction (e.g. policy manuals, guides, training materials)
  • None of the above
20 What is your level of experience with Office of Management and Budget`s (OMB) electronic Government Lines of Business and e-Gov initiatives? Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with OMB Lines of Business or e-Gov initiatives.
  • I have advised on, or assisted with implementing OMB Lines of Business or e-Gov initiatives in an office or bureau.
  • I have negotiated for an office or bureau regarding OMB Lines of Business and/or e-Gov initiatives implementation and responded to agency level management.
  • I have advised senior management in a Federal Agency on the impact of all Lines of Business and e-Gov initiatives and negotiated the nature, extent and timing of a Federal agency participation with OMB and other agencies.