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Grade: 15

1 [344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [807] Choose the statement that best describes your experience providing guidance in the design, development and implementation of automated accounting systems and subsystems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
3 [4153] Select the statement that best reflects your level of experience identifying system requirements, drafting requirements specifications, AND testing portions of a financial management system. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training in identifying system requirements, drafting requirements specifications, and testing portions of a financial management system.
  • I have completed formal education or training in identifying system requirements, drafting requirements specifications, and testing portions of a financial management system, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  • I have identified system requirements, drafted requirements specifications, and tested portions of a financial management system under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have identified system requirements, drafted requirements specifications, and tested portions of a financial management system as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to number 4, this task has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
4 [2116] Select the area(s) in which you have the ability to analyze, direct, and implement financial and grant management activities. Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitating and supporting the completion of the annual audited financial statement process.
  • Designing, developing and implementing financial management procedures and strategies to respond to audit processes, financial management programs, reviews and services.
  • Identifying and defining broad issues related to overall planning of discretionary grant announcements, grant management training schedules and the development of major policy guidelines, such as grant policy directives and grantee handbooks.
  • Making decisions on financial management goals and initiating strategies for accomplishing agency goals and objectives in the areas of financial and grant policy.
  • None of the above.
5 [6881] Select the statement that best describes your experience with CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Financial Statements to comply with the financial and budgetary requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed or served as Audit Liaison for a CFO Agency Financial Statement Audit.
  • I have prepared or reviewed Departmental CFO Financial Statements.
  • None of the above.
6 [369] Choose the statement that best describes your experience with federal financial policy. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no knowledge or exposure to federal financial policy.
  • I have minimal knowledge or exposure to federal financial policy.
  • I have direct knowledge and experience with a variety of federal financial policies.
  • I have significant experience and knowledge of financial policy and have assisted in the drafting of specific agency policy.
7 [732] Choose the statement that best describes your knowledge of and experience working with an automated financial management system. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
8 [2386] Select the statement that best describes your experience controlling, monitoring, and evaluating an automated financial management system. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
9 [1134] Select the best answer that reflects your ability to communicate technical and non-technical financial information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have presented non-technical financial information on the job to superiors, co-workers and others in person.
  • I have presented non-technical financial information on the job to superiors, co-workers and others in writing.
  • I have presented technical financial information on the job to superiors, co-workers and others in person.
  • I have presented technical financial information on the job to superiors, co-workers and others in writing.
  • I have presented both technical and non-technical financial information on the job to superiors, co-workers and others in person.
  • I have presented both technical and non-technical financial information on the job to superiors, co-workers and others in writing.
  • I have presented highly complex technical and non-technical information in person to a variety of internal and external persons.
  • I have presented highly complex technical and non-technical information in writing to a variety of internal and external persons.
  • I have presented highly complex technical and non-technical information, both in person and in writing, to a variety of internal and external persons.
  • None of the above
10 [9061] Select the level of experience you have with internal financial controls. Answer to this question is required
  • I am familiar with the requirements of the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act and have directed the development of internal financial controls within an organization.
  • I am familiar with the requirements of the Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act and have participated in the implementation of internal financial controls within an organization.
  • I have led development of systems that monitor the performance of complex financial functions.
  • I have implemented internal financial control processes.
  • I am familiar with the concepts of internal financial controls.
  • None of the above.
11 [2372] Select the area(s) in which you have experience with financial system audits and reviews. Answer to this question is required
  • Review, test, and evaluate system internal controls.
  • Verify accuracy of payments and billings to protect organization from losses caused by inefficiency or fraud.
  • Assess efficiency of organization and provide recommendation(s) for improvement(s).
  • Conduct operational and financial reviews for management to determine effectiveness of controls.
  • Review compliance with Generallly Accepted Accounting Principles and internal management policies and procedures.
  • None of the above.
12 [380] Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience with financial system audit and review. Answer to this question is required
  • Reviews, tests and evaluates system internal controls
  • Reviews compliance with General Accepted Accounting Principle and internal management policies and procedures
  • Verifies accuracy of payments and billings to protect company from losses caused by inefficiency or fraud
  • Conducts operational and financial reviews for management to determine effectiveness of controls
  • Assesses efficiency of organization and provides recommendation for improvements
  • None of the above
13 [52910] Choose the statement that describes your experience with internal control procedures as they relate to accounting practices. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience with internal control procedures.
  • I have reviewed, identified, and/or designed internal control procedures in an accounting classroom/training setting only.
  • I have reviewed, identified, and/or designed internal control procedures in an accounting work setting.
  • I have reviewed, identified, and/or designed internal control procedures in an accounting work setting, or have overseen others in the performance of this task.
14 [59492] Select the statement that best describes your experience managing and providing oversight regarding projects and activities in the area of highway safety, in areas such as pedestrian and bicycles, motorcycles, school transportation, and older drivers that are performed under a contract or cooperative agreement by an outside organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no experience managing and providing oversight regarding projects and activities in the area of highway safety under a contract or cooperative agreement by an outside organization.
  • I have limited experience managing and providing oversight regarding projects and activities in the area of highway safety under a contract or cooperative agreement by an outside organization, generally with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have experience managing and providing oversight regarding projects and activities in the area of highway safety under a contract or cooperative agreement by an outside organization and consider myself competent in coordinating effectively with outside individuals and organizations.
  • I have regular and recurring experience managing and providing oversight regarding projects and activities in the area of highway safety under a contract or cooperative agreement by an outside organization and consider it among my strengths.
  • I have had extensive experience managing and providing oversight regarding projects and activities in the area of highway safety under a contract or cooperative agreement by an outside organization and am often sought after to assist others in performing these duties.
15 [55210] Select the statement(s) that describe your involvement and experience in IT security programs as it relates to Security Assessment and Authorization: Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned systems from inception through implementation to include security controls and assessments of operational IT system(s) in coordination with Security Consultants.
  • I have identified budget requirements for an IT security program.
  • I have analyzed new and existing systems to determine effectiveness of security measures.
  • I have planned, coordinated, and implemented IT security related hardware and software acquisitions.
  • I have tested new or existing systems to determine if appropriate security controls have been applied.
  • I have provided analysis of IT security cost savings.
  • I have coordinated, and implemented assessments and authorized IT system(s) with a Security Team.
  • None of the above.
16 [2390] Have you had professional experience developing and analyzing cost accounting policies, including identifying the pros and cons of alternative indirect (overhead) costing methodologies? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
17 [4456] Select the statement that best describes your technical knowledge and demonstrated work experience conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  • I have basic knowledge of Information Security, and have worked as part of a team conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee
  • I have working knowledge of Information Security, and have worked as part of a team conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues
  • I have advanced knowledge of Information Security, and have demonstrated work experience conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, without direct supervision.
  • I have advanced knowledge of Information Security, and have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting information systems security assessments, identifying system vulnerabilities and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems security issues. I am considered an expert in the resolution of complex IT security issues, and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex security system and network issues.
18 [4543] Choose the statement that best reflects your experience serving as a staff expert in recommending of resolutions for accounting system problems that arise from changes in accounting policies and program requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, experience, or training in resolving accounting system problems that arise from changes in accounting policies and program requirements.
  • I have had education or training in resolving accounting system problems that arise from changes in accounting policies and program requirements, but have not applied it to a job.
  • I have recommended resolutions for accounting system problems that arise from changes in accounting policies and program requirements, under close supervision to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • On a regular and recurring basis, I have independently recommended resolutions for accounting system problems that arise from changes in accounting policies and program requirements.
  • Independently recommending resolutions for accounting system problems that arise from changes in accounting policies and program requirementshas been a major part of my job and I have trained others OR others have consulted me for expert guidance in performing this duty.
19 [8227] Select the statement that best reflects your experience analyzing and examining business process, reports, or data to assure compliance with the requirements of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-133. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training analyzing and examining business processes, reports, or data to assure compliance with the requirements of the OMB Circular A-133.
  • I have had education or training in analyzing and examining business processes, reports, or data to assure compliance with the requirements of the OMB Circular A-133, but have not applied it to a job.
  • I analyze and examine business processes, reports, or data to assure compliance with the requirements of the OMB Circular A-133, under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • I independently analyze and examine business processes, reports, or data to assure compliance with the requirements of the OMB Circular A-133, as a regular and recurring part of a job without close supervision.
  • I independently analyze and examine business processes, reports, or data to assure compliance with the requirements of the OMB Circular A-133, as a major part of my job and I am familiar with the requirements of Appendix A in this circular. I have trained others or have been consulted by others for my expert guidance in performing this duty.
20 [479] I have demonstrated the ability to analyze, direct and implement financial management activities by performing the following activities: Answer to this question is required
  • Facilitating and supporting the completion of the annual audited financial statement process.
  • Making decisions on financial management goals and initiating strategies for accomplishing agency goals and objectives in the areas of financial and grant policy.
  • Designing, developing and implementing financial management procedures and strategies to respond to audit processes, financial management programs, reviews and services.
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.
2 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
5 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    5.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.