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Grade: 13

1 Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service? Specialized experience is experience analyzing and measuring the effectiveness, efficiency and productivity of administrative or technical programs; conducting studies, analyzing findings and making recommendations on substantive programs; identifying or developing metrics to measure success of initiatives and using quantitative and qualitative data to determine if success has been met. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Please indicate which of the following best describes your ability to develop policies, guidelines, and procedures for program administration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as a member of a committee responsible for the development of policies, guidelines, and procedures for a program of low or moderate impact within an agency/organization.
  • I have personally developed or led a committee in the development of policies, guidelines, and procedures for a program of low or moderate impact within an agency/organization.
  • I have served as a member of a committee responsible for the development of policies, guidelines, and procedures for a program of low or moderate impact to both internal and external sources of the agency/organization.
  • I have personally developed or led a committee in the development of policies, guidelines, and procedures for a program of low or moderate impact to both internal and external sources of the agency/organization.
  • I have served as a member of a committee responsible for the development of policies, guidelines, and procedures for a program of significant impact and/or a sizeable budget to both internal and external sources of the agency/organization.
  • I have personally developed or led a committee in the development of policies, guidelines, and procedures for a program of significant impact and/or a sizeable budget to both internal and external sources of the agency/organization.
  • None of the above.
3 Select the response choice that best describes your highest level of experience applying program management principles, practices, and techniques in the use of performance measures: Answer to this question is required
  • I have served as technical expert and advisor to leadership and counterparts on the development and monitoring of performance measures
  • I have developed performance measures for use in assessing program progress towards meeting established goals
  • I have assisted senior staff by conducting assessments of program performance and preparing findings for inclusion in organizational reports
  • None of the above
4 Which of the following most accurately reflects your highest level of experience managing projects or program initiatives? Answer to this question is required
  • I have been assigned to carry out components of projects but have not been assigned formal leadership, supervisory, or management responsibilities.
  • I have been a project or team leader with responsibility for carrying out one or more projects or initiatives. These projects required me to plan and direct the work, maintain the schedule, report progress, and assure the quality of the work performed.
  • I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (one year or longer) projects or program initiatives. I have been responsible for negotiating the project scope, establishing multi-year budgets, and tracking and reporting on expenditures, costs, and progress through key milestones. I have directed staff including those from disciplines other than the immediate organization e.g., functional staff, professionals from other disciplines & organizations etc.
  • I have been responsible for managing and directing multiple projects and/ or initiatives that are/were in progress concurrently. I have managed these through a staff of subordinate project managers and team leaders. I have approved the scope of these projects, authorized funding, assigned resources, and monitored progress of the teams. I have been responsible for negotiating adjustments in the projects’ timetables, budgets, scope, and coverage.
  • None of the above
5 I have successfully accomplished the following tasks on an audit, investigation, or evaluation project for which I had the lead or was solely responsible: Answer to this question is required
  • Designed a project plan including project goals, objectives, and milestones
  • Anticipated project barriers before the commencement of the project and developed plans for overcoming them
  • Obtained support and cooperation from management and from other organizations (e.g., financial support, IT support, contracting support, assistance from other experts, etc.)
  • Adapted project objectives to control project scope
  • Met project timelines to keep the project on schedule
  • Overcame or resolved unanticipated project barriers without causing delays in the completion of the project
  • Successfully completed a project within an established timeframe or schedule
  • None of the above
6 Do you have experience applying complex fact-finding, analysis, and problem solving methods and techniques to identify interrelated program/project problems? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 Conduct complex analytical studies which provide information that potentially impacts program delivery and identifies actual or potential problem areas affecting program operations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed this job function.
  • I have performed directly related job functions.
  • I have occasionally performed this specific job functions, as well as directly related functions.
  • I have routinely performed this job function and I have been successful in using it to meet a variety of program objectives.
  • I am highly skilled at performing this job function. I have performed it routinely, have used it to meet a variety of project objectives, solve problems and produce improvements in the work units or programs. I have managed.
8 I have used the following databases or information systems to conduct studies and/or analyses: Answer to this question is required
  • Financial Management Information Systems
  • Human Resources Information Systems
  • Business Objects
  • Customer Intelligence Systems
  • Sales Tracking
  • Other Proprietary Business Data Systems
  • Modeling Software
  • None of the above
9 Choose the response that best describes your experience applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues/studies concerning the effectiveness, efficiency and improvement of utility program operations: Answer to this question is required
  • I am highly skilled at applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues/studies concerning the effectiveness, efficiency and improvement of utility program operations. I have instructed and trained others to perform this task.
  • I have independently applied analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues/studies concerning the effectiveness, efficiency and improvement of utility program operations as a part of a job or jobs that I have held.
  • I have assisted a senior specialist or supervisor to apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues/studies concerning the effectiveness, efficiency and improvement of utility program operations.
  • I do not have experience performing this task.
10 From the choices below, please select the response that best matches your level of expertise and experience utilizing qualitative and quantitative analytical methods and techniques to develop strategic assessments and identify the desired to be state conducting gap analysis and providing corrective recommendations. Answer to this question is required
  • I performed these functions following directly related examples or with detailed guidance and instructions from a higher level specialist or supervisor when no directly related examples were available. My work was reviewed in progress and completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to regulations and agency policies and procedures.
  • I performed these functions with general guidance for recurring types of program analysis projects and products; for more difficult analyses, I was given more detailed assistance from a higher level specialist or supervisor. My completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to regulations and agency policies and procedures.
  • I independently performed these functions for recurring types of program analysis projects. I was responsible for identifying the course of action, recognizing technical problems, conferring with higher level specialists or supervisor on possible resolutions or applicable precedents in order to make a recommended solution. My work was reviewed for compliance with regulations and effectiveness in meeting requirements.
  • I independently performed these functions for both recurring program analysis projects and special requirements where no precedents existed; planned and carried out the assignment, consulted with others as necessary, and resolved any conflicts. I kept my supervisor advised of progress regarding any controversial conflicts or issues, and/or matters that affected policy or had far-reaching implications. My work was reviewed for compliance with regulations and effectiveness in meeting requirements.
  • None of the above
11 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 using 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 independently conducting program analyses and making 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 conducting 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
  • I have work experience leading multiple teams simultaneously, each of which is conducting complex program and project analysis and developing corresponding recommendations. I routinely apply these skills to provide direction to multiple groups and present the recommendations of each to senior management leadership.
  • None of the above
12 Select the choice that describes your highest level of experience utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods to assess and improve program effectiveness and/or complex management processes, projects, and systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I performed these functions following directly related examples or with detailed guidance and instructions from a higher level specialist or supervisor when no directly related examples were available. My work was reviewed in progress and completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to regulations and agency policies and procedures.
  • I performed these functions with general guidance for recurring types of program analysis projects and products; for more difficult analyses, I was given more detailed assistance from a higher level specialist or supervisor. My completed work was reviewed for compliance with instructions and adherence to regulations and agency policies and procedures.
  • I independently performed these functions for recurring types of program analysis projects. I was responsible for identifying the course of action, recognizing technical problems, conferring with higher level specialists or supervisor on possible resolutions or applicable precedents in order to make a recommended solution. My work was reviewed for compliance with regulations and effectiveness in meeting requirements.
  • I independently performed these functions for both recurring program analysis projects and special requirements where no precedents existed; planned and carried out the assignment, consulted with others as necessary, and resolved any conflicts. I kept my supervisor advised of progress regarding any controversial conflicts or issues, and/or matters that affected policy or had far-reaching implications. My work was reviewed for compliance with regulations and effectiveness in meeting requirements.
  • None of the above
13 Which of the following best describes your level of experience conducting research; gathering, analyzing and interpreting management data, including guidelines and policies, to make decisions and improve efficiencies related to spend analyses, pricing analyses and category management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not performed this function.
  • I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform this function successfully.
  • I have conducted research, gathered, analyzed and interpreted management data including guidelines and policies in order to make decisions and improve efficiencies related to spend analyses, pricing analyses and/or category management. I have performed these functions routinely and independently as a regular part of jobs that I held.
  • I have conducted research, gathered, analyzed and interpreted management data including guidelines and policies in order to make decisions and improve the efficiencies related to spend analyses, pricing analyses and category management. I have performed these functions routinely and independently as a regular part of jobs that I held.
  • I have conducted research, gathered, analyzed and interpreted management data including guidelines and policies in order to make decisions and improve the efficiencies related to spend analyses, pricing analyses and category management. I am highly skilled in performing these job functions. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in performing this task or I have trained or instructed others so that they can perform this task.
14 Please select the response which best reflects your level of experience applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education or training in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed similar or directly related tasks and my experience or training have equipped me to analyze and evaluate data and information concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of my program management experience and have routinely applied analytical and evaluative techniques to assess program efficiency and effectiveness.
  • I have assisted a senior staff member to apply analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations.
  • I am highly skilled at applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency, effectiveness, and improvement of program operations and I have conducted training in this task.
15 I have organized and led teams in identifying business processes for performance improvement. Answer to this question is required
  • True
  • False
16 Do you have experience in writing clear and effective correspondence, reports and other written materials for a specialized audience? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: All Grades

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1 GSA's Associate Performance Plan and Appraisal System states that to be promoted within GSA, an employee's most recent rating of record must be at the Level 3 or higher. Which of the following best describes the rating you received on your most recent performance appraisal (rating of record)? Answer to this question is required
  • Level 2 or below
  • Level 3 or higher
  • I have not received a performance appraisal (rating of record) from GSA under the five-tier rating system
  • This position would not be a promotion as my current position is at the same or higher grade.
2 Please list the date received, level of rating, and the name of the supervisor who issued the rating. If you have not received a rating, please provide the reason you have not received one. Your response will be limited to 1,000 characters which is approximately one-quarter typewritten page. Maximum length of 1000 characters. Answer to this question is required
Please Note: Effective January 1, 2010, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize any employment offers we make to current or former (within the last 5 years) political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES (Political) employees in the Executive Branch. So, if you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. Failure to disclose this information could result in disciplinary action including removal from Federal Service.
3 Are you currently, or have you been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    3.1 Please provide the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
    1. Position Title;
    2. Type of Appointment (i.e., Schedule A, Schedule C, or Non Career SES);
    3. Agency;
    4. Dates held (beginning and ending dates)
    Maximum length of 1000 characters.
  • No
4 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I understand that if I make an intentional false statement, or commit deception or fraud in this application and its supporting materials, or in any document or interview associated with the examination process, I may be fined or imprisoned (18 U.S.C. 1001), my eligibilities may be cancelled, I may be denied an appointment, or I may be removed and debarred from Federal service (5 CFR, Part 731). I understand that any information I give may be investigated. I understand that responding 'No' to this item will result in my not being considered for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith, and I understand the information provided above.
  • No, I do not certify that the information provided in this questionnaire is true, correct and provided in good faith and/or understand the information provided above.