Skip to main content

Vacancy Details

Grade: 14

1 GS-14 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.



 

 

Answer to this question is required
  • To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: advising on personnel security policies; issuing background investigation requirements; advising on adverse suitability and security determinations; evaluating the sensitivity level of positions; managing the security clearance and suitability/fitness process; conducting national security and suitability adjudicative reviews; representing and briefing management on sensitive personnel security matters.
  • I do not possess the experience described above.

Grade: All Grades

1 From the following list of skills and experience, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work regarding suitability and personnel security-related communications. (Select all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Develop written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  • Provide written and oral guidance and interpretation for varied audiences, including colleagues, supervisors, and senior management.
  • Draft policy and/or procedural materials.
  • Draft reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials.
  • Explain or justify in writing decisions, conclusions, finding, or recommendations, including adjudications.
  • Explain or justify orally decisions, conclusions, finding, or recommendations, including adjudications.
  • Review adjudication- and security-specific reports and submissions for accuracy.
  • Communicate and collaborate with personnel security or managerial professionals outside of my unit regarding personnel security matters.
  • Represent your organization in personnel security matters.
  • Contacted applicants or nominees regarding sensitive information.
2 From the following list of skills and experience, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully provided technical guidance: Answer to this question is required
  • Evaluate the sensitivity and risk determination for all levels of Agency positions, as described by management.
  • Determine national security or agency information access requirements.
  • Make investigatory determinations based on risk and sensitivity of the position.
  • Applying reciprocity when warranted for suitability and national security.
  • Reviewing background investigative results to analyze, weigh information, and decide appropriate action.
  • Determine whether special investigative requirements apply.
  • Document final adjudicative decisions and follow reporting and appeal, if applicable, requirements.
  • Letters of interrogatories.
  • Chapter 75 actions.
3 Maintain current knowledge of laws, executive orders, regulations, court decisions, and other standards related to suitability and national security. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Have you regularly provided final suitability adjudications under 5 C.F.R. 731? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 Have you regularly provided final personnel security adjudications for subjects requiring access to classified information? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Select the statement that best characterizes your teamwork or collaboration experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Worked independently and do not have substantial teamwork experience or collaboration experience.
  • Worked in collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups.
  • Lead a team in which I was responsible for coordinating the work of the team, ensuring work was completed on time, negotiating consensus among team members, and communicating progress to managers and supervisors.
  • Collaborated with one or two other colleagues on a discrete project or assignment.
  • I do not have teamwork or collaboration experience.
7 In relation to your written communication skills, choose those that you have done. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written professional quality email messages to customers, that were reviewed and edited by supervisors or others before being sent.
  • I have independently written and sent professional quality email messages to customers, that were grammatically correct, properly punctuated, and were not first edited by supervisors or others.
  • I have written correspondence, reports, policies, and/or operating procedures that were first edited by supervisors or others before becoming finalized.
  • I have independently written correspondence, reports, policies, and/or operating procedures that were sent to customers, or implemented, without substantive edits first by supervisors or others.
  • None of the above.
8 Indicate your experience in oral communication. Answer to this question is required
  • I have communicated project requirements to team members.
  • I have provided authoritative advice to customers.
  • I have communicated technical information to non-technical individuals.
  • I have communicated specifications to contractors.
  • I have recommended technical approaches to management.
  • I do not have this type of experience
9 Have you compiled budget projections for personnel security-related costs for an agency or organization? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
10 Select the statements that describe your experience discussing personnel security information with others which includes both suitability and national security adjudications: Answer to this question is required
  • I have led personnel security briefings to discuss controversial or complex issues and cases.
  • I have made presentations related to routine or operational cases or issues.
  • I have explained personnel security procedures or policies to external audiences.
  • I have discussed personnel security procedures or policies with internal audiences.
  • None of the above.
11 List the systems you have used in performance of your personnel security work: Answer to this question is required
  • OPM Secure Portal
  • CVS/PIPS
  • E-QIP
  • E-OPF
  • Organization-specific data bases or systems (e.g. SharePoint, Access, etc…)
  • FPPS
12 Which of the following choices describe your experience at an organization: Answer to this question is required
  • Developing efficiencies.
  • Organizing data and databases.
  • Improving processes for security and suitability processing.
  • None of the above.
13 Which of the following have you performed: Answer to this question is required
  • I have made the determination to grant personnel security clearances/access or suitability determinations in the presence of minor derogatory information (e.g. traffic violations, misdemeanors, and similar situations).
  • I have advised management to discharge probationary employees for unfavorable suitability and personnel security action(s).
  • I have assisted subjects with the submission of e-QIP.
  • I have advised management to discharge non-probationary employees for unfavorable suitability and personnel security action(s).
14 I have experience in the following areas related to security clearances. Answer to this question is required
  • I have performed background investigations.
  • I have written procedures for managing security clearances.
  • I have determined when existing clearances needed to be updated.
  • I have input data into a security clearance database.
  • I have been solely responsible for a security clearance database.