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Grade: 11

1 GS-11 Alt-A Please select the one choice that best describes your education or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree or 3 full years of progressively higherlevel graduate education leading to such a degree in computer science, engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research, statistics, or technology management; or coursework in one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications, systems or networks and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.
  • I have 1-yr of specialized exp demonstrating competence in attn to detail; customer svce; oral communication; and problem solving. Please refer to the 'Qualifications' Section of the announcement for relevant examples of experience.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.

Grade: 12

1 GS-12 Alt-A: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that demonstrates competence in Attention to Detail; Customer Service; Oral Communication; and Problem Solving. Experience reflects accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled. (See vacancy announcement for complete description of qualification requirements.)
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 Design, install, maintain, and manage TCP/IP protocols and associated other network system hardware. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
3 Characterize your experience in planning and supporting IT and networking infrastructure for acquisition and delivery of critical data in a real-time 24x7 earthquake or hazard information monitoring and notification system. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
4 Comply with department/agency security policies and follow established protocols to ensure network and data security (e.g. firewall change requests, system or data encryption, anti-virus, etc). Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task. and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: 13

1 GS-13 Alt-A Please select the one response that best reflects your experience. Answer to this question is required
  • 1 yr of exp.equivalent to the GS-12 level that demonstrates competence in Attention to Detail; Customer Service; Oral Communication; & Problem Solving and reflects computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled such as IT systems analysis, design, testing & implementation; integration of new apps with existing IT systems; translation of strategic planning objectives into tactical process plans.
  • I do not meet the requirements as described above
2 Provide leadership of technical research or assessment into new and emerging technologies and determine goals and alternatives in areas where precedent may not exist and the direction is unclear. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
3 Interpret and apply IT security standards, guidelines and policies in the application of filters and management of network and host-based router, firewall, and intrusion detection systems at multiple locations. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: All Grades

1 Please be aware that this vacancy announcement is only open to United States Citizens. Are you a United States Citizen? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 How did you find out about this vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • USGS Online Automated Recruitment System (OARS)
  • Email notice from OARS or the USGS Email Notifier
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Newspaper or magazine advertisement
  • OPM USAJOBS website
  • Placement Office - State, Federal or College
  • LatPro.com internet job site
  • GoldSea.com internet job site
  • The Black EOE Journal
  • Other commercial internet job site
  • Other
3 Design, install, and troubleshoot a local area network (LAN) that includes backups, archiving, system security, performance management, directory services and remote LAN management tools. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
4 Utilize knowledge of telecommunications circuits such as VPN, PVC`s, SVC, T1, Frame Relay, etc., and associated equipment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
5 Characterize your experience in configuring and maintaining a complex TCP/IP Local Area Network which contains routers, hubs, and switches. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education and/or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior system administrator.
6 Characterize your experience installing, configuring, and maintaining a firewall (either hardware or software). Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education and/or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior system administrator.
7 Work closely with scientists or other customers to provide a secure computing environment while addressing potentially conflicting needs for conducting the business of the organization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
8 Monitor network performance, perform network diagnostics, analyze network traffic patterns, and install network software fixes and upgrades. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
9 Support a wide variety of network management software and/or hardware systems and tools, such as network traffic monitors, protocol analyzers, and fiber optic testers. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
10 Characterize your experience in configuring and maintaining a complex TCP/IP Local Area Network which contains L2 and L3 devices, subnets, and vLAN trunking and tagging. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education and/or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior system administrator.
11 Select the answer that best describes your work or educational experience with open source, or other, system monitoring tools such as Big Brother, Nagios, RDD, Cacti, etc. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
12 Apply network protocols and services, including Ethernet, BGP, OSPF, STP, ARP, IP routing, firewalls, DHCP, and DNS. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
13 I have had experience installing and configuring the following hardware: Answer to this question is required
  • Rack mounted servers
  • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
  • Network switches and hubs
  • Network routers
  • Hardware firewalls
  • Point-to-point Ethernet radios
  • Mesh radio network
  • VSAT broadband network
  • None of the above
14 Ability to use shell scripts, common Linux utilities (sed, grep, awk) or perl to automate system functions or to aid end-users. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
15 Experience with Bro, snort, Suricata or other open source Intrusion Detection Systems. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
16 Characterize your experience in troubleshooting/debugging TCP/IP networks using the tools ping, dig, host (or nslookup), tcpdump, and netstat. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education and/or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior system administrator.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior system administrator.
17 Characterize your experience in troubleshooting/debugging TCP/IP networks using the tools: snort, netflow, and traceroute. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
18 I certify, to the best of my knowledge that all the information in my application is true, and that I have truthfully and accurately represented my work experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education. I understand that providing false or fraudulent information may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. I also certify that I have read the entire vacancy announcement; that I have reviewed my answers to the eligibility questions for accuracy; and that I understand what supporting documentation, if any, is required for submission and when it’s due. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No