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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7: Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.
  2. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-5.
  3. I have combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience that may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this grade level.
  4. I have none of the above qualifications.


* 2.Select the response(s) that reflect the tasks you have performed independently using an automated database, computer systems, or software.
  1. Used presentation software to prepare formal briefings or presentation slides.
  2. Queried databases for information
  3. Prepared final reports containing tables, charts, and graphics.
  4. Compiled and summarized information from an automated database.
  5. Provided access, set passwords, and deleted users in an automated database.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Select the response that best reflects your experience researching and analyzing administrative problems in the work place, determining causative factors, and recommending solutions.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. 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.Select the response(s) that best describe your personal experience analyzing and implementing financial and business systems.
  1. Analyses of the effectiveness of existing systems including the feasibility of pursuing alternatives for improvement.
  2. Cost benefit analyses on which project authorization decisions were based.
  3. Detailed project plans including multiple deliverables, dependencies, timelines and key milestones.
  4. Project proposals including costs, benefits, timetables and implementation strategies.
  5. System specifications and statements of work.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the financial assistance and other types of agreement guideline(s) you have used as a regular part of your job. (Regular means on a recurring basis.)
  1. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars
  2. Public Laws
  3. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  4. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  5. State Laws/Regulations
  6. US Code (USC)
  7. Executive Orders (EO)
  8. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
  9. Principles of Federal Appropriations Law
  10. Reclamation laws
  11. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience administering/monitoring financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) documents.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered financial assistance documents with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered financial assistance documents as a regular part of my job independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised administration of financial assistance documents and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Select the response(s) that match your experience in reviewing, writing, analyzing, and presenting information on regulations, laws, policies and procedures.
  1. I have prepared briefings on issues to subject-matter groups and/or managers at all levels within the organization regarding policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  2. I have reviewed documents and reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy and procedure, organization of material, clarity of materials, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  3. I have written policy and procedural documents or materials for review and approval by senior agency or bureau officials.
  4. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based on research and analysis that document my findings regarding a particular law, regulation, or policy, which were used by others for decision-making purposes.
  5. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos, or letters based on research and analysis that document my findings regarding policies, procedures and issues for use by senior mangers to establish policy, guidance, or administrative actions (budget, staffing, facilities, contracts, etc.).
  6. I have written business communications to other Government agencies transmitting policies and procedural issues.
  7. I have written business or technical communications to organizations outside the government in response to a request for information or materials.
  8. I have written policy or formal guidance for consideration by management.
  9. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  10. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience awarding and administering financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) agreements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered financial assistance documents with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered financial assistance documents as a regular part of my job independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised administration of financial assistance documents and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the response that best describes your experience working with management on financial assistance agreements
  1. I have experience that involves routinely working with management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management or shared problem solving. This includes exploring unique or untried solutions and sharing options, initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships and often soliciting feedback on programs and services.
  2. I have experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to the grants and agreements programs and all parties.
  3. I have assisted other senior employees in resolving issues that are mutually satisfactory to the grants and agreements programs and all parties.
  4. I do not have experience working on financial assistance agreements but have worked on the management of contracts.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Select the responses that describe your ability to communicate in writing as it relates to the preparation of contract documents, specifications, correspondence, study review comments and technical report preparations.
  1. I have written technical documents and made recommendations on implementing, interpreting, applying, or complying with laws and guidelines.
  2. I have provided written analysis to management or staff on implementing, interpreting, applying, or complying with laws and guidelines.
  3. I have prepared scopes of work and other related contract documents.
  4. I have written technical reports pertaining to water resource management projects.
  5. I have written technical or non-technical reports, memoranda, summaries or other documents demonstrating the ability to synthesize a variety of information into a readable product.
  6. I have written draft sections of technical reports under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  7. I have provided written comments on technical or non-technical reports.
  8. I have written correspondence and supporting documents to internal and external customers for the purpose of interpreting contractual provisions and to accomplish implementation requirements.
  9. I have written reports providing financial analysis of alternative solutions or proposals.
  10. None of the above.


Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9: Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or a LL.B. or J.D., if related.
  2. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-7.
  3. I have combinations of successfully completed post undergraduate education and experience that may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this grade level.
  4. I have none of the above qualifications.


* 2.Select the response(s) that reflect the tasks you have performed independently using an automated database, computer systems, or software.
  1. Used presentation software to prepare formal briefings or presentation slides.
  2. Queried databases for information
  3. Prepared final reports containing tables, charts, and graphics.
  4. Compiled and summarized information from an automated database.
  5. Provided access, set passwords, and deleted users in an automated database.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Select the response that best reflects your experience researching and analyzing administrative problems in the work place, determining causative factors, and recommending solutions.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. 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.Select the response(s) that best describe your personal experience analyzing and implementing financial and business systems.
  1. Analyses of the effectiveness of existing systems including the feasibility of pursuing alternatives for improvement.
  2. Cost benefit analyses on which project authorization decisions were based.
  3. Detailed project plans including multiple deliverables, dependencies, timelines and key milestones.
  4. Project proposals including costs, benefits, timetables and implementation strategies.
  5. System specifications and statements of work.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the financial assistance and other types of agreement guideline(s) you have used as a regular part of your job. (Regular means on a recurring basis.)
  1. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars
  2. Public Laws
  3. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  4. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  5. State Laws/Regulations
  6. US Code (USC)
  7. Executive Orders (EO)
  8. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
  9. Principles of Federal Appropriations Law
  10. Reclamation laws
  11. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience administering/monitoring financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) documents.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered financial assistance documents with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered financial assistance documents as a regular part of my job independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised administration of financial assistance documents and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Select the response(s) that match your experience in reviewing, writing, analyzing, and presenting information on regulations, laws, policies and procedures.
  1. I have prepared briefings on issues to subject-matter groups and/or managers at all levels within the organization regarding policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  2. I have reviewed documents and reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy and procedure, organization of material, clarity of materials, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  3. I have written policy and procedural documents or materials for review and approval by senior agency or bureau officials.
  4. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based on research and analysis that document my findings regarding a particular law, regulation, or policy, which were used by others for decision-making purposes.
  5. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos, or letters based on research and analysis that document my findings regarding policies, procedures and issues for use by senior mangers to establish policy, guidance, or administrative actions (budget, staffing, facilities, contracts, etc.).
  6. I have written business communications to other Government agencies transmitting policies and procedural issues.
  7. I have written business or technical communications to organizations outside the government in response to a request for information or materials.
  8. I have written policy or formal guidance for consideration by management.
  9. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  10. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience awarding and administering financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) agreements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered financial assistance documents with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered financial assistance documents as a regular part of my job independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised administration of financial assistance documents and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the response that best describes your experience working with management on financial assistance agreements
  1. I have experience that involves routinely working with management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management or shared problem solving. This includes exploring unique or untried solutions and sharing options, initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships and often soliciting feedback on programs and services.
  2. I have experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to the grants and agreements programs and all parties.
  3. I have assisted other senior employees in resolving issues that are mutually satisfactory to the grants and agreements programs and all parties.
  4. I do not have experience working on financial assistance agreements but have worked on the management of contracts.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Select the responses that describe your ability to communicate in writing as it relates to the preparation of contract documents, specifications, correspondence, study review comments and technical report preparations.
  1. I have written technical documents and made recommendations on implementing, interpreting, applying, or complying with laws and guidelines.
  2. I have provided written analysis to management or staff on implementing, interpreting, applying, or complying with laws and guidelines.
  3. I have prepared scopes of work and other related contract documents.
  4. I have written technical reports pertaining to water resource management projects.
  5. I have written technical or non-technical reports, memoranda, summaries or other documents demonstrating the ability to synthesize a variety of information into a readable product.
  6. I have written draft sections of technical reports under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  7. I have provided written comments on technical or non-technical reports.
  8. I have written correspondence and supporting documents to internal and external customers for the purpose of interpreting contractual provisions and to accomplish implementation requirements.
  9. I have written reports providing financial analysis of alternative solutions or proposals.
  10. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.Choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related.
  2. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-9.
  3. I have combinations of successfully completed post undergraduate education and experience that may be used to meet total qualification requirements for this grade level.
  4. I have none of the above qualifications.


* 2.Select the response(s) that reflect the tasks you have performed independently using an automated database, computer systems, or software.
  1. Used presentation software to prepare formal briefings or presentation slides.
  2. Queried databases for information
  3. Prepared final reports containing tables, charts, and graphics.
  4. Compiled and summarized information from an automated database.
  5. Provided access, set passwords, and deleted users in an automated database.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.Select the response that best reflects your experience researching and analyzing administrative problems in the work place, determining causative factors, and recommending solutions.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. 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.Select the response(s) that best describe your personal experience analyzing and implementing financial and business systems.
  1. Analyses of the effectiveness of existing systems including the feasibility of pursuing alternatives for improvement.
  2. Cost benefit analyses on which project authorization decisions were based.
  3. Detailed project plans including multiple deliverables, dependencies, timelines and key milestones.
  4. Project proposals including costs, benefits, timetables and implementation strategies.
  5. System specifications and statements of work.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the financial assistance and other types of agreement guideline(s) you have used as a regular part of your job. (Regular means on a recurring basis.)
  1. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circulars
  2. Public Laws
  3. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  4. Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR)
  5. State Laws/Regulations
  6. US Code (USC)
  7. Executive Orders (EO)
  8. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)
  9. Principles of Federal Appropriations Law
  10. Reclamation laws
  11. None of the above


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience administering/monitoring financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) documents.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered financial assistance documents with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered financial assistance documents as a regular part of my job independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised administration of financial assistance documents and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Select the response(s) that match your experience in reviewing, writing, analyzing, and presenting information on regulations, laws, policies and procedures.
  1. I have prepared briefings on issues to subject-matter groups and/or managers at all levels within the organization regarding policies, procedures, laws, and regulations.
  2. I have reviewed documents and reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy and procedure, organization of material, clarity of materials, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  3. I have written policy and procedural documents or materials for review and approval by senior agency or bureau officials.
  4. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos or letters based on research and analysis that document my findings regarding a particular law, regulation, or policy, which were used by others for decision-making purposes.
  5. I have written reports, briefing papers, issue papers, memos, or letters based on research and analysis that document my findings regarding policies, procedures and issues for use by senior mangers to establish policy, guidance, or administrative actions (budget, staffing, facilities, contracts, etc.).
  6. I have written business communications to other Government agencies transmitting policies and procedural issues.
  7. I have written business or technical communications to organizations outside the government in response to a request for information or materials.
  8. I have written policy or formal guidance for consideration by management.
  9. I have education or training in written communications, but limited experience.
  10. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your experience awarding and administering financial assistance (grants and cooperative agreements) agreements.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have administered financial assistance documents with review by supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have administered financial assistance documents as a regular part of my job independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised administration of financial assistance documents and/or have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the response that best describes your experience working with management on financial assistance agreements
  1. I have experience that involves routinely working with management officials to resolve unique or complex issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management or shared problem solving. This includes exploring unique or untried solutions and sharing options, initiating ongoing contacts with managers to foster strong working relationships and often soliciting feedback on programs and services.
  2. I have experience that involves routinely educating, advising, or participating in meetings with groups or individuals when contacted to address issues or problems. This includes developing rapport and establishing credibility to resolve issues that are mutually satisfactory to the grants and agreements programs and all parties.
  3. I have assisted other senior employees in resolving issues that are mutually satisfactory to the grants and agreements programs and all parties.
  4. I do not have experience working on financial assistance agreements but have worked on the management of contracts.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.Select the responses that describe your ability to communicate in writing as it relates to the preparation of contract documents, specifications, correspondence, study review comments and technical report preparations.
  1. I have written technical documents and made recommendations on implementing, interpreting, applying, or complying with laws and guidelines.
  2. I have provided written analysis to management or staff on implementing, interpreting, applying, or complying with laws and guidelines.
  3. I have prepared scopes of work and other related contract documents.
  4. I have written technical reports pertaining to water resource management projects.
  5. I have written technical or non-technical reports, memoranda, summaries or other documents demonstrating the ability to synthesize a variety of information into a readable product.
  6. I have written draft sections of technical reports under the supervision of more experienced staff.
  7. I have provided written comments on technical or non-technical reports.
  8. I have written correspondence and supporting documents to internal and external customers for the purpose of interpreting contractual provisions and to accomplish implementation requirements.
  9. I have written reports providing financial analysis of alternative solutions or proposals.
  10. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other


* 2.Provide specific information about your response to the previous question (i.e. professor's name and place of employment; college or university name; job/career fair and location held; friend's name; etc.).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Select all that apply for this vacancy.
  1. I have included a resume with my user profile in USAJOBS that will be used to support my answers to job specific questions. To be considered for the position your application must include a resume. Failure to submit a resume will result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  2. I am a veteran or other category of preference eligible. I will submit a DD-214, SF-15, and other documentation that verifies my eligibility for veterans or derived preference (e.g., VRA, VEOA, widow etc.). Failure to submit the required documents will remove my consideration as a preference eligible.
  3. I am currently, or have been, a Federal employee with competitive status. I will submit a copy of my most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that verifies my competitive status. Failure to submit a SF-50 will result in loss of consideration as a current or previous Federal employee and may result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  4. I am CTAP/ICTAP eligible. I will submit a copy of my most recent performance appraisal, proof of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, and my most recent SF-50. Failure to submit the required documents will remove me from consideration as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible.
  5. I am a returned volunteer from the Peace Corps or VISTA. I will submit proof of that service. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as a Peace Corps or VISTA return volunteer and may result in an 'Ineligible' rating.
  6. I am an overseas returnee with verification of service. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as an overseas returnee.
  7. I am an individual with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or major life activities AND have been certified by the State Department of Vocational Services rendering me eligible for the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities. I will submit copies of my Vocational Rehabilitation documents to verify my eligibility for this program. Failure to submit the required documentation will remove me from consideration as a disabled individual.
  8. I meet the educational requirements of this position as described in the vacancy announcement. I am submitting a copy of my transcripts, which include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred, to verify my educational accomplishments. I understand that if I do not supply a copy of my transcripts, I will be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
  9. I am applying for an Engineering (0800 series) position and am a Registered Professional Engineer. I will submit a copy of my Professional Engineer (PE) Registration. I understand that if I fail to supply my PE registration, I will not be given credit as a Registered Professional Engineer and may be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.
  10. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I will submit a copy of my CPA certification. I understand that if I do not provide a copy of my CPA, I will not be given credit as a CPA.
  11. I am applying for a Contract Specialist (1102 series) position and meet the Department of Interior mandatory training requirements for Contract Specialist. I am submitting copies of the training certifications. I understand that if I do not supply these copies, I will not be given credit for the training and will be found 'Not Qualified' for this position.


It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy and completeness of your application. An incomplete application or one that is not completed in accordance with instructions found in this announcement will subject you to being found ineligible. By selecting the applicable documents from the list below, I acknowledge my responsibility to submit/provide this information to the Human Resources office by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.





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