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Grade: 05
* 1.GS-5 Choose one answer that best describes your education, experience or combination of education and experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, and is related to the duties of the position to be filled.
  2. I have successfully completed four full years of education above the high school level for which high school graduation or the equivalent was a prerequisite. This education was obtained in an accredited business, secretarial or technical school, junior college, college or university.
  3. I possess a combination of post-high school education and specialized experience as described above.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 2.Select the answer that best describes your education, experience, or training in using the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as it relates to purchasing supplies, equipment and services.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience using the FAR.
  2. I have had education or training in using the FAR, but have not yet used the FAR on the job.
  3. I have used the FAR, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have used the FAR as a regular part of my job, independently and with few exceptions without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently using the FAR as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 3.Do you have experience in researching purchasing information (for example, policies, regulations, manufacturing specifications, etc) in order to obtain an answer to a question asked by a customer?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I am familiar with the regulatory requirements of the following Federal contract legislation:
  1. Service Contract Act
  2. Davis Bacon Act
  3. Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act
  4. Miller Acts
  5. Small Business Act
  6. Buy America Act
  7. None of the Above


* 5.In my work experience, I have interpreted and applied laws, regulations, and agency policies.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Select the answer that best describes your education, experience, or procurement training as it relates to purchasing supplies, equipment and services.
  1. I have not had education, training, or specific procurement experience.
  2. I have had education or training in procurement methods, but have not been a purchaser or buyer on the job.
  3. I have had purchasing responsibilities under direct supervision of a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have been a purchasing agent or buyer for a company or agency, working independently with minimum review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised the performance of other buyers or purchasers, or I have trained others in purchasing responsibilities. I am considered by others as a purchasing expert.


* 7.Do you have experience routinely, developing special approaches (for example, source selection criteria, market research, terms and conditions, electronic commerce) to procure non-commercial goods and services to meet unique contract requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Select the items you have procured as a regular part of your job.
  1. Services
  2. Special Studies and Research
  3. Land/Real property
  4. Supplies
  5. Equipment
  6. Materials
  7. Construction/alterations
  8. None of the Above


* 9.Select the sources that you have used to purchase supplies, equipment and services.
  1. Pre-solicitation notices
  2. Solicitations
  3. Invitations for bids
  4. Request for proposals
  5. Service orders
  6. Blanket purchase agreements
  7. Requisitions
  8. Purchase orders
  9. Delivery orders
  10. Contracts
  11. Indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts
  12. Request for Quotations (RFQ) or commercial equivalent
  13. Government or commercial bills of lading
  14. Micro purchases (government charge card)
  15. None of the above


* 10.Select the answer that best describes your experience in preparing, reviewing, and editing purchasing documents.
  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.


* 11.Select the source(s) that you have used in reviewing and evaluating purchase requirements in order to assist customers and make sound procurement decisions.
  1. General Services Administration stores stock
  2. General Services Administration advantage
  3. Federal supply schedules
  4. Federal prison industries catalogs
  5. Department of Defense contracts
  6. Commercial catalogs
  7. Commercial websites
  8. Local vendor proposals/offers (for specification compliance)
  9. Industry publications
  10. Previously prepared orders
  11. Engineering drawings
  12. Product specifications
  13. Socio-economic sources
  14. Other
  15. None of the above


* 12.Select the types of data you analyzed/evaluated in order to apply best business practices.
  1. Financial reports
  2. Schedules/timelines
  3. Administrative directives
  4. Technical specifications
  5. Purchase versus lease cost
  6. Cost-benefit analysis
  7. Accounts payable
  8. Accounts receivable
  9. Market trends
  10. Other
  11. None of the above


* 13.Do you have experience routinely performing market research, working with source selection criteria and terms and conditions to meet unique contract requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Have you ever used the E-Gov Department of Labor website - Wage Determinations OnLine.gov - (WDOL.GOV) to request wage determinations for Service Contract Act wages and contracts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Have you ever used the E-Gov Department of Labor website - Wage Determinations OnLine.gov - (WDOL.GOV) to request wage determinations for Davis-Bacon wages and contracts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Select the computer programs you use independently as a regular part of your job.
  1. Procurement Desktop (PD)
  2. Local Area Network
  3. Excel or other spreadsheet software
  4. Microsoft Word or other word processing software
  5. GroupWise or other electronic mail system
  6. Federal Financial System (FFS)
  7. MAXIMO/CARMA - Maintenance management and inventory management system
  8. Other specialized or privately developed acquisition software programs
  9. None of the above


* 17.Select the answers which indicates the experience you have had with written communications.
  1. Prepared correspondence to respond to routine or general informational inquiries.
  2. Prepared technical reports going to co-workers or supervisors.
  3. Prepared correspondence or technical reports going to officials outside my employing organization.
  4. Prepared correspondence or technical reports going to officials outside my employing organization for the purpose of persuading them to take action, revise procedures, or expand resources.
  5. Prepared sensitive correspondence or technical reports such as responses to Congressional inquiries or briefs in support of resolution of litigation.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Select the answer that best describes your experience serving as a consultant to other employees, agencies, governmental organizations, State and private industry organizations in order to resolve complex purchasing issues.
  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.


* 19.Select the answer that best describes your experience identifying and resolving purchasing conflicts with other entities.
  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.


* 20.Select the types of personal contacts you routinely make while performing the assigned duties of a position.
  1. Co-workers/workers in related units
  2. Engineering and technical staff
  3. Administrative support staff
  4. Blue collar/trades workers
  5. Vendors and their representatives
  6. Members of the general public
  7. Supervisors/Managers
  8. Other government organizations
  9. Private companies
  10. Contractors
  11. Sales persons
  12. Other
  13. None of the above


Grade: 06
* 1.GS-6 Choose one answer that best describes your experience as related to the qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience has equipped me with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position, and is related to the duties of the position to be filled.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


* 2.Select the answer that best describes your education, experience, or training in using the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), as it relates to purchasing supplies, equipment and services.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience using the FAR.
  2. I have had education or training in using the FAR, but have not yet used the FAR on the job.
  3. I have used the FAR, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have used the FAR as a regular part of my job, independently and with few exceptions without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. In addition to independently using the FAR as a regular part of my job, I have supervised the performance of this task and/or I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance.


* 3.Do you have experience in researching purchasing information (for example, policies, regulations, manufacturing specifications, etc) in order to obtain an answer to a question asked by a customer?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I am familiar with the regulatory requirements of the following Federal contract legislation:
  1. Service Contract Act
  2. Davis Bacon Act
  3. Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act
  4. Miller Acts
  5. Small Business Act
  6. Buy America Act
  7. None of the Above


* 5.In my work experience, I have interpreted and applied laws, regulations, and agency policies.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Select the answer that best describes your education, experience, or procurement training as it relates to purchasing supplies, equipment and services.
  1. I have not had education, training, or specific procurement experience.
  2. I have had education or training in procurement methods, but have not been a purchaser or buyer on the job.
  3. I have had purchasing responsibilities under direct supervision of a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have been a purchasing agent or buyer for a company or agency, working independently with minimum review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised the performance of other buyers or purchasers, or I have trained others in purchasing responsibilities. I am considered by others as a purchasing expert.


* 7.Do you have experience routinely, developing special approaches (for example, source selection criteria, market research, terms and conditions, electronic commerce) to procure non-commercial goods and services to meet unique contract requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Select the items you have procured as a regular part of your job.
  1. Services
  2. Special Studies and Research
  3. Land/Real property
  4. Supplies
  5. Equipment
  6. Materials
  7. Construction/alterations
  8. None of the Above


* 9.Select the sources that you have used to purchase supplies, equipment and services.
  1. Pre-solicitation notices
  2. Solicitations
  3. Invitations for bids
  4. Request for proposals
  5. Service orders
  6. Blanket purchase agreements
  7. Requisitions
  8. Purchase orders
  9. Delivery orders
  10. Contracts
  11. Indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts
  12. Request for Quotations (RFQ) or commercial equivalent
  13. Government or commercial bills of lading
  14. Micro purchases (government charge card)
  15. None of the above


* 10.Select the answer that best describes your experience in preparing, reviewing, and editing purchasing documents.
  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.


* 11.Select the source(s) that you have used in reviewing and evaluating purchase requirements in order to assist customers and make sound procurement decisions.
  1. General Services Administration stores stock
  2. General Services Administration advantage
  3. Federal supply schedules
  4. Federal prison industries catalogs
  5. Department of Defense contracts
  6. Commercial catalogs
  7. Commercial websites
  8. Local vendor proposals/offers (for specification compliance)
  9. Industry publications
  10. Previously prepared orders
  11. Engineering drawings
  12. Product specifications
  13. Socio-economic sources
  14. Other
  15. None of the above


* 12.Select the types of data you analyzed/evaluated in order to apply best business practices.
  1. Financial reports
  2. Schedules/timelines
  3. Administrative directives
  4. Technical specifications
  5. Purchase versus lease cost
  6. Cost-benefit analysis
  7. Accounts payable
  8. Accounts receivable
  9. Market trends
  10. Other
  11. None of the above


* 13.Do you have experience routinely performing market research, working with source selection criteria and terms and conditions to meet unique contract requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Have you ever used the E-Gov Department of Labor website - Wage Determinations OnLine.gov - (WDOL.GOV) to request wage determinations for Service Contract Act wages and contracts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Have you ever used the E-Gov Department of Labor website - Wage Determinations OnLine.gov - (WDOL.GOV) to request wage determinations for Davis-Bacon wages and contracts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Select the computer programs you use independently as a regular part of your job.
  1. Procurement Desktop (PD)
  2. Local Area Network
  3. Excel or other spreadsheet software
  4. Microsoft Word or other word processing software
  5. GroupWise or other electronic mail system
  6. Federal Financial System (FFS)
  7. MAXIMO/CARMA - Maintenance management and inventory management system
  8. Other specialized or privately developed acquisition software programs
  9. None of the above


* 17.Select the answers which indicates the experience you have had with written communications.
  1. Prepared correspondence to respond to routine or general informational inquiries.
  2. Prepared technical reports going to co-workers or supervisors.
  3. Prepared correspondence or technical reports going to officials outside my employing organization.
  4. Prepared correspondence or technical reports going to officials outside my employing organization for the purpose of persuading them to take action, revise procedures, or expand resources.
  5. Prepared sensitive correspondence or technical reports such as responses to Congressional inquiries or briefs in support of resolution of litigation.
  6. None of the above.


* 18.Select the answer that best describes your experience serving as a consultant to other employees, agencies, governmental organizations, State and private industry organizations in order to resolve complex purchasing issues.
  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.


* 19.Select the answer that best describes your experience identifying and resolving purchasing conflicts with other entities.
  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.


* 20.Select the types of personal contacts you routinely make while performing the assigned duties of a position.
  1. Co-workers/workers in related units
  2. Engineering and technical staff
  3. Administrative support staff
  4. Blue collar/trades workers
  5. Vendors and their representatives
  6. Members of the general public
  7. Supervisors/Managers
  8. Other government organizations
  9. Private companies
  10. Contractors
  11. Sales persons
  12. Other
  13. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the response that describes your education or experience as it pertains to the Department of Interior mandatory requirement for positions holding warrant authority.
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field
  2. I have completed at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
  3. I am currently a federal employee who was given warrant authority on/or before January 1, 2000, and have continuously maintained this authority, with no break longer than 90 calendar days.
  4. None of the above


* 2.Please select the mandatory Department of the Interior courses you have successfully completed. You may select a course option if you have completed equivalent training - your response will be verified with the information you provide in your resume
  1. CON 100 - Shaping Smart Business Arrangements
  2. CON 110 - Mission Support Planning
  3. CON 111 - Mission Strategy Execution
  4. CON 112 - Mission Performance Assessment
  5. CON 120 - Contracting for Mission Support
  6. CON 214 - Business Decisions for Contracting
  7. CON 215 - Intermediate Contracting for Missions Support
  8. CON 216 - Legal Considerations in Contracting
  9. CON 217 - Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques
  10. CON 218 - Advanced Contracting for Mission Support
  11. CON 353 - Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support
  12. None of the Above


* 3.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


* 4.If you selected OTHER as your response to the question above, please elaborate on your answer.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Do you understand that you must submit a COMPLETE and DETAILED on-line resume for this announcement and that failure to submit a complete and detailed on-line resume will result in you not being considered for this position? The on-line resume is completed during the registration process and is separate from your answers to vacancy announcement-specific questions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

I will provide a copy of my college transcripts or equivalent document by the closing date of this announcement to validate my successful completion of the education requirements as described in the vacancy announcement.





This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).