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Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZP-3: Do you have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower pay band (ZP-2) or GS-09 grade level in the federal service? OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR a combination of education and experience? See the "Qualifications" section for the definition of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Which level listed below describes your experience programming in Java as a regular part of a job or as a major part of your post graduate work?
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Please rate your skill level in automated testing and building of applications, including web applications, using tools such as JUnit, Ant, and/or WATIR.
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have trained others in performance and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Select the statement that best describes your skills in querying, programming, and developing within relational database systems such as Oracle 10g/11g using SQL and PL/SQL.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience with this task.
  2. I have had education or training for SQL or PL/SQL, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have used SQL or PL/SQL on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have authored and used SQL as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have authored and used SQL and PL/SQL as a regular part of the job, independently and susally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have trained others in the performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in writing and using SQL.
  7. I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in authorizing and using SQL and PL/SQL.


* 5.Do you have experience developing, implementing and managing web interface applications using JAVA or similar internet design software?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor 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.
  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 the performance of this task, and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Please rate your skill level in designing and developing database applications using Java development tools such as JBuilder or Eclipse.
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Please rate your skill level in reporting and forms development, preferably using Flex version 4 or greater and a Java based reporting tool, such as BIRT or Jasper Reports.
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have trained others in performance and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Please rate your skill level using JIRA or other bug/issue tracking software.
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have trained others in performance and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Do you have comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of system design, development, software engineering and IT project management?
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Please rate your skill level working on IT projects involving development, testing and implementation of secure systems and applications.
  1. Expert - I have extensive experience designing and developing software to implement security standards, and mentor or provide guidance to less experienced staff.
  2. Advanced - I have designed and developed software to implement security standards for some time, and work independently.
  3. Intermediate - I have training and some job experience designing and developing software to implement security standards.
  4. Novice - I have training designing and developing software to implement security standards, but no job experience.
  5. I have no experience or training in this area.