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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: All Grades
* 1.ZA-4: Do you have at least one year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level or the next lower pay band (ZA-3) in the Federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Select the response (s) that illustrate your level of experience preparing statements of work for procurement, and performing contract management duties.
  1. Novice - Statements of Work: I have received on-the-job or classroom training pertaining to the procurement process, but have not yet been involved on the job with the preparation of statement of work.
  2. Novice - Contract Management: I have received on-the-job or classroom training pertaining to contact management, but have not yet assisted or performed these duties on the job and have not served as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).
  3. Intermediate - Statements of Work: I have some experience preparing or drafting statements of work for procurement, but have done so infrequently or typically receive close guidance or review from a senior employee or supervisor.
  4. Intermediate - Contract Management Duties: I have some experience performing or assisting with contract management duties but have not yet served as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).
  5. Advanced - Statements of Work: I independently prepare and draft statements of work for procurement. I perform this task as a regular part of my work, and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. Advanced Contract Management: I have served as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) or Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) and/or regularly perform a broad range of contract management tasks, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience coordinating contract development, managing contracts, tracking progress, and/or serving as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).
  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.


* 4.Select the statement(s) that reflect the program management functions you have regularly performed. Check all that apply:
  1. Developed or assisted in the development multi-year and longer-range work plans for projects and project staff.
  2. Manage projects including developing the work breakdown structure, product acceptance plan, and assignment & tracking of resources.
  3. Manage programmatic changes that impact the structure and content of the program or organization segments.
  4. Oversee the planning, direction, and execution of a program, several program projects, or comparable staff functions.
  5. Oversee the revision of long-range plans, goals and objectives for the work directed.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Select the statement that best describes your experience developing and implementing operational policies/guidance.
  1. I have direct experience developing and implementing operational policies for a multi-agency mission.
  2. I have direct experience developing and implementing operational policies for a single agency mission.
  3. I have been a member of a team responsible for developing and implementing operational policies.
  4. I have been assigned tasks by a senior staff member or my supervisor related to the development and implementation of policies/guidance.
  5. I do not have the experience described above.


* 6.Identify the quality management tasks from the following list in which you are proficient. Check all that apply
  1. Determine customer requirements
  2. Establish quality objectives
  3. Map out and document a key business process
  4. Control processes through monitoring or measurement
  5. Analyze or evaluate measurement results to ensure output conformance
  6. Use measurement results to correct or improve the process
  7. Keep records of quality activities and effectiveness of decisions
  8. Regularly review performance through internal audits
  9. None of the above


* 7.Select the response which best describes your experience identifying and analyzing current or anticipated programmatic problems, and developing alternative solutions, corrective strategies or improvement initiatives to address and resolve those problems.
  1. I have routinely (as a central part of my job) identified programmatic problems, and developed and recommended alternative solutions, corrective strategies and improvement initiatives. I have utilized program management/assessment tools and analytical/evaluative methods, and interpreted and applied knowledge of my organization's budget, operations, policies and procedures. I have advised senior management on findings and recommendations for programmatic or policy changes.
  2. I have some experience independently completing tasks & providing input and recommendations directly related to identifying and analyzing programmatic problems, and developing and presenting alternative solutions, corrective strategies or improvement initiatives. I have been an equally contributing member of a time-limited task force, project team or focus group, OR I have performed these tasks independently but on an infrequent basis & not as a central and recurring part of my job.
  3. I have assisted a senior employee or supervisor with tasks, research or preparation of reports, graphs, or charts directly related to identifying programmatic problems and/or developing and recommending alternative solutions, corrective strategies and improvement initiatives. For the most part, I have performed these tasks on a limited basis (infrequently and not as a regular part of the job OR on a routine basis but under supervision or review from a senior employee or supervisor).
  4. I do not have experience in this area as described above.


* 8.What statement best describes your experience with IT management activities including strategic planning, resource management, policy and standards development, architecture and infrastructure planning, information security management, and IT policy development?
  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.


* 9.Select the statement below that best describes your experience regarding management of IT security requirements for large IT systems, including developing disaster recovery or contingency plans and participating in the certification and accreditation processes.
  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.Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing and presenting briefings to management external to your organization.
  1. I prepare briefings and present them to upper level management at the Agency, command or organizational level. I may also brief interested parties external to the organization.
  2. I prepare and deliver briefings to upper management within my organization; this may or may not include briefings to customers or interested parties external to my organization.
  3. I assist senior staff in preparing briefings. I may prepare portions of the briefings or provide input to briefings.
  4. I do not have the experience or training described above.


* 11.Select the statement that best describes your experience as an operational user of environmental data from polar orbiting satellites:
  1. I have supervised performance of this task and am normally consulted as an expert in the use of environmental data from polar orbiting satellites.
  2. I have used satellite data as a routine part of my job including the operational use of environmental data.
  3. I have had education in the use of satellite and used satellite data operationally, but have no experience in the use of environmental data.
  4. I have had education in the use of satellite data, but have not used environmental data from satellites operationally.
  5. I have not had education, training or experience in the use of satellite data.