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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 13
* 1.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Select the human resources functional areas you have experience working with in support of an organization.
  1. Recruitment and Staffing
  2. Position Management
  3. Classification
  4. Compensation
  5. Workforce Planning
  6. Grievances and complaints
  7. Employee Relations
  8. Benefits
  9. Performance Management
  10. Awards
  11. Labor Relations
  12. Training and development
  13. Retirement
  14. None of the above


* 3.Do you have experience analyzing performance metrics data in order to develop office operational plans?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have experience as a supervisor with responsibility for managing work assignments, ensuring task completion, drafting performance plans and conducting performance reviews?
  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.


* 5.Do you have experience working with the sources, types, and methods of funding and the budgetary and financial relationships between assigned budgets and organizational performance metrics?
  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.


Grade: 14
* 1.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level or the next lowest pay band in the Federal service? (See the "Qualifications" section of this announcement for the definition of specialized experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Indicate your experience leading a team and directing the efforts of staff to meet critical due dates and project milestones.
  1. Participate in assessing current and future staffing and/or project team needs.
  2. Take action to change composition of a project team to satisfy project requirements.
  3. Hold staff and/or project team accountable for meeting established performance standards.
  4. Ensure that work of staff and/or project team was appropriately delegated.
  5. Provide regular constructive feedback and coaching toward goal attainment.
  6. Encourage the active participation of employees or team members in planning and decision-making.
  7. Identify and implement methods to improve staff and/or project team productivity.
  8. None of the above.


* 3.Select the human resources functional areas you have experience working with in support of an organization.
  1. Recruitment and Staffing
  2. Position Management
  3. Classification
  4. Compensation
  5. Workforce Planning
  6. Grievances and complaints
  7. Employee Relations
  8. Benefits
  9. Performance Management
  10. Awards
  11. Labor Relations
  12. Training and development
  13. Retirement
  14. None of the above


* 4.Do you have experience analyzing performance metrics data in order to develop office operational plans?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Do you have experience as a supervisor with responsibility for managing work assignments, ensuring task completion, drafting performance plans and conducting performance reviews?
  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.


* 6.Do you have experience working with the sources, types, and methods of funding and the budgetary and financial relationships between assigned budgets and organizational performance metrics?
  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.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have thoroughly reviewed the 'How to Apply/Required Documents' & 'Qualifications' sections of this Vacancy Announcement to determine which supplemental documents to submit. This may include: Transcripts to verify undergraduate/graduate education; SF-50 if I am a current/former Federal employee; DD214 if I am a veteran (and SF-15/VA Letter if applicable), etc. I understand that failure to fax in required documents by the vacancy announcement's closing date may result in loss of consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Do you have experience with analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to evaluate the efficiency/effectiveness of program operations?
  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.Select the experience you have gained working as a liaison representing a business unit to an IT group:
  1. I have experience interacting with systems administrators or other technical IT personnel to provide guidance on organizational requirements/needs which they would use to design/improve business processes or to collect data to be used to analyze operations.
  2. I have acted as a liaison in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and to recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals through the use of information technology.
  3. I have experience working with enterprise architects to update and improve data quality to support analysis, decision making, or operational efficiency/effectiveness.
  4. I have worked with Information Technology to improve the quality of the products and services delivered by the organization.
  5. I have less experience than what is described above.


* 4.What is your experience identifying trends and problem areas which are indicative of inefficient resource utilization?
  1. Verify budget forecasts, estimates, and submissions for conformance to required guidelines and financial objectives.
  2. Provide guidance on strategic planning to ensure budget plans are integrated with the organization's strategic plan and are responsive to Congressional mandates.
  3. Analyze multiple sources of financial data to provide recommendations to resolve over-obligation or misposting of obligations.
  4. Investigate and research financial data to identify trends exposing the inefficient utilization of resources.
  5. Evaluate program or administrative management controls to assess their effectiveness for preventing fraud, waste and mismanagement.
  6. I have less experience than what is described above.


* 5.I have managed projects that required the use of the following performance tools to develop strategic plans (select all that apply).
  1. Balanced scorecard
  2. Performance dashboards
  3. Gap analysis
  4. Logic models
  5. Costing
  6. Quality management programs
  7. Baldrige criteria
  8. Statistical analysis using specialized software (e.g. SAS, Access, Excel, GIS, etc.)
  9. Continuous process improvement
  10. Other
  11. None of the above


* 6.Do you have experience working with balanced scorecard activities in reporting the status of the effectiveness of an agency's programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Select all of the database management systems you have used in applications development projects.
  1. Microsoft SQL Server
  2. Microsoft Access
  3. Microsoft SharePoint
  4. My SQL
  5. Paradox
  6. Sybase
  7. Oracle
  8. None of the above


* 8.Do you have experience working with Customer Relationship Management (CRM) or other types of software for the purpose of tracking and reporting performance metrics?
  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 that best describes your experience with budgeting regulations, procedures and methods.
  1. I am experienced in the budget process for the federal government and in applying federal government budget laws, regulations, standards and procedures, and have done so independently with minimal supervision.
  2. I am experienced in the budget process for private business or for state government and complying with business budgeting standards and federal laws and regulations that govern private industry, and have done so independently with minimal supervision.
  3. I have entry-level experience with the budget process for the federal government, state government or private business; and I have some experience in applying budget laws, regulations, standards and procedures. I have performed these tasks on the job under the supervision of a senior employee or supervisor.
  4. I have a working knowledge in applying federal government budget laws, regulations, standards or procedures (or the equivalent for state government or private industry) but have not performed these tasks on the job.
  5. I have less experience than what is described above.


* 10.What is your experience with budget formulation and execution?
  1. Making budget recommendations regarding administrative programs (space, human resources, procurement, travel, etc.) for an organization.
  2. Preparing detailed budget analyses and estimates of funding needs for annual and/or multi-year budgets.
  3. Managing a budget and allocating limited resources among multiple activities.
  4. Evaluating continual changes in program plans and funding and their effect on financial and budget program milestones.
  5. Writing key budget and performance reports, including spreadsheets and graphic summaries, for use by senior management.
  6. Knowledge of budgetary formulation, presentation, execution and appropriations processes.
  7. Developing budget policies and guidance.
  8. Responsibility and authority for budget execution for one or more program areas.
  9. Preparing reports depicting planned versus actual expenses, commitments and obligations.
  10. I have knowledge of federal government budget laws, regulations, standards or procedures but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.


* 11.Indicate your project management experience.
  1. Managing multiple projects simultaneously.
  2. Setting priorities.
  3. Developing project schedules.
  4. Negotiating acceptable time frames with others.
  5. Achieving objectives within schedule despite tight time constraints.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.Do you have working experience with trade shows, trade missions, or international trade events?
  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.


Applicants may check the status of their application by accessing the Department of Commerce (QuickHire), Applicant Site at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov