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* 1.GS-15: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service which has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Select the choice which best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I have one full year of specialized experience equivalent in responsibility and scope to the GS-14 level as described in the vacancy announcement under Qualifications.
  2. I do not meet or exceed the one year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.Do you have knowledge of financial rules, and regulations and pronouncements of:
  1. Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASAB)
  2. Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  3. U.S. Treasury
  4. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
  5. None of the above


* 3.Please indicate which certification(s) you possess. (Check all that apply.)
  1. Certified Public Accountant
  2. Certified Management Accountant
  3. Certified Internal Auditor
  4. Certified Government Financial Manager
  5. None


* 4.Select all of the budget related duties that you perform on a regular and recurring basis. I have:
  1. Conducted cost benefit analyses to show the benefit of specific programs.
  2. Analyzed budget requests.
  3. Researched legal and regulatory material relative to budget formulation, execution and Congressional actions.
  4. Analyzed spending plans.
  5. Formulated, justified and prepared budget submissions for any Federal Agency, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and Congress.
  6. Related program requirements, work processes, and accomplishments to budgetary obligations and expenditures, reprogramming actions, and adjustments in budget plans.
  7. Analyzed obligation of funds through review of financial and accounting reports.
  8. Used analytical tools, such as forecasting and cost-benefit analysis.
  9. I have not performed any of the listed duties.


* 5.Have you provided direction in the formulation, justification presentation, execution and review of annual/multi-year budgets? This experience includes ensuring the effective integration of program and budget planning, justifying and defending budget strategy advice and counsel to senior managers on the status of budget requests, executing budgets in accordance with prudent financial management practices and preparing responses to written questions and inquiries on the budget.
  1. Yes. I have performed these duties for ONE or MORE years, and this experience is clearly reflected in my resume.
  2. Yes. I have performed these duties for LESS than one year, and this experience is clearly reflected in my resume.
  3. No. I do not have experience performing the duties described above, however am willing to learn.


* 6.Please indicate your experience communicating verbally and in writing regarding budget/financial matters.
  1. Written budget/financial analyses or recommendations for senior political and/or senior executive service managers or their private sector equivalent, program directors, or other superiors
  2. Given formal verbal presentations regarding complicated budget/financial issues to senior political and/or senior executive service managers or their private sector equivalent, co-workers and others.
  3. Written formal reports or presentations describing impacts of budget/financial policies or regulations for use by Congress
  4. Participated as a member of a committee where you informally provided information to others regarding budget/financial strategies, such as in team meetings or via emails.
  5. Explained complex budget/financial analysis, issues, methods, procedures, etc. in laymen’s terms so a non-financial audience may comprehend the subject
  6. Responded impromptu either verbally or in writing (via email, for example) to complicated questions from senior political and/or senior executive service managers or their private sector equivalent and others regarding conflicting budget/financial policy, law, or regulation issues.
  7. Participated in verbal discussions, such as conferences or meetings, to justify, defend, negotiate, and/or settle matters that involve significant or controversial budget/financial issues.
  8. Served as the organization’s spokesperson to senior political and/or senior executive service managers or their private sector equivalent concerning program and financial management or budget administration matters.
  9. My experience is not reflected in the choices above.


* 7.Please indicate your experience in providing advice to program officials concerning obligations incurred, expenditures, and availability of funds. (Check all that apply.)
  1. I have analyzed assignments to provide updates on obligatory costs, future costs, and funding availability to meet milestones.
  2. I have provided advice to program officials involving financial considerations, which major project should be supported and what pace each project should proceed to meet goals within budgetary constraints, compared completion dates for major projects to the planned milestones, and provided assessments and guidance on progress toward meeting project and program goals.
  3. I do not have training or experience in performing this task.


* 8.Please select from the following list all choices that best describe your experience analyzing, evaluating, assessing and providing advice on the execution and reprogramming of budgets to meet program objectives under changing conditions and management requests.
  1. Monitored and/or performed analyses of program and budget requirements to identify problems and propose solutions in program execution, scheduling, and/or funding.
  2. Evaluated the impact of alternative levels of effort and resources on accomplishing established objectives and provided analytic support and advice required to establish rationale for changes in plans, schedules or funding to achieve desired results.
  3. Conducted, participated in and/or assisted other analysts with analyses to support options considered and narrative data related to the development of systems, methods, and procedures required to respond to change.
  4. Served as a resource person in interpreting reporting data and its significance, and/or in the resolution of problems identified.
  5. Recommended changes to or adaptation of policies and procedures for estimating budgetary needs and controlling expenditures.
  6. Resolved management and resource problems.
  7. None of the above


* 9.Does your resume demonstrate at least one year of experience as your organization’s primary point of contact for day-to-day interaction with the executive management and senior staff of a federal department’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or an equivalent private sector CFO?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If your answer is “Yes”, to the above question, please indicate where this specific experience appears in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company).

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 10.Please select from the following list all choices that best describe tasks that you have performed on a regular and recurring basis. (Check all that apply.)
  1. Extracted and/or consolidated numerical and financial information from a variety of related budget forms and documents
  2. Identified, researched and/or resolved budget issues that resulted in workable solutions that are consistent with program objectives
  3. Conducted financial management studies that involved the analysis of interrelated administrative processes (e.g. budget or human resource management functions)
  4. Processed obligation documents
  5. Reviewed data in reports and financial statements and identified abnormal trends and/or control weaknesses
  6. Reviewed and reconciled financial data and reports generated by an automated accounting system
  7. Analyzed internal controls
  8. None of the above


* 11.Does your resume demonstrate success in collaborating and communicating with senior political and/or senior executive service leaders or their private sector equivalent, as well as customers and stakeholders in the areas listed below. (Check all that apply.)
  1. Development, implementation, and execution of cohesive, agency-wide strategic and operational financial plans
  2. Development/ implementation of performance metrics/associated reporting programs
  3. Accountability for the organization’s budgetary success in meeting defined agency expectations
  4. I do not have training or experience in performing this task.


* 12.Please indicate where this specific experience appears in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 13.Does your resume reflect one or more consecutive years of experience supervising a medium-size staff of budget and financial analysts, during which time you successfully established individual performance plans and evaluated staff output relative to organizational goals and objectives?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience and agency/company)?

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 14.Have you led or participated in a team in completing complex budget assignments under tight time constraints requiring accurate, timely, and technically sound decisions and products?
  1. I have one year or more of experience leading and providing day-to-day direction to a medium-sized team in completing complex budget assignments under tight time constraints requiring accurate, timely, and technically sound decisions and products.
  2. I have been a member of a team working under tight time constraints to successfully complete complex budget assignments requiring accurate, timely, and technically sound decisions and products.
  3. I have not yet had the opportunity to lead or participate on a team completing complex budget assignments under tight time constraints requiring accurate, timely, and technically sound decisions and products.


* 15.How did you find out about this job?
  1. EIA Website
  2. DOE Website
  3. DOE or Federal Employee
  4. Electronic Job Boards, such as Monster, Careerbuilder, Craiglist, etc. OR Internet Search Engine, such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.
  5. USAJOBS.GOV
  6. Newspaper/Magazine
  7. University/College
  8. Professional Association/Society
  9. Professional Conference
  10. Other