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Grade: 13
1.GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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-12 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.


Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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-13 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.Have you completed a formal training program in the principles and methodologies of project management from a professional body recognized by or equivalent to the Project Management Institute or are you a Project Management Institute-certified project manager and have applied these skills within the past five years?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Where does this specific experience appear in your resume (provide position title, dates, years of experience, and agency/company)?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five (5)years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please list the title, agency and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to provide proof to meet OPM Approval of your appointment if selected.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  2. No


* 2.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported in my online resume. I further understand that my resume must provide detailed descriptions and/or examples of my knowledge, skill, and abilities as required in the vacancy announcement and that my failure to do so, may result in my being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Which of the following critical administrative functions have you performed in the Federal or Private Sector? ( Check all that apply.)
  1. Workforce analysis
  2. Strategic/targeted recruitment
  3. Employee development
  4. Procurement
  5. Financial management
  6. Strategic planning
  7. Program evaluation
  8. Developing performance measures
  9. Conducting studies
  10. Program reviews
  11. Evaluating organizational performance in accordance with mandated regulations.
  12. My experience is not reflected in the choices above
  13. None of the above


* 4.Which of the following management/program studies have you regularly performed? (Check all that apply.)
  1. Process improvement
  2. Organizational structure and mangement
  3. Management practices
  4. Productivity improvement
  5. Resource allocation
  6. None of the above


* 5.Please indicate your involvement in performing analytical studies. (Choose the one answer that best describes your experience).
  1. I have assisted others in gathering data, analyzing information, and consolidating findings.
  2. I have independently gathered data, analyzed information, and consolidated findings.
  3. I have participated with others in writing reports and recommendations.
  4. I have independently written reports and made recommendations.
  5. None of the above


* 6.Please select the statements below that best describe your program evaluation experience. (Check all that apply.)
  1. I have developed components of an organization's program evaluation that assessed an organization’s achievement of annual goals and objectives.
  2. I have conducted comprehensive analysis of agency-wide strategic objectives versus annual accomplishments of these objectives and identified successes and area needing improvement.
  3. I have prepared analysis tools and questionnaires to strengthen the organization’s program delivery in line with strategic objectives.
  4. I have identified milestones to improve the organization's program delivery.
  5. I have presented recommendations to senior officials for integration into the organization’s corporate decision-making process.
  6. I have not performed the duties listed above.


* 7.Please select from the following list all choices that best describe your experience monitoring and efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness of processes through statistics and metrics, or comparable experience. (Check all that apply.)
  1. Established metrics and analysis systems to ensure actions were timely and reviewed at critical points.
  2. Identified the needs for special projects and initiated milestones and goals.
  3. Evaluated reports by analyzing facts and perforing approprite research and perpared detailed responses.
  4. My experience is not reflected in the choices above.


* 8.From the following list of qualitative and quantitative methods, please identify those that you have routinely and successfully applied at work.
  1. Survey development
  2. Qualitative interviews
  3. Statistical analysis
  4. Focus groups
  5. None of the above


* 9.Please select all responses that describe your experience in interacting with a variety of people in various situations to achieve effective solutions. (Check all that apply.)
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization
  2. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities
  3. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission goals, needs, or problems with senior management and/or a contract representative
  4. I have served on panels, committees, or tasks forces on technical or programmatic or professional issues
  5. I am regularly consulted by peers, others agency representatives, or private industry on technical or programmatic issues
  6. None of the above


* 10.Select all of the examples that apply to your experience in developing effective internal and external working relationships.
  1. demonstrated ability to build constructive relationships with customers, peers, supervisors, managers, and subordinates
  2. took calculated steps to improve performance, develop innovations, and achieve challenging goals
  3. took action to evaluate and improve practices and avoid future problems
  4. none of the above


* 11.This position is responsible for keeping management appraised of emerging events, developments, or requirements and their impact on organizational programs. In that context, which of the following have your performed? (Check all that apply.)
  1. Identifying problems.
  2. Establishing causes.
  3. Recommending programmatic solutions.
  4. Coordinating solutions with other programs or individuals as necessary.
  5. Implementing recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.This position is responsible for communicating a variety of issues. In addition, this position requires presenting and defending the organization's missions and functions before a variety of people. Please select the following types of communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Interviewed supervisory officials and employees in order to obtain, exchange, or provide information.
  2. Served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  3. Facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  4. Presented, defended, and/or negotiated specific mission goals and needs with senior management.
  5. Briefed management on policy changes.
  6. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  7. Prepared written reports on program/project status.
  8. Brief management on organizational isues or similar topics.
  9. None of the Above


* 13.Please check all of the following that apply to your experience communicating verbally and in writing regarding Program Planning matters.
  1. Written analyses or recommendations for managers, directors, or other superiors.
  2. Given formal verbal presentations regarding complicated programming planning issues to supervisors, co-workers and others.
  3. Prepared formal reports or presentations describing impacts of policies or regulations for use by senior management.
  4. Been a member of a committee where you informally provided information to others regarding program planning strategies, such as in team meetings or via emails.
  5. Explained complex program planning issues, methods, procedures, etc. in laymen's terms so that managers and staff, including new hires, understood a situation.
  6. Responded impromptu either verbally or in writing (via email, for example) to complicated questions from managers, superiors, or others regarding conflicting 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 issues.
  8. Served as the organization's spokesperson to top management officials concerning program matters.
  9. My experience is not reflected in the choices above.


* 14.Have you: (Check all that apply.)
  1. Worked with managers and staff to resolve issues associated with operational matters.
  2. Communicated work assignments and/or completion schedules to a team, committee, etc.
  3. Facilitated coordination on program initiatives across an agency’s management structure.
  4. Explained and communicated administrative policies and procedures to other managers on behalf of the supervisor.
  5. Reported to a senior executive level manager on organizational accomplishments.
  6. Presented administrative, programmatic and/or technical information and responded to questions from an audience of managers, including senior executive level officials.
  7. None of the above.


* 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