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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the federal service that has equipped you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Select the choice that best describes your specialized experience.
  1. I do not meet or exceed the 1 year of specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. 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 specialized experience requirements.


* 2.Do you have the mastery of the concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques used to gather, analyze, and evaluate information to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.Do you have the ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and carry out studies and successfully negotiate with managers on recommendations and issues?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Do you have the ability to communicate orally and make clear and convincing presentations sufficient to defend, clarify, negotiate, justify recommendations and provide expert advice and guidance?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Do you have the ability to effectively communicate orally to represent the Office in meetings and on committees?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.Do you have the ability to organize information, write succinctly and clearly, and explain complex technical and managerial issues to readers with multi-disciplinary and varying levels of management responsibility and technical expertise?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14: This position requires one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level in the Federal government.
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal experience.
  2. I do not have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal government


* 2.Do you have expert knowledge of concepts, principles, practices, laws, policies, and regulations covering the budgetary process? This includes those relevant to construction projects.
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.Do you have the mastery of the concepts, principles, practices, methods, and techniques used to gather, analyze, and evaluate information to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.Do you have the mastery of practices, techniques, and standards of financial management sufficient to identify, establish, and maintain business/financial plans, systems, and processes?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Do you have the ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and carry out studies and successfully negotiate with managers on recommendations and issues?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 6.Do you have the ability to communicate orally and make clear and convincing presentations sufficient to defend, clarify, negotiate, justify recommendations and provide expert advice and guidance?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 7.Do you have the ability to organize information, write succinctly and clearly, and explain complex technical and managerial issues to readers with multi-disciplinary and varying levels of management responsibility and technical expertise?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate where this is reflected in your resume. Be sure to list the employer, position and the dates. (Do Not Paste Your Resume Here)

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Do you have the knowledge of the budget process including the principles, practices and methods of Federal accounting and/or any other accounting, related to budget execution and formulation?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Select the following item(s) that describe your experience with budgets.
  1. Served as a budget liaison and provided budget assistance and technical expertise in resolving problems and questions from program staff, other local and satellite financial staff, Headquarters, and/or operating contractors
  2. Monitored and tracked obligations, costs, and the use and expenditures of budgeted funds
  3. Analyzed budget and financial data for large complex programs to identify emerging problems or issues
  4. Assessed budget trends and provided analysis and recommendations to higher level staff and/or management
  5. Coordinated and resolved cost issues with impacted organizations
  6. Reconciled financial status reports
  7. Researched automated financial transaction records to solve discrepancies
  8. Researched and compiled financial information to aid in the resolution of problems and issues
  9. Used automated databases to prepare statistical data and summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings, or fact sheets
  10. Used automated databases to prepare statistical data and summaries for production of budget submissions to management for large and complex budgets with multiple programs and contractors
  11. Provided guidance and information to program officials concerning obligations, expenditures, and availability of funds
  12. Located, interpreted and applied the intent of provisions in relevant guidelines, regulations, and procedures to budgetary situations which are not specifically addressed
  13. Researched and provided advice to others on questions related to budget or appropriation law
  14. None of the above


* 3.Please indicate which of the following that apply to your experience in the budget process:
  1. Advised program officials concerning obligations, expenditures, and availability of funds.
  2. Performed cost-benefit analysis in support of programmatic or budgetary initiatives.
  3. Used electronic spreadsheets and Departmental accounting reports and related data to prepare data summaries for inclusion in analytical budget reports, briefings, or fact sheets.
  4. Provided information under deadlines and maintained attention to detail under pressure.
  5. I have not performed any of the duties listed above.


* 4.Select from the following tasks the item(s) that best describe your experience working with budgets.
  1. Conducted meetings for purpose of formulating budgets
  2. Consolidated financial requests from a variety of program areas
  3. Performed data gathering and analysis of ongoing activities to assess organizational success in the budget area
  4. Accounted for expenditures to assure compliance with anti-deficiency laws
  5. Adjusted budgets as annual costs develop to assure planned objectives are met
  6. Assessed budget request to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse of government funds
  7. Planned and coordinated operating and capital equipment funds
  8. Analyzed operating and capital equipment obligations and compared with budget
  9. Evaluated variances between actual costs and estimates
  10. Monitored use of funds to assure use in a timely and effective manner
  11. Represented organization with Federal and contractor staff on budget matters
  12. None of the above


* 5.In your financial position(s) have you been responsible for reviewing, verifying and analyzing submitted data for consistency with financial and program objectives and adherence to instructions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Select from the following tasks the item(s) that best describe your experience in the financial arena.
  1. Developed budget guidance
  2. Integrated monthly and quarterly financial reports
  3. Performed program financial performance reviews
  4. Prepared budget plans
  5. Explained budget issues
  6. Analyzed and interpreted budget/financial information
  7. Identified problems and implemented corrective measures
  8. Performed budget trend analyses
  9. Determined impacts from alternative funding levels
  10. Wrote budget documents or special budget documents
  11. Prepared performance progress reports
  12. Responded to budget inquiries
  13. Provided budget advice to program offices
  14. Provided budget advice to senior level management
  15. Reviewed budget and program data to determine additional funding needs
  16. Performed budget execution activities
  17. Participated in budget execution activities
  18. Developed budget requests and related supporting documentation
  19. None of the above


* 7.In your financial position(s) have you been responsible for tracking budget issues and changes through Congress or have you provided direct input to Congressional liaison questions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.Select from the following tasks the item(s) that best describe your experience with financial reports.
  1. Extracted funding data from various sources for inclusion in financial reports
  2. Consolidated funding data for inclusion in financial reports
  3. Reviewed funding data contained in financial reports
  4. Verified funding data in financial reports
  5. Modified a funding data to reflect Congressional/OMB budget authorization changes
  6. Prepared a variety of financial reports
  7. None of the above


* 9.Select from the list below those item(s) in the financial assistance area that you performed as a regular part of your job
  1. Utilized a financial assistance system to track actions
  2. Processed financial assistance documents
  3. Trained others in the financial assistance area
  4. Maintained files for financial assistance documents
  5. Recommended solutions to problems
  6. Requested additional information when necessary
  7. Provided guidance to customers
  8. Interpreted new or existing policies/procedures
  9. None of the above


* 10.Select from the list below those item(s) that you performed as a regular part of your job using data bases.
  1. Produced fund control charts
  2. Produced status documents
  3. Maintained and updated spreadsheets
  4. Reconciled errors
  5. Resolved incomplete data gaps
  6. Tracked data on a variety of spreadsheets
  7. Verified data
  8. None of the above


* 11.Please indicate which of the following you have performed at an independent level:
  1. Applied analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to perform studies and evaluate reports.
  2. Identified problems and issues, and developed conclusions and recommendations.
  3. Prepared written analyses, policies, procedures, and guidelines.
  4. Prepared presentation and briefing materials reflecting current status of program activities and outstanding issues.
  5. Presented findings, options, and recommendations to high-level management and policy officials.
  6. Provided written and verbal reports documenting analyses and depicting related material.
  7. None of the above.


* 12.Are you applying under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of your DD214 Member 4 Copy that verifies your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Are you a career or career conditional employee with the Office of Science? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax a copy of the Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50s that supports your status to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Are you a career or career conditional employee with DOE? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax a copy of the Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50s that supports your status to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11:00 p.m. EST on the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.I have read this vacancy announcement thoroughly and understand that supplemental documentation may be required. I further understand that I may not be considered if my supplemental documentation is not received by the Human Resources Office by 11:00 p.m. on the closing date of this announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.Are you applying for priority consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP)? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.Are you applying under a special hiring authority? If the answer is yes, please be sure to fax copies of the documentation that supports your eligibility to the fax number listed in this vacancy announcement before 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


18.Where did you hear about this job vacancy?
  1. DOE's presence at a college job fair or professional organizational event
  2. Referral from a professional organization
  3. College placement office
  4. Referral from a state or local agency
  5. Referral from a friend or relative
  6. OPM USAJobs Internet Site
  7. Saw it mentioned on another DOE Website
  8. Magazine or newspaper advertisement
  9. Internet search engine
  10. Referral from another Federal agency or Federal employee
  11. Internet job board
  12. Other