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Grade: 13
* 1.[342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[49944] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience in data management including database systems analysis, data normalization and presentation?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[49945] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience with database management, including data modeling methodologies, data mining, data storage, data warehousing concepts and technology in order to develop, implement, and maintain database systems to meet end-user requirements?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[49929] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience using data management systems.
  1. Identifying data collection sources.
  2. Developing data edits.
  3. Developing output specification.
  4. Determining data collection mechanisms.
  5. Preparing documentation and data formats for release of data.
  6. Assisting in the management of a program under direct supervision.
  7. Building electronic databases.
  8. Evaluating large and complex data collection systems.
  9. Evaluating program results against program goals and make necessary changes.
  10. Performing quality control of electronic databases.
  11. None of the above.


* 5.[4465] Select the statement(s) that describe your technical knowledge and demonstrated experience in the analysis, design, deployment and maintenance of Information Technology systems and applications.
  1. Conducted business requirements analysis to document organizational business processes.
  2. Performed feasibility studies including original research in order to develop information systems to meet customer requirements.
  3. Prepared for and conducted top-down data modeling sessions with business functional experts, including the formulation of conceptual data models, entity relationship diagrams, and attribute definitions.
  4. Implemented improvements to existing software systems including software design, architecture and coding.
  5. Developed new software/database systems to improve system efficiency, effectiveness, and business security, including software design, architecture and coding.
  6. Oversaw and/or coordinated testing and implementation plans, including: preparation of programming specifications for implementation by computer programmers; developing test plans and scripts; and test execution and reporting mechanisms.
  7. Oversaw and/or coordinated the migration of systems to the production environment, and monitored systems for stability, accuracy, and performance.
  8. Developed and executed procedures to periodically monitor the logical/physical integrity of data and physical space utilization.
  9. Served as technical lead in full life-cycle software implementation projects including, but not limited to Oracle database systems development, such as Data Warehouses, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Knowledge Management (KM), Facility Management (FM), and Intranet Portal implementations.
  10. None of the above.


* 6.[5305] Select the statement that best describes your technical knowledge and demonstrated work experience defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs.
  1. I have education and training in defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have working knowledge in this area, and have worked as part of a team to define system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have working knowledge in this area, and have worked as part of a team to define system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have advanced knowledge in this area and have demonstrated work experience defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs, without direct supervision.
  5. I have advanced knowledge in this area, and have demonstrated work experience defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs. I am considered an expert in this area, and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex system requirements issues specific to changes of existing and/or new data collection programs.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.[2948] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your project/program management experience.
  1. I have advised, consulted with and/or negotiated with customers on delivery of projects or programs.
  2. I have set goals and objectives for accomplishment of projects or programs.
  3. I have planned resources, delivery schedules, and milestones.
  4. I have monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  5. I have established and monitored delivery performance measures.
  6. I have established and monitored program delivery productivity.
  7. I have established and monitored program delivery cost controls.
  8. I have established and monitored quality control and quality assurance processes.
  9. I have developed the annual work plan, objectives, priorities, workload of resources and schedules for accomplishment of work plans.
  10. I have applied quality management and strategic improvement techniques.
  11. I have solicited, monitored, measured, and responded to customer satisfaction feedback from partners, stakeholders, clients, contractors, etc.
  12. I have little or no experience in project management.
  13. None of the above.


* 8.[16148] Select the statistical computer programs(s) in which you have demonstrated work experience conducting analyses.
  1. S-plus
  2. SAS
  3. IHSDM
  4. SPAA
  5. STATA
  6. SUDAAN
  7. Limdep
  8. Minitab
  9. Oracle
  10. Excel
  11. Sybase
  12. ANOVA
  13. SQL
  14. None of the above


* 9.[4455] Select the statement that best describes your technical knowledge and demonstrated work experience analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration, and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems.
  1. I have education and training in analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have basic knowledge in these areas, and have worked as part of a technical team analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have working knowledge in these areas, and have worked as part of a technical team analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple legacy systems, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have advanced knowledge in these areas, and have demonstrated work experience analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems, without direct supervision.
  5. I have managed technical teams supporting legacy systems; and have extensive demonstrated work experience analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems. I am considered an expert in the resolution of complex systems integration/interoperability issues, and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex system related issues.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.[4279] Select the project phase(s) of an information system development effort that you have led as part of your duties.
  1. Definition
  2. Development/Implementation
  3. Requirements
  4. Testing/Acceptance
  5. Analysis
  6. Deployment
  7. Operation and Maintenance
  8. Closeout
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[2147] Please choose the selection which best describes your experience with using data and analytical tools to make policy/program recommendations.
  1. I have not used data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor.
  2. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor only after close consultation with my supervisor.
  3. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor with minimal supervision.
  4. I independently make recommendations regarding policy /program decisions to my supervisor.


* 12.[49893] Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience communicating data management information.
  1. I have participated in data management IT focused meetings.
  2. I have presented data management training courses.
  3. I have given data management presentations to groups of 10 people or more.
  4. I have given data management related presentations at technical conferences/symposiums.
  5. I have given data management presentations to groups of 10 or more, including senior officials, managers, and executives.
  6. I have written data management documents.
  7. I have written letters/memoranda concerning data management information for senior management.
  8. I have written data management related papers for technical conference/symposia.
  9. I have written policies or guidelines for a data management department or office.
  10. None of the above.


* 13.[2439] Select the statement that best describes your experience interacting with senior managers, technical operations personnel, and employee and contractor teams to discuss and resolve complex technical and procedural information security matters.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
  2. 04
  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
  7. 09
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 13
  12. 14
  13. 15


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 6.[587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format).
Maximum length of 20 characters.


* 7.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.