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Grade: 09
* 1.[30209] Choose the statement that best describes your education and specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-09 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Masters or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.) that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position and have provided transcripts with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the first full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided and the experience is well documented in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[49946] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) the grant or cooperative agreement applications you have reviewed for soundness and conformance with established requirements.
  1. Estimated project funding
  2. Program income
  3. Propriety/privileged information
  4. Environmental impact statement
  5. Partnerships with international collaborators
  6. Property rights
  7. Rights-in-data
  8. Publication rights
  9. Facilities
  10. Equipment
  11. Key personnel
  12. Projected milestones
  13. None of the above


* 3.[10515] Select the statement that best reflects your experience analyzing and examining financial records, reports, or data to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, this task has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.[14475] Select the area(s) in which you have analyzed recurring assignments as in grants programs.
  1. Analysis of recurring forms for application
  2. Analysis of payment forms with appropriate supporting documentation and matches
  3. Analysis of certification forms for accuracy
  4. Analysis of governing regulations and application for a program
  5. Analysis of agreements with state and local governments
  6. None of the above


* 5.[2273] Choose the statement that best reflects your level of competence using automated systems to input, retrieve and reference technical information.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in using automated systems to enter, retrieve and reference technical information.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in using automated systems to access data, but have not yet performed this on a job.
  3. I use automated systems to input, retrieve and reference technical information under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I use automated systems to input, retrieve and reference technical information as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I independently and regularly use automated systems to input, retrieve, and reference technical information as a major part of my job and I have trained others OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.[10722] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your level of interaction with others involved in the grants or contracts process.
  1. Communicated with awardee institutions to discuss unusual or unresolved problems, obtain additional information, or to suggest modifications or changes in budgets
  2. Provided guidance and interpretation of contract or grant regulations and policy to internal staff and awardee institution staff
  3. Functioned as an organizational liaison by explaining contracts or grants management objectives, changes in policies and procedures, secured cooperation of awardees and internal staff, and developed mutually satisfactory solutions.
  4. None of the above


* 7.[49947] Select the response(s) that reflect the functions you have performed using automated information systems. Check all that apply.
  1. Maintained databases
  2. Entered and retrieved data
  3. Prepared charts, graphs, and/or spreadsheets
  4. Maintained electronic calendars
  5. Prepared reports
  6. Prepared slides for presentations
  7. Received and responded to emails
  8. Tracked workflows
  9. None of the above


* 8.[5854] Select the response(s) that reflect your experience with the communication of program information to a variety of audiences.
  1. Interacted with peers, the general public, and/or industry representatives on sensitive and/or non-sensitive issues.
  2. Delivered presentations to diverse groups.
  3. Interacted with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, conducted meetings and/or interviews, and coordinated activities or projects.
  4. Interacted with individuals on non-controversial factual subjects and/or uncooperative individuals on controversial subjects.
  5. Participated in meetings including scientific, strategy, business, or decision making.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.[10710] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) (an) example(s) of documents that you have developed/written.
  1. Correspondence to obtain additional information
  2. Correspondence to resolve unusual or unresolved issues
  3. Summaries of information obtained from a variety of sources
  4. Solicitations for information, proposals or applications
  5. Issue papers or analytical reports
  6. Guidelines and procedures
  7. Criteria and standards
  8. Briefing materials
  9. Program planning and strategy materials
  10. Policy documents
  11. Management decisions
  12. None of the above


Grade: 11
* 1.[30210] Choose the statement that best describes your education and/or specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-11 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application and the matching experience is well described in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[49946] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) the grant or cooperative agreement applications you have reviewed for soundness and conformance with established requirements.
  1. Estimated project funding
  2. Program income
  3. Propriety/privileged information
  4. Environmental impact statement
  5. Partnerships with international collaborators
  6. Property rights
  7. Rights-in-data
  8. Publication rights
  9. Facilities
  10. Equipment
  11. Key personnel
  12. Projected milestones
  13. None of the above


* 3.[10515] Select the statement that best reflects your experience analyzing and examining financial records, reports, or data to assure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, this task has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.[30689] Select the statement(s) that indicate your experience with grant life-cycle.
  1. I managed a grants program.
  2. I have experience processing grants.
  3. I have experience developing grants.
  4. I have a grants management certificate.
  5. I have experience working with the Common Rule.
  6. I have both pre and post-grants management experience.
  7. I have not had experience in grants management.


* 5.[11043] Select the response that best describes your experience applying qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques to analyze and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of grants management processes and systems.
  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 it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised the performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing the task because of my expertise.


* 6.[10722] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your level of interaction with others involved in the grants or contracts process.
  1. Communicated with awardee institutions to discuss unusual or unresolved problems, obtain additional information, or to suggest modifications or changes in budgets
  2. Provided guidance and interpretation of contract or grant regulations and policy to internal staff and awardee institution staff
  3. Functioned as an organizational liaison by explaining contracts or grants management objectives, changes in policies and procedures, secured cooperation of awardees and internal staff, and developed mutually satisfactory solutions.
  4. None of the above


* 7.[49947] Select the response(s) that reflect the functions you have performed using automated information systems. Check all that apply.
  1. Maintained databases
  2. Entered and retrieved data
  3. Prepared charts, graphs, and/or spreadsheets
  4. Maintained electronic calendars
  5. Prepared reports
  6. Prepared slides for presentations
  7. Received and responded to emails
  8. Tracked workflows
  9. None of the above


* 8.[5854] Select the response(s) that reflect your experience with the communication of program information to a variety of audiences.
  1. Interacted with peers, the general public, and/or industry representatives on sensitive and/or non-sensitive issues.
  2. Delivered presentations to diverse groups.
  3. Interacted with a variety of individuals to resolve problems, conducted meetings and/or interviews, and coordinated activities or projects.
  4. Interacted with individuals on non-controversial factual subjects and/or uncooperative individuals on controversial subjects.
  5. Participated in meetings including scientific, strategy, business, or decision making.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.[10711] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) the grants materials you have written.
  1. Reports
  2. Grant Announcements
  3. Responses to Grantees
  4. Responses to Agency Officials
  5. None of the above


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.[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


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


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.[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.