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Grade: 14
* 1.[343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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.[50935] Do you have at least one year of experience developing and implementing enterprise architectures, particularly organization-wide data architectures that improve data integration, sharing, use and distribution in support of agency objectives and outcomes?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[5961] Select the statement that best describes your experience with Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as used in e-Gov initiatives.
  1. I have not been involved with SOA in any e-Gov initiatives.
  2. I have researched and recommended SOA solutions in one or more e-Gov initiatives.
  3. I have designed one or more e-Gov solutions using SOA tools.
  4. I have implemented at least one SOA-based e-Gov solution that was deployed by the organization.


* 4.[2506] Select the response(s) that describe your involvement with planning, analysis, design, development, testing, quality assurance, configuration, installation, implementation, and management of the systems environment in support of an organization's IT architecture and business needs.
  1. Identify and analyze systems requirements in response to business requirements, risks, and costs.
  2. Evaluate, select, verify and validate the systems software environment.
  3. Evaluate new systems engineering technologies and their effect on the operating environment.
  4. Manage, review, and resolve conflicts associated with the development of network requirements and specifications.
  5. Manage, review, and resolve conflicts associated with the testing of network architecture and infrastructure upgrades.
  6. Develop long-term and short-term technology implementation strategies relative to network management and upgrading.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.[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.


* 6.[19515] Select the areas in which you have information management knowledge and experience.
  1. Geographic Information Systems
  2. Advanced data processing techniques and technology
  3. Telecommunications technology
  4. Internet and web site design and operations
  5. Computer networking
  6. Systems design languages
  7. System integration techniques
  8. None of the above


* 7.[15462] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and experience analyzing and evaluating organizational processes, systems, and data to develop information tools that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight or collaborative decision-making processes.
  1. I have education and training in analyzing and evaluating organizational processes and data to develop information tools that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight or collaborative decision-making processes, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have worked on assignments or as part of a team analyzing and evaluating organizational processes and data to develop information tools that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight or collaborative decision-making processes, under the ongoing direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have worked on assignments or as part of a team analyzing and evaluating organizational processes and data to develop information tools that maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight or collaborative decision-making processes, while seeking advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have conducted project segments and/or projects that involved the analysis and evaluation of organizational processes and data to develop information tools that maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight or collaborative decision-making process. My manager and/or project manager relies on me to advise others on related issues. I have received awards and/or commendations for my analysis and proposed solutions.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.[2943] Select the area(s) of involvement you have had with preparing an Exhibit 300 for a major Information Technology (IT) application.
  1. I have no experience.
  2. I prepared the Summary of Spending table.
  3. I prepared the Investment Description and Justification section.
  4. I prepared the Performance Goals and Measures section.
  5. I prepared the Alternative Analysis section.
  6. I prepared the Risk Inventory Assessment section.
  7. I prepared the Acquisition Strategy section.
  8. I prepared the Project Investment and funding plan section.
  9. I prepared the Enterprise Architecture section.
  10. I prepared the Security and Privacy section.
  11. As the identified Project Manager in the Exhibit 300, I have presented the business case to upper management and defended IT to my agency's Investment Review Board.
  12. I have developed and implemented a corrective action plan for an "At Risk" major project.
  13. All sections of the Exhibit 300 that I prepared scored at least a 3 and some sections scored a 4 during the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review.
  14. All sections of the Exhibit 300 that I prepared scored at least a 4 and some sections scored a 5 during the OMB review.


* 9.[1922] Select the response(s) that describe your experience developing recommendations for innovative approaches to meeting emerging customer needs in an Information Technology (IT) environment.
  1. I have developed technical white papers outlining an emerging requirement as well as examining options with a recommendation for implementation.
  2. I have executed formal requirements analysis.
  3. I have conducted a gap analysis with recommendations.
  4. I have facilitated requirements workshops.
  5. I have developed CBAs for significant technical recommendations that led to mid to large-scale projects.
  6. I have authored 'To Be' architecture documents for server, network or e-mail architectures.
  7. I have been involved in leading availability or capacity management studies using Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) or equivalent model.
  8. I have been involved in the entire lifecycle for documenting, planning, designing, and implementing an IT infrastructure.
  9. I have experience documenting processes in a managed IT service environment.
  10. None of the above


* 10.[4155] Select the Information Technology (IT) related law(s) and guidance that you apply on a regular basis.
  1. Clinger-Cohen Act
  2. E-Government Act of 2002
  3. Federal Enterprise Architecture concepts, reference models, and requirements
  4. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11 (including Sections 53 and 300)
  5. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-94
  6. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-130
  7. Federal Information Security Management Act
  8. President`s Management Agenda
  9. Government Accountability Office`s (GAO) IT Investment Maturity Model
  10. Government Accountability Office`s (GAO) Enterprise Architecture Management Maturity Framework
  11. None of the above


* 11.[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.


* 12.[2751] Select the response that best describes your experience applying judgment and problem solving skills to Information Technology (IT) security issues.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in applying judgment and problem solving skills to Information Technology (IT) security issues.
  2. I have had education or training in applying judgment and problem solving skills to Information Technology (IT) security issues, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have experience applying judgment and problem solving skills to Information Technology (IT) security issues on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have experience applying judgment and problem solving skills to Information Technology (IT) security issues as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised and/or trained others in applying judgment and problem solving skills to Information Technology (IT) security issues in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in this task.
  6. None of the above


* 13.[7947] Select the statement that best describes your experience planning and implementing organization-wide formal information technology (IT) policies and guidance.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have received management development training and work assignments but have not as yet been assigned responsibility as an IT program manager.
  3. I have demonstrated work experience supervising, leading and directing the work of IT staff developing policy and/or guidelines for an organization but have not had overall IT policy/guidelines management responsibility.
  4. I have demonstrated work experience supervising, leading and directing similar or closely related functions and my experience and training have prepared me to manage an IT policy program for an IT organization.
  5. I have demonstrated work experience supervising, leading and directing a formal IT policy/guideline program for an IT organization. I have carried out these responsibilities routinely and through them, have met a variety of organizational objectives, solved problems, produced improvements on behalf of my clients and employer(s).


* 14.[13931] 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. Assisted with 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. Assisted with 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.


* 15.[7015] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and experience in analyzing and evaluating organizational processes, systems and data, and developing effective information tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight decision-making processes.
  1. I have education and training in analyzing and evaluating organizational processes and data, and developing effective information tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight decision-making processes, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have performed some segments of work in the analysis and evaluation of organizational processes and data, and developed effective information tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight decision-making processes, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently performed work in the analysis and evaluation of organizational processes and data, and developed effective information tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight decision-making processes, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have independently conducted an operations research project that involved the analysis and evaluation of organizational processes and data, and developed effective information tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight decision-making processes, without direct supervision.
  5. I have advanced knowledge and extensive demonstrated work experience in the analysis and evaluation of organizational processes and data, and have developed effective information tools to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of oversight decision-making processes. My organization relies on me as a technical lead in the analysis and evaluation of complex organizational processes, and in the development of complex information tools.
  6. 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.[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


* 3.[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.

* 4.[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


* 5.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 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.