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Grade: 09
* 1.[30208] In order to qualify for GS-5 through GS-12 Contract Specialist positions, you must meet the basic qualification requirements. Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with these requirements.
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field.
  2. I have completed at least 24 SEMESTER HOURS in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.
  3. I have held a Contract Specialist position, GS-1102-5 through GS-1102-12, continuously since January 1, 2000.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[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.


* 3.[8296] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience coordinating with senior officials to ensure consistency of customer service across an agency.
  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.


* 4.[8724] Select the statement(s) below that describe(s) your demonstrated ability to plan and organize work to be completed in compliance with timeliness requirements.
  1. I complete job assignments and duties meeting virtually all deadlines and timeliness requirements.
  2. I ensure that other staff members comply with timeliness requirements.
  3. I am able to respond to immediate and urgent matters while maintaining appropriate productivity for routine assignments.
  4. I use time management techniques to prioritize multiple assignments and ensure that timeliness requirements are met.
  5. I am flexible in shifting resources and adjust work assignments in response to changes in priorities and directives from leadership.
  6. I motivate other staff members to complete assignments under demanding conditions and accept changes in priorities determined by management.
  7. I have little to no experience in this area.


* 5.[10436] Do you have experience in monitoring, controlling, and reporting on the use of organizational/program funds?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[10451] Select the function(s) that you have performed for a manager.
  1. Prepared briefing materials
  2. Prepared reports
  3. Prepared databases
  4. Prepared spreadsheets
  5. Prepared surveys
  6. Prepared tracking systems involving security-related information
  7. None of the above


* 7.[21852] Choose the duties you have completed in the office
  1. Answering Phone Calls
  2. Maintaining Files
  3. Maintaining and completing budget reports
  4. Maintaining and completing procurements
  5. Setting up meetings
  6. None of the above


* 8.[7569] Select the type(s) of experience you have had in communications.
  1. I have provided briefings/updates to supervisors, coworkers to others on a regular basis.
  2. I have coordinated meetings or workshops.
  3. I have delivered presentations to groups at work or other environments.
  4. I have successfully completed college level speech courses, Toastmasters, etc.
  5. I have taught a class, provided one-on-one instruction, or similar experience.
  6. I have no experience in presenting material orally, but I believe I could do so.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.[10383] Do you have experience organizing and managing several projects concurrently, setting priorities, and responding to tight deadlines.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[49899] Choose all the statement that best describes your experience researching and gathering information to answer inquiries from the general public and program personnel.
  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, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.[7707] This position requires that you be able to express facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing, and organized manner and to make clear and convincing oral and written reports. Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in expressing facts and ideas in writing and in-person.
  1. I have experience communicating information about my work unit's activities to peers and higher level management.
  2. I have prepared written reports or given presentations or briefings on issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature.
  3. I have experience meeting with internal and external stakeholders and/or influential parties to and gain acceptance of, or commitment to, current or new organization's policies and practices.
  4. My experience is not reflected in any of the above responses.


* 12.[36689] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience communicating information to employees, customers, managers, and senior officials.
  1. I have communicated effectively with co-workers within a team environment.
  2. I have coordinated work within the office with clerical, administrative and other personnel.
  3. I have responded to routine inquiries and directed more technical inquiries to appropriate parties.
  4. I have made contacts with other offices within and outside the agency to obtain or provide information.
  5. I have received telephone calls, greeted visitors and determined where callers/visitors/inquiries should be directed.
  6. I have exercised tact in responding to telephone calls, screening calls, and referring calls to appropriate staff members.
  7. I have compiled comprehensive materials for use in reports, briefings, and meetings for senior officials.
  8. I have assisted in the preparation of briefing materials and supporting documentation for use by senior officials at meetings.
  9. On my own initiative, I have followed up with staff in order to gain the information necessary for meetings.
  10. I have attended conferences/meetings and was responsible for summarizing discussions and following up and distributing synopsis.
  11. I have been responsible for handling sensitive or confidential information and/or documents in an appropriate manner.
  12. None of the above


* 13.[10375] Do you have experience in the operation of office equipment to include personal computers and computer software programs in order to collect, organize, and interpret data and use this information to draft correspondence using correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and common correspondence formats.
  1. Yes
  2. No


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.