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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.[16165] Do you have a current Delegated Examining (DE) certification?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[5391] Select the statement that best reflects your experience utilizing an automated staffing system (e.g., Quick Hire, Resumix, USA Staffing, etc.) to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have utilized an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have utilized an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies 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, utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.[24768] Select the appointing authorities with which you have expertise (that is, you thoroughly understand the conditions, requirements, and limitations, of appointment)
  1. Student Programs (STEP and SCEP)
  2. Federal Career Intern Program
  3. Veterans Appointments (VRA. VEOA, appt of 30% disabled veterans)
  4. Appointment of Persons with Disabilities
  5. Appointment of Experts and Consultants
  6. Presidential Management Fellow Program
  7. SL/ST Appointments
  8. Appointment of former Peace Corps /VISTA volunteers
  9. Appointments from other Merit Systems
  10. SES Appointments
  11. Reassignment, promotion, transfer, or reinstatement of status eligibles
  12. None of the above


* 5.[944] Select the statement(s) that best describe the position classification duties you have performed.
  1. I have evaluated drafts of OPM Classification standards and provided feedback to the appropriate officials.
  2. I have developed organizational charts and reorganization/realignment packages for review by the appropriate organization.
  3. I have provided organizational and position information to appeal adjucators and served as an agency liaison on appeals of positions.
  4. I have conducted position classification and position management reviews to evaluate classification accuracy and consistency at an organizational level.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.[947] Choose the statement the best describes your level of experience in position classification.
  1. I have attended a Basic Position Classification / Management course.
  2. I have reviewed and edited position descriptions (PDs) for consistency with related PD`s
  3. I have researched, interpreted, and applied a variety of classification standards (with published criteria) for one grade interval technical, clerical, and administrative support positions.
  4. I have researched, interpreted, and applied classification standards (with published criteria) for one grade and two grade interval technical, administrative, management, and professional positions.
  5. I have researched, interpreted, and applied classification standards (some without published criteria) for a wide variety of administrative, management, professional and scientific positions up to the GS-15 or equivalent level.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.[7338] Select the statement(s) that best describe your level of experience in providing compensation guidance and technical assistance.
  1. I respond to all basic pay administration questions related to new hires, within grade increases, merit promotions, reassignments, change to lower grade, changes to geographic locations, etc.
  2. I provide managers/supervisors and employee/applicants with information on recruitment and retention flexibilities.
  3. I answer inquiries concerning highest previous rate, leave, promotions, overtime, and other pay questions.
  4. I set pay involving complete situations including changes between pay systems, retained grade and pay, advance salary rates, and back pay.
  5. I interpret and analyze pay regulations to analyze employee and payroll information to identify and resolve pay setting errors or discrepancies.
  6. I provide advice and guidance on work scheduling and hours of work and premium entitlement associated with various schedules, (i.e., alternate work schedules, compressed work schedules, differentials, etc.).
  7. None of the above.


* 8.[24788] Select the statements that describe your experience processing personnel actions through an automated system.
  1. I have selected Nature of Action Codes, Legal Authority Codes, remarks, and other data, using template code sheets .
  2. I have selected Nature of Action Codes, Legal Authority odes, remarks, and other data, using the Guide to processing personnel actions.
  3. I have selected Nature of Action Codes, Legal Authority Codes, remarks, and other data, using the Guide to processing personnel actions after consulting the Code of Federal Regulations.
  4. I have entered actions into an automated Processing system , populating all fields, and ensuring relational edits are passed.
  5. I have identified and resolved errors in personnel actions submitted to an automated system.
  6. I have analyzed reports to identify erroneous data entries/field content and corrected same.
  7. I have served as a Personnel Systems Manager.
  8. I have determined adjustments to service computation dates, within-grade eligibility dates, completion of probation, service credit for career tenure, and eligibility for promotion based on time in a nonpay status, intermittent service, etc.
  9. I have reviewed personnel actions (SF-50’s) for accuracy.
  10. I have very limited experience with processing personnel actions.
  11. None of the above


* 9.[9093] This position requires the skill to communicate in both formal and informal settings, including communicating effectively with the organization's executives and management officials as well as with employees, external organizations and Department level officials. The individual will represent the Division at key meetings of the organization and/or Department level workgroups. Select the response that best represents your interpersonal communication experience.
  1. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have routinely justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial staffing and/or classification policy or operating program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with senior management, employee organizations and/or individuals at all levels in the public Federal and private sectors to convey the relevant policies, regulations and procedures.
  2. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly represented my office's policies and/or procedures and lead discussions and participated in workgroups on staffing and/or classification matters. This included using effective communication skills to again a desired outcome or compliance from individual or groups skeptical or in disagreement with the policy, procedure or regulation.
  3. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts or resolve operating or procedural problems in staffing and/or classification programs. This included influencing or motivating individuals for groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  4. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly provided advice and assistance to those seeking employment related services from my office. Typically, the interaction would include acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[24789] Select the statements that describe your experience developing operating procedures, internal controls, and quality assurance procedures for Staffing, Classification, and/or HR Processing functions.
  1. I have developed internal operating procedures for local use, which follow and implement agency policies.
  2. I have developed internal operating procedures based on identification of a need to standardize/clarify operations within a group.
  3. I have developed internal operating procedures which establish internal controls to ensure integrity of work, protection of sensitive information, compliance with merit principles, and prevention of fraud and abuse.
  4. I have developed internal operating procedures based on a deficiency identified during an audit or quality assurance review.
  5. I have developed quality assurance procedures to ensure actions are consistent with regulations and agency policy, and meet established standards of quality, timeliness, consistency and compliance.
  6. I have analyzed the results of quality assurance procedures to identify need for training and/or additional internal operating procedures.
  7. None of the above


* 11.[9068] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading a workforce or team in the delivery of Human Resources programs or projects.
  1. I have led a workforce of professional or technical disciplines and administrative staff in the delivery of Human Resources programs or projects. I established and communicated program annual objectives, assigned work to others, monitored the progress of the assignments, provided guidance and instruction as needed to members of the group, evaluated and/or rewarded the contributions of the individual team members, and assured that the program's objectives were successfully met.
  2. I have led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish a specific project or provide assistance on organizational programs.
  3. I have provided guidance to a workforce in prioritizing work and accomplishing it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  4. I have no experience in leading a workforce or team.


* 12.[24790] Select the statements that describe your experience motivating others under your direct supervision.
  1. Created culture that encouraged others to meet the organization`s mission, and led them successfully on projects, programs or task groups.
  2. Inspired others to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into their day-to-day activities.
  3. Enabled others to acquire the tools and support their need to perform well.
  4. Coached or mentored to develop skills and abilities of an individual operating within a team or within multiple teams.
  5. Developed and sustained cooperative working relationships among team members.
  6. Enhanced working relationships between teams.
  7. I have not had experience motivating others under my direct supervision.


* 13.[2006] Please select the responses that indicate your areas of strength in creating innovative solutions that have improved practices or programs.
  1. I am receptive to new ideas and adapt to new situations.
  2. I take calculated risks.
  3. I make suggestions that are controversial.
  4. I seek out opportunities to improve, streamline, reinvent work processes.
  5. I help others overcome resistance to change.
  6. I think expansively by combining ideas in unique ways or making connections between disparate ideas.
  7. I explore numerous potential solutions and evaluate each before accepting any.
  8. I target important areas for innovation and develop solutions that address meaningful work issues.
  9. I create work environments that encourage creative thinking and innovation.
  10. I sponsor the development of new products, services, methods, or procedures.
  11. None of the above.


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.[16165] Do you have a current Delegated Examining (DE) certification?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[5391] Select the statement that best reflects your experience utilizing an automated staffing system (e.g., Quick Hire, Resumix, USA Staffing, etc.) to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have utilized an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have utilized an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies 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, utilizing an automated staffing system to fill positions which includes advising management on the development of job related questions or competencies has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.[24768] Select the appointing authorities with which you have expertise (that is, you thoroughly understand the conditions, requirements, and limitations, of appointment)
  1. Student Programs (STEP and SCEP)
  2. Federal Career Intern Program
  3. Veterans Appointments (VRA. VEOA, appt of 30% disabled veterans)
  4. Appointment of Persons with Disabilities
  5. Appointment of Experts and Consultants
  6. Presidential Management Fellow Program
  7. SL/ST Appointments
  8. Appointment of former Peace Corps /VISTA volunteers
  9. Appointments from other Merit Systems
  10. SES Appointments
  11. Reassignment, promotion, transfer, or reinstatement of status eligibles
  12. None of the above


* 5.[944] Select the statement(s) that best describe the position classification duties you have performed.
  1. I have evaluated drafts of OPM Classification standards and provided feedback to the appropriate officials.
  2. I have developed organizational charts and reorganization/realignment packages for review by the appropriate organization.
  3. I have provided organizational and position information to appeal adjucators and served as an agency liaison on appeals of positions.
  4. I have conducted position classification and position management reviews to evaluate classification accuracy and consistency at an organizational level.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.[947] Choose the statement the best describes your level of experience in position classification.
  1. I have attended a Basic Position Classification / Management course.
  2. I have reviewed and edited position descriptions (PDs) for consistency with related PD`s
  3. I have researched, interpreted, and applied a variety of classification standards (with published criteria) for one grade interval technical, clerical, and administrative support positions.
  4. I have researched, interpreted, and applied classification standards (with published criteria) for one grade and two grade interval technical, administrative, management, and professional positions.
  5. I have researched, interpreted, and applied classification standards (some without published criteria) for a wide variety of administrative, management, professional and scientific positions up to the GS-15 or equivalent level.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.[7338] Select the statement(s) that best describe your level of experience in providing compensation guidance and technical assistance.
  1. I respond to all basic pay administration questions related to new hires, within grade increases, merit promotions, reassignments, change to lower grade, changes to geographic locations, etc.
  2. I provide managers/supervisors and employee/applicants with information on recruitment and retention flexibilities.
  3. I answer inquiries concerning highest previous rate, leave, promotions, overtime, and other pay questions.
  4. I set pay involving complete situations including changes between pay systems, retained grade and pay, advance salary rates, and back pay.
  5. I interpret and analyze pay regulations to analyze employee and payroll information to identify and resolve pay setting errors or discrepancies.
  6. I provide advice and guidance on work scheduling and hours of work and premium entitlement associated with various schedules, (i.e., alternate work schedules, compressed work schedules, differentials, etc.).
  7. None of the above.


* 8.[24788] Select the statements that describe your experience processing personnel actions through an automated system.
  1. I have selected Nature of Action Codes, Legal Authority Codes, remarks, and other data, using template code sheets .
  2. I have selected Nature of Action Codes, Legal Authority odes, remarks, and other data, using the Guide to processing personnel actions.
  3. I have selected Nature of Action Codes, Legal Authority Codes, remarks, and other data, using the Guide to processing personnel actions after consulting the Code of Federal Regulations.
  4. I have entered actions into an automated Processing system , populating all fields, and ensuring relational edits are passed.
  5. I have identified and resolved errors in personnel actions submitted to an automated system.
  6. I have analyzed reports to identify erroneous data entries/field content and corrected same.
  7. I have served as a Personnel Systems Manager.
  8. I have determined adjustments to service computation dates, within-grade eligibility dates, completion of probation, service credit for career tenure, and eligibility for promotion based on time in a nonpay status, intermittent service, etc.
  9. I have reviewed personnel actions (SF-50’s) for accuracy.
  10. I have very limited experience with processing personnel actions.
  11. None of the above


* 9.[9093] This position requires the skill to communicate in both formal and informal settings, including communicating effectively with the organization's executives and management officials as well as with employees, external organizations and Department level officials. The individual will represent the Division at key meetings of the organization and/or Department level workgroups. Select the response that best represents your interpersonal communication experience.
  1. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have routinely justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial staffing and/or classification policy or operating program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with senior management, employee organizations and/or individuals at all levels in the public Federal and private sectors to convey the relevant policies, regulations and procedures.
  2. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly represented my office's policies and/or procedures and lead discussions and participated in workgroups on staffing and/or classification matters. This included using effective communication skills to again a desired outcome or compliance from individual or groups skeptical or in disagreement with the policy, procedure or regulation.
  3. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, consult on work efforts or resolve operating or procedural problems in staffing and/or classification programs. This included influencing or motivating individuals for groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  4. As part of my duties and responsibilities, I have regularly provided advice and assistance to those seeking employment related services from my office. Typically, the interaction would include acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete assignments.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[24789] Select the statements that describe your experience developing operating procedures, internal controls, and quality assurance procedures for Staffing, Classification, and/or HR Processing functions.
  1. I have developed internal operating procedures for local use, which follow and implement agency policies.
  2. I have developed internal operating procedures based on identification of a need to standardize/clarify operations within a group.
  3. I have developed internal operating procedures which establish internal controls to ensure integrity of work, protection of sensitive information, compliance with merit principles, and prevention of fraud and abuse.
  4. I have developed internal operating procedures based on a deficiency identified during an audit or quality assurance review.
  5. I have developed quality assurance procedures to ensure actions are consistent with regulations and agency policy, and meet established standards of quality, timeliness, consistency and compliance.
  6. I have analyzed the results of quality assurance procedures to identify need for training and/or additional internal operating procedures.
  7. None of the above


* 11.[9068] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading a workforce or team in the delivery of Human Resources programs or projects.
  1. I have led a workforce of professional or technical disciplines and administrative staff in the delivery of Human Resources programs or projects. I established and communicated program annual objectives, assigned work to others, monitored the progress of the assignments, provided guidance and instruction as needed to members of the group, evaluated and/or rewarded the contributions of the individual team members, and assured that the program's objectives were successfully met.
  2. I have led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish a specific project or provide assistance on organizational programs.
  3. I have provided guidance to a workforce in prioritizing work and accomplishing it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  4. I have no experience in leading a workforce or team.


* 12.[24790] Select the statements that describe your experience motivating others under your direct supervision.
  1. Created culture that encouraged others to meet the organization`s mission, and led them successfully on projects, programs or task groups.
  2. Inspired others to incorporate vision, strategic planning, and elements of quality management into their day-to-day activities.
  3. Enabled others to acquire the tools and support their need to perform well.
  4. Coached or mentored to develop skills and abilities of an individual operating within a team or within multiple teams.
  5. Developed and sustained cooperative working relationships among team members.
  6. Enhanced working relationships between teams.
  7. I have not had experience motivating others under my direct supervision.


* 13.[2006] Please select the responses that indicate your areas of strength in creating innovative solutions that have improved practices or programs.
  1. I am receptive to new ideas and adapt to new situations.
  2. I take calculated risks.
  3. I make suggestions that are controversial.
  4. I seek out opportunities to improve, streamline, reinvent work processes.
  5. I help others overcome resistance to change.
  6. I think expansively by combining ideas in unique ways or making connections between disparate ideas.
  7. I explore numerous potential solutions and evaluate each before accepting any.
  8. I target important areas for innovation and develop solutions that address meaningful work issues.
  9. I create work environments that encourage creative thinking and innovation.
  10. I sponsor the development of new products, services, methods, or procedures.
  11. 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.[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


* 4.[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


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.