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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.[5390] Do you have at least one year of experience providing staffing AND classification management advisory services within an assigned area?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[10063] Do you have experience in communicating in writing and presenting information to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants with technically sound advice on a wide range of staffing and recruitment issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[10632] Select response(s) that demonstrate(s) the type(s) of human resource management duties that you have performed in the area of recruitment and staffing.
  1. Developed job analyses, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA), and rating guides.
  2. Performed basic qualifications analysis.
  3. Conducted rating and ranking panels to determine the best qualified candidates.
  4. Provided advice and guidance to applicants.
  5. Written vacancy announcements.
  6. Developed questions for use in recruitment efforts through an automated staffing system.
  7. Consulted with managers regarding succession planning and position management.
  8. Set employee pay on new hires and promotions.
  9. Written or revised local policies and operating procedures.
  10. Participated in recruiting at a job fair/career fair or on campus recruitment.
  11. Developed questions for a structured interview.
  12. Developed advertisements for web recruiting, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  13. Developed a comprehensive recruitment strategy for an occupational group or key positions.
  14. Used automated systems to enter personnel actions.
  15. Processed vacancy announcements in which Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), and other priority candidates applied.
  16. Developed or reviewed management justifications for use of various tools to recruit individuals to various internal and external positions (i.e., recruitment bonus, relocation bonus, and other incentives).
  17. Conducted interviews and/or served as a Human Resources Representative on an interview panel.
  18. None of the above.


* 5.[1558] Choose the category(ies) for which you have developed targeted recruitment plans.
  1. Persons with Disabilities
  2. Veterans
  3. Entry/Junior level candidates
  4. Coop students/interns
  5. Underrepresented minority groups
  6. None of the above


* 6.[6806] Select the statement(s) that describe your classification experience.
  1. I do not have any classification experience.
  2. I have received formal training or have education in classification.
  3. I have drafted employee and supervisor pre-interview/pre-audit questions.
  4. I have participated in meetings, and conferences on classification and position management issues.
  5. I have classified jobs and prepared necessary documentation.
  6. I have addressed complex or controversial classification issues that may affect grade level structures, reorganization, and or changes in location or functions of a large number of positions with management officials and employees.
  7. I have consulted with supervisors to correct discrepancies in position descriptions and organizational relationships.
  8. I have developed organizational charts and reorganization/realignment packages for appropriate office/division/branch.
  9. I have informed managers and employees of classification decisions on FLSA status, title, series, and/or grade for various positions.
  10. I have conducted position classification and position management reviews within an assigned area to evaluate classification accuracy and consistency.
  11. I have provided organizational and position information to classification appeal adjudicators and served as an agency liaison on appeals of position.
  12. I have written evaluation statement(s) explaining the basis for classification decisions by comparing positions characteristics with applicable classification criteria.
  13. I have evaluated drafts of OPM Classification standards and provided feedback to the appropriate officials.
  14. 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.[6319] Select the pay and compensation option(s) for which you have prepared justifications and obtained approval.
  1. Recruitment Bonuses
  2. Relocation Packages
  3. Retention Bonuses/Allowances
  4. Superior Qualifications/Advanced Step
  5. Enhanced Annual Leave Accrual Rate
  6. None of the above


* 9.[37894] Do you have experience consulting managers in the area of Federal labor relations issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[951] Choose the statement(s) that describe your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have facilitated controversial/complex HR situations.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  3. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  4. I have developed and enhanced alliances with internal and external groups and individuals.
  5. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  6. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources professionals to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult human resources issues.
  7. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  8. I have communicated with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[952] Please select the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job in a human resources (HR) environment.
  1. I have written material for briefings, meetings, or conferences on HR issues.
  2. I have written products to explain complex, controversial HR agency policies or programs.
  3. I have written agency-wide HR policy and procedural materials for dissemination to headquarters, field or bureau level components.
  4. I have issued position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations of HR issues.
  5. I have written human resource program policies, reports, agency-wide guidelines on Senior Executive Service (SES) issues, and/or drafted proposed legislation on SES issues.
  6. I have reviewed written HR material, and suggested improvements, for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  7. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.[340] 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 equivalent to the GS-09 level. This experience is well described in my application.
  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.
  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
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[5835] Do you have at least one year of experience providing staffing AND classification management advisory services within an assigned area that contains a variety of different types of positions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[10063] Do you have experience in communicating in writing and presenting information to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants with technically sound advice on a wide range of staffing and recruitment issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[10632] Select response(s) that demonstrate(s) the type(s) of human resource management duties that you have performed in the area of recruitment and staffing.
  1. Developed job analyses, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA), and rating guides.
  2. Performed basic qualifications analysis.
  3. Conducted rating and ranking panels to determine the best qualified candidates.
  4. Provided advice and guidance to applicants.
  5. Written vacancy announcements.
  6. Developed questions for use in recruitment efforts through an automated staffing system.
  7. Consulted with managers regarding succession planning and position management.
  8. Set employee pay on new hires and promotions.
  9. Written or revised local policies and operating procedures.
  10. Participated in recruiting at a job fair/career fair or on campus recruitment.
  11. Developed questions for a structured interview.
  12. Developed advertisements for web recruiting, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  13. Developed a comprehensive recruitment strategy for an occupational group or key positions.
  14. Used automated systems to enter personnel actions.
  15. Processed vacancy announcements in which Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), and other priority candidates applied.
  16. Developed or reviewed management justifications for use of various tools to recruit individuals to various internal and external positions (i.e., recruitment bonus, relocation bonus, and other incentives).
  17. Conducted interviews and/or served as a Human Resources Representative on an interview panel.
  18. None of the above.


* 5.[1558] Choose the category(ies) for which you have developed targeted recruitment plans.
  1. Persons with Disabilities
  2. Veterans
  3. Entry/Junior level candidates
  4. Coop students/interns
  5. Underrepresented minority groups
  6. None of the above


* 6.[6806] Select the statement(s) that describe your classification experience.
  1. I do not have any classification experience.
  2. I have received formal training or have education in classification.
  3. I have drafted employee and supervisor pre-interview/pre-audit questions.
  4. I have participated in meetings, and conferences on classification and position management issues.
  5. I have classified jobs and prepared necessary documentation.
  6. I have addressed complex or controversial classification issues that may affect grade level structures, reorganization, and or changes in location or functions of a large number of positions with management officials and employees.
  7. I have consulted with supervisors to correct discrepancies in position descriptions and organizational relationships.
  8. I have developed organizational charts and reorganization/realignment packages for appropriate office/division/branch.
  9. I have informed managers and employees of classification decisions on FLSA status, title, series, and/or grade for various positions.
  10. I have conducted position classification and position management reviews within an assigned area to evaluate classification accuracy and consistency.
  11. I have provided organizational and position information to classification appeal adjudicators and served as an agency liaison on appeals of position.
  12. I have written evaluation statement(s) explaining the basis for classification decisions by comparing positions characteristics with applicable classification criteria.
  13. I have evaluated drafts of OPM Classification standards and provided feedback to the appropriate officials.
  14. 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.[6319] Select the pay and compensation option(s) for which you have prepared justifications and obtained approval.
  1. Recruitment Bonuses
  2. Relocation Packages
  3. Retention Bonuses/Allowances
  4. Superior Qualifications/Advanced Step
  5. Enhanced Annual Leave Accrual Rate
  6. None of the above


* 9.[37894] Do you have experience consulting managers in the area of Federal labor relations issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[951] Choose the statement(s) that describe your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have facilitated controversial/complex HR situations.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  3. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  4. I have developed and enhanced alliances with internal and external groups and individuals.
  5. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  6. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources professionals to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult human resources issues.
  7. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  8. I have communicated with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[952] Please select the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job in a human resources (HR) environment.
  1. I have written material for briefings, meetings, or conferences on HR issues.
  2. I have written products to explain complex, controversial HR agency policies or programs.
  3. I have written agency-wide HR policy and procedural materials for dissemination to headquarters, field or bureau level components.
  4. I have issued position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations of HR issues.
  5. I have written human resource program policies, reports, agency-wide guidelines on Senior Executive Service (SES) issues, and/or drafted proposed legislation on SES issues.
  6. I have reviewed written HR material, and suggested improvements, for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  7. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: 12
* 1.[341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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.[9924] Do you have at least one year of experience providing HR (Human Resources) consultative and authoritative technical services in a HR function (i.e., staffing and recruitment; training and development; classification; labor and/or employee relations; employee benefits; HR systems; performance management; human capital initiatives; etc.)
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[10063] Do you have experience in communicating in writing and presenting information to managers, supervisors, employees, and applicants with technically sound advice on a wide range of staffing and recruitment issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[10632] Select response(s) that demonstrate(s) the type(s) of human resource management duties that you have performed in the area of recruitment and staffing.
  1. Developed job analyses, knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA), and rating guides.
  2. Performed basic qualifications analysis.
  3. Conducted rating and ranking panels to determine the best qualified candidates.
  4. Provided advice and guidance to applicants.
  5. Written vacancy announcements.
  6. Developed questions for use in recruitment efforts through an automated staffing system.
  7. Consulted with managers regarding succession planning and position management.
  8. Set employee pay on new hires and promotions.
  9. Written or revised local policies and operating procedures.
  10. Participated in recruiting at a job fair/career fair or on campus recruitment.
  11. Developed questions for a structured interview.
  12. Developed advertisements for web recruiting, journals, magazines and newspapers.
  13. Developed a comprehensive recruitment strategy for an occupational group or key positions.
  14. Used automated systems to enter personnel actions.
  15. Processed vacancy announcements in which Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), Inter-agency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), and other priority candidates applied.
  16. Developed or reviewed management justifications for use of various tools to recruit individuals to various internal and external positions (i.e., recruitment bonus, relocation bonus, and other incentives).
  17. Conducted interviews and/or served as a Human Resources Representative on an interview panel.
  18. None of the above.


* 5.[1558] Choose the category(ies) for which you have developed targeted recruitment plans.
  1. Persons with Disabilities
  2. Veterans
  3. Entry/Junior level candidates
  4. Coop students/interns
  5. Underrepresented minority groups
  6. None of the above


* 6.[6806] Select the statement(s) that describe your classification experience.
  1. I do not have any classification experience.
  2. I have received formal training or have education in classification.
  3. I have drafted employee and supervisor pre-interview/pre-audit questions.
  4. I have participated in meetings, and conferences on classification and position management issues.
  5. I have classified jobs and prepared necessary documentation.
  6. I have addressed complex or controversial classification issues that may affect grade level structures, reorganization, and or changes in location or functions of a large number of positions with management officials and employees.
  7. I have consulted with supervisors to correct discrepancies in position descriptions and organizational relationships.
  8. I have developed organizational charts and reorganization/realignment packages for appropriate office/division/branch.
  9. I have informed managers and employees of classification decisions on FLSA status, title, series, and/or grade for various positions.
  10. I have conducted position classification and position management reviews within an assigned area to evaluate classification accuracy and consistency.
  11. I have provided organizational and position information to classification appeal adjudicators and served as an agency liaison on appeals of position.
  12. I have written evaluation statement(s) explaining the basis for classification decisions by comparing positions characteristics with applicable classification criteria.
  13. I have evaluated drafts of OPM Classification standards and provided feedback to the appropriate officials.
  14. 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.[6319] Select the pay and compensation option(s) for which you have prepared justifications and obtained approval.
  1. Recruitment Bonuses
  2. Relocation Packages
  3. Retention Bonuses/Allowances
  4. Superior Qualifications/Advanced Step
  5. Enhanced Annual Leave Accrual Rate
  6. None of the above


* 9.[37894] Do you have experience consulting managers in the area of Federal labor relations issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[951] Choose the statement(s) that describe your interpersonal communication skills experience that you have performed as a regular part of a human resources (HR) job.
  1. I have facilitated controversial/complex HR situations.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups on HR program or issues.
  3. I have facilitated the resolution of controversial/complex HR problems.
  4. I have developed and enhanced alliances with internal and external groups and individuals.
  5. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to individuals and groups within and outside the office.
  6. I have communicated with managers and other Human Resources professionals to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult human resources issues.
  7. I have ensured that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  8. I have communicated with senior executives, managers, and individuals from the Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of complex and sensitive HR policies and issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[952] Please select the type(s) of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job in a human resources (HR) environment.
  1. I have written material for briefings, meetings, or conferences on HR issues.
  2. I have written products to explain complex, controversial HR agency policies or programs.
  3. I have written agency-wide HR policy and procedural materials for dissemination to headquarters, field or bureau level components.
  4. I have issued position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations of HR issues.
  5. I have written human resource program policies, reports, agency-wide guidelines on Senior Executive Service (SES) issues, and/or drafted proposed legislation on SES issues.
  6. I have reviewed written HR material, and suggested improvements, for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  7. My written products have been recognized as high-quality, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  8. 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.