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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.[23209] Do you have one year of experience, equal or equivalent to, initiating and/or leading the development and implementation of enterprise wide strategies; applying policy and planning concepts; developing project plans; and managing the acquisition process sufficient for the effective management of organization wide IT program resources and customer support services?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[4170] Do you have at least one year of experience coordinating, planning, AND delivery of enterprise IT (Information Technology) infrastructures and IT architectures including enterprise configuration and change management?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[4467] Are you Project Management Professional (PMP) certified?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[4076] Select the answer that best describes your experience with managing Enterprise IT Infrastructure program and/or operations.
  1. I have managed an Enterprise IT Infrastructure program that included all functional areas (i.e., Desktop Support, Server Operations, Continuity of Operations Planning, Enterprise Systems & Asset, IT Standards & Commodity, and Directory/Messaging Services).
  2. I have managed an Enterprise IT Infrastructure program that included multiple functional areas.
  3. I have managed an Enterprise IT Infrastructure program that included a single functional area.
  4. I have not managed an Enterprise IT Infrastructure program.


* 6.[2447] Select the response(s) that describe your experience developing recommendations for innovative approaches to meeting emerging customer needs in Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation (C&A) Program management.
  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 Cost Benefit Analyses for significant technical recommendations that led to mid to large-scale projects.
  6. I have been involved in the entire lifecycle for documenting, planning, designing, and implementing an IT infrastructure.
  7. I have experience documenting processes in a managed IT service environment.
  8. None of the above


* 7.[2938] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with information systems.
  1. I have planned the requirements for information systems.
  2. I have designed and developed information systems.
  3. I have tested information systems.
  4. I have implemented information systems.
  5. I have maintained information systems.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[3165] Select the statement that best describes your experience with conducting technical studies related to network performance evaluations? (Indicated level must be documented in resume)
  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 this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or I am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.[4867] Select all the database and development software application in which you are proficient (proficient means you understand and utilize a major part of the software`s functionality/capabilities).
  1. Oracle
  2. Access
  3. SQL Server
  4. Oracle Forms
  5. Java
  6. .Net
  7. Cold Fusion
  8. SAS
  9. None of the above


* 10.[3545] Select the statement that best describes your experience in performing system testing and/or acceptance testing as part of a system development effort.
  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.


* 11.[4868] Select the statement that best describes your technical knowledge and demonstrated work experience conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues.
  1. I have education and training in network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have basic knowledge of Information Security, and have worked as part of a team conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee
  3. I have working knowledge of Information Security, and have worked as part of a team conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues
  4. I have advanced knowledge of Information Security, and have demonstrated work experience conducting network vulnerability and risk assessments, identifying vulnerabilities, and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems and network security issues, without direct supervision.
  5. I have advanced knowledge of Information Security, and have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting information systems security assessments, identifying system vulnerabilities and proposing and implementing effective solutions to resolve IT systems security issues. I am considered an expert in the resolution of complex IT security issues, and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex security system and network issues.
  6. None of the above


* 12.[1837] Please indicate the deliverable(s) you have completed and documented.
  1. System security plans
  2. Risk assessments
  3. Contingency plans
  4. Disaster recovery plans
  5. Remediation plans
  6. None of the above


* 13.[4240] What is the level of experience you possess in information system security? (Indicated level must be documented in resume)
  1. I have no education, experience or training in information system security.
  2. I have had education and/or training in information system security, but have not applied it to a job.
  3. I have experience in information system security, under the guidance of a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have independently worked in information system security on a regular and recurring basis.
  5. I independently and regularly work in information system security as a major part of my job and I am a Certified Information System Security Professional.


* 14.[4561] Select the information technology-related duties in which you are proficient in accomplishing day-to-day office functions (proficient means you understand and perform a major part of the duty).
  1. Experience serving as back-up support for the Local Area Network (LAN)
  2. Experience assisting with loading and updating software applications
  3. Experience responding to the needs and questions of the users
  4. Experience assisting with the development of and recommendations for system configuration and technical specifications for acquisition of new equipment
  5. Experience assisting with the installation and testing of new hardware and software on the LAN
  6. Experience assisting with training personnel on the use of commercial software applications
  7. I do have some limited experience with some of the duties listed above, but not enough to consider myself proficient.
  8. I do not have any experience with any of the choices listed above.


* 15.[1912] Choose the statement(s) that describe your experience communicating information technology (IT) information.
  1. I have participated in IT focused meetings.
  2. I have presented IT technical training courses.
  3. I have given IT technical presentations to groups of 10 people or more.
  4. I have given IT-related presentations at technical conferences/symposiums.
  5. I have given IT technical presentations to groups of 10 or more, including senior officials, managers, and executives.
  6. I have written IT technical documents.
  7. I have written letters/memoranda concerning IT information for senior management.
  8. I have written IT-related papers for technical conference/symposia.
  9. I have written policies or guidelines for an IT department or office.
  10. None of the above.


* 16.[1755] Select the statement that best describes your experience as it relates to an ability to promote and maintain good working relationships with key individuals or groups in order to accomplish goals and objectives.
  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.


* 17.[17375] Select the statements that describe your experience providing assistance to complete a final work product.
  1. I have prioritized own work based on deadlines provided by management and/or instructors.
  2. I have provided input for or developed milestones for individual or team project(s).
  3. I have monitored project timelines to ensure milestones are met for project(s).
  4. I have utilized project management software to plan and evaluate project(s).
  5. I have not been involved in prioritizing work or preparing project timelines.


* 18.[7749] Do you have experience providing customer service to a large, diverse client base?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.[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.


* 20.[23528] Select the statement that describes your ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  1. I have balanced competing tasks in a work setting that stayed fairly constant.
  2. I have balanced numerous tasks involving varied development where defined deadlines were competing and varied. Situations were discussed with supervisor.
  3. I have frequently, independently balanced multiple tasks, which involved varied development times with different levels of effort and coordination with minimal supervision.
  4. I have freedom to balance regular and recurring responsibilities on multiple tasks with tight deadlines. Only controversial situations were discussed with program manager or supervisor.
  5. None of the above.


* 21.[845] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with inter- and intra-office communication.
  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. None of the above


* 22.[3861] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience communicating information to senior officials.
  1. I have compiled comprehensive materials for use in reports, briefings, and meetings for senior officials.
  2. I have assisted in the preparation of briefing materials and supporting documentation for use by senior officials at meetings.
  3. On my own initiative, I have followed up with staff in order to gain the information necessary for meetings.
  4. I have attended conferences/meetings and was responsible for summarizing discussions and following up and distributing synopsis.
  5. I have received training for this task either on the job or through formal classes.
  6. None of the above


* 23.[7969] 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 using a variety of written communication modalities, particularly within automated and networked media, to gain widespread understanding and commitment for change and action within the organization. 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 complex logistical or technical issues that required explanation of laws, regulations, practices and precedents. I have experience providing expert program advice to representatives from other organizations or interest groups, on complex and controversial or sensitive legal or technical issues that required explanation of laws, regulations, practices, and precedents.
  3. I have extensive experience drafting, editing, revising, and/or reviewing complex logistic materials and reports that have agency-wide impact. I have experience meeting with internal and external stakeholders and/or influential parties to explain or defend and gain acceptance of, or commitment to, my organization's policies and practices.
  4. My experience is not reflected in any of the above responses.


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.