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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-09: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Information Technology Specialist, GS-09, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level that demonstrated knowledge of computer requirements/techniques in carrying out project assignments consisting of several related tasks. These assignments included completion of the following, or equivalent: analysis of the interrelationships of pertinent components of the system; planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment; and personal responsibility for at least a segment of the overall project.
  2. I have a MASTER'S OR EQUIVALENT GRADUATE DEGREE in computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.
  3. I have 2 FULL YEARS OF PROGRESSIVELY HIGHER LEVEL GRADUATE EDUCATION in computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.
  4. I have a combination of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-07 level in or related to information technology management and GRADUATE LEVEL EDUCATION in computer science, information science, information systems management, mathematics, statistics, operations research, or engineering, or course work that required the development or adaptation of computer programs and systems and provided knowledge equivalent to a major in the computer field.
  5. I do not meet any of the above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Communicate with a variety of individuals and managers, which may involve explanation of web design, procedures, regulations, and website update processes.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 2.Communicate with other organizations in order to understand their analytical research needs and to keep them informed of accomplishments and applications.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 3.Prepare correspondence with persuasive arguments for obtaining support of a position.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Prepare reports and statements which include options and recommendations for management.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Identify and define business or technical requirements applied to the design, development, implementation, management, and support of database systems and networks.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Train users in standard and custom queries and reports.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Please select the response that best describes your experience in providing automated data systems advice to users for creating and interpreting reports.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Provide technical and/or programming advice to all clients as well as external groups in order to solve problems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.I am proficient in providing Customer training for:
  1. Desktop related problems
  2. application related problems
  3. email related problems
  4. WAN related problems
  5. internet related problems
  6. application related problems
  7. none of the above


* 10.I've managed data storage/retrieval for the following groups:
  1. Federal Government
  2. State/Local Government
  3. Tribal Governments
  4. Watershed Organizations
  5. Colleges and Universities
  6. Other Groups
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Please select the responses that best describe your experience.
  1. Draw flow charts and write operating procedures
  2. Develop data documentation
  3. Create test data
  4. Code and test routines developed by higher-level specialists
  5. Develop logical scheme and codes
  6. Adapt previously developed routines to specific project
  7. Maintain and modify existing programs to assure adherence to specifications or convention changes
  8. Code programs or subroutines from overall systems logic developed by other computer specialists
  9. I do not meet any of the choices above


* 12.Have you or do you troubleshoot computer-related problems due to compatibility, accessibility, and operator error in a variety of hardware and software platforms?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.Please select the response that best describes your experience coding, testing, debugging, and documenting programs.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal 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 under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.I have or I do connect peripherals such as printers, plotters, digitizers, scanners, and external storage devices and establish their connectivity to networks.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Where did you learn about this EPA Position?
  1. Job Fair/Career Conference
  2. Referral from a Professional Organization
  3. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  4. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  5. Referral from a current EPA employee
  6. Referral from a friend or family member
  7. EPA Internet Site
  8. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) USA Jobs Internet Site
  9. Referral from a State or Local government
  10. Referral from another Federal Agency/Employee
  11. Twitter
  12. Facebook
  13. USA Jobs iPhone/iPad Application
  14. Other (w/Branch)

        BRANCHED: * 1.If you answered Other please tell us how you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 16.Please look at the qualification requirements (both experience and/or education) that are stated in this vacancy announcement. Does your resume clearly contain this information in order to determine you are qualified for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 17.For each position listed on your resume, did you include the position title, company, salary, weekly hours worked, and your actual beginning and ending dates of employment?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 18.Have you reviewed the vacancy announcement "How to Apply" and required documents section to determine what supplemental material that you must provide?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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