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Grade: 11
* 1.GS-11: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Information Technology Specialist, GS-11, select the option that best describes your education and/or experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-09 level that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques and provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I have a PH.D. OR EQUIVALENT DOCTORAL 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 3 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-09 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.


2.Conduct briefings for government employees and officials, industry officials, and the public where technical or scientific concepts are presented in ways understandable to people from non- technical backgrounds.
  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.Please select the programming languages that you have used in the development of IT applications.
  1. PowerBuilder
  2. PL/SQL and TSQL
  3. C/C++
  4. Java
  5. Visual Basic
  6. C#
  7. Delphi
  8. AJAX
  9. XML
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.


4.Implement a physical database design using a target database management system (DBMS).
  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.Perform the full range of database administration functions, including updating and maintaining database software.
  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.Investigate new data modeling techniques and architectures to improve information management system design.
  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 documenting all programs and systems.
  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.Please select the hardware/operating system platforms you have experience with for Data Management and/or Application Development:
  1. IBM AIX
  2. IBM Linux
  3. Sun Solaris
  4. HP UX
  5. Microsoft Server
  6. None of the above


9.Please select the response that best describes your experience reviewing requirements of projects to determine objectives of the program, concepts, nature of the unprocessed data, and processes required in support of the computer effort in order to organize work processes and problems for computer solution.
  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.


10.Choose the response that best characterizes your experience in emerging technologies (E-Business, information portal development, data warehouse, data marts) encompassing planning, design, development, and configuration and implementation of internet-related systems using industry standards and procedures to maximize interoperability.
  1. I have no education or experience performing these tasks
  2. I have education or training in performing these tasks
  3. I have performed these tasks, under close supervision and monitoring by senior employee or supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  4. I have performed these tasks independently and without supervision
  5. I have led these tasks


11.Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, coordinate and execute complex projects/activities where numerous organizations are involved and multiple tasks are required to achieve the desired IT solution.
  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.


12.Experience developing and implementing Oracle database applications.
  1. I currently have Certification for Oracle DBA 9i or above
  2. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle Designer 6i or above
  3. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle Developer 6i or above
  4. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle Discoverer 6i or above
  5. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle PL/SQL
  6. None of the above


Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Information Technology Specialist, GS-12, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-11 level that demonstrated accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques and provided the specific knowledges, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of THIS POSITION.
  2. I do not meet the specialized experience requirement described above.


2.Conduct briefings for government employees and officials, industry officials, and the public where technical or scientific concepts are presented in ways understandable to people from non- technical backgrounds.
  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.Please select the programming languages that you have used in the development of IT applications.
  1. PowerBuilder
  2. PL/SQL and TSQL
  3. C/C++
  4. Java
  5. Visual Basic
  6. C#
  7. Delphi
  8. AJAX
  9. XML
  10. I do not meet any of the choices above.


4.Implement a physical database design using a target database management system (DBMS).
  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.Perform the full range of database administration functions, including updating and maintaining database software.
  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.Investigate new data modeling techniques and architectures to improve information management system design.
  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 documenting all programs and systems.
  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.Please select the hardware/operating system platforms you have experience with for Data Management and/or Application Development:
  1. IBM AIX
  2. IBM Linux
  3. Sun Solaris
  4. HP UX
  5. Microsoft Server
  6. None of the above


9.Choose the response that best characterizes your experience in emerging technologies (E-Business, information portal development, data warehouse, data marts) encompassing planning, design, development, and configuration and implementation of internet-related systems using industry standards and procedures to maximize interoperability.
  1. I have no education or experience performing these tasks
  2. I have education or training in performing these tasks
  3. I have performed these tasks, under close supervision and monitoring by senior employee or supervisor to ensure compliance with proper procedures
  4. I have performed these tasks independently and without supervision
  5. I have led these tasks


10.Demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, coordinate and execute complex projects/activities where numerous organizations are involved and multiple tasks are required to achieve the desired IT solution.
  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.


* 11.Please select the response that best describes your experience reviewing requirements of projects to determine objectives of the program, concepts, nature of the unprocessed data, and processes required in support of the computer effort in order to organize work processes and problems for computer solution.
  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.


12.Write Change Control Processes, work closely with QA and Integration Teams to provide strong documentation, e.g., writing requirements analysis, alternatives analysis, system specifications.
  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.


13.Experience developing and implementing Oracle database applications.
  1. I currently have Certification for Oracle DBA 9i or above
  2. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle Designer 6i or above
  3. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle Developer 6i or above
  4. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle Discoverer 6i or above
  5. I have experience designing and developing applications using Oracle PL/SQL
  6. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
1.Are you aware that all applicants, including current EPA employees, must submit transcripts as part of your application package as outlined in the vacancy announcement? Failure to submit transcripts will be considered an incomplete application and it will be rated ineligible.
  1. Yes
  2. No


2.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)


* 3.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


* 4.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






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