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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Information Technology Specialist, GS-14, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-13 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.Have you lead or participated as a principal member of a team responsible for planning and successfully managing the migration from a legacy system to a new system where the stakeholders were geographically dispersed and represented different organizations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.Select the answer that best describes your experience in transitioning a newly developed IT product or system into Operations and Maintenance.
  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.Which answer best describes your experience in organizational change:
  1. I have not participated in any change effort.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in organizational change, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have participated in a change effort that was limited in scope (affecting a single unit, process or activity) that resulted in improved organizational performance.
  4. I have participated in a broad change effort (affecting many units, processes or activities) that resulted in improved organizational performance.
  5. I have participated in both a limited and a broad change effort that resulted in improved organizational performance.


5.Select the answer that best describes your experience in applying organizational change management principles and strategies:
  1. I have been exposed to organization change principals and strategies, but I have not been part of a team nor have I been directly responsible for carrying out those strategies.
  2. I have worked on a team responsible for applying organizational change principles and strategies.
  3. I have worked as principal member of a team (meaning that I participated in planning and applying) organization change principals and strategies.
  4. I have been responsible for analyzing stakeholder and organizational aspects of change and selecting appropriate strategies.
  5. I have been responsible for analyzing stakeholder and organizational aspects of change and selecting appropriate strategies and then managing the change effort to conclusion.


6.Work collaboratively with external customers and internal team members to accomplish duties and responsibilities.
  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.Describe your experience in tailoring IT service delivery processes to suit a new system.
  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.Are you Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation V2/V3 certified?
  1. Yes
  2. No


9.Select the answer that best describe your experience in transitioning a newly developed IT product or system into Operations and Maintenance.
  1. I have never transitioned a newly develop system into operations and maintenance.
  2. I have been a member of a transition team
  3. I played a significant role in the development and the transitioning of a new system.
  4. I have managed activities for the transitioning of a newly developed system.


10.Develops project plans or schedules based on an understanding of the overall program priorities and related efforts of the organization.
  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.Manages work on highly complex projects where numerous tasks are involved.
  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.Determine data access requirements and safeguards for both legal and corporate requirements.
  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.Evaluates contractor work scope, funding requests, performance schedules, milestones and/or deliverables for a program, project, or activity to ensure work is appropriate, well planned, and performed in a cost-effective manner.
  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.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.


15.Work with both internal and external stakeholders, reach consensus on a range of policy, technical, and/or financial issues to ensure appropriate planning and adequate funding for Information Technology.
  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.


16.What is your experience in monitoring the effectiveness and impact of communication tools utilized for contacts with both internal staff and external stakeholders?
  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.


17.Select the answer that best describe your experience working on a project team, where the members of the team included individuals from outside of your immediate organization.
  1. I have only worked on project teams a team member where all of the team members were located in the same immediate organization as I.
  2. I have worked on projects as a team member where the project team members represented different organizations within the same division.
  3. I have worked on projects as a team member where the project team members represented different divisions with the same business area or office within a company or agency.
  4. I have worked on projects as a team member where the project team members represented different agencies or companies.
  5. I have managed projects, as the project manager, where the project team members represented different agencies or companies


18.Select the answer that best describe your experience using the Scrum Agile software development methodology. (Select one)
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in the Scrum Agile software development.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in Scrum Agile software development, but have not yet been exposed to it on the job
  3. I have participated Scrum Agile software development on the job under close supervision by a supervisor / manager, or a senior employee to ensure compliance with correct processes and procedures.
  4. I have participated in Scrum Agile development as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have worked on Scrum Agile development teams as a Scrum Master and I have trained others or other have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


19.Select the answer that best describe your experience performing as a Product Owner on a sprint development team (Select one)
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in fulfilling the role of Product Owner.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in the Product Owner role.
  3. I have participated on software development teams that used the Scrum development methodology, but did not participate as a Product Owner.
  4. I have worked on at least three sprints as a Product Owner.
  5. I have worked on more than three sprints as a Product Owner and have trained others or others have consulted me as an expert in performing this task.


Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15: To meet the Qualifications Requirements for Information Technology Specialist, GS-15, select the option that best describes your experience background:
  1. I have 1 YEAR OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the GS-14 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.Have you lead or participated as a principal member of a team responsible for planning and successfully managing the migration from a legacy system to a new system where the stakeholders were geographically dispersed and represented different organizations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


3.Select the answer that best describes your experience in transitioning a newly developed IT product or system into Operations and Maintenance.
  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.Which answer best describes your experience in organizational change:
  1. I have not participated in any change effort.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in organizational change, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have participated in a change effort that was limited in scope (affecting a single unit, process or activity) that resulted in improved organizational performance.
  4. I have participated in a broad change effort (affecting many units, processes or activities) that resulted in improved organizational performance.
  5. I have participated in both a limited and a broad change effort that resulted in improved organizational performance.


5.Select the answer that best describes your experience in applying organizational change management principles and strategies:
  1. I have been exposed to organization change principals and strategies, but I have not been part of a team nor have I been directly responsible for carrying out those strategies.
  2. I have worked on a team responsible for applying organizational change principles and strategies.
  3. I have worked as principal member of a team (meaning that I participated in planning and applying) organization change principals and strategies.
  4. I have been responsible for analyzing stakeholder and organizational aspects of change and selecting appropriate strategies.
  5. I have been responsible for analyzing stakeholder and organizational aspects of change and selecting appropriate strategies and then managing the change effort to conclusion.


6.Work collaboratively with external customers and internal team members to accomplish duties and responsibilities.
  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.Describe your experience in tailoring IT service delivery processes to suit a new system.
  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.Are you Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) foundation V2/V3 certified?
  1. Yes
  2. No


9.Select the answer that best describe your experience in transitioning a newly developed IT product or system into Operations and Maintenance.
  1. I have never transitioned a newly develop system into operations and maintenance.
  2. I have been a member of a transition team
  3. I played a significant role in the development and the transitioning of a new system.
  4. I have managed activities for the transitioning of a newly developed system.


10.Develops project plans or schedules based on an understanding of the overall program priorities and related efforts of the organization.
  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.Manages work on highly complex projects where numerous tasks are involved.
  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.Determine data access requirements and safeguards for both legal and corporate requirements.
  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.Evaluates contractor work scope, funding requests, performance schedules, milestones and/or deliverables for a program, project, or activity to ensure work is appropriate, well planned, and performed in a cost-effective manner.
  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.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.


15.Work with both internal and external stakeholders, reach consensus on a range of policy, technical, and/or financial issues to ensure appropriate planning and adequate funding for Information Technology.
  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.


16.What is your experience in monitoring the effectiveness and impact of communication tools utilized for contacts with both internal staff and external stakeholders?
  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.


17.Select the answer that best describe your experience working on a project team, where the members of the team included individuals from outside of your immediate organization.
  1. I have only worked on project teams a team member where all of the team members were located in the same immediate organization as I.
  2. I have worked on projects as a team member where the project team members represented different organizations within the same division.
  3. I have worked on projects as a team member where the project team members represented different divisions with the same business area or office within a company or agency.
  4. I have worked on projects as a team member where the project team members represented different agencies or companies.
  5. I have managed projects, as the project manager, where the project team members represented different agencies or companies


18.Select the answer that best describe your experience using the Scrum Agile software development methodology. (Select one)
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in the Scrum Agile software development.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in Scrum Agile software development, but have not yet been exposed to it on the job
  3. I have participated Scrum Agile software development on the job under close supervision by a supervisor / manager, or a senior employee to ensure compliance with correct processes and procedures.
  4. I have participated in Scrum Agile development as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have worked on Scrum Agile development teams as a Scrum Master and I have trained others or other have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


19.Select the answer that best describe your experience performing as a Product Owner on a sprint development team (Select one)
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in fulfilling the role of Product Owner.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in the Product Owner role.
  3. I have participated on software development teams that used the Scrum development methodology, but did not participate as a Product Owner.
  4. I have worked on at least three sprints as a Product Owner.
  5. I have worked on more than three sprints as a Product Owner and have trained others or others have consulted me as an expert in performing this task.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.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.


* 2.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


* 3.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


* 4.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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