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Grade: All Grades
* 1.Please select the response that best describes your experience as it relates to this position.
  1. I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS 11 as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not have the experience described above.


Please read the definitions for Performance Improvement Plan and Letter of Requirement before addressing the question below. A Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) is a 90-day written developmental plan for an employee whose performance on one or more critical elements is rated "Unacceptable". A Letter of Requirement (LOR) is issued when a supervisor identifies leave abuse and/or when frequent absences negatively impact operations of an office.

* 2.Are you a current civilian federal employee, on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) or a Letter of Requirement (LOR)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Please select the response that best describes your experience interacting/conducting business with various levels of internal and external customers.
  1. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers and immediate supervisor only.
  2. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers, immediate supervisor, and some external customers.
  3. I have built rapport while interacting with my peers, immediate supervisor, associates, various levels of external customers, and high ranking officials (both internal and external).
  4. I do not have experience in this area.


* 4.Do you posses a valid Driver's License and can you operate a motor vehicle?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.Please select the responses that describe your experience developing effective internal and external working relationships.
  1. Demonstrated ability to build constructive relationships with customers, peers, supervisors, managers, and subordinates.
  2. Took calculated risks to improve performance, develop innovations, or achieve challenging goals.
  3. Acted decisively and appropriately during crises.
  4. Took action to evaluate and improve practices and avoid future problems.
  5. None of the above


* 6.Please select the response that best describes your experience establishing and maintaining effective liaison with individuals from different backgrounds and at various levels who are located both inside and outside of your organization/agency.
  1. I have communicated with various individuals located within my organization who are on the same organizational level as myself. I have experience conveying basic information to others as needed.
  2. I have communicated with individuals at the same level as myself who are from different backgrounds and located both within and outside my organization. I have provided and/or exchanged information with others.
  3. With direction from others, I have established and maintained effective and productive liaison with individuals from different backgrounds and at various levels who are located both within and outside my organization. It has been incumbent upon me to initiate this dialogue, identifying and contacting these individuals. I have sought responses to or tactfully explained issues.
  4. I have independently established and maintained effective and productive liaison with individuals from different backgrounds and at various levels who are located both within and outside my organization. It has been incumbent upon me to initiate this dialogue, independently identifying and contacting these individuals. I have sought responses to or tactfully explained complex or contentious issues.
  5. None of the above


* 7.Please select the response that best describes your highest level of involvement in a complex interdisciplinary research project involving multiple senior investigators.
  1. I have not been involved in a project involving multiple principle investigators.
  2. I have been part of such a project and for my portion of the project I contributed to the proposal, conduct of research, and production of a final report.
  3. I have worked with others in the overall coordination of the proposal, conduct of research, and production of the final report for a multidisciplinary project.
  4. I have been the overall project manager with responsibilities such as budgeting, preparing SOWs and proposals, coordination and review of research activities, compiling the work product of other investigators into a final report, and coordinating the publication of results.


* 8.Please select the responses that identify basic research tools you have used to obtain information.
  1. Internet
  2. Printed Material (Newspapers, Magazines, Textbooks, etc.)
  3. Personal Interviews
  4. Databases
  5. None of the above


* 9.Have you initiated new and/or enhanced existing projects based on new policies, system enhancements, or external requests?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.Please select the responses that demonstrate your presentation/communication skills.
  1. Briefing Peers/Coworkers
  2. Briefing Superiors/Supervisors
  3. Communicating with hostile persons
  4. Instructing or Teaching Others
  5. Persuading or Recommending Action to Peers and Supervisors
  6. Participating in Team Exercises
  7. Public Speaking
  8. Communicating with persons in emergency situations
  9. None of the above


* 11.Please select the response that best describes your experience in public speaking.
  1. I have delivered speeches/briefings to audiences outside my organization.
  2. I have delivered speeches/briefings at conferences/workshops to audiences inside and outside my organization.
  3. I have delivered speeches/briefings to decision/policy makers inside and outside my organization.
  4. None of the above


* 12.Please select the responses that describe your experience in planning and executing work.
  1. Identified actions to be taken for accomplishing assigned work, and broke the assigned actions into work components.
  2. Accomplished work planned by the supervisor, and met critical deadlines.
  3. Independently identified objectives based on program priorities, identified schedules, milestones, and resources required to accomplish the work.
  4. Experience, education, or training less than the levels described above.
  5. None of the above


* 13.Please select the response that best describes your ability to set priorities, organize and respond to work requests.
  1. I have had education or training that has required me to organize my work and set priorities in order to complete assignments on time, but I have not been required to apply this ability in my professional job assignments.
  2. In my past work assignments, I have assessed my own work products and monitored progress against assigned goals. I have scheduled task(s) so that needed information was gathered in the proper sequence. I have experience in adjusting my work to ensure that some deadlines are met.
  3. In my past work assignments, I have modified my own work goals to conform to new scheduling constraints/priorities. I have coordinated my own work with employees involved in other projects in the assigned work area. I have adjusted my work to ensure most deadlines are met.
  4. In my past work assignments, I have planned a short-term project and identified milestones and time frames to accomplish various task(s). I am proficient at planning for changes in priorities or project goals and modifying my work plan accordingly. I am proficient at adjusting work to insure all deadlines are met.
  5. None of the above


* 14.Please select the response that best describes your experience in organizing and planning.
  1. Recurring responsibility for planning, developing and implementing programs involving organizational scope and impact. This would include developing short and long term action plans with milestones, identifying and managing fiscal resources and managing work teams and advisory groups in the design of systems and programs.
  2. Recurring responsibility for establishing a series of annual, multi-year, or similar types of long-range work plans and schedules for the organizational component; working through subordinate unit supervisors and others; implementing goals and objectives for assigned programs; planning for short and long term staffing and resource needs.
  3. Recurring responsibility for planning work done by subordinates; setting/adjusting short term work priorities; assigning work based on priorities/staff capabilities; setting standards/evaluating work performance of subordinates; interviewing candidates for positions; hearing/resolving complaints from employees; effecting minor disciplinary measures; identifying staff development/training needs & related organizational policies to staff; & developing improved work production/quality products.
  4. Recurring responsibility for planning and assigning work to be accomplished; setting and adjusting short term priorities, providing technical review of work, coaching and counseling employees, providing input for performance evaluations and recognition of employees, documenting conduct and disciplinary issues, and managing productivity and quality of work.
  5. None of the above apply.


* 15.From the following list, select the activities you have performed while planning a conference/seminar.
  1. Identify and Recruit Speakers
  2. Develop an Agenda
  3. Establish Eligibility Requirements for Participants
  4. Coordinate Logistics
  5. Coordinate Networking Activities
  6. Maintain Conference/Seminar Records
  7. Prepare Final Report
  8. Develop an Evaluation Questionnaire
  9. None of the above


* 16.Please select the response that best describes your ability to communicate effectively in writing.
  1. Under the guidance and/or assistance of others, I have produced written communications within a work area requiring some original composition of a routine nature. Written material consisted mostly of communicating basic ideas, procedures or regulations.
  2. Working independently, I have produced written communications within a work area requiring original composition of a routine nature. Written material consists of small or routine reports, responses to inquiries, as well as communicating basic ideas, procedures or regulations.
  3. I have demonstrated experience in writing communications, reports or documents that provide instructions, request information and /or set out factual data. Material was prepared without benefit of a standardized format and was normally disseminated outside the work area assigned.
  4. I have experience in copying information from one document to another, preparing correspondence from model letters and paragraphs, and format letters or other documents.
  5. None of the above


* 17.Please select the response that best describes your writing experience and skill level in conveying regulatory or complex information to a variety of audiences.
  1. I have experience in developing and writing policies or associated interpretive material and developing decision or option papers at the organizational level. I have demonstrated a complete knowledge of available resources and research methods to develop authoritative information on the programs, policies, and functions of the organization. Examples: Complex contracts, agency directives, narrative analyses of proposed rules/regulations/policies/practices, and/or decision papers.
  2. Experience in analyzing, developing and presenting information to maximize understanding and minimize controversy for a variety of audiences who use the information in different ways. Examples: Procedural clarifications, instructions, marketing program materials, information or advisory guidance.
  3. Experience in collecting, analyzing, and preparing written products for which there are prototypes or previously established methods and formats. Examples: Basic contracts, reports, case summaries, employee notices.
  4. None of above of apply.






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