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Grade: 12
* 1.GS-12 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques using both quantitative and qualitative analysis; compiling and analyzing program statistics; and preparing evaluations of program activities.
  2. I do not possess the experience described above.


* 2.Please indicate which of the following types of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job: (Check all that apply)
  1. Write, clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively for varied audiences.
  2. Develop written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  3. Draft policy and procedural materials for dissemination to field or operating level components.
  4. Issue/Position papers or summary reports on organizational data, which included analysis and recommendations.
  5. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  6. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  7. Responses to Agency Lead or Departmental inquiries.
  8. None of the above.


* 3.I have experience performing the following project management steps.
  1. I have not performed project management.
  2. I have defined projects.
  3. I have conducted project planning.
  4. I have defined a project work breakdown structure.
  5. I have analyzed risk and developed a mitigation strategy.
  6. I have identified resource requirements and developed cost estimates.
  7. I have developed and managed budgets.
  8. I have developed a communication plan.
  9. I have performed time and status management and reporting.
  10. I have closed a project.
  11. I have conducted a post-implementation review (lessons learned).
  12. None of the above.


* 4.Evaluate project effectiveness using analytical methods to report findings to management.
  1. I have generated trends that demonstrate project effectiveness over a set period of time.
  2. I have compiled outcomes or measures that demonstrated project effectiveness, such as those related to the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
  3. I have measured a project's progress toward meeting goals by monitoring metrics or milestones (such as during independent research).
  4. I have been responsible for quality assurance, quality control, or process compliance related to project operations.
  5. I have generated projections of future project performance.
  6. I have used activity based costing to evaluate the financial performance or effectiveness of project operations.
  7. I have gathered and evaluated customer service satisfaction information to understand project effectiveness.
  8. I have conducted benchmarking of other Government agencies or private industry to gauge the relative effectiveness of project operations.
  9. I have evaluated cost containment or cost reduction measures to evaluate project effectiveness.
  10. I have used other analytical methods to evaluate project effectiveness.
  11. I have used analytical methods such as determining trends and projections, measuring progress, or evaluating financial performance, but not for the purpose of evaluating project effectiveness.
  12. I have not evaluated project effectiveness using analytical methods.


* 5.Evaluate administrative processes using analytical techniques to recommend solutions.
  1. I have conducted studies or reviews of administrative processes.
  2. I have conducted studies or reviews of administrative processes and recommended solutions.
  3. I have conducted literature searches to find and recommend solutions for an administrative process.
  4. I have developed and implemented standard operating procedures that improved a process.
  5. I have determined the impact of a process change and advised management officials of the options and alternatives to dealing with the process change.
  6. I designed a process change and presented it to management officials.
  7. I have calculated the operational risks of a new process and presented it to management officials.
  8. I have evaluated administrative processes using analytical techniques but have not yet used that analysis to make any recommendations.
  9. I have analyzed administrative processes using analytical techniques not listed here and recommended new solutions.
  10. I have not analyzed processes using analytical techniques.


* 6.Choose all examples that match your communication skills.
  1. Influence or motivate individuals or groups to consensus when there is wide disagreement on a proposed action.
  2. Respond in either writing or orally to impromptu questions from managers, superiors, program staff, or others regarding budget policy, law, or regulation (agency or federal level).
  3. Effectively communicate information on basic research in science and technology to a lay audience.
  4. Interview staff to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  5. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.In reference to your experience working with teams, have you:
  1. Participated as a member of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  2. Participated as a member of a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  3. Facilitated a team made up of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  4. Facilitated a cross-functional team with persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization.
  5. Led a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  6. Formally evaluated the progress of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  7. I have not functioned in any of the roles mentioned.


* 8.Which response best reflects your highest level of experience using the results of your statistical analyses of data for research projects or for use as informatics within a particular field of study?
  1. I have used the statistical analyses of data to complete coursework assignments for college.
  2. I have used statistical analyses of data to conduct research projects or for use as informatics within a particular field of study.
  3. I have used statistical analyses of data to present research findings or informatics to peers within my college or organization.
  4. I have used statistical analyses of data for research projects to present research findings or informatics to an audience of technical experts.
  5. I have used results of statistical analyses to present research project findings or informatics to the general public.
  6. I have analyzed data using statistical methods, but I have not used the results of those analyses for another purpose.
  7. I have not analyzed data using statistical methods.


* 9.Manage information using automated systems and computer software to build project support and evaluate project activities.
  1. I have created databases that support program activities or are used to evaluate project activities.
  2. I wrote queries within databases (such as Access) or generated formulas within spreadsheets (such as Excel) to reveal trends and patterns in technical or scientific data that supported a project.
  3. I used statistical techniques such as regression analysis, descriptive statistics, Chi Square, Pearson correlation, and/or log linear analysis to analyze technical or scientific data that supported a project.
  4. I have generated numerous reports from databases used to support project activities.
  5. I have used statistical software such as SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) or SAS (Statistical Analytical Software) to evaluate project activities.
  6. I used word processing software to prepare documents that build project support or evaluate project activities.
  7. I have produced charts or graphs that were used to build project support or evaluate project activities.
  8. I have assembled data from internal management information systems and supplemented it with other data to build project support or evaluate project activities.
  9. I have used automated systems or computer software to support other kinds of projects or administrative activities.
  10. I have analyzed qualitative or quantitative data using mathematical techniques such as means, modes, or standard deviations to find trends and patterns in technical data.
  11. I have not used automated systems or computer software to build project support and evaluate project activities.


* 10.Which of the following best reflects your work experience developing program metrics, performance measures, and other objective measures of program progress?
  1. I have no experience performing this task.
  2. I have limited experience with the use of program metrics, performance measures, and other objective measures of program progress.
  3. I am proficient in the use of private sector program metrics, performance measures, and other objective measures of program progress.
  4. I am proficient in the use of Federal agency program metrics, performance measures, and other objective measures of program progress.
  5. I have significant experience developing agency performance metrics under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).


* 11.Select the statement that represents the highest level of statistical analysis that you have training in or have performed on the job.
  1. I have used descriptive statistics, including means, medians, and modes, and understand the difference between continuous and categorical variables.
  2. I have used measures of dispersion, including standard deviation and variance.
  3. I have used probability theory, including joint probability, conditional probability, Bayes' theorem, probability of mutually exclusive events, and understand measures of risk and uncertainty.
  4. I have used simple bivariate analysis, including chi-squared tests and t-tests.
  5. I have used advanced bivariate analysis, including basic statistical modeling methods such as simple regression analysis and ANOVA.
  6. I can perform multiple regression analysis, including using dummy variables.
  7. I have advanced training in econometrics, including logit, and probit models.
  8. None of the above.






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