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Grade: 15
* 1.GS-15: Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 level in federal service. Examples of specialized experience include: overseeing the analysis, development, and preparation of material for senior officials on legislative developments impacting the scientific community; providing management and oversight of Congressional reporting activities on federal scientific research topics; forging partnerships at the National level with the science and engineering research communities; and developing and implementing a scientific legislative affairs program.
  2. I do not have this type of experience.


* 2.SELECTIVE FACTOR: I have experience on Capitol Hill working with stakeholders at the Federal level to address a scientific and engineering agenda during the legislative process.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.What is your experience regarding written and oral communication related to legislative affairs, the science and engineering research and education community, and/or congressional relations?
  1. I have developed materials designed to clarify the organization's operations, policies, programs, and activities suitable for presentation to Members of Congress and Congressional staff.
  2. I have established and maintained effective working relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, senior Federal officials, and key members of the external science, engineering, and education community.
  3. I have prepared written and/or oral presentations to various internal and external groups to inform them of agency policies and programs, objectives, and activities.
  4. I have gathered, analyzed, and evaluated complex data in order to develop appropriate recommendations for supervisor's consideration.
  5. I have disseminated information (both oral and written) on important legislative issues and budget developments to key agency officials, the Office of Management and Budget, or the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  6. I have prepared and distributed reports of Congressional hearings, mark-ups, legislation, and floor debates pertaining to issues important to science and engineering research and education.
  7. I have written position papers, proposals, justifications, and memorandum on a variety of legislative matters.
  8. I have supervised and/or directed a team in the successful execution of this task.
  9. None of the above.


* 4.What experience do you have in congressional testimony?
  1. I have planned and developed testimony for appropriations and authorizing committee hearings, or prepared a member of Congress for such hearings.
  2. I have developed briefing materials for activities associated with Congressional consideration of agency budgets.
  3. I have written congressional testimony for key senior officials, or statements for members of Congress at Committee hearings.
  4. I have supervised and/or directed a team in the successful execution of this task.
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Regarding your knowledge of the legislative process and your experience working effectively with a wide range of issues and Congressional committees, select the item below that describes your highest level of experience.
  1. I have not been exposed to the legislative process.
  2. My knowledge of the legislative process and working with a wide range of issues and Congressional committees comes from on the job or formal training.
  3. My work has required me to use my knowledge of the legislative process to work with a wide range of issues and Congressional committees on a daily basis.
  4. My work has required me to use my knowledge of the legislative process to work with a wide range of issues and Congressional committees on a daily basis. In addition, I am normally the person tasked with providing advice and insight to others in my office because of my level of knowledge.


* 6.Regarding your knowledge of the legislative process as it pertains to a wide range of science and technology policy and related legislation issues and your experience with the Congressional committee structure, select the item below that reflects your highest level of performance.
  1. I have not been exposed to the legislative process.
  2. My knowledge of the legislative process and working with a wide range of science and technology policy and related legislation issues and Congressional committee structure comes from on the job or formal training.
  3. My work has required me to use my knowledge of the legislative process to work with a wide range of science and technology policy and related legislation issues and Congressional committee structure on a daily basis.
  4. My work has required me to use my knowledge of the legislative process to work with a wide range of science and technology policy and related legislation issues and Congressional committee structure on a daily basis. In addition, I am normally the person tasked with providing advice and insight to others in my office because of my level of knowledge.


* 7.What experience do you have presenting group/team findings and recommendations?
  1. I have presented findings and recommendations to Congressional staff members.
  2. I have presented findings and recommendations to high-ranking agency officials.
  3. I have presented findings and recommendations to professional societies and associations, industry groups, and universities who have an interest in science and engineering.
  4. I have presented findings and recommendations to other Federal employees outside of my agency.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Of the following, which have you done on a recurring basis as a function of your position?
  1. I have made presentations for senior leaders.
  2. I have functioned as the point of contact in the legislative clearance process.
  3. I have represented my Agency's, association's, or organization's position to members of Congress.
  4. I have prepared speaking notes for senior leaders for formal and informal appearances where science and engineering is a topic of discussion.
  5. I have developed working relationships with organizations within a variety of communities that include education or scientific special interest groups.
  6. I have presented group/team findings and recommendations to senior management.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.Indicate your experience developing and coordinating outreach strategies.
  1. I am responsible for developing and coordinating outreach strategies with colleagues in other Federal science funding agencies.
  2. I am responsible for developing and coordinating outreach strategies with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
  3. I am responsible for developing and coordinating outreach strategies with members of Congress and their staffs.
  4. In my previous work experience, I was responsible for developing and coordinating outreach strategies.
  5. I am responsible for supervising a staff responsible for developing and coordinating outreach strategies with Congress, other Federal science funding agencies, with OSTP, and with the White House.
  6. I do not have this type of experience.


* 10.Indicate your partnerships with external stakeholders.
  1. I have developed partnerships with the external science and engineering research community.
  2. I have developed partnerships with professional societies dealing with science and engineering topics.
  3. I have developed partnerships with international science funding agencies.
  4. I have utilized partnerships with external stakeholders to advance the priorities of my agency/organization.
  5. I am responsible for supervising a staff that develops and leverages partnerships with counterparts in the external science and engineering research community, professional societies and international science funding agencies.
  6. I do not have this type of experience.


* 11.Identify your experience providing advisory services regarding Congressional matters.
  1. I have experience advising senior officials on policy issues relating to congressional matters.
  2. I have experience advising senior officials on program issues relating to congressional matters.
  3. I have supervised a staff responsible for advising senior officials on policy and program issues relating to congressional matters.
  4. I have provided advice to my immediate supervisor on issues relating to congress.
  5. I have written reports or memorandums for organizational/agency distribution relating to congressional matters.
  6. I do not have this type of experience.


* 12.As a first line supervisor or higher, I have effectively performed the following duties. Be prepared to provide specific examples of your experience in any of these areas if you are called for an interview.
  1. Set work priorities and adjusted workflow among staff to accomplish work objectives.
  2. Evaluated and reengineered human resource processes to streamline and improve service.
  3. Prepared meaningful, measurable performance objectives and performance standards for staff.
  4. Took disciplinary or performance-based action against employees concerning performance or conduct concerns.
  5. Determined office and individual training needs and determined means to address those needs.
  6. Reviewed the work of others for technical accuracy and resolved any problems that were noted.
  7. Coached and counseled employees on performance and conduct concerns.
  8. Made selections for key subordinate positions.
  9. None of the above.


* 13.Which of the following functions have you performed related to legislative affairs, the science and engineering research and education community, and/or congressional relations?
  1. I have developed materials designed to clarify the organization's operations, policies, programs, and activities suitable for presentation to Members of Congress and Congressional Staff.
  2. I have established and maintained effective working relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff members, senior Federal officials, and key members of the external science, engineering, and education community.
  3. I have prepared written and/or oral presentations to various internal and external groups to inform them of agency policies and programs, objectives and activities.
  4. I have gathered, analyzed, and evaluated complex data in order to develop appropriate recommendations for supervisor's consideration.
  5. I have disseminated information (both oral and written) on important legislative issues and budget developments to members of Congress, key agency officials, the Office of Management and Budget, or the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
  6. I have prepared and distributed reports of Congressional hearings, mark-ups, legislation, and floor debates pertaining to issues important to science and engineering research and education.
  7. I have written position papers, proposals, justifications, and memorandum on a variety of legislative matters.
  8. None of the above.






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