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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 Choose the answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: coordination of special information systems projects; serving as a subject matter expert for software solutions including defining business requirements, recommending technical approaches, and implementing technical solutions; working independently or as a member of a team administering enterprise-wide IT applications.
  2. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Evaluate your experience analyzing, evaluating, or ensuring compliance of information technology programs with established standards, Federal requirements, innovations, or advancements in process and outcomes.
  1. I have limited or more general experience in the application of commercially available information technology for documentation, data management, or information tracking.
  2. I have experience applying quantitative and qualitative measures to determine the efficiency of processes and procedures of information technology as applied by programs or project areas or as used in one or more specializations of information technology.
  3. I have experience applying quantitative and qualitative measures to: the analysis or evaluation of information technology projects or programs where work involved data collection; analysis of work processes, procedures, and results;?comprehensive reports of?findings of analysis or evaluation with narrative, graphic, and/or visual presentations.? Recommendations on improvements focused on process improvements and revision of procedural guidelines.
  4. I have experience applying quantitative and qualitative measure to:??analyzing and evaluating?information technology projects or programs; developing?recommendations for enhancements in operational process/procedure and IT management process improvements; suggesting content or revision of?guidelines?for operational use; and may include developing proposed policies or?input to strategic planning.
  5. None of the above.


* 2.From the following list, select the responses that describe your previous management or work experience.
  1. Served as a team leader of a task force or workgroup.
  2. Supervised a diverse group of employees.
  3. Facilitated collaboration, coordination, and communication between team, staff members, senior executives, and others.
  4. Developed and implemented Strategic Plan
  5. Directed and coordinated the work of subordinate staff members.
  6. Established and implemented work methods, practices, and procedures for subordinate staff.
  7. Directed day-to-day operations of a workgroup.
  8. Planned and adjusted a program`s work operations to meet changing requirements.
  9. Dealt effectively with individuals or groups representing widely divergent backgrounds
  10. Developed and implemented performance objectives and standards for staff directly linked to agency and organizational mission and objectives.
  11. Determined training and mentoring needs of staff and provided for those needs.
  12. Developed and implemented recruitment strategies to ensure that the organization has a highly qualified and diverse workforce.
  13. None of the above.


* 3.I have supported IT activities and operations by:
  1. Maintaining office computer systems
  2. Administration of computer systems
  3. Procuring Hardware
  4. Procuring software
  5. Upgrading Hardware
  6. Upgrading Software
  7. Overseeing client-server applications
  8. Maintaining relational database servers
  9. Designing, developing, and maintaining databases
  10. None of the above.


* 4.With regard to information technology training, I have:
  1. Analyzed IT training needs for an organization
  2. Developed IT training policy
  3. Provided IT training
  4. Arranged for IT Training
  5. None of the above.


* 5.Choose the leadership competencies you feel are your strongest at this time. Although the job will include professional development opportunities, and although these overlap, choose the ones with which you have the most experience or focus.
  1. Leading people.
  2. Leading organizational change.
  3. Striving for certain results/outcomes.
  4. Managing human resources, information technology, and budgets.
  5. Communicating and building coalitions.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.Please indicate your experience in oral communication in a technical environment.
  1. I communicate requirements to co-workers.
  2. I provide authoritative advice to customers.
  3. I communicate technical information to lay people.
  4. I brief team members on technologies relevant to team project.
  5. I explain organization standards to contractors to ensure compliance.


* 7.Which of the following Web publishing technologies and standards have you used in creating or modifying Web pages?
  1. HTML
  2. CSS
  3. XHTML
  4. XML
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Rate your knowledge and experience with coordination and integration of wired and wireless networking support/security for PC and MAC platforms.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have performed directly related job functions.
  3. I have occasionally performed this specific job function as well as directly related functions.
  4. I have routinely performed this job function and I have been successful in using it to meet a variety of program objectives.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this job function. I have performed it routinely, have used it to meet a variety of program objectives, solve problems, and produce improvements in work units or programs.


* 9.Rate your general knowledge of Web/Video Conferencing Communications software, hardware, and operations.
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have performed directly related job functions.
  3. I have occasionally performed this specific job function as well as directly related functions.
  4. I have routinely performed this job function and I have been successful in using it to meet a variety of program objectives.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing this job function. I have performed it routinely, have used it to meet a variety of program objectives, solve problems, and produce improvements in work units or programs.


* 10.In performing duties related to IT Management, I have used my communication and people skills to:
  1. Coordinate and develop presentation materials.
  2. Present briefings with recommendations to senior management.
  3. Gain acceptance of plans, policies, and procedures.
  4. Coordinate plans, strategies, and issue resolution across multiple groups.
  5. Negotiate with diverse or competing groups to reach solutions with organization-wide impact.
  6. Represent my organization at conferences, committees, or symposia.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.Indicate the types of communications activities you have performed. Be prepared to provide specific examples of your experience if you are called for an interview.
  1. Explained administrative or technical matters to customers or internal audiences.
  2. Orally justified findings or recommendations to a senior management official.
  3. Provided a written report outlining findings or recommendations.
  4. Facilitated group discussions.
  5. Served as a single point of contact (POC) for an organization, department, or division in administrative or technical matters.
  6. Served as a key liaison between multiple division, program offices, or teams.
  7. Represented an organization's interests during meetings or negotiations.
  8. None of the above.


* 12.Choose the answer(s) that best describes your experience providing advice and input to senior managers on difficult issues and possible actions and solutions.
  1. I have met with a variety of individuals internal and external to an organization to resolve complex IT issues.
  2. I have instructed, advised, or participated in meetings with groups or individuals on a variety of complex IT issues.
  3. I have played a key role in resolving major precedent-setting issues related to Information Technology.
  4. I keep abreast of new and changing initiatives, regulations, laws, and emerging technology to better serve as a consultant and advisor to top management.
  5. I have routinely worked with management officials to resolve unique or complex IT issues in a way that reflects a partnership with management.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.Choose the leadership competency you believe is your strongest.
  1. Communicating and building coalitions.
  2. Evaluating and resolving operational problems.
  3. Assessing goals and objectives of others and identifying what they know and how they learn.
  4. Developing standardized operating procedures.
  5. Coaching and training staff members.
  6. Resolving performance issues.
  7. Motivating individuals to work at their highest levels.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.Do you have experience assisting in the analysis, design, and implementation of information systems?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.From the answer choices below, please select the one that best reflects your ability to communicate IT related information in writing.
  1. I have composed documents or correspondence involving routine IT related information..
  2. I have composed documents or correspondence involving technical IT related information. I am proficient in this job function.
  3. I have been acknowledged for my ability to compose documents or correspondence involving complex or technical IT related information & adapt the writing to the audience`s level of knowledge. My written communication skills are considered to be superior.


* 16.Do you have experience working on the design, development, and maintenance of databases?
  1. I have experience maintaining databases, but I have not designed or developed them.
  2. I have experience maintaining databases and assisting in the design and development databases.
  3. I have experience independently working on the design, development, and maintenance of databases.
  4. None of the above.


* 17.Select the IT life cycle area with which you are most proficient.
  1. Analysis
  2. Design
  3. Development
  4. Documentation
  5. Testing
  6. Implementation
  7. Maintenance
  8. Support of application systems
  9. None of the above


* 18.Do you have experience assisting in the analysis, design, and implementation of an information system having organization-wide application?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.Please select all the responses that describe your experience with tasks you have performed. Select only those tasks with which you've had significant experience.
  1. Managed a project (or significant portion of) from its inception through completion.
  2. Conducted requirements analysis (i.e., defined project objectives, scope and deliverables; set goals, standards and methods to monitor progress; etc.).
  3. Administered a project (or significant portion) including resource management, team leadership, and communication with team members, managers, customers and stakeholders.
  4. Analyzed and identified customer’s information system requirements by designing or conducting analytical studies, cost-benefit analysis or other research germane to the assigned projects.
  5. None of the above.


* 20.Please indicate which of the following experiences you have with providing written and/or oral communication in the field of information technology?
  1. I have experience preparing and delivering written and/or oral presentations to senior management
  2. I have experience preparing and delivering written and/or oral presentations to cross-functional teams.
  3. I have experience facilitating meetings or conference calls that included a formal agenda and/or meeting notes.
  4. I have experience talking with vendors to gather information (such as clarify discrepancies to negotiate and/or resolve issues, etc.)
  5. None of the above.


* 21.Do you have experience assisting in the development and maintenance of a website?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 22.Which of the following technical activities do you have knowledge of or performed independently?
  1. Use of database applications such as Oracle, Sybase, or MS Access.
  2. Functional testing on custom software.
  3. Performance testing using an automated tool.
  4. Reporting using MS Excel or another data extraction tool.
  5. Web page maintenance.
  6. None of the above.






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