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Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 Choose the answer that best describes your experience:
  1. I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal Service. Examples include: knowledge of agency level programs & guidelines in order to work with principal staff responsible for establishing policy, procedures & practices; skill in planning, developing & implementing strategic plans; mastery of qualitative/quantitative analysis of input from reports or committees; skill in oral & written communication.
  2. I do not possess the experience as described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select those areas in which you have experience from the list below:
  1. Communicating, in writing, weekly updates of assignments to project leader.
  2. Writing a summary of recommendations discussed during a meeting with a customer for documentation purposes.
  3. Editing internal memos for format or grammatical, spelling, or typographical errors.
  4. Composing a letter in response to a request for information.
  5. Developing information booklets that convey non-technical instructions.
  6. Writing and publishing articles in professional, industry, or scientific journals on program direction and content.
  7. Writing congressional testimony that presents highly sensitive and controversial agency/corporation policies.
  8. Explaining, in writing, the application of laws, regulations, precedents, and practices covering one or more types of legal actions.
  9. Composing complex correspondence or other written work that is controversial and politically sensitive for external high-level officials.
  10. Proofreading or editing complex or technical writing of others.
  11. None of the above.


* 2.Choose the statement that best describes your experience assembling and disseminating data and synthesizing information to develop recommendations using analytical techniques and information management skills.
  1. I have not performed these tasks.
  2. I have performed these tasks with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have routinely performed these tasks independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have supervised or led performance of these tasks and/or trained others on the performance of these tasks.


* 3.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 4.Evaluate your experience recommending process improvements based on your understanding of administrative rules, methods, and procedures.
  1. I do not have experience recommending process improvements related to administrative rules, methods, and procedures.
  2. I have provided input to higher-level administrative personnel on how to improve administrative processes in the areas that directly affect my work.
  3. I have provided input to higher-level personnel on how to improve administrative processes throughout an organization.
  4. I have been responsible for overseeing the administrative processes of an organization and establishing changes based on my observations.


* 5.Do you have experience researching, analyzing, and developing solutions for office management problems such as work flow or assignment dilemmas, employee relations issues, or failures of organizational structure?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 7.Select the human capital areas where you have had personal and direct experience providing advice or guidance to customers such as senior management officials, administrative managers, supervisors, employees, or union officials.
  1. Recruitment
  2. Executive Recruitment
  3. Labor Relations
  4. Performance Management
  5. Workforce Planning/Analysis
  6. Human Resources Policy Development
  7. Human Capital Strategic Planning
  8. None of the above


* 8.I have performed the following duties and responsibilities in the area of Human Resource Management.
  1. Prepared and initiated personnel actions for office employees.
  2. Developed performance plans and position descriptions.
  3. Advised management officials on Human Resource policies and procedures.
  4. Monitored performance plans and appraisals by ensuring that all staff were given progress reviews at the appropriate time and that appraisals were done in a timely manner.
  5. Made recommendations to management officials on performance awards and/or incentive awards for staff.
  6. Made recommendations to management officials on training for staff.
  7. Trained new junior level staff to fulfill their job requirements and/or coached and mentored junior level staff for promotional opportunities.
  8. Approved training requests and committed training funds on behalf of the Division Director.
  9. Served as a liaison between the office and Human Resource Management.
  10. I have provided advice and assistance to managers on organizational structure.
  11. I have been responsible for the monitoring of FTE allocations across an organization.
  12. None of the above.


* 9.Select the statement that most closely matches your experience in providing guidance to management as it relates to developing long-range plans for organizational staffing and FTE allocation.
  1. I have prepared staffing analyses using workload data and current technology assessments to determine present and future personnel requirements to develop long-range plans for FTE allocation.
  2. I have provided assistance to management in collecting data on workload and current technology assessments to use in developing long-range staffing plans.
  3. I have provided assistance to management in organizing avaliable data for developing long-range staffing plans.
  4. I have very limited or no experience in this area.


* 10.Select the response(s) that describe your experience negotiating with individuals and groups to gain their support for organizational changes (e.g. business processes/system changes).
  1. I led a working group or team responsible for negotiating and influencing employees to gain acceptance for the implementation of an organizational change.
  2. I participated as a member of a working group or team that was charged with gaining employee acceptance and support for the implementation of a large-scale organizational change (i.e. change that significantly altered established processes/operations, required substantial organizational resources, and had a high potential to cause conflict across the organization).
  3. I have negotiated with individual staff in my division to gain acceptance and support for an organizational change.
  4. I have little or no experience negotiating with individuals or groups regarding organizational changes.


* 11.Select the statement that most closely represents your experience participating in staffing planning activities to develop organizational staffing and FTE allocation plans. Be prepared to provide specific examples of your experience if you are called for an interview.
  1. I independently conducted staffing analyses using workload data to determine present and future FTE requirements.
  2. I participated in staffing analyses activities (e.g. worked in conjunction with human resources to support staffing planning).
  3. I provided data on current workload assessments to management to support the staffing analyses process.
  4. I have very limited or no experience in this area.


* 12.Identify the position(s) in your resume in which you performed the above activity/activities; and/or gained the relevant experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 13.I have experience performing the following duties as related to an organizational budget:
  1. Forecasting the budgetary needs of an office.
  2. Developing an office budget.
  3. Monitoring and managing an office budget.
  4. Certifying and obligating funds.
  5. Tracking expenditures.
  6. Authorizing travel.
  7. Managing small contracts.
  8. Analyzing and resolving complex and unusual budgetary operational issues.
  9. Authorizing the purchase of new supplies and equipment.
  10. I do not have this type of experience.


* 14.Select the statement that demonstrates your highest level of experience applying policy, guidance, or procedures in support of administrative activities.
  1. I have no experience applying policy, guidance, or procedures in support of administrative activities.
  2. I followed policy, guidance or procedures written in an operational manual. I was able to rely on higher level staff if I had questions. I interpreted written policy, guidance, or procedures on administrative activities to employees and managers with minimal guidance.
  3. When changes occurred, I revised existing policy to include new guidance and forwarded it for higher level approval.
  4. In response to a new directive or management direction, I developed new policy in support of an administrative activity. I prepared this policy with minimal guidance and forwarded it for higher level approval.


* 15.Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience allocating resources within the organization.
  1. I do not have experience allocating resources within the organization.
  2. I have allocated resources to the appropriate areas upon request from my supervisor.
  3. I have independently responded to requests from employees in need of additional resources and assigned them accordingly.
  4. I have requested information from employees regarding current resources and the need for resources in the future. I then allocated resources based on relative need.
  5. I have independently executed queries to monitor the progress of projects and anticipated any financial or resource issues.


* 16.Which of the following program analysis activities have you performed? (Please choose all that apply and be prepared to provide specific examples of your experience in any of these areas if you are called for an interview).
  1. Performed qualitative or quantitative analysis based on a prescribed methodology (e.g. running standardized reports).
  2. Designed research and evaluation tool(s) (e.g. development of an employee survey, data collection from an existing system, development of focus group questions, etc.).
  3. Developed measurement or metrics for evaluation.
  4. Described findings from a study that you conducted.
  5. Developed recommendations as a result of findings you discovered.
  6. None of the above.






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