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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 Choose the answer that best describes your experience:
  1. I possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level. Examples of this experience include: planning, scheduling, and conducting projects and studies to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations; establishing criteria to measure and/or predict the attainment of program or organizational goals and objectives; developing administrative regulations, such as those governing the allocation and distribution of personnel, supplies, equipment, and other resources.
  2. I do not meet the requirements as described above.


* 2.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 where persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization came together.
  3. Facilitated a team made up of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  4. Facilitated a cross-functional team where persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization came together.
  5. Led a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  6. Led a cross-functional team where persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization came together.
  7. Recommended the makeup of a team of people with similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization to management.
  8. Recommended the makeup of a cross-functional team to management.
  9. Formally evaluated the progress of a team with people of similar skills, technical competencies, disciplines, and level in the organization.
  10. Formally evaluated the progress of a cross-functional team where persons of different backgrounds, technical competencies, disciplines, and levels within the organization came together.
  11. I have not functioned in any of the roles mentioned.


* 3.Select the answers that describe your project management experience.
  1. I have proposed a new project.
  2. I have not been a project manager.
  3. I have managed a project that had been established by others.
  4. I have managed a project that I was responsible for developing and implementing.
  5. I have developed project timelines and milestones.
  6. I have developed project evaluation criteria and metrics.
  7. I have solicited project resources.
  8. I have tracked project elements and adjusted workload imbalances when required.
  9. I have managed outputs of those within my work unit.
  10. I have managed outputs of those outside my work unit.
  11. I have reviewed work products of team members to ensure accuracy and timeliness of outputs.
  12. I have managed to outcomes rather than outputs.
  13. I have briefed leadership regarding project status.
  14. I have briefed leadership regarding project outputs and outcomes.
  15. I have taught project management principles to colleagues.
  16. None of the above.


* 4.What experience do you have evaluating project effectiveness using analytical methods to report findings to management?
  1. Generated trends that demonstrate project effectiveness over a set period of time.
  2. Measured a project's progress toward meeting goals by monitoring metrics or milestones (e.g., during independent research).
  3. Been responsible for quality assurance, quality control, or process compliance related to project operations.
  4. Have evaluated the financial performance or effectiveness of project operations.
  5. Based on my analyses or the analysis of others, I have recommended changes to current processes to meet short and long-term goals.
  6. Used analytical methods such as determining trends and projections, measuring progress, or evaluating financial performance, but not for the purpose of evaluating project effectiveness.
  7. I have not evaluated project effectiveness using analytical methods.


* 5.In your professional communications, you have:
  1. Explained non-technical matters to customers or internal audiences.
  2. Provided an oral presentation to leadership.
  3. Described a program or service to a large group of stakeholders.
  4. Solicited and obtained feedback on an issue presented to management.
  5. Defended an analysis and findings amidst significant scrutiny.
  6. Explained technical matters to customers or internal audiences.
  7. Explained an internal position to an external audience, as an official representative of your organization.
  8. Acted as the formal, impartial facilitator in a group decision making effort.
  9. Prepared a formal presentation for management or senior leadership.
  10. Developed a formal, written report outlining evaluation findings and recommendations.
  11. Represented your organization to an outside group.
  12. Justified your findings or recommendations to a senior management official.
  13. Developed consensus among a group of stakeholders with competing objectives.
  14. Presented a topic at a multi-agency conference.
  15. None of the above.


* 6.Which of the following program analysis activities have you performed?
  1. Performed a quantitative analysis following a prescribed methodology or template.
  2. Performed a qualitative analysis following a prescribed methodology or template.
  3. Generated standardized data reports.
  4. Developed narrative reports based on data.
  5. Developed presentations based on narrative reports.
  6. Designed research and evaluation tools (e.g., developed a methodologically rigorous survey, determined appropriateness of qualitative research methods, created focus group questions, etc.).
  7. Constructed a unique quantitative or qualitative methodology to study an area of interest to management.
  8. Identified measurements or metrics to be used for program evaluation.
  9. Presented analysis/findings from a study that you conducted.
  10. Presented recommendations based on analysis/findings from a study that you conducted.
  11. None of the above.


* 7.Which of the following have you utilized to review/evaluate administrative processes?
  1. I have facilitated conversations with subject matter experts to determine effectiveness of processes.
  2. I have conducted literature reviews to identify best practices and recommend administrative process improvements.
  3. I have conducted methodologically rigorous studies or reviews of administrative processes.
  4. I have developed methodologically rigorous studies or reviews of administrative processes.
  5. I have recommended solutions based on studies or reviews of administrative processes.
  6. I have implemented solutions based on studies or reviews of administrative processes.
  7. I have developed standard operating procedures that improved a process.
  8. I have determined the impact of a process change and advised management officials regarding risks, costs and potential eventualities.
  9. I have designed a change management plan and presented it to management officials.
  10. I have not reviewed/evaluated administrative processes using analytical techniques.


* 8.On which of the following federal human capital initiatives have you worked?
  1. Hiring Reform
  2. Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) / Federal Human Capital Survey (FHCS)
  3. Human Capital Assessment and Accountability Framework (HCAAF)
  4. Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (Executive Order 13583)
  5. Human Capital Accountability Programs
  6. Human Capital Management Report (HCMR)
  7. Human Capital Management Evaluation (HCME)
  8. Competency-based HR
  9. Veteran’s Hiring Initiative
  10. Disability Hiring Initiative
  11. Telework
  12. E-Gov Initiatives / Lines of Business (LOB) / Shared Service Providers
  13. President’s Management Agenda (PMA)
  14. Competitive Sourcing / A-76
  15. Fair Act Inventory
  16. Managing the Multi-sector Workforce
  17. None of the above


* 9.Identify the human capital management areas in which you have had professional experience.
  1. Employee Relations
  2. Labor Relations
  3. Human Resources Information Systems
  4. Staffing
  5. Classification
  6. Workforce Planning
  7. Training and Employee Development
  8. Workforce Analysis
  9. Performance Management
  10. Human Resources Policy Development
  11. Human Capital Strategic Planning
  12. I have not had any human capital experience


* 10.Which of the following computer applications / automated human resource systems / data analysis packages have you had experience with?
  1. Microsoft Excel
  2. Microsoft Access
  3. SPSS
  4. STATA
  5. SAS
  6. Cognos
  7. Hyperion (formerly BRIO)
  8. QuickHire
  9. FPPS
  10. Other automated recruitment systems
  11. Other automated personnel / payroll systems
  12. Other statistical / data analysis applications
  13. An automated classification system
  14. None of the above


* 11.Have you been a member of a cross-purpose team involving persons with competing priorities and/or different challenges, or involving those who were from different disciplines or levels within the organization?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Have you identified human capital management challenges and identified or developed potential redresses? (Be prepared to provide specific examples in writing if you answer “yes.”)
  1. Yes
  2. No






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