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Band: All Grades
Instructions

Please answer all of the questions listed below. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration for employment. Remember that your experience is subject to verification.

Your responses to these statements will be scored and the score you receive will be used as a measure of the degree to which your background matches the qualifications and competencies required for this job.

In responding to these questions, you should carefully consider each of these statements and choose the response that best matches your experience level. Your resume must support your self-ratings.

PLEASE NOTE: Your self-ratings will be reviewed. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

J Band Qualifications

* 1.All U.S. Citizens: How would you like to be considered for this position? You may select one or more of the following recruitment sources that apply to you and for which you want to be considered. (NOTE: Please double check your selection(s) and ensure you have attached the appropriate documents to verify your eligibility. Your application will be reviewed under only the choice(s) that you make below. If you are found not eligible for a recruitment source you selected, or if you failed to submit the appropriate documentation to verify your eligibility for that recruitment source, then you will be removed from further consideration under that recruitment source).
  1. External Consideration – All U.S. Citizens may apply. Under the external recruitment source, applicants are ranked using TSA’s Category Grouping procedures and Veterans’ Preference is afforded to eligible applicants. You will be given a new appointment if selected under this recruitment source, even if you are a current Federal employee.)
  2. Internal – Only current TSA permanent or competitive temporary employees are eligible under this recruitment source. (Veterans’ Preference does not apply and you are not required to submit an SF-50.)
  3. Status Eligibles – Only applicants who are reinstatement eligible or who are eligible to transfer from another Federal agency are eligible under this recruitment source. (Veterans’ Preference does not apply. If you are selecting this recruitment source, please remember to submit your most current SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action that reflects you current or former permanent status as a Federal employee.)


* 2.Have you completed all training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to Pay Band J (GS-14) as described in the vacancy announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Have you completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Do you have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the SV-I Pay Band or GS-13 in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector applying contracting laws, regulations, principles, and procedures to plan and carry out contracting and procurement activities; performing contract management activities such as requirement definition, source selection, contract execution, and contract management in pre and post award phases on large scale contracting actions; and applying project management principles and techniques to lead teams in complex acquisition program activities?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Module A: Contracting, Procurement and Acquisition

* 5.Applying knowledge of the latest procurement techniques to develop acquisition strategies and ensure maximum return on contracts.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 6.Preparing and issuing a variety of procurement-related materials (e.g., requests for proposal, purchase orders, delivery orders, blanket purchase agreements, etc.).
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 7.Ensuring that all contract-related documentation (e.g., justifications and authorizations, determinations and findings, protests and disputes, etc.) are prepared in accordance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 8.Performing a variety of contract administration functions (e.g., preparing change orders and contract modifications, conducting contractor performance appraisals, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims, etc.).
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 9.Acting within the confines of established contracts (e.g., enforcing contract performance, making payments, negotiating with contractors within parameters, placing orders under indefinite quantity contracts, etc.) for highly critical and visible programs.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 10.Negotiating contract terms in accordance with statute, policy, guidance and sound business practices.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 11.Advising senior management regarding large-scale acquisitions and procurement actions.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 12.Making recommendations on major complex contracting matters that interpret, extend or revise significant elements of contracting actions.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


13.Please indicate where in your resume (e.g., position title, work experience, education, etc.) your ratings for this module can be verified. The information you provide in the text box below will only be used to help reviewers find verifying information in your resume. The information you provide in the text box will not be evaluated or rated.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Module B: Project/Program Management

* 14.Applying knowledge of automated systems to maintain current and effective information regarding contracting program activities.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 15.Defining project/program requirements to ensure alignment with objectives.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 16.Determining benchmarks and metrics for monitoring program effectiveness.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 17.Managing major programs or multiple complex projects to ensure objectives are met.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 18.Ensuring project/program work is completed according to project/program guidelines (e.g., within budget and timeline).
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 19.Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) and policies to ensure compliance with rules, regulations and/or legislation.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


* 20.Recommending improvements to existing programs to enhance efficiency and/or effectiveness.
  1. I have had no education, training or experience in performing this task/competency.
  2. I have had education and training in performing this task/competency, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task/competency on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task/competency as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task/competency and/or I have trained others so they can perform this task/competency or others normally consult me as an expert for assistance in performing this task/competency.


21.Please indicate where in your resume (e.g., position title, work experience, education, etc.) your ratings for this module can be verified. The information you provide in the text box below will only be used to help reviewers find verifying information in your resume. The information you provide in the text box will not be evaluated or rated.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Certification

* 22.Do you certify that, to the best of your knowledge and belief, ALL of the information provided on this application is true, accurate and complete?
  1. Yes
  2. No






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