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Grade: 13
* 1.GS-13 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


Grade: 14
* 1.GS-14 - Choose one answer that best describes your experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as described above.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Have you ever received a voluntary separation incentive payment (VSIP or buyout) to leave a Federal civilian service position?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.Please specify the month and year in which you received the payment:

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 2.Do you currently hold a political Schedule A or Schedule C Executive Branch appointment or have you held either type of appointment in the Executive Branch within the last 5 years?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If separated, please specify the date the appointment ended; otherwise state “current”:

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 3.Do you currently hold a Non-career Senior Executive Service (SES) Executive Branch appointment or have you held that type of appointment in the Executive Branch within the last 5 years?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.If separated, please specify the date the appointment ended; otherwise state “current”:

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 4.I have represented my organization in meetings with representatives of outside groups such as private organizations, other agencies, State and Local governments, etc., to resolve competing interests or reach consensus on controversial issues.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.I have been a spokesperson designated to represent my organization in conferences or seminars with officials of other agriculture organizations in industry, state or local governments, or academic institutions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.From the following list of interpersonal communication skills, please identify those that reflect your strongest capabilities. Please restrict your answers to those skills which you have personally applied at work and/or in academic or volunteer settings.
  1. Facilitate the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project
  2. Negotiate with or influence others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new initiatives or technologies
  3. Interact and perform effectively in situations where frequent changes, delays, or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables, or work assignments
  4. Provide direction, guidance, or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project
  5. Administer consequences, hold others accountable, and enforce program policies and standards in the workplace
  6. Work with representatives of outside groups that hold opposing views or positions to resolve issues
  7. Build and sustain working relationships with outside persons in order to obtain information or commitments to taking action
  8. Interact with representatives of outside groups in order to accomplish your employer's goals
  9. Effectively persuade industry officials to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve their operations
  10. None of the above


* 7.The position requires an ability to communicate orally in order to obtain and exchange information. Which of the following best describes your level of experience and/or education?
  1. I have substantial experience in oral communication for the purpose of obtaining and providing information of a technical nature to the public.
  2. I have some experience or training/education in oral communication for the purpose of obtaining and/or providing facts/information of a technical nature.
  3. I have experience or training/education in oral communication for the purpose of obtaining and/or providing facts/information of a routine nature.
  4. I have experience or training/education in providing non-technical information in person or by phone.
  5. None of the above


* 8.I am skilled at using visual aids and presentation software to formally communicate technical information to groups.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 9.I am now, or have been, an active participant in self development activities which are designed to improve my communication skills e.g. Toastmasters, Carnegie, Writing skills improvement activities, etc.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.From the following list, please identify those items you have written:
  1. General correspondence
  2. Rules or regulations
  3. User documentation and instructions
  4. Policies, guidelines or directives
  5. Instructions or procedures
  6. Technical proposals or quality manuals
  7. Study or research reports
  8. System, technical, or product specifications
  9. Audit reports
  10. Statements of work
  11. Project or organization action plans
  12. Grant proposals or applications
  13. Graduate level thesis (Masters or Ph.D.)
  14. Articles published in peer reviewed journals
  15. Other written products
  16. None of the above


* 11.The position requires an ability to communicate in writing. Which of the following best describes your level of experience and/or education?
  1. I have substantial experience in independently preparing complex written reports and/or correspondence relating to technical duties and activities.
  2. I have experience or training/education in preparing correspondence and/or reports on technical subjects under direction of reviewing official.
  3. I have experience or training/education in developing responses to routine correspondence and preparing final products.
  4. I have training in correspondence or report preparation.
  5. None of the above


* 12.I have performed the following leadership functions in work unit or team assignments:
  1. Planning work assignments to be assigned to project/team members
  2. Establishing work schedules and worksite assignments
  3. Assigning tasks/responsibilities to project/team members
  4. Reviewing completed work for technical accuracy and timeliness
  5. Resolving conflicts, differences, or problems
  6. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed operations
  7. Monitoring financial status and recommending adjustments to ensure the project/team stays within budget
  8. Utilizing budget and financial operating procedures and financial policies to analyze financial operations and financial reporting processes
  9. None of the above


* 13.Which of the following best describes your experience managing and directing a regulatory program including rule making and oversight?
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have received management development training and work assignments but have not as yet been assigned responsibility as a program manager.
  3. I have supervised, led, and directed the work of staff engaged in rule making, policy development and oversight but have not had overall program management responsibility.
  4. I have managed, supervised, and/or directed similar or closely related functions in industry or in state or local agriculture agencies, and my experience and training have prepared me to manage federal programs successfully.
  5. I am highly skilled at managing federal rule making and oversight programs. I have carried out these responsibilities routinely and through them, have met a variety of organizational objectives, solved problems, and produced improvements in the functions or activities subject to regulation.


* 14.Which of the following best reflects your experience in delivering quality work products that satisfy organizational priorities and deadlines?
  1. I normally work on projects or assignments that are of high priority to the organization. My work assignments are most generally completed within assigned deadlines and milestones. When additional time is needed, I am normally able to obtain it from senior management.
  2. I manage multiple tasks / assignments within a common time period. I am skilled at adjusting my use of time to meet changes in priorities and meet the requirements of new and / or unexpected work. When priorities conflict, I am normally capable of resolving the conflicts independently or by involving senior management.
  3. I negotiate deadlines, changes, and adjustments in priorities with senior management on my own behalf as well as that of my work group. I have assisted others determine how best to use their time and how to re-prioritize their work when situations warrant.
  4. I am able to stay "on task" during periods of ambiguity and flux in the organization. Should changes in my work assignments, deadlines, or priorities become necessary, I am capable of making the adjustment with a minimum of supervisory direction or involvement.
  5. None of the above


* 15.Check all of the following software categories in which you are able to independently create and modify products and use the software as a tool in performing the tasks required of this position.
  1. Word Processing ( e.g. Word)
  2. E-mail
  3. Spreadsheets (e.g. Excel, Quattro Pro)
  4. Databases (e.g. Access)
  5. Graphics / Presentation Tools (e.g. Power Point)
  6. Query tools and languages
  7. Project Management tools
  8. Statistical/Quantitative Analysis tools (e.g., SAS, SPSS)
  9. Web browsers/search engines
  10. Document Control Software (e.g., Lotus Notes)
  11. None of the above


* 16.I have direct experience and/or training in the following agribusiness functions:
  1. Livestock and/or meat
  2. Poultry
  3. Fish
  4. Fruits and vegetables
  5. Dairy
  6. Cotton
  7. Tobacco
  8. Grain
  9. Seed
  10. None of the above


* 17.I have performed the following agriculture program administration functions in the capacity of an analyst, program specialist or similar position:
  1. Conduct studies and prepare reports on sensitive policy or program issues
  2. Research program policy or guidance and provide authoritative interpretation to outside persons or groups
  3. Coordinate initiatives, requests for assistance and/or commitments of staff time to assure resources are committed to the highest program priorities and objectives
  4. Prepare draft program policies, regulations, or formal guidelines to advance program objectives or implement legal requirements
  5. Monitor the introduction, implementation and use of automation to improve efficiency of program operations or procedures
  6. Analyze and monitor program expenditure data to control budget execution
  7. None of the above


* 18.Which of the following best describes your experience and training applying the laws, regulations, procedures and business practices pertaining to the marketing of agricultural commodities or products?
  1. I have not performed work involving these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school instruction and training in some of the laws and business practices associated with marketing agricultural commodities or products, but have not applied this instruction on the job.
  3. I have performed similar or related functions, and my experience and training has equipped me to perform these functions successfully.
  4. I have received instruction in and have routinely and independently applied laws, regulations, procedures and business practices pertaining to the marketing of agricultural commodities or products during the regular course of my employment.
  5. I have extensive work experience in, and am highly skilled at, applying laws, regulations, procedures and business practices pertaining to the marketing of agricultural commodities or products. I have performed these functions routinely and have carried them out successfully in governmental or private sector marketing positions that I have held.


* 19.Which of the following activities have you performed in support of agricultural marketing?
  1. Develop and compile government or trade information for use in marketing programs.
  2. Speak, address, or make presentations on programs and policies at public meetings relative to marketing programs.
  3. Monitor, oversee, and/or conduct public meetings.
  4. Review and analyze industry proposals for government regulatory programs.
  5. Develop rulemaking documents, or equivalent documents, to describe, justify, and establish legal requirements.
  6. Conduct referenda of producers on agreements and orders or comparable programs.
  7. Testify at administrative or other government hearings.
  8. Evaluate research or promotion programs.
  9. None of the above


* 20.The position requires an ability to research and analyze data for consistency with program requirements. Which of the following best describes your level of experience and/or education?
  1. I have substantial experience and/or specialized education in researching and evaluating economic/business data, and writing documents on technical issues involving government regulations or their equivalent
  2. I have work experience or training/education in gathering and verifying information through library research, working from outlines or technical papers, notes, and correspondence and writing technical reports
  3. I have experience and/or specialized education in researching and evaluating information and drafting documents on technical issues
  4. I have training or work experience in compiling and preparing data for technical review
  5. None of the above


* 21.Which of the following best reflects your experience in rulemaking to implement administrative and regulatory requirements for agricultural marketing programs?
  1. I have not been involved with this process.
  2. I have participated in drafting reports and documents used in this process but have not had primary responsibility for its overall administration.
  3. I have performed this function fully, routinely and independently to regulate programs other than agriculture.
  4. I have performed this function fully, routinely, and independently and have an in- depth knowledge of these procedures and requirements for agriculture marketing programs, or I have equivalent experience with an outside organization or in a private business.


* 22.Which of the following best reflects your experience in providing interpretive advice on procedural/administrative aspects of agriculture marketing programs?
  1. I have not been involved with administering or interpreting agriculture marketing programs.
  2. I have provided informal advisory services but have not had primary responsibility for providing authoritative advice or interpretation on the procedural/administrative aspects of agriculture marketing programs.
  3. I have performed this function fully, routinely, and independently and have an in- depth knowledge of the procedural/administrative aspects of agriculture marketing programs, or I have equivalent experience with an outside organization or in a private business.


* 23.The position will require the incumbent to gain knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures of agency operations in order to interpret and apply Federal laws, regulations, policies, and procedures of agency programs and rulemaking operations. Which of the following best describes your level of experience and/or education?
  1. I have substantial previous experience in regulatory programs requiring the interpretation, drafting rulemaking and application of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures of agency programs for purposes of assuring that regulated entities are complying with agency requirements.
  2. I have experience or training documenting the interpretation and application of laws, regulations, policies, and/or procedures for work or related programs for purposes of performing assigned duties.
  3. I have experience or training which indicates my ability to draft and follow written procedures and/or directions in order to perform assigned tasks or carry out activities.
  4. None of the above


* 24.Which of the following best describes your experience developing and formulating policies, rules, and procedures for the conduct and administration of federal dairy marketing programs?
  1. I have not performed this job function.
  2. I have received post high school instruction and training that has equipped me to perform this function but have not performed it on the job.
  3. I have developed and formulated policies, rules, and procedures for the conduct and administration of other agricultural marketing programs, and my experience has equipped me to perform this function effectively for dairy products.
  4. I have performed this function fully, routinely, and independently and am proficient at developing and formulating policies, rules, and procedures for the conduct and administration of marketing programs for dairy products.


* 25.I routinely keep abreast of dairy market conditions and industry practices.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 26.Which of the following best describes your experience preparing and writing recommendations concerning implementation of milk marketing orders?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 27.Which of the following best describes your experience collecting, processing, and disseminating informational reports relative to dairy marketing?
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 28.Has your work schedule been full-time, i.e., 35-40 hours per week, for every position listed on your resume or OF-612?
  1. Yes
  2. No

        BRANCHED: * 1.In the space below, please list for all positions held: position title, employer, dates employed (MM/DD/YY) and work schedule (i.e., Full-Time (FT), Part-Time (PT), etc., and hrs/wk). Please list in order with current/most recent position first. Failure to provide all requested information may prevent us from giving credit for experience.

    (Example:
    1. HR Asst, USDA/APHIS, 05/01/03 to Present, FT, 40 hrs/wk
    2. Sales Associate, Target, 10/29/00 to 04/23/03, PT, 15 hrs/wk)

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.



* 29.I understand that any correspondence necessary will be conducted via e-mail and sent to the e-mail address I provided in this application process. I must keep this e-mail address current.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 30.I understand for information on the status of my application and the outcome of the application process, I (the applicant) must inquire through USAJOBS. No separate notification will be sent to me. To view the status of my application and the outcome of the application process, I must go to the USAJOBS website and log into My Account. Once in My Account I must enter the "Application Status" section of the website.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 31.I certify that I have read the information regarding E-Verify found at: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mrpbs/hr/job_opportunities/downloads/e_verify.pdf
  1. Yes
  2. No


Depending on the number of applications received you may not see a change in your status for generally 2 to 3 weeks after an announcement has closed.

* 32.How did you hear about this announcement?
  1. Career Fair
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Word of mouth
  5. Supervisor
  6. USAJOBS search
  7. USAJOBS e-mail notification
  8. Other


* 33.If you selected Career Fair or Other please specify the event you attended or tell us how you heard about this vacancy. If you selected any other answer choices please fill in N/A in the text box below.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 34.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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