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Grade: 07
* 1.GS-7 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement
  2. I have successfully completed at least one full year of graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) in a degree program related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. Superior Academic Achievement - I meet one of the requirements listed in the superior academic achievement description below.
  5. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


Superior Academic Achievement Description:
I have successfully completed all of the requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and I meet one of the following:
  1. In the upper 1/3 of my graduating class; OR
  2. A GPA of 3.0 or higher out of 4.0, as recorded on official transcript, or based on courses completed during final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  3. A GPA of 3.5 or higher out of 4.0, based on average of required courses completed in major or required courses in major completed during the final 2 years of curriculum; OR
  4. Member of a national scholastic honor society that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Societies.


Grade: 09
* 1.GS-9 - Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience.
  1. I have successfully completed a master's or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service performing work related to the duties of the position described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first year of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described.


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.Please enter the anticipated date of graduation from your current program.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Which of the following best describes your experience executing, monitoring, and controlling budgets?
  1. I have not performed this function.
  2. I have received education or training in budget execution, internal monitoring and control methods but have not performed this function on the job.
  3. I have monitored, controlled and identified appropriate adjustments to operating budgets for programs or organizations with essentially one source of funding e.g., appropriated funds, fees for products or services, or similar non-appropriated fund sources.
  4. I have monitored, controlled & identified appropriate adjustments to operating budgets for organizations whose funding sources & control processes were mixed & complex i.e. having several of the following conditions: appropriated funds, revolving funds, trust funds, fees for services, working capital funds, non-appropriated or grant funds supporting multiple locations, fund sources governed by different fiscal years, financial classifications accounting systems, reporting & control systems.


* 6.I have reviewed budget forecasts, estimates and requests to assure that they meet requirements and standards concerning the following:
  1. Proper format
  2. Technical accuracy
  3. Mathematical accuracy
  4. Adequacy of supporting narrative justification
  5. Conformance with budgetary policy, guidelines, and legal requirements
  6. Consistency with financial objectives
  7. Consistency with program objectives
  8. None of the above


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience analyzing the utilization of funds, including the timeliness of obligations and expenditures, by your assigned organizations?
  1. I have not performed this function.
  2. I have received education and training in the analysis of fund utilization, but I have not performed this function on the job.
  3. I have tracked fund utilization, including rates of obligations and expenditures to assure timely use of funds in my assigned organizations.
  4. I have extensive experience and am highly skilled at analyzing fund utilization by my assigned organizations. I have provided management advisory services resulting in improved financial plans, work plans, and timely execution of approved budgets.


* 8.I have applied knowledge of accounting principles, practices, and procedures in order to:
  1. Provide detailed account coding to ensure the proper disbursement of funds and the proper recording of obligations and expenditures
  2. Analyze accounting transactions to assure proper accounting treatment
  3. Clarify accounting data by researching abnormal balances
  4. Perform periodic comparisons of internal systems with the core accounting system to detect and correct erroneous postings or abnormal balances
  5. Research accounting transactions to verify validity and to determine the cause of any incorrect data
  6. Request accounting adjustments to transfer charges and ensure the transactions appear accurately on reports
  7. Conduct regular variance analysis and resolve discrepancies that are out of tolerance limits
  8. Analyze subsidiary ledgers in a general fund accounting system to ensure accuracy of data
  9. None of the above


* 9.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. Web based reporting software
  11. Other
  12. None of the above


* 10.I am proficient at performing the following in spreadsheet programs for use in preparing and analyzing budget data:
  1. Cell formulas
  2. Macros
  3. Linking spreadsheets
  4. Creating pivot tables
  5. None of the above


* 11.I have used various accounting systems and related documents in order to locate and analyze data pertaining to income, expenditures and budgetary issues.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Which of the following best describes your experience conducting studies/analyses of an organization in order to develop recommendations to improve efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, and/or economy?
  1. I have not performed this function.
  2. I have received education and training in analyzing organizations for this purpose, but I have not performed such studies or analyses on the job.
  3. I have routinely and independently conducted studies/analyses of an organization in order to develop recommendations to improve efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, and/or economy as a regular part of jobs I have held.
  4. I am highly skilled at this function. I have used both qualitative and quantitative methodologies in these studies/analyses. Based on these studies/analyses, I have developed recommendations which were implemented to improve an organization's efficiency, effectiveness, productivity, and/or economy.


* 13.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. Work with representatives of outside groups that hold opposing views or positions to resolve issues
  5. Build and sustain working relationships with outside persons in order to obtain information or commitments to taking action
  6. Interact with representatives of outside groups in order to accomplish your employer's goals
  7. Effectively persuade cooperators to adopt new methods, procedures, or techniques in order to improve their operations
  8. None of the above


* 14.From the answer choices below, please select the one that best reflects your ability to communicate technical financial information in writing:
  1. I have presented only non-technical information.
  2. I have communicated technical financial information in writing and am proficient at this job function.
  3. I have been acknowledged for my ability to communicate technical financial information in writing to a variety of persons and groups.
  4. None of above


* 15.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.


* 16.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


* 17.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


* 18.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


* 19.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.

* 20.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


* 21.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.






This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).