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Grade: 15
1.GS-15: I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the grade 14 level in the Federal service as described below.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience applying state-of-the-art IT principles to the design and development and management of complex, large IT program operations systems?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 2.I have provided direction and oversight for a centralized information processing facility which included responsibility for the following components:
  1. Communications
  2. Operations
  3. System administration
  4. Storage management
  5. System engineering
  6. Physical infrastructure
  7. None of the above


* 3.From the following list of equipment, please select those for which you have experience planning, implementing, and managing:
  1. Desktop
  2. Mid-range systems
  3. Large mainframes
  4. None of the above


* 4.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience developing new methods, approaches, and procedures and interpreting guidelines and standards related to IT management?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.


* 5.Which of the following most accurately reflects your highest level of experience managing IT projects?
  1. I have been an IT professional assigned to carry out components of projects, but have not been assigned formal leadership, supervisory or management responsibilities.
  2. I have been a project or team leader with responsibility for carrying out one or more IT projects that have spanned the course of a few months up to one year. The projects required me to plan and direct the work, maintain the schedule, report progress and assure the quality of the work performed.
  3. I have been a project manager with responsibility for carrying out one or more long term (over one year) IT projects. I have been responsible for negotiating the scope of the project, establishing multi-year budgets to fund the work, tracking and reporting on expenditures, costs and progress through key milestones. I have directed assigned staff including those from disciplines other than the IT organization e.g., functional staff, users, and or contractor staff.
  4. I have been responsible for managing and directing multiple IT projects that are/were in progress concurrently. I have managed these through a staff of subordinate project managers and team leaders. I have approved the scope of these projects, authorized funding, assigned resources and monitored team progress. I have been responsible for negotiating adjustments in the projects´┐Ż timetables, budgets, scope and coverage with senior management at the agency headquarters level or the equivalent.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.I have performed the following leadership functions successfully in projects that I have led or was assigned senior staff responsibility.
  1. Setting project goals, milestones and expectations
  2. Planning work assignments to be assigned to project/team members
  3. Assigning tasks and responsibilities to project/team members
  4. Reviewing completed work for technical adequacy and timeliness
  5. Following up with project/team members to assure timeliness in meeting milestones
  6. Resolving conflicts, differences or problems among project/team members
  7. Coaching and mentoring staff to achieve desired results
  8. Reporting progress to senior management
  9. Implementing work completed
  10. Evaluating the effectiveness of completed projects
  11. None of the above


* 7.I have performed the following duties related to Information Technology management:
  1. Participated in the planning and budgeting processes and supported functions which have broad impact.
  2. Demonstrated and conducted work performance critiques.
  3. Provided informal feedback.
  4. Evaluated employee performance.
  5. Developed annual performance plans.
  6. Provided estimates for the capital and operational budgets.
  7. None of the above.


* 8.From the following list of IT strategic planning and project management job functions, please select those you have performed in jobs that you have held:
  1. Conduct IT strategic planning, budget development, and project management activities.
  2. Facilitate teams in conducting analyses, developing goals, objectives, and strategies, and in other strategic, tactical, budgetary, and business planning activities.
  3. Develop and implement project management procedures, tools, templates, activities, and infrastructure.
  4. Provide project management training and assistance to technical staff.
  5. Recommend, design, develop, and implement marketing policies and program strategies to promote information technology (IT) services and products.
  6. Develops long and short-range marketing strategies, including budget projects, and prepares annual marketing plans and sales forecasts.
  7. Serve as an intermediary between customer organizations and IT merchants in order to negotiate cost, service, delivery, installation, and warranties.
  8. Conduct management level presentations to propose solutions, relay strategic direction, supply project status information and budget requirements.
  9. None of the above.


* 9.From the following list of contacts, please select those with whom you have established professional working relationships in order to discuss IT policies, regulations or contracts:
  1. High ranking officials at major organizational levels
  2. Administrative support staff
  3. Public interest groups
  4. Journalists
  5. Congressional staff
  6. Contracting officials
  7. Local officers of regional or national trade associations
  8. State/Local government officials
  9. None of the above


* 10.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience preparing and presenting briefings to top levels of management and special interest groups on issues related to IT management, policy, and planning?
  1. I have not had the training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had specific training directly related to this task, although I have not performed this task on any job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job with assistance from a team leader, supervisor or other employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have performed this task on the job independently with approval of the final product by a team leader or a supervisor.
  5. I am considered a technical expert or role model on this task, providing guidance to others because of my background.






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