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Grade: 03
1.PHHRS AP Band 3 (GS-9/11 equivalent): Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-7 or 8)
  2. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 2) level in the federal service
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system
  4. I have a closely related master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience that meet the qualifications for AP Band 3 (GS-9) Ex: An applicant has 9 mos. of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 and less than 2 years, but 1 1/2 or more years of creditable graduate education (closely related to the position). The 1/2 year of graduate education beyond the first year needed to qualify for GS-7 and the 9 months of specialized experience together meet or exceed the total requirement.
  6. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  7. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  8. None of the above for this band (AP Band 3, GS-9/11 equivalent).


Grade: 04
1.PHHRS AP Band 4 (GS-12/13 equivalent): Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-11)
  2. I have at least 52 weeks equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 3) level in the federal service
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system
  4. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  5. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  6. None of the above for this band (AP Band 4, GS-12/13 equivalent).


Grade: All Grades
1.(5562-n) I have work experience within:
  1. USDA-FSIS
  2. Department of Agriculture - other agency
  3. Other government agency (Federal, state, county, municipality)
  4. A large organization (5000+ employees)
  5. None of the above


2.(5557) Choose the answer that best describes your highest level of education:
  1. Completed doctorate degree.
  2. Completed master of science/arts degree.
  3. Completed graduate coursework in my functional field, in addition to having a bachelor`s degree, but have not received a master of science/art degree.
  4. Completed bachelor of arts/science degree in my functional field.
  5. Completed a bachelor of arts/science degree in a field not related to this functional position.
  6. Received associate of arts or science degree from an accredited college or university.
  7. Received a vocational or technical degree from an accredited college, university, or learning institution.
  8. Received a certificate from an accredited college or university.
  9. Completed coursework at an accredited college or university.
  10. Completed high school degree or equivalent.
  11. Completed less than high school degree or equivalent.


3.(5558) Please list any specialized certification or licenses you hold relevant to the position.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


4.(5561) Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My years of work experience where I was in a role similar to the job that I am applying:
  1. More than 10
  2. More than 5 but less than 10
  3. More than 3 but less than 5
  4. More than 1 but less than 3
  5. Less than one
  6. No applied experience in this role


5.(5567) Please describe any formal rewards or certificates of recognition that you have received for outstanding effort or initiative.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


6.Please select the option that most closely describes your years of experience in managing, or assisting with multiple projects to ensure that all objectives are met?
  1. More than 10
  2. More than 5 but less than 10
  3. More than 3 but less than 5
  4. More than 1 but less than 3
  5. Less than one


7.Do you have experience as a COTR (Contracting Officer's Technical Representative)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


8.If your answer is yes to this question, please provide the job title/s and dates of service where you had this responsibility.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


9.(5646)Please select the option that most closely describes your experience. I have had experience where I had:
  1. Overall responsibility for budget planning for an organizational unit.
  2. Budget planning responsibility for one or more programs in an organizational unit.
  3. Contributed to the budget planning process in an organizational unit.
  4. I do not have any experience in the planning of a budget.


10.(5287) If you selected option #1 or #2 to answer the previous question, please provide the job title and dates of service where you had this responsibility.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


11.(5544) Please check all that apply. During my career, I have:
  1. Disseminated new or revised regulations, policies and procedures
  2. Answered questions regarding new or revised regulations, policies and procedures
  3. Resolved disputes regarding new or revised regulations, policies and procedures
  4. None of the above


12.(5179) Please check all that apply. I have successfully completed a training course or class with the primary emphasis of the learning devoted to the topic of:
  1. Business Writing Skills
  2. Report Writing Skills
  3. None of the Above


13.(5180) For each training course checked above, please provide the approximate date, and title of the training course
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


14.(5183) Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My most recent supervisor would say my ability to clearly communicate so others understand the information I am conveying is:
  1. Excellent
  2. Very Good
  3. Good
  4. Fair
  5. Needs Improvement


15.(5243) Please check all that apply. I have work experience where one of my primary responsibilities involved using the following computer application(s):
  1. Word or another word processing package
  2. Excel or another spreadsheet
  3. Access or another data base
  4. PowerPoint or another graphics package
  5. None of the above


16.(5346) Please check all that apply. How many of the following types of computer software have you used at work? (Count each type only once.)
  1. Word processing
  2. Data base
  3. Graphics/drawing
  4. Communications (email, instant messaging
  5. Spreadsheet
  6. Desk top publishing
  7. Programming language
  8. Accounting or bookkeeping
  9. None of the above


17.(5215) Please check the highest applicable resource allocation experience. I have work experience where I have managed a project involving this many personnel:
  1. More than 25
  2. 12 to 25
  3. 5 to 11
  4. 4 or fewer
  5. None of the above


18.(5549) Please check all that apply. I have demonstrated project management experience in the following areas:
  1. Establishing project requirements
  2. Setting project/unit priorities
  3. Developing project schedules and milestones
  4. Following up on project progress
  5. None of the above


19.(5333) Please check all that apply. I have previous work experience where I developed new standards or requirements for an issue with organization-wide impact by:
  1. Participating in a staff capacity or part of a task force
  2. Leading a team in this type of initiative
  3. Championing or overseeing a team with this type of initiative
  4. None of the above


20.(5565) Please check all that apply. In my current and previous work roles, I have contributed value to the organization/function by:
  1. Improving the efficiency of service delivery
  2. Decreasing errors in work deliverables
  3. Minimizing the costs of services
  4. Increasing internal customer satisfaction
  5. None of the above


21.Please provide the answer that best describes your years of experience in providing briefings or presentations within the field specified in this announcement.
  1. More than 10
  2. More than 5 but less than 10
  3. More than 3 but less than 5
  4. More than 1 but less than 3
  5. Less than 1


22.(5313) Please check all that apply. I have attended an educational course(s) or training class(es) with the primary emphasis of the learning devoted to the topic of:
  1. Program Management
  2. Strategic Analysis
  3. Project Management
  4. Resource Allocation
  5. None of the above






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