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Grade: 03
* 1.Basic Requirement (MP&CE)(All grades) Please choose one answer:
  1. I have a Degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, math, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
  2. I do not meet the basic requirement outlined above.


* 2.AP-1515-03 level (equivalent to GS-9/11) - I have the following experience and/or education:
  1. I have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree and 1 year equivalent to at least GS-7 or GS-8
  2. I have a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree and 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-7 or GS-8)
  4. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 2) level in the Federal Service
  5. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system
  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 (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of full-time work or percentage for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  8. None of the above for this pay band (AP Band 3, GS-9/11 equivalent).


* 3.Please select the answer that reflects your basic qualifications for this position. This is used together with your answers in the previous question.
  1. My specialized experience meets the specialized experience requirement that is cited in the vacancy announcement text and/or below. By selecting this option, I am acknowledging that I have read the text in the vacancy announcement or below which outlines specialized experience, and to the best of my knowledge, I meet this requirement. I understand that my resume and application must provide detail to fully support this claim.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


Grade: 04
* 1.Basic Requirement (MP&CE)(All grades) Please choose one answer:
  1. I have a Degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, math, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
  2. I do not meet the basic requirement outlined above.


* 2.AP-1515-04 level (equivalent to GS-12/13)- I have the following experience and/or education:
  1. I have a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree and 1 year equivalent to at least GS-9
  2. I have a PH.D or equivalent doctoral degree and 1 year equivalent to at least GS-11
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-11)
  4. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 3) level in the Federal Service
  5. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system
  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 (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of full-time work or percentage for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  8. None of the above for this pay band (AP Band 4, GS-12/13 equivalent).


* 3.Please select the answer that reflects your basic qualifications for this position. This is used together with your answers in the previous question.
  1. My specialized experience meets the specialized experience requirement that is cited in the vacancy announcement text and/or below. By selecting this option, I am acknowledging that I have read the text in the vacancy announcement or below which outlines specialized experience, and to the best of my knowledge, I meet this requirement. I understand that my resume and application must provide detail to fully support this claim.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


Grade: All Grades
For each critical competency below, select ONE statement that best describes your highest level of proficiency acquired in cost estimating methodologies with emphasis of cost risk techniques, cost estimating tools and financial practices.

* 1.Financial Management: Prepares, justifies, and/or administers the budget for program area; plans, administers and monitors expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs and policies.
  1. I do not have education or experience related to this competency.
  2. I have some education and/or experience in this competency and I can apply the competency in somewhat difficult situations. I require frequent guidance.
  3. I have a moderate amount of education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require occasional guidance.
  4. I have considerable education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require no guidance.
  5. I am considered an expert in this competency. I can apply the competency in exceptionally difficult situations. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 2.Planning and Evaluating: Determines objectives and strategies; coordinates with other parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors and evaluates the progress and outcomes of operational plans; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
  1. I do not have education or experience related to this competency.
  2. I have some education and/or experience in this competency and I can apply the competency in somewhat difficult situations. I require frequent guidance.
  3. I have a moderate amount of education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require occasional guidance.
  4. I have considerable education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require no guidance.
  5. I am considered an expert in this competency. I can apply the competency in exceptionally difficult situations. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 3.Cost-Benefit Analysis: Knowledge of the principles and methods of cost-benefit analysis, including the time value of money, present value concepts, and quantifying tangible and intangible benefits.
  1. I do not have education or experience related to this competency.
  2. I have some education and/or experience in this competency and I can apply the competency in somewhat difficult situations. I require frequent guidance.
  3. I have a moderate amount of education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require occasional guidance.
  4. I have considerable education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require no guidance.
  5. I am considered an expert in this competency. I can apply the competency in exceptionally difficult situations. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 4.Strategic Thinking: Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
  1. I do not have education or experience related to this competency.
  2. I have some education and/or experience in this competency and I can apply the competency in somewhat difficult situations. I require frequent guidance.
  3. I have a moderate amount of education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require occasional guidance.
  4. I have considerable education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require no guidance.
  5. I am considered an expert in this competency. I can apply the competency in exceptionally difficult situations. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


* 5.Risk Management: Knowledge of methods and tools used for risk assessment and mitigation of risk.
  1. I do not have education or experience related to this competency.
  2. I have some education and/or experience in this competency and I can apply the competency in somewhat difficult situations. I require frequent guidance.
  3. I have a moderate amount of education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require occasional guidance.
  4. I have considerable education and/or experience in this competency. I can apply the competency in difficult situations. I require no guidance.
  5. I am considered an expert in this competency. I can apply the competency in exceptionally difficult situations. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.


For each item below, select ONE statement that best describes your current level of experience and capability.

* 6.Study requirements on cost estimates (Examples include: communications, personnel, development, equipment)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 7.Analyze cost estimates prepared by other people/organizations.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 8.Provide feedback on cost estimates (written and oral.)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 9.Prepare cost reports (Examples include: labor costs and productivity, investments, inventory analysis and business processes.)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 10.Work with cross-functional teams to drive cost savings initiatives to completion.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 11.Review cost reports (Examples include: Tracking and reporting capital expenditure projects.)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 12.Obtain, compile, and summarize narrative information, quantitative data to link system requirements and a strategic direction for an organization's use.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 13.Review reimbursement estimates of programs.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 14.Recommend revisions of reimbursement of programs.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 15.Review criteria to measure costs and benefits for a program or project.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 16.Analyze costs, benefits, and trends in rates of obligations for cost estimates.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 17.Analyze expenditure of funds for costs analysis methodologies.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 18.Facilitate monitoring of a program effectiveness (Examples include: identifying and evaluating methodologies to tracking and reporting capital expenditure projects.)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 19.Facilitate evaluation of a program effectiveness (Examples include: defining current and long-term benefits.)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 20.Analyze metrics.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 21.Consult with customers on programs, requirements, timelines, costs, benefits, etc.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 22.Analyze suggestions for new programs or related to cost analysis.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 23.Discuss issues related to cost analysis and requirements with appropriate staff.
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.


* 24.Prepare recommendations for changes in methods and practices (written and oral.)
  1. I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
  2. I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instructions, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
  3. I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
  4. I have performed this work behavior independently across a wide range of situations. I have assisted others in carrying out this work behavior. I seek guidance in carrying out this work behavior only in unusually complex situations.
  5. I am considered an expert in carrying out this work behavior. I advise and instruct others in carrying out this work behavior on a regular basis. I am consulted by my colleagues and/or supervisor to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.






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