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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: 05
* 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-1515-05 level (equivalent to GS-14)- I have the following experience and/or education:
  1. I have at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service
  2. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 4) 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 (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.
  6. None of the above for this pay band (AP Band 5, GS-14 equivalent) Non-supervisory expert.


* 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.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.


* 2.Technical Competence: Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations and policies related to specialized expertise, e.g., finance and budget; maintains credibility with others on technical issues.
  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.Capital Planning and Investment Assessment: Knowledge of the principles and methods of capital investment analysis or business case analysis, including return on investment analysis.
  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.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.


* 5.Statistics: Knowledge of the principles, procedures and tools of performing statistical analysis utilizing multivariate analysis, statistical modeling, process control, quality control, time series analysis, regression analysis, bayesian analysis, and other techniques
  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.


* 6.Economics and Accounting: Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, and the analysis and reporting of financial data
  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.

* 7.Develop and refine analyses and models to meet requirements for program specific needs.
  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.Prepare and review complex cost modeling reports identifying measures of effectiveness.
  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.Conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses to solve problems and validate appropriate 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.


* 10.Conduct cost related and budgetary analyses on long and short-term contracts (examples include: reimbursable/interagency agreements, fee proposals, cost estimates and direct/indirect proposals.)
  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.Provide return on investment and cost benefit analyses in support of strategic and financial planning 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.


* 12.Serve as a subject-matter-expert during the acquisition process in drafting and analyzing (examples include: Government Cost Estimates (GCEs)/Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCEs).
  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.Provide independent validation of program cost estimate 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.


* 14.Analyze the implementation of substantive programs and 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.


* 15.Review established financial and budgetary goals, timetables, milestones, and other criteria (Examples include: measuring relative costs and benefits of achievements of a program annual performance plan.)
  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 cost and benefits of projects, funding requests, programs, 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.


* 17.Ability to exercise an extraordinary degree of discretion and independent judgment.
  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.Demonstrate interpersonal skills to represent a program or organization with high ranking persons inside and outside a program or organization.
  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.Represent a major segment of operating programs (Examples include: formulating, planning, and executing significant agency studies; tests; and investigations.)
  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.Use problem solving techniques on unique or novel problems and issues.
  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.Determine resource needs (Examples include: funding , personnel materials and facilities; determine ways to optimize utilization of personnel; and other resources.)
  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.Review and evaluate program operations (Examples include: identify weaknesses or opportunities to improve; develop and execute plans for addressing weaknesses or making improvements; and recommending action on matters that impact their program.)
  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.Provide authoritative determinations on important matters (Examples include: committing substantial resources or setting the program-wide goals.)
  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.Writing ability to produce significant documents such as policy statements, directives, and business cases.
  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.


* 25.Ability to oversee the production of similar materials by others.
  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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