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* 1.Choose all that apply. 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 8000 characters.


* 4.(5560) Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My years of work experience working within the field specified in this announcement is:
  1. More than 10
  2. More than 5 but less than 10
  3. More than 3 but less than 5
  4. More than 1but less than 3
  5. Less than one
  6. No applied experience in this field


* 5.(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


* 6.(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


* 7.Please check all that apply. Within my professional area of expertise, I have:
  1. Identified a trend indicating a new problem area for focus
  2. Developed a new/unique solution for a departmental/functional problem
  3. Resolved a crisis related to an unforeseen problem
  4. None of the above


* 8.(5185) 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


* 9.(5186) 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.


* 10.(5686) Please check all that apply. I have delivered briefings or presentations on work-related issues to an audience of:
  1. Professionals within my field in my own organization
  2. Professionals within my field outside of my own organization
  3. Professionals in diverse fields in my own organization
  4. Professionals in diverse fields outside of my own organization
  5. FSIS Federal Program Officials
  6. Other Federal Officials
  7. Executive Level Management (e.g., CEO, CIO, CFO, etc.)
  8. None of the above


* 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.(5545) Please check all that apply. During my career, I have written:
  1. Procedural manuals for my work or the work of others
  2. Regulations or policies related to my functional responsibilities
  3. Special issue reports for a topic within my functional area
  4. Special topics presentations for an issue within my functional area
  5. Comprehensive reports documenting findings, conclusions and recommendations
  6. None of the above


* 13.(5178) If you selected choice #1 in the question above, please provide the title, publication, and date of the publication.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 14.(5191) 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. Supervisory, Management, or Leadership Skills
  2. Team Building Skills
  3. Performance Management
  4. Employee Relations
  5. None of the above


* 15.(5193) Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have been a supervisor (i.e., responsible for direct reports' formal performance appraisals) where my direct reports (your subordinates) and indirect reports (i.e., subordinates of your direct reports) total this number of personnel:
  1. 500 or more
  2. 250 but less than 500
  3. 100 but less than 250
  4. 50 but less than 100
  5. 25 but less than 50
  6. 10 but less than 25
  7. Less than 10
  8. No experience as a supervisor with direct reports


* 16.(5196) Please check all that apply. During my career, I have managed an organizational unit during:
  1. Severe staff shortages (20% or more vacancy or reductions)
  2. Restructuring/reorganization directly affecting my unit
  3. Under tight budget constraints
  4. None of the above


* 17.(5198)Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience implementing and/or assisting the agency/organization in meeting affirmative action plans by engaging in employment activities consistent with diversity goals.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it?on the job
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee. (
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task


* 18.Please check all that apply. I have direct supervisory (i.e., responsible for direct reports) formal performance appraisals) experience in managing:
  1. Supervisors
  2. A multi-disciplinary team (i.e., direct reports have different functional specializations)
  3. Senior level personnel (i.e., direct reports have more than 5 years of experience)
  4. Junior level personnel (i.e., direct reports have less than 5 years experience)
  5. Non-professional workers (e.g., clerks, manufacturing personnel)
  6. I do not have experience supervising any of the above staff.


* 19.(5214) Please check the highest applicable resource allocation experience. I have work experience where I have allocated resources for a unit/department of this many personnel:
  1. 50 or more
  2. 25-49
  3. 12 to 24
  4. 5 to 11
  5. 4 or fewer
  6. None of the above


* 20.(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


* 21.(5216) Please check all that apply. I have work experience where one of my primary responsibilities was to:
  1. Evaluate work force utilization
  2. Determine work load distribution
  3. Assess hiring needs
  4. Evaluate overtime needs
  5. None of the above


* 22.(5226-n) I have worked on a project where I have:
  1. Identified the needs of internal customers
  2. Developed an innovative solution for meeting internal clients' needs
  3. Implemented an innovative solution to meeting internal clients' needs
  4. Evaluated the effectiveness of a solution
  5. None of the above


* 23.(5552) Please check all that apply. I have developed policies, processes or procedures that were implemented:
  1. Locally or within my department
  2. Regionally or across departments
  3. Nationally or across the organization
  4. I have not developed policies, processes, or procedures


* 24.(5553) 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


* 25.Describe you experience managing a large multi-disciplinary organization of highly skilled scientific professionals dealing in analytical services in the fields of microbiology and chemistry.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 26.Describe your experience managing the implementation of new laboratory methodologies.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 27.Ability to plan, set goals and priorities, meet deadlines, manage the use of laboratory resources effectively.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 28.Review and direct the work of others in an accredited laboratory.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 29.Ability to direct the full range of laboratory administrative activities required to operate a large scientific organization with a multi-million dollar budget.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 30.Ability to deal effectively with off-site headquarters and field personnel, other federal agencies, state and local governments, international scientists, and local community organizations.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 31.Ability to oversee specialized programs such as ISO accreditation, quality control/quality assurance; contingency planning, quick reaction emergency response; unusual analytical investigations; and safety, health and environment control.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 32.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD 214, 50B, 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


* 33.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


* 34.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 log in web page and log into MY USAJOBS. Once in MY USAJOBS I must enter the "Track your online job applications" section of the website.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 35.I certify that I have read the information regarding E-Verify found in the announcement text.
  1. Yes
  2. No






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