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Grade: 05
1.PHHRS Band 5 (GS-14 expert equivalent; non-supervisory): Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the federal service
  2. I have at least 52 weeks equivalent 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 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 5, GS-14 equivalent)Non-supervisory expert.


2.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
* 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 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.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.(5567) Please describe any formal rewards or certificates of recognition that you have received for outstanding effort or initiative.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


7.I have the following experience in preparing for hearings and adjudicating cases:
  1. Conducted extensive research of complex legal and factual issues.
  2. Interpreted and applied limited Federal sector precedents when available, or when not available, devising legal theories consistent with the legal precedents and management interests.
  3. Conducted pre-hearing assessment of potential witnesses, including expert witnesses.
  4. Prepared pleadings, discovery, show cause orders, briefs and other documents preparatory or incident to the hearings.
  5. Presented opening and closing statements, examining and cross-examining witnesses, arguing motions and summarizing the case.
  6. None of the above


8.Provide assistance to management in resolution of difficult negotiable, grievable, or arbitrable problems.
  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.


9.Research, analyze and evaluate legal issues and implications, determine appropriate legal recourse, and prepare technical legal documents to assist in preparing cases.
  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.


10.ORAL COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS: The person in this position must have the skill to communicate in both formal and informal settings, including communicating effectively with Agency executives, senior level management, employee organizations and association representatives, and with other Agency or Department officials. The individual will often represent the Division at key agency meetings or on Agency level workgroups. Select the one description which best presents your highest level of experience.
  1. I have routinely justified, persuaded, negotiated, or resolved matters involving significant or controversial HR policy or operating program issues. This included communicating effectively and harmoniously with senior management, employee organizations/associations, and/or other individuals at all levels in the public, Federal, and private sector to convey HR policies, regulations and procedures.
  2. I have regularly served as an HR representative and conducted discussions or participated in workgroups as an HR representative, in which the purpose was to influence, motivate, or persuade persons or groups. This included using communication skills to approach individuals or groups who are skeptical or in disagreement in order to obtain the desired effect, e.g., gaining compliance with an established policy or regulation.
  3. I have regularly served as an HR representative and participated in discussions in which the purpose was to plan, coordinate, or consult on work efforts or to resolve problems in HR operating or policy. This included influencing or motivating individuals or groups who are working toward mutual goals and who have basically cooperative attitudes.
  4. I have regularly served as an HR representative in dealing with managers and employees within the areas serviced. This included acquiring, clarifying or exchanging facts and information needed to complete HR assignments.
  5. None of the above apply.


11.Utilize persuasive techniques to obtain cooperation and agreement between parties for a mutually agreeable solution.
  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.


12.Utilize skills in diplomacy and liaison to resolve controversy or resolve problems.
  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.


13.Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  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.


14.I have successfully completed courses of professional training or college level course work in the following:
  1. Mediation
  2. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  3. Effective Meeting Management
  4. Conflict Management
  5. EEO Counseling
  6. Dealing with difficult people
  7. None of the above


15.This position requires the incumbent to represent a Federal Agency and provide advice and guidance to its employees, managers and supervisors in Federal Employment related matters including Civil Rights, Discrimination, Conduct and Performance. From the list below, indicate all of the Employment related areas with which you have experience.
  1. Employee Relations
  2. Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) law/practice
  3. Conduct and Discipline
  4. Grievance and Appeals
  5. Performance and performance-based actions
  6. None of the above


16.I am proficient in the provisions relevant regulations governing Complaints before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


17.I am proficient with the regulations governing Appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board.
  1. Yes
  2. No


18.I have reviewed, performed legal analysis and research on the following types of actions:
  1. Alleged violations of Title VII or other anti-discrimination statutes
  2. Appeals before the Merit Systems Protection Board from adverse actions within the Executive Branch of the Federal Government
  3. Whistleblower Complaints
  4. Appeals to the Merit Systems Protection Board under VEOA or USSERA
  5. US District Court or State trial court complaints arising from tort or contract
  6. Appeals to the US Court of Appeals or a State Court of Appeals
  7. Alleged violations of legal or regulatory requirements
  8. None of the above


19.Which of the following functions have you performed in assessing the completeness and accuracy of the contents of a case file?
  1. I have identified missing information/documentation
  2. I have identified inconsistencies in a case file's contents
  3. I have identified potential witnesses from a case file's contents
  4. I have determined if there is evidence to support the various elements of a claim
  5. None of the above


20.From the choices below please identify areas in which you have on-the-job experience.
  1. I have experience in researching firm records, case law, legal periodicals, and public information to confirm compliance with federal regulations and laws governing employment within the Federal Government
  2. In collaboration with senior staff, I have experience researching form records, case law, legal periodicals and public information in order to provide advice, guidance and interpretation of investigations and regulatory requirements for an organization
  3. I have experience in researching firm records, case law, legal periodicals and public information
  4. I have experience preparing legal analyses of complex investigative reports for use in formal proceedings
  5. I have experience developing policies and procedures for use by an organization
  6. I do not have any of the experience referenced above.


21.This position requires the incumbent to engage in extensive legal research on the subject of employment law. Which of the following best describes your level of experience and education?
  1. I have extensive legal research experience in the regulations, cases and statutes that govern employment discrimination law and practice.
  2. I have extensive experience in researching legal issues including cases and statues in areas other than employment discrimination law and practice.
  3. I have experience researching the answer to legal questions by finding and reading the relevant case opinions and statues.
  4. I have experience related or similar to conducting legal research which has equipped me with the skills necessary to perform these tasks.
  5. I have little or no legal research or related experience.


22.Select all of the answers that describe methods and sources you have used, on a regular basis, to conduct research or locate information on employment policies, procedures and directives.
  1. Code of Federal Regulations
  2. United States Code
  3. Internet
  4. Agency personnel policy manuals
  5. Merit System Protection Board decisions
  6. Federal Labor Relations Authority decisions
  7. Comptroller General decisions
  8. Executive Orders
  9. Case law, court decisions
  10. Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions
  11. OPM Handbook and guidance issuances
  12. National Labor Relations Board
  13. Collective Bargaining Agreements
  14. Arbitration decisions
  15. Professional society journals or publications
  16. None of the above


23.This position requires the incumbent to research, draft and file procedural and dispositive motions in third party litigation. Which of the following describes your level of experience.
  1. I have researched and written Motions (and oppositions to Motions) for Summary Judgment or Motions for a Decision without a hearing.
  2. I have researched and written Motions (or Oppositions to Motions) to Dismiss, Motions pursuant to FRCP Rule 12b and 12c or Demurrers.
  3. I have researched and written Motions to compel or prevent compelling discovery.
  4. I have researched and written Appellate Briefs.
  5. I have researched and written memorandum of law for case preparation.
  6. I have researched and written legal briefs, law review articles or case notes as part of a law school curriculum.
  7. I have researched but not written any of the above.
  8. None of the above


24.The position requires the incumbent to take and defend depositions and/or testimonies of parties, witnesses and experts.
  1. I have taken and defended over fifteen (15) depositions and/or testimonies.
  2. I have taken or defended five to fifteen (5 - 15) depositions and/or testimonies.
  3. I have assisted others in taking or defending depositions and/or testimonies..
  4. I have been trained in taking or defending depositions but I have not done so myself.
  5. Nove of the above


25.This position requires the incumbent to litigate cases before an administrative judge. Please state which of the following best describes your litigation experience:
  1. I have extensive trial experience in more than ten (10) evidentiary hearings where I examined witnesses, introduced documents and other tangible evidence, made and opposed evidentiary objections and presented opening and closing arguments to a judge or jury.
  2. I have trial experience in five (5) to fifteen (15) evidentiary hearings where I either examined witnesses, introduced documents or other tangible evidence or made either opening or closing arguments to a judge.
  3. I have some experience at evidentiary hearings either as an advocate or in a support role but I have not examined witnesses, introduced other evidence or presented oral arguments.
  4. I have law school or other training in conducting evidentiary hearings but have not done so myself.
  5. None of the above






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