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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:CONTRACT SPECIALIST (EHA) (COPPER CAP INTERN)

Department:Department of the Air Force

Agency:Air Force Personnel Center

Job Announcement Number:BK-14-968640-1102-MSA

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$38,790.00 to $68,809.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Friday, October 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1102-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

JOB SUMMARY:

Do you have the desire to be intellectually challenged? Are you looking for a secure career? Do you have initiative? If so, then read on! A Civilian Career with the Air Force offers challenging work, and the satisfaction of knowing you've made a difference. We're offering you an exciting career—begin as a Copper Cap Intern and then determine how far you want to go. You are the key to your success!

This is a Direct Hire Public Notice; under this recruitment procedure, each location/installation, identified in this Public Notice will make selections for vacancies as they occur. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application. Please read this Public Notice in its entirety prior to submitting your application for consideration.

 

These positions are being filled under Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA) for acquisition positions located at Air Force installations identified in this public notice. Positions may be filled as permanent with a full-time work schedule. Pay will vary by geographic location.

 

NOTE: Notices of Results (NORs) will not be sent to applicants under this authority.

 

The Copper Cap Intern Program offers you a permanent position upon completion of your formal training plan. As a  Copper Cap Intern you will experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. The program offers a 4-year  formal training plan with yearly salary increases. Promotions and salary increases are based upon your successful performance and supervisory approval. This is your opportunity to begin a successful civilian career with the United States Air Force.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Security Clearance
  • Mobility Agreement
  • Expedited Hiring Authority (EHA)

DUTIES:

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Major Duties:

Performs developmental and/or recurring assignments in support of a local installation or in a centralized procurement activity.

n Procures supplies or services primarily through formal advertising.

o Performs acquisition planning of goods and services necessary for efficient operation of the organization.

o Conducts market research and provides sound information in developing acquisition strategy.

o Meets with commercial representatives to discuss procurement needs, quality of items or services, current market prices, or delivery schedules.

n Performs simplified and complex contracting for procurement of goods and services thru the use of federal acquisition regulations (FAR) and supplements.

n Analyzes price proposals, financial reports, and other data and information to determine reasonable prices.

n Administers contracts with suppliers, vendors, and government representatives.

o Evaluates and monitors contract performance to determine need for changes and to ensure compliance with contractual obligations.

o Confers with personnel, users, and vendors to discuss defective or unacceptable goods or services and determines corrective action.

n Processes requirements using FAR, Departmental, MAJCOM and local procedures.

n Reviews requisitions to determine that proper specifications or purchase descriptions are included in solicitation documents.

o Determines adequacy and completeness of description, which involves research of various manuals and catalogs, or discussions with manufacturer's representatives or requisitioning sources to identify and initiate any corrective actions required.

n Develop, prepare, and present terms and conditions in bids or proposals related to the award of contracts.

o Selects clauses to cover special terms and conditions, such as inspection and acceptance, marking and packaging, quantity variation, price differential, or transportation costs.

n Negotiate and award contracts, contract modifications, and/or subcontracts.

o Performs source selection, evaluates bids, quotes, or proposals for compliance with specifications or purchase descriptions and applicable clauses.

o Considers financial responsibility of suppliers by evaluating contract performance on previous contracts.

o Analyzes proposed prices or costs, including such aspects as evaluating technical and audit reports, forecasting price trends, evaluating economic factors, estimating production efficiencies, and evaluating methods of allocating costs through various types of overhead and general and administrative

n Draft final contract including specifications, packing and shipping requirements, inspection instruction, and all other special and standard clauses.

n Prepares recommendations for award, documenting reasons for decisions.

n Administer the terms and conditions of awarded contracts, including such aspects as preparing contract modifications, evaluating of performance under the contract, and contract termination.

n Participates in formulating policies and procedures for the acquisition of goods or services, participating in procurement management reviews and contract clearance, or developing positions on claims and protests related to contracts

n Performs other assignments of similar difficulty that have been selected with a view to developing advanced skills, e.g., administering the negotiated and formally advertised contracts assigned; monitoring progress of contractors; preparing change orders; participating with higher graded specialists in the procurement of technical items using the formal advertised method where the items are manufactured to special specifications and are complicated by restricted price bidding, special processing, or packing and packaging specifications.

n Coordinates contracting activities with other Government agencies having interrelated requirements, e.g., obtaining wage rate information from the Department of Labor, requesting audit reports or pre-award surveys from Defense Contract Audit Agency or Defense Contract Administration Services, obtaining clearances from the Small Business Administration, and advertising work to be contracted in the Commerce Business Daily of the Department of Commerce.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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 Basic Education Requirements: 

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees with Superior Academic Achievement , GPA of 2.95 or better

  2. AND
  3. Have completed at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management. (This requirement can be obtained within the bachelor's degree or in addition to the degree.)

FEDERAL TIME-IN-GRADE (TIG)Requirement for General Schedule (GS) Positions: Applicants must have served atleast 52 weeks at the GS-05 or higher grade (or equivalent in an alternate paysystem) within the Federal Civil Service to be considered for referral. Thepurpose of TIG restrictions is to prevent excessively rapid promotions incompetitive service GS positions and to protect competitive principles.

Once the application and selection process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the applicable OPM qualification requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made. Applicants who fail to provide the necessary documentation to support their educational grade point average/masters degree requirements, qualifying experience or veterans' preference claim will be determined incomplete, ineligible or not identified as claiming veterans' preference. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration in the referral and selection process.

 

RECRUITMENT KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ANDABILITIES (KSA)

1.  Knowledge of commonly used contracting methods sufficient to perform procurement functions when the contract actions are well defined and well precedented.

2.  Skill in solving practical problems relating to supplies, services, and/or construction matters as they relate to the development of specifications or to contract administration involving product quality.

3. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to plan, organize work, and meet deadlines.

 

 

 

 


IF YOU ARE QUALIFYING BASED ON EDUCATION, PLEASE SUMBIT COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS TO INCLUDE TRANSFERRED HOURS - OFFICIAL COPIES ARE NOT REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.  IF SELECTED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE OFFICIAL COPIES OF ALL TRANSCRIPTS.  ***NOTE*** Degree Audits are not accepted.

 

IF YOU QUALIFY BASED ON UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION AND YOU HAVE NOT GRADUATED PRIOR TO APPLYING TO THIS POSITION, YOU MAY BE OFFERED A POSITION CONTINGENT UPON YOUR FINAL GRADE POINT AVERAGE OR CLASS RANKING. 

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

1. Mobility - you may be required to relocate during or after completion of your training.

2. Successful completion of all training and regulatory requirements as identified in the applicable training plan.

3. Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.

4. May be required to travel by military and/or civilian aircraft in the performance of official duties. 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE:

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, submit a copy of your DD-214 (member 4 or other copy showing type of discharge).  If you are eligible for 10-point veterans' preference, attach an SF-15 (utilize SF 15 with revision date of Aug 2008),  "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. (Approved VA Letter from the VA that shows percentage of disability, I.E. 10, 20. 30 etc.)

For more specifics on all veterans employment issues such as Veterans preference or special appointing authorities see the Veteran's Guide: http://www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

CATEGORY RATING

 

You will be rated under Category Rating procedures based on the responses you provide to the applicable Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Administrative Careers With America (ACWA) assessment required for the position and rated as shown below.  Additional points are not added for veteran's preference; however, preference is still applied.

 

Category 1, Qualified (Score 70-79):  Candidates who complete the applicable ACWA assessment and obtain a score between 70-79. 

 

Category 2, Highly Qualified (Score 80-89):  Candidates who complete the applicable ACWA assessment and obtain a score between 80-89. 

 

Category 3, Best Qualified (Score 90 or higher):  Candidates who complete the applicable ACWA assessment and obtain a score between 90-100.  This is considered the highest category.

 

Once the application and selection process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the applicable OPM qualification requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made.  Applicants who fail to provide the necessary documentation to support their educational grade point average/masters degree requirements, qualifying experience or veterans’ preference claim will be determined incomplete, ineligible or not identified as claiming veterans’ preference.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration in the referral and selection process.

 

 

 


BENEFITS:

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Benefits of Working for the Federal Government - Click here for an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees

Positions filled under General Schedule (GS) at entry level. Early promotion or re-promotions will not be granted.  During the three-year training program, there will be annual promotion opportunities based upon meeting time-in-grade requirements, successful performance, and supervisory approval at each grade level.  You will be eligible for noncompetitive promotion to the intervening and target grades dependent on satisfactory performance, successful completion of a full year of training at each lower grade level, and supervisory approval.

Selectee may be eligible for student loan repayment program; three year service agreement required.

 Appointment of Certain Military Spouses- I am the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who has been issued orders for a permanent change of station (PCS) and I am indicated on the PCS orders; and I have been married to the military member on, or prior to the date of my spouse's PCS orders; and I am relocating with my spouse to the new duty location; and I have not been appointment using this authority under these orders. -OR- I am the spouse of a member of the Armed Forces who retired with a disability rating at the time of retirement of 100 percent; or retired or separated from the Armed Forces and has a disability rating of 100 percent from the Dept of Veterans Affairs. -OR- I am the un-remarried widow or widower of a member of the Armed Forces killed while in active duty status. (NOTE 1: Spouses are eligible for a noncompetitive appointment under this authority for a maximum of 2 years from the date of: 1) the service member's permanent change of station orders; 2) Documentation verifying the member of the armed forces is 100 percent disabled; or 3) Documentation verifying the member of the armed forces was killed while on active duty. NOTE 2: For current military spouse's this appointment authority is limited to the geographical area of the PCS orders. For spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans or widows/widowers this authority is not limited to a geographical area and there is not a limit to the number of appointments under this authority. NOTE 3: You must include a copy of your spouse's PCS orders, or VA disability rating, or Death Certificate, as applicable.)

All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

This position will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Upon competing any required probationary period, the position will be permanent.

This position requires completion of a one year probationary period.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, who are 18 but not yet 26 years old, must be registered with the Selective Service System (or have an exemption) to be eligible for federal employment.  For additional information, click here.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.   Click here for more information.

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

 

You must upload/submit all required documents in order to be considered, i.e., Resume, All transcripts (we will accept unofficial), (DD 214, Veterans Award Letter and SF 15 if applicable).

 

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To apply for this position, you must provide both of the following:

1.      Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire. Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted), AND

2.      Your resume and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement such as transcripts and Veterans' Preference documentation (utilize SF15 with revision date of August 2008).

 

REMINDER: Ensure each job entry reflects beginning and ending month & year dates and the total hours worked per week (e.g. 05/2000 - 05/2006 40 hrs per week). Resumes that do not provide this basic information will be disqualified.  

 

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following:

1.      Your responses to the Qualifications Questionnaire, and

2.      Your résumé and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

 

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by 11:59PM Eastern Time on Friday, October 04, 2013.

 

Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

·         If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.

·         If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire

 

If you are faxing any documents, always use the official cover sheet which you may print using this link, :  http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf . The fax number is 478-757-3144

 

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever link you used to begin as described above, or simply go to https://ApplicationManager.gov. If you are experiencing difficulty accessing Application Manager you may send an email to ApplicationManagerHelpDesk@opm.gov or visit the following web-site http://eshelp.opm.gov/robo/projects/appman001/getting_more_help.htm.

 

 

Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.  Follow these steps:

1.      Print a copy of this job announcement so you can read the questions offline.

2.      Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL http://www.opm.gov/Forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3.      You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents by fax.

·         By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.

Instructions for completing the paper Qualifications Questionnaire: 

If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Qualifications Questionnaire method, you will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.  You are encouraged to complete the Qualifications Questionnaire and submit your documentation using the online method since it is the most efficient way to process your application. The method that we highly recommend is outlined under "OPTION A."  



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Step 2

  • Resume
  • Transcripts (Unofficial copies acceptable)
  • Qualifications
  • Veterans Preference documentation (if claiming Veteran Preference)
  • Miscellaneous (class ranking letter or national honor society membership certificate)

To submit the documents requested follow the instructions below: Your resume, curriculum vitae, the Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF 612), or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications  can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Civilian Force Renewal Branch
Phone: (800)847-0108
TDD: (800)382-0893
Email: AFCIVINTERN@US.AF.MIL
Agency Information:
Air Force Civilian Force Renewal
550 C Street West Ste 57
Randolph AFB, TX
78150-4749
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment email that your submission was successful. 

Social Security Number

Enter your Social Security Number in the space indicated. Providing your Social Security Number is voluntary, however we can not process your application without it.


Vacancy Identification Number

The Vacancy Identification Number is: 968640


1. Title of Job

CONTRACT SPECIALIST (EHA) (COPPER CAP INTERN)


2. Biographic Data

All biographic information is required, except for your telephone number and the contact time.


3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

5. Employment Availability

6. Citizenship

Are you a citizen of the United States?
7. Background Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

8. Other Information

9. Languages

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

10. Lowest Grade

Enter the lowest grade level you will accept.


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11. Miscellaneous Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

12. Special Knowledge

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

13. Test Location

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

These dates are required if you have claimed Veterans' Preference unless you have claimed derived Preference (i.e., widows, spouse, etc.)
Please use this format: (mm/dd/yyyy)


16. Availability Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

17. Service Computation Date

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

18. Other Date Information

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

19. Job Preference

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

20. Occupational Specialties

Select/enter at least one occupational specialty. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Contract Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

Select/enter at least one geographic location in which you are interested and will accept employment. The location code for this position is:


399165113 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

22. Transition Assistance Plan

23. Job Related Experience

If you are applying by the OPM Form 1203-FX, leave this section blank.

24. Personal Background Information

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, in a decree approved in a lawsuit entitled Luevano v. Springer, Civil Action no. 79-0271, has ordered that Federal Government agencies provide data on the race and national origin of applicants for certain Federal occupations. The position for which you are applying is in one of those occupations.

The collection of this information is authorized for use by the Office of Personnel Management only for the purposes of complying with the requirements of the
Luevano v. Springer Decree. The data you supply will be used for statistical analysis pursuant to the requirements of the lawsuit, and will not be shared with employing agencies.

You are requested to complete the following: however, submission of this information is voluntary. Your failure to do so will have no effect on the processing of your application for Federal employment.

The first six categories below provide descriptions of race and national origins. Select the category with which you identify yourself. If you are of mixed race and/or national origin, select the category with which you most closely identify yourself. Please select only one category.

PRIMARY GEOGRAPHIC ZONE

Select the Zone (items 7 through 15) which includes your first choice for location of employment. This designation is for statistical use only and will not affect your actual consideration for employment. Your geographic area of consideration will be determined by your entries in items 7 through 15. Please select only one.


01 American Indian or Alaskan Native - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintains cultural identification through community recognition or tribal affiliation.
02 Asian or Pacific Islander - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, or the Pacific Islands. For example, this area includes China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippine Islands, and Samoa.
03 Black, not of Hispanic origin - A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa. This does not include persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish cultures or origins.
04 Hispanic - A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish cultures or origins. This does not include persons of Portuguese culture or origin.
05 White, not of Hispanic origin - A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North America, or the Middle East. This does not include persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or other Spanish cultures or origins.
06 A person not included in another category.
07 ATLANTA ZONE includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia
08 CHICAGO ZONE includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wisconsin
09 DALLAS ZONE includes Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming
10 PHILADELPHIA ZONE includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont
11 SAN FRANCISCO ZONE includes California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington
12 ALASKA ZONE includes the State of Alaska
13 CARIBBEAN ZONE includes Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands
14 HAWAII ZONE includes the State of Hawaii and Pacific overseas area
15 WASHINGTON, DC ZONE - Washington, DC metro area (Charles, Montgomery, and Prince George Counties in MD, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William, King George, Stafford, and Loudoun Counties and Falls Church, Alexandria, and Fairfax cities in VA) and Atlantic overseas area (African, European, Middle Eastern, Central and South American countries)

25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that describes the education or experience you have that demonstrates your ability to perform GS-7, Contracting work. If your highest level of education is not described below, choose the letter that describes experience or lower level education that you do have. Mark only 1 response.

A. I have a bachelor's degree in a field that equips me to perform the work of the position, AND have documented Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the undergraduate level as follows: 1) Class standing-upper third of the graduating class based on completed courses in the college, university, or major subdivision; 2) Grade Point Average- 2.95 or higher out of a possible 4.0 as recorded on my official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of my curriculum; OR 3.45 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in my major field or the required courses in my major field completed during the final 2 years of my curriculum; 3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society (Note: freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this position). Submit a copy of your transcript and documented proof of GPA, class standing or honor society membership. (SUBMIT COPY OF TRANSCRIPT/S)

B. I have one full year of graduate level study, or I possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., etc. My field of study for at least one year of my postgraduate education was in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

C. I have at least one year of specialized experience performing work of the type listed in the following examples: developing, preparing, and presenting terms and conditions in bids or proposals related to the award of contracts; or negotiating and awarding contracts, contract modifications, and subcontracts; or in legal practice involving the analysis of procurement policies and procedures; or administering the terms and conditions of contracts, including such aspects as preparing contract modifications, evaluation of performance under the contract, and contract termination; or analyzing proposed prices or costs, including such aspects as evaluating technical and audit reports, forecasting price trends, evaluating economic factors, estimating production efficiencies, and evaluating methods of allocating costs through various types of overhead and general administrative expense.

D. I have less than the full amount of graduate education described in "B" and less than the amount of specialized experience described in "C," but I have a combination of the type of graduate education described in "B" and the type of experience described in "C."

E. My education and/or experience are not reflected in any of the above statements.






1. During high school (grades 9 - 12), I made the semester honor roll:

A. never
B. once or twice
C. three or four times
D. five or six times
E. seven or eight times

2. The high school grade I most often received was:

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D or lower
E. I do not remember

IF YOU DID NOT ATTEND COLLEGE, PLEASE SKIP TO ITEM 4.

3. The college grade I most often received was:

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D or lower
E. I do not remember

4. In the past three years the number of different paying jobs I have held for more than two weeks is:

A. 7 or more
B. 5 - 6
C. 3 - 4
D. 1 - 2
E. none

5. I have been employed in work similar to that of the job covered by this examination:

A. never employed in a similar job
B. less than 1 year
C. 1 - 2 years
D. 3 - 4 years
E. over 5 years

6. In the past three years, my primary work experience has been in:

A. professional or administrative occupations
B. clerical or sales occupations
C. service occupations
D. trades or labor occupations
E. not employed in the past three years

7. On my present or most recent job, my supervisor rated me as:

A. outstanding
B. above average
C. average
D. below average
E. not employed or received no rating

8. In the past three years the number of jobs I have been fired from is:

A. 5 or more
B. 3 to 4
C. 2
D. 1
E. none

9. The number of civic or social organizations (which have regular meetings and a defined membership) that I belong to is:

A. none
B. 1
C. 2 or 3
D. 4 to 6
E. 7 or more

10. In organizations to which I belong, my participation is best described as:

A. do not belong to any organizations
B. not very active
C. a regular member but not an office holder
D. have held at least one important office
E. have held several important offices

11. My previous supervisors (or teachers if not previously employed) would most likely describe my basic math skills as:

A. superior
B. above average
C. average
D. below average
E. do not know


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

The questions in this part relate to fundamental competencies, such as problem solving, that are required for the job for which you are applying. 

 

Please answer each question "A" for YES or "B" for NO.

 

Keep in mind the following:

 

1)      Some questions refer to “work” experience.  Unless otherwise stated, this includes experience you have gained through:

 

·      School,

·      Volunteer work,

·      Military service,

·      Paid employment,

·      Hobbies, or

·      Professional, charitable, religious, community, social, or other organizations.

 

2)      Some questions include examples to help show the broad range of accomplishments and experience applicants might have.  Read the entire question using the examples as a guide, but do not base your answers solely on the examples.

 

3)      Some questions ask you if you received a grade of B or above in your schoolwork.  On an A, B, C, D, F scale, a grade of B or above is considered an above average grade.  If you were graded on a different scale, use the equivalent of a B or above on the type of scale on which you were graded.

 

Answer all questions to the best of your ability.  Your responses are subject to verification through background checks, job interviews, and any other information obtained during the application process.  Untruthful responses or any attempt to conceal information can result in your removal from a Federal job and in you being barred from seeking Federal employment in the future. 

A- Yes
B- No

12. Have you successfully done work that involved reviewing various contract proposals or contract bids to determine which one to select?

13. Have you successfully done work that required you to identify what a customer or client needs?

14. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved answering questions, gathering nonsensitive information, or providing assistance to others, either in person or by telephone?

15. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved determining appropriate products or services for customers or clients?

16. Have you received formal recognition for providing good service to customers or clients (for example, received an award, a letter of commendation, an excellent performance appraisal rating, etc.)?

17. Have you received favorable feedback about your interpersonal skills when serving as a leader, instructor, or supervisor for academic, religious, community, sports, leisure, or work activities?

18. Have you received favorable feedback for oral presentations you have given to management or other officials, or to the public (for example, for speaking at religious services, performing in theatrical productions, etc.)?

19. Have you designed or developed something, on your own initiative, to help you or other employees better complete assignments (for example, designed a training manual)?

20. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved informally providing oral explanations of technical information or other complex information, such as regulations, policies, or procedures?

21. Have you worked on a team that produced measurable improvements (for example, an increase in production, quality, customer satisfaction, or a decrease in costs, number of injuries, complaints, etc.)?

22. Have you successfully done work that regularly required you to lead or facilitate briefings, meetings, or conferences, or formally present technical or other complex information to others?

23. Have you used study or review techniques that helped you learn material more effectively?

24. Have you participated in training classes, workshops, or seminars outside of school that improved your performance at work?

25. Have you successfully completed a long-term project outside of work where you were solely responsible for doing the work (for example, completed a thesis, wrote a book that was published, prepared a horse for competition that won a ribbon, restored an antique car, etc.)?

26. Have you identified and solved a problem with a procedure, product, or service that benefited the organization (for example, saved the organization time or money, increased sales, reduced errors, etc.)?

27. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved conducting quality checks or following up with customers or clients to ensure satisfaction with a product or service?

28. Have you successfully completed a highly structured, formal training program, not including an apprenticeship for a trade or craft, that required you to learn a complex body of information (for example, training for jobs in insurance, law enforcement, real estate, etc.)?

29. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved discussing sensitive information with others, or interviewing or surveying people, either in person or by telephone, to gather information they were reluctant to give?

30. Have you successfully done work where one of your primary responsibilities was to solve customer problems (for example, provided support services for customers with software problems)?

31. Have you successfully reviewed and evaluated forms, applications, documents, or other information, not including contract proposals or bids, to make determinations (for example, to determine approval or denial of loans, eligibility for claims, etc.)?

32. Have you successfully done work that only occasionally required you to present information at briefings, meetings, conferences, or hearings?

33. Have you successfully done work that involved writing technical or legal reports, or translating technical or other complex material into language that was more easily understood?

34. Have you received formal recognition for your written work (for example, received an award, letter of commendation, excellent performance appraisal rating, etc.)?

35. In high school, did you have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, belong to an honor society, or graduate with honors?

36. Have you suggested or made changes to products or procedures that resulted in better meeting customer needs?

37. Have you learned a hobby or leisure activity well enough that others have paid you to do it?

38. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved verifying the accuracy of information or the relevance of information to a problem or a situation (for example, investigative work)?

39. Have you successfully done work in a setting where the fast pace required employees to assist each other to ensure that quality service or products were provided (for example, worked on an assembly line, in a fast-food restaurant, etc.)?

40. Have you broken a sales record or a similar record, regularly exceeded quotas or similar productivity standards, or received formal recognition for doing work that surpassed what was expected (for example, received a certificate of appreciation, bonus, etc.)?

41. Have you participated in training classes, workshops, or seminars outside of school that helped you improve your customer service skills?

42. Have you received formal recognition for solving a work-related problem (for example, received an award, a letter of commendation, etc.)?

43. Since high school, have you received a grade of B or above in oral communication classes (for example, speech, public speaking, theater, etc.) or participated in activities that improved your oral communication skills (for example, training classes, workshops, seminars, debate team, speech club, etc.)?

44. Have you successfully done work that only occasionally involved helping others work out their problems (for example, worked as a resident advisor in a dorm, camp counselor, etc.)?

45. Do you regularly monitor your progress toward achieving your career goals (for example, by initiating discussions about your career goals with your supervisor, employee counselor, mentor, etc.)?

46. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved composing letters or writing reports containing several short paragraphs, such as investigation reports, accident reports, performance evaluations, etc.?

47. Have you successfully done work that frequently required you to present nontechnical information at briefings, meetings, conferences, or hearings?

48. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved deciding how best to use the strengths of team members (for example, deciding who to assign to various projects, which player to put in each position, etc.)?

49. Have you participated in training classes, workshops, or seminars outside of school that helped you improve your teamwork skills?

50. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved interacting with people, other than your co-workers, from a foreign country or from different ethnic or cultural backgrounds?

51. Have you received formal recognition (for example, received an award, letter of commendation, etc.) or been given certain assignments because of your ability to work well in a group?

52. Have you successfully completed a large-scale project (lasting several months or longer) on or ahead of schedule with minimal supervision?

53. Have you devised a strategy to overcome a major setback that successfully enabled you to complete a project on time or within budget?

54. Have you effectively served on a problem-solving, planning, or goal-setting committee or team?

55. Have you successfully taught team-building skills in training classes, workshops, or seminars?

56. Have you successfully done work that required extensive on-the-job training?

57. Have you successfully worked closely with a client over an extended period of time to complete a project or resolve a problem?

58. Have you successfully dealt with a disruption to regular operations in a way that allowed for completion of the work or continuation of a noncritical service?

59. Have you participated in training classes, workshops, or seminars outside of school that helped you improve your self-management skills (for example, time management, goal setting, career development, etc.)?

60. Have you successfully learned a hobby or leisure activity requiring extensive study or use of complex directions (for example, constructing stereo or computer systems, making stained glass objects, etc.)?

61. Have you developed a formal mechanism to learn more about a problem (for example, developed a survey, conducted interviews or focus groups, etc.)?

62. Have you written procedures or instructions that others have followed successfully (for example, instruction manuals, survey instructions, training materials, etc.)?

63. Have you successfully remained polite and tactful while doing work where one of your primary responsibilities was to handle customer problems or complaints (for example, worked as a customer service representative)?

64. Have you successfully done work that involved making personnel decisions (for example, who to hire, promote, or discipline) or deciding how to allocate equipment, materials, staff, etc.?

65. Have you received favorable feedback about your ability to provide oral instructions or on-the-job training to others, or about your ability to instruct or coach others in athletic, leisure, or community activities?

66. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved interacting or coordinating with people outside of your immediate work group (for example, people from other offices, departments, organizations, etc.)?

67. Have you received formal recognition for your ability to work well with others (for example, received a letter of recommendation or appreciation, an excellent performance appraisal rating, etc.)?

68. Have you learned a hobby or leisure activity well enough that you have been asked to do it for others on a voluntary basis?

69. Have you successfully done work where you played a key role in keeping morale up, fostering team spirit or cooperation, or making a group more productive (for example, worked as a coach, supervisor, campaign manager, etc.)?

70. Have you successfully done work that involved deciding which supplies, equipment, or merchandise to purchase for a group or organization?

71. Have you successfully done work that often required you to accommodate last minute requests from customers or clients or to provide quality service in situations where timeliness is critical (for example, worked as a courier or travel agent, worked in newspaper publishing, etc.)?

72. Have you served on a decision-making board or committee (for example, student governing board, planning board, homeowners' association board, etc.)?

73. Have you successfully done work that regularly involved making decisions about disclosure of sensitive or confidential information?

74. Have you been requested to take on additional responsibilities because of your ability to manage your own work effectively?

75. Have you done work that involved writing brochures, press releases, or speeches?

76. Have you successfully written reports that presented facts, findings, logical conclusions, and persuasive arguments (for example, wrote a thesis, briefing papers, policy papers, complex research papers, etc.)?

77. Have you often been asked to proofread or edit the writing of others for content, punctuation, spelling, and grammar?


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