IT Specialist (PLCYPLN)


Vacancy ID: 772903   Announcement Number: GV-772903-DS-13   USAJOBS Control Number: 330440600

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

1. Select one response from the choices below to show how you meet the Qualification Requirements for this GS-2210-14 IT Specialist (PLCYPLN).

A. I qualify for this position at the GS-14 level because I have one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors) which required me to perform all the following duties: 1) assess IT program governance policy needs; 2) evaluate the performance of IT programs and projects with respect to factors such as cost, schedule, requirements fulfillment, information security and architecture; 3) develop policies, products and services to improve IT programs, project delivery and performance; 4) conduct strategic planning for future IT systems, existing systems, and control of project portfolios, processes, policies and procedures; and 5) communicate complex IT concepts and processes to a variety of audiences both orally and in writing. NOTE: To be found qualified for this position, your resume must fully support this response and explain where and when you acquired this experience.
B. I do not meet the complete requirements of response A and therefore do not qualify for this position.

BASIC COMPETENCIES FOR IT SPECIALISTS

2. From the descriptions below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes the experience you have to meet the basic competencies for the GS-2210 IT Specialist occupational series. These competencies are described in more detail in the Vacancy Announcement for this position.

A. I have information technology related experience that demonstrates possession of each of the four required competencies: attention to detail, customer service, oral communication, and problem solving. (Note: This experience must be demonstrated on your resume/supporting documents.)

B. I do not meet the basic IT competencies described above, and therefore do not qualify for this position

ABILITY TO DEVELOP, SCHEDULE, COORDINATE, AND MANAGE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS AND RESOURCES

For each task listed below, select the statement from A through E that best describes your level of experience, education, and/or training. If you leave any question blank your score will be negatively impacted. ATTENTION: For each question below, you must document your skill level in your resume. This means, for example, that if you rate yourself at the expert level (E) for a skill or task, you must document when you have supervised or trained others doing that skill or task. If you rate yourself at the independent level (D), you must show that you did the task as a regular and recurring part of a job. We will verify that you have documented your skills in your resume and your score will be lowered for skills that are not documented.

A- I have not had education, training, or experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in how to perform this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task; or I have supervised performance of this task or am normally an individual who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

3. Develop and manage an organization's IT projects and resources.

4. Schedule and coordinate IT costs, contractors and work schedules to improve IT performance and ensure organizational compliance.

5. Develop IT business cases that include requirements, scheduling and tracking systems to ensure compliance with organizational goals.

6. Ensure IT program communications requirements, 508 compliance and systems engineering life cycle document development and review requirements are met.

7. Plan and conduct analyses that result in improved IT Program/Project management and performance.

8. Develop products and services targeted at enhancing the integration and performance of IT programs and projects.

SKILL IN POLICY PLANNING CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES RELATED TO THE INTERRELATIONSHIP OF IT DISCIPLINES IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH PRIORITIES FOR IT INVESTMENTS.

9. Assess IT program governance policy needs and develop policies that lead to improved IT programs and project delivery.

10. Assess local IT needs to clarify higher-level policy and create implementation guidance.

11. Develop policies that pertain to a variety of statutes (Clinger-Cohen Act, Government Performance Review Act and Federal Information Security Management Act.)

12. Participate in continuous process improvement to ensure compliance with IT governance policies, processes, procedures and documentation.

13. Ensure that the Departmental and Directorate strategic plans, missions, visions and values are integrated in work products and services to optimize IT resources across the Agency's portfolio.

SKILL IN APPLYING THE BUSINESS VALUE OF INFORMATION THROUGH THE USE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ASSETS

14. Monitor and ensure the publishing of up-to-date information on IT governance.

15. Oversee the progress of approved IT projects against targets and budgets.

16. Review and interpret complex IT guidance and provide information and direction to affected organizational elements.

17. Research and apply a wide variety of qualitative and/or quantitative methods, including benchmarking to assess, analyze, and improve IT portfolio work products.

SKILL IN ORAL COMMUNICATION

18. Conduct briefings for senior management on complex and controversial IT issues.

19. Work with other departments to establish priorities for IT investments.

20. Convey complex technical requirements to managers with varying levels of IT knowledge.

SKILL IN WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

21. Develop IT business cases focusing on cost risk, schedule, and performance metrics.

22. Prepare IT program assessment summaries that evaluate the performance of IT program problems and address perceived difficulties of implementing changes.

23. Develop IT project plans and schedules that define milestones and deliverables.

CERTIFICATION OF INFORMATION ACCURACY

24. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.
Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.
Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

A. Yes, I verify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my rating may be lowered and/or I may be removed from further consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.