Writer-Editor


Vacancy ID: 810433   Announcement Number: FRTIB-13-MP-019-810433   USAJOBS Control Number: 333945500

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

The following section is used to determine your eligibility for appointment in the Federal Government or Status for referral consideration. Please respond yes or no to the following questions. FAILURE TO RESPOND TO THESE QUESTIONS MAY RESULT IN AN INELIGIBILE RATING. NOTE: You must submit the required documentation to verify your eligibility as indicated below. Failure to provide the required documents will render you not eligible for consideration. See instructions under the "How to Apply" tab for submitting documentation.

A- Yes.

B- No.

1. Current Federal Employee - I am currently employed as a permanent career or career-conditional employee in the competitive service. This also includes current Federal employees with excepted service status on a VRA appointment. (SF-50 block 24 must be a "1" or "2" AND block 34 must be a"1"; or "2" for employees on a VRA appointment). (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package).

2. Reinstatement - I am a former Federal service employee who attained career status on a permanent, competitive status appointment OR had obtained career-conditional status and is within three years of the date of separation. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package)

3. Disabled Veteran - I am a disabled veteran rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more or a disabled veteran who retired from active military service with a disability rating of 30% or more; AND my discharge was under conditions other than dishonorable. (NOTE: If you respond "yes" to this statement, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form 214 documenting final military discharge, release or retirement (your DD Form 214 must reflect the dates of service, character of discharge, and time lost, if any) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Dept of Veterans Affairs (VA), or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that you have a service-connected disability of 30% or more along with your application/resume package.)

4. Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) - I am a veteran who served 3 or more years of continuous active duty service in the military (NOTE: if released shortly before completing a 3-year tour, you are considered to meet this eligibility); OR I am a preference eligible; AND my discharge was performed under honorable conditions.
(NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form214 and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package.)

5. Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) - I am a disabled veteran; or a veteran who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during a war declared by Congress, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized; or a veteran who, while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces, participated in a military operation for which the Armed Forces Service Medal was awarded; or I have separated from active duty within the past 3 years; AND my discharge was under honorable conditions. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your DD Form214 and proof of any preference eligibility along with your application/resume package. Applicants eligible under the VRA appointing authority may be appointed to any grade level for which qualified up to GS-11 or equivalent.)

6. Persons with Disability - I am eligible for this hiring category. Note: eligibility for this category is: if you are an individual with mental retardation; a severe physical disability; or a psychiatric impairment which has been certified by a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal, State or District of Columbia agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Supporting documentation: a letter, record or statement issued from a licensed medical professional, vocational rehabilitation specialist or any other Federal or State agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Certification of job readiness may also be requested. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit documents supporting your claim with your application/resume package.)

7. Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) - I am a current or former Federal employee displaced from a position in a Non-DoD Federal agency (e.g. IRS, VA, Dept of Labor, etc.) in the same local commuting area of this vacancy. I have a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or the equivalent. Applicants eligible under ICTAP are provided priority selection for vacancies within the local commuting area for which they apply and if they are found to be well-qualified for this vacancy. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this statement, you MUST submit a copy of the appropriate documentation such as a reduction-in-force (RIF) separation notice, a SF-50 reflecting your RIF separation, or a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function to another commuting area. Also, you must submit documentation to reflect your current (or last) performance rating of record along with your application/resume package.)

8. OPM Interchange Agreement Eligible - I am currently employed as a permanent career or career-conditional federal employee in the excepted service for an agency that has an interchange agreement with the Office of Personnel Management. I have been continually employed for 1 year or more and have not had a break in service or I have been involuntarily separated from such appointment without personal cause within the preceding year and have met the 1 year service requirement. (NOTE: If you indicate "yes" for this question, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 that reflects your highest grade held on a permanent basis along with your application/resume package)

9. Postal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique Authorities - I am eligible for one of the following authorities:
Postal Career Service/Postal Rate Commission - Eligible when servicing under an appointment without time limitation, successfully completed a probationary period, and have no break in service.
VISTA/ACTION Volunteer - Eligible within 1 year of having completed 12 months of community volunteer service under the Peace Corps act or as a VISTA volunteer under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 or the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
Peace Corps - Eligible within 3 years after serving no less than 36 months without a break in service of 3 days or more of continuous service under the Peace Corps.
Foreign Service Officers and Employees - Present or former career officer or employee of the Foreign Service, appointed under authority of the Foreign Service Act of 1946, as amended. Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service - Eligible within 3 years after returning from overseas if at least 52 weeks of service in an appropriated fund position were completed. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Eligible within 3 years after returning from overseas if at least 52 weeks of service in an appropriated fund position were completed. Panama Canal Commission - Eligible after at least 1 year of continuous employment under non-temporary appointment in the Panama Canal Commission located in the United States. General Accounting Office - Eligible upon completion of 1 year of continuous service on a non-temporary appointment that began on or after 1 Oct 80. Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - Current/former employees are eligible with completion of at least 1 year of continuous service under non-temporary appointment. Employees appointed to high level positions under 28 U.S.C. 603 or a position of confidential or policy-making nature is not eligible under this authority. (NOTE: If you answer yes to one of these authorities you MUST submit proof of employment from the appropriate agency.)

1. It is important to note that all of your responses are subject to review and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and / or experience, you will be rated ineligible or your score will be lowered.

A. I acknowledge this statement.

Thank you for your interest in the Writer-Editor position with the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board. We will evaluate your resume and your responses to this Occupation Questionnaire to determine if you are among the best qualified for this position. Please review your response for accuracy before your submit this questionnaire.

2. From the description below, please select the one statement that best describes the experience that you possess that demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Writer-Editor at the GS-09 grade level or equivalent.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level or equivalent which involved experience reviewing material for clarity and consistency with an organizations policies and style requirements, and providing assistance in the development of communications materials.
B. I have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

C. I have a combination of experience (as noted in A) and education (as noted in B).

D. I do not possess the experience or education as described above.

3. From the description below, please select the one statement that best describes the education and/or experience that you possess which demonstrates your ability to perform the work of a Writer-Editor at the GS-11 grade level or equivalent pay band in the Federal Service.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level or equivalent under other pay systems in the Federal service which involved experience providing assistance editing and preparing materials for publication, providing assistance in the development of communications materials, and assisting in the research and analysis of topics for publication.

B. I have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.

C. I have a combination of experience (as noted in A) and education (as noted in B).

D. I do not possess the experience or education as described above.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

A- I have no experience in performing this work behavior.
B- I have limited experience in performing this work behavior. I have had exposure to this work behavior but would require additional guidance, instruction, or experience to perform it at a proficient level.
C- I have experience performing this work behavior across routine or predictable situations with minimal supervision or guidance.
D- 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.
E- 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 supervisors to carry out this work behavior in unusually complex situations.

4. Develop, write, review, and revise booklets, forms, fact sheets, correspondence, marketing, education, and other informational material through a variety of media, including website, video clips, briefings, or presentations.

5. Serve as technical resource for the correct use of composition, grammar, punctuation, and language.

6. Edit written material to ensure that it is well organized and grammatically correct, and that sentence structure and choice of words is clear, simple, appropriate, and unambiguous.

For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date).  Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

7. Coordinate communication projects with staff and representatives.

8. Ensure draft and final copy accurately reflects rules, policies, and requirements of an organization.

9. Monitor projects throughout the design, development, and production phases so schedules are met.

10. Ensure proofs are received, reviewed, and approved in a timely manner.

11. Develop communication campaigns and project plans that detail individual phases, requirements and responsibilities, and milestones.

For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date).  Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

For each task, choose the statement that best describes your experience and/or training. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provided in your resume.

12. Analyze issues affecting a program and assess the effect on applicable forms and its products.

13. Facilitate an organization's internal review of forms and publications.

14. Suggest new topics, publications, or other educational materials based on discussions with organization officials in support of new initiatives.

15. Develop and implement strategies aimed at informing and education target populations.

16. Develop specifications for projects that include detailed information about quantity, description, deadlines, and distribution.

17. Identify target groups to solicit participant feedback.

18. Evaluate the effectiveness of an organization's communication programs and initiatives.

For your expert ("E") responses above, please indicate what position(s) on your resume supports each response (include title, organization and the date).  Briefly describe the specific experience in your resume your answer to the above question is supported. If you fail to include this information for each "E" response, your application will be considered incomplete and you will be removed from consideration for this position.

19. As previously explained, your responses to this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit.  Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for your non-selection or for your dismissal from the position/agency during the probation period.

Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.  Failure to select a response will result in your application packet being removed from consideration for this position.

A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. 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 application may be rated lower 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.