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1. From the description below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that represents your highest level of experience that describes your ability to perform the work of a GS-13 Public Affairs Specialist.A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 or higher in the Federal service that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. My experience involves: providing on-the-record statements to national and international media on a variety of criminal law enforcement cases and initiatives; conveying detailed criminal law enforcement program information both orally and in writing, using a variety of formats; gathering and reporting public reaction to criminal law enforcement programs; analyzing agency or organization criminal law enforcement program materials and offering recommendations for improving the delivery of information to affected individuals and groups.
2. From the description below, select the letter corresponding to the statement that represents your highest level of experience that describes your ability to perform the work of a GS-14 Public Affairs Specialist.A. I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 or higher in the Federal service that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. My experience involves: developing new criminal law enforcement information materials including news releases, fact sheets, brochures, booklets, and broadcast spots to increase communication with the public; planning and managing public relations programs involving issues that are controversial or of significant public or Congressional interest; recommending and formulating organization positions regarding difficult and complex criminal public affairs/media problems and issues.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. If you are using the Qualifications and Availability Form C to complete this assessment, darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the form. Please select only one letter for each item.A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
3. Act as an on the record spokesperson in designing federal criminal law enforcement public affairs programs and/or journalistic experience in covering federal criminal law enforcement programs.
4. Plan, develop and implement Public Affairs Program strategies for highly visible programs.
5. Assist in planning and managing public relations programs involving issues that are controversial or of significant public or Congressional interest.
6. Handle queries from the media or other government agencies about activities that could significant affect public opinion or prompt Congressional action.
7. Serve as senior advisor to agency management on public affairs activities/programs in assigned areas.
8. Manage a Public Affairs Program for a major agency organizational segment, such as a regional office or Center.
9. Advise management of requirements for potential programs and make recommendations for program efforts.
10. Assess program areas for current and future trends, and recommend programs to fit projected trends.
11. Review and analyze local and national criminal enforcement news stories and assist in the design of media strategies to respond to issues raised in the news stories.
12. Recommend and formulate agency positions regarding difficult and complex criminal public affairs/media problems and issues.
13. Provide on the record statements to national and international media on a variety of federal law enforcement cases and initiatives, including any Criminal Division issues.
14. Review and evaluate existing strategies and communication plans for disseminating information about changes in program emphasis or content for a wide variety of subjects related to programs.
15. Determine the most expeditious and appropriate avenues for disseminating information to the general public, specialized groups, other agencies, private sector leaders, and/or media representatives.
16. Establish and maintain a network of subject matter experts to act as quality information sources about frequently recurring topics, specifically on criminal issues and/or national law enforcement matters.
17. Establish and maintain working relationship with outside groups in achieving understanding with individuals indifferent to or having opposing points of view to programs and policies.
18. Review and edit written materials that define and explain new or substantially revised agency program or policies and press releases, statement, and publications.
19. Review materials for clarity of expression and for potential problems such as issues with accuracy, timeliness, completeness, and/or responsiveness.
20. Perform reviews for compliance with agency policies.
21. Advise other writers or editors in the agency on the application of communication practices.
22. Edit materials, including press releases, press statements, remarks, talking point, etc., to improve clarity of messages.
23. As previously explained, your ratings in 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 not selecting you, for rating you ineligible, for lowering your score, or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you:
1. understand this warning,
2. have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and
3. 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 the position.