BUSINESS OPERATIONS SPECIALIST


Vacancy ID: 825191   Announcement Number: CIS-PJN-825191-OIT   USAJOBS Control Number: 335659400

Occupational/Assessment Questions:

Your responses to the on-line questionnaire must be supported by your resume.  Failure to do so may result in an ineligible rating.

FAILURE TO SELECT A RESPONSE TO THIS QUESTION WILL DEFAULT IN A NEGATIVE RESPONSE, WHICH WILL DISQUALIFY YOU FOR THIS POSITION.

1. There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. This residency requirement states that candidates must have, for three of the last five years immediately prior to applying for this position(s); (1) resided in the United States; OR (2) worked for the United States Government as an employee overseas in a Federal or Military capacity; OR (3) been a dependent of a U.S. Federal or Military employee serving overseas. Do you meet these requirements?

A. Yes
B. No
C. The residency requirement does not apply to me because I am currently a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services employee.
D. No, however I do fall under the EXCEPTION of state-side coverage.  I understand that I must submit complete state-side coverage information required to make a suitability/security determination at a later time if deemed necessary.

The following questions will only be used to determine whether or not you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position. You may wish to consult the vacancy announcement for a description of those requirements.

2. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level conducting technical and/or business evaluations, analyzing findings and making recommendations surrounding complex and substantive contracts that required applying a knowledge of qualitative and quantitative analytical techniques along with a knowledge of the mission, organization, and work processes of the customer; conducting detailed analyses of complex functions and work processes including the examination of production standards, workloads, scheduling, cost-benefits, and deviations from standards to determine validated contracting requirements for the function studied; performing a wide variety of analytical studies and projects related to contract requirements determinations and administration; directing, implementing, coordinating, and/or overseeing a variety of contract requirements determination and administration activities impacting agency activities or operations; developing and recommending procurement policies, issuances and guidance; and providing advice and guidance to management on contract requirements determination and administration issues and on the interpretation of procurement standards and regulations.
B. My experience does not meet the experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

3. Which of the following statements best describes your experience?

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 grade level conducting large-scale technical and/or business evaluations surrounding complex and substantive contracts that involved isolating, identifying, and recommending solutions to critical problems affecting the attainment of agency program goals and objectives; serving as the project officer responsible for the evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of major contracting program operations throughout an agency where the evaluations take into consideration factors such as cost-effectiveness, attainment or program goals and objectives, and compliance with pertinent legal and regulatory guidelines; providing expert technical evaluation advice and assistance to high level managers and executives regarding complex contracts; and recommending and implementing innovative solutions to difficult contract requirements determination and administration problems that increased the agency's capability to carry out its mission.
B. My experience does not meet the experience described above.

You must provide the position title(s) and dates of employment referenced in your resume that demonstrates the experience related to your response.

For each item, select the ONE response that most accurately describes your current level of experience and capability using the scale below.

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 other 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. Knowledge and understanding of the procedures involved in planning, developing, and implementing the technical requirements for complex procurement programs.

5. Explain, interpret or provide acquisition-related guidance regarding problem resolution or clarification of instructions.

6. Provide technical advice on complex and high dollar value contracts that span the acquisition life cycle.

7. Knowledge of oral and written techniques used to communicate and interact effectively and diplomatically with internal and external customers.

8. Write in a clear and concise manner using Plain Language techniques.

9. Provide customer service and communicate constraints with regard to acquisition regulations.

10. Develop and deliver acquisition-focused briefings to project managers and senior leaders.

11. Able to manage a full range of work assignments and other projects in a manner that permits completion within established timeframes.

12. Experience evaluating the effectiveness of acquisition programs.

13. Experience translating acquisition action plans for a specific program or project.

14. Perform contract management duties for major programs in which you demonstrated working knowledge of the acquisition process, proficiency in contract management, and efficient resource and budget allocation.

15. Inform program offices of acquisition options regarding acquisition planning and making decisions on acquisition strategies

16. Knowledge of and experience applying Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

17. As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational 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 or for dismissing you from the position/agency.

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 this statement will disqualify you from further consideration for the 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 I may be removed from consideration.
B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.