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The Vacancy Identification Number is: 832145
DEPUTY REGIONAL DIRECTOR-TRUST SERVICES, GS-0340-15
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1. Are you submitting Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to claim Indian Preference? Note: You must include and upload your Form BIA-4432. As outlined in the vacancy announcement, this is the ONLY Indian Preference Verification Form that will be accepted.
2. Are you a veteran and submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Honorable Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veteran's Preference claimed? Note: You must include and upload your DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. or 10 pt. preference and Standard Form 15 including the required supporting documentation, if claiming 10 pt. preference. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx
3. Are you submitting your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify you are a current status employee or a former employee with Reinstatement eligibility? Note: You must include and upload your latest SF-50 to verify transfer or reinstatement eligibility.
4. Do you possess a valid Drivers License?
Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp
5. From the list below, select the best response that best describes your qualifications for GS-15 Deputy Regional Director-Trust Services. Please note that your answers will be verified against the information you provide in your resume or application.
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Darken the oval corresponding to that statement in Section 25 of the Qualifications and Availability Form C. Please select only one letter for each item.
6. Develop and implement directives, formulate and recommend Regional policies and procedures, program plans, and improvement measures relating to the management, development, administration and protection of restricted individual Indian lands and Tribal trust lands and the processing and adjudication of probates for individual Indians with trust resources through the BIA.
7. Develop and recommend instructions, policies, guidance and procedures for use by Trust, Probate, Subsurface Leasing, Land Titles and Records, and Natural Resources staff including incorporation of performance measures for protection of Indian land held in trust by the United States, timely recordation of individual ownership.
8. Apply and interpret the statutory environmental regulations and procedures of both the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act that pertain to individual restricted and Tribal trust properties.
9. Provide policy development and program management for the administration, processing, and adjudication of appeals to Bureau decisions.
10. Provide expert knowledge in developing, implementing and executing multiple Federal government programs for Indians and other Trust responsibilities in Indian Country.
11. Provide administrative leadership, supervision, and guidance to natural resources, minerals, probates and trust managers and staff on a wide variety of extremely complex, controversial, and unique trust issues.
12. Develop annual work plans, internal control procedures and audits, evaluations, and performance measures for natural resources, probate, minerals, and trust programs.
13. Devise written guidance, directives, policy, and standards for use by all facets of trust and natural resources staff, including conservation measures for agriculture and rangeland management, water development, wildland and prescribed fire management, probate processing and adjudication, fee-to-trust acquisition requests processing and execution, and realty trust transactions.
14. Develop program goals or objectives for trust, minerals, probates, and natural resource management activities and services.
15. Evaluate the quality and effectiveness of program operations and activities.
16. Write technical reports and findings where information in the reports has to be collected, organized and interpreted.
17. Prepare written responses to headquarters, Regional field sites, and other Federal, state, local, and Tribal entities.
18. Respond in writing to technical Congressional, GAO, and IG inquiries.
19. Prepare and/or review written recovery plans, program reviews, budget initiatives, strategy papers, and/or other management activities related to individual restricted and Tribal trust land and trust resources.
20. Develop employee performance standards and prepare annual performance appraisals, employee awards, performance improvement plans, other developmental training plans, and disciplinary actions.
21. Serve as an expert witness in the defense of individual Indian and Trust property rights, prosecuting trespass issues on land held in trust by the United States, or defending conditions in leases and permits for the protection and utilization of Indian individual restricted and Tribal trust properties and other Indian land related negotiations and litigation.
22. Perform supervisory functions including the preparation of position descriptions, interviewing and selection, coaching, mentoring, and as necessary, disciplining employees.
23. Develop and present briefings, oral presentations, and recommendations to Federal, state, local agencies, Tribes, special interest groups, and/or the general public.
24. Persuade, influence, or negotiate with Tribes and/or Tribal organizations or Indian individuals who have conflicting view and interests regarding trust resources to reach agreement that is consistent with established policy and regulations.
25. Present findings of studies, suggestions for improvement, and recommendation to Regional Director to obtain necessary approval in making program changes.
26. Defend and justify positions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of the Interior and resolve controversial disputes among competing or diverse interested parties.
27. Provide expert advice and guidance on a wide range of trust and natural resources management activities to representatives of Federal, state, Tribal, non-governmental organizations, private individuals, or office staff.
28. Exercise judgment and ingenuity in determining the intent of the guidelines, develop policy and guidelines for trust and natural resources, and formulate interpretations of the guidelines used.
29. Serves as an expert witness for the protection and utilization of Indian individual and Tribal trust resources/properties and other Indian land related negotiations and litigation.
30. Serve as a Regional expert authority in the area of trust resources and properties.
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 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.
31. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.
It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans or Indian preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF 50's) is received and is accurate.