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General Experience – Experience that provided a basic knowledge of data processing functions and general management principles that enabled the applicant to understand the stages required to automate a work process. Experience may have been gained in work such as computer operator or assistant, computer sales representative, program analyst, or other positions that required the use or adaptation of computer programs and systems. Specialized Experience – GS-09: 1 year equivalent to at least GS-07 experience in the performance of tasks such as: Translating detailed logical steps developed by others into language codes that computers accept where this required understanding of procedures and limitations appropriate to use of a programming language. Interviewing subject-matter personnel to get facts regarding work processes and synthesizing the resulting data into charts showing information flow. Operating computer consoles where this involved choosing from among various procedures in responding to machine commands or unscheduled halts. Scheduling the sequence of programs to be processed by computers where alternatives had to be weighed with a view to production efficiency. Preparing documentation on cost/benefit studies where this involved summarizing the material and organizing it in a logical fashion. GS-11: 1 year equivalent to at least GS-09 experience that demonstrated knowledge of computer requirements and techniques in carrying out project assignments consisting of several related tasks, such as typically is the case in development of minor modifications to parts of a system on the basis of detailed specifications provided. The assignments must have shown completion of the following, or the equivalent: Analysis of the interrelationships of pertinent components of the system; Planning the sequence of actions necessary to accomplish the assignment; and Personal responsibility for at least a segment of the overall project. Such skills are typically gained in the computer field or through performance of work where the primary concern was the subject matter of the computer application (e.g., supply, personnel, chemical process control), and computer-related efforts were required to facilitate the basic duties. Also, work in management analysis, program analysis, or a comparable field may have provided such skills. (Such experience may also have been obtained by applicants for GS-9 and GS-11 positions in this field.) Must be able to obtain a Secret Security Clearance within one year of hiring.
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