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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)

In USAJOBS, some vacancy announcements require the submission of KSAs instead of vacancy questions.  KSAs, knowledge; skills; and abilities, are a list of special qualifications and personal attributes that you need to have for a particular job.  In federal personnel guidance, KSAs are defined as the factors that identify the better candidates from a group of persons basically qualified for a position.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation may be required. This documentation should be submitted according to the instructions listed in the vacancy announcement.

If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337 (h) or 8456.

If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you will not be considered under the merit promotion process unless you submit a copy of your latest SF-50 " Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure. Also, you should submit your most recent performance appraisal.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" and or the proof (e.g., VA letter) required by that form.

If you are a male applicant who was born after December 31, 1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered in order to be eligible for appointment in this agency. For more information, visit http://www.sss.gov.

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM manual Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions.

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