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Vacancy Details

Grade: 13

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
1 You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-12 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
2 Textile Manufacturing Specialists must interact with representatives from government agencies, private entities, FPI corporate management, peers, subordinates, staff, and inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have discussed routine manufacturing issues with workgroups; and/or I have attended and participated in routine meetings such as a weekly production meeting; and/or I have conveyed information with co-worker(s) to complete a mutual task.
  • I have provided guidance to factories with respect to environmental, contractual, manufacturing application; and/or I have resolved production design discrepancies with officials located in PSC and factories; and/or I have resolved product specification issues with public or government officials and monitored progress for manufacturing improvement.
  • I have communicated technical information to workgroups, committees, or other formal meetings; and/or I have resolved issues or potential problems with factories and customers; and/or I have briefed management on factory operations and performance issues.
  • I have planned, coordinated, and directed activities of other employees; and/or I have identified factory production performance issues/deficiencies and established a plan to correct/improve performance and monitored results.
  • None of the above.
3 Textile Manufacturing Specialists are responsible for possessing extensive knowledge of manufacturing processes related to the production of various apparel and textile products. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have established a new product line for a customer which resulted in an awarded contract and sales for the Federal Prison Industries; and/or I have developed operating guidelines which required extensive knowledge of textiles production development, such as fabrics, pattern development, work measurement, or textiles equipment; and/or I have identified contacts with various vendors of raw materials/equipment, promoting competitive pricing amongst suppliers.
  • I have reviewed specifications for a garment or a textile production run and determined specific measurement adjustments; and/or I have changed a product design at a customer?s request (e.g., thread count, color/design of embroidery, etc.); and/or I have identified the need for special textile equipment for a custom job.
  • I have increased the availability of raw material to meet production demands by fostering partnerships with suppliers/vendors; and/or I have researched methods and implemented cost effective machinery to automate the production process; and/or I have established an incentive pay system.
  • I have established a long range preventive maintenance plan for textile machinery and equipment; and/or I have identified new processes to increase efficiency while reducing cost in a textile factory; and/or I have implemented a new textile product line; and/or I have reviewed and modified an existing incentive pay system.
  • None of the above.
4 Textile Manufacturing Specialists must be able to ensure the plant layout, equipment, specifications, and blue prints meet the needs and requirements for activating factories or updating their production. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have determined the product flow and plant layout for a department or work center; and/or I have monitored the life cycle capacity of machinery for equipment efficiency and determined the need for replacement; and/or I have reviewed patterns to ensure product specifications were met; and/or I have reviewed cost standards against actual and improved sewing production.
  • I have prepared a proposal and investment justification to purchase new machinery/equipment for a product renovation/expansion; and/or I have developed or revised a plant layout for a new or expanding product line; and/or I have met with Factory/Project Managers during a design development phase to discuss related design and blueprint issues and ensure all parties were clear on FPI construction requirements.
  • I have supervised routine maintenance of equipment; and/or I have followed existing manufacturing guidelines and processes for plant layout; and/or I have complied with specifications for a product line as instructed by the supervisor; and/or I have ensured operators maintained production levels and delivery schedules.
  • I have met with customers to solve pattern discrepancies; and/or I have reviewed a textiles product specification for production requirement and established and implemented a detailed manufacturing plan.
  • None of the above.
5 The Textile Manufacturing Specialist must analyze and evaluate a variety of information to ascertain if current programs, processes, and/or procedures are meeting their intended goals for Federal Prison Industries, Inc. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have identified statistical information on current program; and/or I have developed budgetary information to meet specific requirements; and/or I have provided input into program objectives; and/or I have assisted in developing performance goals for the department.
  • I have established program review guidelines; and/or I have reprogrammed current business group/factory workforce to optimize staffing utilization plans and goals; and/or I have set specific standards for factory managers and held them accountable for meeting those goals.
  • I have made recommendations based on statistical information to improve current programs or processes; and/or I have made budgetary recommendations based on machinery analysis; and/or I have analyzed current trends and practices and submitted a proposal to meet future needs/goals of the Business Group/factories.
  • None of the above.
6 Textile Manufacturing Specialists must be able to analyze financial, cost and manufacturing data to derive solutions that will impact short and long range goals of the factory. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have followed established manufacturing schedule by ensuring materials were available and machinery was operable; and/or I have reviewed equipment performance and reported variances; and/or I have measured performance against factory/product budget to track costs.
  • I have used time studies to optimize capacities, define costs and identify resource requirements within a department/ workcenter; and/or I have analyzed workcenter scheduling and made adjustments for variances; and/or I have tracked overhead budget and made adjustments such as eliminating/granting overtime, increasing supplies, revamping production process/practices, etc.
  • I have developed work measurement programs for entire factory/plant based on time studies; and/or I have performed analysis to determine cost compliance and efficiency of operations and took corrective action where needed for multiple product lines; and/or I have developed strategies to reduce cost, maximize efficiency and/or minimize variance by realigning equipment, resources, etc. for multiple product lines.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)? Answer to this question is required
  • Private information service
  • Magazine
  • Newspaper
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Poster/Flyer
  • Private employment office
  • State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  • State or local Job Information Center
  • BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  • Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  • Friend or relative working for the BOP
  • Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  • Religious organization
  • USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  • BOP Website
  • Internet job site
  • Contacted the BOP on my own
  • Military publication
  • Military Separation Center
  • Professional Organization
  • Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  • Discover Corrections
  • Washington DC Diversity
  • Other
Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.