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Grade: 12

1 [341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [10404] In addition to the Basic Qualifications Requirements, you must also meet additional requirements for Operations Research (GS-1515) positions. Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with these requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 [56197] Select the statement that best describes your one year of equal or equivalent experience applying operations research, statistical, or engineering methods to identify or assess advanced technologies and/or new operating strategies to improve safety, efficiency, or effectiveness of transportation systems. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a year of education and training in applying operations research, statistical, or engineering methods to identify or assess technologies and/or new operating strategies to improve safety, efficiency, or effectiveness of transportation systems, but I have not applied this at work.
  • I have a year of experience where I performed some segments of work in which I applied my experience of operations research statistical, or engineering methods to identify or assess technologies and/or new operating strategies to improve the safety, efficiency, or effectiveness of transportation systems, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have a year of experience where I independently performed complex projects segments in which I applied my experience of operations research, statistical, or engineering methods to identify or assess technologies and/or new operation strategies to improve the safety, efficiency, or effectiveness of transportation systems, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  • I have a year of experience where I independently conducted operations research projects in which I applied my experience of operations research, statistical, or engineering methods to identify or assess technologies and/or new operating strategies to improve the safety efficiency, or effectiveness of transportation systems. I have served as a mentor to junior staff within my organization in resolving day-to-day related problems.
  • None of the above.
4 [7121] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience organizing data to support large, complex operations research models. Answer to this question is required
  • I have coded queries to extract information from a database and organized the information for input to a complex operations research model.
  • I have specified the design of queries to extract information from a database and organized the information for input to a complex operations research model.
  • I have used data organized and provided by an outside source or agent in an operations research models.
  • I have brought together many extracts from multiple sources into a single framework to support a complex operations research model.
  • I have designed flat file databases to support an operations research model.
  • I have designed relational databases to support an operations research model.
  • I have little or no experience managing data for an operations research model.
5 [58825] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience applying decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting within a statistical analysis or research project. Answer to this question is required
  • Analyzed and evaluated business processes, data, and systems based on accepted statistical analysis/research standards.
  • Defined the problem, and established research objectives based on accepted statistical analysis/research standards.
  • Researched, documented, and modified user requirements in accordance with accepted statistical analysis/research standards.
  • Applied advanced knowledge of decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting as required by research project.
  • Applied advanced information systems knowledge in the definition, development and implementation of practical automated analysis and decision support tools.
  • Designed and/or modified the algorithms in applications.
  • Effectively analyzed, recommended, and implemented appropriate system configurations and software to meet project objectives.
  • Conducted systems testing and quality assurance.
  • Prepared and/or reviewed analyses and reports, and made required changes to meet research objectives.
  • Recommended, developed, and/or implemented safety related policies.
  • Prepared and wrote technical reports for customers addressing the improvement of operations and/or systems.
  • Regularly served as point of contact for clients to resolve problems and respond to inquiries and requests.
  • Prepared and presented research results and briefings to individuals and groups, including staff, managers, researchers, and/or clients.
  • None of the above.
6 [28149] Select the statement that best describes your experience applying your knowledge of decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting within an operations research project. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in applying my knowledge of decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting within an operations research project, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  • I have performed some segments of work in which I applied my knowledge of decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting within an operations research project, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have independently performed complex projects segments in which I applied my knowledge of decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting within an operations research project, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  • I have independently conducted operations research projects in which I applied my knowledge of decision support systems; statistical methods; simulation modeling; hypothesis testing; and/or prediction forecasting within an operations research project. I have served as a mentor to junior staff within my organization in resolving day-to-day related problems.
  • I have served as senior analyst and project manager for a team conducting operations research studies, and I have developed original analytical models, methods, and criteria influencing the direction and/or scope of studies. I have served as a consultant and technical advisor to senior subject matter experts, management, and other internal and external groups and individuals in the resolution of complex related problems.
  • None of the above.
7 [7119] Select the statement that best describes your experience with regression analysis. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed models using regression analysis with little or no oversight and guidance.
  • I have developed models using regression analysis with some oversight and guidance.
  • I have contributed to the development of models using regression analysis.
  • I have taken courses covering regression analysis.
  • I have little or no experience with regression analysis.
8 [9585] Select the statement that best reflects your highest level of experience working cooperatively and collaboratively with others. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have prior experience of this nature.
  • I have partnered with one other person with a shared objective to accomplish work.
  • I have worked on a team with my peers, each designated with a distinctly separate role.
  • I have worked on a team with individuals from different divisions, organizations, or offices and have guided others to work effectively in a team environment.
  • I have worked with a group on many occasions with the objective to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, skills, information, support resources, responsibility, and recognition.
  • I have led a group with the objective to achieve goals by sharing or integrating ideas, knowledge, skills, information, support resources, responsibility, and recognition.
9 [1772] Please select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with working relationships and sensitive issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have displayed diplomacy and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  • I have negotiated solutions to difficult problems through knowledge of issue and ability to convey my decisions/opinions to other parties.
  • I am aware of political implications of sensitive decision-making in a political arena.
  • I use networking and teamwork to facilitate decision-making.
  • None of the above
10 [7122] Select three statements that describe your experience in preparing and delivering briefings on operations research study results. Answer to this question is required
  • I am fully capable of producing a wide array of charts, graphs, and statistical tables for presentations with little or no help.
  • I am capable of producing a wide array of charts, graphs, and statistical tables for presentations with some help.
  • I have little or no experience producing charts, graphs, and statistical tables.
  • I have organized the entire contents of briefings many times.
  • I have contributed to briefings many times, but I rarely organize entire briefings.
  • I have little or no experience with organizing briefings.
  • I have presented the results of studies many times.
  • I have presented the results of studies occasionally.
  • I have rarely or never presented the results of studies.
11 [3884] Select the statement that best describes the experience you have had in explaining analytical results, orally or in writing, to non-statisticians (including engineers or other non-statistician professionals, managers, and the public). Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians.
  • I have had experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians, but not on a regular and recurring basis.
  • I have had experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians on a regular and recurring basis.
12 [4085] Select the statement that best describes your experience in preparing written materials on Operation Research issues such as technical reports, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence (and/or other materials) to various individuals and audiences. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as transmittal memos and e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  • I have experience in preparing written documents, such as technical reports, statements of work, and briefing papers, which cover routine issues, with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  • I have experience preparing written documents, such as technical reports, statements of work, briefing papers, and correspondence to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, which cover issues involving complex programs and require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Recipients include customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  • I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of written documents such as complex studies, research results, policy guidance, speeches and testimony, which involve issues or programs of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the organization.
  • None of the above

Grade: 13

1 [342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [10404] In addition to the Basic Qualifications Requirements, you must also meet additional requirements for Operations Research (GS-1515) positions. Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with these requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 [60489] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience using data and analytical tools to analyze transportation programs to identify risks, problems, and trends, and to make policy/program recommendations. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
4 [60490] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience planning, coordinating, and executing major segments of operations research studies of modal and intermodal transportation issues. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
5 [4013] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  • I have performed some segments of work in a research project extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action all while under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have independently extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate a project or system alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  • I have conducted a research study in which I extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action without direct supervision.
  • I have extensive demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action without direct supervision. I am considered an expert and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex issues relating to these techniques and methods.
  • None of the above
6 [7117] Select the statement that best describes your experience with optimization models and mathematical programming. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed models using optimization techniques and mathematical programming with little or no oversight and guidance.
  • I have developed models using optimization techniques and mathematical programming with some oversight and guidance.
  • I have contributed to the development of models using optimization techniques and mathematical programming.
  • I have taken courses covering optimization models and mathematical programming.
  • I have little or no experience with optimization models and mathematical programming.
7 [14617] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and demonstrated work experience in conducting operations research projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in conducting operations research analysis, but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  • I have performed some segments of work within operations research projects , usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have independently performed work in operations research projects while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  • I have conducted an operations research project without direct supervision.
  • I have demonstrated work experience conducting operations research projects without direct supervision. I am considered an expert and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex issues relating to conducting operations research projects.
  • None of the above
8 [910] Choose the statement that best describes your experience performing studies and analyses. Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed a study written by someone else to assess its applicability to an organization to improve its effectiveness.
  • I have experience performing a study or an analysis and as a result of the analysis, recommended changes to improve operational effectiveness of a program.
  • I participated as a member of a team that performed a study or an analysis and as a result of the analysis, recommended changes to improve operational effectiveness of a program.
  • None of the above
9 [1437] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience designing, conducting, evaluating and documenting research. Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted thorough literature reviews.
  • I have developed research/experimental design and methods for research data collection and analysis.
  • I have conducted data collection.
  • I have performed data analysis and interpretation.
  • I have authored or co-authored research reports or papers documenting research results.
  • None of the above
10 [7119] Select the statement that best describes your experience with regression analysis. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed models using regression analysis with little or no oversight and guidance.
  • I have developed models using regression analysis with some oversight and guidance.
  • I have contributed to the development of models using regression analysis.
  • I have taken courses covering regression analysis.
  • I have little or no experience with regression analysis.
11 [7017] Select the statement that best describes your experience and skill in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation.
  • I have a moderate amount of experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation and consider myself competent.
  • I have significant experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation and consider it one of my strengths.
  • I have extensive experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation and have mastered this skill.
  • None of the above
12 [7121] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience organizing data to support large, complex operations research models. Answer to this question is required
  • I have coded queries to extract information from a database and organized the information for input to a complex operations research model.
  • I have specified the design of queries to extract information from a database and organized the information for input to a complex operations research model.
  • I have used data organized and provided by an outside source or agent in an operations research models.
  • I have brought together many extracts from multiple sources into a single framework to support a complex operations research model.
  • I have designed flat file databases to support an operations research model.
  • I have designed relational databases to support an operations research model.
  • I have little or no experience managing data for an operations research model.
13 [7122] Select three statements that describe your experience in preparing and delivering briefings on operations research study results. Answer to this question is required
  • I am fully capable of producing a wide array of charts, graphs, and statistical tables for presentations with little or no help.
  • I am capable of producing a wide array of charts, graphs, and statistical tables for presentations with some help.
  • I have little or no experience producing charts, graphs, and statistical tables.
  • I have organized the entire contents of briefings many times.
  • I have contributed to briefings many times, but I rarely organize entire briefings.
  • I have little or no experience with organizing briefings.
  • I have presented the results of studies many times.
  • I have presented the results of studies occasionally.
  • I have rarely or never presented the results of studies.
14 [5892] Select the statement that best describes your experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in participating in meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues, which cover routine matters. Participants are within my immediate organization.
  • I have experience participating in meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. Some issues are complex in nature, and participants are usually within my organization.
  • I have experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. The issues involve complex programs, and require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Participants include clients, middle or senior management within or outside my organization.
  • I have extensive experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. My organization relies on me as a subject matter expert to represent my organization, and to deliberate and resolve complex issues of a sensitive and controversial nature. Participants include a wide range of individuals and groups both within and outside of my organization.
  • None of the above.
15 [6191] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating project information to senior management officials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have met with policy officials on a continuing basis to discuss policy proposals.
  • I have met with policy officials to brief them on current project status.
  • I have briefed key leadership on costs, impact, feasibility, alternatives, issues and recommendations and status of projects.
  • I have developed policies, regulations, procedures or analyses for senior management.
  • I have presented policies, regulations, procedures, analyses and recommendations to key leadership.
  • I have assisted in the preparation of policy recommendations, procedures or analyses, providing data and background information to senior officials as requested.
  • I have developed comprehensive materials for reports, briefings, and meetings.
  • I have communicated program strategies, goals, objectives and priorities to program personnel.
  • I have prepared briefing materials for use by or presentation to senior management officials.
  • None of the above
16 [7182] Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training on speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information.
  • I have completed formal education or training on speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information, but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.
  • I have experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information under close supervision.
  • I have experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: 14

1 [343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [10404] In addition to the Basic Qualifications Requirements, you must also meet additional requirements for Operations Research (GS-1515) positions. Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with these requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • I have completed a degree in operations research; or at least 24 semester hours in a combination of operations research, mathematics, probability, statistics, mathematical logic, science, or subject-matter courses requiring substantial competence in college-level mathematics or statistics. At least 3 of the 24 semester hours must have been in calculus.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 [60489] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience using data and analytical tools to analyze transportation programs to identify risks, problems, and trends, and to make policy/program recommendations. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
4 [60490] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience planning, coordinating, and executing major segments of operations research studies of modal and intermodal transportation issues. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
5 [60491] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience guiding/mentoring junior staff in developing or testing mathematical models and performing mathematical or statistical data analysis using SAS or similar software to identify trends, outcomes, and performance levels in transportation or similar related systems AND preparing technical reports/manuscripts for presentation/publication. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have the education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have assisted in performing this task on the job. My work was reviewed and monitored by another specialist or supervisor.
  • I have experience in performing this task with minimal supervision from a senior employee or supervisor.
  • I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
6 [10277] Do you have experience planning, coordinating, and executing major segments of operations research studies of modal and intermodal transportation issues? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 [4013] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  • I have performed some segments of work in a research project extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action all while under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have independently extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate a project or system alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  • I have conducted a research study in which I extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action without direct supervision.
  • I have extensive demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action without direct supervision. I am considered an expert and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex issues relating to these techniques and methods.
  • None of the above
8 [7117] Select the statement that best describes your experience with optimization models and mathematical programming. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed models using optimization techniques and mathematical programming with little or no oversight and guidance.
  • I have developed models using optimization techniques and mathematical programming with some oversight and guidance.
  • I have contributed to the development of models using optimization techniques and mathematical programming.
  • I have taken courses covering optimization models and mathematical programming.
  • I have little or no experience with optimization models and mathematical programming.
9 [14617] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and demonstrated work experience in conducting operations research projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in conducting operations research analysis, but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  • I have performed some segments of work within operations research projects , usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  • I have independently performed work in operations research projects while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  • I have conducted an operations research project without direct supervision.
  • I have demonstrated work experience conducting operations research projects without direct supervision. I am considered an expert and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex issues relating to conducting operations research projects.
  • None of the above
10 [4430] Select the statement that best describes your experience with program or project planning and management. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience with program or project planning and management.
  • I have had education or training with program or project planning and management, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have experience with program or project planning and management with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have experience with program or project planning and management as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have experience with program or project planning and management as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in program or project planning and management. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
11 [910] Choose the statement that best describes your experience performing studies and analyses. Answer to this question is required
  • I have reviewed a study written by someone else to assess its applicability to an organization to improve its effectiveness.
  • I have experience performing a study or an analysis and as a result of the analysis, recommended changes to improve operational effectiveness of a program.
  • I participated as a member of a team that performed a study or an analysis and as a result of the analysis, recommended changes to improve operational effectiveness of a program.
  • None of the above
12 [1437] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience designing, conducting, evaluating and documenting research. Answer to this question is required
  • I have conducted thorough literature reviews.
  • I have developed research/experimental design and methods for research data collection and analysis.
  • I have conducted data collection.
  • I have performed data analysis and interpretation.
  • I have authored or co-authored research reports or papers documenting research results.
  • None of the above
13 [7119] Select the statement that best describes your experience with regression analysis. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed models using regression analysis with little or no oversight and guidance.
  • I have developed models using regression analysis with some oversight and guidance.
  • I have contributed to the development of models using regression analysis.
  • I have taken courses covering regression analysis.
  • I have little or no experience with regression analysis.
14 [7017] Select the statement that best describes your experience and skill in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation.
  • I have a moderate amount of experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation and consider myself competent.
  • I have significant experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation and consider it one of my strengths.
  • I have extensive experience in researching, conducting analyses, studies, analytical techniques and report preparation and have mastered this skill.
  • None of the above
15 [7121] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience organizing data to support large, complex operations research models. Answer to this question is required
  • I have coded queries to extract information from a database and organized the information for input to a complex operations research model.
  • I have specified the design of queries to extract information from a database and organized the information for input to a complex operations research model.
  • I have used data organized and provided by an outside source or agent in an operations research models.
  • I have brought together many extracts from multiple sources into a single framework to support a complex operations research model.
  • I have designed flat file databases to support an operations research model.
  • I have designed relational databases to support an operations research model.
  • I have little or no experience managing data for an operations research model.
16 [7122] Select three statements that describe your experience in preparing and delivering briefings on operations research study results. Answer to this question is required
  • I am fully capable of producing a wide array of charts, graphs, and statistical tables for presentations with little or no help.
  • I am capable of producing a wide array of charts, graphs, and statistical tables for presentations with some help.
  • I have little or no experience producing charts, graphs, and statistical tables.
  • I have organized the entire contents of briefings many times.
  • I have contributed to briefings many times, but I rarely organize entire briefings.
  • I have little or no experience with organizing briefings.
  • I have presented the results of studies many times.
  • I have presented the results of studies occasionally.
  • I have rarely or never presented the results of studies.
17 [5892] Select the statement that best describes your experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in participating in meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues, which cover routine matters. Participants are within my immediate organization.
  • I have experience participating in meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. Some issues are complex in nature, and participants are usually within my organization.
  • I have experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. The issues involve complex programs, and require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Participants include clients, middle or senior management within or outside my organization.
  • I have extensive experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings with customers, analysts, and other groups relative to the analysis and resolution of operations research issues. My organization relies on me as a subject matter expert to represent my organization, and to deliberate and resolve complex issues of a sensitive and controversial nature. Participants include a wide range of individuals and groups both within and outside of my organization.
  • None of the above.
18 [6191] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating project information to senior management officials. Answer to this question is required
  • I have met with policy officials on a continuing basis to discuss policy proposals.
  • I have met with policy officials to brief them on current project status.
  • I have briefed key leadership on costs, impact, feasibility, alternatives, issues and recommendations and status of projects.
  • I have developed policies, regulations, procedures or analyses for senior management.
  • I have presented policies, regulations, procedures, analyses and recommendations to key leadership.
  • I have assisted in the preparation of policy recommendations, procedures or analyses, providing data and background information to senior officials as requested.
  • I have developed comprehensive materials for reports, briefings, and meetings.
  • I have communicated program strategies, goals, objectives and priorities to program personnel.
  • I have prepared briefing materials for use by or presentation to senior management officials.
  • None of the above
19 [7182] Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience, or training on speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information.
  • I have completed formal education or training on speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information, but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.
  • I have experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information under close supervision.
  • I have experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  • I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.

Grade: All Grades

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