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Grade: 15

1 [344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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 [4056] In addition to the Basic Qualifications Requirements, you must also meet additional requirements for Mathematics (GS-1529) 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 Bachelor's degree or higher in mathematics or statistics; or the equivalent of a major that included at least 24 semester hours in mathematics (including differential and integral calculus and four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite) and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
  • I have completed a combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in mathematics or statistics, including at least 24 semester hours in mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics (including differential and integral calculus and four advanced mathematics courses requiring calculus or equivalent mathematics courses as a prerequisite) and 6 semester hours were in statistics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 [52184] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated professional experience developing internal controls and managing adherence to them by colleagues, employees, or contractors. Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed adherence to internal controls by colleagues, employees, or contractors.
  • I have developed and managed adherence to internal controls by colleagues, employees, or contractors on regular and recurring basis. I am often consulted on the development of internal controls for my organization.
  • In addition to managing adherence to internal controls by colleagues, employees, or contractors, I have developed internal controls, with close supervision.
  • None of the above.
4 [16174] Select the statement that best describes your level of authority and responsibility to plan, design, and carry out major programs, projects, studies or other work. Answer to this question is required
  • I have planned, designed, or carried out major programs, projects, studies or other work under the direct supervision of my supervisor.
  • I have planned, designed or carried out major programs, projects, studies or other work with review and approval by my supervisor.
  • I have planned, designed or carried out major programs, projects, studies or other work independently with only monitoring by my supervisor.
  • I have no responsibility planning, designing or carrying out major programs, projects, studies or other work independently.
5 [18169] Select the statements that describe your leadership and organizational skills. Answer to this question is required
  • Set team goals, made work assignments, and reviewed technical quality of deliverables.
  • Set due dates and ensured timeliness of deliverables.
  • Developed performance measures and assigned performance ratings.
  • Planned, assigned, reviewed, and accepted, amended, or rejected work done by subordinates and teams.
  • Explained to subordinates company or agency goals and the connection between employees' work product and those goals.
  • Maintained adherence to program policies.
  • I have not performed any of the functions described above.
6 [17976] Select the statement that best reflects your experience leading a team of peers in successful completion of tasks or accomplishment of objectives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have no education, experience or training leading a team of peers in successful completion of tasks or accomplishment of objectives.
  • I have completed formal education or training on leading a team of peers in successful completion of tasks or accomplishment of objectives.
  • I have experience leading a team of peers in successful completion of tasks or accomplishment of objectives on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  • I have experience leading a team of peers in successful completion of tasks or accomplishment of objectives as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • In addition to number 4, leading a team of peers in successful completion of tasks or accomplishment of objectives has been a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
7 [9456] Select the statement that best describes your level of expertise in the administration of federal contracts. Answer to this question is required
  • I do not have education and/or training with federal contract administration.
  • I have experience with the concepts and principles of federal contract administration but have not applied them in practice.
  • I have prepared contract documents under the supervision of a qualified expert.
  • I independently administer federal contracts and task orders as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) as a regular and recurring part of a job with only occasional higher level review.
  • I administer federal contracts and task orders as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) and provide training and instruction to others so they can perform this task/competency. I am considered an expert where others normally consult me for my expertise and assistance in performing this task/competency.
8 [1240] Choose the statement(s) that describe your in-depth experience managing personnel and organizational resources to accomplish the organization`s mission. Answer to this question is required
  • I have assessed current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • I have applied merit principles to develop, select and manage a diverse workforce.
  • I have developed recruitment strategies and plans to effectively recruit a high-performing and diverse workforce to meet mission demands.
  • I have identified approaches to improve productivity.
  • I have established and measured the use of internal quality controls.
  • I have integrated and coordinated logistical operations.
  • I have implemented efficient and cost-effective management information systems and other technological resources that meet the organization`s needs.
  • My experience in managing personnel and organizational resources to accomplish the organization`s mission has been recognized as highly-successful, e.g., through performance appraisal and/or awards.
  • None of the above.
9 [8518] Select the area(s) that apply(ies) to your leadership experience performing resource management tasks on a regular and recurring basis. Answer to this question is required
  • Managing organizational expenditures.
  • Managing the budgetary process, including preparing and executing the budget under organizational and/or Congressional procedures.
  • Assessing current and future staffing needs based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  • Reviewing work to determine if staffing adjustments are needed.
  • Establishing internal controls for financial systems.
  • Managing procurement and contracting needs.
  • Integrating and coordinating logistical operations.
  • Implementing the latest technological advancements into the workplace.
  • Managing equipment needs.
  • Developing and tracking internal operations performance indicators.
  • Systematically analyzing operations to develop efficiencies.
  • Serving as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or other type of contracting liaison role.
  • I have some experience performing resource management tasks, but not as a regular and recurring part of my duties.
  • I have no experience performing resource management tasks.
10 [61011] Select the statement that best describes your experience using data and analytical tools to analyze programs to identify risks, problems, and trends. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and/or training on how to use data and analytical tools to analyze programs to identify risks, problems, and trends, but have not applied it on my job.
  • I have education and/or training on data and analytical tools to analyze programs to identify risks, problems, and trends, and have applied it to my job.
  • I have experience using data and analytical tools to analyze programs to identify risks, problems, and trends, but require assistance from a senior person or supervisor.
  • I have experience using data and analytical tools to analyze programs to identify risks, problems, and trends. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have experience using data and analytical tools to analyze programs to identify risks, problems, and trends. 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.
11 [44940] Select the response that best describes your experience in collecting, analyzing, interpreting, applying, and reporting statistics to conduct a policy research study. Answer to this question is required
  • I currently conduct policy research studies (analyzing, interpreting, applying, and reporting statistics) and have been performing this on the job on a regular and recurring basis. Others normally consult me for my expertise.
  • I currently perform policy research studies independently and have experience doing this research as a regular and recurring part of the job.
  • I currently perform policy research studies under close supervision and have experience doing this research on the job.
  • I have education and training collecting, analyzing, interpreting, applying and preparing statistics to conduct research studies, however, I have not performed these tasks on the job.
  • None of the above.
12 [52618] Select the statement that describes your experience designing, developing, and managing statistical sample surveys. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
13 [52619] Select the statement that describes your experience reviewing the technical approach of other's analyses to ensure that the statistical results are accurate and were interpreted correctly. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  • I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.
14 [6287] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience planning, researching, developing and conducting broad based analytical studies for the purpose of analyzing and evaluating systems, policies and/or programs. Answer to this question is required
  • Identified needed research
  • Planned and documented research proposal including: defining problem, project scope and objectives, sequencing and planning of research steps, researching and selecting required data sources; identifying resource requirements; recommending research methodologies
  • Researched, documented and/or modified new user requirements
  • Collected and analyzed data using a variety of specified analytical techniques including literary reviews
  • Analyzed and evaluated organizational processes, systems and/or data
  • Reviewed and validated research data, and improved procedures to improve data quality and/or data collection methods
  • Utilized data and/or object modeling to address issues specific to a project I conducted
  • Formulated mathematical models from unstructured problem statements and designed efficient optimization algorithms
  • Implemented new analysis techniques and algorithms by using data base and statistical analysis software, processes and language
  • Extended or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate project or system alternatives, and recommended appropriate courses of action to meet project objectives
  • Utilized SPSS, SAS, and/or related statistical processes and languages
  • Wrote technical reports addressing the improvement of operations for use by others
  • Presented research results and briefings to individuals and groups, including staff, managers, researchers, and/or clients
  • Served as point of contact for customers in the resolution of inquiries, requests and/or problems on a regular basis
  • None of the above
15 [16670] Select the statement that describes your experience providing programmatic or technical assistance in the development and implementation of highway safety or other transportation safety programs, technologies and/or partnerships. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience in this area.
  • I have experience in a position that involves highway safety programs.
  • I have worked on a highway safety or other transportation safety program in either a Federal, state, regional or local office.
  • I have prepared highway safety or other transportation safety related training courses, publications, technical papers, and/or correspondence in this area.
  • None of the above.
16 [15999] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience tracking key policy and program assignments. Answer to this question is required
  • As a regular and recurring part of my job, I have tracked key projects being performed by others to assure top officials remain aware of their progress.
  • As a regular and recurring part of my job, I have personally briefed top leaders on the substantive status of key projects being performed by others.
  • As a regular and recurring part of my job, I have followed up directly with program officials responsible for implementation of key projects to determine causes of project delays.
  • As a regular and recurring part of my job, I have served as an internal representative for a key leader in communicating the leader’s views on substantive program areas and in determining whether his or her subordinates are developing and managing projects consistent with the leader’s views.
  • As a regular and recurring part of my job, I have reviewed projects to evaluate whether or not appropriate internal and external stakeholders are being adequately involved.
  • As a regular and recurring part of my job, I have worked with a computer or web based tracking “dashboard” for tracking progress on key policy assignments or initiatives on behalf of an organization.
  • I have been involved in the successful development of a computer or web based tracking “dashboard” for tracking progress on key policy assignments or initiatives on behalf of an organization.
  • I do not have experience tracking key policy and program assignments on behalf of a leader or organization.
17 [4300] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your communication experience as it relates to developing and presenting briefings. Answer to this question is required
  • I participated in organizational level sessions to determine the overall program strategies pursued in an agency`s development of high-level presentation materials.
  • I conducted briefings to upper management under challenging circumstances, including answering difficult questions, debating issues and proving a point.
  • I contacted other agency personnel in order to resolve, obtain and provide information regarding significant organizational issues.
  • I prepared and exchanged information to management that was fairly demanding where communication involved interaction with an audience and the audience was responsive to the information presented.
  • I prepared and exchanged information that was routine in nature, where communication involved little or no interaction with an audience.
  • None of the above.
18 [9595] Select the statements that apply to your communication with various individuals. Answer to this question is required
  • As part of my duties, I have worked with individuals of opposing interests to reach consensus.
  • I have participated in informal negotiations between individuals or groups to reach consensus.
  • I have received training covering alternative dispute resolution or conflict resolution.
  • I have facilitated groups with diverse interests to achieve a common goal.
  • I have presented controversial findings to senior level managers or officials.
  • None of the above.
19 [10663] Select the statement that best describes the interpersonal communication skills you have utilized on a regular and recurring basis as part of a job. Answer to this question is required
  • I have communicated with managers and other professionals to provide policy and guidance in resolving difficult issues.
  • I have communicated with a variety of customers, including senior managers, employees from other bureaus/offices and from other Federal agencies in resolving complex and far-reaching issues.
  • I have communicated with senior executives, political officials, managers, and individuals from Federal, public, and private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of highly sensitive and complex policies and issues.
  • I have served as a spokesperson for a Federal Department in communicating with senior executives, political officials, managers, and individuals from Federal, public, and/or private sectors to influence, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of highly sensitive and complex policies and issues.
  • None of the above.
20 [58108] Select the statement that demonstrates your experience communicating, technical ideas effectively in writing, preparing technically persuasive reports and presenting the contents effectively to higher management and panels, and producing personally completed staff work in a timely fashion. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training, or experience communicating complex, technical ideas effectively in writing, preparing technically persuasive reports and presenting the contents effectively to higher management.
  • I have had education, training, or experience communicating technical ideas effectively in writing, preparing technically persuasive reports and presenting the contents effectively to higher management.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.

Grade: All Grades

[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 How would you like to be considered for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • As a U.S. citizen or national (Veteran's preference applies and you may not be referred for an interview if an eligible Veteran is also deemed qualified.) For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/public/
  • As a current or former federal employee or eligible veteran (you do not have to compete with general public or people with Veteran's preference. Instead, you compete with other competitive service employees) For more information: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/
    2.1 [35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
    • I have not held a government position.
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    2.2 [587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format). Maximum length of 20 characters.
    2.3 [59279] In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other?
    • Yes
    • No
    2.4 [59280] If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I am a Federal employee, but have not received a performance rating.
    • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
  • Both (If you are unsure, select this option)
    2.1 [35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
    • I have not held a government position.
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    2.2 [587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format). Maximum length of 20 characters.
    2.3 [59279] In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other?
    • Yes
    • No
    2.4 [59280] If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better?
    • Yes
    • No
    • I am a Federal employee, but have not received a performance rating.
    • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.
3 [62383] What is the highest degree you have earned from an accredited university? Answer to this question is required
  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Master’s degree
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree
  • Doctorate or PhD
  • Law Degree (LL.M.)
  • None of the above
4 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
7 [63478] Are you a current or former Executive Branch political appointee who served on a political Schedule A or Schedule C within 5 years from the closing date of this vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    8.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.