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Grade: 12

1 GS-12: Select the response that best describes your education and/or experience. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level, as described above and in the vacancy announcement.
  • I have successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. (Transcript required).
  • I possess a combination of specialized experience, as described above and in the vacancy announcement, and related graduate level education, beyond the first two years of graduate level study, that when combined, meet the qualification requirements for this position (Transcript required).
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
2 Select the option that best describes your training and experience in applying testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices in order to meet organizational needs (for example, training evaluation, test development, survey construction). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have studied testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices, but have not had the opportunity to apply this knowledge to meet organizational needs.
  • In addition to having studied testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices, I have worked as a member of a team on projects that involved applying testing and measurement theories, principles and practices to meet organizational needs.
  • I have independently performed work or I have led project teams performing work that involved applying testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices to meet organizational needs.
3 Select the option that best describes your training and experience in applying legal and professional standards in the design and validation of personnel assessments, (for example, the APA/AERA/NCME Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, the SIOP Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have studied legal and professional standards, but have not had the opportunity to apply this knowledge to test development and validation.
  • I have applied legal and professional standards to the design and documentation of assessments as a member of a team.
  • I have independently applied legal and professional standards to the design of assessments, and I have documented the conformance of these assessments to legal and professional standards.
4 Select the option that best describes actions that you have taken to resolve personnel selection issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have resolved simple issues pertaining to my own work assignments.
  • I have resolved complicated personnel selection issues (for example, adapting existing selection procedures to a new job series).
  • I have resolved personnel selection issues that were controversial or that set a new precedent (for example, incorporating automation or shifting to a new selection paradigm).
5 Indicate the extent of your experience in conducting research in support of the human resources management function. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have assisted others who were responsible for designing and conducting research in support of the human resources management function.
  • I have been responsible for segments of one or more larger research projects in support of the human resources management function.
  • I have led one or more research projects in support of the human resources management function.
  • I have directed a program of research in support of the human resources management function.
6 Indicate your level of experience in developing tests or other assessments for personnel selection. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have been an assistant to others who were developing assessments for personnel selection (for example, compiling or summarizing source material, writing individual items).
  • I have worked as a member of a team in developing substantial portions of assessments for personnel selection.
  • I have independently developed assessments for personnel selection or led a team responsible for assessment development.
7 Indicate your level of experience in performing job analyses and using the results to develop tools for human resources management (for example, personnel selection, job redesign, employee development). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have participated in job analysis studies, but I have not used the results to develop tools for human resources management.
  • I have participated in job analyses and I have assisted others in using the results to develop tools for human resources management.
  • I have independently conducted job analyses and used the results to develop tools for human resources management.
8 To what extent have you coordinated with others (for example, work groups, agencies, or contractors) to design or implement personnel assessments? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have coordinated with others within my immediate work group to design or implement personnel assessments.
  • I have coordinated with others within my organization to design or implement personnel assessments.
  • I have coordinated with others inside and outside of my organization (for example, contractors) to design or implement personnel assessments.
9 From the list below select the type(s) of tests/assessment tools you have developed and validated. Answer to this question is required
  • Assessment Centers
  • Biographical Data
  • Cognitive Ability Tests
  • Integrity Tests
  • Interviews
  • Job Knowledge Tests
  • Personality Tests
  • Physical Ability Tests
  • Situational Judgment Tests
  • Work Samples and Simulations
  • None of the above
10 Have you conducted test item analysis and used item analysis statistics in the construction or validation of personnel assessments? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 Have you conducted statistical analyses as part of a test validation study (for example, reliability, validity, test fairness)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Have you performed analyses using multivariate statistics (for example, covariance structural modeling, multi-dimensional scaling) in the development or validation of personnel assessments? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
13 Indicate the extent of your experience in using word processing and spreadsheet software (for example, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, WordPerfect). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have used word processing and spreadsheet software to access and retrieve data, files, or other information to respond to routine inquiries or to disseminate general information.
  • I have used word processing and spreadsheet software to create, print, and send data, files, or other information in order to compile information, maintain logs, or prepare basic reports.
  • I have used word processing and spreadsheet software to create, edit, and manipulate data in order to perform statistical analyses, enter comprehensive reports, or design new procedures.
14 Have you used a statistical software package to analyze data? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 If yes, indicate which software package(s) used. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
16 Select the option that best describes your ability to develop and implement plans for completing projects or work initiatives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • Under the close guidance of others, I have developed short-range plans for a program, monitored timelines, and ensured that my deadlines were met.
  • I have independently developed both short- and long-range plans for a program or organization, ensured that timelines were met and that the plans were successfully implemented.
  • I have overseen the development of long-range plans that were broad in scope or were complex, involving multiple entities, and I have monitored and evaluated the implementation of these plans.
17 Select the choice which best describes your experience in establishing and adjusting priorities for work. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have established priorities for my own work and I have made adjustments to accommodate planned changes or to comply with new procedures.
  • I have established priorities for projects involving multiple teams or organizations and I have made adjustments to accommodate sudden major changes, problems, or setbacks.
  • I have established priorities for a team or group project and I have made adjustments to accommodate unexpected changes in project resources or goals or unanticipated changes in the work place.
18 Select the choice which best describes your experience in working in or leading work-related teams. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in working in or leading work-related teams.
  • I have participated as a team member, receiving task assignments and project goals from my supervisor or team leader.
  • I have served as a team leader, communicating task assignments and project goals to team members and monitoring their progress.
  • I have led several teams, ensuring that project goals and deadlines were met, and I provided feedback to team members on their performance.
19 Select the choice which best describes your ability to communicate in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have written portions of technical reports, research papers, journal articles, and other documents.
  • In addition to preparing complete technical documents, I have reviewed and edited technical reports, research papers, journal articles, or other documents to verify completeness, accuracy, and conformance with professional standards.
  • I have independently composed or served as lead author on research or technical reports, information papers, journal articles, and other complete documents.
20 Select the choice which best describes your experience in communicating general and technical information to all levels of employees and the public. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have communicated with others within my organization to ensure that professional and technical standards and customer service requirements were met as part of my regular job duties.
  • I have communicated extensively with others within my organization to present technical briefings, explain processes or procedures, serve as liaison between work groups, and lead teams or work groups to meet project goals or deadlines.
  • I have communicated extensively with others both inside and outside my organization to present sensitive technical briefings or research presentations, to serve as the main liaison with other organizations, or to lead interagency task forces on special projects.
21 Do you have a degree (major or equivalent) in psychology? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: 13

1 GS-13: Do you have one year of specialized experience, as defined in the vacancy announcement? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 Select the option that best describes your training and experience in applying testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices in order to meet organizational needs (for example, training evaluation, test development, survey construction). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have studied testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices, but have not had the opportunity to apply this knowledge to meet organizational needs.
  • In addition to having studied testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices, I have worked as a member of a team on projects that involved applying testing and measurement theories, principles and practices to meet organizational needs.
  • I have independently performed work or I have led project teams performing work that involved applying testing and measurement theories, principles, and practices to meet organizational needs.
3 Select the option that best describes your training and experience in applying legal and professional standards in the design and validation of personnel assessments, (for example, the APA/AERA/NCME Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing, the SIOP Principles for the Validation and Use of Personnel Selection Procedures, and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection Procedures). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have studied legal and professional standards, but have not had the opportunity to apply this knowledge to test development and validation.
  • I have applied legal and professional standards to the design and documentation of assessments as a member of a team.
  • I have independently applied legal and professional standards to the design of assessments, and I have documented the conformance of these assessments to legal and professional standards.
4 Select the option that best describes actions that you have taken to resolve personnel selection issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have resolved simple issues pertaining to my own work assignments.
  • I have resolved complicated personnel selection issues (for example, adapting existing selection procedures to a new job series).
  • I have resolved personnel selection issues that were controversial or that set a new precedent (for example, incorporating automation or shifting to a new selection paradigm).
5 Indicate the extent of your experience in conducting research in support of the human resources management function. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have assisted others who were responsible for designing and conducting research in support of the human resources management function.
  • I have been responsible for segments of one or more larger research projects in support of the human resources management function.
  • I have led one or more research projects in support of the human resources management function.
  • I have directed a program of research in support of the human resources management function.
6 Indicate your level of experience in developing tests or other assessments for personnel selection. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have been an assistant to others who were developing assessments for personnel selection (for example, compiling or summarizing source material, writing individual items).
  • I have worked as a member of a team in developing substantial portions of assessments for personnel selection.
  • I have independently developed assessments for personnel selection or led a team responsible for assessment development.
7 Indicate your level of experience in performing job analyses and using the results to develop tools for human resources management (for example, personnel selection, job redesign, employee development). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have participated in job analysis studies, but I have not used the results to develop tools for human resources management.
  • I have participated in job analyses and I have assisted others in using the results to develop tools for human resources management.
  • I have independently conducted job analyses and used the results to develop tools for human resources management.
8 To what extent have you coordinated with others (for example, work groups, agencies, or contractors) to design or implement personnel assessments? Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have coordinated with others within my immediate work group to design or implement personnel assessments.
  • I have coordinated with others within my organization to design or implement personnel assessments.
  • I have coordinated with others inside and outside of my organization (for example, contractors) to design or implement personnel assessments.
9 From the list below select the type(s) of tests/assessment tools you have developed and validated. Answer to this question is required
  • Assessment Centers
  • Biographical Data
  • Cognitive Ability Tests
  • Integrity Tests
  • Interviews
  • Job Knowledge Tests
  • Personality Tests
  • Physical Ability Tests
  • Situational Judgment Tests
  • Work Samples and Simulations
  • None of the above
10 Have you conducted test item analysis and used item analysis statistics in the construction or validation of personnel assessments? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
11 Have you conducted statistical analyses as part of a test validation study (for example, reliability, validity, test fairness)? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
12 Have you performed analyses using multivariate statistics (for example, covariance structural modeling, multi-dimensional scaling) in the development or validation of personnel assessments? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
13 Indicate the extent of your experience in using word processing and spreadsheet software (for example, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, WordPerfect). Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have used word processing and spreadsheet software to access and retrieve data, files, or other information to respond to routine inquiries or to disseminate general information.
  • I have used word processing and spreadsheet software to create, print, and send data, files, or other information in order to compile information, maintain logs, or prepare basic reports.
  • I have used word processing and spreadsheet software to create, edit, and manipulate data in order to perform statistical analyses, enter comprehensive reports, or design new procedures.
14 Have you used a statistical software package to analyze data? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
15 If yes, indicate which software package(s) used. Maximum length of 250 characters. Answer to this question is required
16 Select the option that best describes your ability to develop and implement plans for completing projects or work initiatives. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • Under the close guidance of others, I have developed short-range plans for a program, monitored timelines, and ensured that my deadlines were met.
  • I have independently developed both short- and long-range plans for a program or organization, ensured that timelines were met and that the plans were successfully implemented.
  • I have overseen the development of long-range plans that were broad in scope or were complex, involving multiple entities, and I have monitored and evaluated the implementation of these plans.
17 Select the choice which best describes your experience in establishing and adjusting priorities for work. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have established priorities for my own work and I have made adjustments to accommodate planned changes or to comply with new procedures.
  • I have established priorities for projects involving multiple teams or organizations and I have made adjustments to accommodate sudden major changes, problems, or setbacks.
  • I have established priorities for a team or group project and I have made adjustments to accommodate unexpected changes in project resources or goals or unanticipated changes in the work place.
18 Select the choice which best describes your experience in working in or leading work-related teams. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in working in or leading work-related teams.
  • I have participated as a team member, receiving task assignments and project goals from my supervisor or team leader.
  • I have served as a team leader, communicating task assignments and project goals to team members and monitoring their progress.
  • I have led several teams, ensuring that project goals and deadlines were met, and I provided feedback to team members on their performance.
19 Select the choice which best describes your ability to communicate in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have written portions of technical reports, research papers, journal articles, and other documents.
  • In addition to preparing complete technical documents, I have reviewed and edited technical reports, research papers, journal articles, or other documents to verify completeness, accuracy, and conformance with professional standards.
  • I have independently composed or served as lead author on research or technical reports, information papers, journal articles, and other complete documents.
20 Select the choice which best describes your experience in communicating general and technical information to all levels of employees and the public. Answer to this question is required
  • I have had no experience in performing this task.
  • I have communicated with others within my organization to ensure that professional and technical standards and customer service requirements were met as part of my regular job duties.
  • I have communicated extensively with others within my organization to present technical briefings, explain processes or procedures, serve as liaison between work groups, and lead teams or work groups to meet project goals or deadlines.
  • I have communicated extensively with others both inside and outside my organization to present sensitive technical briefings or research presentations, to serve as the main liaison with other organizations, or to lead interagency task forces on special projects.
21 Do you have a degree (major or equivalent) in psychology? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No

Grade: All Grades

1 How did you learn about this Secret Service position? Answer to this question is required
  • Agency Internet Site recruitment
  • Private Employment Web Site
  • Other Internet Site
  • Poster
  • Newspaper
  • Magazine
  • TV/Radio
  • Student association
  • Private Employment Office
  • State Employment Office
  • Federal, state, or local Job Information Center
  • Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement)
  • Agency or other Federal government on campus
  • Religious organization
  • School or college counselor or other official
  • Job/Career Fair
    1.1 Please indicate the job/career fair you attended, including the location and date. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Friend or relative working for this agency
  • State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
  • Professional organization or publication
  • Other
  • USAJOBS Website
  • Military Outreach
2 I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, ALL of my responses to the assessment questions are true, accurate, complete, and that this application for employment with the United States Secret Service is made in good faith. I understand that a false statement on ANY part of this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Select the highest level of education attained by you to date. Answer to this question is required
  • Some high school-did not graduate
  • High school graduate or certificate of equivalency
  • Terminal occupational program-certificate of completion, diploma or equivalent
  • Some college-less than one year
  • One year college
  • Two years college
  • Associate degree
  • Three years college
  • Four years college
  • Bachelor's degree
  • First professional (D.D.S. or D.M.D.), (LL.B. or J.D.), (M.D.), (B.D.), (D.V.M.), (D.S.C. or D.P.), (O.D.), and (D.O.).
  • Master's Degree
  • Sixth-year degree (Includes such degrees as Advanced Certificates)
  • Doctorate degree
  • Post-Doctorate
4 Do you currently have an application pending for any other Secret Service position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    4.1 List the positions for which you currently have an application pending. Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  • No
All applicants must undergo a comprehensive background investigation. The background investigation focuses on your honesty, reliability, police record, financial record, use of alcohol and drugs, mental health, and employment record. The background investigation includes interviews with your past and present employers, neighbors, teachers, and references, as well as checks of law enforcement, credit, educational, medical, and other records.
5 I am willing to undergo a comprehensive background investigation. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 Do you have any relatives who work for the Secret Service? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    6.1 Provide the name, relationship, title, and division or office of your relative who works for the Secret Service. Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  • No
7 Have you previously applied for a position with the Secret Service? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    7.1 Please provide the position title(s) and date(s) of application. Maximum length of 50 characters.
  • No
8 Are you eligible for a non-competitive appointment under the Special Appointing Authorities, Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) Authority? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
9 If you are eligible for a non-competitive appointment under a Miscellaneous Appointing Authority, please select all that you are interested in being consider under? Answer to this question is required
  • Peace Corps
  • Americorps
  • Military Spouses
  • Vista
  • Interchange Agreement Eligibles
  • Former Overseas Employees
  • None of the above