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Grade: 11
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

* 1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

2.Management Analysts interact with people at many levels both internal and external to the organization. Contacts are for the purpose of supporting research initiatives, fact finding, data collection, and exchange of information to resolve problems, clarify issues and give or receive guidance on proposed solutions/recommendations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have attended and participated in meetings which required group discussions; and/or I have assisted in presenting a training session to co-workers; and/or I have provided technical assistance regarding a question or request.
  2. I have given informal training to staff within the office; and/or during a departmental meeting, I have discussed new administrative procedures to be used within the office; and/or I have exchanged information with a co-worker regarding the design of a proposed project; and/or I have provided guidance and advice to less experienced staff; and/or I have performed and coordinated management analysis functions to determine how productivity can be improved.
  3. I have briefed branch/office staff on issues and/or changes within specific discipline; and/or I have briefed executive staff on project issues, delays or progress; and/or I have interacted with BOP managers while involved in a project; and/or I have provided technical interpretations of policies or procedures to staff; and/or I have responded to procedural inquiries received from others; and/or I have assisted in Bureau staff training on technical software issues.
  4. None of the above.


3.Management Analysts communicate in writing with people at all levels of the agency. They are responsible for creating reports, correspondence, charts, etc., to respond to requests and advance research agendas. They provide documentation for the data and procedures used by the researchers. They must possess strong written communication skills in order to effectively communicate in writing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have created documentation for automated data which can be easily accessed by analysts; and/or I have responded to inquiries made to office mailboxes (KI/SSS); and/or I have created user manuals for existing database systems.
  2. I have provided notifications to field of changes or enhancements to Management Information System; and/or I have prepared/written technical guidelines for staff within the department; and/or I have prepared reports for managerial staff meetings; and/or I have provided notifications to field staff regarding software updates and enhancements; and/or I have composed a response to an institution's ad hoc request.
  3. I have written memorandum to staff explaining/clarifying an office procedure; and/or I have prepared documentation of database management procedures; and/or I have summarized a research proposal or study; and/or I have provided documentation for a computer program used by analysts; and/or I have prepared graphic and/or tabular displays for reporting of data; and/or I have provided meeting summaries.
  4. None of the above.


4.Management Analysts must design and participate in a variety of projects simultaneously which are at different stages of development. They must be able to identify efficient methods for accomplishing tasks and determine the work priorities. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have maintained calendar of all job assignments and due dates, completing on or before due dates; and/or I have maintained detailed files in an orderly manner by a standard method of filing; and/or I have recognized the order of events with data/projects and ensured all processes were completed prior to beginning the next process/step.
  2. I have developed easy to use file system; and/or I have communicated with supervisor regularly to determine current priorities; and/or I have finished assignments on time.
  3. I have completed weekly, monthly and quarterly reports within the prescribed time frames; and/or I have maintained tickler file system to ensure projects are completed within a timely manner; and/or I have ensured data collection and maintenance tasks were done in a timely and efficient manner and that no data was lost due to delays; and/or I have developed time saving methods for streamlining ongoing processes.
  4. None of the above.


5.Management Analysts must be able to retrieve data from automated systems of the Agency. This data will be in multiple formats that they must be able to work with. They also develop new (or modify existing) data collection systems based on the needs of the agency and the available technology. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have merged existing data sets using SAS; and/or I have identified and resolved issues in using data from multiple software sources; and/or I have reviewed and resolved error message produced from SAS procedure.
  2. I have converted data from one platform to another using existing office tools, knowledge and understanding of basic reporting styles (list, frequency, chart); and/or I have independently identified the best report format to use in a project; and/or I am familiar with a variety of spreadsheets, databases and word processing tools.
  3. I have run programs on a routine basis to update data for use in Management Information System such as Key Indicators; and/or I have reviewed routine data collection process for accuracy; and/or I have completed training course in SAS; and/or I have produced basic reports using SAS procedures; and/or I have identified better tools to use in database maintenance; and/or I have produced basic reports (frequencies) from the data.
  4. I have modified existing data analysis programs to deal with data element or platform change; and/or I have provided assistance to personnel in use of automated system; and/or I have developed procedures for safe and efficient archiving of data; and/or I have modified existing reports to reflect data changes.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: 12
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

* 1.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-11 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

2.Management Analysts interact with people at many levels both internal and external to the organization. Contacts are for the purpose of supporting research initiatives, fact finding, data collection, and exchange of information to resolve problems, clarify issues and give or receive guidance on proposed solutions/recommendations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have briefed branch/office staff on issues and/or changes within specific discipline; and/or I have briefed executive staff on project issues, delays or progress; and/or I have interacted with BOP managers while involved in a project; and/or I have provided technical interpretations of policies or procedures to staff; and/or I have responded to procedural inquiries received from others; and/or I have assisted in Bureau staff training on technical software issues.
  2. I have provided highly complex and/or technical information to external professional/technical staff; and/or I have conducted detailed interviews for research purposes; and/or I have exchanged highly complex data and information with various management levels within headquarters, regional and field locations.
  3. I have given informal training to staff within the office; and/or during a departmental meeting, I have discussed new administrative procedures to be used within the office; and/or I have exchanged information with a co-worker regarding the design of a proposed project; and/or I have provided guidance and advice to less experienced staff; and/or I have performed and coordinated management analysis functions to determine how productivity can be improved.
  4. I have participated as a member of a workgroup related to research initiative; and/or I have provided procedural recommendations to the Branch Chief; and/or I have provided technical training to Bureau staff in software or Management Information System use with no supervisory oversight.
  5. None of the above.


3.Management Analysts communicate in writing with people at all levels of the agency. They are responsible for creating reports, correspondence, charts, etc., to respond to requests and advance research agendas. They provide documentation for the data and procedures used by the researchers. They must possess strong written communication skills in order to effectively communicate in writing. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded to inquiries from external organizations; and/or I have prepared responses to audit questions for signature of superior without changes; and/or I have written technical status reports and issue papers.
  2. I have provided notifications to field of changes or enhancements to Management Information System; and/or I have prepared/written technical guidelines for staff within the department; and/or I have prepared reports for managerial staff meetings; and/or I have provided notifications to field staff regarding software updates and enhancements; and/or I have composed a response to an institution's ad hoc request.
  3. I have produced and maintained written documentation of Management Information System for BOP staff training purposes; and/or I have provided summaries of Survey comments for use by the Director in visits to the field; and/or I have drafted responses to Congressional inquiries for approval.
  4. I have written memorandum to staff explaining/clarifying an office procedure; and/or I have prepared documentation of database management procedures; and/or I have summarized a research proposal or study; and/or I have provided documentation for a computer program used by analysts; and/or I have prepared graphic and/or tabular displays for reporting of data; and/or I have provided meeting summaries.
  5. None of the above.


4.Management Analysts must design and participate in a variety of projects simultaneously which are at different stages of development. They must be able to identify efficient methods for accomplishing tasks and determine the work priorities. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have maintained calendar of all job assignments and due dates, completing on or before due dates; and/or I have maintained detailed files in an orderly manner by a standard method of filing; and/or I have recognized the order of events with data/projects and ensured all processes were completed prior to beginning the next process/step.
  2. I have completed weekly, monthly and quarterly reports within the prescribed time frames; and/or I have maintained tickler file system to ensure projects are completed within a timely manner; and/or I have ensured data collection and maintenance tasks were done in a timely and efficient manner and that no data was lost due to delays; and/or I have developed time saving methods for streamlining ongoing processes.
  3. I have developed electronic format for "due date reminder" and ensured projects were completed prior to "due dates," allowing additional time for supervisory review; and/or I have balanced daily tasks with projects that required immediate attention; and/or I have prioritized tasks depending on the management level for requests/needs, making daily adjustments as necessary; and/or I have developed methods that could be used for multiple projects and purposes.
  4. None of the above.


5.Management Analysts must be able to retrieve data from automated systems of the Agency. This data will be in multiple formats that they must be able to work with. They also develop new (or modify existing) data collection systems based on the needs of the agency and the available technology. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have run programs on a routine basis to update data for use in Management Information System such as Key Indicators; and/or I have reviewed routine data collection process for accuracy; and/or I have completed training course in SAS; and/or I have produced basic reports using SAS procedures; and/or I have identified better tools to use in database maintenance; and/or I have produced basic reports (frequencies) from the data.
  2. I have merged existing data sets using SAS; and/or I have identified and resolved issues in using data from multiple software sources; and/or I have reviewed and resolved error message produced from SAS procedure.
  3. I have developed web site survey for collection of inmate program data; and/or I have independently written programs to access existing SENTRY data, and documented resulting data and programs; and/or I have developed reports to display data in a meaningful way for distribution within and outside the agency; and/or I have identified technology and software that would be most efficient and cost effective to use for a project.
  4. I have modified existing data analysis programs to deal with data element or platform change; and/or I have provided assistance to personnel in use of automated system; and/or I have developed procedures for safe and efficient archiving of data; and/or I have modified existing reports to reflect data changes.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Other


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