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Grade: 05

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-4 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? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • 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.

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 Religious Services Assistants perform clerical support services for the Religious Services Department or the Life Connections Program. They prepare and submit monthly reports, prepare budget information, write memorandums to management, etc. They must possess strong written communication skills to clearly and concisely convey information to a variety of internal and external sources. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have assisted in preparing itineraries for conferences; and/or I have written incident reports; and/or I have typed correspondence from draft form.
  • I have completed travel vouchers; and/or I have completed supply requisition forms; and/or I have prepared inter-office memorandums.
  • I have summarized data in a report as instructed; and/or I have prepared agendas for meetings, using established procedures and formats; and/or I have prepared minutes for staff meetings from written notes.
  • None of the above.
3 Religious Services Assistants are required to orally convey information to their supervisor, co-workers, vendors, the general public, inmates, central office and regional office staff. Verbal contacts are made for the purpose of obtaining and exchanging pertinent information regarding assignments. They must possess the ability to verbally communicate information understandable to the intended audience. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have been a member of a public speaking group; and/or I have completed an undergraduate course in public speaking; and/or I have greeted guests/applicants/clients; and/or I have set up appointments; and/or I have answered and spoken clearly on telephone and provided general information to clients/staff.
  • I have communicated new office procedures to co-workers; and/or I have presented information during staff meeting; and/or I have apprised supervisor of status of project.
  • I have presented information to others; and/or I have worked in the Locator Center/receptionist in a large organization answering calls; and/or I have conveyed information to callers and visitors regarding basic program requirements or procedures.
  • None of the above.
4 Religious Services Assistants must be able to research, retrieve, review and process various information pertaining to religious services or Life Connection program operations. They must be able to research and retrieve information and prepare reports and correspondence relative to program objectives. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have entered and printed information from established files; and/or I have created general correspondence; and/or I have created labels for file folders.
  • I have installed basic software on a computer; and/or I have merged files; and/or I have created basic charts and graphs; and/or I have created basic tables using a computer program; and/or I have collected required data from the computer according to guidelines or procedures to be forwarded for action.
  • I have utilized function keys; and/or I have typed documents using WordPerfect; and/or I have used electronic mail systems.
  • None of the above.
5 Religious Services Assistants must maintain systematic files, ledgers, and other required information relative to Religious Services Department or Life Connections Program area. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have maintained information in established files, adding topics/files as needed; and/or I have collected information requested on a standardized form; and/or I have maintained an automated database.
  • I have organized a database as instructed by supervisor; and/or I have assisted in collecting specific information requested by others; and/or I have organized and maintained an index filing system.
  • I have used established checklists for individual files; and/or I have reviewed program area files for completeness; and/or I have maintained an established filing system for document/information storage/retrieval.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

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