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Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 13
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-12 grade level as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience requirements for the position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Placement Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Placement Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:
  • Applicants must have experience with patient care assessment and interventions, making decisions and recommendations about an injured worker's medical and mental health care needs, and determining appropriate utilization of health care resources based on medical need.


To be found qualified, your resume MUST clearly address this experience.

* 2.Do you meet the Selective Placement Factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I meet the Selective Placement Factor for this position AND my resume clearly addresses this factor.
  2. No, I do not meet the Selective Placement Factor for this position.


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.

3.Supervisory Workers' Compensation Specialists must possess comprehensive written communication skills for developing policy, preparing instructions and issuing directives to formulate policy, establishing objectives and providing procedural guidance for management of local workers compensation claims. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written department operating procedures or protocols; and/or I have responded to congressional or judicial inquiries; and/or I have gathered information and prepared a status report in preparation for JCAHO accreditation.
  2. I have developed national policy/institution supplements/operations memoranda that were adopted for use by the agency or institution; and/or I have written executive staff papers; and/or I have prepared weekly status briefing; and/or I have prepared portion of an annual report; and/or I have prepared budget request packages for presentation to the Budget Committee.
  3. I have independently prepared technical documentation or correspondence which was utilized without change; and/or I have negotiated/wrote labor management local supplemental agreement; and/or I have developed strategic plans.
  4. I have prepared investigative report from filed employee worker's compensation claim; and/or I have prepared a memo recommending or denying a temporary duty assignment (TAD) for an employee; and/or I have prepared written resolutions to issues or problems encountered after claims review; and/or I have reviewed administrative third party hearing rulings and utilized decisions in written rebuttal or confirmation responses.
  5. None of the above.


4.Supervisory Workers' Compensation Specialists orally provide information to employees and outside groups. They provide technical advice in explaining rules and procedures that ensures compliance with the law, addresses needs of the injured worker and the needs of the agency. They make oral presentations and provide verbal feedback as a recognized expert in Federal Employee Compensation Act (FECA) regulations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have verbally assisted employees in completing Workers' Compensation Program forms; and/or I have assisted management and the injured/ill employee as the OWCP focal point; and/or I have interacted with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to the organization including Executive Staff or other agency officials correlated with addressing complex issues with upper management officials.
  2. I have exchanged information with personnel from DOJ, Department of Labor, Workers' Compensation staff, injured workers and other federal agencies; and/or I have provided medical expertise in evaluating temporary alternative duty (TAD) assignment offers for injured workers; and/or I have coordinated/contacted and exchanged information with medical professionals, external to the organization.
  3. I have chaired a labor-management negotiation; and/or I have explained requirements related to request for information under Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996; and/or I have interacted with and advised medical professionals and compensation case managers on specific OWCP claims.
  4. I have provided guidance to staff in interpreting policies and procedures related to the Workers' Compensation Program; and/or I have conducted face to face or telephone interviews for information related to Workers' Compensation Program claims processing; and/or I have communicated instructions to field site staff for implementation of new policies and procedures correlated with the Workers' Compensation Program.
  5. I have assisted in the development and facilitation of training and presentations of technical information for a variety of audiences; and/or I have responded to procedural inquiries received from Department of Labor (DOL) representatives; and/or I have communicated options to technical issues involving workman's compensation claims processing and deficiencies.
  6. I have provided status of a case, claim or request to a relevant party who has a need to know of the employee's status; and/or I have served as a mediator for staff from outside the department/office to come to a resolution agreeable to all parties.
  7. I have developed and presented general qualification and application procedures to staff and the general public; and/or I have participated in labor relations meetings; and/or I have reported medical or correctional issues to supervisors and management; and/or I have advised supervisors of issues involving non-compliance to personnel policy.
  8. I have participated on an internal work group involving realignment of duties; and/or I have provided information or responses to Workers' Compensation Program issues.
  9. None of the above.


5.Supervisory Workers' Compensation Specialist must possess the ability to collect information, research various modes of information, develop appropriate courses of action, and recommend actions in compliance with applicable laws, regulations, agency policies and procedures, and hearing rulings (i.e., Employee Compensation Appeals Board (ECAB), Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, etc.). From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have collected and researched pertinent information in connection with a claim investigated, and processed in accordance with the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA); and/or I have developed effective course of action based on knowledge of analytical techniques to identify and evaluate a broad range of OWCP technical issues; and/or I have collected, analyzed and organized information and presented information to Worker's Compensation Committee with recommendation for consideration.
  2. I have prepared chronicle/table of contents for research project, based on information submitted by others; and/or I have assisted in collecting, analyzing and organizing information and presented information to supervisor with recommendation for further consideration; and/or I have performed situational and case analysis; and/or I have analyzed various information and wrote draft training material lesson plan for presentation regarding Worker's Compensation Program approval by supervisor.
  3. I have read, researched, analyzed and evaluated new ways to determine any problems associated with the programs; and/or I have developed policies and procedures for a health program; and/or I have developed computer monitoring/tracking system; and/or I have provided oversight for the Employee Health Program.
  4. I have reviewed and assessed a claimant's current and projected medical status exploring possibilities for facilitating a return to work; and/or I have collected, organized and prepared chronicle/table of contents for MSPB case; and/or I have analyzed various information, developed and presented training presentation regarding Worker's Compensation Program.
  5. I have developed variety of customized reports, charts, etc., to illustrate significant trends regarding work injuries, costs and abuse; and/or I have reviewed existing policies related to workers' comp and Employee Health Program and recommended changes.
  6. None of the above.


6.Supervisory Workers' Compensation Specialists supervises and manages the Workers' Compensation Specialists within the CWCU. They are responsible for the continuous evaluation of assigned programs, the coordination of the mission of CWCU and other related program activities and decision making which impacts overall operations. They directly provides them with opportunities for training and career enhancement. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have led or chaired a project/task force which involved the coordination with and cooperation of other departments/divisions; and/or I have submitted formal recommendations for staff awards; and/or I have counseled employees prior to initiating performance based disciplinary actions.
  2. I have coordinated due dates for division/office/unit projects and tracked subordinate workload for completion; and/or I have reorganized subordinate staff functions to maximize work output; and/or I have instructed a class to improve performance or offer career development opportunities; and/or I have incorporated training into recurring division/office/unit meetings to improve/enhance subordinate job knowledge.
  3. I have reviewed work completed by others to ensure compliance with governing regulations. identified employee performance deficiencies and established/implemented an improvement plan; and/or I have negotiated issues with local union president which enhanced operations/work environment of subordinate staff; and/or I have incorporated workers' compensation program training in various team/office meetings.
  4. I have completed performance evaluations on subordinates which addressed individual strength and weaknesses; and/or I have adjusted staff duties to respond to immediate needs of division/office/unit; and/or I have served as a leader of an organization/unit responsible for directing the work of others.
  5. I have completed performance evaluations or performance logs; and/or I have adjusted staff duties and assignments; and/or I have directed the work of subordinates or other staff members; and/or I have recommended staff for awards; and/or I have counseled employees on their performance.
  6. None of the above.


7.Supervisory Workers' Compensation Specialists utilize acquired medical knowledge in reviewing files and analyzing data related to workers' compensation claims. They must be able to understand general medical terminology used in order to make accurate decisions and present more detailed medical information to physician for decisions related to return-to-work capabilities. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked in a clinical setting as a medical professional; and/or I have provided medical information to group of physicians and other medical professionals; and/or I have applied knowledge of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations as it relates to medical releases; and/or I have applied knowledge of the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act in decision making related to employee information releases.
  2. I have communicated with medical professionals regarding workers' compensation (OWCP) injury reports; and/or I have reviewed medical evidence to determine abusive or false workers' compensation claims.
  3. I have managed workers compensation cases to determine return-to-work capabilities; and/or I have prepared technical aspects of a proposal for termination letter for employee's physical inability to perform duties of position; and/or I have interpreted various medical reports as a result of processing workplace injury claims.
  4. I have filed insurance related papers for BOP or for an equivalent outside firm/company/agency; and/or I have successfully completed a first aid course; and/or I have successfully taught a course in CPR; and/or I have volunteered and assisted medical professionals during a medical emergency.
  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. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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