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Grade: 07
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-6 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.Psychology Technicians must interact with inmates, staff at all levels throughout the institution, and individuals outside the institution. They are responsible for supervising the department's work cadre, screening calls and handling routine inquiries from both staff and inmates, providing technical assistance and answering questions regarding the general nature of correctional programs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have responded independently to verbal requests for information; and/or I have reduced the necessity of contact with staff members by providing assistance to callers or visitors on technical issues; and/or I have presented pertinent information to staff members/co-workers during meetings or institution recalls.
  2. I have referred inmates to seek psychological help; and/or I have defused a situation regarding an angry or disturbed inmate; and/or I have researched and responded independently to requests for information from internal and external sources; and/or I have answered technical questions from management officials.
  3. I have responded to inquiries on general issues regarding departmental issues; and/or I have provided information to other staff or inmates regarding policies or procedures (e.g., safety talks, orientation to new inmates, etc.); and/or I have requested medical/central/psychological files from the appropriate party/source.
  4. None of the above.


3.Psychology Technicians must have a practical knowledge of psychological principles and methods within the Psychology Department to complete assignments involving the administration, scoring and distribution of various psychological tests. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have read and interpreted regulations and technical materials under limited supervision; and/or I have translated guidelines into specific actions; and/or I have implemented streamlined procedures which complied with governing regulations/policy.
  2. I have exercised independent judgment when making office decisions; and/or I have referenced established guidelines to complete work assignments; and/or I have scored recurring psychological tests to assist a supervisor.
  3. I have researched and comprehended guidelines under direct supervision; and/or I have recommended actions based on analysis of data from technical reports; and/or I have prepared perpetual audits.
  4. None of the above.


4.Psychology Technicians are responsible for implementing the automated psychology data entry system(PDS), including initial implementation, training of all psychology staff, routine data entry and retrieval, automated test scoring and reconciling discrepancies in the files. They upload data to the national database in Central Office and import/export zip files on incoming/outgoing inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have created a database to store employees' training records; and/or I have run NCIC background checks; and/or I have assisted in creating a slide presentation using a presentations/graphics software.
  2. I have performed a budget analysis and written recommendations using WordPerfect; and/or I have created a macro on WordPerfect; and/or I have created a pie chart on Harvard Graphics; and/or I have used Key Indicators; and/or I have utilized the PDS system; and/or I have created a spreadsheet using Excel, Access, or similar software.
  3. I have maintained rosters of Captains and Lieutenants; and/or I have kept track of the badges distributed in the institution; and/or I have typed information into the database containing assault/death information; and/or I have run Sentry rosters.
  4. None of the above.


5.Psychology Technicians coordinate the workflow of the office by assuring day-to-day operations are performed in a timely manner. They devise new procedures and methods which enhance the overall operation of the department. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have maintained an accurate calendar of upcoming meetings; and/or I have scheduled appointments; and/or I have entered call-outs for group and individual psychotherapy sessions; and/or I have maintained time and attendance records; and/or I have made hotel arrangements for several conference attendees, arranged rental and use of facilities in the community for large meetings; and/or I have scheduled staff for training.
  2. I have simultaneously notified staff of meetings and responsibilities; and/or I have established deadlines and priorities; and/or I have followed up on matters to ensure they were completed; and/or I have developed manual or computerized logs to track workflow.
  3. I have ordered supplies; and/or I have submitted work orders; and/or I have screened telephone calls and visitors; and/or I have forwarded mail; and/or I have run inmate rosters.
  4. None of the above.


6.Psychology Technicians compile, manage and ensure the security of all psychology files. They assist in the establishment of a systematic and resourceful report filing system for all DAP offerings. They assist in the coordination and collection of DAP monthly statistical activity reports, and other quarterly and annual reports. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have maintained inventory of office equipment and supplies; and/or I have cataloged and filed legal reference information; and/or I have maintained records of class and program attendance.
  2. I have created a program on D-base to track workflow and assignment deadlines; and/or I have developed a manual record system to facilitate the archiving and retrieval of inmate information; and/or I have organized and reviewed psychological files for appropriate documentation, reconciling discrepancies; and/or I have forwarded and/or acknowledged receipt of psychological files.
  3. I have established alphabetical and/or numerical filing systems; and/or I have retrieved files upon request.
  4. 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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