Skip Navigation

Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

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.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A 4-year bachelor's degree in pharmacy recognized by the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education.


  2. AND

  3. Candidates must be licensed to practice pharmacy in a State, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia.


* 1.Do you meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet ALL the minimum qualification requirements described above.
  2. No, I do not meet ALL of the minimum qualification requirements described above.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit college transcipts and pharmacy license documentation for verification.

* 2.In addition to the minimum education and licensure requirement, applicants must have one year of professional pharmacy experience equivalent to at least the GS-11, 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.

3.Chief Pharmacists must have the ability to provide advice and instructional information to patients, medical staff, and other institution personnel in pharmaceutical matters, as well as security and other areas. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have given briefings to supervisors on sensitive issues; and/or I have guided workgroups in addressing or resolving a topic or issue; and/or I have given presentations and responded to related questions.
  2. I have informed supervisor on an unusual issue and provided alternatives for resolution; and/or I have briefed probation officers on inmate case information; and/or I have solicited information from outside sources or agencies for case resolution; and/or I have coordinated efforts with other internal departments to resolve complaints or issues encountered.
  3. I have coordinated tours and/or developed a clinical pharmacy rotation with a school of pharmacy; and/or I am active within professional/community organizations; and/or I have handled a difficult situation using tact and diplomacy; and/or I have successfully resolved complex conflicts among supervisors, co-workers, and/or peers.
  4. I have presented complex and/or technical information to external personnel which resulted in case resolution; and/or I have participated on agency advisory panel; and/or I have lectured to other professionals and community groups; and/or I have taught a course or presented technical information to an audience; and/or I have served as a union or management official.
  5. None of the above.


4.Chief Pharmacists must have the ability to properly select, mix, and dispense a variety of therapeutic agents. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed special formulas, extemporaneous compounding, and special preparations; and/or I have served as authoritative consultant and advisor on known potential affects of new and/or investigational drugs; and/or I have provided expert information in side-affects of any prescription or non-prescription medication; and/or I have formulated approved pharmacy medication list.
  2. I have checked all extemporaneous preparations by pharmacists; and/or I have edited, when necessary, physician orders for parenteral products; and/or I have ensured national contract compliance in accordance with the Prime Vendor (PPV) program, VA contracts, FSS, GSA, and mandatory contracts; and/or I have operated autonomously in the purchasing of drugs and supplies.
  3. I possess knowledge of drugs that do not have approval for general use; and/or I have selected appropriate formula or agent from among those widely used to prepare standard compounds and dispense medication according to established trade practices mixed and dispensed routine prescriptions; and/or I have followed formulary lists; and/or I have familiar with affects of drugs on the formulary list.
  4. None of the above.


5.Chief Pharmacists must have knowledge of the procedures, duties, and responsibilities involved in managing a full service pharmacy in an outpatient clinic setting. They must have knowledge of a wide variety of pharmaceuticals, and of proper record-keeping, maintaining adequate inventories, estimating budget requirements, and maintaining security of controlled pharmaceutical items. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have managed day to day pharmacy operations of the medication delivery system; and/or I have managed Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee; and/or I have coordinated pharmacy inpatient, outpatient, parenteral pharmacy programs with all other departments; and/or I have integrated pharmacy services with the overall Improving Organizational Performance (IOP) of the overall Health Services program.
  2. I have worked as staff pharmacist in-charge or acted as the Chief Pharmacist; and/or I have worked as a team member in a large professional pharmacy environment; and/or I have worked as pharmacist in a pharmacy store franchise, independently owned pharmacy, or hospital pharmacy.
  3. I have provided logistical solutions to pharmacy services for satellite facilities, detention centers, camps, WitSec units, administrative detention, disciplinary segregation, etc.; and/or I have served as gatekeeper of the BOP National Formulary to include involvement in local non-formulary request process.
  4. I have estimated and submitted budgets; and/or I have been responsible for ordering, storing, and dispensing medications; and/or I have served in an advisory capacity on matters related to pharmacy operations; and/or I have maintained strict daily inventory of all controlled substances; and/or I have performed quarterly narcotic audits; and/or I have maintained strict compliance with the American Correctional Association (ACA) and other accrediting agencies.
  5. I have ensured all medications were properly packaged and labeled; and/or I have ensured profile existed for all medication orders and assured there were no contraindications; and/or I have worked as a pharmacist in charge or pharmacy director in a hospital pharmacy.
  6. None of the above.


6.Chief Pharmacists, as well as all employees working in a correctional environment, must react to crisis situations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have notified the supervisor/Correctional Services Supervisor after detaining an inmate found picking a lock; and/or I have taken corrective action to contain a small fire; and/or I have intervened to prevent a fight between inmates; and/or I have assisted in coordinating efforts to move a critically injured inmate from housing unit to an ambulance.
  2. I have conducted confrontation avoidance with non-compliant inmates; and/or I have used communication skills to calm a disruptive inmate; and/or I have reported a dangerous inmate to correctional staff with recommendations for managing the inmate; and/or I have trained as a hostage negotiator; and/or I have managed a staff crisis referring them to an Employee Assistance and/or counseling program.
  3. I have effectively calmed a volatile inmate; and/or during an institution altercation or disturbance, I have filled an emergency prescription due to life-threatening situation; and/or during an incident in the medical area, I have directed pharmacy staff and other medical staff on specific procedures to be taken; and/or I have participated in an escape hunt to capture escapees.
  4. None of the above.


7.Chief Pharmacists are responsible for recognizing the potential of subordinate staff, and assisting subordinates in attaining their professional goals. Additionally, they are responsible for providing supervision, direction, and guidance to their subordinate staff in a firm, fair, and objective manner. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted subordinate pharmacists with policy interpretations; and/or I have identified deficiencies in program operations and pharmacy services, and made recommendations for needed changes; and/or I have assisted co-worker in completing tasks within assigned deadlines; and/or I have offered assistance in the completion of a project.
  2. I have delegated daily tasks of a health service/pharmacy program; and/or I have prioritized work flow among available staff, making adjustments when necessary; and/or I have completed performance appraisals as a first level supervisor; and/or I have coordinated due dates for projects.
  3. I have monitored and prioritized established workflow of employees; and/or I have ensured work of others is completed within assigned deadlines; and/or I have reviewed pharmacy technician work for accuracy prior to issuing to patient/inmate; and/or I have assured staffing, skill, and clinical programs were appropriate to meet the pharmacy needs of the institution.
  4. I have tracked workload to ensure completion; and/or I have counseled an employee on performance, provided guidance, and monitored for improvement; and/or I have coordinated with vendors to provide a recurring training session on various health issues for employees (i.e., medication management, lab-monitoring, drug abuse, blood drive, etc.); and/or I have developed and monitored pharmacy orientation program for new pharmacists, technicians, physicians, PAs and nurses.
  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


Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.





This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment, or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001).