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Grade: 06
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-5 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.Inmate Classification and Computation Technicians communicate with federal, state, and local law enforcement officials as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office, inmates and their attorneys, general public and other significant parties to obtain and exchange factual information and/or documents pertaining to the sentencing of inmates. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have presented general information to staff regarding policies; and/or I have tracked the progress of various projects by discussing with appropriate staff members; and/or I have presented information regarding filing procedures to co-workers during a staff meeting.
  2. I have discussed an inmate request with a Correctional Treatment Specialist; and/or I have explained release procedures with an inmate; and/or I have conducted counseling with an inmate regarding an Interstate Agreement on Detainers.
  3. I have provided basic instruction to an inmate work detail; and/or I have provided basic instruction to special needs individuals on a work detail/situation; and/or I have assisted in the control center; and/or I have disclosed information such as directions, visiting hours, mail procedures, etc., in response to verbal inquiries.
  4. I have assisted with providing training to employees during training classes such as Annual Refresher training; and/or I have given instruction to employees about how to complete forms such as training sign-in sheets, enrollment forms, and on-the-job training checklists.
  5. I have answered inquiries on office procedures; and/or I have conducted training sessions on new technology for co-workers; and/or I have answered administrative/technical questions from upper level management; and/or I have exchanged information with other federal and non-federal agencies; and/or I have spoken to vendors and persons outside the organization.
  6. None of the above.


3.Inmate Classification and Computation Technicians respond to inquiries from law enforcement agencies and prepare a variety of legal forms, lists, notifications, memoranda and letters pertaining to the sentencing of inmates and other department matters. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have prepared a pre-formatted notice to the Marshal Service regarding the pending release of an inmate; and/or I have prepared a certificate of service for legal mail; and/or I have prepared standardized training agenda; and/or I have assisted others in completing standardized forms for programs/services/applications.
  2. I have compiled meeting minutes into a report for all participants; and/or I have drafted a memorandum providing general information about an upcoming training opportunity; and/or I have provided a brief statement of status of a case to an authorized requestor.
  3. I have written an incident report on an inmate under ISM supervision; and/or I have provided notification to other institution departments regarding a pending inmate movement; and/or I have written, constructed, and maintained permanent card files.
  4. None of the above.


4.Inmate Classification and Computation Technicians utilize a variety of legal resources contained in agency manuals, program statements, court decisions, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Sentencing Laws and other related documents. They interpret information, extract pertinent data, and apply it to specific inmate issues. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have applied routine guidelines; and/or I have consolidated and appropriately labeled inmate files prior to transfer and deadlines; and/or I have determined whether legal documents corresponded with statutes.
  2. I have typed briefs, including tables of contents; and/or I have typed statistical information from draft forms; and/or I have assisted a customer/client in completing claim forms.
  3. In order to detect irregularities/discrepancies, I have compared information contained in an application with information found in amendments for registration or other legal instruments; and/or I have applied specific guidelines on instruments regarding the rights of beneficiaries; and/or I have made computations to determine debts as outlined in legal instruction.
  4. None of the above.


5.Inmate Classification and Computation Technicians have full accountability for the organization, security, maintenance, and control of all records and files used in their work. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted Medicare recipient with obtaining information from physician and file for incomplete claim; and/or I have researched and compiled listing from files needed for the examination of individual's social security; and/or I have researched and provided inmates with requested information from J&C file; and/or I have kept accurate count of all inmate files daily.
  2. I have maintained all log books within the department; and/or I have mailed files; and/or I have maintained PSI log; and/or I have maintained a halfway house log.
  3. I have filed an electronically approved Medicare form; and/or I have filed and maintained records on an automated database; and/or I have retrieved files upon request; and/or I have maintained an inventory of office equipment and supplies; and/or I have established correspondence, intra-office, purchasing and other subject matter files; and/or I have maintained records of class and program attendance.
  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


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





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