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Grade: 11
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-9 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.The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for the local quality management system in a UNICOR factory. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have updated/maintained quality assurance system documentation; and/or I have provided data analysis to detect trends; and/or I have identified root causes of problems and provided recommended corrective actions; and/or I have resolved customer complaints.
  2. I have developed system documentation compliant with requirements; and/or I have received recognition of system acceptance by customer or third party audit; and/or I have conducted internal audits of the quality system and made formal recommendations for improvement.
  3. I have reviewed and updated system documentation including procedures and instructions; and/or I have coordinated and managed internal audits of the system; and/or I have incorporated approved changes to the system.
  4. None of the above.


3.Through the use of written communication (general correspondences) and the preparation of technical reports (utilizing technical data), the Quality Assurance Manager must have the ability to effectively communicate with other agencies, departments, senior management and staff, customers and vendors. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed internal e-mail/memorandums that coordinated quality concerns with others; and/or I have presented quality assurance familiarization training to personnel; and/or I have successfully completed one formal course of either written communication or technical report writing.
  2. I have developed formal memorandums/letters that informed the customer/vendor of technical data discrepancies; and/or I have developed Nonconforming Material Reports that reported defective vendor materials; and/or I have developed formal letters/e-mails to customers which requested clarification of incomplete/conflicting technical data.
  3. I have assisted in the development of internal e-mail/memorandums that coordinated quality concerns with others; and/or I have assisted in the presentation of quality assurance familiarization training to new staff; and/or I have received informal training from a member of management on either how to establish written communication, or how to write technical reports.
  4. None of the above.


4.The Quality Assurance Manager interacts with and manages resources to achieve quality and business objectives. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked with resources to resolve non-compliant third party audit issues; and/or I have worked with customers to resolve product problems based on defective vendor supplied products; and/or I have received, analyzed, and resolved customer complaints; and/or I have developed responses to quality related issues in business proposals.
  2. I have led resources to identify and recommended a solution to resolve production process problems; and/or I have worked with others and made recommendations for supervisor approval to correct product/standard requirements; and/or I have worked with the customer or vendor to recommend solutions to the supervisor for a material related problem.
  3. I have limited experience or training; and/or I have limited experience in program/project management; and/or I have successfully completed a management training course.
  4. None of the above.


5.The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for establishing requirements, collecting and analyzing data, and recommending and incorporating improvements for a quality assurance program. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have been a member of a quality improvement team; and/or I have been a member of a quality audit team; and/or I have performed duties as a quality assurance specialist for multiple factories/products for one year; and/or I have performed duties as a quality specialist for two years.
  2. I have collected and reported quality data to a member of quality assurance management; and/or I have utilized a suggestion program to recommend quality improvements; and/or I have successfully completed one course or formal training related to establishing requirements, or collecting and analyzing data, or recommending and incorporating improvements.
  3. I have assisted in collecting and reporting quality data to a member of quality assurance management; and/or I have assisted in providing input that was utilized for a suggestion program to recommend quality improvements; and/or I have received informal training related to establishing requirements, or collecting and analyzing data.
  4. None of the above.


6.The Quality Assurance Manager must be knowledgeable about the organization, product, functions and processes of an industrial operation to effectively manage its quality program. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have written and/or approved work instructions; and/or I have conducted internal audits; and/or I have, as a result of production problems, recommended changes to improve and/or resolve material or design problems.
  2. I have had customer interface on contract reviews; and/or I have conducted technical evaluation for contract award; and/or I have managed inmate staffing in a correctional environment; and/or I have resolved customer complaints across organization functions.
  3. I have college level training; and/or I have military training; and/or I have quality assurance experience in a non-manufacturing/services environment.
  4. None of the above.


7.The Quality Assurance Manager must effectively interact with department managers, staff, inmates and outside resources (other agencies, customers and vendors), in order to ensure successful operations within the quality environment. He/She must possess the ability to effectively coordinate actions with other departments, management, Product Support Center, customers and vendors, on a regular and recurring basis. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have assisted in facilitating communication, concerning quality, within a manufacturing environment to resolve issues; and/or I have assisted in providing quality introduction/familiarization training; and/or I have provided limited input to quality assurance management that was utilized in establishing and maintaining a working environment with others.
  2. I have conducted departmental quality meetings; and/or I have authored e-mails with other organizations, customers and/or vendors; and/or I have provided technical quality related training to staff/inmates.
  3. I have facilitated communications concerning quality, within a manufacturing environment; and/or I have provided quality introduction/familiarization training; and/or I have assisted quality assurance management in establishing and maintaining an effective working environment with others.
  4. None of the above.


8.The Quality Assurance Manager is responsible for developing and conducting formal quality assurance training, facilitating internal and external meetings, and for developing, organizing and making formal presentations/negotiations on quality assurance or related functions and issues. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have formal training in speaking/presentations; and/or I have been the leader of a team or group; and/or I have teaching experience in a formal classroom.
  2. I have developed and presented quality assurance orientation training; and/or I have facilitated internal corrective and preventative action meetings; and/or I have coordinated/presented monthly quality report/presentations at monthly operations review; and/or I have resolved customer complaints; and/or I have resolved vendor discrepant material problems with vendor and purchasing.
  3. I have developed quality assurance work instructions/presentation materials; and/or I have trained quality assurance staff and employees; and/or I have coordinated/conducted monthly departmental meetings with staff and employees; and/or I have developed and delivered briefings and presentations on internal problems encountered and opportunities to gain improvement.
  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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