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Grade: 09
* 1.GS-09 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience -- equivalent to a major in economics as identified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet either of the qualification requirement statements as described above.


Examples of qualifying experience include: (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

* 2.GS-9 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education OR possess a master's or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B or J.D.) in a field that is directly related to the duties of this position.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.


* 3.My data analysis experience related to the position for which I am applying is best characterized as: (Select the choice that most closely matches your experience).
  1. I have analyzed data, statistics and trends, identified problems and barriers and implemented solutions and was solely or primarily responsible for implementation of the solutions.
  2. I have analyzed data, statistics and trends, identified problems and barriers, and formulated or recommended solutions, but I was not responsible for implementation.
  3. I have participated with co-workers in analyzing data, identifying problems and barriers and recommending solutions.
  4. I have participated in analysis, identified problems and barriers, and recommended solutions pertaining to data of a type OTHER than that directly related to the position being filled.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Select the answer that best describes your experience in the project planning process, including alternative evaluation, alternative selection, public involvement, and consideration of applicable laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in applying the conducting analyses as part of the planning process.
  2. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting analyses as part of the planning process.
  3. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into analyses or requirements of the planning process.
  4. I have education in the principles associated with the planning process, but do not have experience in the planning process in a work setting.
  5. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 5.Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience using statistics or econometric techniques in empirical economic research projects.
  1. I have education and training in conducting empirical economic research projects using statistics or econometric techniques but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have performed some segments of work within empirical economic research projects using statistics or econometric techniques, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects using statistics or econometric techniques while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects related to water resources using statistics or econometric techniques while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have conducted an empirical economic research project that involved the use of statistics or econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  6. I have conducted an empirical economic research project related to water resources that involved the use of econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  7. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects that involved the use of statistics or econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  8. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects related to water resources that involved the use of statistics or econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience in research projects using cost-benefit analysis, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics.
  1. I have education and training in conducting empirical economic research projects using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics.
  2. I have performed some segments of work within empirical economic research projects using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects related to water resources using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have conducted an empirical economic research project that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  6. I have conducted an empirical economic research project related to water resources that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  7. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  8. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects related to water resources that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, including: reporting problems and offering solutions to your supervisor; meeting deadlines; tracking work in progress, and making day-to-day adjustments to resolve unexpected conditions.
  1. I have no experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities but have participated as an individual contributor in multiple, technical project teams.
  2. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating some, but not all, of the work activities listed above with guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating all the project activities listed above with some guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.Select the answer which best describes your highest level of experience in conducting a regional impact analysis to determine the effects of project construction and operation on local or state economies.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in conducting a regional impact analysis.
  2. I have independently conducted a regional impact analysis.
  3. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting a regional impact analysis.
  4. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into the conduct of a regional impact analysis.
  5. I have education in the principles associated with regional impact analysis, but do not have experience in conducting or reviewing these analyses in a work setting.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 9.Select the resource areas for which you have conducted economic analyses for the purpose of estimating benefits, determining cost effectiveness, or completing a cost-benefit analysis.
  1. Irrigated agriculture.
  2. Recreation.
  3. Municipal and industrial water supplies.
  4. Power.
  5. Environmental including fish and wildlife and ecosystem restoration.
  6. Flood control.
  7. Water Quality


* 10.Select the answer that best describes your experience in conducting financial feasibility studies for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations of project sponsors.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in conducting a financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  2. I have independently conducted a payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  3. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting a payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  4. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into the conduct of a payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  5. I have education in the principles associated with conducting payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 11.Select the statements that describe the tasks you have performed in conducting economic research for the purpose of supporting and/or evaluating policies, problems and/or programs. (The basis for your selection below should be documented in your resume/application materials).
  1. Identified needed research.
  2. Structured problems in accordance with economic theory.
  3. Developed work statements that described the research to be conducted.
  4. Conducted literature review.
  5. Built economic models.
  6. Developed method for gathering research data.
  7. Applied analytical procedures.
  8. Monitored and evaluated ongoing research.
  9. Interpreted research findings.
  10. Reviewed analyses and reports prepared by others.
  11. Prepared and wrote research reports.
  12. Presented research results.
  13. None of the above.


12.Select the economic evaluation methodologies and models in which you consider yourself proficient. (Proficient implies application of the methodologies or models as part of an economic assessment). Please provide examples in your resume.
  1. Contingent valuation.
  2. Travel cost.
  3. Estimation of demand curves based on market data or elasticity estimates.
  4. Farm budgeting.
  5. Optimization modeling/linear programming (e.g. GAMS).
  6. IMPLAN
  7. Econometric software (e.g. LIMDEP, SAS).


* 13.Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing written materials on economic issues such as correspondence, reports, briefing papers, and/or other materials to various individuals and audiences.
  1. I have experience preparing written documents such as transmittal memos and e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience preparing written documents such as reports and briefing papers, which cover routine issues with some complex elements, and recipients, are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written documents, such as reports, briefing papers, and correspondence to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, which cover issues involving complex issues and require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Recipients include customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have experience preparing a wide variety of written documents such as complex studies, policy guidance, legislative correspondence, speeches and testimony, which involve issues or programs of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your level of experience gathering and exchanging information in person.
  1. I have experience making college classroom presentations or defending a thesis; OR I have experience communicating with others within my work organization to gather and exchange information.
  2. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information.
  3. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information, resolve issues, and gain or secure compliance.
  4. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information, resolve issues, negotiate changes and compliance, and to explain policies, standards, and procedures.
  5. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to provide leadership and guidance in my field, to make program decisions and policy interpretations, to resolve significant and controversial issues, to negotiate compliance and agreements, and to persuade others to accept new approaches, concepts, and programs.
  6. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.


Grade: 11
Examples of qualifying experience include: (a) individual economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; (b) supervisory or project coordination assignments involving a staff of professional economists, and requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; or (c) teaching assignments in a college or university that included both class instruction in economics subjects and one of the following (1) personal research that produced evidence of results, (2) direction of graduate theses in economics, or (3) service as a consultant or advisor on technical economics problems.

* 1.GS-11 Choose one answer that best describes your education and experience as it pertains to the basic requirements for this position.
  1. I have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited college or university in economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience -- equivalent to a major in economics as identified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  3. I do not meet either of the qualification requirement statements as described above.


* 2.GS-11 In addition to meeting the basic requirements for this series, choose one answer that best describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the specialized experience requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. I have at least one year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service as described in the vacancy announcement.
  3. I have a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.
  4. I do not meet or exceed the education or experience requirement as described above.


* 3.My data analysis experience related to the position for which I am applying is best characterized as: (Select the choice that most closely matches your experience).
  1. I have analyzed data, statistics and trends, identified problems and barriers and implemented solutions and was solely or primarily responsible for implementation of the solutions.
  2. I have analyzed data, statistics and trends, identified problems and barriers, and formulated or recommended solutions, but I was not responsible for implementation.
  3. I have participated with co-workers in analyzing data, identifying problems and barriers and recommending solutions.
  4. I have participated in analysis, identified problems and barriers, and recommended solutions pertaining to data of a type OTHER than that directly related to the position being filled.
  5. None of the above.


* 4.Select the answer that best describes your experience in the project planning process, including alternative evaluation, alternative selection, public involvement, and consideration of applicable laws such as the National Environmental Policy Act.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in applying the conducting analyses as part of the planning process.
  2. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting analyses as part of the planning process.
  3. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into analyses or requirements of the planning process.
  4. I have education in the principles associated with the planning process, but do not have experience in the planning process in a work setting.
  5. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 5.Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience using statistics or econometric techniques in empirical economic research projects.
  1. I have education and training in conducting empirical economic research projects using statistics or econometric techniques but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have performed some segments of work within empirical economic research projects using statistics or econometric techniques, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects using statistics or econometric techniques while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects related to water resources using statistics or econometric techniques while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have conducted an empirical economic research project that involved the use of statistics or econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  6. I have conducted an empirical economic research project related to water resources that involved the use of econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  7. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects that involved the use of statistics or econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  8. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects related to water resources that involved the use of statistics or econometric techniques without direct supervision.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience in research projects using cost-benefit analysis, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics.
  1. I have education and training in conducting empirical economic research projects using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics.
  2. I have performed some segments of work within empirical economic research projects using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have independently performed work on empirical economic research projects related to water resources using benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have conducted an empirical economic research project that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  6. I have conducted an empirical economic research project related to water resources that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  7. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  8. I have extensive demonstrated work experience conducting empirical economic research projects related to water resources that involved the use of benefit cost, linear programming, and other applied economics methodologies other than econometrics, without direct supervision.
  9. None of the above.


* 7.Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, including: reporting problems and offering solutions to your supervisor; meeting deadlines; tracking work in progress, and making day-to-day adjustments to resolve unexpected conditions.
  1. I have no experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities but have participated as an individual contributor in multiple, technical project teams.
  2. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating some, but not all, of the work activities listed above with guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating all the project activities listed above with some guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.Select the answer which best describes your highest level of experience in conducting a regional impact analysis to determine the effects of project construction and operation on local or state economies.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in conducting a regional impact analysis.
  2. I have independently conducted a regional impact analysis.
  3. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting a regional impact analysis.
  4. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into the conduct of a regional impact analysis.
  5. I have education in the principles associated with regional impact analysis, but do not have experience in conducting or reviewing these analyses in a work setting.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 9.Select the resource areas for which you have conducted economic analyses for the purpose of estimating benefits, determining cost effectiveness, or completing a cost-benefit analysis.
  1. Irrigated agriculture.
  2. Recreation.
  3. Municipal and industrial water supplies.
  4. Power.
  5. Environmental including fish and wildlife and ecosystem restoration.
  6. Flood control.
  7. Water Quality


* 10.Select the answer that best describes your experience in conducting financial feasibility studies for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations of project sponsors.
  1. I have led a team or workgroup in conducting a financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  2. I have independently conducted a payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  3. I have participated as a member of a team in conducting a payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  4. I have reviewed or provided meaningful input into the conduct of a payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  5. I have education in the principles associated with conducting payment capability or financial feasibility study for the purpose of providing support for decisions regarding repayment or cost sharing obligations.
  6. I do not have any experience in this area.


* 11.Select the statements that describe the tasks you have performed in conducting economic research for the purpose of supporting and/or evaluating policies, problems and/or programs. (The basis for your selection below should be documented in your resume/application materials).
  1. Identified needed research.
  2. Structured problems in accordance with economic theory.
  3. Developed work statements that described the research to be conducted.
  4. Conducted literature review.
  5. Built economic models.
  6. Developed method for gathering research data.
  7. Applied analytical procedures.
  8. Monitored and evaluated ongoing research.
  9. Interpreted research findings.
  10. Reviewed analyses and reports prepared by others.
  11. Prepared and wrote research reports.
  12. Presented research results.
  13. None of the above.


12.Select the economic evaluation methodologies and models in which you consider yourself proficient. (Proficient implies application of the methodologies or models as part of an economic assessment). Please provide examples in your resume.
  1. Contingent valuation.
  2. Travel cost.
  3. Estimation of demand curves based on market data or elasticity estimates.
  4. Farm budgeting.
  5. Optimization modeling/linear programming (e.g. GAMS).
  6. IMPLAN
  7. Econometric software (e.g. LIMDEP, SAS).


* 13.Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing written materials on economic issues such as correspondence, reports, briefing papers, and/or other materials to various individuals and audiences.
  1. I have experience preparing written documents such as transmittal memos and e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience preparing written documents such as reports and briefing papers, which cover routine issues with some complex elements, and recipients, are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written documents, such as reports, briefing papers, and correspondence to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, which cover issues involving complex issues and require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Recipients include customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have experience preparing a wide variety of written documents such as complex studies, policy guidance, legislative correspondence, speeches and testimony, which involve issues or programs of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.Select the statement that best describes your level of experience gathering and exchanging information in person.
  1. I have experience making college classroom presentations or defending a thesis; OR I have experience communicating with others within my work organization to gather and exchange information.
  2. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information.
  3. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information, resolve issues, and gain or secure compliance.
  4. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information, resolve issues, negotiate changes and compliance, and to explain policies, standards, and procedures.
  5. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to provide leadership and guidance in my field, to make program decisions and policy interpretations, to resolve significant and controversial issues, to negotiate compliance and agreements, and to persuade others to accept new approaches, concepts, and programs.
  6. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other






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