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* 1.I understand that the responses I selected in this questionnaire must be fully supported by detailed descriptions of my work experiences in my resume. In the event that my responses are not supported by my resume, the human resources office will amend my responses to more accurately reflect the level of competency demonstrated in my resume.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Where did you learn about this Department of Labor job opportunity?
  1. DOL Website
  2. USAJOBS
  3. DOL Employee (former or current)
  4. Employment Office (Federal, State, or Local)
  5. Friend or Relative
  6. Job Fair, Conference or Convention
  7. Public Notice or Service Announcement
  8. Radio/Television Broadcast/Magazine Ads
  9. Government Recruitment at School
  10. Other
  11. Email recruitment communication


* 3.I understand submission of supporting documentation, e.g., transcripts, DD-214, SF-50, Most recent performance appraisal dated within 18 months (or reason explaining why one cannot be provided) may be required for this position. I also understand that my application will not be considered if the required supporting documentation is not submitted or is not submitted in accordance with the time frames indicated in the announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.This position requires that you meet an Individual Occupation Requirement (IOR) for the series to which you are applying. Please select the option that best describes your education and/or experience.
  1. I have completed a degree 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, as listed in option 1 above and qualifying experience that includes: a) Conducting economic research assignments requiring planning, information assembly, analysis and evaluation, conclusions and report preparation; b) Serving as a 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.
  3. I have completed a degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.
  4. I have a combination of education, as listed in option 3 above and qualifying experience that includes a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
  5. I do not possess the experience or education required to meet the IOR.


* 5.GS-11: Please consult the Qualifications Required, Minimum Qualifications section of the Job Opportunity Announcement to select the statement that best describes your experience or education to qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience requirements for the GS-11 position, as indicated in the minimum qualifications section of this job announcement.
  2. I have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral.
  3. I possess combinations of qualifying education and experience, as indicated in the minimum qualifications section of this job announcement.
  4. I do not possess the education or experience required.


* 6.GS-12: Please consult the Qualifications Required, Minimum Qualifications section of the Job Opportunity Announcement to select the statement that best describes your experience or education to qualify for this position at the GS-12 grade level.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 position, as indicated in the minimum qualifications section of this job announcement.
  2. I do not possess the education or experience required.


* 7.Selective Placement Factor: At the time of your appointment into this position, you must possess a valid state driver's license and be able to maintain this license throughout the duration of your employment into this position. Please respond to the following question based on the current status of your driver's license. Do you have a valid state driver's license?
  1. Yes, I have a valid state driver’s license. If selected, I certify that I will be able to maintain my valid driver’s license upon and throughout the duration of my appointment into this position.
  2. No, I do not possess a valid state driver’s license. However, if selected for this position, I will be able to obtain a valid driver’s license prior to appointment into this position and I will be able to maintain a valid state driver’s license throughout the duration of my appointment into this position.
  3. No, I do not possess a valid state driver’s license. I will be unable to obtain a valid state driver’s license prior to appointment into this position.


* 8.Have you completed one year in a position at, above or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the federal government?
  1. Yes. I have completed one year in a position at, above, or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level.
  2. No. I have not completed one year in a position at, above, or equivalent to the GS-09 grade level.


* 9.Have you completed one year in a position at, above or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the federal government?
  1. Yes. I have completed one year in a position at, above, or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.
  2. No. I have not completed one year in a position at, above, or equivalent to the GS-11 grade level.


10.Which of the following best describes your experience displaying a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner and your motivation to achieve?
  1. I have performed work that requires independent management, strategizing, and organization of work to meet multiple overlapping deadlines and have efficiently managed deadlines for a project or team.
  2. I have performed work that requires organization and planning to meet several concurrent deadlines.
  3. I have performed work with non-routine overlapping deadlines.
  4. None of the above.


11.Select the statements below that best describe your highest levels of experience managing multiple assignments, conflicting priorities, and multi-tasking, while maintaining good customer service and meeting various deadlines.
  1. I have experience in working under pressure where fluctuating deadlines and priorities often occur, while maintaining a customer service focus, meeting deadlines and solving program issues concurrently.
  2. I have experience in working under pressure to complete accurate, timely, and technically sound data while providing good customer service, and meeting deadlines.
  3. I have experience managing time and resources where numerous shifts in priorities occur to develop a product or meet program objectives.
  4. I have experience in accomplishing tasks while maintaining good customer service.
  5. I have experience assimilating and applying new job related information, taking into consideration frequency and complexity of information.
  6. I have experience maintaining stability of performance under pressure and/or opposition.
  7. None of the above.


12.Please select those statements below that reflect your highest levels of experience and ability in demonstrating productivity and working independently.
  1. I complete tasks by established deadlines.
  2. I establish my priorities and ensure that tasks are completed in a timely manner.
  3. I establish my priorities and complete multiple tasks under tight time constraints.
  4. I have performed special assignments with minimal direction and support.
  5. I have experience setting realistic, well-defined work goals.
  6. I have experience in the application of initiative, effort and commitment toward completing assignments in a timely manner with minimal supervision.
  7. I have experience working effectively under pressure where fluctuating deadlines and priorities often occur.
  8. I establish own priorities and complete tasks where there are numerous shifts in priorities and am under tight time constraints.
  9. None of the above.


13.Please choose the answers that best describe your ability to communicate difficult concepts orally.
  1. I have experience communicating difficult economic concepts to recognized experts, members of academia, professional organizations, and business leaders.
  2. I have presented new or innovative research results at seminars or at annual professional conferences.
  3. I have presented research results to colleagues in formal meetings.
  4. I have presented technical material to the general public.
  5. I have taught an economics or statistics course.
  6. None of the above.


14.Please choose those answers that best describe your highest level(s) of experience in oral communications.
  1. I have expressed information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively.
  2. In presenting information I take into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial).
  3. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  4. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  5. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  6. I have explained policy and operational requirements to other offices within the organization.
  7. I have presented and defended controversial decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations to management or policy officials.?
  8. I am regularly consulted by peers, other agency representatives, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues.
  9. I have experience making clear and convincing oral presentations.
  10. I have experience listening to others, including attending to nonverbal cues and responding appropriately.
  11. None of the above.


15.Please select those statements in the following list that best describe your highest levels of experience in communicating orally for the purpose of giving briefings, speeches, presentations, and training.
  1. I have experience interacting with mangers, economists, statisticians, and other internal and external contacts on economic, requirements management, or systems development methodology activities.
  2. I have experience conducting formal and informal meetings and presentations to decision makers in a variety of settings.
  3. I have experience persuading others to take a particular course of action or to accept findings, recommendations, changes, or alternative view points.
  4. I have experience serving as a consultant in a number of forums, including inter-office task forces and committees.
  5. I have experience interacting with managers and technical staff on systems development methodology activities.
  6. I have experience serving as senior technical expert and/or consultant for assigned systems development activities.
  7. I have experience initiating and maintaining contacts with individuals inside and outside the organization.
  8. I have experience interacting with staff within an agency or organization and leads meetings of workgroups.
  9. I have experience participating in special projects and may serve as a project leader.
  10. I have experience coordinating meeting or presentations to internal audiences.
  11. None of the above.


16.Please select the statements below that best describe your experience communicating effectively and persuasively in writing.
  1. I have experience providing detailed written information to senior level government officials.
  2. I have experience providing detailed written information to functional and program managers.
  3. I have experience gathering and evaluating complex technical information and preparing written reports and documents with recommendations to management for solving issues or problems.
  4. I have experience providing detailed written information to technical subject matter specialists.
  5. I have experience providing detailed written information to key customers and stakeholders.
  6. I have experience developing presentations that clearly demonstrate problem/issue analysis and recommendations for management's position concerning such issues.
  7. I have written materials which explain complex economic concepts or in-depth analytical studies for use by professionals in the field, all levels of staff, and the general public.
  8. I have written materials of moderate complexity or scope intended for internal agency/organizational use.
  9. I have written routine correspondence.
  10. None of the above.


17.Please select the answer option below that describes your highest level of ability to express difficult concepts in an understandable manner in written form, as demonstrated in a research paper or professional experience.
  1. As lead author or sole author wrote research papers of a quality to be published in a professional journal.
  2. As a second author or collaborating author wrote research papers of a quality to be published in a professional journal.
  3. Wrote a section of a research paper of a quality to be published in a professional journal or part of a technical document.
  4. None of the above.


18.From the following choices, select the response that best describes your experience communicating information in a clear, succinct, and organized manner and producing written information which is appropriate for the intended audience. (Select one)
  1. I have experience writing materials or reports explaining complex economic concepts or technical information or serving as editor of a college newsletter, paper, or journal.
  2. I have experience writing correspondence or reports of a technical nature which presented facts, analysis of facts and conclusions, i.e., term papers for economic courses, report for use by component of an organization defining or explaining a concept or principle.
  3. I have experience writing material on a substantive or procedural subject.
  4. None of the above.


19.I have experience developing alternative courses of action and making decisions which are based on logical assumption and which reflect factual information.
  1. Yes
  2. No


20.I have experience analyzing data, statistics and trends to identify problems and systemic barriers to accurate data reporting and to formulate solutions to address them.
  1. Yes
  2. No


21.I have experience identifying issues and problems, setting priorities, developing definitive alternatives, and focusing on possible solutions.
  1. Yes
  2. No


22.Select the response that best describe your knowledge of principles, procedures, tools, and activities of economic data management and analysis in conducting systemic and objective inquiries, including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data.
  1. I have had experience collecting complex data for economic surveys requiring application of economic principles, theories, or concepts of above average scope and complexity.
  2. I have experience performing such duties as researching, reviewing, evaluating, or analyzing economic findings for completeness, technical accuracy, and consistency to ensure the quality and comparability of reports and studies.
  3. I have experience using economic theories and concepts to solve unique and unanticipated problems.
  4. None of the above.


23.Which of the following best describes your highest level skill and experience in planning and coordinating the production activities in a time critical production environment?
  1. I have planned and participated in the full-range of production activities ensuring that deadlines are always met.
  2. I have participated in a section of the production activities ensuring that deadlines are consistently met.
  3. I have participated in a specific task in a production environment ensuring that deadlines for the completion of work are consistently met.
  4. None of the above.


24.My data analysis experience is best characterized as (select the option that most nearly matches your experience):
  1. I have analyzed data, statistics, and trends of a type similar to this position being filled, to identify problems and systemic barriers to data accuracy and to formulate solutions and I was responsible for implementing successful solutions.
  2. I have analyzed data, statistics, and trends of a type similar to this position being filled, to identify problems and systemic barriers to data accuracy and to formulate solutions and I participated with others to implement successful solutions.
  3. I have analyzed data, statistics, and trends of a type similar to this position being filled, to identify problems and systemic barriers to data accuracy and to formulate solutions.
  4. I have collected and/or analyzed data, statistics and trends of a type OTHER than that directly related to this position being filled, to identify problems and systemic barriers to data accuracy, to formulate solutions; and/or to participate with others to implement successful solutions.
  5. None of the above.


25.The values of a population were as follows: 2, 3, 6, 8, and 11. Each member of the population was sampled. What is the standard deviation of the population?
  1. 5.01
  2. 3.29
  3. 3.67
  4. 13.5
  5. None of the above


26.The ages of children in a kindergarten class are as follows: 5.0, 5.0, 5.0, 5.1, 5.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.2, 5.3, 5.3, 5.4, 5.4, 5.5, 5.5, 5.5, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 5.7, 5.8, 5.8, 5.8, 5.9, and 6.0. What is the 99% confidence interval for the mean age of the children in this kindergarten class?
  1. 5.4 plus or minus 0.170
  2. 5.4 plus or minus 0.166
  3. There is no confidence interval associated with this mean.
  4. There is not enough information to answer this question.
  5. None of the above


27.Choose the answers that describe the methods or techniques you have applied in your experience in conducting statistical research studies and/or survey design and methods research.
  1. Methods to measure and/or improve survey response rates
  2. Methods to identify and/or reduce non-response bias
  3. Methods to identify sources of measurement errors
  4. Post-stratification or calibration weighting techniques
  5. Structural equation modeling
  6. Non-parametric methods, including classification trees
  7. None of the above


28.Select the responses that describe your applied skills in developing and evaluating survey questions, questionnaires, and data collection procedures.
  1. I have developed and written final survey questions.
  2. I have investigated and made recommendations on questionnaire structure, layout, and question (item) flow.
  3. I have measured the impact of scale properties on survey instruments.
  4. I have developed cognitive testing protocols.
  5. I have conducted cognitive interviews.
  6. I have provided recommendations on changes to survey instruments via the application of social science and statistical methodology, principles, practices and/or theories
  7. I have developed improved data collection procedures
  8. I have utilized quasi- experimental or experimental methods to test questions, questionnaires, or data collection procedures
  9. None of the above


29.Please select those statements that describe your experience in conducting research on approaches to improve response rates, data collection procedures, and data quality.
  1. I have applied the theories and principles of statistics and survey methodology to designing and conducting studies aimed at the measurement and reduction of survey errors from sampling or non-sampling sources.
  2. I have participated in one or more data collection efforts that focused on the measurement and reduction of survey errors from sampling and non-sampling sources.
  3. I have experience designing, conducting, and analyzing data from laboratory or field studies, using qualitative methods to identify sources of measurement error.
  4. I have experience using qualitative methods to collect data for laboratory-based research or field studies.
  5. I have experience applying the literature of survey methodology, including the various sources of measurement error, to research studies involving the development or testing of approaches to data collection.
  6. I have experience applying quantitative methods to the analysis of economic or survey data to evaluate problems in the data collection process.
  7. None of the above.