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Grade: 14
* 1.[343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[33068] Do you have at least one year experience equal or equivalent to reviewing financial transactions of at least $50 million and larger?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[33069] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to conducting financial reviews including calculation of financial ratios and financial covenant recommendations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[43918] Do you have one year of equivalent experience in a lead role in financial transaction negotiations that included writing financial analyses and presenting to credit council working groups, senior leadership and/or related organizations to justify financial decisions? This experience must be well described in your resume.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[35368] Select the statement that best describes your experience negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets.
  2. I have had education or training in experience negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance or experience negotiating transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 6.[25610] Select the statement that best describes your experience interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies.
  2. I have had education or training interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in experience interpreting existing credit policies and developing or revising credit policies. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function


* 7.[9706] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience and familiarity with legislative proposals and laws related to rail financial assistance programs, including the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
  1. I have read legislative proposals and laws related to rail financial assistance programs including the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
  2. I have assisted in reviewing proposals and laws related to rail financial assistance programs including the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
  3. I have conducted analyses of proposals and laws related to rail financial assistance programs including the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
  4. I have provided detailed recommendations on the implementation requirements, obstacles, and opportunities presented by proposals and laws related to rail financial assistance programs including the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.[27450] Choose the statement that describes your experience analyzing financial transactions of at least $50 million and larger.
  1. I do not have experience in performing this task.
  2. I have assisted with the analysis of financial transactions of $50 million and larger.
  3. I have analyzed financial transactions or at least $50 million or larger (to include those related to infrastructure) on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have analyzed financial transactions or at least $50 million or larger (to include those related to infrastructure) as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to number 4, this task has been a major part of my job and I have trained other in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.[11152] Select the statement that best reflects your experience in monitoring, controlling, and reporting on program or project delivery.
  1. I have no education, training and/or work related experience in program or project delivery.
  2. I have an understanding of the concepts, principles, and processes gained from education and/or training in program or project delivery, but have little to no experience applying the knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to program or project delivery, but generally consult others for assistance and/or have my work reviewed.
  4. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to program or project delivery and only require supervision or review when working on more complex assignments and/or tasks.
  5. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to program or project delivery using creativity and independent judgment and require little or no supervision.
  6. In addition to having direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to program or project delivery using creativity and independent judgment, I am often consulted for my expertise and/or have trained others.


* 10.[25488] Select the statement that best describes your experience evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic capital markets.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets.
  2. I have had education or training evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have direct experience evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets as a regular part of a job; even in unique or unusual situations, I did not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senor employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in experience evaluating and monitoring project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 11.[24250] Select the statement that best describes your experience evaluating and monitoring complex credit agreements as practiced in domestic capital markets.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in evaluating and monitoring complex credit agreements as practiced in domestic capital markets.
  2. I have had education or training in experience evaluating and monitoring credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have direct experience evaluating and monitoring complex credit agreements with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience evaluating and monitoring complex credit agreements as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience evaluating and monitoring complex credit agreements as a regular part of a job; even in unique or unusual situations, I did not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senor employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in experience evaluating and monitoring complex credit agreements. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 12.[24251] Select the transportation revenue sources (traditional funding programs and innovative finance mechanisms) in which you have demonstrated expert experience and knowledge.
  1. Federal transportation funding programs
  2. Tax increment financing
  3. State or Federal Infrastructure Banks
  4. Federal-aid Highway Funding Programs (e.g. Surface Transportation Program, National Highway Systems, Interstate Maintenance)
  5. Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA)
  6. State Infrastructure Banks
  7. Tolling
  8. Public Private Partnerships
  9. State and local revenue sources
  10. None of the above


* 13.[27451] Select the statement that best reflects your experience with financial reviews that includes calculating financial ratios and financial covenant recommendations.
  1. I have an understanding of the concepts, principles, and processes gained from education and/or training in this functional area, but have little to no experience applying the knowledge in a work environment.
  2. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to this functional area, but generally consult others for assistance and/or have my work reviewed.
  3. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to this functional area and only require supervision or review when working on more complex assignments and/or tasks.
  4. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to this functional area using creativity and independent judgment and require little or no supervision.
  5. In addition to having direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to this functional area using creativity and independent judgment, I am often consulted for my expertise and/or have trained others.
  6. I do not have experience performing this task.


* 14.[437] Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience communicating financial information.
  1. I have effectively communicated financial information to internal or external audiences.
  2. I have conducted training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  3. I have interviewed employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or financial information.
  4. I have effectively communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  5. I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  6. None of the above


* 15.[10951] Select the statement that best describes your experience negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic capital markets.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets.
  2. I have had education or training in experience negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have direct experience negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets as a regular part of a job; even in unique or unusual situations, I did not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senor employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in experience negotiating transportation infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in US domestic capital markets. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 16.[9731] Select the type(s) of document(s) and communication involving analysis of applications and management of credit-based programs you have produced as a regular part of a job.
  1. Documentation of financial data and corporate information.
  2. Documentation and presentation of historical and prospective financial data analysis.
  3. Documentation and presentation of risks and benefits of applications for loans and/or loan guarantees.
  4. Powerpoint presentations of financial results and recommendations.
  5. Person-to-person presentations of. financial results and recommendations to decision-makers.
  6. Correspondence/memoranda that consolidates input from a number of different sources.
  7. Written guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing initiatives or systems.
  8. Written guidance that summarizes and explains rules and policies.
  9. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
  2. 04
  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
  7. 09
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 13
  12. 14
  13. 15


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 6.[587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format).
Maximum length of 20 characters.


* 7.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.