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Grade: 11
* 1.[30210] Choose the statement that best describes your education and/or specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-11 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application and the matching experience is well described in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[4375] Choose the statement that best describes your level of experience performing administrative support work for audits.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in performing administrative support work for audits.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing administrative support work for audits, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have performed administrative support work for audits on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have performed administrative support work for audits as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. In addition to response number 4, I have performed administrative support work for audits 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.


* 3.[2866] Select the response that best describes your level of experience performing transportation-related safety audits or investigations.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in performing transportation-related safety audits or investigations.
  2. I have had education or training in performing transportation-related safety audits or investigations, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have experience performing transportation-related safety audits or investigations. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have experience performing transportation-related safety audits or investigations as a regular part of a job. I have performed this task without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in performing transportation-related safety audits or investigations. I have guided or supervised others in the performance of this task and others consult me for expertise and assitance in doing this task.


* 4.[7335] Select the statement the best describes your training and/or experience with managing a support program that is utilized across an organization and requires the application of regulatory requirements and the interpretation of policies, processes, and procedures.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in working with program management and applicable regulations, policies, processes, and procedures.
  2. I have education or training in this area, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have assisted others in working with program management activities related to the application of regulations, policies, processes and procedures but under supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have independently worked with regulations, policies, processes and procedures for an established program and identified their applicability toward improving the effectiveness and efficiency of that program.
  5. I have been officially appointed as a Program Manager and have been responsible for all activities, regulatory applications, internal controls, and program assessments.


* 5.[10385] Select the responses that apply to your familirity with the following national/state databases.
  1. National Inspection Plan
  2. Regional Inspection Points
  3. Accident/incident trends
  4. Train accident trends
  5. Railroad employee injury trends
  6. Highway-rail crossing accident trends
  7. None of the above


* 6.[6225] Choose the statement(s) that demonstrate your ability to perform data analysis and conduct in-depth reviews of technical issues.
  1. I have performed data analysis pertaining to technical issues.
  2. I have recommended solutions based on data analysis that I have undertaken.
  3. I have recommended solutions to data analyses that others have performed.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.[8472] Select the response that best describes your experience reviewing and analyzing documents and data for compliance with regulations.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in reviewing and analyzing documents and data for compliance with regulations.
  2. I have had education or training in reviewing and analyzing documents and data for compliance with regulations, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have experience reviewing and analyzing documents and data for compliance with regulations. My work was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  4. I have experience reviewing and analyzing documents and data for compliance with regulations as a regular part of a job. I have performed this task without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I am considered an expert in reviewing and analyzing documents and data for compliance with regulations. I have guided or supervised others in the performance of this task and others consult me for expertise and assistance in doing this task.


* 8.[2273] Choose the statement that best reflects your level of competence using automated systems to input, retrieve and reference technical information.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in using automated systems to enter, retrieve and reference technical information.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in using automated systems to access data, but have not yet performed this on a job.
  3. I use automated systems to input, retrieve and reference technical information under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I use automated systems to input, retrieve and reference technical information as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I independently and regularly use automated systems to input, retrieve, and reference technical information as a major part of my job and I have trained others OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.[9125] Select the statement that best describes your ability to use automated computer-based programs to track data, analyze data, interpret data, and make recommendations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in the use of automated computer-based programs to track data, analyze data, interpret data, and make recommendations.
  2. I have had experience, education, or training in the use of automated computer-based programs to track data, analyze data, interpret data, and make recommendations but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have experience maintaining an automated computer-based programs to track data, analyze data, interpret data, and make recommendations on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have experience maintaining an automated computer-based programs to track data, analyze data, interpret data, and make recommendations as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised the maintenance an automated computer-based programs to track data, analyze data, interpret data, and make recommendations and/or I have trained others in this task and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.[2275] Choose the statement that best reflects your level of competence in preparing and proofreading correspondence and other documents in final format for correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in preparing and proofreading correspondence.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in preparing and proofreading correspondence, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have prepared and proofread correspondence and other documents in final format under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have prepared and proofread correspondence and other documents in final format as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I have independently and regularly prepared and proofread correspondence and other documents in final format as a major part of my job and I have trained others OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.[1627] Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing information or data to compose briefing materials or written reports.
  1. I have developed analytical techniques to review and process data or information to compose written documents.
  2. I have analyzed data or information to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in order to compose written documents.
  3. I have analyzed data or information to identify problems, challenges, opportunities, and alternatives for improvement in order to compose written documents.
  4. I have analyzed complex situations and information to formulate strategies and recommendations to be incorporated into written documents.
  5. 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.[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


* 3.[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


* 4.[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


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


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.

* 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.