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Grade: 13
* 1.[342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.[44942] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to analyzing and/or interpreting rules, regulations, standards, policies or procedures in order to make recommendations to address regulatory or industry standard issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[44943] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience evaluating transportation related information and preparing written documents such as decision papers, reports, issue papers, or briefing materials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[36408] Do you have experience providing advice, analysis, recommendations, and working with senior leadership on activities and projects in at least three of the following program areas: strategic planning, grants, human resources, budget, stakeholder engagement, Presidential Management Agenda initiatives, internal controls, program management and policy and operations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[44918] Select the program administrative areas in which you have experience providing advisory and research services to senior management.
  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Budget
  3. Finance
  4. Travel Planning and/or Travel Payments
  5. Contracts and Procurement
  6. Grants Programs
  7. Human Resources Management
  8. Internal and/or External Communications
  9. Stakeholder Engagement
  10. Presidential Management Agenda (PMA) initiatives
  11. Internal Controls
  12. Program Management
  13. Policy and Operations
  14. None of the above


* 6.[1772] Please select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with working relationships and sensitive issues.
  1. I have displayed diplomacy and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  2. I have negotiated solutions to difficult problems through knowledge of issue and ability to convey my decisions/opinions to other parties.
  3. I am aware of political implications of sensitive decision-making in a political arena.
  4. I use networking and teamwork to facilitate decision-making.
  5. None of the above


* 7.[5855] Select the statement(s)that describes your experiences aiding a variety of people with new of difficult concepts as a regular part of your job.
  1. Served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. Facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. Negotiated policy changes.
  4. Mediated for facilitated problem resolution.
  5. Presented, defended and /or negotiated specific mission goals and needs with senior management and contract representatives.
  6. Briefed senior management on organizational issues or similar topics.
  7. Defended recommendations on controversial issues to senior management or the public.
  8. Independently planned, hosted and conducted meetings.
  9. Served on panels, committees or task forces on technical, programmatic and/or professional issues.
  10. Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic and/or professional issues.
  11. None of the above.


* 8.[6567] Choose the statement that best reflects your experience analyzing and interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues.
  1. I have no experience, or training interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues.
  2. I have had training on analyzing and interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues, but have not yet performed this task on a job
  3. I have analyzed and interpreted complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have regularly analyzed and interpreted complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I independently and regularly analyze and interpret complex program, regulatory, legislative, and policy issues as a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing these tasks.


* 9.[11199] Select the response below that demonstrates your experience in evaluating complex/sensitive policy issues, and making recommendations for solving or averting problems.
  1. I have experience working individually or on teams to assist with the development and/or evaluation of policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters.
  2. I have individually developed and/or evaluated policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters.
  3. I have led teams or an office to develop and/or evaluate policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters.
  4. I have led teams or an office to develop and/or evaluate policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters in areas related to the transportation industry.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[2274] Select the statement that best describes your experience utilizing databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in utilizing databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in utilizing databases, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have utilized databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have utilized databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents 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 utilized databases to maintain correspondence, reports or other documents 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.[3519] Select the type(s) of written product(s) you have developed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Summary reports on organizational data which includes analysis and recommendations.
  2. Position papers on controversial issues.
  3. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new administrative initiatives or systems.
  4. Presentation or briefing materials.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.[4655] Select the type(s) of written communication you have prepared as a regular part of your job.
  1. Briefing papers
  2. Congressional correspondence
  3. Studies and reports
  4. Policy and procedural guidance
  5. Correspondence to senior level officials inside and outside of your employing organization
  6. Explanation of changes in laws and regulations
  7. Speeches
  8. Testimonies
  9. Correspondence to external entities
  10. Publications for magazines
  11. Research summaries for non-expert audiences
  12. Research reports and related documents
  13. Publications for academia
  14. Articles featured in transportation-related publications
  15. Articles appearing in statistical journals
  16. Articles appearing in non-statistical journals
  17. None of the above


* 13.[30191] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) the communication/briefing skills you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and agency leadership.
  1. Regularly communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in writing or in presentations.
  2. Explained or justified agency decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. Briefed managers outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. Demonstrated ability to build consensus through collaboration with others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  5. Mediated problem and facilitated a resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal setting.
  6. Persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take particular courses of action.
  7. Communicated strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  8. Presented, advocated, or negotiated specific goals and needs.
  9. None of the above.


* 14.[7430] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating information to senior management officials.
  1. I have met with policy officials on a continuing basis to discuss policy proposals.
  2. I have met with policy officials to brief them on current project status.
  3. I have briefed key leadership on costs, impact, feasibility, alternatives, issues and recommendations and status of projects.
  4. I have developed policies, regulations, procedures or analyses for senior management.
  5. I have presented policies, regulations, procedures, analyses and recommendations to key leadership.
  6. I have assisted in the preparation of policy recommendations, procedures or analyses, providing data and background information to senior officials as requested.
  7. I have developed comprehensive materials for reports, briefings, and meetings.
  8. I have communicated program strategies, goals, objectives and priorities to program personnel.
  9. I have prepared briefing materials for use by or presentation to senior management officials.
  10. None of the above


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.[44943] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience evaluating transportation related information and preparing written documents such as decision papers, reports, issue papers, or briefing materials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[26748] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to developing and maintaining effective relationships with a variety of internal and external groups and individuals, and creating a professional network in order to effectively support communication and outreach programs and efforts?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[44942] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to analyzing and/or interpreting rules, regulations, standards, policies or procedures in order to make recommendations to address regulatory or industry standard issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[36408] Do you have experience providing advice, analysis, recommendations, and working with senior leadership on activities and projects in at least three of the following program areas: strategic planning, grants, human resources, budget, stakeholder engagement, Presidential Management Agenda initiatives, internal controls, program management and policy and operations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[44918] Select the program administrative areas in which you have experience providing advisory and research services to senior management.
  1. Strategic Planning
  2. Budget
  3. Finance
  4. Travel Planning and/or Travel Payments
  5. Contracts and Procurement
  6. Grants Programs
  7. Human Resources Management
  8. Internal and/or External Communications
  9. Stakeholder Engagement
  10. Presidential Management Agenda (PMA) initiatives
  11. Internal Controls
  12. Program Management
  13. Policy and Operations
  14. None of the above


* 7.[1772] Please select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with working relationships and sensitive issues.
  1. I have displayed diplomacy and tact in handling sensitive issues.
  2. I have negotiated solutions to difficult problems through knowledge of issue and ability to convey my decisions/opinions to other parties.
  3. I am aware of political implications of sensitive decision-making in a political arena.
  4. I use networking and teamwork to facilitate decision-making.
  5. None of the above


* 8.[5855] Select the statement(s)that describes your experiences aiding a variety of people with new of difficult concepts as a regular part of your job.
  1. Served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. Facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  3. Negotiated policy changes.
  4. Mediated for facilitated problem resolution.
  5. Presented, defended and /or negotiated specific mission goals and needs with senior management and contract representatives.
  6. Briefed senior management on organizational issues or similar topics.
  7. Defended recommendations on controversial issues to senior management or the public.
  8. Independently planned, hosted and conducted meetings.
  9. Served on panels, committees or task forces on technical, programmatic and/or professional issues.
  10. Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic and/or professional issues.
  11. None of the above.


* 9.[2537] Select the statement that best describes your experience establishing and nurturing partnerships to create and advance innovative approaches to solving transportation problems or issues.
  1. I have experience establishing and nurturing partnerships with organizations within my agency.
  2. I have experience establishing and nurturing partnerships with organizations within my agency as well as local organizations outside of my agency.
  3. I have experience establishing and nurturing partnerships with organizations within my agency as well as local and State organizations outside of my agency.
  4. I have experience establishing and nurturing partnerships with organizations within my agency as well as local, State and Federal organizations outside of my agency.
  5. I have experience establishing and nurturing partnerships with organizations within my agency as well as local, State, Federal, and International organizations outside of my agency.
  6. I have experience establishing and nurturing partnerships with organizations within my agency as well as local, State, Federal, International, and professional organizations outside of my agency.
  7. I am considered an expert and am often consulted on establishing and nurturing partnerships with local, State, Federal, International, and professional organizations outside of my agency, as well as internal agency organizations.
  8. None of the above


* 10.[3505] Select the type(s) of interpersonal communication duty(ies) you have performed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Negotiated policy changes.
  2. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  3. Briefed managers on organizational issues or similar topics.
  4. Defended recommendations on controversial issues to top managers.
  5. Interviewed individuals to obtain study data.
  6. Solicited stakeholder input.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.[6883] Choose the statement that best describes the level of interpersonal communications you experience on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. I have communicated with senior managers, recommend, and/or gain acceptance of significant technical methods or procedures.
  2. I have communicated with a variety of customers, including senior managers, employees from other bureaus/offices, and from federal agencies in resolving complex technical challenges.
  3. I have communicated with managers to provide guidance and assistance in resolving difficult issues.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.[6567] Choose the statement that best reflects your experience analyzing and interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues.
  1. I have no experience, or training interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues.
  2. I have had training on analyzing and interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues, but have not yet performed this task on a job
  3. I have analyzed and interpreted complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have regularly analyzed and interpreted complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I independently and regularly analyze and interpret complex program, regulatory, legislative, and policy issues as a major part of my job and I have trained others in the performance of this task OR others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing these tasks.


* 13.[11199] Select the response below that demonstrates your experience in evaluating complex/sensitive policy issues, and making recommendations for solving or averting problems.
  1. I have experience working individually or on teams to assist with the development and/or evaluation of policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters.
  2. I have individually developed and/or evaluated policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters.
  3. I have led teams or an office to develop and/or evaluate policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters.
  4. I have led teams or an office to develop and/or evaluate policy that affects major programs or activities or highly sensitive matters in areas related to the transportation industry.
  5. None of the above.


* 14.[2274] Select the statement that best describes your experience utilizing databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training in utilizing databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in utilizing databases, but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. I have utilized databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have utilized databases to track and maintain correspondence, reports or other documents 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 utilized databases to maintain correspondence, reports or other documents 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.


* 15.[3519] Select the type(s) of written product(s) you have developed as a regular part of a job.
  1. Summary reports on organizational data which includes analysis and recommendations.
  2. Position papers on controversial issues.
  3. Guidelines or procedural instructions for implementing new administrative initiatives or systems.
  4. Presentation or briefing materials.
  5. None of the above.


* 16.[4655] Select the type(s) of written communication you have prepared as a regular part of your job.
  1. Briefing papers
  2. Congressional correspondence
  3. Studies and reports
  4. Policy and procedural guidance
  5. Correspondence to senior level officials inside and outside of your employing organization
  6. Explanation of changes in laws and regulations
  7. Speeches
  8. Testimonies
  9. Correspondence to external entities
  10. Publications for magazines
  11. Research summaries for non-expert audiences
  12. Research reports and related documents
  13. Publications for academia
  14. Articles featured in transportation-related publications
  15. Articles appearing in statistical journals
  16. Articles appearing in non-statistical journals
  17. None of the above


* 17.[30191] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) the communication/briefing skills you use as a regular part of your job to support agency goals and agency leadership.
  1. Regularly communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, and priorities in writing or in presentations.
  2. Explained or justified agency decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations.
  3. Briefed managers outside the organization on agency goals and objectives.
  4. Demonstrated ability to build consensus through collaboration with others to obtain information, achieve results and accomplish goals.
  5. Mediated problem and facilitated a resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal setting.
  6. Persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take particular courses of action.
  7. Communicated strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  8. Presented, advocated, or negotiated specific goals and needs.
  9. None of the above.


* 18.[7430] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating information to senior management officials.
  1. I have met with policy officials on a continuing basis to discuss policy proposals.
  2. I have met with policy officials to brief them on current project status.
  3. I have briefed key leadership on costs, impact, feasibility, alternatives, issues and recommendations and status of projects.
  4. I have developed policies, regulations, procedures or analyses for senior management.
  5. I have presented policies, regulations, procedures, analyses and recommendations to key leadership.
  6. I have assisted in the preparation of policy recommendations, procedures or analyses, providing data and background information to senior officials as requested.
  7. I have developed comprehensive materials for reports, briefings, and meetings.
  8. I have communicated program strategies, goals, objectives and priorities to program personnel.
  9. I have prepared briefing materials for use by or presentation to senior management officials.
  10. 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
  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.