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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.[49948] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience utilizing and writing Base Statistical Analysis System (SAS) components, including but not limited to formats, libraries, and graphs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[49949] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience applying multi-database systems analysis, design techniques, structures and limitations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[49951] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience communicating and addressing technical issues involving data management systems to audiences representing the railroads and the general public?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[8519] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge of and experience operating relational database systems.
  1. I have class-room training and experience in operating an off-the-shelf database.
  2. I have considerable training and experience in operating multiple databases.
  3. I have created databases for specific data requirements and have overseen their maintenance and use.
  4. I have an understanding of database structure, management, and reporting.
  5. I have maintained and operated an existing database.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.[10221] Select the statement(s) that best describe your knowledge and experience using data collection systems.
  1. Identifying data collection sources.
  2. Developing data edits.
  3. Developing output specification.
  4. Developing quality control procedures.
  5. Determining data collection mechanisms.
  6. Development of data dictionary or users manuals.
  7. Conducting quality assurance/quality control data review.
  8. Preparing documentation and data formats for public release of data.
  9. Assisting in the management of a program under direct supervision.
  10. Building and quality controlling electronic databases.
  11. Evaluating large and complex data collection systems.
  12. Evaluating program results against program goals and make necessary changes.
  13. Other data collection operations not listed above.
  14. None of the above.


* 7.[2329] Select the response that best describes your ability to manage databases.
  1. I have been a database manager, fully responsible for a large, departmental system.
  2. I have been an assistant database manager, backing up the manager on a large, departmental system.
  3. I have created and managed Microsoft Excel databases.
  4. I have maintained (entry, lookup, report running, etc.) large database systems.
  5. I have maintained (entry, lookup, report running, etc.) Microsoft Excel databases.
  6. I have strong computer aptitude but little experience in database management.
  7. I have no experience in this area.


* 8.[2147] Please choose the selection which best describes your experience with using data and analytical tools to make policy/program recommendations.
  1. I have not used data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor.
  2. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor only after close consultation with my supervisor.
  3. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor with minimal supervision.
  4. I independently make recommendations regarding policy /program decisions to my supervisor.


* 9.[49950] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated experience applying systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques, including: analytical methods; basic data management concepts; technical documentation methods, and systems analysis principles and methods.
  1. I have education and training in applying all of the systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques listed above, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have working experience in some of these areas and have worked as part of a team applying some but not all, of the systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques listed above, and usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have working experience in all of these areas, and have worked as part of a team applying all of the systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques listed above, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have experience in all these areas and have applied all of the systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques listed above, without direct supervision.
  5. I have experience in all these areas, and have applied all of the systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques listed above, which has resulted in my organization relying on me as a technical lead in the application of systems analysis methods, tools, and techniques, and in the resolution of complex problems related to these areas.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.[4455] Select the statement that best describes your technical knowledge and demonstrated work experience analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration, and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems.
  1. I have education and training in analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have basic knowledge in these areas, and have worked as part of a technical team analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have working knowledge in these areas, and have worked as part of a technical team analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple legacy systems, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have advanced knowledge in these areas, and have demonstrated work experience analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems, without direct supervision.
  5. I have managed technical teams supporting legacy systems; and have extensive demonstrated work experience analyzing, evaluating and developing solutions to resolve interface, integration and interoperability issues of multiple systems including legacy systems. I am considered an expert in the resolution of complex systems integration/interoperability issues, and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex system related issues.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.[24029] Choose the statements that describe how you have processed analytical data.
  1. Prepared and presented analytical information to management officials within the organization.
  2. Prepared and presented analytical information to an outside organization.
  3. Developed comprehensive materials of reports, briefings or meetings for management officials.
  4. Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings and recommendations to management officials within the organization.
  5. Interpreted and applied guidance and regulations to recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.[7707] This position requires that you be able to express facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing, and organized manner and to make clear and convincing oral and written reports. Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in expressing facts and ideas in writing and in-person.
  1. I have experience communicating information about my work unit's activities to peers and higher level management.
  2. I have prepared written reports or given presentations or briefings on issues or problems of a procedural or factual nature.
  3. I have experience meeting with internal and external stakeholders and/or influential parties to and gain acceptance of, or commitment to, current or new organization's policies and practices.
  4. My experience is not reflected in any of the above responses.


* 13.[2453] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating project 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. I have contributed to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 300 exhibits.
  11. None of the above


* 14.[7969] This position requires that you be able to express facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing, and organized manner and to make clear and convincing oral and written reports. Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in expressing facts and ideas in writing and in-person.
  1. I have experience using a variety of written communication modalities, particularly within automated and networked media, to gain widespread understanding and commitment for change and action within the organization. I have experience communicating information about my work unit's activities to peers and higher level management.
  2. I have prepared written reports or given presentations or briefings on complex logistical or technical issues that required explanation of laws, regulations, practices and precedents. I have experience providing expert program advice to representatives from other organizations or interest groups, on complex and controversial or sensitive legal or technical issues that required explanation of laws, regulations, practices, and precedents.
  3. I have extensive experience drafting, editing, revising, and/or reviewing complex logistic materials and reports that have agency-wide impact. I have experience meeting with internal and external stakeholders and/or influential parties to explain or defend and gain acceptance of, or commitment to, my organization's policies and practices.
  4. My experience is not reflected in any of the above responses.


* 15.[14354] Select the statement(s) that apply to your experience in interacting with a variety of people in various situations.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have experience in persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, etc.
  3. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission, goals, or needs, to Federal, State, industry or local organizations.
  4. I have served on committees or task forces.
  5. I am regularly consulted by peers on issues.
  6. 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.[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.[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


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.