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Grade: 15
* 1.[344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 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.[28229]Do you have experience applying Federal and State laws, regulations, rules and practices to develop policies and procedures for implementing transportation funding programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[28230] Do you have experience developing and implementing monitoring protocols and performance measures used to assess and improve transportation programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[28231] Do you have experience providing advice to management on program and policy issues that deal with transportation programs especially as it relates to railroads?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[28232] What aspects of transportation program development have you actively lead?
  1. Analyzing Federal or State authorizing statutes
  2. Developing program policies and procedures
  3. Conducting Federal or State rulemaking
  4. Writing regulations or guidance
  5. Development of program measures and data analysis/reporting structure
  6. Providing program support to users
  7. Implementing program policies, procedurs, rules, regulations and/or guidance
  8. Conducting planning, engineering and/or construction activities for transportation infrastructure projects.
  9. None of the above.


* 6.[3427] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with transportation planning (or related disciplines) and the development, evaluation, and implementation of transportation policies, programs, or investment decision-making activities. The basis for your selection of an answer should be documented in your resume/application materials.
  1. Identified transportation problems, course of study to analyze and address the problem, assembled and led research team, and submitted a technically sound study.
  2. Conceived of unique methods to collect data and information on a transportation system or program delivery performance problem.
  3. Formulated research methods to answer complex transportation questions.
  4. Worked in a multidisciplinary team to provide transportation planning, systems management, systems analysis or related guidance and advice.
  5. Managed and responsible for highly complex, transportation planning, system assessment or organizational development program that encompassed multidisciplinary areas and skills, challenging problem identification and research protocols, and advanced data collection, analysis and communication techniques.
  6. None of the above


* 7.[15583] Select the response(s) that best describe(s) the type of transportation environment that you have developed program policies, procedures, rules, regulations and/or guidance and/or implemented transportation capital investment projects and programs?
  1. Intercity Passenger Rail
  2. High Speed Rail
  3. Urban transit
  4. Freight Rail
  5. Highways
  6. Aviation
  7. Martime
  8. Other
  9. None of the above.


* 8.[15585] Select the response(s) that best describe(s) the aspects of the transportation project development life cycle that you have implemented or managed?
  1. Planning
  2. Market assessment
  3. Financial forecasting and management
  4. Environmental reviews/studies
  5. Engineering and design
  6. Construction
  7. Operations and maintenance
  8. None of the above.


* 9.[28248] Select the response(s) that reflect the types of program and or project management tools you’ve used to assess and manage a program(s).
  1. Developed standard operating procedures
  2. Interpreted guidance
  3. Developed communication tools
  4. Conducted training
  5. Evaluated projects/programs to ensure compliance
  6. Conducted progress reviews and site visits
  7. Managed and monitored the oversight of contractor staff
  8. Implemented checks and balances to ensure project success
  9. Prepared reports and compiled data on complex technical issues
  10. Made recommendations or suggested corrective measures
  11. None of the above


* 10.[15586] Select the statement(s) that best describes your experience working with senior executives, political leadership, and other program stakeholders.
  1. I have been a member of work groups led at the senior executive/political level.
  2. I have developed and delivered briefings at the senior executive/political level.
  3. I have attended meetings chaired at the senior executive/political level.
  4. I have prepared materials for briefing or submissions to the senior executive/political level.
  5. I have no experience working at the senior executive/political level.


* 11.[14352] Select the statement(s) in which you have experience managing a multidisciplinary team of employees.
  1. I have experience assigning and monitoring workload.
  2. I have experience evaluating employee performance.
  3. I have experience counseling employees.
  4. I have experience resolving grievances.
  5. I have experience mentoring staff.
  6. I have experience managing resources, which include approving leave, travel and training request.
  7. None of the above.


* 12.[28233] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience developing and implementing performance measures to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity.
  1. 1. I have no education, experience, or training in developing and implementing performance measures to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity.
  2. 2. I have completed formal education or training in developing and implementing performance measures to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity but have not yet performed this task on a job.
  3. 3. I have developed and implemented performance measures to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. 4. I have developed and implemented performance measures to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. 5. In addition to number 4, developing and implementing performance measures to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity has been 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 this task.


* 13.[43927] Select the duties you have performed on a regular and recurring basis as a team leader or supervisor.
  1. Responsible for the first line supervision of employees
  2. Oversaw, directed or developed work to be accomplished by subordinates including setting priorities and preparing schedules for the completion of work and adjusted as needed.
  3. Assigned work to subordinates based on priorities, consideration of the difficulty of assignments, and the capabilities of employees.
  4. Scheduled employees to cover varying shifts
  5. Developed performance standards and evaluated employees' work
  6. Gave advice, counsel or instruction to employees on program specific, technical, and/or administrative matters
  7. Interviewed candidates and made recommendations/selections to fill vacant position(s).
  8. Recommended and/or selected individuals for appointment, promotion, or reassignment
  9. Worked with employees to identify their developmental and training needs based on organizational goals and budget realities
  10. Worked with management to identify developmental and training needs of employees based on organizational goals and budget realities.
  11. Conducted workforce/succession planning
  12. Resolved office conflicts through meetings
  13. Delegated authority to the lowest levels
  14. Resolved office conflicts by providing written guidance
  15. Resolved office conflicts through mediation or other forms of alternative dispute resolution
  16. Addressed employee conduct issues by taking appropriate human resources actions such as oral admonishments or suspensions
  17. Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on performance issues
  18. Coached, counseled and/or disciplined employees on conduct issues
  19. Followed necessary steps when an employee's performance did not improve
  20. Developed performance improvement plans
  21. Recognized and rewarded employees for their contributions
  22. Have no managerial/supervisory experience, but have been designated as a team leader, assisting the immediate supervisor with assignment of tasks.
  23. Have not performed any of the above listed supervisory duties


* 14.[10949] Select statement(s) that describe your program management experience in achieving organizational mission.
  1. Advise, consult with, and/or negotiate with customers in the delivery of projects or programs.
  2. Set the goals and objectives for accomplishments of programs or projects.
  3. Planned the resources, delivery schedules and start up activities.
  4. Monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  5. Established and tracked program delivery performance measures.
  6. Established and monitored program delivery productivity.
  7. Developed annual work plans, objectives, priorities, workloads of resources, and schedules for accomplishment of work plans.
  8. 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


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


* 7.[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.


* 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.