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Grade: 09
* 1.[30209] Choose the statement that best describes your education and specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-09 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 two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Masters or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.) that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position and have provided transcripts with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the first 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 and the experience is well documented in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[50909] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience analyzing emerging trends in transportation, collecting economic data and preparing reports of findings relating to transportation industry's operations? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[50912] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience developing, implementing and applying statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems.
  1. I have education and training in developing, implementing and applying statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have experience working on projects that include the development, implementation, and application of statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems while under the direction of a supervisor.
  3. I have experience working on projects that include the development, implementation, and application of statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems with minimal direction from a supervisor.
  4. I have experience working on projects that include the development, implementation, and application of statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems without any direct supervision.
  5. I serve as a technical lead in this area and my organization relies on me to develop, implement and apply statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems. I am considered an expert in this area and have trained others in performing this task.
  6. None of the above


* 4.[4013] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action.
  1. I have education and training in extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have performed some segments of work in a research project extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action all while under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate a project or system alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have conducted a research study in which I extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action without direct supervision.
  5. I have extensive demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action without direct supervision. I am considered an expert and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex issues relating to these techniques and methods.
  6. None of the above


* 5.[50913] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience in collecting, compiling and analyzing transportation and related data in support of statistical and analytical publications.
  1. I have education and training in collecting, compiling and analyzing transportation and related data in support of statistical and analytical publications but have not applied this experience at work.
  2. I have worked in the transportation statistics field and have experience with transportation industry data, but have not completed any transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis projects as part of my work in this field.
  3. I have performed some segments of work within transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis on projects in the transportation statistics field, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have independently performed work in transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis projects in the transportation statistics field while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have experience in the transportation statistics field and have conducted a transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis project in the transportation statistics field, without direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.[5590] Choose the answer that describes your education/experience in planning, leading, and conducting methodological research relating to Transportation or Traffic Safety issues.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.[29070] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in applying statistical techniques in analyzing data.
  1. Interpreting and performing statistical analyses.
  2. Performing statistical analyses of large databases.
  3. Provide assistance to other analysts in the use of statistical procedures in analyzing large data files.
  4. Familiar with statistical techniques by formal education and some work experience.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.[50915] Select the statement that best describes your experience in analyzing trends in passenger and/or freight transportation.
  1. I have no education, experience or training in analyzing trends in passenger and/or freight transportation.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in analyzing trends in passenger and/or freight transportation, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have analyzed trends in passenger transportation as part of my job.
  4. I have analyzed trends in freight transportation as part of my job.
  5. I have analyzed trends in both passenger and freight transportation occasionally as part of my job.
  6. I have analyzed trends in both passenger and freight transportation as part of my job on a regular and recurring basis.


* 9.[50916] Select all of the topic(s) in which you have experience compiling and analyzing data.
  1. Inventory of transportation infrastructure and rolling stock
  2. Use of the transportation system for passenger travel
  3. Use of the transportation system for goods movement
  4. System performance measures
  5. International freight flows
  6. Major getaways and ports for international trade
  7. Energy use and emissions as a result of transportation
  8. Modal comparisons
  9. State specific transportation elements
  10. None of the above


* 10.[3884] Select the statement that best describes the experience you have had in explaining analytical results, orally or in writing, to non-statisticians (including engineers or other non-statistician professionals, managers, and the public).
  1. I do not have experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians.
  2. I have had experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians, but not on a regular and recurring basis.
  3. I have had experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians on a regular and recurring basis.


* 11.[50910] Select the statement that best describes your experience participating in deliberations and meetings with customers relevant to the analysis of transportation data.
  1. I have participated in meetings to analyze transportation data. Meetings are held within my organization.
  2. I have participated in meetings to analyze and develop resolutions on issues directly related to the analysis of transportation data. Meetings are held within my organization.
  3. I have participated in deliberations and studies to formulate resolutions and develop recommendations based on my interpretation of transportation data. Participants are within and outside of my organization.
  4. I am considered an expert based on my experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings to formulate resolutions and develop recommendations based on my interpretation of data. I have represented my organization as subject matter expert with senior leadership and groups within and outside my organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.[50911] Do you have experience preparing recurring reports and documentation in support of a technical or scientific study/project?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.[7267] Select the statement that best describes your ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  1. I assist in developing presentations and speeches for others.
  2. I develop presentations and speeches for others.
  3. I prepare and deliver presentations and speeches to a limited audience familiar with my subject matter and provide answers to mid-level management questions.
  4. I prepare and deliver presentations and speeches to a variety of audiences including those with limited experience or knowledge in the subject matter on a regular basis and have been asked to brief mid-level management.
  5. I am frequently asked to present information at meetings, conferences and other venues, and regularly provide written briefings/presentations to senior and mid level management.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.[50914] This position is responsible for communicating a variety of issues on interpersonal level. Please indicate which of the following types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job. (Select all that apply)
  1. Briefed management/customers on policy changes.
  2. Defended recommendations on controversial issues.
  3. Facilitated coordination of efforts between organizational entities.
  4. Acted as technical representative.
  5. Served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  6. Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  7. Briefed senior or executive level mangers on organizational issues.
  8. Acted as management representative.
  9. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  10. Independently planned, hosted and conducted meetings.
  11. None of the above.


Grade: 11
* 1.[340] 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 equivalent to the GS-09 level. This experience is well described in my application.
  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.
  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
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[50917] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience analyzing emerging trends in transportation, conducting research to identify inconsistencies in transportation data, and interpreting data to prepare reports relating to transportation industry operations? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[50912] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience developing, implementing and applying statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems.
  1. I have education and training in developing, implementing and applying statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have experience working on projects that include the development, implementation, and application of statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems while under the direction of a supervisor.
  3. I have experience working on projects that include the development, implementation, and application of statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems with minimal direction from a supervisor.
  4. I have experience working on projects that include the development, implementation, and application of statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems without any direct supervision.
  5. I serve as a technical lead in this area and my organization relies on me to develop, implement and apply statistical methodologies or analytical approaches to solve problems. I am considered an expert in this area and have trained others in performing this task.
  6. None of the above


* 4.[4013] Select the statement that best describes your knowledge and demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action.
  1. I have education and training in extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have performed some segments of work in a research project extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action all while under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate a project or system alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have conducted a research study in which I extended and/or applied new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developed appropriate courses of action without direct supervision.
  5. I have extensive demonstrated work experience extending and/or applying new techniques and methods to evaluate project or data collection/ analysis alternatives, and developing appropriate courses of action without direct supervision. I am considered an expert and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex issues relating to these techniques and methods.
  6. None of the above


* 5.[50913] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience in collecting, compiling and analyzing transportation and related data in support of statistical and analytical publications.
  1. I have education and training in collecting, compiling and analyzing transportation and related data in support of statistical and analytical publications but have not applied this experience at work.
  2. I have worked in the transportation statistics field and have experience with transportation industry data, but have not completed any transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis projects as part of my work in this field.
  3. I have performed some segments of work within transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis on projects in the transportation statistics field, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  4. I have independently performed work in transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis projects in the transportation statistics field while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have experience in the transportation statistics field and have conducted a transportation data collection, compilation, and analysis project in the transportation statistics field, without direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.[5590] Choose the answer that describes your education/experience in planning, leading, and conducting methodological research relating to Transportation or Traffic Safety issues.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.[29070] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in applying statistical techniques in analyzing data.
  1. Interpreting and performing statistical analyses.
  2. Performing statistical analyses of large databases.
  3. Provide assistance to other analysts in the use of statistical procedures in analyzing large data files.
  4. Familiar with statistical techniques by formal education and some work experience.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.[50915] Select the statement that best describes your experience in analyzing trends in passenger and/or freight transportation.
  1. I have no education, experience or training in analyzing trends in passenger and/or freight transportation.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in analyzing trends in passenger and/or freight transportation, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have analyzed trends in passenger transportation as part of my job.
  4. I have analyzed trends in freight transportation as part of my job.
  5. I have analyzed trends in both passenger and freight transportation occasionally as part of my job.
  6. I have analyzed trends in both passenger and freight transportation as part of my job on a regular and recurring basis.


* 9.[50916] Select all of the topic(s) in which you have experience compiling and analyzing data.
  1. Inventory of transportation infrastructure and rolling stock
  2. Use of the transportation system for passenger travel
  3. Use of the transportation system for goods movement
  4. System performance measures
  5. International freight flows
  6. Major getaways and ports for international trade
  7. Energy use and emissions as a result of transportation
  8. Modal comparisons
  9. State specific transportation elements
  10. None of the above


* 10.[3884] Select the statement that best describes the experience you have had in explaining analytical results, orally or in writing, to non-statisticians (including engineers or other non-statistician professionals, managers, and the public).
  1. I do not have experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians.
  2. I have had experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians, but not on a regular and recurring basis.
  3. I have had experience explaining analytical results to non-statisticians on a regular and recurring basis.


* 11.[50910] Select the statement that best describes your experience participating in deliberations and meetings with customers relevant to the analysis of transportation data.
  1. I have participated in meetings to analyze transportation data. Meetings are held within my organization.
  2. I have participated in meetings to analyze and develop resolutions on issues directly related to the analysis of transportation data. Meetings are held within my organization.
  3. I have participated in deliberations and studies to formulate resolutions and develop recommendations based on my interpretation of transportation data. Participants are within and outside of my organization.
  4. I am considered an expert based on my experience participating in deliberations, studies and meetings to formulate resolutions and develop recommendations based on my interpretation of data. I have represented my organization as subject matter expert with senior leadership and groups within and outside my organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.[50911] Do you have experience preparing recurring reports and documentation in support of a technical or scientific study/project?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.[7267] Select the statement that best describes your ability to develop and deliver presentations.
  1. I assist in developing presentations and speeches for others.
  2. I develop presentations and speeches for others.
  3. I prepare and deliver presentations and speeches to a limited audience familiar with my subject matter and provide answers to mid-level management questions.
  4. I prepare and deliver presentations and speeches to a variety of audiences including those with limited experience or knowledge in the subject matter on a regular basis and have been asked to brief mid-level management.
  5. I am frequently asked to present information at meetings, conferences and other venues, and regularly provide written briefings/presentations to senior and mid level management.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.[50914] This position is responsible for communicating a variety of issues on interpersonal level. Please indicate which of the following types of interpersonal communication duties you have performed as a regular part of a job. (Select all that apply)
  1. Briefed management/customers on policy changes.
  2. Defended recommendations on controversial issues.
  3. Facilitated coordination of efforts between organizational entities.
  4. Acted as technical representative.
  5. Served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  6. Regularly consulted by others on technical, programmatic, and/or professional issues.
  7. Briefed senior or executive level mangers on organizational issues.
  8. Acted as management representative.
  9. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  10. Independently planned, hosted and conducted meetings.
  11. 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.[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


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

  1. True
  2. False


* 6.[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.