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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.[50933] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience performing radio frequency spectrum management and analysis functions in transportation related fields? 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.[5411] Choose the statement that best describes your work experience related to the application of engineering, systems analysis, and related disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address position, navigation, and/or timing challenges that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civil application domains.
  1. I have education and training in the application of engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities, but have not performed it on the job.
  2. I have applied engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities, usually under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have independently applied engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address position, navigation, and/or timing challenges while seeking help or advice only for complex issues or challenges.
  4. I have applied the skills involved and managed a research or evaluation program requiring the application engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address position, navigation, and/or timing challenges that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civil application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  5. I have extensive demonstrated work managing research or evaluation programs that require the application of engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address complex position, navigation, and/or timing challenges that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civil application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 4.[6665] Select the statement that best describes your expertise developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) capabilities.
  1. I have education and training in developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have worked as a junior staff member supporting a technical team responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I completed segments of projects under the direction of a senior team member or supervisor, but did not play a lead technical role.
  3. I have worked as a mid-level staff member in a technical team responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I have been responsible for completing segments of projects, and have played a significant technical role in the project(s), while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have served in a lead technical capacity in a team responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I have played a significant technical role in completing critical aspects of the project(s), without direct supervision.
  5. I have worked as a lead technical expert and project manager for a team developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I am an authority in the field, and serve as lead expert to resolve complex related issues both inside and outside my organization.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.[50934] Choose the statement that best describes your work experience related to radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis regarding spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems.
  1. I have education and training in the application of radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems, but have not performed it on the job.
  2. I have applied radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems, usually under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have independently applied radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues or challenges.
  4. I have applied the skills involved and managed a research or evaluation program requiring the application of radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of harmful radio frequency interference on systems that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civilian application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  5. I have extensive demonstrated work managing research or evaluation programs that require the application of radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems in order to address complex spectrum challenges that impact the use of systems in transportation and other civilian application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.[1960] Select the response that best describes your level of professional engineering knowledge related to electronic or telecommunications equipment and designs.
  1. My education and/or experience include a professional degree and experience in electronics, plus education or experience in telecommunications theory or equipment.
  2. My education and/or experience include a professional degree and experience in electronics with limited education or experience in telecommunications theory or equipment.
  3. My education and/or experience include a professional degree or a qualifying combination of education and experience in electronics, but no education or experience in telecommunications theory or equipment.
  4. My education and/or experience include a professional degree or qualifying education and experience in a related engineering field (e.g. electrical engineering), plus includes experience in designing or modifying electronic and telecommunications equipment.
  5. My education and/or experience does not include a professional degree or working experience in electronics.


* 7.[3115] Select the project management or Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Designed research studies
  2. Prepared the statement of work
  3. Monitored the work to ensure the contractor adhered to the statements of work and cost
  4. Estimated needed resources
  5. Conducted technical and cost evaluations of proposals
  6. Reviewed monthly reports and drafts of interim and final reports
  7. None of the above


* 8.[1655] Select the statement(s) that describe your contracting experience. This experience should be reflected on your resume.
  1. I have written technicial statement(s) of work for engineer, research, and development contracts.
  2. I have participated in the source selection process for competitive procurements.
  3. I have prioritized and budgeted for research and development contracts.
  4. I have served as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative.
  5. None of the above


* 9.[3767] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in research.
  1. Identified critical research needs.
  2. Evaluated ongoing research programs and/or studies.
  3. Developed analytical methods to conduct research.
  4. Interpreted research findings.
  5. Explained research results to other technical professionals and customers.
  6. Promoted promising research results.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.[9022] Select the statement that best reflects your experience in analyzing engineering-related problems and proposing solutions.
  1. I have no direct experience in this level of analysis or problem solving.
  2. I have assessed the accuracy of underlying data used by others to assess cost, schedule, or other important aspects of program development.
  3. I have conducted a full analysis of facts and data and developed options and recommendations for addressing significant problems during program development.
  4. I have done 2 and 3 above and also prepared written reports documenting the process.
  5. I have done 2, 3, and 4 above, and I have participated in the actual process of negotiating the implementation of recommendations designed to address significant problems during program development.


* 11.[3112] Select the response(s) that describe your experience preparing written technical material.
  1. I have written technical information for internal and external audiences.
  2. I have written field observation reports.
  3. I have prepared and presented issue papers, briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  4. I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  5. I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  6. None of the above


* 12.[4940] This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills in a variety of issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your ability to communicate in writing as well as in person with others both within and outside of your work organization on a regular basis.
  1. Gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  2. Made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  3. Persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  4. Resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  5. Conducted highway design training to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. Authored technical memorandums and/or position papers on controversial issues and/or projectes.
  7. Provided leadership and guidance on significant projects and programs.
  8. Explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. None of the above.


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.[51918] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience providing authoritative advice specifically on issues of harmful radio frequency interference and operational degradation and performing radio frequency spectrum management and analysis functions in transportation related fields? 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.[50933] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience performing radio frequency spectrum management and analysis functions in transportation related fields? 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


* 4.[5411] Choose the statement that best describes your work experience related to the application of engineering, systems analysis, and related disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address position, navigation, and/or timing challenges that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civil application domains.
  1. I have education and training in the application of engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities, but have not performed it on the job.
  2. I have applied engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities, usually under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have independently applied engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address position, navigation, and/or timing challenges while seeking help or advice only for complex issues or challenges.
  4. I have applied the skills involved and managed a research or evaluation program requiring the application engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address position, navigation, and/or timing challenges that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civil application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  5. I have extensive demonstrated work managing research or evaluation programs that require the application of engineering and systems analysis concepts / disciplines to the identification, assessment, and development of Global Positioning System (GPS) and related system capabilities in order to address complex position, navigation, and/or timing challenges that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civil application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.[6665] Select the statement that best describes your expertise developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) capabilities.
  1. I have education and training in developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities, but I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have worked as a junior staff member supporting a technical team responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I completed segments of projects under the direction of a senior team member or supervisor, but did not play a lead technical role.
  3. I have worked as a mid-level staff member in a technical team responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I have been responsible for completing segments of projects, and have played a significant technical role in the project(s), while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have served in a lead technical capacity in a team responsible for developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I have played a significant technical role in completing critical aspects of the project(s), without direct supervision.
  5. I have worked as a lead technical expert and project manager for a team developing, implementing, and monitoring mitigation techniques to achieve high-accuracy applications, including developing, deploying and overseeing the transition plan to adapt user equipment to new PNT capabilities. I am an authority in the field, and serve as lead expert to resolve complex related issues both inside and outside my organization.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.[50934] Choose the statement that best describes your work experience related to radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis regarding spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems.
  1. I have education and training in the application of radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems, but have not performed it on the job.
  2. I have applied radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems, usually under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have independently applied radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues or challenges.
  4. I have applied the skills involved and managed a research or evaluation program requiring the application of radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of harmful radio frequency interference on systems that impact the use of these systems in transportation and other civilian application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  5. I have extensive demonstrated work managing research or evaluation programs that require the application of radio frequency spectrum engineering and systems analysis concepts/disciplines of spectrum management and assessment of the impact of harmful radio frequency interference on systems in order to address complex spectrum challenges that impact the use of systems in transportation and other civilian application domains with little or no direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.[27169] Select the statement that best describes your scientific and technical expertise in systems engineering, systems modeling, simulation, and analysis, to asses and analyze multimodal communication, navigation, and surveillance (CNS) systems capabilities, vulnerabilities and alternatives.
  1. I have worked as a mid-level, technical staff member, and applied my knowledge of systems engineering, systems modeling, simulation, and analysis to asses and analyze multimodal CNS systems capabilities, vulnerabilities and alternatives. I have not been solely responsible
  2. I have worked as a technical lead in a team that applied systems engineering, systems modeling, simulation, and analysis to asses and analyze multimodal CNS systems capabilities, vulnerabilities and alternatives. I have been responsible for leading a team, under the direction of a senior project manager/expert. I served as my client’s main point of contact in the resolution of related issues.
  3. I have worked as a technical project manager of several teams that applied systems engineering, systems modeling, simulation, and analysis to asses and analyze multimodal CNS systems capabilities, vulnerabilities and alternatives. I served as my client’s main point of contact in the resolution of complex scientific and programmatic issues. I have helped spearhead innovative scientific inquires that expanded the knowledge base in the field.
  4. I have directed and managed a technical organization(s) that assessed and analyzed multimodal CNS systems capabilities, vulnerabilities and alternatives, through the application of systems engineering, systems modeling, simulation, and analysis. I have hired and developed staff. I spearheaded new scientific inquiries, expanding the knowledge base, and published numerous technical papers. I have served as recognized expert at conferences and forums, at national and international levels.
  5. None of the above


* 8.[1960] Select the response that best describes your level of professional engineering knowledge related to electronic or telecommunications equipment and designs.
  1. My education and/or experience include a professional degree and experience in electronics, plus education or experience in telecommunications theory or equipment.
  2. My education and/or experience include a professional degree and experience in electronics with limited education or experience in telecommunications theory or equipment.
  3. My education and/or experience include a professional degree or a qualifying combination of education and experience in electronics, but no education or experience in telecommunications theory or equipment.
  4. My education and/or experience include a professional degree or qualifying education and experience in a related engineering field (e.g. electrical engineering), plus includes experience in designing or modifying electronic and telecommunications equipment.
  5. My education and/or experience does not include a professional degree or working experience in electronics.


* 9.[3115] Select the project management or Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR) functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Designed research studies
  2. Prepared the statement of work
  3. Monitored the work to ensure the contractor adhered to the statements of work and cost
  4. Estimated needed resources
  5. Conducted technical and cost evaluations of proposals
  6. Reviewed monthly reports and drafts of interim and final reports
  7. None of the above


* 10.[1655] Select the statement(s) that describe your contracting experience. This experience should be reflected on your resume.
  1. I have written technicial statement(s) of work for engineer, research, and development contracts.
  2. I have participated in the source selection process for competitive procurements.
  3. I have prioritized and budgeted for research and development contracts.
  4. I have served as the Contracting Officer's Technical Representative.
  5. None of the above


* 11.[3767] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in research.
  1. Identified critical research needs.
  2. Evaluated ongoing research programs and/or studies.
  3. Developed analytical methods to conduct research.
  4. Interpreted research findings.
  5. Explained research results to other technical professionals and customers.
  6. Promoted promising research results.
  7. None of the above.


* 12.[9022] Select the statement that best reflects your experience in analyzing engineering-related problems and proposing solutions.
  1. I have no direct experience in this level of analysis or problem solving.
  2. I have assessed the accuracy of underlying data used by others to assess cost, schedule, or other important aspects of program development.
  3. I have conducted a full analysis of facts and data and developed options and recommendations for addressing significant problems during program development.
  4. I have done 2 and 3 above and also prepared written reports documenting the process.
  5. I have done 2, 3, and 4 above, and I have participated in the actual process of negotiating the implementation of recommendations designed to address significant problems during program development.


* 13.[3112] Select the response(s) that describe your experience preparing written technical material.
  1. I have written technical information for internal and external audiences.
  2. I have written field observation reports.
  3. I have prepared and presented issue papers, briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization on subject matter issues in a technical advisory capacity.
  4. I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  5. I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  6. None of the above


* 14.[4940] This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills in a variety of issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your ability to communicate in writing as well as in person with others both within and outside of your work organization on a regular basis.
  1. Gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  2. Made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  3. Persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  4. Resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  5. Conducted highway design training to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. Authored technical memorandums and/or position papers on controversial issues and/or projectes.
  7. Provided leadership and guidance on significant projects and programs.
  8. Explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 15.[2633] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, communities, professional associations, and technical groups.
  1. I have on-the-job work experience with emergency response and public officials.
  2. I have on-the-job work experience with federal, state, and local permitting agencies.
  3. I have on-the-job work experience with underground utility damage prevention organizations and one-call laws.
  4. I have on-the-job work experience with public awareness and relation programs.
  5. I have on-the-job work experience with city planners.
  6. I have work experience with industry and professional associations.
  7. I have work experience that may be similar.
  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.[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


* 5.[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.

* 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.