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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.[26352] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to using project management methods to assist with the coordination of team or contractor activities to ensure steady work flow, maximum productions, compliance with deadlines, and overall efficiency of operations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[35288] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to utilizing program and/or project management to perform oversight in the conduct of transportation programs?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[15566] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  1. I have no education, training and/or work related experience in this functional area.
  2. I have an understanding of the concepts, principles, and processes gained from education and/or training in the analysis and interpretation of commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail regulations, standards, policies and procedures, but have little to no experience applying the knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have had direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to the analysis and interpretation of commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures, but generally consult others for assistance and/or to have my work reviewed.
  4. I have had direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on Common, routine tasks and assignments related to the analysis and interpretations of commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures and only require technical assistance or review of my work on complex assignments and/or tasks.
  5. I have demonstrated work experience managing research or evaluation programs that required the analysis and interpretation of commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures in order to make recommendations concerning how to address/resolve technically complex, conflicting, ambiguous, or unprecedented regulatory or industry standards issues with little or no supervision
  6. In addition to having demonstrated work experience managing research or evaluation programs that required the analysis and interpretation of commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures I am often consulted for my expertise.


* 5.[685] Choose the area(s) in which you have substantial experience evaluating policies and programs and ensuring results.
  1. I have no program evaluation experience.
  2. I have some, but no substantial program evaluation experience.
  3. Serving as technical specialist on the impact of legislation for specific organizational programs.
  4. Planning, scheduling, and implementing the evaluation of key business processes.
  5. Establishing and using feedback systems to determine customer requirements and expectations.
  6. Establishing program indicators and analyzing data associated with them for oversight and diagnostic purposes.
  7. Establishing local program standards that ensure accountability, continuous improvement, and adherence to policies
  8. Evaluating options and alternatives for making decisions and resolving issues where no precedent or guidelines existed.


* 6.[27685] Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing operations, policies or procedures and making recommendations to increase operational efficiency.
  1. I have no experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing his task.


* 7.[22308] Select the statement that best describes your experience conducting program reviews or assessments.
  1. I have developed a series of annual, multiyear or similar types of long-range work plans and schedules that required me to work with high-level program officials in setting overall goals and objectives for a regional, multi-state or equivalent program.
  2. I have developed a series of annual, multiyear or similar types of long-range work plans and schedules that required me to work with high-level program officials in setting overall goals and objectives for a statewide or equivalent program.
  3. I have developed a series of annual, multiyear or similar types of long-range work plans and schedules that required me to work with higher level program officials in setting overall goals and objectives for a field office or equivalent staff.
  4. I have planned and scheduled production-oriented work that required me to adjust staffing levels or work procedures to accommodate changes, justify the purchase of new equipment, oversee development of technical data and statistics and decide methodologies for achieving work goals and objectives.
  5. I have led a team working on a specific project requiring me to assess progress of work assignments for meeting goals and objectives.
  6. None of the above


* 8.[15568] Select the statement(s) below that best describe(s) your level of experience related to planning and coordinating a commuter rail, intercity passenger rail, or high speed rail projects.
  1. Developed short and long-term goals for projects.
  2. Developed performance measures for the goals.
  3. Promoted strategies to gain approval and secure project support.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.[9227] Select the statements that best describe your highest levels of experience and ability in planning and working with groups and task-force in developing priorities, action items, and follow-through to implement agreed actions.
  1. I have experience providing leadership for team projects and overseeing individual and staff activities.
  2. I have experience dealing with organizational challenges and working cooperatively and collaboratively with internal/external groups.
  3. I have experience leading groups and task-force on technical projects.
  4. I have experience working with a team of professionals to support research, answer research and technical questions, test methodologies, and develop analytical tools.
  5. I have experience in planning and evaluating activities of a team.
  6. I have experience translating programs, policy issues or other substantive activities into concise, well-balanced management plans for accomplishing projects.
  7. I have experience planning, organizing and coordinating work assignments.
  8. None of the above.


* 10.[14450] Select the types of written products related to transportation issues you produce as a regular part of a job.
  1. Develop written and visual materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences
  2. Prepare policy and procedural instructions on safety laws or procedural materials for implementing new safety initiatives for dissemination to field or operating level components
  3. Prepare reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level official
  4. Prepare issue/position papers or summary reports on safety policy issues, which included analysis and recommendations
  5. Develop proposed responses to proposed legislation, draft congressional testimony and pending regulations
  6. Develop concise briefing memos
  7. Write technical documents
  8. Write policies and guidelines
  9. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
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* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format).
Maximum length of 20 characters.


* 7.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.