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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.[52050] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience managing a safety program within the railroad industry? 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.[9757] Do you have at least one year of specialized experience conducting analyses of transportation safety statistical data and performing analytical investigations or special studies to make policy/program recommendations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[10343] Do you have one year of specialized experience representing your organization to disseminate information and/or facilitate settle matters involving significant or controversial issues pertaining to safety programs.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[7571] This position involves an understanding of Title 49 of the United States Code (Transportation) and relevant provisions of Departmental regulations. Select of the responses that illustrate your experience in dealing with Title 49 and/or implementing regulations.
  1. I have written analyses of statutory and/or regulatory provisions involving Title 49 for senior management in my organization.
  2. I have worked with legal staff to evaluate ramifications of pending statutes or regulations involving provisions of Title 49 and the potential effect on various stakeholders.
  3. I have interpreted the provisions of Title 49 and implemented regulations as they apply to specific situations.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.[9855] Select the statement that best describes your experience in railroad Safety Department issues.
  1. I have senior management experience in transportation that is directly involved in railroad Safety Department operations.
  2. I have been involved in railroad Safety Department operations as a first level supervisor.
  3. I have been involved in railroad Safety Department operations as an employee.
  4. I have received extensive training and am thoroughly familiar with safe practices in the railroad environment.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.[2884] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience managing, directing and/or administering a transportation program and/or significant program segment.
  1. Issue technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations, and program policies relating to the program.
  2. Develop and recommend program policies, strategies, and goals.
  3. Develop and approve program procedures and practices.
  4. Promote program and provide expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  5. Develop program performance measures and track program progess against measures and milestones.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[3938] Select the statement that best describes your experience producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies.
  2. I have had education or training in producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have experience producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in producing results through strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 9.[10345] Do you have experience studying significant issues and trends involving the safe operation of Class I railroad carriers, and making recommendations to improve?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[879] Select the statement that best describes your experience developing strategic plans, identifying policy issues, and defining alternatives and recommendations.
  1. I have no experience in such work.
  2. I have completed formal training or courses covering the topics.
  3. Working independently, I have had experience developing strategic plans, identifying policy issues, and making recommendations to top management.
  4. Working under close supervision, I have had experience developing strategic plans, identifying policy issues and providing alternatives and recommendations to higher management.
  5. Working independently, I was the leader of a group responsible for the development of strategic plans and issues; for making recommendations or defining alternatives; and for developing analyses and evaluations used by the agency.


* 11.[5737] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated work experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity.
  1. I have education and training in the development and implementation of performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity, but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have demonstrated experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have demonstrated experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity, while seeking advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have demonstrated experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity related to transportation, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have demonstrated experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity, without direct supervision.
  6. I have demonstrated experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity related to transportation, without direct supervision.
  7. I have extensive demonstrated work experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity. I am considered an expert, and my organization relies on me to resolve complex related issues.
  8. I have extensive demonstrated work experience developing and implementing performance metrics and accountability systems to improve program operations and/or organizational productivity related to transportation. I am considered an expert, and my organization relies on me to resolve complex related issues.
  9. None of the above.


* 12.[10346] Select the statement(s) that reflect your experience in interpersonal communication.
  1. I have negotiated with and influence others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new or existing initiatives.
  2. I have persuaded others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  3. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  4. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project.
  5. I have enforced program policies and standards in the workplace, holding others accountable for their work and administering consequences, if necessary.
  6. I have used consensus-building techniques to persuade representatives of groups that hold opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  7. I have coordinated efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  8. None of the above.


* 13.[16870] Select the statements that describe your experience representing your organization at briefings, meetings or conferences.
  1. I have experience representing my organization at briefings, meetings or conferences with Federal, State and local government officials, consulting firms, and technical organizations to disseminate information and justify, defend, negotiate and settle matters involving significant or controversial issues.
  2. I have represented my organization actively at conferences, seminars, and workshops to ensure that concerns, viewpoints, and interests of my organization and senior management are represented.
  3. I have represented my organization briefings, meetings or conferences with other interested parties (e.g., peers, colleagues, and/or members of professional/technical societies) to share information.
  4. None of the above


* 14.[6191] 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. None of the above


* 15.[7182] Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information.
  1. I have no education, experience, or training on speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information.
  2. I have completed formal education or training on speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information, but have not yet performed these tasks on the job.
  3. I have experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information under close supervision.
  4. I have experience in speaking to diverse groups or making presentations of technical information as a regular and recurring part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.[33608] Select the team/project leader duties you have performed.
  1. Led a team
  2. Planned work to be accomplished by a team
  3. Prepared schedules for completion of work
  4. Established and coordinated ground rules
  5. Assigned work to team members based on priorities
  6. Set and adjusted short-term priorities as needed
  7. Oriented new team members
  8. Coached team members in work performance
  9. Set individual goals and standards
  10. I have not performed team leader duties.


* 17.[4682] Select the statement that best describes your experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, including: assigning work; training or instructing employees; reporting problems and offering solutions to your supervisor; meeting deadlines; monitoring work in progress, and making day-to-day adjustments to resolve unexpected conditions.
  1. I have no experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating project activities, but have participated as an individual contributor in multiple, technical project teams.
  2. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating some, but not all of the project work activities listed, with guidance from my supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating all of the project work activities listed, with some guidance from my supervisor.
  4. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a small group (2-3) of employees assigned to a project.
  5. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a moderate group (4-6) of employees assigned to a project.
  6. I have demonstrated experience coordinating work activities as a team leader over a large group (7 or more) of employees assigned to a project.
  7. 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.
  2. 04
  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
  7. 09
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 13
  12. 14
  13. 15


* 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

        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.