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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.[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


* 3.[52103] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to managing the grant selection process? 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.[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.


* 5.[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


* 6.[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.


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


* 8.[10949] Select statement(s) that describe your program management experience in achieving organizational mission.
  1. Advise, consult with, and/or negotiate with customers in the delivery of projects or programs.
  2. Set the goals and objectives for accomplishments of programs or projects.
  3. Planned the resources, delivery schedules and start up activities.
  4. Monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  5. Established and tracked program delivery performance measures.
  6. Established and monitored program delivery productivity.
  7. Developed annual work plans, objectives, priorities, workloads of resources, and schedules for accomplishment of work plans.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.[13807] Select the response that best describes your experience creating assessing and/or analyzing grant systems or process.
  1. I have no experience.
  2. I have independently maintained and updated procedures.
  3. I have contributed to the creation of procedures.
  4. I have drafted end-to-end procedures for a full process or system.
  5. I have significant redesigned procedures to achieve cost/time efficiencies.


* 10.[13806] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your experience with grant management functions.
  1. Provided assistance to grantees and/or potential grantees
  2. Reviewed grant applications for completeness and accuracy
  3. Contacted potential grantees for missing documentation
  4. Reviewed budget figures submitted for ongoing grants
  5. Responded to requests for extensions of grant periods
  6. Identified delinquent applications and contacted grantees to determine reasons for delay
  7. Processed financial status reports submitted by grantees
  8. Monitored grantee reporting requirements
  9. Performed grant close-out procedures
  10. None of the above


* 11.[13805] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) the task(s) you have performed during the pre-award or post-award grants management process.
  1. Determined eligibility
  2. Ensured grantee financial and administrative requirements were met
  3. Performed cost and price analysis
  4. Performed budget evaluation (including cost share evaluation)
  5. Identified and resolved substantive issues
  6. Conducted negotiations
  7. Executed awards
  8. Exercised commitment authority to obligate funds
  9. Provided technical assistance and advice
  10. Facilitated package through approval process
  11. Monitored technical progress, including surveillance and assessment of performance
  12. Approved post-award changes
  13. Prepared status reports
  14. Performed close-out procedures
  15. Performed audit resolution
  16. None of the above


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


* 13.[27293] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating program and policy recommendations 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 interpretation
  3. Persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs
  4. Resolved and negotiated controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement
  5. Wrote position papers on sensitive issues
  6. Provided leadership and guidance in my field
  7. Explained program, policies, standards, and procedures
  8. None of the above


* 14.[9577] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your experience with the preparation of technical reports, narratives, and correspondence concerning the interpretation of regulatory materials and offers recommendations.
  1. I am an expert in the development, execution, and response to inquiries that require knowledge of complex regulatory issues.
  2. On a regular basis I write accident investigation and other narrative reports that require in-depth analysis and technical expertise in the area of motive power and equipment.
  3. I respond daily to incoming inquiries and develop a response on matters pertaining to motive power and equipment regulations.
  4. I have written accident investigation and other narrative reports that require in-depth analysis and technical expertise in the area of motive power and equipment.
  5. I have coordinated and implemented the development of written correspondence or responses to Congressional inquiries that require complex analysis of issues.
  6. I have written waivers, investigations, technical reviews, testing, and inspection reports that require technical expertise in the area of motive power and equipment.
  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.