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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.[52160] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience in enforcing and implementing a Drug and Alcohol program in the transportation 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.[51994] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience in compliance, enforcement, and the quality assurance reviews of a safety program and policies? 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.[52014] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience providing technical oversight and guidance to industry and public stakeholder groups regarding safety programs? 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


* 5.[51995] Select the statement that best describes your experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating a Drug and Alcohol program.
  1. I have participated as a staff member in developing, implementing, and evaluating a Drug and Alcohol Plan, but I have not been directly responsible for the program development.
  2. I have participated as part of an oversight team in developing, implementing, and evaluating of a Drug and Alcohol plan, but I have not been directly responsible for the program development.
  3. I have been directly responsible for developing a Drug and Alcohol program, but not responsible for its implementation and evaluation programs.
  4. I have been directly responsible for developing, implementing, and evaluating a Drug and Alcohol program.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.[52178] Select the statement which describe(s) your highest level of experience of drug abatement program/components such as testing programs, rehabilitation programs, peer prevention programs, and specific organizational program requirements.
  1. I have experience in developing and implementing, or evaluating (auditing) testing programs, rehabilitation programs, peer prevention programs, including the specific organizational program requirements.
  2. I have provided interpretations and guidance concerning implementing testing programs, rehabilitation programs, peer prevention programs, including the specific organizational program requirements.
  3. I have provided assistance in the development of new programs to address abatement needs.
  4. I have attended training/classes on substance abatement programs.
  5. I have been subject to the organizational substance abatement regulations.
  6. I do not have any experience or knowledge with a substance abatement program.


* 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.[52161] Select the statement that describes your compliance expertise.
  1. I have specific experience auditing and recommending remedy for employer and service agent compliance with DOT substance abatement regulation programs.
  2. I do not have specific auditing experience but I have reviewed employer and/or service agent programs for compliance.
  3. I have experience in reviewing substance abatement programs, but not in the transportation arena.
  4. I have training and education that supports me being able to complete any compliance and enforcement reviews.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.[51998] Select the statement that best describes your experience with the compliance and enforcement component in a drug abatement program.
  1. I have experience in railroad operations and compliance with all regulations. I also have significant training and knowledge regarding the applicable regulations and I have the leadership/management skills needed to effectively plan and implement the required program.
  2. I have experience in the transportation industry, and the compliance with all regulations. I also have significant training and knowledge regarding the applicable regulations and I have the leadership/management skills needed to effectively plan and implement the required program.
  3. I have significant training and knowledge regarding the applicable regulations and I have the leadership/management skills needed to effectively plan and implement the required program.
  4. I have the education and training needed to allow me to orchestrate the required program.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[14613] Select the statement that best describes your experience in conducting complex analyses of assigned programs to identify data, trends, and problems.
  1. I have assisted in conducting a study of an issue area and making recommendations.
  2. I have been a member of a work group responsible for conducting a major study of a program to identify data, trends, and management issues.
  3. I have led work teams in conducting complex analyses of assigned programs to identify data, trends, and problems, form conclusions and make recommendations.
  4. I have conducted an evaluation of a program to identify data and make recommendations.
  5. None of the above


* 11.[5921] Select the one statement that best describes your level of experience applying analytical and evaluative methods and techniques to issues or studies concerning the efficiency, effectiveness and improvement of program operations.
  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 this functional area, but have little to no experience applying the knowledge in a work environment.
  3. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to this functional area, but generally consult others for assistance and/or have my work reviewed.
  4. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes on common, routine tasks and assignments related to this functional area and only require supervision or review when working on more complex assignments and/or tasks.
  5. I have direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to this functional area using creativity and independent judgment and require little or no supervision.
  6. In addition to having direct experience applying the concepts, principles, and processes to the most complex assignments related to this functional area using creativity and independent judgment, I am often consulted for my expertise and/or have trained others.


* 12.[51999] Select the statement that describes your experience presenting information related to a substance abatement program.
  1. I have experience responding to all forms of correspondence, providing responses, and preparing/presenting presentations covering all aspects of a substance abatement program within the rail industry.
  2. I have experience responding to all forms of correspondence, providing responses, and preparing/presenting presentations covering all aspects of a substance abatement program within the transportation industry.
  3. I have experience responding to correspondence, providing responses, and preparing/presenting presentations regarding a safety program.
  4. I have given presentations on abatement requirements and programs to internal and external customers.
  5. None of the above.


* 13.[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


* 14.[24268] Choose the statement that best describes your experience representing your current or past organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  1. I have represented my organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences with Federal, State, or local government officials, consulting firms, and/or technical organizations to disseminate information and justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters involving significant or controversial issues.
  2. I have represented my organization at briefings, meetings, or conferences with other interested parties (e.g., peers, colleagues, and/or members of professional organizations) to share information.
  3. I have represented my organization actively at meetings, conferences, seminars, and workshops to ensure that my organization`s and senior management`s concerns, viewpoints, and interests are effectively represented.
  4. None of the above


* 15.[14354] Select the statement(s) that apply to your experience in interacting with a variety of people in various situations.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have experience in persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, etc.
  3. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission, goals, or needs, to Federal, State, industry or local organizations.
  4. I have served on committees or task forces.
  5. I am regularly consulted by peers on issues.
  6. 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.