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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.[1158] Select the response(s) that illustrate your experience dealing with Federal statutes or regulations.
  1. Have drafted statutory or regulatory language.
  2. Have worked within own office on specifically assigned statutes or regulatory questions.
  3. Have written analyses of statutory or regulatory provisions, proposed or in force, for senior management in organization.
  4. Have worked with legal staff to evaluate ramifications of pending statutes or regulations and potential effect on various stakeholders.
  5. Have worked with States, legislative staff, industry associations, safety groups, etc., on proposed statutes or regulations dealing with transportation issues.
  6. None of the above.


* 3.[10887] Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing program-related data and information.
  1. I establish guidelines for the data collection process.
  2. I make decisions based on data analysis provided to me.
  3. I utilize data analysis to identify problems and recommend solutions.
  4. I have participated in working groups that have utilized data analysis.
  5. I analyzed and recommended alternative approaches to existing practices, procedures, or policies.
  6. I analyzed data and information to develop practices, procedures, or policies.
  7. I evaluated effectiveness of existing practices, procedures, or policies.
  8. None of the above.


* 4.[3175] Select the area(s) where you have substantial experience evaluating policies and programs and ensuring results.
  1. Serving as technical specialist on the impact of legislation for specific organizational programs.
  2. Identifying how organizations or program results will be measured.
  3. Establishing local program standards that ensure accountability, continuous improvement, and adherence to policies.
  4. Planning, scheduling, and implementing the evaluation of key business processes.
  5. Evaluating options and alternatives for making decisions and resolving issues where no precedent or guidelines existed.
  6. Establishing and using feedback systems to determine customer requirements and expectations.
  7. I have no program evaluation experience.


* 5.[651] I have been involved in developing program performance indicators, analyzing the associated data, and drawing conclusions on associated risk.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[7163] Select the statement that best describes your demonstrated experience analyzing and interpreting pipeline safety-related rules, regulations, policies and procedures to make recommendations for resolving complex, technical, conflicting, ambiguous, or unprecedented regulatory issues.
  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.


* 7.[28111] 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 make policy recommendations and 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 training related to transportation engineering to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. Prepared position papers on controversial issues.
  7. Provided leadership and guidance in my field.
  8. Explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 8.[684] Select the statement(s) that describe your demonstrated experience communicating through presentations.
  1. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  2. Effectively communicate technical information to external audiences.
  3. Effectively communicate technical information to internal audiences.
  4. Effectively communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  5. Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information.
  6. Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.[2610] Have you done work that frequently required you to present non-technical information at briefings, meetings, conferences, and/or hearings?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 10.[3172] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) the communication and/or briefing skills you have used as a regular and recurring part of your job.
  1. I have developed written materials for briefings, meetings, or conferences.
  2. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for field or operating-level components.
  3. I have drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials.
  4. I have communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  5. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  6. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  7. I have composed complex correspondence or other written documents on controversial issues.
  8. None of the above.


* 11.[5859] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of experience in identifying and resolving unique or complex Natural Gas OR Hazardous Liquid pipeline project problems or situations.
  1. I have assisted others in a team resolution of complex pipeline project problems or situations.
  2. I have led a team/task force to resolve a complex pipeline project problem or situation.
  3. I have led, and received approval for, the implementation of task force/review team recommendations to resolve a complex pipeline project problem or situation.
  4. I have led a team, oversaw/implemented recommendations, and evaluated results.
  5. None of the above.


* 12.[6567] Choose the statement that best reflects your experience analyzing and interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues.
  1. I have no experience, or training interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues.
  2. I have had training on analyzing and interpreting complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues, but have not yet performed this task on a job
  3. I have analyzed and interpreted complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct guidelines and procedures.
  4. I have regularly analyzed and interpreted complex program, regulatory, legislative and policy issues, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  5. I independently and regularly analyze and interpret complex program, regulatory, legislative, and policy issues as 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 these tasks.


* 13.[5849] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience facilitating or conducting meetings with internal and external parties.
  1. Facilitated workshops or partnering sessions between organizational entities.
  2. Facilitated solutions on controversial issues affecting the scope of programs or projects with the public.
  3. Mediated or facilitated problem resolution between organizational entities or technical groups in a formal group setting.
  4. Served as a spokesperson for the organization on program or project issues to customers, partners and stakeholders.
  5. Organized and conducted public meetings.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.[2305] Select the statement that best describes your role in attendance at pipeline industry technical conferences, symposia and meetings.
  1. As a participant to represent my agency or organization.
  2. As a participant to obtain information to improve my job performance.
  3. As a speaker presenting technical information related to the pipeline industry.
  4. As a technical expert and authority on safety issues related to the pipeline industry.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.[5128] Select the statement(s) that apply to your experience interacting with a variety of people in various situations to achieve effective solutions.
  1. I have given presentations to senior management.
  2. I have served as a spokesperson for an administration or agency.
  3. I have presented training courses.
  4. I have given presentations at conferences/symposia.
  5. I have facilitated communications and activities between organizational entities.
  6. I have mediated or facilitated problem resolution.
  7. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission, goals, needs, or problems with senior management and/or contract representatives.
  8. I have independently planned and conducted meetings.
  9. I have served on panels, committees, or task forces on technical or programmatic issues.
  10. I am regularly consulted by my peers, other Agency representatives, or private industry on technical, programmatic, or professional issues.
  11. I have persuaded others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action.
  12. I have effectively communicated technical information to internal or external audiences.
  13. I have conducted training sessions (workshops and courses) with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  14. 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.[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


* 3.[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.

* 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


* 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.