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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.[51949] Select the response that best describes your experience in project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance.
  1. I have not had experience in project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance.
  2. I have completed education or training in project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance.
  3. I have performed project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance, under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance, as a regular part of a job, and only asking for advice from supervisors in complex situations.
  5. I have performed project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance, independently and without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have performed project communications management, including identifying stakeholders, planning communications, implementing project communications plans, and reporting on project performance, routinely as a major part of my work. I have supervised or trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me for expert assistance in performing this task.
  7. None of the above.


* 3.[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.


* 4.[33748] This position involves staying on task, focusing on program objectives, and setting priorities related to several programs with differing goals, schedules and deliverables. Choose the statement that best describes your work experience in project management.
  1. I have worked in a position where I had multiple projects and deliverables concurrently.
  2. I have led or managed groups responsible for different projects and deliverables concurrently.
  3. I have led or managed in an environment with formal project plans, (including milestones, resource planning, work breakdown schedule, activity sequencing,) and documented responsibilities.
  4. I have led initiatives with cross-organizational impact through their life-cycle including: identifying goals; choosing strategies; choosing and sequencing specific milestones; monitoring progress; producing a written product; and evaluating impact.
  5. I have monitored and tracked program and organizational accomplishments.
  6. None of the above


* 5.[5456] Select the statement(s) that apply to your experience communicating your organization's vision, mission, and goals on a regular and recurring basis.
  1. Communicating technical and/or program information to internal audiences.
  2. Communicating technical and/or program information to external audiences.
  3. Serving as a spokesperson for a team, workgroup, or organizational unit.
  4. Briefing senior management on organizational issues.
  5. Facilitating communications and activities between organizational entities.
  6. Communicating organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.[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.


* 7.[29889] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience developing communication products. This experience should be reflected in your resume.
  1. Developed promotional brochures
  2. Designed website content
  3. Produced technical reports
  4. Developed presentations using Powerpoint (or similar software)
  5. Press releases and news articles
  6. Brochures and other consumer materials.
  7. Developed public/private partnerships.
  8. Keeping abreast of emerging issues, events, policies, programs, and initiatives.
  9. Other communication media not listed above.
  10. None of the above.


* 8.[19030] Select the statement that best describes your experience utilizing risk management tools, methods, and techniques including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management.
  1. I have not had experience utilizing risk management tools, methods, and techniques, including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management.
  2. I have completed education or training in utilizing risk management tools, methods, and techniques, including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management.
  3. I have utilized risk management tools, methods, and techniques, including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have utilized risk management tools, methods, and techniques, including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management as a regular part of a job and only asking for advice from supervisors in complex situations.
  5. I have utilized risk management tools, methods, and techniques, including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management as a regular part of a job, independently and without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  6. I have utilized risk management tools, methods, and techniques, including developing risk management plans, performing quantitative and qualitative risk analysis, designing and populating risk management databases, and performing risk management routinely as a major part of my work. I have supervised or trained others in performing this task and/or others have consulted me for expert assistance in performing this task.


* 9.[3249] Select the statement that best describes your experience in conducting risk assessments as they relate to program evaluation, oversight, or stewardship activities.
  1. I have assisted in conducting risk assessments to identify the appropriate oversight initiatives and assist in effectively allocating personnel resources based on risk and benefits.
  2. I have independently conducted risk assessments to identify the appropriate oversight initiatives and assist in effectively allocating personnel resources based on risk and benefits.
  3. I have experience in conducting risk assessments as a regular part of a job to identify the appropriate oversight initiatives; and assist in effectively allocating personnel resources based on risk and benefits and recommended changes to initiatives and oversight or stewardship activities. Only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review.
  4. I have experience in conducting risk assessments to identify the appropriate oversight initiatives; and assisting in effectively allocating personnel resources based on risk and benefits and implemented new initiatives. Even in unique or unusual situations, I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  5. None of the above.


* 10.[5746]Select the response that best describes your knowledge of risk assessment and/or risk management.
  1. I have been trained or have work experience in applying risk assessment and/or risk management theories in such areas as scientific, environmental, or medical fields.
  2. I have received college or post college formal training (other than on-the-job training) in risk assessment or risk management.
  3. I have received college or post college formal training (other than on-the-job training) and have work experience in risk assessment or risk management.
  4. I have received college or post college formal training (other than on-the-job training) and have work experience applying risk assessment/risk management to hazardous materials transportation safety and security.
  5. None of the above


* 11.[4781] Select the response that best describes your experience applying risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues. Risk Management is defined as risk analysis, risk assessment, risk characterization AND risk control.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in applying security risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues.
  2. I have had education or training in applying risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have experience applying risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have experience applying risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues 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 applying risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues 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 applying risk management theories, principles and processes to transportation security issues. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 12.[2882] Select the function(s) that you have performed in supervising or managing a project, organization, team, working group, or contractor staff.
  1. Set team goals, made work assignments, and reviewed technical quality of deliverables.
  2. Set and adjusted short-term priorities as needed.
  3. Set due dates and ensured timeliness of deliverables.
  4. Developed performance measures.
  5. Evaluated and recommended or assigned performance ratings.
  6. Planned, assigned, reviewed, and accepted, amended, or rejected work done by others.
  7. Coached or mentored individuals about their work performance.
  8. Took administrative or other action to correct poor performance of an employee or contractor.
  9. Maintained adherence to program policies and applicable laws and regulations.
  10. I have not performed any of the functions described above.


* 13.[52118] 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. I have demonstrated experience planning, scheduling, and coordinating work activities of a large group (7 or more) of geographically dispersed employees assigned to a project.
  8. None of the above


* 14.[23390] Select the responses that describe your experience dealing with employee performance and conduct issues, and employee grievances and complaints.
  1. Heard and resolved complaints from employees.
  2. Heard and resolved group grievances.
  3. Counseled employees on behavior, explaining the effect of disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands.
  4. Reviewed and approved serious disciplinary actions (e.g., suspensions).
  5. Developed performance standards to track and evaluate the progress and quality of the work of employees demonstrating performance problems.
  6. Initiated and took performance-based corrective actions.
  7. I have not dealt directly with employee performance and conduct issues.
  8. I have not dealt directly with grievances and complaints.


* 15.[6206] Select the statement(s) below that best describe your abilities to hire and manage a diverse work force.
  1. I have communicated a formal commitment to establishing a diverse work force.
  2. I have utilized organizational assessments (e.g., cultural audits) which evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of organizational diversity standing.
  3. I have used workforce planning strategies to find skill gaps that may lead to opportunities for targeted recruitment.
  4. I have implemented a diversity program.
  5. I have utilized tailored recruitment efforts to reach under-represented groups.
  6. I have utilized special hiring flexibilities and authorities, e.g., persons with disabilities, veterans and bilingual.
  7. I have fostered a supportive work environment to include initiatives, e.g., alternative work schedules, telecommuting, family friendly programs, etc.
  8. I have sustained a culture of diversity over several years.
  9. I have regularly monitored results and called for accountability from managers.
  10. 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.[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


* 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


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.