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Grade: 13
* 1.[342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 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.[52329] Select the response(s) that describe your experience providing technical expertise on infrastructure (pavement, bridges and/or structures) preservation.
  1. Provide consulting services to aid highway practitioners in dealing with new or difficult concepts involving state-of-the-art research practices or programs.
  2. Recognized by peers for technical expertise on a regional, national, or international basis.
  3. Participate in significant team reviews regarding preservation policies, programs, procedures, and initiatives.
  4. Provide guidance regionally or nationally on preservation issues.
  5. Consulted to provide evaluations of engineering related failures .
  6. None of the above


* 3.[32308] Select the statement that describes your level of experience as it pertains to bridge preservation (including corrosion mitigation, coatings and other protection systems, advance condition assessment and evaluation, maintenance, repair, and/or rehabilitation).
  1. I have developed and/or executed preservation plans for bridge projects, or I have served as a team leader carrying out bridge preservation activities.
  2. I have been responsible for the delivery of a national, statewide, or comparable bridge preservation program.
  3. I have been responsible for formulating, evaluating, and coordinating aspects of a national or Federal program-wide bridge program (e.g., led a national team that planned, scheduled, implemented, and/or evaluated program activities; developed national policy, standards, technical information, and guidance for bridge programs; and/or promoted agency/organization mission, goals, and/or values to State, local, regional, and national organizations).
  4. I have broad and direct experience developing, interpreting, and administering significant bridge program policies; held positions with responsibility for advancing an agency's or department's mission, goals, and values in national and international or Federal program-wide arenas; and/or provided input into new legislation involving bridges or other structures and/or developed regulations to implement new legislation.
  5. I have done none of the above.


* 4.[32289] Select from the list below the response(s) that describe(s) the field of your experience in bridge preservation research and/or applications. (Please circle all that apply)
  1. Corrosion
  2. Coatings or other protection systems
  3. Advanced condition assessments and evaluations
  4. Maintenance, repair, and/or rehabilitation
  5. None of the above


* 5.[52338] Select from the list below the response(s) that describe(s) the field of your experience in pavement preservation research and/or applications. (Please circle all that apply)
  1. Asphalt pavement preservation techniques
  2. Concrete pavement preservation techniques
  3. Pavement condition assessments and evaluations
  4. None of the above


* 6.[52331] Select the response that best describes your experience in the design and construction of rigid, flexible, and composite pavement systems.
  1. I have coordinated Statewide or equivalent pavement research, pavement management, pavement rehabilitation techniques, and/or pavement design and testing.
  2. I have assisted in the development, and/or review of plans for smaller, less complex portions of highway-related projects (e.g., runways, 2-lane rural roads, etc.), which involve the design, construction, testing, and/or review of pavement systems (e.g., gathering data, sampling, testing pavements, etc.).
  3. I have assisted in the development and/or review of plans for highway projects (e.g., non-interstate, multi-lane roads), including pavement design, pavement management, pavement rehabilitation techniques, and pavement design and testing.
  4. I have developed and/or reviewed plans for large, complex highway projects (e.g., interstates, bridge approaches, ramps, etc.), including pavement design, pavement management, pavement rehabilitation techniques, and pavement and design and testing.
  5. I have assisted in the development, research, and/or review of plans for smaller, less complex portions of highway projects, (e.g., non-interstate, multi-lane roads, and divided roads), which involve the design, construction, testing, and review of pavement systems.
  6. None of the above


* 7.[52330] Select the statement(s) below that apply(ies) to your experience providing advice and technical assistance to others on pavement engineering issues.
  1. Interpretation/application of emerging technology and specification.
  2. Optimal timing of preservation treatments.
  3. Best Practices in design and construction.
  4. Selection of the most cost effective/appropriate preservation treatments.
  5. High performance construction materials.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[52332] Select the statement(s) below that apply(ies) to your experience providing advice and technical assistance to others on bridge engineering issues.
  1. Interpretation/application of emerging technology and specification.
  2. Optimal timing of preservation treatments.
  3. Best Practices in design and construction.
  4. Selection of the most cost effective/appropriate preservation treatments.
  5. High performance construction materials.
  6. Corrosion deterioration in highway bridges and structures.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.[52333] Select the statement(s) which apply(ies) to your experience in establishing recognition within the preservation or asset management community.
  1. I have established contacts with members of my industry and its stakeholders.
  2. I have created and fostered partnerships with members of my industry and its stakeholders.
  3. I have published professional papers or wrote "white papers".
  4. I have implemented innovative ideas and concepts.
  5. I have disseminated information to ensure communities of interest were aware of the accomplishments and capabilities of my organization.
  6. I have been invited to present papers or give talks at professional meetings outside my immediate organization.
  7. I have been invited to participate on professional committees outside my immediate organization.
  8. None of the above.


* 10.[52334] Do you have experience compiling and/or working with preventive maintenance programs/maintenance histories in order to budget and develop plans for highway projects based on this information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 11.[3228] Choose the statement that best describes your experience using benefit cost analysis and other economic investment decision methods.
  1. I have education and training in using benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have used benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently used benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have used benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods without direct supervision
  5. I have demonstrated work experience using benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods on a regular and recurring basis without direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.[52335] Select the statement that best describes your experience in the concepts of engineering economic analysis.
  1. I have not had relevant experience in the concepts of engineering economic analysis.
  2. I have had relevant training in the concepts of engineering economic analysis but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have applied principals and concepts of engineering economic analysis on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in applying principals and theories of engineering economics.
  5. I have applied principles and theories of economic analysis as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


* 13.[52336] Select the statement that best describes your experience with the application of life cycle cost analysis in asset management.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 14.[19610] Select the statement that best describes your experience using risk-based methods in optimizing investment decisions.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 15.[3767] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in research.
  1. Identified critical research needs.
  2. Evaluated ongoing research programs and/or studies.
  3. Developed analytical methods to conduct research.
  4. Interpreted research findings.
  5. Explained research results to other technical professionals and customers.
  6. Promoted promising research results.
  7. None of the above.


* 16.[1926] Select the response that best describes your experience utilizing project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor).
  1. I have not had experience utilizing project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor).
  2. I have completed education or training in utilizing project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor), but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have utilized project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor) under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have utilized project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor) as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have utilized project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor) 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.


* 17.[15425] Select the project management or Contracting Officers Representative (COR) functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Designed research studies
  2. Prepared the statement of work
  3. Monitored the work to ensure the contractor adhered to the statements of work and cost
  4. Estimated needed resources
  5. Conducted technical and cost evaluations of proposals
  6. Reviewed and provided feedback on monthly reports and drafts of interim and final reports
  7. None of the above


* 18.[32089] Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing and evaluating information and/or data.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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.
  5. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 19.[52337] 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 best practices and critical needs relating to the program.
  2. Develop and recommend program direction, 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.


* 20.[5190] Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing written materials on scientific matters such as summary findings, briefing papers and reports, and correspondence (and/or other materials) to various individuals and audiences.
  1. I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience in preparing written documents, such as summaries and correspondence which cover routine scientific issues, with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written documents, such as summary reports, briefing papers, and correspondence to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, which cover complex scientific issues and which require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Recipients include customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of written documents such as complex or controversial scientific reports, technical recommendations, policy guidance, and reports to legislatures, which involve issues or programs of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 21.[5912] 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 written clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively for varied audiences.
  3. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for field or operating-level components.
  4. I have drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials.
  5. I have communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  6. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  7. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  8. I have composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, books, management reports or articles.
  9. Briefed managers/executives outside of my organization.
  10. Provided internal briefings on a highly controversial issue.
  11. Provided external briefings on a highly controversial issue.
  12. Developed comprehensive materials for briefings, meetings or conferences for agency and departmental leaders, Congress, the media and the general public.
  13. None of the above.


* 22.[3210] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your experience developing and presenting professional briefings to educate and/or promote your organization's initiatives.
  1. I have given clear, logical and effective presentations or briefings before technical and non-technical audiences.
  2. I have conducted technical seminars, workshops, or other training activities to increase knowledge and applicability.
  3. I have presented scientific and/or technical papers at meetings, professional conferences, symposiums, etc to promote awareness.
  4. I have presented abstract concepts/findings at interagency science/technical forums and/or national conferences.
  5. I have presented abstract concepts/findings at public meetings, press conferences, or briefings of high-level officials.
  6. None of the above


* 23.[3800] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups and federal, state and local agencies that could have contradictory viewpoints on an issue.
  1. I have demonstrated the ability to relate complex technical concepts easily to a non-technical audience.
  2. I have demonstrated the ability to be understood by a wide range of audiences.
  3. I have demonstrated the ability to facilitate groups and have an open exchange of ideas.
  4. I have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict and find common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  5. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize and balance the needs and interests of a wide range of stakeholders.
  6. I have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain a highly productive working relationship with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, communities, professional associations, and technical groups.
  7. I have demonstrated the ability to listen effectively.
  8. None of the above.


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.[52329] Select the response(s) that describe your experience providing technical expertise on infrastructure (pavement, bridges and/or structures) preservation.
  1. Provide consulting services to aid highway practitioners in dealing with new or difficult concepts involving state-of-the-art research practices or programs.
  2. Recognized by peers for technical expertise on a regional, national, or international basis.
  3. Participate in significant team reviews regarding preservation policies, programs, procedures, and initiatives.
  4. Provide guidance regionally or nationally on preservation issues.
  5. Consulted to provide evaluations of engineering related failures .
  6. None of the above


* 3.[52339] Select the response that describe your reputation and experience as a technical expert/authority on infrastructure (pavement, bridges and structures) preservation techniques.
  1. Recognized by peers for technical expertise on a national or international basis.
  2. Represented my organization at briefings, meetings, briefings and meetings with senior officials to disseminate information and justify and defend a particular engineering decision.
  3. Neither of the above.


* 4.[32308] Select the statement that describes your level of experience as it pertains to bridge preservation (including corrosion mitigation, coatings and other protection systems, advance condition assessment and evaluation, maintenance, repair, and/or rehabilitation).
  1. I have developed and/or executed preservation plans for bridge projects, or I have served as a team leader carrying out bridge preservation activities.
  2. I have been responsible for the delivery of a national, statewide, or comparable bridge preservation program.
  3. I have been responsible for formulating, evaluating, and coordinating aspects of a national or Federal program-wide bridge program (e.g., led a national team that planned, scheduled, implemented, and/or evaluated program activities; developed national policy, standards, technical information, and guidance for bridge programs; and/or promoted agency/organization mission, goals, and/or values to State, local, regional, and national organizations).
  4. I have broad and direct experience developing, interpreting, and administering significant bridge program policies; held positions with responsibility for advancing an agency's or department's mission, goals, and values in national and international or Federal program-wide arenas; and/or provided input into new legislation involving bridges or other structures and/or developed regulations to implement new legislation.
  5. I have done none of the above.


* 5.[32289] Select from the list below the response(s) that describe(s) the field of your experience in bridge preservation research and/or applications. (Please circle all that apply)
  1. Corrosion
  2. Coatings or other protection systems
  3. Advanced condition assessments and evaluations
  4. Maintenance, repair, and/or rehabilitation
  5. None of the above


* 6.[52338] Select from the list below the response(s) that describe(s) the field of your experience in pavement preservation research and/or applications. (Please circle all that apply)
  1. Asphalt pavement preservation techniques
  2. Concrete pavement preservation techniques
  3. Pavement condition assessments and evaluations
  4. None of the above


* 7.[52331] Select the response that best describes your experience in the design and construction of rigid, flexible, and composite pavement systems.
  1. I have coordinated Statewide or equivalent pavement research, pavement management, pavement rehabilitation techniques, and/or pavement design and testing.
  2. I have assisted in the development, and/or review of plans for smaller, less complex portions of highway-related projects (e.g., runways, 2-lane rural roads, etc.), which involve the design, construction, testing, and/or review of pavement systems (e.g., gathering data, sampling, testing pavements, etc.).
  3. I have assisted in the development and/or review of plans for highway projects (e.g., non-interstate, multi-lane roads), including pavement design, pavement management, pavement rehabilitation techniques, and pavement design and testing.
  4. I have developed and/or reviewed plans for large, complex highway projects (e.g., interstates, bridge approaches, ramps, etc.), including pavement design, pavement management, pavement rehabilitation techniques, and pavement and design and testing.
  5. I have assisted in the development, research, and/or review of plans for smaller, less complex portions of highway projects, (e.g., non-interstate, multi-lane roads, and divided roads), which involve the design, construction, testing, and review of pavement systems.
  6. None of the above


* 8.[52330] Select the statement(s) below that apply(ies) to your experience providing advice and technical assistance to others on pavement engineering issues.
  1. Interpretation/application of emerging technology and specification.
  2. Optimal timing of preservation treatments.
  3. Best Practices in design and construction.
  4. Selection of the most cost effective/appropriate preservation treatments.
  5. High performance construction materials.
  6. None of the above.


* 9.[52332] Select the statement(s) below that apply(ies) to your experience providing advice and technical assistance to others on bridge engineering issues.
  1. Interpretation/application of emerging technology and specification.
  2. Optimal timing of preservation treatments.
  3. Best Practices in design and construction.
  4. Selection of the most cost effective/appropriate preservation treatments.
  5. High performance construction materials.
  6. Corrosion deterioration in highway bridges and structures.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.[52333] Select the statement(s) which apply(ies) to your experience in establishing recognition within the preservation or asset management community.
  1. I have established contacts with members of my industry and its stakeholders.
  2. I have created and fostered partnerships with members of my industry and its stakeholders.
  3. I have published professional papers or wrote "white papers".
  4. I have implemented innovative ideas and concepts.
  5. I have disseminated information to ensure communities of interest were aware of the accomplishments and capabilities of my organization.
  6. I have been invited to present papers or give talks at professional meetings outside my immediate organization.
  7. I have been invited to participate on professional committees outside my immediate organization.
  8. None of the above.


* 11.[52334] Do you have experience compiling and/or working with preventive maintenance programs/maintenance histories in order to budget and develop plans for highway projects based on this information?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.[3228] Choose the statement that best describes your experience using benefit cost analysis and other economic investment decision methods.
  1. I have education and training in using benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods but have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have used benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently used benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have used benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods without direct supervision
  5. I have demonstrated work experience using benefit cost analysis and other economic investment methods on a regular and recurring basis without direct supervision.
  6. None of the above.


* 13.[52335] Select the statement that best describes your experience in the concepts of engineering economic analysis.
  1. I have not had relevant experience in the concepts of engineering economic analysis.
  2. I have had relevant training in the concepts of engineering economic analysis but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have applied principals and concepts of engineering economic analysis on the job with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have normally been consulted by others for expertise and assistance or have trained others in applying principals and theories of engineering economics.
  5. I have applied principles and theories of economic analysis as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.


* 14.[52336] Select the statement that best describes your experience with the application of life cycle cost analysis in asset management.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 15.[19610] Select the statement that best describes your experience using risk-based methods in optimizing investment decisions.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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 administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 16.[3767] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in research.
  1. Identified critical research needs.
  2. Evaluated ongoing research programs and/or studies.
  3. Developed analytical methods to conduct research.
  4. Interpreted research findings.
  5. Explained research results to other technical professionals and customers.
  6. Promoted promising research results.
  7. None of the above.


* 17.[1926] Select the response that best describes your experience utilizing project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor).
  1. I have not had experience utilizing project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor).
  2. I have completed education or training in utilizing project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor), but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have utilized project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor) under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have utilized project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor) as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have utilized project management tools, methods and techniques including work breakdown structures and project plans (including tasks, sub-tasks, resources, critical paths, and schedules with estimated and actual labor) 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.


* 18.[15425] Select the project management or Contracting Officers Representative (COR) functions you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Designed research studies
  2. Prepared the statement of work
  3. Monitored the work to ensure the contractor adhered to the statements of work and cost
  4. Estimated needed resources
  5. Conducted technical and cost evaluations of proposals
  6. Reviewed and provided feedback on monthly reports and drafts of interim and final reports
  7. None of the above


* 19.[32089] Select the statement that best describes your experience analyzing and evaluating information and/or data.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function 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.
  5. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


* 20.[52337] 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 best practices and critical needs relating to the program.
  2. Develop and recommend program direction, 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.


* 21.[5190] Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing written materials on scientific matters such as summary findings, briefing papers and reports, and correspondence (and/or other materials) to various individuals and audiences.
  1. I have limited experience in preparing written documents, such as e-mail, which cover routine issues, and recipients are usually within my immediate organization.
  2. I have experience in preparing written documents, such as summaries and correspondence which cover routine scientific issues, with some complex elements, and recipients are usually within my organization.
  3. I have experience preparing written documents, such as summary reports, briefing papers, and correspondence to individuals and organizations outside my own organization, which cover complex scientific issues and which require sensitivity to the views of my audience. Recipients include customers, middle or senior management within or outside of the organization.
  4. I have extensive experience in preparing a wide variety of written documents such as complex or controversial scientific reports, technical recommendations, policy guidance, and reports to legislatures, which involve issues or programs of a sensitive and controversial nature, and recipients are a wide range of individuals both within and outside of the organization.
  5. None of the above.


* 22.[5912] 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 written clearly, logically, concisely, and persuasively for varied audiences.
  3. I have drafted policy and procedural materials for field or operating-level components.
  4. I have drafted reports, memoranda, and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials.
  5. I have communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  6. I have explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, or recommendations.
  7. I have reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  8. I have composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, books, management reports or articles.
  9. Briefed managers/executives outside of my organization.
  10. Provided internal briefings on a highly controversial issue.
  11. Provided external briefings on a highly controversial issue.
  12. Developed comprehensive materials for briefings, meetings or conferences for agency and departmental leaders, Congress, the media and the general public.
  13. None of the above.


* 23.[3210] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your experience developing and presenting professional briefings to educate and/or promote your organization's initiatives.
  1. I have given clear, logical and effective presentations or briefings before technical and non-technical audiences.
  2. I have conducted technical seminars, workshops, or other training activities to increase knowledge and applicability.
  3. I have presented scientific and/or technical papers at meetings, professional conferences, symposiums, etc to promote awareness.
  4. I have presented abstract concepts/findings at interagency science/technical forums and/or national conferences.
  5. I have presented abstract concepts/findings at public meetings, press conferences, or briefings of high-level officials.
  6. None of the above


* 24.[3800] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience in dealing with a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups and federal, state and local agencies that could have contradictory viewpoints on an issue.
  1. I have demonstrated the ability to relate complex technical concepts easily to a non-technical audience.
  2. I have demonstrated the ability to be understood by a wide range of audiences.
  3. I have demonstrated the ability to facilitate groups and have an open exchange of ideas.
  4. I have demonstrated the ability to manage conflict and find common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  5. I have demonstrated the ability to recognize and balance the needs and interests of a wide range of stakeholders.
  6. I have demonstrated the ability to establish and maintain a highly productive working relationship with a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, communities, professional associations, and technical groups.
  7. I have demonstrated the ability to listen effectively.
  8. 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.[1150] Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions.

  1. I have a professional engineering degree which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and property of materials, or any comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  3. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any State, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  4. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor`s degree in engineering as demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including courses specified in Choice 1.
  5. I completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor`s degree in engineering technology or another appropriate field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), and have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  6. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[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.

* 3.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 4.[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


* 5.[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


* 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.


* 7.[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


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.