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Grade: 09
* 1.[30209] Choose the statement that best describes your education and specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-09 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess two full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Masters or equivalent graduate degree (such as an LL.B. or J.D.) that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position and have provided transcripts with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the first full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided and the experience is well documented in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[14570] Do you have experience as a course instructor?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[10423] Do you have at least one year of experience with professional training in adult learning principles.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[34771] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience developing, modifying, and instructing training course content and materials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[15920] Do you have experience developing and presenting technical training for transportation safety using media training aides?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[7474] Select the technologies, methodologies, and software applications with which you are highly proficient or an expert in its use. Highly proficient is defined as having an expert understanding and ability to utilize a major part of the application functionality and/or capability.
  1. Data interpretation and visualization
  2. Relational databases
  3. Advance statistical package
  4. Econometric modeling
  5. Electronic data collection
  6. Spreadsheets
  7. Programming languages
  8. None of the above.


* 7.[15437] Select the statement that best describes your technical work experience defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs.
  1. I have education and training in defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs, but I have not applied this experience at work.
  2. I have working experience in this area, and have worked as part of a team to define system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs, usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have working experience in this area, and have worked as part of a team to define system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have advanced experience in this area and have work experience defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs, without direct supervision.
  5. I have advanced experience in this area, and have experience defining system requirements specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs. I am considered an expert in this area, and my organization relies on me as a technical lead in the resolution of complex system requirements issues specific to changes of existing and/or new data management programs.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[10003] Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in making presentations in person.
  1. I have experience making college classroom presentations or defending a thesis; OR I have experience communicating with others within my work organization to gather and exchange information.
  2. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to gather and exchange information.
  3. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organisation to gather and exchange information, resolve issues, and gain or secure compliance.
  4. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organisation to gather and exchange information, resolve issues, negotiate changes and compliance, and to explain policies, standards, and procedures.
  5. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to provide leadership and guidance in my field, to make program decisions and policy interpretations, to resolve significant and controversial issues, to negotiate compliance and agreements, and to persuade others to accept new approaches, concepts, and programs.
  6. I have experience communicating with others both within and outside of my work organization to provide leadership and guidance in my field, to make program decisions and policy interpretations, to resolve significant and controversial issues, to negotiate compliance and agreements, and to persuade others to accept new approaches, concepts, and programs. I have made presentations at conferences and conducted training related to my discipline.
  7. I have no education, training, or experience in this area.


* 9.[2531] Select the statement that best describes your experience using computer applications and presentation programs.
  1. As a major part of a job, I have regularly used computer software applications, to include expertise in using e-mail, the internet, spreadsheet software, word processing and presentation software.
  2. Experience with computer software applications on a regular and recurring basis, to include e-mail, the internet, spreadsheets, word processing, and presentation programs.
  3. I am familiar with e-mail and the internet, but would need additional training in one or more of the following, spreadsheet software, word processing, and presentation software programs.
  4. None of the above.


* 10.[5239] Select the statement(s) that describe written communication skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Drafted reports, memoranda and correspondence for signature by higher-level officials.
  2. Developed written materials for briefings, meetings and/or conferences.
  3. Produced persuasive, clear, logical, and concise documents for varied audiences.
  4. Drafted policy and procedural material for dissemination.
  5. Communicated organizational strategies, goals, objectives and priorities on a regular basis in writing.
  6. Composed complex correspondence or other written work such as manuals, management reports, or articles.
  7. Reviewed reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity or expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  8. None of the above.


* 11.[7969] This position requires that you be able to express facts and ideas in writing in a clear, convincing, and organized manner and to make clear and convincing oral and written reports. Select the statement that best describes your level of experience in expressing facts and ideas in writing and in-person.
  1. I have experience using a variety of written communication modalities, particularly within automated and networked media, to gain widespread understanding and commitment for change and action within the organization. I have experience communicating information about my work unit's activities to peers and higher level management.
  2. I have prepared written reports or given presentations or briefings on complex logistical or technical issues that required explanation of laws, regulations, practices and precedents. I have experience providing expert program advice to representatives from other organizations or interest groups, on complex and controversial or sensitive legal or technical issues that required explanation of laws, regulations, practices, and precedents.
  3. I have extensive experience drafting, editing, revising, and/or reviewing complex logistic materials and reports that have agency-wide impact. I have experience meeting with internal and external stakeholders and/or influential parties to explain or defend and gain acceptance of, or commitment to, my organization's policies and practices.
  4. My experience is not reflected in any of the above responses.


Grade: 11
* 1.[30210] Choose the statement that best describes your education and/or specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-11 position.
  1. I possess one year of specialized experience matching what is described in the vacancy announcement. This matching experience is well described in my resume.
  2. I possess three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree that has equipped me to perform the duties of this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application.
  3. I possess a combination of graduate level education, beyond the second full year of graduate level education and specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement, that together meet the qualification requirements for this position. Transcripts have been provided with my application and the matching experience is well described in my resume.
  4. I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.


* 2.[52383] Select the response that best describes your experience in presenting information related to pipeline safety.
  1. I give presentations and/or briefings to upper management and/or labor union officials and it is a part of my regular and recurring current duties.
  2. I give presentations and/or briefings to groups of co-workers.
  3. I frequently give presentations, talks, and/or briefings to large audiences inside and outside of my organization. It is a regular and recurring part of my duties.
  4. I have given presentations and/or briefings to small groups, but it is NOT a regular and recurring part of my duties.
  5. I have taken classes on facilitation and/or public speaking.
  6. I have no experience in giving presentations and/or briefings to groups.


* 3.[7598] Select the process(es) where you have had direct experience with pipeline safety regulations.
  1. Design of pipeline facilities.
  2. Construction of pipeline facilities.
  3. Operation and maintenance of pipeline facilities.
  4. Integrity or risk management programs for pipeline facilities.
  5. Emergency activities (i.e. procedure developments, field implementation and verification, etc.) for pipeline facilities.
  6. Public awareness programs for pipeline facilities.
  7. Damage prevention programs for pipeline facilities.
  8. Operator Qualification
  9. Other
  10. None of the above


* 4.[9967] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience conducting, managing and/or developing training courses. To answer, use these definitions: training is providing classes that have been previously prepared and require little or no revision; managing courses includes overseeing updates/revisions to course materials and/or the overall quality of the course; and course development is where you write the training course, including materials, visual aids and associated documentation.
  1. I have managed 1 course per year.
  2. I have developed 1 training course.
  3. I have managed more than 4 courses per year.
  4. I have developed more than 4 training courses.
  5. I have managed between 2 and 4 courses per year.
  6. I have developed between 2 and 4 training courses.
  7. I have conducted routine training more than 8 times per year.
  8. I have conducted routine training between 1 and 4 times per year.
  9. I have conducted routine training between 5 and 8 times per year.
  10. None of the above.


* 5.[3059] Select the statement that that best describes your highest level of experience in conducting safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and/or hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in conducting safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  2. I have had education or training that has prepared me to conduct pipeline safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have participated in pipeline safety program reviews of pipeline procedures, processes, records and facilities to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  4. I have trained others or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in the conduct of hazardous liquid and natural gas pipeline safety program reviews, am very familiar with Federal and State pipeline regulations, and can readily determine compliance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.
  5. As a regular and recurring responsibility, I have independently conducted pipeline safety program reviews to determine if natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline facilities are being operated in accordance with safety standards and Federal or State regulatory requirements.


* 6.[2015] Choose the answer that best describes your experience providing training and assistance to a wide variety of users regarding policy, procedures, and technical implementation details.
  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.


* 7.[10870] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your experience developing and presenting professional briefings to educate and/or promote transportation or other technical issues.
  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


* 8.[5709] Select the statement(s) that best describe your experience administering a training services program.
  1. Developed potential programs in response to assessed training needs.
  2. Established a training services program or center.
  3. Conducted surveys to determine the training needs and preferences of the population served.
  4. Assessed the ability and willingness of available training institutions to provide training opportunities, and made arrangements with them to do so.
  5. Monitored the quality and cost effectiveness of the training services program, and assured the adequacy of equipment and facilities used.
  6. Advised managers and staff members on matters related to the training services program
  7. None of the above.


* 9.[3211] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate your experience developing and presenting professional briefings to educate and/or promote transportation issues.
  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


* 10.[6932] Select the statement(s) that describe your demonstrated experience communicating through presentations to various audiences. This experience should be described in your resume.
  1. Have presented technical information to internal audiences of less than twenty (20) people.
  2. Have presented technical information to internal audiences of 20 or more people.
  3. Have presented technical information to external audiences of less than twenty (20) people.
  4. Have presented technical information to external audiences of 20 or more people.
  5. Effectively conduct training sessions for audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. None of the above


* 11.[6289] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate the communication/briefing skills you have used as a regular part of your job.
  1. Prepare presentation material for use by senior management
  2. Participate in interviews with external media representatives
  3. Communicate organizational strategies, goals, objectives, or priorities on a regular basis in writing
  4. Explain or justify decisions, conclusions, findings or recommendations
  5. Compose complex written work such as manuals, management reports or articles
  6. Persuade others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, alternative viewpoints, or to take a particular course of action
  7. Present technical material at professional organization meetings
  8. Present technical material at national professional transportation organization meetings
  9. Interview employees or managers to acquire specific programmatic and/or technical information
  10. Conduct training sessions with varied audiences with different levels of comprehension
  11. Review reports for accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences
  12. Brief managers/executives outside of my employing organization
  13. Brief managers/executives within my employing organization
  14. Publications for academia
  15. Articles featured in transportation-related publications
  16. Articles appearing in statistical journals
  17. Articles appearing in non-statistical journals
  18. None of the above


Grade: 12
* 1.[341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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.[4381] Select the answer that best describes your experience in creating and conducting technical training and/or workshops. Technical training is defined as training sessions where a subject is presented in a four hour or less session. Workshops are defined as interactive sessions during which all participants are expected to take an active role and contribute towards a stated objective. Workshops are generally 2 days or less in length and attendance is generally less than 20 participants.
  1. I have conducted technical training and/or workshops 1 to 3 times per year.
  2. I have conducted technical training and/or workshops 4 to 6 times per year.
  3. I have conducted technical training and/or workshops more than 6 times per year.
  4. I have not conducted technical training and/or workshops.


* 3.[9967] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience conducting, managing and/or developing training courses. To answer, use these definitions: training is providing classes that have been previously prepared and require little or no revision; managing courses includes overseeing updates/revisions to course materials and/or the overall quality of the course; and course development is where you write the training course, including materials, visual aids and associated documentation.
  1. I have managed 1 course per year.
  2. I have developed 1 training course.
  3. I have managed more than 4 courses per year.
  4. I have developed more than 4 training courses.
  5. I have managed between 2 and 4 courses per year.
  6. I have developed between 2 and 4 training courses.
  7. I have conducted routine training more than 8 times per year.
  8. I have conducted routine training between 1 and 4 times per year.
  9. I have conducted routine training between 5 and 8 times per year.
  10. None of the above.


* 4.[10397] Do you have one year of experience designing professional educational and technical assistance products such as computer-based training/instructional materials; brochures; technical reports; and/or other products, in support of delivering professional capacity building programs to client organizations in a technical field (e.g., Transportation Planning, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Roadway Safety, etc., or other professional technical fields)?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[2015] Choose the answer that best describes your experience providing training and assistance to a wide variety of users regarding policy, procedures, and technical implementation details.
  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.


* 6.[1796] Select the response best describes your experience evaluating data with analytical tools to make program policy recommendations.
  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.


* 7.[7598] Select the process(es) where you have had direct experience with pipeline safety regulations.
  1. Design of pipeline facilities.
  2. Construction of pipeline facilities.
  3. Operation and maintenance of pipeline facilities.
  4. Integrity or risk management programs for pipeline facilities.
  5. Emergency activities (i.e. procedure developments, field implementation and verification, etc.) for pipeline facilities.
  6. Public awareness programs for pipeline facilities.
  7. Damage prevention programs for pipeline facilities.
  8. Operator Qualification
  9. Other
  10. None of the above


* 8.[52384] This position requires strong communication skills in a variety of pipeline issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience communicating with others both within and outside of your work organization on a regular basis.
  1. I have gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  2. I have made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  3. I have persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  4. I have resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  5. I have conducted training related to railroad transportation to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. I have wrote position papers on controversial issues.
  7. I have provided leadership and guidance in my field.
  8. I have explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 9.[16281] Select the statements that describe your experience communicating with senior pipeline safety officials in private industry and State/Federal Government regarding national level pipeline safety initiatives?
  1. I have had a primary role in meetings discussing enforcement action concerns and issues.
  2. I have presented regulation policy and direction at industry seminars.
  3. I have participated in meetings with industry trade associations to discuss concerns with existing regulatory policies and procedures.
  4. None of the above


* 10.[20757] Select the statements that best describe your experience analyzing economic issues when preparing written reports.
  1. I have analyzed economic issues and developed comprehensive material for reports, briefings or meetings of senior management officials within and/or outside my organization.
  2. I have analyzed economic issues and explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings, and recommendations to senior management officials within and/or outside my organization.
  3. I have analyzed economic issues or information to ensure validity, reliability, and absence of bias in written documents that I prepared.
  4. I have analyzed economic issues to identify issues and problems and prepared and presented analytical information to senior management officials within and/or outside my organization.
  5. 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.

* 4.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes
  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