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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.[52545] Do you have experience developing and analyzing policy options for new and emerging technologies in the research and development stage, such as, but not limited to, connected vehicles, automated vehicles, new transportation applications, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, or wireless and wireline communications. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[52546] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to collecting and analyzing data from and/or information about current and emerging technologies in the research and development stage, such as, but not limited to, connected vehicles, automated vehicles, new transportation applications, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications or wireless and wireline communications. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[52547] Do you have at least one year of experience interpreting, presenting and reporting on analyses of current and emerging technologies in the research and development stage and/or their introduction to the marketplace. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[52496] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience working in a research setting?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[7177] Select the statement that best describes your experience utilizing analytical techniques to conduct research, analyses and studies, and to prepare reports.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience utilizing analytical techniques to conduct research, analyses and studies, and to prepare reports.
  2. I have experience utilizing analytical techniques to conduct research, analyses and studies, and to prepare reports with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  3. I have experience utilizing analytical techniques to conduct research, analyses and studies, and to prepare reports 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 experience utilizing analytical techniques to conduct research, analyses and studies, and to prepare reports as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in this task.


* 7.[52239] Select the statement that best describes your experience with policy analysis.
  1. I have education or training in conducting policy analysis and have used basic analytical methods for producing policy analysis, but have not applied this experience in my job.
  2. I have developed and analyzed policies related to new technologies and have used a wide range of analytical methods as part of my job. This analysis was performed under close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  3. I have developed and analyzed policies related to new technologies and have used a wide range of analytical methods as part of my job. This analysis was performed as a regular part of a job, only asking for advice from supervisors in complex situations.
  4. I have developed and analyzed policies relate to new technologies and have used a wide range of analytical methods as part of my job. This analysis was performed as a regular part of a job independently and without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  5. None of the above.


* 8.[16000] Select the statement(s) that describes your experience applying policy analysis.
  1. I have identified policy and institutional issues associated with new technologies that are still under development.
  2. I have analyzed policy and institutional issues associated with new technologies and have identified appropriate policy options on the path to resolving the issues.
  3. I have analyzed policy options in order to identify the advantages, disadvantages, risks, opportunities, and benefits associated with each option as a means for producing clear recommendations.
  4. I have developed policy memoranda and/or reports that clearly present my analyses and recommendations as part of presentation to senior decision-makers.
  5. I have developed presentations and presented my policy recommendations to senior decision-makers.
  6. Decision-makers have used my recommendations; and their decisions have led to my work in development of policy.
  7. I have evaluated existing policies to determine their effectiveness.
  8. I have been involved in development of new technologies where the work has required that I work with technical engineering teams that are performing the research to produce new technologies.
  9. I have participated in the development or analysis of requirements for data, standards, or architecture.
  10. I have participated in the launch of new technologies and/or have supported adoption and implementation of new technologies by public or private sector agencies and organizations.
  11. None of the above.


* 9.[52497] Select the statement(s) that best describes your experience collecting, analyzing, or modeling data and/or information, synthesizing it, and developing policy options.
  1. I have applied methods and approaches for gathering, collecting, or modeling data and/or information, preparing it for analysis in support of policy option development.
  2. I have identified important issues and recommended ways to improve data and/or information collection, analysis, and/or modeling.
  3. I have developed and/or applied advanced analytical or modeling techniques to review data and/or information and to develop policy options.
  4. I have developed or analyzed cost, benefits, or other types of models.
  5. I have developed performance metrics to evaluate policy options and determine recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.[52576] Select the statement that best describes your experience in working with technical/engineering teams or serving as a liaison between a policy group and a technical/engineering team or group of technical/engineering stakeholders to develop technical policy (e.g., standards policies, security policies, policies on use of different communications technologies, etc.) options.
  1. I have had education, training, or experience that allows me to serve as a liaison between my group or organization and other external constituencies addressing technical/engineering choices and technical policy. My education, training, or experience has allowed me to participate in discussions about technical choices and their impacts.
  2. I have experience in serving as liaison between my group or organization and other external constituencies addressing technical/engineering choices and technical policy with close review and assistance from a supervisor or a senior employee. My education, training, or experience has allowed me to participate in discussions about technical choices and their impacts..
  3. I have experience in serving as liaison between my group or organization and other external technical/engineering constituencies addressing technical/engineering choices and technical policy as a regular part of a job. I required assistance or review by a supervisor, or senior employee, only in unique or unusual situations. My education, training, or experience has allowed me to participate in discussions about technical choices and to identify how technical choices might impact policy development or how policy choices might impact technical developments.
  4. I have experience in serving as liaison between my group or organization and other external technical/engineering constituencies addressing technical/engineering choices and technical policy as a regular part of a job and independently handle unique or unusual situations. My education, training, or experience has allowed me to participate in discussions about technical choices and to identify how technical choices might impact policy development or how policy choices might impact technical developments.
  5. Others regularly seek my assistance and consult with me for my expertise in serving as a liaison between my group or organization and other external technical/engineering constituencies addressing technical/engineering choices and technical policy. I have mentored or instructed others on this task.
  6. None of the above.


* 11.[28171] Select the statement the best illustrates your demonstrated experience and ability to independently conduct research and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  1. I have conducted research and have worked on multiple projects simultaneously only in an educational setting. I have not applied this knowledge at work.
  2. I have supported a research team in planning, implementing, and documenting research, but I have not collaborated on multiple projects simultaneously. I have done this work usually under the direction of a supervisor or a senior employee.
  3. I have independently conducted research and collaborated on multiple projects simultaneously, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  4. I have independently conducted research related to transportation, and collaborated on multiple projects simultaneously, while seeking help or advice only for complex issues.
  5. I have independently conducted research, and collaborated on multiple projects simultaneously, without direct supervision.
  6. I have independently conducted research related to transportation, and collaborated on multiple projects simultaneously, without direct supervision.
  7. I have extensive work experience conducting research independently, and collaborating on multiple projects simultaneously. My manager relies on me to resolve complex research problems, and assigns me to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  8. I have extensive work experience conducting transportation research independently, and collaborating on multiple projects simultaneously. My manager relies on me to resolve complex research problems, and assigns me to work on multiple complex projects simultaneously.
  9. None of the above.


* 12.[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


* 13.[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.


* 14.[52499] Select the statement that best describes your experience participating in deliberations, studies, customer briefings, and meetings with researchers, clients, and other groups and individuals addressing policy analyses.
  1. I have experience handling routine matters and participating in meetings with peers within my own immediate organization, but I have not participated in any studies or had any role in meetings with customers, researchers or other groups outside my organization.
  2. I have participated in meetings with peers and other groups and individuals within my organization addressing policy analyses. While I have contributed as a staff member in the preparation of briefings and studies, I have not made any presentations or briefed any groups or individuals outside my organization.
  3. I have participated in meetings with peers, researchers and other groups outside my organization addressing policy analyses. I have independently prepared presentations, and have briefed other groups and individuals outside my organization.
  4. I have participated in deliberations, studies, and meetings with customers, researchers and other groups addressing policy analyses. While I have briefed other groups and individuals outside my organization, I am not the lead expert for my organization at these forums.
  5. I am a recognized expert in the field, and have led and participated in deliberations, studies, and briefings with customers, researchers, experts, and other groups addressing policy analyses. I serve as lead expert for my organization at these forums.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.[36768] Select the statement that best describes your experience preparing written materials such as recurring reports; fact sheets; briefings; white papers; correspondence; presentations, or other materials for use by various individuals and audiences.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have completed formal education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely. I have trained others in performance of this task and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
  6. None of the above.


* 16.[28111] This position requires strong written and verbal communication skills in a variety of issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your ability to make policy recommendations and communicate in writing as well as in person with others both within and outside of your work organization on a regular basis.
  1. Gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  2. Made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  3. Persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  4. Resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  5. Conducted training related to transportation engineering to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. Prepared position papers on controversial issues.
  7. Provided leadership and guidance in my field.
  8. Explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. None of the above.


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


* 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.[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.


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.

* 6.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).

  1. True
  2. False