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Grade: 12
* 1.Select the statement that best describes your education as it relates to this Survey Statistician, GS-1530-12 position.
  1. I possess a bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.
  2. I possess a combination of education and experience. This includes courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
  3. I do not possess the education or combination of education and experience as described above.


* 2.Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal service utilizing methods and principles of statistical resources and procedures associated with the analysis of various programs; designing and conducting data management activities; and identifying, designing and conducting analyses of program data.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience using statistics or statistical software packages to analyze scientific data. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Select the statistical method(s) that you have performed. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. Basic Statistical Methods (e.g., summary statistics, parametric tests, correlation)
  2. Linear Models/Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) /Multivariant Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), e.g., regression, balanced and unbalanced, factorial nested and mixed design
  3. Non-Parametric Methods (e.g., Wilcoxon and Kendall tests, tests for trends)
  4. Multivariate Methods (e.g., factor analysis and principal component analysis)
  5. Cluster Analysis (e.g., hierarchical clustering, Monte Carlo, permutations)
  6. Resampling and Simulation Methods (e.g., bootstrap, jackknife)
  7. Model Testing and Post Estimation (e.g., Walds and LR tests)
  8. Transform and Normality Tests (e.g., Box-Cox, Shapiro-Wilk and Shapiro-Francia tests)
  9. Time Series Analysis (e.g., time series functions, operators and smoothers, tests for white noise)
  10. Survival Analysis (e.g., Cox regression, parametric models, Weibull, Kaplan-Meier)
  11. Survey Methods (e.g., probabilistic, factorial)
  12. General Linear Models (e.g., binomial, Poisson and exponential, log-linear, and generalized linear mixed models)
  13. Bayesian approaches to combining data
  14. Meta-analysis techniques
  15. I have not performed any of the choices above.


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience with non parametric statistics. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and 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.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in statistics. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. My experience in statistics has been in experimental studies.
  2. My experience in statistics has been in observational studies.
  3. My experience in statistics has been in theoretical statistics.
  4. I have no experience in statistics.


* 7.Select the statement(s) that describe your experience developing and applying mathematical software applications? Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. I have developed mathematical software applications that are used outside of my laboratory, program or division.
  2. I have developed mathematical software applications that I have used in my own research.
  3. I have used mathematical software applications in my research.
  4. I have used mathematical software applications for calculations.
  5. I have no experience in this area.


* 8.Select the response which best describes your training and experience utilizing computer systems with a variety of advanced statistical and information management software to access, collect, compile, maintain, analyze, model, and report on research data. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Select the response which best describes your training and experience planning statistical evaluation of research data. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Select the response that best describes your experience developing non-routine analyses of quantitative problems where original computational methods are required. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing scientific data and information and preparing technical reports based on this information. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Select the response that best describes your experience preparing written descriptions of statistical analysis methodology and results. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.I have reviewed statistical analyses of data sets performed by other researchers to determine the accuracy of their procedures and interpretations, and to determine applicability to other projects. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.Select the response which best describes your training and experience conducting literature searches and/or identifying relevant scientific/technical reports and data sets. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 15.Select the response which best describes your training and experience conducting briefings for government employees and officials, industry officials, and the public where technical or scientific concepts are presented in ways understandable to people from non- technical backgrounds. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.Select the response which best describes your training and experience communicating technical issues to a wide variety of audiences. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


Grade: 13
* 1.Select the statement that best describes your education as it relates to this Survey Statistician, GS-1530-13 position.
  1. I possess a bachelor's or higher degree that included 15 semester hours in statistics (or in mathematics and statistics, provided at least 6 semester hours were in statistics), and 9 additional semester hours in one or more of the following: physical or biological sciences, medicine, education, or engineering; or in the social sciences including demography, history, economics, social welfare, geography, international relations, social or cultural anthropology, health sociology, political science, public administration, psychology, etc.
  2. I possess a combination of education and experience. This includes courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The experience should have included a full range of professional statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying statistical techniques such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
  3. I do not possess the education or combination of education and experience as described above.


* 2.Do you possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service utilizing methods and principles of statistical resources and procedures associated with the analysis of various programs; designing and conducting data management activities; and identifying, designing and conducting analyses of program data; and developing statistical models and implementing operational research projects.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Select the response that best describes your experience using statistics or statistical software packages to analyze scientific data. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 4.Select the responses that describe the quantitative functions or analyses that you have you performed. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. I have experience using ArcGIS.
  2. I have independently written and executed complex command scripts in the SAS, SPSS, S-Plus or R statistical languages.
  3. I have used approaches in which statistical programs such as SAS, SPSS, S-Plus or R were used to transfer data to and from ArcGIS.
  4. I have conducted multiple regression analyses.
  5. I have conducted categorical data analysis.
  6. I have conducted multivariate analyses such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, or discriminant analysis and ordination.
  7. None of the above.


* 5.Select the statistical method(s) that you have performed. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. Basic Statistical Methods (e.g., summary statistics, parametric tests, correlation)
  2. Linear Models/Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) /Multivariant Analysis of Variance (MANOVA), e.g., regression, balanced and unbalanced, factorial nested and mixed design
  3. Non-Parametric Methods (e.g., Wilcoxon and Kendall tests, tests for trends)
  4. Multivariate Methods (e.g., factor analysis and principal component analysis)
  5. Cluster Analysis (e.g., hierarchical clustering, Monte Carlo, permutations)
  6. Resampling and Simulation Methods (e.g., bootstrap, jackknife)
  7. Model Testing and Post Estimation (e.g., Walds and LR tests)
  8. Transform and Normality Tests (e.g., Box-Cox, Shapiro-Wilk and Shapiro-Francia tests)
  9. Time Series Analysis (e.g., time series functions, operators and smoothers, tests for white noise)
  10. Survival Analysis (e.g., Cox regression, parametric models, Weibull, Kaplan-Meier)
  11. Survey Methods (e.g., probabilistic, factorial)
  12. General Linear Models (e.g., binomial, Poisson and exponential, log-linear, and generalized linear mixed models)
  13. Bayesian approaches to combining data
  14. Meta-analysis techniques
  15. I have not performed any of the choices above.


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience with non parametric statistics. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Select the response(s) that describe your experience in statistics. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. My experience in statistics has been in experimental studies.
  2. My experience in statistics has been in observational studies.
  3. My experience in statistics has been in theoretical statistics.
  4. I have no experience in statistics.


* 8.Select the statement(s) that describe your experience developing and applying mathematical software applications? Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. I have developed mathematical software applications that are used outside of my laboratory, program or division.
  2. I have developed mathematical software applications that I have used in my own research.
  3. I have used mathematical software applications in my research.
  4. I have used mathematical software applications for calculations.
  5. I have no experience in this area.


* 9.Select the response which best describes your training and experience utilizing computer systems with a variety of advanced statistical and information management software to access, collect, compile, maintain, analyze, model, and report on research data. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Select the response which best describes your training and experience planning statistical evaluation of research data. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Select the response that best describes your experience developing non-routine analyses of quantitative problems where original computational methods are required. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Select the response that best describes your experience analyzing scientific data and information and preparing technical reports based on this information. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Select the response that best describes your experience preparing written descriptions of statistical analysis methodology and results. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.I have reviewed statistical analyses of data sets performed by other researchers to determine the accuracy of their procedures and interpretations, and to determine applicability to other projects. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.Select the response which best describes your training and experience conducting literature searches and/or identifying relevant scientific/technical reports and data sets. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.Select the response which best describes your training and experience conducting briefings for government employees and officials, industry officials, and the public where technical or scientific concepts are presented in ways understandable to people from non- technical backgrounds. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  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, and I have trained others in performance of this task and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.Select the response which best describes your training and experience communicating technical issues to a wide variety of audiences. Please ensure that your response is supported by your resume.
  1. I have not had training or experience in this type of communication.
  2. I have had training in this area, but I have not had an opportunity to demonstrate this ability in my school/work environment.
  3. I have demonstrated this ability, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have routinely demonstrated this ability, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Select the rating level you received for your last performance appraisal. Please provide a copy of your performance appraisal.
  1. Outstanding
  2. Exceeds Fully Successful
  3. Fully Successful/Pass
  4. Minimally Satisfactory
  5. Unacceptable/Fail
  6. None of the above


* 2.Select the types of awards you have received within the last three years.
  1. Quality Step Increase
  2. Special Act or Time-Off-Award
  3. Performance Award
  4. Honorary Award
  5. Letter of Commendation
  6. None of the above


* 3.List any education and/or training related to this position (do not provide copies of certificates).
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 4.I have thoroughly reviewed the 'How to Apply/Required Documents' & 'Qualifications' sections of this Vacancy Announcement to determine which supplemental documents to submit. This may include: Transcripts to verify undergraduate/graduate education; SF-50 if I am a current/former Federal employee; DD214 if I am a veteran (and SF-15/VA Letter if applicable), etc. I understand that failure to fax or upload required documents by the vacancy announcement's closing date may result in loss of consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.I certify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, ALL of the information provided on this application is true, accurate, and complete, and that this application for employment is made in good faith. I understand that a false statement on any part of this application may be grounds for not hiring me or for firing me after I begin work. I also understand that I may be punished by fine or imprisonment for falsification of my employment application (18 USC 1001). I understand that information I give may be investigated as allowed by law or Executive order. Do you understand and agree to all the above?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.How did you learn about this Federal Law Enforcement Training Center job opportunity announcement?
  1. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center intranet bulletin.
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. TV
  6. Poster
  7. Private Employment Office
  8. State Employment Office (Unemployment Office)
  9. Agency Human Resources Department (Bulletin board or other announcement)
  10. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  11. Federal, state or local Job Information Center
  12. Religious organization
  13. College, University or career placement counselor
  14. Friend or relative working for this agency
  15. Friend or relative not working for this agency
  16. USAJOBS
  17. Professional Association
  18. Publication
  19. Career Fair (Please state the name of the Career Fair under Other)
  20. Conference (Please state the name of the Conference under Other)
  21. College Event (Please state the name of the College Event under Other)
  22. Private information service
  23. Other






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