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* 1.Knowledge of Social Security policy**

Have knowledge of the theories, concepts, processes, techniques, principles, and practices of one or more social science or finance disciplines (such as economics, demography, public policy, political science, sociology, or related field) as it relates to the Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Program. This includes knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of the Social Security program and the program’s interrelationships with key public policy issues. Examples of key issues include: 1) how to ensure the long-run solvency of the Social Security trust funds; 2) distributional impact on beneficiaries of proposals for reform; 3) the interrelationship of Social Security with private pensions and personal savings for income security in retirement; 4) the role of Social Security in improving the economic well-being of vulnerable segments of the population.
  1. Recognized as an expert in policies and programs relevant to Social Security-related issues and their relationship with key public policy issues. For example, served as a tenured faculty member and/or managed a variety of research projects related to Social Security policy, pension design and financing, or the economics of social insurance programs; consulted on Social Security policy with national decision-makers in the public or private sector; was invited to serve as a peer reviewer for a scholarly or professional journal or published extensively on public policy issues related to Social Security in peer-reviewed professional journals; or equivalent experience.
  2. Recognized by decision-makers as a professional resource in policies and programs relevant to Social Security-related issues and their relationship with key public policy issues. For example, served as an agency representative on an inter-agency task force developing policies related to Social Security, published several articles on public policy issues related to Social Security in peer-reviewed professional journals, or equivalent experience.
  3. Have broad knowledge of Social Security, including pertinent public policy issues. For example, conducted original research and analysis on Social Security policy used by managers or policy-makers in the public or private sector, taught courses on Social Security policy, pension design and financing, or the economics of social insurance programs in a full-time position at a college or university, or equivalent experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 2.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 3.Ability to analyze public policy issues**

Applied knowledge of one or more social science or finance disciplines to the analysis of public policy issues related to Social Security or income security. Conceptualized and defined public policy problems, analyzed and synthesized information and research, identified implications of data and drew appropriate conclusions, generated and assessed alternatives, and evaluated the consequences of choosing each alternative. This included presenting the big picture and the inter-relationships of all aspects of the public policy issue. Examples include: identifying emerging issues, evaluating legislative proposals, evaluating budget/appropriations, assessing public and private implications of government programs or regulations, assessing alternative approaches to public policy issues, and evaluating governmental organization and administrative procedures to accomplish program goals.
  1. Routinely performed most of the above examples related to Social Security or income security in conducting analysis on complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance at the highest levels of the public or private sector. For example, served as a senior policy analyst (or equivalent) for a government agency, corporation, think tank, or congressional committee.
  2. Frequently performed most of the above examples related to Social Security or income security in conducting analysis on complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance in the public or private sectors. For example, served as a mid-level policy analyst (or equivalent) for a government agency, corporation, think tank, or congressional committee.
  3. Occasionally performed at least three of the above examples related to Social Security or income security in conducting analysis on complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance in the public or private sector. For example, served as a consultant (or equivalent) for a government agency, corporation, think tank, or congressional committee.
  4. None of the above.


* 4.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 5.Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques**

Designed and utilized research and analytical methodologies and techniques pertinent to Social Security or other income security programs/issues. Examples of analytical methodologies and techniques include: regression analysis, cohort analysis, projection, case simulation, microsimulation, and stochastic modeling. Applied these methodologies and techniques using large data sets to the analysis, appraisal, and evaluation of complex public policy issues.
  1. Routinely designed and implemented quantitative research efforts related to Social Security or other income security programs within the context of complex public policy issues. This required extensive knowledge of variables and their interrelationships; of the identification, selection, and evaluation of data; and of analytic options. This research involved the innovative application of a wide range of established, multidisciplinary analytic techniques and methods. Interpreted results of research for use by senior level audiences ranging from expert to layman.
  2. Frequently participated in the design and implemented quantitative research efforts related to Social Security or other income security programs within the context of complex public policy issues. This required expert knowledge of the data and their history, strengths, weaknesses, etc. The research involved the advanced application of a wide range of established analytic techniques and methods. Interpreted results of research for use by audiences ranging from expert to layman.
  3. From time to time conducted quantitative research efforts related to Social Security or other income security programs within the context of complex public policy issues. This required expert knowledge of the data and their history, strengths, weaknesses, etc. The research involved the standard application of a number of established analytic techniques and methods. Interpreted results of research for use by audiences ranging from expert to layman.
  4. None of the above.


* 6.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 7.Ability to write in a public policy context**

Wrote a variety of clear, cogent, accurate, and well organized products on public policy issues related to Social Security or income security in order to convey the results of research and analysis representing varying points of view. Examples include: decision memos, research analyses, briefing papers, analyses of options, evaluation of legislative proposals, and articles covering a complex public policy issue published in a major national or trade publication.
  1. Routinely wrote a variety of analytical products assessing complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance for publication or dissemination to inform decision-makers in the public or the private sector with varying levels of expertise. These products were related to Social Security or income security and included most of the products described above.
  2. Frequently wrote a variety of analytical products assessing complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance for publication or dissemination to a variety of audiences with varying levels of expertise. These products were related to Social Security or income security and included most of the examples described above.
  3. Have some experience writing analytical products on complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance for publication or dissemination to audiences with varying levels of expertise. These products were related to Social Security or income security and included some of the examples described above.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 9.Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations

Conveyed analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations, and other presentations, in both planned and extemporaneous situations, in order to discuss or explain public policy issues related to Social Security or income security. This included targeting the amount, form, depth and level of detail, and content of information to the needs of the receiver/audience.
  1. Routinely briefed and presented analysis of complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Contacts were sometimes initiated by decision-makers. Settings were sometimes unstructured and included those where audience knowledge of the issue ranged from expert to layman and the presenter had to respond to questions without benefit of obtaining additional information or support. Examples include providing oral policy briefings or formal presentations to mid-level officials in the private or public sector (e.g., Chief of Staff, Legislative Director), acting as a spokesperson for an agency or a public affairs representative for a national corporation defending a program or policy decision or action, conducting policy briefings for the press; or equivalent experience.
  2. Frequently presented analysis of complex and controversial public policy issues of national and/or international significance to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Settings included those that were unstructured. Examples include explaining agency or corporate programs to audiences with various levels of knowledge of the issue; briefing and responding to questions from policymakers; teaching a public policy course; or equivalent experience.
  3. Frequently presented analysis of public policy issues to audiences with varying levels of expertise. Examples include making presentations to management officials on policy options; serving as a guest lecturer on public policy issues in an academic setting; or equivalent experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 10.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 11.Ability to work collaboratively with others

Led collaborative research studies and major projects and worked collaboratively with others, including decision-makers and their staffs, other specialists and experts in the same and other disciplines inside or outside of the organization, and with others holding divergent and/or opposing views and goals.
  1. Routinely led colleagues within own organization in multiple collaborative research studies or major projects involving multiple disciplines related to the analysis of national and/or international public policy issues. This included leading colleagues at various levels, some of whom held divergent points of view.
  2. Occasionally led collaborative research studies or major projects within own organization related to the analysis of national and/or international public policy issues. Projects involved colleagues from multiple disciplines and at various levels.
  3. Led a collaborative research study or major project within own organization related to a public policy issue and involving colleagues from multiple disciplines.
  4. None of the above.


* 12.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 13.Ability to build and maintain a professional network

Routinely led colleagues within own organization in multiple collaborative research studies or major projects involving multiple disciplines related to the analysis of national and/or international public policy issues. This included leading colleagues at various levels, some of whom held divergent points of view.
  1. Closely worked with professionals and practitioners in regular interaction on matters of common interest to policies and programs related to Social Security or other income security programs/issues. Examples include: an active role in convening or managing a professional conference; service on a continuing committee or task force of experts; experience as a congressional liaison; covering a beat or policy area for a publication; or equivalent experience.
  2. Active as a regular participant in and contributor to professional exchanges of information and perspectives, allowing ready access to a breadth of respected opinion in a field. Examples include participation on a panel as an expert or an author of a collaborative publication; service on a committee or task force of experts; or equivalent experience.
  3. Becoming established as a member of a formal or informal professional network that deals with advancement or communication of knowledge in a subject matter or policy area, as evidenced by regular attendance at professional meetings and conferences, publications based on interviews with experts or practitioners in a field, participation in a legislative caucus for advancement of policy goals; or equivalent experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 15.Knowledge of congressional decision-making

Have knowledge of congressional decision-making including the processes by which legislation becomes law, the federal budget process, the appropriations process, and oversight, sufficient to provide timely and legislatively relevant assistance to congressional committees, Members and staff.
  1. Gained a thorough knowledge of the congressional decision-making processes through such activities as developing or promoting draft legislative proposals at the staff level in a governmental agency or nonprofit organization; representing a private group, company, nonprofit organization or public interest group to Congress; reporting on congressional work for a news or public policy organization; teaching courses on Congress at a post secondary educational institution; or equivalent experience.
  2. Gained knowledge of the congressional decision-making processes through concentrated research or education at a post-secondary educational institution or experience such as writing a thesis or dissertation on Congress, serving as a fellow with a congressional office or committee, advising clients on legislative issues, or equivalent experience.
  3. Gained familiarity with some of the congressional decision-making processes through academic study, responding to congressional questions for an executive branch agency, experience as staff in a legislative body other than the U.S. Congress, writing a report on progress or status of a legislative measure, or equivalent experience.
  4. None of the above.


* 16.In the box below, provide a brief description of your specific experience, education, knowledge, and/or training that supports your choice to the previous question. Do not paste your resume here or state SEE RESUME. Failure to provide a brief narrative for any KSA statement will result in disqualification of your application from further consideration.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.