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YOUR RESPONSE TO THE FOLLOWING BASIC QUALIFICATION QUESTION(S) MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME. FAILURE TO SUPPORT YOUR ANSWER(S) IN YOUR RESUME MAY IMPACT YOU OR ELIMINATE YOU FROM CONSIDERATION.

* 1.GS-13 Choose the answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position.
  1. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 that is in or directly related to the duties described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. My experience does not match the choice above.


* 2.Are you currently in, or have you previously held, a permanent position in the competitive service at the same grade level, with the same or higher promotion potential as this vacancy?
  1. Yes
  2. No


Examples of specialized experience for the GS-13 level may include: Planning, organizing, directing and providing authoritative interpretations of highly complex data, requirements, procedures, and regulations relating to the U.S. commercial vessel safety and security programs, and the port state control programs; planning and leading implementation efforts for new initiatives and promoting technological advances related to commercial vessel safety; participating in the development and implementation of the national commercial vessel safety program policies and procedures; planning, scheduling and conducting projects and studies involving general transportation management programs and issues; and preparing recommendations for legislation regarding marine safety programs, evaluating the content of new or modified legislation for its projected impact on commercial vessel safety programs and resources, and translating basic legislation into program goals, actions, and services.

* 3.Which of the following do you have experience in? (Check all that apply)
  1. Oil Spill Recovery Organization (OSRO)
  2. Oil spill response and clean up
  3. Facility Plan review and approval
  4. Vessel Response Plan review and approval
  5. Marine surveyor
  6. Licensed Merchant Marine Officer
  7. Unlicensed Merchant Marine crewmember
  8. Quality Standards System and/or Safety Management System.


* 4.Which of the following do you have experience in? (Check all that apply)
  1. Marine Surveyor
  2. Federal government Marine Inspector
  3. Commercial fishing vessel operations or management.
  4. None of the above.


* 5.Applicants for this position must be knowledgeable in the regulations and laws affecting a variety of vessels (i.e. offshore supply, commercial, liftboat, freight, floating facilities, drilling units, etc.) Please read the following statements and select the one that applies to you.
  1. I have experience and/or formal training in the regulations and laws affecting various types of vessels (i.e. offshore supply, commercial, liftboat, freight, floating facilities, drilling units, etc), including vessel design, structure, safety, certification, manning, and pollution prevention.
  2. I do not have experience and/or formal training that meets the description above.


* 6.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience working closely with a variety of individuals to coordinate activities related to passenger vessel safety and port state control, to include officials of federal, state, and local government agencies, manufacturers, shippers, carriers, trade associations, law firms, and professional and scientific societies?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience writing reports, letters and other documents with recommendations for management programs, policies and activities?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 8.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience coordinating and drafting responses to industry inquiries, waivers, and appeals involving program management?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 9.Which of the following best describes your experience representing an agency during meetings, technical and professional conventions and conferences, and other meetings with the maritime industry?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 10.Which of the following best describes your experience providing authoritative interpretations of highly complex data, requirements, procedures, and regulations relating to the U.S. passenger vessel safety, offshore safety, and port state control programs?
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 11.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience in the inspection and examination of tank vessels including specialty systems such as IGS and other cargo handling systems.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 12.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience inspecting vessels and port facilities in accordance with the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security Act, including measure necessary to achieve various MARSEC levels.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 13.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience evaluating and inspecting port facilities, including those handling explosives and other dangerous cargoes, with regard to using the safety regulations in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 14.Which of the following describes your highest level of experience in marine casualty investigations?
  1. I have not had experience, education or training in performing this task.
  2. I have education, or training in performing this task.
  3. I have specialized experience in performing this task.


* 15.Which best describes your experience, training and/or education providing authoritative interpretations of highly complex data, requirements, procedures, and regulations relating to commercial fishing vessels, towing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels, and recreational vessels:
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 16.Which best describes your experience, training and/or education participating in the development and implementation of the national commercial vessel safety and port state control program policies and procedures.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 17.Which best describes your experience, training and/or education working closely with a variety of individuals to coordinate activities related to commercial vessel safety and port state control, to include officials of federal, state, and local government agencies, manufacturers, shippers, carriers, trade associations, law firms, and professional and scientific societies.
  1. I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  2. I have had 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 with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task, and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 18.Which of the following responses BEST represents your performance rating?
  1. I received the highest rating attainable and received a performance award under my organizations performance appraisal system on a performance appraisal received within the past 5 years and it was in a related position.
  2. I received the second highest rating attainable and received a performance award under my organizations performance appraisal system within the past 5 years and it was in a related position.
  3. I received a performance award under my organizations performance appraisal system on a performance appraisal received within the past 5 years in a related or unrelated position.
  4. I do not meet any of the performance rating described above.


* 19.Which of the following BEST represents your awards history? Awards include sustained superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, meritorious civilian service awards, quality step increases, and other equivalent awards. Letters of commendation and appreciation are NOT creditable.
  1. I received an award(s), such as those defined above, within the past 5 years for service, accomplishments, or initiatives in a related position.
  2. I received an award(s), such as those defined above, more than 5 years ago for service, accomplishments, or initiatives in a related position.
  3. I have not received any awards.


* 20.I am requesting consideration under Executive Order 13473 as a noncompetitive military spouse based on the transfer of my military spouse and I certify that I have not previously used this authority to obtain a position in the commuting area of this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.Date of marriage to military spouse:






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