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Vacancy Details

Grade: 12

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1 Select the answer that best describes your experience and/or education as it directly relates to the experience statement listed in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • I have at least 1 full year or more of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service as described in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement.
  • I do not meet the specialized experience (definition listed in the Qualifications Section of the Vacancy Announcement) or educational requirements listed above.
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For the GS-12, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience must include:
-Researching and analyzing program requirements to provide guidance and evaluations and respond to inquiries.; AND
-Assessing accuracy and validity of data.; AND
-Researching technical requirements and identifying analytical and statistical solutions.; AND
-Utilizing various software and computer platforms to prepare analytical data files, perform statistical data analyses and report findings.
2 Do you have one year of experience at the GS-11 level, or equivalent, as stated in the previous question? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    2.1 Please specify where the above experience is documented in your resume. (Indicate place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No

Grade: 13

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For the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience must include:
-Using qualitative data and analytical tools to determine compliance with civil rights related requirements.; AND
-Assessing accuracy and validity of data.; AND
-Using qualitative and quantitative methods to assess policy and program effectiveness.; AND
-Utilizing various software and computer platforms to prepare analytical data files, perform statistical data analyses and report findings.
1 Do you have one year of experience at the GS-12 level, or equivalent, as stated in the previous question? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please specify where the above experience is documented in your resume. (Indicate place of employment, job title and length of time performing the duties). Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
2 Choose those answer(s) that best describe your experience in statistical research, sample design, modeling and time series analysis. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in applying business intelligence and data modeling techniques/tools, such as SAS, to data from surveys or other sources.
  • I have experience in applying linear regression methods to data from surveys or other sources.
  • I have experience in applying categorical data analysis or generalized linear modeling methods to the analysis of data from surveys or other sources.
  • I have experience using and adapting software for complex data visualization, e.g., for geographical analysis, sophisticated display of measures of uncertainty, or high-dimensional data presentations.
  • I have experience analyzing data and statistics to ensure validity, reliability, absence of bias and other data quality issues.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 Are you currently serving or have you served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
    1.1 Please list the title, agency, and dates of this appointment. Please note you will be required to meet OPM Approval of your appointment, if selected. Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • No
2 As outlined in the vacancy announcement, you must submit a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. If you have not submitted an appraisal meeting these specific requirements, you must explain why you are unable to do so. By answering "No" to the following question, you will be given an opportunity to provide an explanation. Have you submitted a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    2.1 Please explain why you are unable to provide a copy of all pages of your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 12 months, that includes the final rating. Maximum length of 250 characters.
Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.

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B. Combination of education and experience -- at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Evaluation of Education:

Courses acceptable toward meeting the mathematics course requirement of paragraphs A or B above must have included at least four of the following: differential calculus, integral calculus, advanced calculus, theory of equations, vector analysis, advanced algebra, linear algebra, mathematical logic, differential equations, or any other advanced course in mathematics for which one of these was a prerequisite. Courses in mathematical statistics or probability theory with a prerequisite of elementary calculus or more advanced courses will be accepted toward meeting the mathematics requirements, with the provision that the same course cannot be counted toward both the mathematics and the statistics requirement.

Evaluation of Experience:

The experience offered in combination with educational courses to meet the requirements in paragraph B above should include evidence of statistical work such as (a) sampling, (b) collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and (c) applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.

Without other indications of statistical experience, work required in the processing of numerical or quantified information by other than statistical methods is not considered appropriate qualifying experience. Examples of such nonqualifying work include statistical clerical work; statistical drafting; calculation of totals, averages, percentages, or other arithmetic summations; preparation of simple tables or charts; or verification of data by simple comparison or proofreading. 
3 Please select the answer which best describes your experience in meeting the Basic Education Requirement: Answer to this question is required
  • I meet the Basic Education Requirements with a degree that included 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, of which at least 12 semester hours were in mathematics and 6 semester hours were in statistics.
  • I meet the Basic Education Requirements with at least 24 semester hours of mathematics and statistics, including at least 12 hours in mathematics and 6 hours in statistics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • I do not meet the Basic Educational Requirements.
4 Select the answer(s) that best describe the methods and techniques you have applied in your experience conducting statistical research studies and/or survey design and methods research. Answer to this question is required
  • Statistical sample design, including one or more of the following, frame development and refinement, allocation of sample sizes across strata, selection of samples under a complex sample design.
  • Methods to assess response rates, reduce response bias, or control coverage bias.
  • Methods to adjust for missing or incomplete data, including weighting adjustment or imputation.
  • Post-stratification or calibration weighting techniques.
  • Non-parametric statistics.
  • Simulation techniques to evaluate the performance of statistical estimation and inference methods.
  • Index formulation and calculation.
  • None of the above.
5 From the list, select the sampling, data analysis, and data quality technique(s) you have used. Answer to this question is required
  • Statistical inference
  • Regression analysis
  • Statistical sample design and selection
  • Time series analysis
  • Use of publicly available data sets
  • Table production software to create data tables
  • Frames definition and maintenance
  • Estimation (e.g., missing data)
  • Data quality control and assurance
  • None of the above
6 From the following list, please indicate all those that describe your experience communicating statistical methodologies and findings. Answer to this question is required
  • Taught a course in economics, statistics, or research methods at a college or university
  • Conducted training sessions or instructed others in a classroom-like setting.
  • Conducted a briefing for senior executives.
  • Instructed subordinates or team members in data collection or analysis.
  • Prepared a slide show presentation.
  • Conducted a training or information session on the internet, on television, or via another broadcast medium.
  • None of the above.
7 From the following list please indicate all those that describe your experience producing written and verbal descriptions of statistical findings. Answer to this question is required
  • Provided testimony based on own quantitative analysis.
  • Provided testimony based on a review of another's quantitative analysis.
  • Wrote a paper that was presented at a professional meeting or conference.
  • Published a paper in a non-peer-reviewed publication.
  • Published a paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal.
  • Prepared or provided review on research or investigation project reports.
  • Prepared briefings, papers, reports, or other materials for senior staff/leadership of my organization.
  • Reviewed and revised reports or data summaries for accuracy, adherence to policy and standards, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for the intended audience.
  • Prepared policy and other recommendations based on analysis projects.
  • None of the above.
8 Indicate your experience gathering and evaluating information and conducting trends analysis on data: Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied analytical and evaluative practices and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g., program operation improvements, etc.).
  • I have obtained accurate and sufficient information on program, industry or public data and recommended responses based on evaluation of the information.
  • I have conducted analysis, reviews and studies of operational and administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements in efficiency.
  • I have experience gathering and evaluating complex technical information and preparing written reports and documents with recommendations to management for solving issues or problems.
  • I have analyzed trends and other information to: (a) assist in identifying issues, problems, challenges, opportunities, and options and (b) assisted in formulating strategies and recommendations that were incorporated into written reports.
  • I have applied analytical and evaluative methods, theories, and techniques to provide recommendations on technical issues (e.g., researching and analyzing official documents, compiling and charting statistical data, gathering, summarizing and analyzing information for incorporation into final reports, carrying out specified portions or segments of specific projects).
  • I have tracked and monitored completion of office assignments and prepared reports that evaluate results and document any trends.
  • I have conducted analysis, reviews, and studies of operational and/or administrative programs and processes in order to provide recommended solutions and improvements for the efficiency of the office.
  • I have not performed any of the above tasks.