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Grade: 12
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Specialized experience includes completing portions of analyses of particular policy options, such as legislation, regulation, or programmatic initiatives using benefit-cost analysis, statistics, policy analysis, economic modeling, micro-simulation or other quantitative analytical methods in order to provide assessments of the impact of such initiatives.

* 1.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-11 level or equivalent within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


Grade: 13
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Specialized experience includes completing analyses of particular policy options, such as legislation, regulation, or programmatic initiatives using benefit-cost analysis, statistics, policy analysis, economic modeling, micro-simulation or other quantitative analytical methods and assessing the impact of such initiatives.

* 1.Will you have 52 weeks of specialized experience at the GS-12 level or equivalent within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Please give the dates/resume reference when you gained this experience.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.Have you developed and/or interpreted legislation or regulations specifically related to low-income families and households?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I have written formal documents (i.e. statements of work, speeches, regulatory impact analyses, and/or research summaries) for high level management officials and/or the public.
  1. I do not have experience in performing this task.
  2. I often contribute to formal documents for high level management or the public that contain input from several individuals. My contributions tend to focus on my particular area of expertise, although I may edit and review the entire product.
  3. I often contribute to, edit, and review formal documents for high level management or the public that contain input from several individuals. I am also the sole or primary author on other such documents, and address issues that extend beyond my particular area of expertise.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.Reminder: In addition to this questionnaire, you must also submit all information/documents applicable to you as described in the vacancy announcement under "Required Documents." Please read the vacancy announcement carefully. Also please follow the online instructions carefully for submitting documents and check your account to confirm the documents are received in the online hiring system prior to the closing date. If all the required information is not submitted, you will be found ineligible for this position.
  1. OK


* 2.How did you learn about this position?
  1. Agency Internet Site recruitment.
  2. Private Employment Web Site.
  3. Other Internet Site.
  4. Poster.
  5. Newspaper.
  6. Magazine.
  7. TV/Radio.
  8. Student association.
  9. Private Employment Office.
  10. State Employment Office.
  11. Federal, state, or local Job Information Center.
  12. Agency Human Resources Department (bulletin board or other announcement).
  13. Agency or other Federal government on campus.
  14. Religious organization.
  15. School or college counselor or other official.
  16. Job Fair.

        BRANCHED: 1.Give location.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  17. Friend or relative working for this agency.
  18. State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.
  19. Professional organization or publication.
  20. Other.

        BRANCHED: * 1.If your answer was "other" please list where you learned about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 3.I am providing, for this vacancy, a copy of my annual performance appraisal that has been signed and dated within the last 18 months and shows my final rating. I understand that I can either upload or fax this document through the system at the end of this process.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.Please clearly explain below why you are unable to provide a performance appraisal (i.e., your current employer does not provide them, you have not received one, etc.) Failure to provide a performance appraisal or an explanation why one is not being provided will result in a determination of an incomplete application and ineligibility for consideration for this vacancy.
Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 5.Are you currently serving or have served in the last five years in a Political Appointment in the Federal Government?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 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.
  2. No


* 6.Have you successfully completed a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in a behavioral or social science; OR do you have a combination of education and experience that provided you with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; OR do you have four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that you have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field? There must be sufficient documentation in your resume to support your response (e.g., copies of transcripts).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.Which of the following have you used to assess the impact of policy options, such as legislation, regulation, or programmatic initiatives?
  1. Cost-benefit analysis
  2. Economic theory
  3. Statistical analysis
  4. Other quantitative analytical methods
  5. None of the above.


* 8.Have you overseen or worked on analytical and/or evaluative studies to assess the effectiveness of current operations and policies and to identify critical or continuing program needs?
  1. Conducted statistical analyses and/or participated in developing instruments and collecting data from respondents.
  2. Lead analyst or principal investigator on at least one analytical or evaluative study.
  3. Contributing analyst or co-investigator on at least one analytical or evaluative study.
  4. Project manager on at least one analytical or evaluative study.
  5. None of the above.


* 9.Please rate your familiarity with using Microsoft Excel for analyzing data.
  1. I have no experience or education with Microsoft Excel.
  2. I have education or training with Microsoft Excel but have not used it on the job.
  3. I have used Microsoft Excel on the job for simple data tabulation (e.g., summing numbers, calculating percentages, computing averages).
  4. I have used Microsoft Excel on the job for simple data tabulation and occasionally for complex calculations and functions (e.g. conditional formulae, nested functions, array formulae, what-if analysis).
  5. I have used Microsoft Excel regularly on the job for complex calculations and functions (e.g. conditional formulae, nested functions, array formulae, what-if analysis).


* 10.Please rate your familiarity with SAS, SPSS or another statistical software package for analyzing data.
  1. I have no experience or education with statistical software packages.
  2. I have education or training with statistical software packages but have not used it on the job.
  3. I have used SAS, SPSS or another statistical software package on the job to read datasets, to recode and clean data, and to generate simple summaries or cross tabulations (e.g., “proc means” or “proc tabulate” in SAS; “means” or “frequencies” commands in SPSS).
  4. I have used SAS, SPSS or another statistical software package on the job to read and create datasets (from delimited or formatted text files, spreadsheets, etc.) and to perform simple tabulations and occasionally for more complex data analysis, microsimulation, or data modeling (e.g. “proc reg” in SAS; “regression” command in SPSS).
  5. I have used SAS, SPSS or another statistical software package regularly on the job to create and merge datasets, generate random or stratified random samples, and to perform more complex data analysis, micro simulation, or data modeling. I use programming tools such as SAS or SPSS macros and methods such as exception handling to manage large or complex datasets or programs.


* 11.Do you have experience in data or policy analysis specifically related to programs targeting low-income families and households?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.Have you developed policies and/or recommendations for implementation of legislation or regulations specifically related to programs targeting low-income families and households?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.I have experience in briefing key officials or senior management at an organization regarding analytical findings and/or research results.
  1. I do not have experience in performing this task.
  2. I am responsible for briefing key officials or senior managers, usually informally, but sometimes in a more formal setting, on the results of my own work.
  3. I routinely conduct informal briefings for key officials or senior managers, and often prepare and deliver formal presentations to these individuals on the results of my own work. I sometimes make formal presentations to these individuals of analytical findings and research results of larger team projects.


* 14.I have answered questions and provided persuasive responses to support an analytic approach or analysis findings.
  1. I do not have experience in performing this task.
  2. I am responsible for explaining and justifying my own analytical work and findings, usually informally for an internal audience, but sometimes for a wider external audience.
  3. I routinely answer questions and provide persuasive responses to support my analytical approaches or analysis findings, for both internal and external audiences. I sometimes prepare responses for findings or for analytical approaches developed by others, or developed by a team of which I was a member.


* 15.I have written decision memos relating to legislation, regulation, or policy.
  1. I do not have experience in performing this task.
  2. I often contribute to decision memos that contain input from several individuals. My contributions tend to focus on my particular area of expertise, although I may edit and review the entire product.
  3. I often contribute to, edit, and review decision memos that contain input from several individuals. I am also the sole or primary author on other decision memos, and address issues that extend beyond my particular area of expertise.






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