Supervisory Science Policy Analyst

Vacancy ID: 788237   Announcement Number: HHS-FDA-OC-MP-13-788237   USAJOBS Control Number: 331856300

Occupational/Assessment Questions:


1. From the descriptions below, select the letter that best describes your eligibility for this position. You MUST select one response or you will be rated ineligible.

A. I currently work for the Office of the Commissioner (OC) in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service or in the Public Health Service.
B. I do not currently work for the Office of the Commissioner (OC), in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service or in the Public Health Service.


2. Select one statement that describes whether or not you meet the Basic Qualification requirement for this position. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (official or unofficial) or a list of college courses showing the name of the institution attended, grade received and semester/quarter hours completed to document that you meet this requirement. Failure to submit appropriate education verification will result in an ineligible rating.

A. I have successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of this position in such specialty fields such as epidemiology, clinical research, human or veterinary drugs, biological products and vaccinations, or food safety, etc. I certify that I have submitted a copy of my college transcripts (official or unofficial) to verify this education as specified in the qualification section of this vacancy.

B. I do not meet the basic qualification requirement listed above; therefore I do not qualify for this position.


3. Select one response that demonstrates how you meet the additional qualification requirement for the GS-15 grade level of this position.

A. I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 grade level in the federal Government (can be obtained in the public or private sector); performing ALL of the following: 1) serving as a recognized authority on regulatory issues in order to develop and materially redesign broad and complex regulatory policies, positions, and procedures of scientific and regulatory programs; 2) utilizing an extensive working knowledge of management/administrative principles and practices in order to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate long-range programs; 3) interpreting Federal laws, Agency regulations, policies, court decisions, guidelines and practices pertaining to the regulation of various drugs and regulated products; 4) analyzing regulatory and scientific variables in order to identify root causes, anticipate ancillary problems, decide courses of action, and implement decisions; and 5) communicating verbally and in writing in order to obtain support for organizational positions on sensitive or controversial issues. I certify that my resume fully supports this experience.

B. I do not meet the additional qualification requirement defined in response A and do not qualify for this position.


For the following questions, choose ONE statement from the list (A through E) below that best describes your HIGHEST level of work experience in the task. Your answers to these task statements must be supported by your resume or your score may be lowered.

A- I do not have experience in performing this task.
B- I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.

4. Manage and lead staff that may include medical epidemiologists, statisticians, regulatory project managers, other doctoral level scientists, health care providers, support staff, fellows, residents, and students.

5. Oversee the development of technical data to determine which goals objectives to emphasize.

6. Recognize and develop new procedures to solve critical or novel problems or perform refined analyses.

7. Establish committees and work groups with members having the required background and expertise to address the facts or knowledge related to an issue.

8. Coordinate activities related to emergency response to outbreaks of illnesses and other emergencies involving regulated products and intentional acts of food contamination.

9. Improve work methods and procedures used to produce work products.

10. Eliminate and reduce significant bottlenecks and barriers to production and promote team building.

11. Develop, present and staff recommendations for action.

12. Make recommendations for improving all levels of response.


13. Interpret Federal laws, Agency regulations, policies, court decisions, guidelines and practices pertaining to the regulation of various drugs and other regulated products.

14. Initiate, coordinate and participate in the development and implementation of policies, programs, standards, or procedures.

15. Develop and redesign scientific and regulatory policies, positions, and procedures.

16. Develop tentative/final operating criteria procedures, policy issuances, standards and protocols.

17. Facilitate the identification and resolution of bottlenecks and barriers in policy development.

18. Develop and interpret information that assists management with decision making, policy formulation, or other managerial functions.


19. Identify issues for research and analysis.

20. Collect, analyze, and interpret a variety of data, such as report on findings, recommendations, and conclusions.

21. Analyze regulatory and scientific situations involving numerous variables, to identify and provide root causes, anticipate ancillary problems, decide appropriate courses of action, and implement decisions.

22. Study and analyze information about alternative courses of action to determine which plan will offer the best outcomes.

23. Review and evaluate program operations and develop recommendations or decisions for program strategies, modifications, and improvements.

24. Plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate extensive and long-range programs.

25. Direct special projects, studies, or activities that involve a coordinated effort with several components and across organizational lines.

26. Manage projects involving operational matters on policy, resulting from a public health emergency.

27. Collaborate with senior managers and decision makers to identify and solve a variety of problems and to clarify management objectives.


28. Promulgate, defend, justify and settle program issues of controversial significance.

29. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships and foster interchange of information.

30. Advise higher graded echelons on policy development and implementation activities and situations involving counterterrorism, emerging threats and medical countermeasures.

31. Serve as an agency representative to a variety of stakeholders in the scientific and regulatory industry, such as academic and research communities, professional societies, and consumer organizations.

32. Discuss sensitive or controversial issues in a persuasive manner to gain support for an organization's position.

33. Serve on task forces and committees for counterterrorism, emerging threats, and medical countermeasure issues.

34. Present an organization's position in conferences and seminars.

35. Participate in and lead working groups.

36. Negotiate either independently or as a member of a team.


37. Develop written documents that support an organization's position on sensitive or controversial issues.

38. Clarify, develop or adapt guidelines to meet emergency situations that pose a threat to the public health.

39. Prepare management reports defining and evaluating problems and recommending solutions.

40. Disseminate research results through academic publications, written reports, or public presentations.

41. Write draft proposals and prepare speeches, correspondence, and policy papers.


42. Your responses in this Assessment Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification.  Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your responses.  Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for disqualifying you or for dismissing you from employment following acceptance.  Please take this opportunity to review your responses to ensure their accuracy.  By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy, and verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.

Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for this position.

A. Yes, I verify that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information included in this questionnaire is true, correct, and provided in good faith. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my rating may be lowered and/or I may be removed from further consideration.

B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.