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Grade: 13
* 1.[342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  2. I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.


* 2.[34288] Do you have at least one year of work experience applying FRA Statement of Agency Policy on the Safety of Railroad Bridges and/or FRA Bridge Safety Standards relating to the management and inspection of railroad bridges?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[34289] Do you have at least one year of work experience conducting railroad bridge inspections for the purpose of identifying immediate safety conditions of bridges?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[34290] Do you have at least one year of work experience working on a team, task force, or committee that includes industry officials, labor unions, the public and state and local governments to develop practical solutions and/or recommendations to persistent problems pertaining railroad bridge issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[5786] Select the statement(s) that apply(ies) to your experience with the development and application of railroad bridge inspection and rating methods, procedures and standards.
  1. I have experience with researching and writing railroad bridge inspection methods, procedures and standards.
  2. I can demonstrate my proficiency in the preparation of railroad bridge inspection methods, procedures, and standards.
  3. I have directed, under my responsible charge, the evaluation and capacity rating of railroad bridges based on the inspection reports and permanent engineering records of the structures.
  4. I have personally directed complex inspections of major railroad structures with responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the reports.
  5. I have personally conducted inspections of railroad structures, with responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the reports.
  6. I have evaluated reports of inspections of railroad structures and rated the capacity of railroad bridges based on the inspection reports and permanent engineering records of the structures.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.[34291] Select the railroad bridge/structure engineering area(s) in which you have experience.
  1. Design, safety inspection, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of railroad bridges and roadway structures
  2. Review of railroad bridge inspection reports to assess the present level of safety and structural stability
  3. Bridge management concepts and systems & their integration with other management systems
  4. Design of railroad bridges using the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance of Way Association (AREMA) or other standard railroad bridge specifications
  5. Evaluation and analysis of railroad bridges using AREMA or other standard railroad bridge specifications
  6. None of the above


* 7.[34293] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding Roadway Workplace Safety, specifically Bridge Worker Safety Standards.
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the FRA Bridge Worker Safety Standards, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I have worked in a previous position(s) within the last 5 years, or I am a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the FRA Bridge Worker Safety Standards.
  3. I have worked in a previous position(s) within the last 5 years, or I am currently working on a railroad as a B&B Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and do apply the FRA Bridge Worker Safety Standards in the performance of my job.
  4. I have worked in a previous position(s) within the last 5 years, or I am a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable FRA Bridge Worker Safety Standards requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  5. I am a current Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) employee or a Federal Railroad Administration certified State Track Inspector and I am knowledgeable with the FRA Bridge Worker Safety Standards requirements and monitor the railroads for compliance in the performance of my job.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[43931] Select the response that best describes your experiences in complaint activities.
  1. I have not investigated complaint activities.
  2. I investigated complaints from railroad employees, union officials, or the general public regarding unsafe bridge conditions and wrote narrative reports.
  3. I led investigative teams in complaints from railroad employees, union officials, or the general public regarding unsafe bridge conditions and wrote narrative reports.
  4. I supervise others in complaint investigations and approve final written reports.


* 9.[34295] Select the statement that best describes the extent of your experience working at heights on railroad bridges.
  1. I have worked at heights of more than 15 feet and up to 25 feet above the ground or water surface.
  2. I have worked at heights of more than 25 feet and up to 75 feet above the ground or water surface.
  3. I have worked at heights of more than 75 feet and up to 150 feet above the ground or water surface.
  4. I have worked at heights greater than 150 feet above the ground or water surface.
  5. I have not worked at heights of more than 15 feet above the ground or water surface.


* 10.[43932] Select the statement that best describes the currency of your railroad bridge safety inspection experience.
  1. I do not have experience in bridge safety inspections.
  2. Performed bridge safety inspections within the last 5 years or less.
  3. Performed bridge safety inspections within the last 5 to 10 years.
  4. Performed bridge safety inspections more than 10 years ago.


* 11.[34298] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) actions you have taken when conducting routine inspections or audits.
  1. Reviewing or inspecting records for conformance with safety regulations, procedures and reporting requirements.
  2. Inspecting sites for conformance with safety rules and regulations.
  3. Observing work methods to see that employees are working in a safe manner.
  4. Holding meetings with employees or managers to discuss safety problems.
  5. Providing written notice of defects or deficiencies.
  6. Providing recommendations to manager(s).
  7. None of the above.


* 12.[8000] Select that statement(s) describe(s) your experience in the investigation of railroad accidents/incidents.
  1. I have been the investigator in charge of one or more railroad accident/incident investigations and have been responsible for the overall preparation of a factual accident/incident report.
  2. I have been a team leader during one or more railroad accident/incident investigations and have been responsible for the preparation of a portion of a factual accident/incident report.
  3. I have been a team member during one or more railroad accident/incident investigations and have been contributed to a portion of a factual accident/incident report.
  4. I have not been involved in the investigation or railroad accidents/incidents.


* 13.[34299] Select the statement that best describes your experience related to railroad bridge inspection and/or railroad bridge management.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience with railroad bridge inspection and/or railroad bridge management.
  2. I have had education, training or experience related to railroad bridge inspection and/or railroad bridge management, but have not applied it on the job.
  3. I have experience working in railroad bridge inspection and/or railroad bridge management as a regular part of my job with close supervision from a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have experience working in railroad bridge inspection and/or railroad bridge management as a regular part of my job, working independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.


* 14.[34300] Select the statement(s) that demonstrate(s) your experience developing and presenting briefings to educate and/or promote railroad bridge safety issues.
  1. I have developed and delivered clear, logical and effective presentations or briefings before technical and non-technical audiences.
  2. I have conducted technical seminars, workshops, or other training activities to increase knowledge and applicability.
  3. I have presented scientific and/or technical papers at meetings, professional conferences, symposiums, etc. to promote awareness.
  4. I have presented abstract concepts/findings at public meetings, press conferences, or briefings of high-level officials.
  5. None of the above.


* 15.[20014] Select the statements that describe your ability to communicate in writing as well as in person with others.
  1. I have developed materials for a presentation.
  2. I have delivered a presentation.
  3. I have developed presentations or documents for review and use by a higher graded co-worker or supervisor.
  4. I have developed strategic management and policy initiatives.
  5. I have developed standard operating procedures.
  6. I have trained subordinate personnel.
  7. I have led a team of employees to attain a goal.
  8. I have provided customer service.
  9. I have resolved conflicts in a professional manner.
  10. None of the above


* 16.[24031] Select the types of written products you have produced as a regular part of your job.
  1. Reports identifying safety issues and trends that included analysis and recommendations
  2. Informal guidance regarding interpretations of regulations
  3. Correspondence to local, state, federal representatives, railroads/shippers, and individuals regarding sensitive matters such as complaints
  4. Recommendations for solutions to problems
  5. Routine investigative reports
  6. Complex (such as the involvement of multiple agencies and/or multiple issues) investigative reports
  7. Reports of investigation findings
  8. None of the above


* 17.[34301] Select the statement that best describes your experience working on a team, task force, or committee that includes industry officials, labor unions, the public, and state and local governments to develop practical solutions and/or recommendations to persistent railroad bridge issues or problems.
  1. I have not worked on a team, task force, or committee developing practical solutions and/or recommendations for persistent railroad bridge issues or problems.
  2. I have participated on a team, task force, or committee developing practical solutions and/or recommendations for persistent railroad bridge issues or problems.
  3. I have participated on numerous teams, task forces, or committees developing practical solutions and/or recommendations for persistent railroad bridge issues or problems.
  4. I have led a team, task force, or committee developing practical solutions and/or recommendations for persistent railroad bridge issues or problems.
  5. I have led numerous teams, task forces, or committees developing practical solutions and/or recommendations for persistent railroad bridge issues or problems.


* 18.[1495] Select the statement that best describes the application of your technical knowledge to the production of bridge safety inspection reports.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience administering, working with, or performing this task or function.
  2. I have had education or training administering, working with, or performing this task or function, but have not yet used it on the job.
  3. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  4. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  5. I have administered, worked with, or performed this task or function as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  6. Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in administering, working with, or performing this task or function. I have trained or instructed others on this task or function.


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application.
  1. Yes
  2. No


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

* 4.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 5.[587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format).
Maximum length of 20 characters.


* 6.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 7.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.


* 8.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
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