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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.[27508] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to applying Federal regulations, laws and standards to plan and manage a regional safety program related to railroad operating practices?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[27509] Do you have one year experience equal or equivalent to dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public, and State and local governments on matters relating to operating practices?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[27510] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to interpreting and enforcing railroad operating practices and procedures pertaining to rail safety in order to disseminate information and ensure uniform application of rules and regulations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[9384] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your experience interpreting and enforcing railroad operating practices and procedures in order to disseminate information and ensure uniform application of rules and regulations.
  1. I have held at least three positions in the railroad industry that has provided me with experience in interpreting railroad operating rules and procedures that pertain to rail safety.
  2. During my career I have been promoted to positions of leadership where I have been responsible for interpreting and applying FRA regulations in accordance with FRA policy as well as ensuring that others fully comply with FRA regulations.
  3. I have held positions in the railroad industry that have provided me with exposure to railroad operating rules and procedures that pertain to rail safety.
  4. During my career I have held positions where I have been responsible for interpreting and applying FRA regulations in accordance with FRA policy.
  5. During my career I have been promoted to consecutive positions where I have been responsible for more territory, as well as additional experience and responsibility with the interpretation and enforcement of railroad operating rules and procedures pertaining to rail safety.
  6. I have taken classes on FRA rules and regulations and have experience applying the rules and regulations in accordance with FRA policy or railroad procedures.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.[9381] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience in dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public, and State and local governments on matters relating to operating practices.
  1. I have assisted in the development of training materials for industry officials.
  2. As part of my job I have provided guidance and advice on a daily basis to railroad officials concerning railroad operating practices.
  3. I have held a position where I provided general guidance to railroad officials concerning railroad operating practices on a monthly basis.
  4. I have developed and delivered training courses to industry employees on the rules and regulations governing railroad practices.
  5. I have responded to inquiries that require only a general knowledge of railroad operating practices regulations.
  6. I have served as an expert witness in investigating hearings and provided technical information to various individuals and groups.
  7. On at least three occasions I have interacted with counterparts in the railroad industry to resolve technical issues or clarify regulatory guidance.
  8. As part of my job, I have provided technical guidance and advice to FRA and railroad officials concerning railroad operating practices on a weekly basis.
  9. I have interacted on a day to day basis with counterparts in the railroad industry to resolve technical issues or clarify agency/organizational position.
  10. None of the above.


* 7.[9382] Do you have experience leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving railroad operating practices?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.[9383] Select response(s) that describe(s) your experience in leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving railroad operating practices.
  1. I have lead or conducted eight or more accident investigations to assess damage and recommended action to be taken by a carrier.
  2. I have assisted on at least four teams that investigate complicated accidents or noncompliance issues.
  3. I have served on more than three teams of investigators during complicated accident investigations which require interaction among Agency and outside personnel.
  4. I have experience in conducting major accident investigations and provided written reports to supervisors concerning the causes/effects of the incident.
  5. I have led or conducted accident investigations to assess damage.
  6. I have participated in a major accident investigation where recommendations were provided concerning the cause and effects of the incident.
  7. I have served as the primary investigator or team leader on at least three to five complicated accident investigations which require coordination among Agency personnel and outside parties.
  8. I have participated in accident investigations to assess damage.
  9. I have served as team leader or Inspector in Charge; liaison between Regional Headquarters or Central Office and the site to gather information, conduct analysis of information, etc., during major accident investigations and have provided final written reports or guidance on how to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
  10. None of the above.


* 9.[9385] Do you have experience in evaluating the safety of the latest changes in railroad operating practices or of proposed changes or deviations from existing regulations covering railroad operations?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[9386] Select the response that reflects your experience in evaluating the safety of the latest changes in railroad operating practices or of proposed changes or deviations from existing regulations covering railroad operations.
    1. I have experience independently evaluating the safety of the latest changes and development in railroad operations, and occupational safety and health.
    2. I have assisted others in evaluating the safety of the latest changes and developments in railroad operations, and occupational safety and health.
    3. I have provided information that may be used to evaluate the safety of the latest changes and developments in railroad operations, and occupational safety and health.
    4. None of the above
  2. No


* 10.[9387] Select response(s) which best describe(s) your experience planning and managing a regional safety program related to railroad operating practices.
  1. As part of a team or individually I have developed training programs and other programs that are designed to increase awareness of Federal regulations pertaining to operating practices.
  2. I have served on teams that investigate complex incidents involving operating practices or participated in regional safety assessments that involve the interpretation or implementation of operating practices regulations.
  3. I have served as a team leader during accident investigations or during special assessments that involve interpretation or development of operating practices regulations
  4. As part of a team I have assisted in the implementation of training programs or given presentations on issues pertaining to operating practices.
  5. I have ensured that carriers are in compliance with basic operating practices regulations.
  6. As part of a team I have assisted in the development of training programs or presentations that are designed to increase awareness of Federal regulations pertaining to Operating Practices.
  7. I have developed and implemented regional notification and response procedures.
  8. I have ensured that carriers are in compliance with regional notification and response procedures.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[8002] Do you have experience managing and/or leading a diverse workforce?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.[6569] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading a workforce or team in the delivery of programs or projects.
  1. I have led a workforce of professional or technical disciplines and administrative staff in the delivery of programs or projects. I established and communicated program objectives, assigned work to others, monitored the progress of the assignments, provided guidance and instruction as needed to members of the group, evaluated and/or rewarded the contributions of the individual team members, and assured that the program's objectives were successfully met.
  2. I have held a lead or senior position or positions with formal responsibility for providing technical guidance and instructions on policy, procedures, regulations or complex assignments to others in the organization. Led, directed, and managed a workforce or team of professional or technical disciplines to accomplish the delivery of programs or projects.
  3. I have led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish a specific project or provide assistance on organizational programs.
  4. I have provided guidance to a workforce in prioritizing work and accomplishing it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  5. I have no experience in leading a workforce or team.


* 13.[8419] Select the statement(s) that reflect your experience in interpersonal communication while serving in a supervisory or team lead position.
  1. I have negotiated with and influenced others in order to gain their commitment to pursue new or existing initiatives.
  2. I have persuaded others to adopt new or existing methods, procedures or techniques in order to accomplish their work.
  3. I have provided direction, guidance or instruction to members of inter-disciplinary teams charged with carrying out a technical project.
  4. I have facilitated the resolution of competing or conflicting interests among co-workers whose cooperation is essential to the success of a project.
  5. I have enforced program policies and standards in the workplace, holding others accountable for their work and administering consequences, if necessary.
  6. I have used consensus-building techniques to persuade representatives of groups that hold opposing views or positions, to reach agreement on important issues.
  7. I have coordinated efforts to adjust work activities in situations where frequent changes, delays or unexpected events arise that cause major shifts in priorities, timetables or work assignments.
  8. None of the above


* 14.[6994] Please select the answer that best describes your experience in presenting information relevant to railroad operating practices.
  1. I have experience where I have held three or more positions where I served as either a Senior Supervisor, Middle Manager, or State Legislative Director who was responsible for making technical presentations to various groups.
  2. I have experience where I have held at least two or more positions in either management or labor that require presenting information to a variety of people, groups, and organizations on a regular basis. This communication must have resulted in a decision, measurable result or direction that has resolved a problem affecting a large group of employees
  3. I have served in either a management or labor position where I relayed presented information and provided instruction to a variety of individuals.
  4. I currently hold a position that requires interaction and communication with fellow workers.
  5. I have never presented information relevant to railroad operating practices.


* 15.[2831] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your communication skills.
  1. I have represented and spoke on behalf of my organizational unit and its work to those within and outside the office.
  2. I have made clear and convincing presentations to individuals and groups.
  3. I have facilitated an open exchange of ideas.
  4. I have established and maintained working relationships with internal organizational units.
  5. I have approached each problem/situation with a clear perception of organizational and political reality.
  6. I have used contacts to build and strengthen internal support bases.
  7. I have developed and enhanced alliances with external groups.
  8. I have engaged in cross-functional activities.
  9. I have found common ground with a wide range of stakeholders.
  10. I have worked in groups and teams.
  11. I have conducted briefings and other meetings.
  12. I have gained cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
  13. I have facilitated controversial/complex situations.
  14. I have considered and responded appropriately to the needs, feelings, and capabilities of different people in different situations.
  15. I ensure that reports, memoranda, and other documents reflect the position and work of the organization in a clear, convincing, and organized manner.
  16. I have the authority to speak on behalf of my organization in making decisions in one or more program areas.
  17. None of the above.


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.[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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  3. 05
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  5. 07
  6. 08
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  11. 13
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  13. 15


* 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


* 4.[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


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.

* 5.[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


* 6.[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.


* 7.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 8.[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.