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Grade: 12
* 1.[341] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-12 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 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.[15358] Do you have experience in the railroad industry that has provided you with knowledge of general railroad safety health principles and practices; as well as railroad investigation and inspection techniques?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[6985] Do you have experience applying your knowledge of Federal regulations and standards relating to railroad operations and requirements in such areas as hours of service, accident reporting, blue signal protection of workers, rear end markers, radio communication, railroad employee qualifications, and railroad employee testing in your current or past positions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[25108] Do you have experience applying regulations and orders covering employee qualifications, hours of service, occupational safety and health, radio rules, operating rules and practices, alcohol and drug program administration, and locomotive engineer certification to maintain compliance?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[25452] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to inspecting sites, operational testing, and observing railroad employees to determine railroad compliance with Federal regulations regarding safety procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[25454] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to analyzing data that can be used during the course of conducting railroad inspections, or used to determine probable cause of railroad related collisions, derailments, or other accidents/incidents?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.[25455] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to communicating information pertaining to operating practices, rules and procedures?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.[15304] Select the statement(s) that describe your knowledge of the railroad industry including economic and operating considerations.
  1. I have applied the safety and operating practices considerations involved with over the road operations as well as radio communication procedures, movement authority, drug and alcohol regulations, emergency orders and efficiency testing of operating employees.
  2. I have applied the safety and operating practices procedures involved with yard and terminal operations as well as blue signal, radio communication procedures, movement authority, drug and alcohol regulations, emergency orders and efficiency testing of operating employees.
  3. I am currently a certified locomotive engineer or an operating supervisor with experience in locomotive operations where I apply locomotive certification regulations.
  4. I am currently an employee governed by the drug and alcohol regulations or an operating supervisor with experience in drug and alcohol testing regulations.
  5. I am currently an employee subject to the testing and observation regulation at CFR Part 217 or an operating supervisor with experience conducting operational tests.
  6. I have applied operational testing and inspection procedures within yard or terminal.
  7. I have knowledge and experience with regard to the operating rules used in either road or yard operations of one or more railroads.
  8. None of the above.


* 9.[15305] Select the statement(s) which describe(s) your level of experience and knowledge of railroad operating rules, such as hours of service, accident reporting, blue signal protection of workers, rear end markers, radio communication, railroad employee qualifications, railroad employee testing and occupational safety conditions.
  1. I have experience in applying existing railroad operating and safety rules, and regulatory requirements.
  2. I have provided interpretation and guidance concerning operating rules to operating employees.
  3. I have provided assistance in the development of new operating rules to conform with operational changes that are not covered by current rules.
  4. I have attended classes on the operating rules.
  5. I have applied new operating rules to changes in the operation, during the performance of their duties.
  6. I do not have any experience or knowledge or railroad operating rules and practices.


* 10.[15306] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience applying the methods and techniques used in railroad inspections.
  1. I have experience applying operating rules, operating practices, drug and alcohol, radio communication, accident/incident reporting, hours of service and locomotive certification.
  2. I have experience in conducting inspections on railroad operating and safety procedures.
  3. I have experience examining pertinent operating documents for trains and employees to make sure that the railroad(s) are in compliance with federal regulations.
  4. I have experience identifying and resolving unsafe conditions.
  5. I have experience in terminal operations.
  6. I have experience in road operations.
  7. None of the above.


* 11.[15307] Select the statement that best describe your experience examining carrier operating records to ensure employees are in compliance with all appropriate Federal rules and regulations, including, but not limited to alcohol and drug regulations; locomotive engineer certification, operating rules, etc.
  1. I do not have any experience examining carrier records to ensure compliance.
  2. I have taken training to determine what records and what needs to be examine to ensure compliance with the regulations.
  3. I have held a position within the last five years that provided me the opportunity to examine carrier records to ensure compliance with the regulations.
  4. I held a position more than five years ago that provided me the opportunity to examine carrier records to ensure compliance with the regulations.
  5. I currently have a position that requires me to examine carrier records to ensure compliance.


* 12.[15308] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) actions you have taken when conducting routine inspections.
  1. Reviews or inspects records for conformance with safety regulations and reporting requirements.
  2. Inspecting sites for conformance with safety regulations.
  3. Observes work methods to see that employees are working in a safe manner.
  4. Holds meeting with to discuss safety problems.
  5. Provides written notice of defects.
  6. Provides recommendations to manager(s).
  7. None of the above.


* 13.[15309] Select the statements) that describe(s)your experience in conducting complex analyses of facts and circumstances.
  1. I have identified the issues involved.
  2. I have developed methods and approaches for gathering data.
  3. I have developed analytical techniques to review and process the data.
  4. I have examined and reviewed various records and reports.
  5. I have observed various work methods.
  6. I have analyzed photographic evidence.
  7. I have analyzed incidents of probable cause(s) of accidents.
  8. I have identified, located, and evaluated technical guidance and regulatory documents.
  9. I have consulted with other occupational experts.
  10. I have conducted interviews.
  11. None of the above.


* 14.[24029] Choose the statements that describe how you have processed analytical data.
  1. Prepared and presented analytical information to management officials within the organization.
  2. Prepared and presented analytical information to an outside organization.
  3. Developed comprehensive materials of reports, briefings or meetings for management officials.
  4. Explained or justified decisions, conclusions, findings and recommendations to management officials within the organization.
  5. Interpreted and applied guidance and regulations to recommendations.
  6. None of the above.


* 15.[6956] Do you have experience CONDUCTING railroad accident investigations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.[15310] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with investigative techniques used in a railroad environment.
  1. I have held a position or positions within the last five years where I have experience coordinating and/or directing the investigation of major derailments, collisions, or other accidents which have resulted in one or more of the following: serious injury to persons, catastrophic damage, release of multiple shipments of hazardous materials.
  2. I have held a position or positions within the last ten years where I have assisted or directed an investigation of major derailments, collisions, or other accidents which have resulted in one or more of the following: serious injury to persons, catastrophic damage, release of multiple shipments of hazardous materials.
  3. I have held a position or positions within the last five years where I have directed a team or been part of a team to evaluate the accident scene and determine the cause of the major derailment or accident.
  4. I have experience with the responsibility in determining and implementing corrective measures and preventative measures.
  5. I have experience assisting with the decision process to determine what corrective measures are to be taken, recommending the actions required to prevent reoccurrence.
  6. I have experience with the investigation of derailments, collisions, or other accidents excluding grade crossing which have resulted in a minor personnel injury or non-reportable damage.
  7. I have experience in determining the cause of a derailment or accident excluding grade crossing accidents.
  8. I have experience in assisting with the decision process to determine what corrective measures are to be taken to prevent reoccurrence.
  9. I do not have experience or knowledge of investigative techniques used in a railroad environment.


* 17.[31869] Select the statement(s) that describe your ability to elicit information and evaluate problems relevant to railroad operating practices, specifically with respect to Part 225 auditing.
  1. I have identified a specific problem, and have recommended a solution to the problem.
  2. I have investigated a reportable accident or injury and have developed appropriate recommendations.
  3. I have participated in an investigation of an accident or injury and have assisted in the development of recommendations based on the findings.
  4. I have not investigated or participated in the investigation of an accident or injury but non-operating practices experience shows my ability to resolve problems that are not routine and have recommended action to prevent these problems from occurring again.
  5. In the position that I've occupied in my organization ( FRA, a railroad, or contracted FRA data processing firm), I have had exposure and participated in at least one meeting involving joint discussions between railroad senior management and/or FRA representatives concerning FRA's Part 225 audit findings and recommendations.
  6. In the position that I've occupied in my organization (whether the organization is FRA, a railroad, or FRA's data processing firm), I have had exposure at least one of the full day FRA Part 225 training classes, conducted immediately following the revision of 49 CFR Part 225, and the revised FRA Guide for Preparing Accident/Incident Reports that became effective June 1, 2011.
  7. None of the above.


* 18.[14478] Do you have experience conducting research, both electronic and manual (ex. Internet, library, regulations, standard) to obtain information and analyze the data that can be used during the course of conducting railroad inspections?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 19.[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


* 20.[5581] Choose the statement(s) that apply to your experience in interacting with a variety of people in various situations to achieve effective solutions for railroad safety related issues.
  1. I have served as a spokesperson for an organization.
  2. I have experience in persuading others to accept findings, recommendations, changes, etc.
  3. I have facilitated problem resolution.
  4. I have presented, defended, or negotiated program specific mission, goals, needs, with Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, or other Federal, State, or local organizations.
  5. I have provided on the job training and/or mentoring relating to safety issues.
  6. I have conducted technical training relating to safety issues.
  7. I have communicated with railroad personnel to resolve safety concerns.
  8. I have interviewed witnesses to develop facts.
  9. I have served on committees or task forces.
  10. I have served as a witness for investigations.
  11. I am regularly consulted by peers on technical safety issues.
  12. None of the above.


* 21.[5580] Select the statement(s) that describe your ability to successfully interact and work cooperatively with other railroad investigation team members.
  1. I have demonstrated success in a dynamic team environment that required extensive interpersonal skills, consensus building, negotiation, problem resolutions, and conflict resolution.
  2. I have planned investigation activities, arranged for qualified resources, managed investigative teams, and prepared investigation reports based on input from team members.
  3. I have experience coordinating work with others.
  4. I have served on a panel, committee, task force, etc.
  5. None of the above.


* 22.[15312] Select the statement(s) which best describe(s) written reports you have prepared, reviewed, or approved concerning operating practices.
  1. I have not written reports concerning operating practices, rules, and procedures.
  2. I have prepared operating practices, rules, and procedures, inspection, administrative reports, and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  3. I have reviewed/recommended operating practices, rules, and procedures, inspection, administrative reports, and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  4. I have approved/authorized operating practices, rules, and procedures, inspection, administrative reports and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  5. I have written technical papers and/or articles that are published by trade organizations, labor organizations, or trade magazines.
  6. I have prepared complete inspection and complaint reports or answer routine inquiries from employees and the general public regarding safety regulations and reporting procedures.


* 23.[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.


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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  13. 15


* 3.[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


* 4.[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.

* 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.