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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.[15626] Do you have experience interpreting and applying on Title 49 CFR 213 and 214, as it applies to Railroad Workplace and Track Safety?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[10766] Do you have experience leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[15627] Do you have 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 complex problems pertaining Railroad Track Safety and Roadway Workplace Safety issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[15628] Do you have experience as a supervisor or team leader, leading a diverse workgroup to develop practical solutions and/or recommendations to persistent complex problems pertaining to Railroad Track and Roadway Workplace Safety issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[26768] Select the statements that describe your experience interpreting and applying policies, guidelines, and/or methods pertaining to Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety.
  1. I have applied principles and methods of railroad track and roadway worker inspections.
  2. I have applied principles and methods of personal injury in the railroad workplace.
  3. I have enforced Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards.
  4. I have enforced Federal Track Safety Standards.
  5. I have applied standard rail and geometry terminology to prepare technical reports of railroad track inspections and track-caused derailments.
  6. None of the above


* 7.[10771] Select the statement(s) below that apply to your experience providing advice and technical assistance to others regarding Railroad Track safety issues.
  1. Interpretation/application of emerging technology and specification
  2. Research and development
  3. Best practices in design and maintenance
  4. Regulations, program policies, and standards
  5. None of the above.


* 8.[10772] Select the response that describes your experience in developing practical solutions to persistent Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety problems.
  1. I currently work with industry officials to develop solutions to highly complex issues; as well as, consistently provide guidance to prevent accidents and ensure compliance with Federal regulations.
  2. I provide or have provided information that may be used to determine future practices, but does not consistently work with industry officials to resolve complex issues; as well as, provide relatively routine advice and guidance concerning track and workplace safety regulations.
  3. I have worked with industry officials to develop solutions to relatively complex issues; as well as, provided guidance to prevent accidents and ensure compliance with Federal regulations.
  4. I have no experience in developing practical solutions to persistent Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety problems.


* 9.[10773] Select the responses from the following that describe your experience in leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety.
  1. I have lead or conducted several accident investigations to assess damage and recommends action to be taken by a carrier.
  2. I have lead or conducted several accident investigations to assess damage and recommends action to be taken by a carrier.
  3. I have provided documentation and expert findings to the federal, state government, or railroad officials on teams that investigated complicated accidents or noncompliance issues.
  4. I have served on several teams of investigators during complicated accident investigations, which require interaction among agency and outside personnel.
  5. I have experience in conducting major accident investigations and provides written reports to supervisors concerning the causes/effects of the incident.
  6. I have led or conducted accident investigations to assess damage.
  7. I have participated in a major accident investigation where recommendations were provided concerning the cause and effects of the incident.
  8. I have participated in accident investigations to assess damage.
  9. I have coordinated and implemented the development and executed major accident investigations and have provided extensive written reports or guidance on how to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
  10. None of the above.


* 10.[10774] Select from the following response(s) that reflect your experience in evaluating the safety of new types of track equipment, appurtenances and design or of proposed deviations from existing safety regulations.
  1. I frequently meet with industry, manufacturers, shippers, railroad labor and other officials to discuss complex and ongoing safety issues concerning new or proposed equipment, appurtenances, or design and the standards governing such.
  2. I have met with co-workers and other individuals to discuss routine safety issues concerning new equipment, appurtenances, or design.
  3. I provide recommendations on the basis of my technical experience and my activities do not normally involve highly sensitive or controversial issues when differences of opinions may likely occur.
  4. I have met with industry, manufacturers, shippers, railroad labor and other officials to address relatively routine safety issues concerning new equipment, appurtenances, or design.
  5. I have served as a team leader or have facilitated meetings of industry officials or workers to evaluate the safety of new types of equipment, appurtenances, or design and/or deviations from existing regulations and on a limited basis, I have acted as a mediator when differences of opinions or impasses occur.
  6. I have contacted industry officials in order to complete job assignments or gather information.
  7. I have participated on railroad safety teams consisting of railroad labor, management and agency representatives and have served as an impartial technical advisor when differences of opinions or impasses have occurred.
  8. I have limited experience participating on safety teams consisting of railroad management, labor, or agency personnel.
  9. None of the above.


* 11.[10775] Select the response(s) that apply to your experiences in analyzing and evaluating problems with railroad track safety issues.
  1. I use logical decision-making process to develop various courses of action, evaluate those courses of action, and select the most appropriate and defensible solution to unique problems.
  2. I have independently evaluated problems, determined root causes, and implemented or recommended resolutions.
  3. I have thorough knowledge of the economic as well as the practical operating considerations of track structure, construction, maintenance, and inspection.
  4. I direct and council others on proper procedures concerning to track structure, construction, maintenance, and inspection.
  5. I have the ability to independently analyze task requirements, organized work groups or teams, and provide guidance, direction, and motivation towards task accomplishments.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.[24028] Select the statements that describe your experience conducting complex analyses of facts and circumstances related to Railroad Track issues.
  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 analyses of facts and data to determine trends.
  11. I have conducted complex analyses using multiple data bases.
  12. I have analyzed technical and/or regulatory documents for guidance for myself or others.
  13. None of the above


* 13.[10776] Select the response(s) which best describes written reports you have prepared, reviewed, or approved concerning Railroad Track.
  1. I have not written reports concerning railroad track structure.
  2. I prepare track structure, construction, maintenance, inspection, administrative reports, and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  3. I review / recommend track structure, construction, maintenance, inspection, administrative reports, and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  4. I approve / authorize track structure, construction, maintenance, inspection, administrative reports and correspondence compliant with Federal regulations.
  5. I wrote technical papers and/or articles that are published by trade organizations, labor organizations, or trade magazines.
  6. I prepare complete inspection and complaint reports or answer routine inquiries from employees and the general public regarding safety regulations and reporting procedures.


* 14.[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


* 15.[10778] Select the responses from the following that describe your experience in dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public and state and local governments on matters relating to Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety.
  1. I have assisted in the development of training materials for industry officials.
  2. I have regularly provided technical guidance and advice to FRA and railroad officials concerning practices.
  3. On a daily basis, I have provided technical guidance to railroad officials concerning Track, Engineering and Workplace safety.
  4. I have developed and delivered training courses to industry employees on the rules and regulations governing Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety.
  5. I have responded on a daily basis incoming inquiries that require only a general knowledge of Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety.
  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. On a daily basis, I have interacted with counterparts in the railroad industry to resolve technical issues or clarify agency/organizational position.
  9. On a daily basis, I respond to oral inquiries concerning Railroad Track and Railroad Workplace Safety regulations that require technical expertise in the area.
  10. None of the above.


* 16.[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.


* 17.[10143] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading and/or managing a diverse workforce in the railroad industry to promote a uniform understanding and application of laws, rules and regulations.
  1. I have led a workforce of professionals in the railroad industry in the delivery of programs or projects by ensuring a uniform understanding and application of laws, rules and regulations. I established and communicated objectives, assigned work to others, monitored the progress of the assignments, provided guidance and instruction as needed, evaluated and/or rewarded the contributions, and assured that 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 individuals in the railroad industry; as well as, leading, directing and managing a workforce or team of professionals to accomplish the delivery of programs or projects.
  3. I have led, directed, and motivated team members in the railroad industry to accomplish a specific project or provide assistance on organizational programs.
  4. I have provided guidance to a workforce in the railroad industry by prioritizing and ensuring work was accomplished in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  5. I have no experience in leading or managing a workforce or team in the railroad industry.


* 18.[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.


* 19.[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


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


* 6.[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.