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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.[11150] Do you experience applying Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations in at least two or more of the following disciplines: railroad operation, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials, signal and train control, track and structures, and motive power and equipment?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[9755] From the list below select the discipline(s) that you have experience applying Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations for.
    1. Hazardous Materials
    2. Operating Practices
    3. Motive Power & Equipment
    4. Signal & Train Control
    5. Track & Structures
    6. None of the above
  2. No


3.[3481] Do you have experience analyzing transportation safety statistical data?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[25829] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to performing analytical investigations and special studies and using data to make recommendations to improve railroad safety in a region?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[2884] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience managing, directing and/or administering a transportation program and/or significant program segment.
  1. Issue technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations, and program policies relating to the program.
  2. Develop and recommend program policies, strategies, and goals.
  3. Develop and approve program procedures and practices.
  4. Promote program and provide expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  5. Develop program performance measures and track program progess against measures and milestones.
  6. None of the above.


* 6.[7571] This position involves an understanding of Title 49 of the United States Code (Transportation) and relevant provisions of Departmental regulations. Select of the responses that illustrate your experience in dealing with Title 49 and/or implementing regulations.
  1. I have written analyses of statutory and/or regulatory provisions involving Title 49 for senior management in my organization.
  2. I have worked with legal staff to evaluate ramifications of pending statutes or regulations involving provisions of Title 49 and the potential effect on various stakeholders.
  3. I have interpreted the provisions of Title 49 and implemented regulations as they apply to specific situations.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.[3479] Select the statement that best describes your understanding and experience with Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to railroad operation, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials, signal and train control, track and structures, and motive power and equipment.
  1. I have knowledge and experience with Federal Regulations as they pertain to two or more different aspects of railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment or the handling, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials and have applied them in my past and/or present position(s).
  2. I have knowledge of at least one aspect of Federal Regulations as they pertain to a specific area of railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment, or hazardous materials handling and have applied them in my past and/or present position(s).
  3. I have received training in and have available to me Federal Regulations as they pertain to a specific area of railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment, or hazardous materials handling and have frequently referred to those regulations in my present/past position (s).
  4. I have received work directions/instructions, which included copies of specific Federal Regulations to perform work in railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment, or maintenance of hazardous materials handling to meet the requirements of specific Federal Regulations.
  5. I have not had the opportunity to use Federal Regulations in my present or past position(s).


* 8.[7572] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your railroad operating or maintenance background and experience.
  1. I have senior management experience in transportation that is directly involved in the operation of trains/yard switching assignments and responsible for compliance with a specific code of railroad operating rules.
  2. I have been involved in railroad operations as a first level supervisor involved in the operation of trains/yard switching assignments required to enforce compliance of a specific code of railroad operating rules.
  3. I have been involved in a non-operating aspect of train or engine operations but am familiar with and have been required to work in compliance with a specific code of railroad operating rules for my railroad/company.
  4. I have been a journeyman grade inspector or craftsman in railroad car and/or locomotive mechanical maintenance.
  5. I have been trained and am conversant with drug and alcohol compliance in railroad operations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  6. I have received training in, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with the Interchange Rules of the Association of American Railroads.
  7. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  8. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Track Safety Standards as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  9. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Signal and Train Control Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  10. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Motive Power & Equipment Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  11. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Operating Practices Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  12. None of the above.


* 9.[3480] Select the statement that best describes your experience in accident/incident investigation.
  1. I have experience as a senior on-site leader and have directed the investigation of accidents/incidents, and I have been responsible for the preparation of factual accident/incident reports.
  2. I have been a team leader during accident/incident investigations responsible for specific portions of reporting.
  3. I have been a team member during accident/incident investigations.
  4. I have been involved in the analysis of accident/incident investigations and/or the specific application of accident/incident analysis.
  5. I have not had the opportunity to be involved in accident/incident analysis.


* 10.[2147] Please choose the selection which best describes your experience with using data and analytical tools to make policy/program recommendations.
  1. I have not used data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor.
  2. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor only after close consultation with my supervisor.
  3. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor with minimal supervision.
  4. I independently make recommendations regarding policy /program decisions to my supervisor.


* 11.[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


* 12.[27028] Select the response below that best describes your highest level of experience with formal supervision.
  1. I have been a second level supervisor to a multi-layered workforce, and have supervised first level supervisors.
  2. I have been a first level supervisor to a large staff, including subordinate designated team leaders and sub-work groups.
  3. I have served in a formal supervisory position and completed the probationary period.
  4. I have been a designated team leader to a fixed staff and assisted the first level supervisor in leading staff.
  5. I have no experience as a formal supervisor or team leader.


* 13.[6206] Select the statement(s) below that best describe your abilities to hire and manage a diverse work force.
  1. I have communicated a formal commitment to establishing a diverse work force.
  2. I have utilized organizational assessments (e.g., cultural audits) which evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of organizational diversity standing.
  3. I have used workforce planning strategies to find skill gaps that may lead to opportunities for targeted recruitment.
  4. I have implemented a diversity program.
  5. I have utilized tailored recruitment efforts to reach under-represented groups.
  6. I have utilized special hiring flexibilities and authorities, e.g., persons with disabilities, veterans and bilingual.
  7. I have fostered a supportive work environment to include initiatives, e.g., alternative work schedules, telecommuting, family friendly programs, etc.
  8. I have sustained a culture of diversity over several years.
  9. I have regularly monitored results and called for accountability from managers.
  10. None of the above.


* 14.[16870] Select the statements that describe your experience representing your organization at briefings, meetings or conferences.
  1. I have experience representing my organization at briefings, meetings or conferences with Federal, State and local government officials, consulting firms, and technical organizations to disseminate information and justify, defend, negotiate and settle matters involving significant or controversial issues.
  2. I have represented my organization actively at conferences, seminars, and workshops to ensure that concerns, viewpoints, and interests of my organization and senior management are represented.
  3. I have represented my organization briefings, meetings or conferences with other interested parties (e.g., peers, colleagues, and/or members of professional/technical societies) to share information.
  4. None of the above


* 15.[14873] This position requires strong communication skills in a variety of railroad issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience communicating with others both within and outside of your work organization.
  1. I have gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  2. I have made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  3. I have persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  4. I have resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  5. I have conducted training or given various technical presentations related to railroad transportation to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. I have written position papers on controversial issues.
  7. I have provided leadership and guidance in my field.
  8. I have explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. None of the above.


Grade: 14
* 1.[343] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-14 position.
  1. I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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.[11150] Do you experience applying Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations in at least two or more of the following disciplines: railroad operation, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials, signal and train control, track and structures, and motive power and equipment?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[9755] From the list below select the discipline(s) that you have experience applying Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations for.
    1. Hazardous Materials
    2. Operating Practices
    3. Motive Power & Equipment
    4. Signal & Train Control
    5. Track & Structures
    6. None of the above
  2. No


* 3.[3481] Do you have experience analyzing transportation safety statistical data?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[25829] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to performing analytical investigations and special studies and using data to make recommendations to improve railroad safety in a region?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[25831] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to developing or implementing federal railroad safety laws or regulations?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 6.[2884] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience managing, directing and/or administering a transportation program and/or significant program segment.
  1. Issue technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations, and program policies relating to the program.
  2. Develop and recommend program policies, strategies, and goals.
  3. Develop and approve program procedures and practices.
  4. Promote program and provide expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  5. Develop program performance measures and track program progess against measures and milestones.
  6. None of the above.


* 7.[7571] This position involves an understanding of Title 49 of the United States Code (Transportation) and relevant provisions of Departmental regulations. Select of the responses that illustrate your experience in dealing with Title 49 and/or implementing regulations.
  1. I have written analyses of statutory and/or regulatory provisions involving Title 49 for senior management in my organization.
  2. I have worked with legal staff to evaluate ramifications of pending statutes or regulations involving provisions of Title 49 and the potential effect on various stakeholders.
  3. I have interpreted the provisions of Title 49 and implemented regulations as they apply to specific situations.
  4. None of the above.


* 8.[3479] Select the statement that best describes your understanding and experience with Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to railroad operation, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials, signal and train control, track and structures, and motive power and equipment.
  1. I have knowledge and experience with Federal Regulations as they pertain to two or more different aspects of railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment or the handling, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials and have applied them in my past and/or present position(s).
  2. I have knowledge of at least one aspect of Federal Regulations as they pertain to a specific area of railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment, or hazardous materials handling and have applied them in my past and/or present position(s).
  3. I have received training in and have available to me Federal Regulations as they pertain to a specific area of railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment, or hazardous materials handling and have frequently referred to those regulations in my present/past position (s).
  4. I have received work directions/instructions, which included copies of specific Federal Regulations to perform work in railroad operations, maintenance and transportation, signal and train control, track and structures, motive power and equipment, or maintenance of hazardous materials handling to meet the requirements of specific Federal Regulations.
  5. I have not had the opportunity to use Federal Regulations in my present or past position(s).


* 9.[7572] Select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your railroad operating or maintenance background and experience.
  1. I have senior management experience in transportation that is directly involved in the operation of trains/yard switching assignments and responsible for compliance with a specific code of railroad operating rules.
  2. I have been involved in railroad operations as a first level supervisor involved in the operation of trains/yard switching assignments required to enforce compliance of a specific code of railroad operating rules.
  3. I have been involved in a non-operating aspect of train or engine operations but am familiar with and have been required to work in compliance with a specific code of railroad operating rules for my railroad/company.
  4. I have been a journeyman grade inspector or craftsman in railroad car and/or locomotive mechanical maintenance.
  5. I have been trained and am conversant with drug and alcohol compliance in railroad operations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  6. I have received training in, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with the Interchange Rules of the Association of American Railroads.
  7. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  8. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Track Safety Standards as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  9. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Signal and Train Control Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  10. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Motive Power & Equipment Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  11. I have received training, worked with, or otherwise am thoroughly familiar with Federal Operating Practices Regulations as they are contained in Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
  12. None of the above.


* 10.[7994] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your experience in the development or implementation of the federal railroad safety laws or regulations.
  1. I have participated in the development of the federal railroad safety laws or regulations.
  2. I have created policies or guidelines to implement the federal railroad safety laws or regulations for a railroad, labor union, or regulatory agency.
  3. I have assisted in the implementation of the federal railroad safety laws or regulations for a railroad, labor union, or regulatory agency.
  4. I have not been involved in the development or the implementation of the federal railroad safety laws or regulations for a railroad, labor union, or regulatory agency.


* 11.[3480] Select the statement that best describes your experience in accident/incident investigation.
  1. I have experience as a senior on-site leader and have directed the investigation of accidents/incidents, and I have been responsible for the preparation of factual accident/incident reports.
  2. I have been a team leader during accident/incident investigations responsible for specific portions of reporting.
  3. I have been a team member during accident/incident investigations.
  4. I have been involved in the analysis of accident/incident investigations and/or the specific application of accident/incident analysis.
  5. I have not had the opportunity to be involved in accident/incident analysis.


* 12.[2147] Please choose the selection which best describes your experience with using data and analytical tools to make policy/program recommendations.
  1. I have not used data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor.
  2. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor only after close consultation with my supervisor.
  3. I use data and analytical tools to make recommendations regarding policy/program decisions to my supervisor with minimal supervision.
  4. I independently make recommendations regarding policy /program decisions to my supervisor.


* 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.[27028] Select the response below that best describes your highest level of experience with formal supervision.
  1. I have been a second level supervisor to a multi-layered workforce, and have supervised first level supervisors.
  2. I have been a first level supervisor to a large staff, including subordinate designated team leaders and sub-work groups.
  3. I have served in a formal supervisory position and completed the probationary period.
  4. I have been a designated team leader to a fixed staff and assisted the first level supervisor in leading staff.
  5. I have no experience as a formal supervisor or team leader.


* 15.[6206] Select the statement(s) below that best describe your abilities to hire and manage a diverse work force.
  1. I have communicated a formal commitment to establishing a diverse work force.
  2. I have utilized organizational assessments (e.g., cultural audits) which evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of organizational diversity standing.
  3. I have used workforce planning strategies to find skill gaps that may lead to opportunities for targeted recruitment.
  4. I have implemented a diversity program.
  5. I have utilized tailored recruitment efforts to reach under-represented groups.
  6. I have utilized special hiring flexibilities and authorities, e.g., persons with disabilities, veterans and bilingual.
  7. I have fostered a supportive work environment to include initiatives, e.g., alternative work schedules, telecommuting, family friendly programs, etc.
  8. I have sustained a culture of diversity over several years.
  9. I have regularly monitored results and called for accountability from managers.
  10. None of the above.


* 16.[16870] Select the statements that describe your experience representing your organization at briefings, meetings or conferences.
  1. I have experience representing my organization at briefings, meetings or conferences with Federal, State and local government officials, consulting firms, and technical organizations to disseminate information and justify, defend, negotiate and settle matters involving significant or controversial issues.
  2. I have represented my organization actively at conferences, seminars, and workshops to ensure that concerns, viewpoints, and interests of my organization and senior management are represented.
  3. I have represented my organization briefings, meetings or conferences with other interested parties (e.g., peers, colleagues, and/or members of professional/technical societies) to share information.
  4. None of the above


* 17.[14873] This position requires strong communication skills in a variety of railroad issues. Please select the statement(s) that best describe(s) your experience communicating with others both within and outside of your work organization.
  1. I have gathered and exchanged information, resolved routine issues, and gained or secured compliance.
  2. I have made program decisions and policy interpretations.
  3. I have persuaded others to accept new technology, concepts, and programs.
  4. I have resolved and negotiated significant and controversial issues to gain compliance and agreement.
  5. I have conducted training or given various technical presentations related to railroad transportation to varied audiences with different levels of comprehension.
  6. I have written position papers on controversial issues.
  7. I have provided leadership and guidance in my field.
  8. I have explained program, policies, standards, and procedures.
  9. 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.
  2. 04
  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
  7. 09
  8. 10
  9. 11
  10. 12
  11. 13
  12. 14
  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.