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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.[16006] Do you have experience applying typical reactions of a wide variety of hazardous materials to various environmental conditions and safe procedures for containing or controlling fires, explosions, or leaks of the materials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[6942] Do you have experience applying your knowledge of the Federal regulations and standards governing the shipment of hazardous materials by rail including containerization, loading, handling, documentation and placarding?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[27049] Do you have experience equal or equivalent to inspecting containers and handling documentation procedures of hazardous materials at rail facilities, including inter-modal, shipper/consignee and tank car manufacturing facilities?
  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.[26988] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to writing and presenting information pertaining to the shipment of hazardous materials?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.[5570] Choose the statement that best describes your understanding of and experience with Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations pertaining to Railroad Operations and Transportation of Hazardous Materials.
  1. I have knowledge and experience with Federal Regulations as they pertain to railroad operations, and the movement 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 or hazardous materials transportation and have applied them in my past and/or present position(s).
  3. I have received training in and have a copy of the Federal Regulations that pertain to a specific area of railroad operations and hazardous materials transportation 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 relating to railroad operations and the transportation of hazardous materials to meet the requirements of specific Federal Regulations.
  5. I have not had the opportunity to use Federal Transportation Regulations in my present or past positions.


* 9.[5514] Select the response that best describes or demonstrates your level of comprehension and interpretation of regulatory materials related to hazardous materials.
  1. In my current position, I use and understand regulatory and industry references such as 49 Code of Federal Regulations and the American Association of Railroad Superintendents (AARS) Tank Car Manual.
  2. In past positions, I have used and understood regulatory and industry references such as 49 Code of Federal Regulations and the AARS Tank Car Manual.
  3. I have never used regulatory and industry references such as 49 Code of Federal Regulations and the AARS Tank Car Manual.
  4. In my current position, I use and understand other regulatory and industry manuals related to the railroad industry that are not part of 49 Code of Federal Regulations and the AARS Tank Car Manual.
  5. I seldom use; however, I understand other regulatory and industry manuals related to the railroad industry that are not part of 49 Code of Federal Regulations and the AARS Tank Car Manual.
  6. I have never used 49 Code of Federal Regulations nor the AARS Tank Car Manual.


* 10.[21530] Select the response that best describes your level of knowledge or experience determining the class of various hazardous materials (e.g., flammable materials, explosives, oxidizers, corrosive materials, and toxic materials) transported by rail.
  1. I have no knowledge of the various properties of hazardous materials.
  2. I have received education in determining the classes and hazards of the various properties of hazardous materials.
  3. I have job related experience in determining the classes and hazards of the various properties of hazardous materials.
  4. I have experience in my current position where I independently determine the class and hazards of hazardous materials.


* 11.[16229] Select the response(s) that best describe(s) your experience in mitigating a release of hazardous materials.
  1. I have experience as a first responder in mitigating releases of hazardous materials.
  2. I have experience as a railroad hazmat responder.
  3. I have experience as a chemical shipper responder or chemical association responder.
  4. I have experience as an incident commander at the scene of hazardous material emergencies.
  5. I have been trained in the mitigation of hazardous materials emergencies; however, have no actual mitigation experience.
  6. None of the above.


* 12.[5535] Select the response that best describe your experience with construction, repair, testing, and inspection of bulk packaging(s) used to transport hazardous materials by rail.
  1. I have not performed any of these tasks.
  2. I have received education and training in construction, repair, testing, manufacture, and inspection of bulk packaging(s) used to transport hazardous materials by rail.
  3. I have minimal experience in construction, repair, testing, manufacture, and inspection of bulk packaging(s) used to transport hazardous materials by rail; however, it is not part of my regular duties.
  4. I have extensive experience in the construction, repair, testing, manufacture, and inspection of bulk packaging(s) used to transport hazardous materials by rail and it is a part of my current job duties.
  5. I have experience in repair and testing of rail tank cars and in construction and manufacture of rail tank cars.


* 13.[21532] Select the response that best describes your ability to perform inspections related to hazardous materials.
  1. I routinely inspect bulk and non-bulk packaging of hazardous materials as a regular part of the duties of my position.
  2. I routinely inspect hazardous materials shipping documents as a regular part of the duties of my position.
  3. I seldom inspect hazardous materials shipping documents.
  4. I have never inspected a bulk packaging containing a hazard material.
  5. I have never inspected hazardous materials shipping documents.


* 14.[5508] Select the response that best describes your experience in identifying and evaluating railroad safety related problems.
  1. I have experience identifying, analyzing, and evaluating railroad hazardous materials movement problems.
  2. I have experience identifying, analyzing, and evaluating hazmat safety related problems in the railroad industry.
  3. I have experience identifying, analyzing, and evaluating safety related problems in the railcar repair and manufacturing industries.
  4. I have experience identifying, analyzing, and evaluating safety related problems in the tank car manufacturing industry.
  5. I have experience of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating hazmat safety related problems in the shipping industry.
  6. I have no experience of identifying, analyzing, and evaluating safety related problems.


* 15.[8904] Do you have work experience CONDUCTING railroad accident investigations pertaining to collisions, derailments, releases of hazardous materials and accidents or incidents with serious injury.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.[5509] Choose from the following those responses that describe your experience with railroad accident/incident investigations.
  1. I have no experience in accident investigation.
  2. I have received education and training in accident/incident investigation, but have not actually investigated an accident.
  3. I have investigated chemical releases from rail tank cars at shipper facilities.
  4. I have investigated railroad accidents involving derailments and/or collisions with railroad rolling stock that resulted in chemical releases.
  5. I have investigated highway-rail grade crossing accidents that resulted in chemical releases.
  6. I have investigated railroad employee fatalities stemming from chemical releases.


* 17.[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.


* 18.[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.


* 19.[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


* 20.[6951] Do you have experience in addressing issues in person involving the transportation of hazardous materials in one-on-one or group setting to audiences representing railroads, labor unions, chemical shippers, and general public forums?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.[5566] Select the response that best describes your experience in presenting information related to railroad Hazardous Materials.
  1. I give presentations and/or briefings to upper management and/or labor union officials and it is a part of my regular and recurring current duties.
  2. I give presentations and/or briefings to groups of co-workers.
  3. I frequently give presentations, talks, and/or briefings to large audiences inside and outside of my organization. It is a regular and recurring part of my duties.
  4. I have given presentations and/or briefings to small groups, but it is NOT a regular and recurring part of my duties.
  5. I have taken classes on facilitation and/or public speaking.
  6. I have no experience in giving presentations and/or briefings to groups.


* 22.[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


* 23.[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.


* 24.[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.


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.