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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.[51937] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience applying occupational radiation safety principles in the railroad industry? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[51938] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience applying the federal hazardous materials regulations specific to radioactive materials within the railroad industry? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[51939] Do you have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience interacting with the public and other entities on issues concerning the transportation of radioactive materials within the railroad industry? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be rescored or removed from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[51940] Choose a statement that best describes your experience with occupational radiation safety principles.
  1. I have worked within the last 10+ years in the railroad industry that has provided me with experience with occupational radiation safety principles and have applied them in my past and/or present positions.
  2. During my career I have been promoted to successive positions of leadership where I have been responsible for applying basic occupational radiation safety principles and have applied it/them in my past and/or present positions.
  3. I have received training in the occupational radiation safety principles and have frequently referred to them in my past and/or present positions.
  4. I have held positions in the railroad industry where I have received work instructions that include occupational radiation safety principles.
  5. I have no experience with occupational radiation safety principles.


* 6.[51941] Choose a statement that best describes your experience applying the federal hazardous materials regulations specific to radioactive materials.
  1. During my career I have been promoted to successive positions of leadership where I have worked on a daily basis to develop programs and manage the compliance of the federal regulations specific to radioactive materials.
  2. I have complied with aspects of the federal regulations specific to radioactive materials in my past and/or present positions.
  3. I have received training regarding the federal regulations specific to radioactive materials.
  4. I have held positions in the railroad industry where I have received work instructions that include tasks requiring compliance with the federal regulations specific to radioactive materials.
  5. I have no experience with the federal regulations specific to radioactive materials.


* 7.[51942] Select the statement(s) that best describes your experience developing practical solutions to systemic radioactive hazardous materials intermodal safety issues.
  1. I have developed practical solutions to persistent radioactive hazardous materials safety problems, especially as they relate to the details of intermodal transportation.
  2. I have assisted in the development of practical solutions to persistent radioactive hazardous materials transportation safety problems, especially as they relate to the details of intermodal transportation.
  3. I have inspected intermodal facilities for compliance with the radioactive hazardous materials regulations and Federal Safety Laws in the position of team leader.
  4. I have inspected intermodal facilities for compliance with the radioactive hazardous materials regulations and Federal Safety Laws without assistance.
  5. I have inspected intermodal facilities for compliance with the radioactive hazardous materials regulations and Federal Safety Laws only as a member of a team.
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[51943] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience in leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving radioactive hazardous materials.
  1. I have lead or conducted accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials to assess damage and recommended action to be taken by a carrier.
  2. I have assisted on multiple teams that investigated complicated radioactive hazardous materials accidents or noncompliance issues.
  3. I have served on multiple teams of investigators during complicated accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials which require interaction among agency and outside personnel.
  4. I have experience in conducting major accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials and provided written reports to supervisors concerning the causes/effects of the incident.
  5. I have led or conducted accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials to assess damage.
  6. I have participated in a major accident investigation involving radioactive hazardous materials where recommendations were provided concerning the cause and effects of the incident.
  7. I have served as the primary investigator or team leader on complicated accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials which require coordination among agency personnel and outside parties.
  8. I have participated in accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials to assess damage.
  9. I have served as team leader or Inspector in Charge; liaison between Regional Headquarters or Central Office and the site, to gather information, conduct analysis of information, etc., during major accident investigations involving radioactive hazardous materials and have provided final written reports or guidance on how to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
  10. None of the above.


* 9.[51944] Select the response(s) that best describes your experience performing inspections related to radioactive 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.
  6. None of the above.


* 10.[51945] Select the response that best describe your experience with construction, repair, testing, and inspection of bulk packaging(s) used to transport radioactive 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 radioactive hazardous materials by rail.
  3. I have minimal experience in construction, repair, testing, manufacture, and inspection of bulk packaging(s) used to transport radioactive 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 radioactive 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.


* 11.[51946] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience in dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public, and State and local governments in positions such as a first responder, rail safety manager, quality assurance manager, or regulatory compliance officer on matters relating to radioactive hazardous materials transportation.
  1. I have assisted in the development of training materials for industry officials.
  2. As part of my job, I have provided guidance and advice on a daily basis to railroad officials concerning transportation of radioactive hazardous materials by rail.
  3. I have held a position where I provided general guidance to railroad officials concerning transportation of radioactive hazardous materials by rail on a monthly basis.
  4. I have developed and delivered training courses to industry employees on the rules and regulations governing the transportation of radioactive hazardous materials by rail.
  5. I have responded to inquiries that require only a general knowledge of radioactive hazardous materials regulations.
  6. I have served as an expert witness or technical authority in investigating hearings and provided technical information to various individuals and groups.
  7. On at least three occasions I have interacted with counterparts in the railroad industry to resolve technical issues or clarify regulatory guidance.
  8. As part of my job I have provided technical guidance and advice to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and railroad officials concerning railroad transportation of radioactive hazardous materials by rail on a weekly basis.
  9. I have interacted on a day to day basis with counterparts in the railroad industry to resolve technical issues or clarify Agency/organizational position.
  10. None of the above.


* 12.[51947] Choose the statement that best describes your experience interacting with the public and other entities on issues concerning the transportation of radioactive materials.
  1. I have extensive experience working with the public, local officials and other entities explaining the transportation of radioactive materials and the potential risks to areas and communities near transportation routes.
  2. I have attended public meetings at which issues and concerns regarding transportation of radioactive materials were addressed.
  3. I have received training about processes and methods on providing factual information to the public and other entities regarding the transportation of radioactive materials.
  4. I have no experience interacting with the public or other entities addressing issues and concerns about the transportation of radioactive materials.


* 13.[51948] Select the response that best describes your experience preparing detailed technical reports, narratives and correspondence as well as recommendations concerning the interpretation of regulatory materials in the area of rail radioactive hazardous materials transportation.
  1. During my career I have been promoted to successive positions of leadership where I have written accident investigation and other narrative reports that include derailment cause finding and rail car integrity analysis and technical expertise in the area of rail radioactive hazardous materials transportation. (Writing includes correspondence or responses to Congressional inquiries requiring technical analysis of issues).
  2. I have held at least one position where I have written standard reports that require technical knowledge in the area of radioactive hazardous materials transportation that require review by and approval by a senior staff member and have responded to offering or transportation inquiries pertaining to hazardous materials regulations.
  3. I have experience responding to inquiries that require knowledge of communication, transport, training, or security plans as well as radioactive hazardous materials regulatory issues and have written accident investigation and other narrative reports that require analysis and technical expertise in the area of radioactive hazardous materials transportation.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.[19192] Select the statement that best describes your experience dealing with specific governmental and industry associations such as the Association of American Railroads (AAR), Transport Canada (TC), the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), American Shortline Railroad Association (ASLRA) or the American Chemical Council (ACC).
  1. I seldom contact members of such organizations mentioned above to resolve railroad hazardous materials safety issues.
  2. I frequently contact members of such organizations mentioned above to resolve railroad hazardous materials safety issues.
  3. I have attend meetings with representatives of such organizations mentioned above to resolve railroad hazardous materials safety issues.
  4. None of the above


Grade: All Grades
[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.

Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them.

Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions.

High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.



* 1.[31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package.

  1. Yes
  2. No


[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.

* 2.[35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position.
  1. I have not held a government position.
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  3. 05
  4. 06
  5. 07
  6. 08
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  11. 13
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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


* 5.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?
  1. Yes
  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


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.

* 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