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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.[24008] Do you have experience applying Federal railroad track and roadway worker safety standards/regulations for the purpose of inspecting and identifying track and roadway worker safety deficiencies?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[24009] Do you have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to conducting track inspections and applying all regulations (Part 213 and 214),for the purpose of reporting on the safety compliance conditions of the railroad track, facilities, safe working procedures and provisions of the employees, and the surrounding track right-of-way areas and have knowledge of proper remedial action to those conditions?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[24010] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to analyzing information 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


* 6.[26968] Do you have one year of experience equal or equivalent to writing and presenting information pertaining to railroad track safety and inspections?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 7.[5549] Select the response(s) that best describe your knowledge and experience in track and structures:
  1. I have experience and know the applicable Federal laws and regulations pertaining to the inspection and testing of railroad track
  2. I have the ability to diagnose and evaluate to track structure, construction, maintenance, and inspection in order to correct problems
  3. I am knowledgeable of procedures for evaluating and have experience with the design, construction, and inspection compliance of railroad track and special Trackwork, and write inspection / narrative reports
  4. I lead others in design, construction, and inspection compliance of railroad track and special Trackwork, and write inspection / narrative reports
  5. I supervise others in the design, construction, and inspection of railroad track and special track work components, and approve inspection / narrative reports
  6. None of the above


* 8.[24011] Indicate your highest level of work experience applying the Track Safety Standards.
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Track Safety Standards, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I am a railroad track employee or have worked as a railroad track employee in a position(s) on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the regulations.
  3. I am currently working on a railroad as a 213.7 qualified Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad tracks to pertinent engineering standards, and I am familiar with and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  4. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a 213.7 qualified Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad track to pertinent engineering standards, and I am familiar and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  5. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a 213.7 qualified railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  6. I am a 213.7 qualified railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  7. I am a 213. 7 qualified railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and have gained my experience through progressively responsible railroad or commuter rail transit authority positions. I am knowledgeable with the applicable Federal requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  8. I am currently a Federal Railroad Administration certified State Track Inspector, and I am familiar with and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards.
  9. I am a FRA Railroad Safety Inspector (Track) Trainee or have been an FRA Railroad Inspector (Track), and I am familiar with and have applied the Federal Track Safety Standards.
  10. None of the above


* 9.[24012] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding Continuous Welded Rail (CWR).
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Track Safety Standards, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the railroad engineering CWR instructions.
  3. I am a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the railroad’s CWR engineering instructions.
  4. I am currently working on a railroad as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad tracks to pertinent engineering CWR standards, and I am familiar and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  5. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad track to pertinent CWR engineering standards, and I am familiar and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  6. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal and railroad CWR requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  7. I am a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal and railroad CWR requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  8. None of the above.


* 10.[24013] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding Railroad Workplace Safety, specifically Roadway Worker Protection.
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection.
  3. I am a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection.
  4. I am currently working on a railroad as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and do apply the Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection for myself and others in my work group in the performance of my job.
  5. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and have applied the Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection for myself and others in my work group in the performance of my job.
  6. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements of Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection and routinely used them in the performance of my job.
  7. I am a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  8. I am a Federal Railroad Administration certified State Track Inspector and I am knowledgeable with the Federal Railroad Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Roadway Worker Protection requirements and monitor the railroads for compliance in the performance of my job.
  9. None of the above


* 11.[24014] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding Roadway Workplace Safety, specifically On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles.
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles.
  3. I am a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles.
  4. I am currently working on a railroad as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and do apply the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles in the performance of my job.
  5. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and have applied the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles in the performance of my job.
  6. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements of Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles and routinely used them in the performance of my job.
  7. I am a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  8. I am a Federal Railroad Administration certified State Track Inspector and I am knowledgeable with the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding On-Track Roadway Maintenance Machines and Hi-Rail Vehicles requirements and monitor the railroads for compliance in the performance of my job.
  9. None of the above


* 12.[24016] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding Roadway Workplace Safety, specifically Bridge Worker Safety Standards.
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards.
  3. I am a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards.
  4. I am currently working on a railroad as a B&B Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and do apply the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards in the performance of my job.
  5. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a B&B Foreman and/or Inspector, and I am familiar with, and have applied the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards for myself in the performance of my job.
  6. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements of Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards and routinely used them in the performance of my job.
  7. I am a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  8. I am a Federal Railroad Administration certified State Track Inspector and I am knowledgeable with the Federal Roadway Workplace Safety Standards, regarding Bridge Worker Safety Standards requirements and monitor the railroads for compliance in the performance of my job.
  9. None of the above


* 13.[8895] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding Special Track work (i.e., Switch, Turnout, Rail Crossing).
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Track Safety Standards, but have no experience on the job.
  2. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the regulations.
  3. I am a railroad track employee on a construction/maintenance crew, and I am familiar with the regulations.
  4. I am currently working on a railroad as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad track to pertinent engineering standards, and I am familiar and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  5. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad track to pertinent engineering standards, and I am familiar and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  6. I have worked in a previous position(s) as a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  7. I am a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with applicable Federal requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  8. None of the above.


* 14.[24017] Indicate your highest level of experience regarding System Production Gangs (i.e., Surface, Crosstie, Ballast, or Rail).
  1. I received education and training and have a basic understanding of the Federal Track Safety Standards, but have no experience on the job
  2. I have or am working as a railroad track employee on a system production gang crew, and I am familiar with the regulations.
  3. I have or am working on a railroad as a Track Foreman and/or Inspector, I maintain railroad track to pertinent engineering standards, and I am familiar with system production gangs; and apply the Federal Track Safety Standards according to the applicable Track Class.
  4. I have or am working as a railroad track maintenance supervisor/manager, responsible for the oversight of railroad track and structures, and I am knowledgeable with system production gangs and applying Federal requirements and routinely use them in the performance of my job.
  5. None of the above


* 15.[24018] Select the response that decribe your experience analyzing and evaluating problems with railroad track structure, construction, maintenance, and inspection.
  1. I have the ability to identify individual track components and the interaction of each component to the track structure.
  2. I have independently identified/discovered and evaluated track structure conditions, determined root cause, and implemented or recommended solutions.
  3. I have independently identified/discovered and evaluated track geometry conditions, determined root cause, and implemented or recommended solutions.
  4. I have evaluated track geometry information provided by railroad or Federal geometry cars, evaluated the data, and developed a corrective solution.
  5. I have evaluated/analyzed Gage Restraint Measurement System data, provided by railroad or Federal GRMS Testing cars.
  6. I have evaluated ultra-sonic rail testing data provided by rail test equipment and evaluated the data to determine rail conditions.
  7. None of the above


* 16.[24019] Select repsonses that describe the different activites you have been responsible for when conducting a track inspection.
  1. Inspect track and/or components to identify defects in accordance with the Federal Track Safety Standards.
  2. Use ultrasonic equipment that locates internal defects in rail.
  3. Use of equipment which detects deviations in cross level, gage, and profile of track.
  4. Make follow-up inspections of track to make sure that repairs have been completed and are compliant with the regulations.
  5. Provide a track inspection report identifying necessary corrective action.
  6. Provide solutions to prevent reoccurrence on defects.
  7. None of the above.


* 17.[24020] Select the response that best describes your experiences in accident and/orincident investigations.
  1. I have not conducted a investigated accidents and/or incidents.
  2. I participated on a team that investigated accidents and/or incidents.
  3. I investigated accidents and/or incidents to determine causal factors and wrote investigation/national reports.
  4. I lead investigative teams to determine casual factors surrounding a major railroad accident and/or incident and wrote investigation/narrative reports
  5. I supervise others in accident and/or incident investigation, collection of physical evidence, analysis of track maintenance or repair, inspection records, geometry car data and other data gathering activities, develop a comprehensive report that outlines findings and recommendations, and approve final accident / incident investigative reports


* 18.[15359] Select the statement that best describes your experience in highway/rail grade crossing accidents/incidents.
  1. I have not investigated highway/rail grade crossing accident/incidents.
  2. I have assisted in the investigation of a high/rail grade crossing by collecting evidence, analyze track maintenance or repair, and reviewed data.
  3. I have investigated highway/rail grade crossing accidents/incidents casual factors, collect physical evidence, analyze track maintenance or repair, review inspection records, geometry car data, and other data gathering activities, and prepared written reports.
  4. I lead investigative teams to determine highway/rail grade crossing accidents/incidents causal factors, collect physical evidence, analyze track maintenance or repair, review inspection records, geometry car data, and other data gathering activities of, and prepared written reports.
  5. I supervise others to determine highway/rail grade crossing accidents/incidents causal factors, collect physical evidence, analyze track maintenance or repair, review inspection records, geometry car data, and other data gathering activities, and approve final written reports.


* 19.[8901] Select the response that best describes your experiences in compliant activities.
  1. I have not investigated compliant activities.
  2. I investigated complaints from railroad employees, union officials, or the general public regarding unsafe track conditions and wrote narrative reports.
  3. I led investigative teams in complaints from railroad employees, union officials, or the general public regarding unsafe track conditions and wrote narrative reports.
  4. I supervise others in complaint investigations and approve final written reports.


* 20.[24021] 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 and reducing track caused accidents?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 21.[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


* 22.[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.


* 23.[5554] Select the response(s) which best describes written reports you have prepared, reviewed, or approved concerning railroad track structure:
  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


* 24.[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


* 25.[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.


* 26.[24032] Choose the statements that describe your experience interacting with a variety of people in various situations to achieve effective solutions for railroad safety related issues pertaining to CFR parts 213 and/or 214.
  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 related to safety issues.
  6. I have conducted technical training related 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


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.

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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


* 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


[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.
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* 4.[588] Have you ever held a government travel card?

  1. Yes
  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
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  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
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  8. Friend or relative
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  11. Other

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