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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.[13676] Do you have experience leading & conducting special investigations and inspections involving railroad signals and train control?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[13678] Do you have experience dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public and State and local governments on matters related to signals and train control?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[13680] Do you have experience planning and managing a regional safety program related to signal and train control?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[13815] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience in leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving railroad signals and train control.
  1. I have been the primary investigator or team leader in several complicated accident investigations that required coordination among multiple parties within and outside of my organization.
  2. I have participated in at least one major accident investigation where recommendations were made concerning the cause and effects of the incident.
  3. I have served on several teams of investigators during complicated accident investigations, which require interaction among agency and outside personnel.
  4. I have provided written reports to supervisors concerning the causes/effects of major accident investigations that I have conducted.
  5. I have participated in accident investigations on a team to assess damage or noncompliance issues.
  6. I have led or conducted more than five major accident investigations where I assessed damage and wrote detailed reports that included recommendations or guidance on how to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
  7. None of the above.


* 6.[5544] Select the Federal regulation(s) related to railroad signal systems which you have applied and used in the work environment.
  1. 49 CFR Part 233, Signal Systems Reporting Requirements.
  2. 49 CFR Part 235, Instructions Governing Applications for Approval of a Discontinuance or a Material Modification of a Signal System or Relief from the Requirements of Part 236.
  3. 49 CFR Part 236, Rules, Standards, and Instructions Governing the Installation, Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Signal and Train Control Systems, Devices and Appliances, through my performing inspections, testing, and maintenance of railroad signal systems.
  4. 49 CFR Part 236, Rules, Standards, and Instructions Governing the Installation, Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of Signal and Train Control Systems, Devices, and Appliances, through my directing and managing the inspections, testing, and maintenance of railroad signal systems.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.[13816] Do you have experience disseminating information and ensuring uniform application of rules and regulations pertaining to signals and train control?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 8.[13818] Select the response that reflects your experience in disseminating information and ensuring uniform application of rules and regulations pertaining to signals and train control?
  1. I have been a signalman or lead signalman where I have applied my knowledge of FRA signal and train control regulations and procedures that pertain to rail safety on my job.
  2. I have held more than one position where I have been responsible for interpreting and enforcing FRA signal and train control regulations, and procedures; as well as addressed a wide variety of signal and train control issues pertaining to rail road safety as part of my required duties.
  3. I have held positions such as a foreman, signal supervisor, general supervisor or signal engineer where I have interpreted FRA signal and train control regulations and procedures pertaining to rail safety in accordance with FRA policy or railroad procedures as part of my duties.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.[10143] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading and/or managing a diverse workforce in the railroad industry to promote a uniform understanding and application of laws, rules and regulations.
  1. I have led a workforce of professionals in the railroad industry in the delivery of programs or projects by ensuring a uniform understanding and application of laws, rules and regulations. I established and communicated objectives, assigned work to others, monitored the progress of the assignments, provided guidance and instruction as needed, evaluated and/or rewarded the contributions, and assured that objectives were successfully met.
  2. I have held a lead or senior position or positions with formal responsibility for providing technical guidance and instructions on policy, procedures, regulations or complex assignments to individuals in the railroad industry; as well as, leading, directing and managing a workforce or team of professionals to accomplish the delivery of programs or projects.
  3. I have led, directed, and motivated team members in the railroad industry to accomplish a specific project or provide assistance on organizational programs.
  4. I have provided guidance to a workforce in the railroad industry by prioritizing and ensuring work was accomplished in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  5. I have no experience in leading or managing a workforce or team in the railroad industry.


* 10.[13819] Select the response that best describes your experience planning and managing a regional safety program related to Signal and Train Control.
  1. As part of a team or on my own, I have developed training programs or other programs that are designed to increase awareness of Federal regulations pertaining to signals and train control.
  2. I have assisted in the implementation of training programs or given presentations on issues pertaining to signals and train control.
  3. As part of a team I have assisted in the development of training programs or other programs that are designed to increase awareness of Federal regulations.
  4. None of the above.


* 11.[6569] Select the response that best describes your highest level of experience leading a workforce or team in the delivery of programs or projects.
  1. I have led a workforce of professional or technical disciplines and administrative staff in the delivery of programs or projects. I established and communicated program objectives, assigned work to others, monitored the progress of the assignments, provided guidance and instruction as needed to members of the group, evaluated and/or rewarded the contributions of the individual team members, and assured that the program's objectives were successfully met.
  2. I have held a lead or senior position or positions with formal responsibility for providing technical guidance and instructions on policy, procedures, regulations or complex assignments to others in the organization. Led, directed, and managed a workforce or team of professional or technical disciplines to accomplish the delivery of programs or projects.
  3. I have led, directed, and motivated team members to accomplish a specific project or provide assistance on organizational programs.
  4. I have provided guidance to a workforce in prioritizing work and accomplishing it in a timely, satisfactory manner.
  5. I have no experience in leading a workforce or team.


* 12.[13865] Select the response that reflects your experience with the preparation of technical reports, narratives, and correspondence concerning the interpretation of regulatory materials and offers recommendations in the signal and train control area.
  1. I am responsible for developing and implementing regional notification and response procedures; as well as writing reports and guidance related to more than five major accident investigations that I have led or conducted.
  2. I have provided written reports to supervisors concerning the causes/effects of major accident investigations that I have conducted or led.
  3. I have provided information to supervisors for inclusion in written reports related to a accident investigation that I was part of.
  4. None of the above.


* 13.[13821] 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 on matters relating to signals and train control.
  1. I have assisted in the development of training materials concerning railroad signals and train control for industry officials.
  2. My duties have included interacting with counterparts in the railroad industry to provide technical guidance or resolve technical issues to railroad officials concerning railroad signals and control.
  3. I rarely interact with railroad industry, labor unions, the general public, local governments to provide guidance, resolve technical issues, respond to inquires, or clarify regulatory guidance on matters relating to signals and train control.
  4. I have developed and delivered training courses related to signals and train control to industry employees on the rules and regulations governing railroad practices.
  5. I have served as an expert witness in investigating hearings and provided technical information to various individuals and groups on matters related to railroad signals and train control.
  6. None of the above.


* 14.[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


* 15.[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.


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.[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


* 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


For all positions requiring travel, potential applicants must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.

For those employees who enter on board and find that they are unable to obtain a card based on their credit history or who do not retain their card during employment may be subject to removal from the Federal service.

Applicants (who have Federal employment experience) will be required to certify in writing that they have not previously had their travel card suspended or cancelled. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.

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

  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: * 1.[577] Do you certify that you have not previously had your travel card suspended or cancelled?
    1. Yes
    2. No
  2. No


* 5.[620] My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better (includes pass in pass/fail systems).
  1. True
  2. False


* 6.[586] How did you initially hear about this position?
  1. Email notification
  2. Agency website
  3. USAJobs (OPM) website
  4. Newspaper advertisement
  5. Magazine advertisement
  6. Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  7. Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  8. Friend or relative
  9. Job Fair
  10. Minority professional network
  11. Other

        BRANCHED: * 1.[5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.