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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.[7565] Do you have experience performing analytical investigations and special studies and making recommendations to improve railroad safety in the region?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.[9661] Do you have experience providing advice and guidance as a technical expert to inspectors, railroad officials, shippers, State and local government, emergency personnel and other Federal agencies?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.[9663] Do you have experience monitoring and guiding short-line inspection programs pertaining to a broad range of railroad issues?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.[9689] Select the selection(s) that best describes your experience with the railroad safety inspector disciplines; i.e. hazardous materials, operating practices, motive power and equipment, track, or signal and train control.
  1. I have held successive positions in the railroad industry where I have experience and the responsibility with the following: interpretation & enforcement of railroad operating rules and procedures, OR track structures, track maintenance & construction; OR responsibility & enforcement of the transportation of hazardous materials by rail, including technical aspects of managing and maintaining the fixed physical plant and rolling stock.
  2. I have held supervisory positions or has acted as a team leader in at least one of the five railroad disciplines AND/OR served as a supervisor or team leader in conducting investigations, preparing recommendations on regulatory requirements, or formulating procedural requirements in such areas as accident investigation and requirements pertaining to one of the five railroad disciplines
  3. I have held a variety or positions in the railroad industry that has provided the applicant with experience in at least one railroad safety discipline, OR have held a position as a FRA safety inspector in one of the five railroad safety inspector disciplines.
  4. I have held a variety of positions in the railroad industry that has provided me with experience in conducting inspections including the relationship of equipment design factors to human response patterns.
  5. During my career, I have held a variety of positions in the railroad industry that has provided me with extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the regulatory requirements and experience in one or more of the five railroad safety disciplines, AND/OR held a position as a FRA safety inspector with experience in more than one railroad safety discipline.
  6. None of the above


* 6.[9672] Select the selection(s) that best describes your experience in monitoring and guiding a short-line inspection program.
  1. During my career, I have been promoted to successive positions of leadership where I arranged and coordinated short-line training presentations; as well as, preparing written reports providing extensive technical guidance across a wide range of railroad safety issues.
  2. As part of my job, I have participated in giving short-line training presentations.
  3. I have assisted in delivering at least one short-line presentation.
  4. I have been promoted to successive positions of leadership that has given me the experience in monitoring and guiding short-line inspection programs pertaining to a broad range of railroad issues that include developing and planning actions to conduct inspections, special studies and/or investigations.
  5. As part of my job, I have monitored and guided short-line inspection programs; as well as, formulated or revised guidelines pertaining to at least one of the railroad safety disciplines.
  6. I have held positions where I performed short-line inspections and investigations; as well as, enforced federal regulations as they pertain to at least one of the five railroad safety disciplines.
  7. None of the above.


* 7.[9673] Select the statement(s) that reflect your knowledge of a railroad safety discipline.
  1. Track
  2. Opeating Practices
  3. Hazardous Materials
  4. Signal and Train Control
  5. Motive Power and Equipment
  6. None of the above.


* 8.[9384] Select the response(s) that reflect(s) your experience interpreting and enforcing railroad operating practices and procedures in order to disseminate information and ensure uniform application of rules and regulations.
  1. I have held at least three positions in the railroad industry that has provided me with experience in interpreting railroad operating rules and procedures that pertain to rail safety.
  2. During my career I have been promoted to positions of leadership where I have been responsible for interpreting and applying FRA regulations in accordance with FRA policy as well as ensuring that others fully comply with FRA regulations.
  3. I have held positions in the railroad industry that have provided me with exposure to railroad operating rules and procedures that pertain to rail safety.
  4. During my career I have held positions where I have been responsible for interpreting and applying FRA regulations in accordance with FRA policy.
  5. During my career I have been promoted to consecutive positions where I have been responsible for more territory, as well as additional experience and responsibility with the interpretation and enforcement of railroad operating rules and procedures pertaining to rail safety.
  6. I have taken classes on FRA rules and regulations and have experience applying the rules and regulations in accordance with FRA policy or railroad procedures.
  7. None of the above.


* 9.[9676] Select the selection(s) that best describes your experience performing analytical investigations and special studies and making recommendations to improve railroad safety.
  1. I have assisted on at least four teams that investigate complicated accidents or noncompliance issues and/or have extensive experience in enforcing federal regulations as they pertain to at least one of the five railroad safety disciplines.
  2. During my career I have been promoted to successive positions of leadership or supervision where I have experience in formulating regulatory changes to improve railroad safety, or resolved complex problems related to the enforcement of regulations related to one of the railroad safety disciplines; as well as, being responsible for ensuring that the goals of the National Inspection Plan are met.
  3. I have held at least one mid-level position where I have been responsible for formulating or revising regulatory guidelines pertaining to at least one of the railroad safety disciplines.
  4. I have held positions where on my own initiative, coordinated the inspection activities of an office pertaining to one of the railroad safety disciplines and/or occasionally conducted special studies and made recommendations to improve railroad safety.
  5. I have planned inspection activities in accordance with established procedures and guidelines and participated in special studies and assisted in developing recommendations to improve railroad safety.
  6. I have conducted accident investigations and inspections according to FRA regulations, and/or have developed and planned actions to conduct special studies and/or investigations as well as, made recommendations to improve railroad safety.
  7. None of the above.


* 10.[9677] Select the statement(s) that best describes your experience in conducting high profile accident investigations.
  1. I do not have experience in conducting high profile accident investigations.
  2. I have held a position where I conducted accident investigations and inspections according to FRA's policy and regulations.
  3. I have held positions where I conducted investigations involving major accidents and provided some guidance to railroad and FRA officials concerning the investigations.
  4. During my career I have led or been responsible for coordinating and conducting team investigations involving major accidents and providing extensive guidance to railroad and FRA officials concerning such investigations.
  5. I have held supervisory position, or have acted as a team leader, where I have resolved complex problems that might be encountered in high profile rail accident investigations.
  6. I have experience planning inspection activities in accordance with established procedures and guidelines.
  7. I have held positions where I have independently coordinated the inspection activities of an office pertaining to one of the railroad safety disciplines.


* 11.[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.


* 12.[9678] Select the statement(s) that best describes your experience providing expert technical advice and guidance to inspectors, railroad officials, shippers, State and local government, emergency personnel and other Federal agencies.
  1. Experience in conducting accident investigations and providing remedial solutions to problems pertaining to at least one of the railroad safety disciplines and providing technical guidance and advice to FRA as well as, railroad officials concerning accident investigations.
  2. Supervises or acts as a team leader by providing guidance to others in completing accident investigations and special studies.
  3. I have provided technical guidance to FRA and railroad officials concerning accident investigations and when required prepared routine responses to congressional inquires concerning railroad issues.
  4. I have trained other FRA employees and inspectors in technical matters related to at least one of the railroad safety disciplines and conducted conferences and presentations to railroad industry employees and FRA employees.
  5. I have conducted presentations when required on issues relating to at least one of the railroad safety disciplines, as well as; delivered training on at least three occasions to other employees.
  6. I have served on more than three teams to conduct accident investigations and have provided solutions to problems concerning regulatory enforcement pertaining to one of the five railroad safety disciplines.
  7. None of the above.


* 13.[9679] Select the statement that best describes your experience in the coordination of State programs.
  1. I have general experience in providing technical guidance and advice to state certified FRA inspectors concerning accident investigations and other issues, AND/OR provided solutions to problems concerning regulatory enforcement pertaining to one of the railroad safety disciplines.
  2. I have held supervisory or positions of leadership in the railroad industry where I provided guidance to state certified FRA inspectors and local government officials AND/OR have provided guidance to state inspectors in completing accident investigations, special studies and routine inspections (joint).
  3. During my career, I have held a variety of positions where I provided technical guidance and advice to FRA and state certified FRA inspectors concerning accident investigations, and/or participated in joint accident investigations, special studies and routine inspections (joint), with state certified inspectors.
  4. None of the above.


* 14.[9681] Select the response(s) that reflect the special technical projects within the railroad industry where you have been a team leader.
  1. Safety Assurance and Compliance Program (SACP)
  2. Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC)
  3. Technical Resolution Committees (TRC?s)
  4. Inter-modal Safety Task Force (ISTF)
  5. Audit teams
  6. Special Inspection teams
  7. Listening Sessions
  8. Class I Railroad Operations
  9. Studies/Projects that are Regional/National in Scope, as an example the Trailer-On-Flat-Car and Container-On-Flat-Car (TOFC/COFC)
  10. Safety audits, assessments, reviews and/or team inspections
  11. 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.[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


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.