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Job Title:  Financial Policy Advisor - GS - 0301 - 14 / 15 (Open to U.S. Citizens) BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Highway Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FHWA.HIN-2012-0005

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 19, 2012 to Friday, January 18, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
FEW vacancies in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.

This job is also being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration. Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: FHWA.HIN-2012-0004.


Real solutions to meet genuine challenges. Innovative ideas to take on growing realities. That's the Federal Highway Administration - Leaders in Paving the Way on the Road to Success.

You will serve on the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Team of the Office of Innovative Program Delivery, and report to the Team Leader of the TIFIA Joint Program Office (JPO). You will also serve as the expert policy advisor to management for the TIFIA Credit Program which provides significant financial assistance (to date, between $50 million and $900 million per transaction) to borrowers seeking to develop transportation projects of regional or national significance. With important exceptions, TIFIA credit agreements emulate the commercial practices of U.S. capital markets and/or private banking investors. As issues arise in individual transactions, you will recommend credit policies that ensure both fair treatment of project borrowers and productive refinements to the TIFIA program.

The ideal candidate for this position will be a senior finance expert who has negotiated transportation finance and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and international capital markets. Your office will be located in the U.S. Department of Transportation building only a few blocks away from the Navy Yard Metro Station and convenient to the scenic DC waterfront, local shops, and restaurants. We offer excellent benefits - including the potential for health insurance coverage in retirement-as well as flexible schedule and telework opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE: Given our continuing need for top professionals in this field, we will review applications on Aug. 8th, Aug. 29th, Sept. 19th, Oct. 11th, Nov. 1st, Nov. 23rd, Dec. 14th, Jan. 4th and Jan. 21, 2013 (closing date). Following these dates, we will contact qualified applicants to schedule interviews.  We will give equal consideration to all applications we receive.

More than one position may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide ALL required documents by closing date (see How to Apply Tab)
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement is also advertised merit promotion: FHWA.HIN-2012-0004.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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The Financial Policy Advisor:

  • Utilizes expert experience of extensive capital markets and project finance to evaluate, negotiate, and monitor Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) credit agreements.
  • Leads a team of USDOT employees and contractors in evaluating requests for credit assistance to borrowers seeking to develop transportation projects of regional or national significance; identifies the conditions that justify Federal credit assistance and protect Federal credit security.
  • Negotiates a TIFIA credit instrument; establishes the schedule and goals for the negotiation and serves as the point of contact with the borrower's representatives; recommends negotiating strategy and positions to the TIFIA JPO Team Leader.
  • Monitors the ongoing financial performance of the project; establishes an oversight and monitoring plan that addresses the project particular risks identified during evaluation and negotiation.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.



LEVEL To qualify, your experience should include at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience negotiating transportation and/or infrastructure project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets.



In addition to specialized experience at the GS-14 level:

  • Experience independently evaluating and negotiating project finance credit agreements as practiced in domestic and/or international capital markets.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.




  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment.If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  


If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for CTAP/ICTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the close date:

  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc.  For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or" Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS: - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.



Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into (Select "My USAJOBS" and click "Applications"). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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