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Job Title:Program Analyst - GS - 0343 - 13 / 14 (Open to FRA Employees Only) BP

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.OA-2012-0009

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

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$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 01, 2012 to Wednesday, October 10, 2012




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map


Current FRA employees with status.


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

This position is located in the Office of the Federal Railroad Administrator in Washington, D.C.  As a Program Analyst, you will function as Special Assistant to the Administrator and Deputy Administrator and serve as the front office’s special liaison to all program offices within the agency.  In this role, you are guided by a personal, working knowledge of the Administrator’s values, programs, initiatives and aspirations as you coordinate individual and cooperative efforts with FRA staff.  You will be expected to understand the Administrator/Deputy Administrator’s priorities and interests then expand and enhance them to further the programs and initiatives of the mission of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).  You will serve as a facilitator and coordinator for the full range of programs, policies, projects and initiatives which are of prime concern to the Administrator and Deputy.  The work requires you to clearly and concisely compile, analyze and present pertinent information and data in a timely manner for decision making on the administrative and programmatic aspects of FRA’s operations and management.  The nature of your responsibilities mandates that assignments be fully completed when presented to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and/or Executive Director.

The ideal candidate for this position has experience serving as a consultant and confidential advisor who can provide objective independent assessments and recommendations for policy and operational and administrative issues and initiatives requiring decision and action.   


  • Must be current FRA employee with status and meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Program Analyst, you will:

  • Perform a variety of special assignments for the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator.  Analyze specific and general aspects of proposals and problems which directly impact the overall railroad mission and function of the FRA.   
  • Serve as special liaison to members of the FRA leadership team and act as an intermediary regarding a wide range of functions that include submission of information, clarification and interpretation of policy and procedures.  Analyze and prioritize the many transportation program issues requiring the Administrator/Deputy’s attention, and handle any concerns from program offices with respect to these priorities.   
  • Draw upon expert knowledge of the transportation industry and/or the internal operational processes of the FRA to advise and perform special assignments that address diverse topics/issues.   
  • Present the views, concerns and policies of the Administrator and/or Deputy Administrator in meetings with key officials in the FRA, the DOT, and other agencies providing comprehensive balanced information that covers all relevant aspects of the issues under discussion.  Perform research and develop a variety of material in various formats for the use of the Administrator and Deputy Administrator in the performance of their duties. 
  • Participate in key FRA management councils, meetings and conferences and ensure that assignments made during these functions are fully staffed, completed and cleared.  Provide liaison with key staff officials and speak for the Administrator/Deputy Administrator on the interpretation of established policy; and, in giving advice as to direction on a course of action, keep the Administrator, Deputy Administrator and/or other front office staff informed of actions taken towards completion, current status, and projected ending date.


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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, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience analyzing and/or interpreting rules, regulations, standards, policies or procedures in order to make recommendations to address regulatory or industry standard issues.
  • Experience evaluating transportation related information and preparing written documents such as decision papers, reports, issue papers, or briefing materials.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience at the GS-13, this level requires:


  • Experience developing and maintaining effective relationships with a variety of internal and external groups and individuals, and creating a professional network in order to effectively support communication and outreach programs and efforts. 
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: 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.
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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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 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.
  • 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, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
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 your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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