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Job Title:Operating Practices Reports Analyst, GS-0301-11 (Open to FRA Employees Only) DB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.R2-2012-0035

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 1, 2012 to Friday, October 12, 2012




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Baltimore, MD, USView Map
Crum Lynne, PA, 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 Regional Administrator’s Office, Region Two, Office of Railroad Safety, in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).  You will assist the Operating Practices (OP) Team in the Region in conducting accident reporting audits, drug and alcohol audits, engineer and conductor certification audits and investigations, NSPP reporting, complaint correspondence, and all other general duties associated with the OP team, as well as other disciplines as necessary.

This position is ideal for a motivated entry level to mid-level candidate with experience applying analytical and evaluative methods when completing reviews of safety audits, investigative reports, and complaints.

TELEWORK: DOT recognizes the importance and encourages the use of telework. Telework supports departmental mission and performance goals and improves the Department's capability to support homeland and national security requirements. Telework improves individual and organizational productivity; helps reduce highway congestion and mobile source emissions; serves as a recruitment and retention tool; helps maintain operations during emergency situations; and improves work-life quality. This position has been identified as a telework eligible position.

There is only one position, which can be filled in any one of the following duty locations advertised.

This position requires extensive travel.


  • 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 Operating Practices Reports Analyst, you will:


  • Review, analyze and edit completed audits and investigative reports  - complaint, waiver and violation reports – that are prepared by the team to determine if the reports are complete, that Federal Regulations referenced are correct and that the investigation responds to all items of concern.   
  • Provide reports as requested to Headquarters Drug and Alcohol Program Manager for use in determining compliance of each railroad covered under the scope of Part 219 within the region.
  • Participate, as a team member, in regional operating practices full compliance reviews.
  • Perform analysis on statistical data available on the FRA website for accidents, incidents, casualties, etc. to prepare and compile presentation material for use at meetings attended by railroads, labor unions, employees/.
  • Review technical reports, correspondence and other material submitted for signature by the Regional Administrator or Deputies.  Ensures all material is grammatically correct and edited according to content, form, and methodology and are in conformance with the policies of the office and FRA.
  • Provide summary safety reports for the Regional Administrator or Deputy Regional Administrators on an as-needed basis which outline both State and Federal inspections and activities.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 11 Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related

To qualify for the GS-11 based on experience, you must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade level (GS-9) for this occupation. The specialized experience must include:

  • Experience analyzing complaint correspondence, compiling data to analyze trends, and preparing reports and recommendations to facilitate decision-making.
  • Experience writing analytical reports, correspondence, and presentations for management.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • 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.
  • 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.
To preview questions please click here.


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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. 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.


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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.
  • TRANSCRIPTS (FOR THE GS-11):  If you are using experience and graduate level education you must submit a copy of your college transcript.
  • 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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