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Job Title:  Deputy Regional Administrator - GS - 2101 - 13 /14 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.R2-2013-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$87,292.00 to $134,096.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 to Thursday, December 13, 2012
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Crum Lynne, PA, USView Map
  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.R2-2013-0010, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.


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 serves as a Deputy Regional Administrator for a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) region. In this capacity, the Deputy Regional Administrator plans, develops, coordinates, and directs programs within the region in support of FRA objectives, policies, and missions; provides managerial direction and technical guidance over subordinate field elements and employees; serves as an advisor to the Regional Administrator on regional issues, pertaining to safety related or administrative programs; makes recommendations on the assignment and use of the region's resources based on analysis of data from FRA's safety databases and other considerations; and assures all data/reports requested by FRA Headquarters are submitted by the required deadlines and in accordance with current instructions and policies.

The ideal candidate for this position is a mid- to- senior level applicant who has experience in railroad operations or non-highway ground transportation operations; as well as, possesses knowledge of issues affecting railroad safety to develop and initiate new railroad safety programs and evaluate existing railroad safety programs. Experience as an effective team member or leader who has performed analytical investigations and special studies and make recommendations to improve railroad safety is also desirable.


  • You must be a status candidate 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.
  • You must be able to obtain and retain a Secret security clearance.
  • Announcement also advertised to U.S. Citizens: FRA.R2-2013-0010.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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The Deputy Regional Administrator:  

  • Functions as a multi-skilled management and safety generalist participating in the planning, direction, and evaluation of programs assigned to the region. Provides advice, reviews and analyzes; issues identification and policy options for consideration by the Regional Administrator. Manages the development of regional rail safety budget requirements and program plans. Manages regional activities associated with the implementation of the provisions of the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 and other similar requirements.
  • Supervises, through a multi-discipline staff, the implementation of national and regional enforcement policies and programs to determine carrier compliance with Federal safety laws, regulations, and standards pertaining to railroad safety in all or some of the following areas: highway-rail grade crossings, track and structures, signal and train control, motive power and equipment, operating practices, railroad and shipper compliance with hazardous materials safety procedures and railroad noise emissions, and railroad compliance with applicable occupational safety and health regulations.
  • Exercises technical and administrative direction for a portion of the regional workforce. Directs and coordinates the work of subordinate supervisor(s),assisting them with work problems, when requested. Prepares performance evaluations for the subordinate staff and recommends bonuses and awards for employee contributions to the mission and goals of the agency. Makes and/or approves selections for subordinate nonsupervisory and subordinate supervisory positions. Hears and resolves group grievances or serious employee complaints. Plans and identifies regional training needs(technical and administrative). Ensures that the DOT and FRA diversity initiatives are effectively implemented in the region.
  • Represents the region in meetings with the General Accounting Office (GAO),the Department of Transportation's(DOT), Office of Inspector General(OIG) and other similar organizations; as well as, represent FRA, within the region, on intermodal task forces, committees, etc.  Also represents FRA, within the region, in contacts with the railroad industry, elected public officials, news media, other government agencies, unions, civic and private groups on various DOT programs, functions and policies.


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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 applying Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations in two or more of the following disciplines: railroad operation, maintenance and transportation of hazardous materials, signal & train control, track & structures, or motive power & equipment.
  • Experience analyzing transportation safety statistical data used for policy/program recommendations.
  • Experience performing analytical investigations and special studies and making recommendations to improve railroad safety.


  • Experience developing or implementing federal railroad safety laws or regulations.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • 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 AND TRANSPORTATION: 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 ICTAP or 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 closing 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
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for 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. 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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