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Job Title:  Chief Technology Officer, SL-801-00 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) ARC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Office of the Secretary of Transportation
Job Announcement Number:  OST.CIO-2013-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Monday, January 28, 2013 to Monday, December 2, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map

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


The Office of the Secretary (OST) oversees the formulation of National transportation policy and promotes intermodal transportation. Other responsibilities range from negotiation and implementation of international transportation agreements, assuring the fitness of US airlines, enforcing airline consumer protection regulations, issuance of regulations to prevent alcohol and illegal drug misuse in transportation systems and preparing transportation legislation.

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is charged with collaborating with the DOT Chief Information Officer (CIO) to promote visionary technologies that improve business processes and efficiently accomplish strategic DOT mission goals.  The CTO oversees multiple technology initiatives and ensures that they are effectively implemented in a strategic and innovative manner.  In addition, the CTO collaborates with other technology leaders and stakeholders to identify and introduce new business processes and technologies.  The CTO leads the development of the Department’s business technology modernization and integration standards supporting various solution architectures.

The Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST) is looking for an individual with proven ability to negotiate complex agreements and has superior strategic technology and enterprise integration skills to collaborate with experienced professionals to oversee complex, high visibility business technology solutions that impact the management of Department-wide technology based initiatives. This position is located in the Department of Transportation (DOT) building, which sits directly across the street from the Navy Yard metro station and blocks away from the Washington National's baseball stadium. OST has flexible health benefits.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizens 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
  • PCS/ Relocation not authorized
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) advances the agency's mission by identifying technologies that transform, improve, or support the DOT business missions.  The CTO shall assist the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in leading the Department in a visionary, collaborative, and stakeholder-focused manner to leverage technology resources that improve business processes, accomplish strategic DOT missions, goals, and program objectives and reduce costs.  The CTO will manage the following program areas.

Business Technology & Governance:

The CTO promotes the effective and efficient design and operation of major technology-based initiatives and management processes. The CTO also collaborates with the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Procurement executive to assure that technology based systems effectively provide financial and performance data, link program performance, and comply with applicable acquisition regulations and administrative processes for IT investments.

Technology Strategy & Modernization:

The CTO provides executive leadership in order to introduce new technologies and methods supporting complex application/systems development throughout DOT and the national transportation infrastructure.  The CTO oversees technology strategy and modernization for DOT and advises the DOT CIO and the senior leadership within and outside the department. 

The CTO advocates:

  • transportation mission assurance,
  • innovative uses of technology, and
  • the implementation of sound capital and investment planning.

The CTO vacancy is classified as a Senior Level (SL) position.  SL positions may include limited supervisory and related managerial duties.  SL members are independent advisors or technical experts and do not involve fundamental research and development responsibilities. This SL position is in the competitive.


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Basic Qualifications:  You must possess an expert knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices in a field of engineering or physical science as evidenced by a Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Experience: Experience planning, directing and leading a diverse technology development and management organization delivering innovative and progressive technology solutions across multiple business units.


Proven ability to manage and monitor organization administrative activities, detailed financial planning and reporting, and contractor performance.


Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that you will be presented with once you have applied to this announcement. You must clearly demonstrate in your responses how your experience supports each of the TQs.


  1. Demonstrated knowledge and work experience with industrial technologies, specifically related to various modes of transportation.
  2. Demonstrated experience in communicating contemporary and visionary technologies in plain language that is understandable to a diverse user base.
  3. Demonstrates the ability to participate and lead cross-organizational working groups facing very complex technology and process challenges.
  4. Demonstrates the ability to identify and implement leading edge and potentially disruptive technology systems, components and related processes.

Your resume and responses to the Technical Qualifications are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses to the qualification statements that are not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from highly or well-qualified status and/or result in non-referral. Your application will be rated and ranked by a panel based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education.  Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check.

We recommend you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.


Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

  • Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


  • In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment.
  • 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. 
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed)
  • Travel may be required.
  • Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and access to Special Compartmented Information.
  • Selectee will be required to complete and submit an Executive Personnel Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-278, prior to entering the position and annually thereafter.
  • This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high". 


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 nonveterans. 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.

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 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 close date:
  • RESUME - Your resume should include examples that are clear, concise, and emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs, issues, or activities involved; policy initiatives undertaken; level of contacts; the sensitivity and criticality of the issues you addressed; and the results of your actions. Please do not include pictures in your application package.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE - Responses to the technical qualifications are limited to 4,500 characters per question. Do NOT include your answers in the body of your USAJOBS resume, since they will be asked separately.  
  • TRANSCRIPTS - Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • 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.


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