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Job Title:  Transportation Analyst -(Prg Mgmt and Policy Analyst) - GS - 2101-14 (Only Open to FRA Employees) BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.RPD-2013-0020

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 $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013
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.

The available position is in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Passenger and Freight Programs. The position is located in Washington, DC.  You will serve as a Program Management and Policy Analyst, reporting to the Director of the Office of Passenger and Freight Programs.  You will provide program management and policy expertise to FRA leadership and the Department of Transportation (DOT) offices, States, railroads and other FRA stakeholders in the context of developing, delivering and monitoring publicly sponsored programs to achieve the vision of a 21st-century rail network.

Among many other important duties, the prime focus of the position is to improve program delivery for all Office of Passenger and Freight administered programs.  Responsibilities include complex analysis of program delivery and performance metrics using FRA’s Project Management Tool and other tools; analysis of FRA, DOT and OMB policies impacting obligation and delivery; analysis of legislation impacting funding and other program requirements;  designing strategies to develop technical guidance and resolve policy and procedural issues;  and designing and implementing application and obligation strategies and procedures (including drafting Notices of Funding Availability, coordinating application reviews, developing and presenting recommendations to FRA and DOT leadership, drafting selection memorandums and developing prioritization strategies and requirements for obligation).  Duties also include providing frequent briefings and recommendations on program delivery performance to FRA’s senior leadership team including Associate Administrators, Deputy Administrator and Administrator, as well as, DOT senior leaders and OMB staff.

The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level professional who can function independently and demonstrate leadership in team environments. You should also have strong analytical, strategic planning and communication skills and knowledge in the area of freight and intercity passenger rail transportation. Experience should also include working with discretionary grant programs and reviewing and commenting on legislative proposals. Experience leading to comprehensive products, in the analysis and/or improvement of rail transportation and ability to meet organizational goals is desirable.



  • Must be a 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 Transportation Analyst (Project Manager), you will:


  • Use program management methods and tools, such as FRA’s Project Management Tool, and assist with the coordination of FRA Offices to ensure steady work flow, maximum production, compliance with deadlines, and overall efficiency of program delivery and oversight. 
  • Work with Division Chiefs in the Office of Passenger and Freight Programs and multidisciplinary teams of technical experts to monitor the performance of all programs administered by the Office of Passenger and Freight Programs and identify issues for FRA and DOT leadership that impact program delivery and performance. 
  • Facilitate the grant selection process by drafting NOFAs, establishing application review panels and review procedures, advising FRA leadership on the quality of rail proposals and contributing to the development of a recommended position for FRA including understanding and applying the requirements of FRA guidelines, other applicable Federal guidelines, legislation and the Administration’s goals and objectives. 
  • Evaluate trends and issues identified through FRA’s Oversight and Monitoring Program and makes recommendations to the Director, Office of Passenger and Freight Programs to improve program delivery. 
  • Provide policy input on Federal programmatic and regulatory issues resulting from DOT and FRA initiatives, and Congressional and public inquiries. Provide policy input on proposed legislation impacting Office of Passenger and Freight programs. 


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience utilizing program and/or project management to perform oversight in the conduct of transportation programs.
  • Experience managing the grant selection process. 
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • 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
  • SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration.  No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions.  Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies.  Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec.31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb.15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.
  • 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 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
  • 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. 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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