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Job Title:  Deputy Regional Administrator - GS - 2101 - 13 /14 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.R5-2013-0017

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$86,489.00 to $132,862.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 04, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Worth, TX, USView Map

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

This job is also being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration.  Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: FRA.R5-2013-0016.


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 U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • The announcement is also advertised merit promotion: FRA.R5-2013-0016.
  • Relocation expenses are NOT authorized for this position.
  • 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.
  • Supervises the State Participation Program; monitors State inspection activities for consistency with FRA's safety enforcement policies and programs and other safety-related aspects of the program.
  • 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.
  • Evaluates data from FRA safety databases and uses it, along with other considerations, to make recommendations on assigning inspectors, identifying areas for special focus, and determining emerging safety trends.


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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.



In addition to meeting the specialized experience at the GS-13, you must also have:

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



  • UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP: Proof of citizenship will be required to be shown upon appointment.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.
  • DRUG TESTING: The selectee will be required to pass a drug test prior to appointment unless currently employed in a DOT position that requires drug testing. The selectee also will be subject to random drug testing while employed in this safety-sensitive position.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  


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 non-veterans.  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.

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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.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  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</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

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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Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
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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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