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Job Title:  Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist - GS - 0301 - 14 (FRA Employees ONLY) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.S-2013-0020

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

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$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 to Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Full Time - Telework - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Birmingham, AL, USView Map
Huntsville, AL, USView Map
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
Tucson, AZ, USView Map
Fayetteville, AR, USView Map
More Locations  (130)

This vacancy is open to 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.

In this position you will serve as the Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Drug and Alcohol Program, which is designed to reduce the adverse effects of drugs and alcohol use on safety in the railroad industry.  You will be responsible for assisting in the management, technical and program development and administration of the Agency’s Alcohol and Drug Program for the railroad industry on a nationwide basis.  FRA regulations in 49 CFR Part 219 (as amended), which incorporated by reference Part 40 establishes minimum Federal safety requirements for the control of alcohol and drug use in railroad operations.  You will provide assistance and guidance to all key partners, to ensure FRA implements and documents actions to accomplish the FRA’s National Safety Compliance Plan. 

The ideal candidate is a mid-level professional with extensive experience with policy enforcement and implementation of a Drug and Alcohol Program. They should have strong communications skills, and have the ability to foster relationships with organizations to include mentoring individuals.


  • You must be a current FRA status employee 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.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Drug and Alcohol Program Specialist:

  • Plans and implements policies, programs, and procedures pertaining to the Agency’s Railroad Safety Drug and Alcohol Program for the FRA’s field offices.
  • Coordinates and plans Class I Part 219 railroad industry audits and oversees and mentors all Class II and III Part 219 audits, reviews the efficiency of toxicological testing reports for all types of federal testing, and orchestrates corrective action as necessary.
  • Plans, schedules, and conducts training, (in concert with FRA’s training department) for FRA field personnel, railroad management, railroad labor organization personnel, and Service Agent contractors helping the industry implement and comply with FRA Drug and Alcohol Program requirements. 


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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:
GRADE 14  
  • Experience in enforcing and implementing a Drug and Alcohol program in the transportation industry.
  • Experience with compliance, enforcement and the quality assurance reviews of safety programs and policies.
  • Experience representing, communicating, and addressing a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups regarding safety programs.
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).
  • DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for this position will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
  • DRUG TEST: This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel.  The travel is a condition of employment. 
  • 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.
  • 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 is a full-time telework position.


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.

Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy in the following locations:
Birmingham, AL, USView Map
Huntsville, AL, USView Map
Phoenix, AZ, USView Map
Tucson, AZ, USView Map
Fayetteville, AR, USView Map
Little Rock, AR, USView Map
Burbank, CA, USView Map
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