Job Overview


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.

President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that provides significant funding to Amtrak and States to improve intercity passenger rail. President Obama's new vision would transform the nation's transportation system by rebuilding existing rail infrastructure while developing a comprehensive high-speed intercity passenger rail network through a long-term commitment at both the federal and state levels.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has major responsibility to implement this vision by establishing new rail programs funded by ARRA. FRA has urgent and critical hiring needs to meet these growing mission requirements and to prepare our partners and stakeholders to implement the ARRA. This position will be located in the Grant Program Division. 

Join our growing team and help FRA develop, improve and deploy high-speed passenger rail service to transform and revitalize our nation's rail system.

The ideal candidate has applied basic grant analysis principles and technical requirements to analyze, evaluate and make recommendations related to the review of grant proposals.  The candidate should also possess a high degree of energy, passion for the job, and is willing to do what is necessary to achieve organizational goals.  This is a developmental position progressing through the Grants Management Specialist, GS-1109-11 to the full performance level of GS-1109-12. 

NOTE: This is a TERM appointment (Not-to-exceed 4 years). Term appointments are non-status, nonpermanent appointments of limited duration. Term employees are eligible to earn leave and generally have the same benefits as permanent employees including health and life insurance, within-grade increases and Federal Employees Retirement System and Thrift Savings Plan coverage.  Term appointments may be extended without further competition, but may not exceed 4 years.


As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

  • Monitor, review, and maintain tracking systems for incoming grant actions, grantee reports, and other grant management documents, and prepare reports and reconcile monthly data. 
  • Assist with the analysis of applications in order to ensure that all grant applications comply with applicable program announcements and that administrative and fiscal policies are reasonable in terms of requesting grantees’ policies, as well as, evaluate recipients’ disbursement requests and recommends approval or disapproval for supervisory review.
  • Assist with the establishment, management, maintenance, sunset, and close-out of RPD grants and cooperative agreements and uses Microsoft Office tools such as Excel and Access to maintain grant management files and databases.
  • Notify the grantee of the responsibilities, requirements, grant management policies, and procedures to be followed during the life of the grant, and provides guidance in the proper use of public funds.
  • Assist with carrying out all delegated administrative aspects of grant making or contracting.  Engage in periodic review meetings and on-site visits to examine grantee or contractor progress and reports, follow-ups on refinements, and provides redirection as necessary. 
  • Assist in developing related grant policies and procedures for rail assistance under the RPD’s grant assistance programs, including developing regulations.
  • Provide program staff and grantees with technical assistance, informing grantees of grant laws, regulations, policies, and procedures in assigned areas. 
  • Communicate with a variety of officials and employees to provide information, explain technical matters, respond to questions, and provide feedback or information in different types of situations and different types of audience; as well as, write and edit written documents, and prepare multimedia presentations.