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Job Title:Web Developer

Agency:Railroad Retirement Board

Job Announcement Number:13-DEU-10 867674gb

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,508.00 to $42,508.00 / Per Year


Friday, May 10, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Chicago, IL United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Come aboard the Railroad Retirement Board and join us in using creativity, automation and innovation to carry out our mission to administer insurance benefit programs under the Railroad Retirement Act and the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act.  You can be a part of the team that delivers best in class service to railroad workers and their families!

As a member of a team responsible for planning and developing of components for web-based applications (Internet, Intranet and Extranet) where the objectives are clearly identified and are realizable by straightforward adaptation of precedents and established practices.



This job announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Be sure to read the 'How to Apply' section and submit required documents
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service
  • Successful completion of a full background investigation may be required


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As a web developer with the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), you will:

  • Assists web developers in diagnosing and troubleshooting Website operational problems such as malfunctioning application component problems.  Along with other IT staff, identifies problems and makes corrections to restore functionality.
  • As a team member, responsible for planning and developing web-based applications where the objectives are clearly identified and require straight-forward adaptation of established practices.
  • Participates in the design, development, monitoring, tuning, and administration of relational database management systems in a multi-platform environment.
  • Reports to a team leader or senior developer on status assessments, development estimates, risk identification, quality issues and factors, and other tracking information.
  • Troubleshoots issues with existing or developed application components, and assists with the proper actions to resolve them.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


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    Applicants can qualify by meeting the SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE requirements and/or the EDUCATION requirements specified below.


    One year of specialized experience at the GS-05 level. This is defined as experience in the performance of tasks such as:

    • Translating detailed logical steps developed by others into a programming language where this requires understanding of procedures and limitations appropriate to use of a programming language.
    • Interviewing subject-matter personnel to get facts regarding work processes, and gathering the resulting data into charts showing information flow.
    • Troubleshooting and responding to programming error messages.
    • Preparing documentation to describe programming logical and/or system development.

    Such skills are typically gained in the computer field or through performance of work where the primary concern is the subject matter of computer applications, and computer-related efforts required to facilitate the basic duties.

    In addition, specialized experience may include the following:• Ability to learn new programming languages and methodology.
    • Basic Web development skills using ASP.Net and JavaScript.
    • Ability to grasp software development fundamentals including following a basic SDLC (System Development Life Cycle).
    • Skill at debugging software and identifying syntax, coding, and design errors.
    • Working productively with others in a team environment.
    • Ability to accomplish assignments accurately and adequately as defined by a supervisor or by standard operating procedures.
    • Ability to recognize when deviations from standard procedure are necessary and to recommend appropriate changes.

    •                                                                 -and-


    In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below.  Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies within the body of the resume; no separate statements addressing them are required.

    • Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
    • Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
    • Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    • Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.


    Civil service regulations require that applicants have occupied a position at the GS-05 level or higher for at least one year.



    One full year of graduate level education from an accredited college or university.  This course work must be in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems or a discipline directly related to these positions.


    The superior academic achievement provision may also be used to qualify at GS-07 level.  You may obtain more information by logging onto, or you may obtain this information in the Bureau of Human Resources.


    Note:  A combination of experience and education (as described above) maybe used to meet the qualification requirements. 


    This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants.   If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.   The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


    Category rating procedures will be used to rank eligible candidates.  The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire, and is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Thus, your application should contain information about specific work performed that relates to this position.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following categories: Best Qualified, Qualified, and Minimally Qualified.  Within each category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive priority selection over non-veterans.


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    The Railroad Retirement Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.  To find out more about benefits as a Federal employee click here:


    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP):   ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority for competitive service vacancies.   You must be determined to be well-qualified for the vacancy to be eligible for special selection priority.   After submission of an acceptable application which meets ICTAP eligibility, you will be determined to be well-qualified for a vacancy if your rating places you in the best qualified category.

    ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility for special selection priority, such as: a separation notice; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.  You must also submit a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) notating your current position, grade level, and duty location, and a copy of your most recent Performance Rating.  Click here for more information on ICTAP.

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 you are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act; the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

    The Notification and Federal Employees Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002 (No FEAR Act) requires agencies to provide a notice to all job applicants and new employees about their rights and remedies under antidiscrimination and whistleblower laws.  You may view this notice here


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    You must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your Résumé
    2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
    3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 17, 2013.

    • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
    • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


    • RÉSUMÉ showing relevant experience.
    • Responses to the OCCUPATIONAL QUESTIONNAIRE. View Occupational Questionnaire
    • TRANSCRIPTS:  If you are eligible based upon education or consideration under the Superior Academic Achievement Provision, copies of all college courses must be submitted.  Original transcripts will be required if selected. REMOVE THIS BULLET IF THERE IS NO EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION
    • VETERAN'S DOCUMENTATION:  If you are a veteran, you must provide a copy of your Record of Military Service (DD-214), and proof of your veterans' preference, if applicable.  Veterans with a service connected disability must submit a completed claim form SF-15 (click here for form) along with the required proofs.  Go to FedsHireVets-Veterans Preference for more information.
    • INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) documentation:   If you are eligible under ICTAP, you must submit all required materials verifying your eligibility as listed in "Other Information."
    • For statistical purposes only, please complete and submit Form OMB-3046-0046, DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS.  Submission of this form is optional.  Click here: to access this form.  Please attach this form with your application materials.

    Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

    You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

    If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 867674
    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, May 17, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


    RRB Human Resources Office
    Phone: (312)751-4580
    Agency Information:
    Railroad Retirement Board
    844 N Rush St
    Chicago, IL


    Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and possible referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

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