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The employee serves as a Transportation Specialist in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Planning, Environment and Realty, Office of Human Environment (Livability Team).  The Office of Human Environment is responsible for the development and implementation of national policies, regulations, guidelines, standards, procedures, techniques, and initiatives to comply with the planning and project development human environment provisions of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21); Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU); Transportation Efficiency Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21); Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA); the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA); the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) Regulations; Sections 109(h), 128, 138 of 23 U.S.C.; Section 303 of 49 U.S.C.; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statues; and other related laws, regulations, and Executive Orders.

The Livability Team is responsible for supporting planning and project development programs nationally.  The Team provides leadership and direction for bicyclist and pedestrian initiatives and funding programs, including the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), Recreation Trails Program (RTP), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), and Transportation Enhancements (TE).   The Team also facilitates related initiatives implemented through the planning process such as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, environmental justice, land use, performance-based planning and programming, public involvement, safety planning, scenario planning, visualization, etc. The principal functions of the Team include development and implementation of a national livability capacity building program; legislative and regulatory proposal development and analysis; conduct and administration of research programs in livability; training and education on planning and programming processes; coordination of agency efforts with other U.S. DOT agencies and external agencies, i.e., U.S. EPA, CEQ, HUD, USDA, etc.; and the provision of technical program assistance and training to FHWA and other Federal agencies, States, Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), public transportation agencies and other modal operators, and local agencies. The Team also is responsible for developing and overseeing policies regarding the administration of Transportation Alternative Program funds, under Title 23 U.S.C.; the aspects of the planning and project development dealing with public involvement, Title VI, environmental justice, Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS), Community Impact Assessment (CIA), and Complete Streets,; as well as providing outreach and technical assistance.

As a Transportation Specialist on the Livability Team, the employee is responsible for providing program and technical support in developing and promoting national policies, programs, and procedures on numerous livability planning and policy issues, procedures, and regulations. Under the direction of the Team Leader and Office Director, the employee is responsible for providing technical assistance and training to FHWA staff, State and local agencies and other parties in the development and implementation of livability planning techniques and processes.  The employee is responsible for implementing and evaluating livability program delivery such as reviewing regulations and/or guidance and conducting technical assistance, training, and research as part of the planning and project development process.  Possess experience in the application of a wide variety of disciplines such as transportation planning and project development and environmental review, livability research, and organizational and program evaluation.

The employee provides coordination and support for existing program activities and an assessment of program direction in response to changes in internal and external needs.  Program activities may include the application of regulations and guidance, the development of new program regulations and guidance, the review and development of research activities, the delivery of technical assistance, and the review and development of training and outreach relating to transportation planning, policy, techniques, and processes.  The employee will provide support in the development of research and the delivery of technical assistance and training for transportation planning capacity building within the Office of Human Environment. 

The employee possess sufficient knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies, and precedents and technical skills to complete assignments on time and with good quality.  The employee has the ability to provide closer guidance where precedent may have significant impact on future actions and uses sound judgment and interpretation based on agency policies and guidance when adapting.  The work includes various duties involving different and unrelated processes and methods.  Decisions regarding what needs to be done depend on the analysis of the subject, but involves no unusual circumstances or variations in approach. 

The employee also has strong analytical, strategic planning and communication skills. Experience includes analytical expertise and/or project/program oversight in the conduct of transportation programs.  Experience leading to comprehensive products, in the analysis and/or improvement of planning capacity building and ability to meet organizational goals is desirable.


As a Transportation Specialist, you will:

  • Provide coordination and support for existing program activities and an assessment of program direction in response to changes in internal and external needs. 
  • Assess program needs within the Office of Human Environment focus areas and provides feedback to assess the capabilities and effectiveness of applying the latest technology and state of the art planning practices to a wide variety of transportation and livability related issues. 
  • Assess the capacities and effectiveness of applying analytical techniques and technology to planning related problems and encourages State and local planning agencies to incorporate effective planning and livability procedures into their statewide and metropolitan transportation planning processes.
  • Administer and coordinate the implementation of Federal research dollars by developing processes, reports, case studies, etc., to facilitate the dissemination of tools and lessons learned from the implementation of Federal programs and policies. 
  • Provide technical assistance, customer service, and a wide variety of services administered by the Office of Planning Human Environment, Planning Capacity Building Livability Team.