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Job Title:  Transportation Specialist. GS-2101-12/13 (Open to all U.S. citizens) NG
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Highway Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FHWA.HEP-2013-0019

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

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$74,872.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 to Friday, May 24, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

 Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is 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: FHWA.HEP-2013-0017.


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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.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • Announcement also advertised to status applicants: FHWA.EFL-2013-0017


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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.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications 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 providing technical guidance in transportation laws, regulations and policies to support of transportation planning and programming.
  • Experience coordinating the implementation of transportation planning research dollars in support of an organizational program/project.  
  • Experience in conducting a needs assessment or gap analysis of a national-level program (i.e.Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program, Scenario Planning Program, Livability, Bicycle & Pedestrian, Environmental Streamlining, etc.) that highlights key accomplishments and potential recommendations on the direction of the program and research activities.
  • Experience providing technical guidance in transportation laws, regulations and policies to support of transportation planning and programming.
  • Experience applying laws, regulations, policies, principles and requirements associated with local and state funding or the Federal Aid Program pertaining to Bicycle and Pedestrian
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.


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 nonveterans. 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 close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.
  • 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.


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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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