Job Overview


The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) mission is to protect people and the environment from the risk inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by pipeline and other modes of transportation.  For more information about PHMSA, hazmat investigators and the safe transportation of hazardous materials, please visit

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Serves as a transportation Specialist in the Risk, Data and Analysis Review Branch of the Program Development Division, Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS). PHH-60 is responsible for developing and maintaining national safety standards for hazardous materials transportation, harmonizing domestic standards with international standards, and providing guidance for compliance with and enforcement of these standards.

This position is perfect for an individual who is looking for challenging assignments and who wishes to be involved in developing of policy and regulations for a program area.  The candidate possesses strong data collection and written skills for researching and presenting risk benefits related to transportation safety.


At the full performance level, the Transportation Specialist:

  • Plans, initiates and leads a variety of major assignments related to analyses of legislative and regulatory proposals.
  • Develops regulatory evaluations policy analyses and petition evaluations to assess the impacts of various regulatory options on safety, industry cost, the environment as required by statue or executive direction.
  • Explains and defends the department on decisions made through correlation and analysis of hazardous materials transportation incident related data.
  • Writes official interpretations of regulations for use by office, modal administrations, shippers, carriers and other governmental agencies base upon in-depth knowledge of files and records.