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Job Title:  Transportation Program Specialist, GS-2101-9/11/12 (Open to Status and VEOA applicants) JAC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Transit Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FTA.R10-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,628.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 02, 2013 to Monday, August 12, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Seattle, WA, US  View Map
  • Current or former Federal employees with status OR Veterans eligible under VEOA
  • If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement  FTA.R10-2013-0006, which is open to all U.S. citizens.


Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the FTA supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation's fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

This position is located in the Region X (Seattle) Office and reports to the Director of the Office of Planning and Program Development. The employee is responsible for assisting in administration of regional activities related to project development.  Project development activities include working with grantees, other local and State agencies and other Federal agencies to ensure compliance with FTA grant making requirements, state and metropolitan planning regulations and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental requirements.   Geographic areas of responsibilities include the States of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.  Specialized support is received in the areas of engineering, civil rights, finance and legal.

This position is ideal for a mid-level Transportation Program Specialist who is looking for an opportunity to join the Federal Transit Administration, and apply project and program management experience in interacting with regional and headquarters staff, grantee, Federal and State agencies, contractors, and other interested parties.

If interviewed for this position - at the interview stage, candidates will be given a topic to use to draft a writing sample.


  • Must be status eligible and meet specialized experience or education
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement also advertised open to US Citizens: FTA.R10-2013-0006.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Transportation Program Specialist:

  • Provides technical assistance to grant recipients; analyzes grantees applications for compliance in the planning, capital and operating assistance programs, performs post approval monitoring of FTA grant programs; reviews environmental documents and makes recommendations for action based on NEPA and other federal environmental requirements.
  •  Assists in representing FTA through oral and written communications in meetings at Regional and Headquarters levels and in the field with local officials, representatives of public and privately owned carriers, and various public and private groups concerned with transit matters. 
  • Communicates with grantees regarding clarification of issues or solutions to problems.  Prepares correspondence requesting corrections, findings or further information if required. 
  • Prepares reports and conducts analyses of inputs relating to FTA goals for grant processing and environmental reviews.  Reviews and executes requests for budget revisions.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 9 master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B. or J.D., if related
  • Experience with fiscal management and grant management processes.
  • Experience with the functions, processes and principles of grants.
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 11 Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related In addition to experience at the GS-9 level:
  • Experience analyzing grant applications to ensure consistency with the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience
GRADE 12 There is no education substitute In addition to experience at the GS-9 and GS-11 level:
  • Experience evaluating projects for technical validity, and preparing analytical reports.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.



  • Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • Probationary Period - 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.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.  Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.  Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.

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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.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • 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.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


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. The most highly qualified candidates in the top group 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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