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Job Title:Supervisory Railroad Safety Spec.(HazMat)- GS - 2121 - 13 (Open to Status & VEOA Applicants) - BP-S

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.R1-2013-0024

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

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$71,674.00 to $93,175.00 / Per Year


Thursday, August 29, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Hartford, CT, USView Map
Portland, ME, USView Map
Boston, MA, USView Map
Manchester, NH, USView Map
Atlantic City, NJ, USView Map
More Locations  (12)


  • 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 FRA.R1-2013-0025, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.


The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.
Do you like identifying problems, analyzing facts, and making recommendations; are you a good communicator; would you like to make a difference in the railroad industry, if so, then this job is for you!
The Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (HazMat) works in a Regional Office of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Office of Safety, or a telework location approved by the FRA. The FRA Office of Safety promotes and regulates safety throughout the Nation's railroad industry. This position is the regional expert responsible for the interpretation and administration of FRA regulations and procedures concerning hazardous materials, and is responsible for supervising approximately 7 to 14 Railroad Safety Inspectors.
The IDEAL CANDIDATE for this position is a mission focused professional who has experience providing guidance, interpretation, and enforcement of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and FRA regulations and procedures concerning rail transport of hazardous materials. Experience should include developing and delivering training on rules regulatory issues pertaining to the transportation of hazardous materials by rail to offerors, railroad officials, manufactures, railroad union officials, members of Federal, State and other local regulatory and emergency response agencies.  Additional experience should include familiarization and a working knowledge of bulk packaging nomenclature, design, construction, qualification and maintenance.

PLEASE NOTE: There is only one position, which can be filled in either of the duty locations advertised.  This position is eligible for full-time telework, and the selectee must reside (or be willing to move at his/her own expense) within the geographic area(s) of the duty location(s) stated above. Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialists serving a probationary period will not be approved for full-time telework without the expressed authorization of the Regional Administrator. The duty location for a full-time teleworker is usually the residence or other approved telework site. The actual duty location will be subject to approval by the Regional Administrator. Salary will be adjusted based on the duty location.


  • You must be eligible for status consideration & meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Position is eligible for Full-time Telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.
  • Announcement also advertised open to all U.S. Citizens: FRA.R1-2013-0025.
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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The Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (HazMat):

  • Supervises approximately 7-14 Railroad Safety Inspectors.
  • Performs the full range of personnel management responsibilities such as: plan and assign work to employees; review and evaluate the technical work of employees; identify inspector training and development; interview and select candidates for vacancies; develop performance plan targets and evaluate and rate employee performance; furthers the agency's equal employment opportunity and workforce diversity goals, etc.
  • Serves as the Region's expert on railroad hazardous materials transportation concerned with the manufacturing, fabrication, and repair of specification packaging, the loading and unloading of hazardous materials and the transportation of these materials by rail.
  • Conducts technical reviews of field hazardous materials transportation matters and provide guidance and advice to Hazardous Materials Inspectors in the region. Provides uniform interpretation and application of laws, rules, orders and regulations pertaining to hazardous materials transportation.
  • Conducts special assignments, investigations and inspections of an unusual or complex nature or assists the inspectors in the accomplishment of such assignments.
  • Composes hazardous materials transportation correspondence. Maintains close contact with the highest levels of railroad management, railroad employees, and labor organizations to insure compliance with laws and regulations.


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To be qualified for a Supervisory Railroad Safety Specialist (HazMat), the Qualifications Standard state you MUST have demonstrated knowledge in the following areas:

  • Railroad industry, including economic and operating considerations and equipment.  
  • General safety and health principles and practices applicable to the railroad industry.
  • Railroad accident investigation techniques.
  • Federal regulations and standards governing the shipment of hazardous materials by rail including containerization, loading, handling, documentation and placarding.
  • Typical reactions of the different hazardous commodities transported by rail and the safe procedures for containing or controlling leaks, fires, or explosions.
LEVEL To qualify, your experience should include all of the above plus at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience leading and conducting special investigations and inspections involving hazardous materials.
  • Experience dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public and state and local governments in positions such as a first responder, rail safety manager, quality assurance manager, regulatory compliance officer on matters relating to hazardous materials rail transportation.
  • Experience preparing detailed technical reports, narratives and correspondence as well as recommendations concerning the interpretation of regulatory materials in area of rail hazardous materials transportation.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • SUPERVISORY PROBATIONARY PERIOD: New supervisors must complete a one-year probationary period.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • INTERVIEW: Applicants may be required to demonstrate in a pre-employment interview that they possess the personal characteristics necessary for Railroad Safety work.
  • DECLARATION OF FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT: The selectees for railroad safety positions will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
  • DRUG TEST: Railroad Safety Specialists have been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace. You will be required to pass a drug test prior to appointment unless currently employed in a DOT position that requires drug testing.  The selectee also will be subject to random drug testing while employed in this safety-sensitive position. You will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • TRAVEL: This position requires extensive travel. The travel is a condition of employment.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: Railroad Safety Specialists travel frequently, which requires being away from the official duty station for several consecutive nights. All railroad safety specialists are required to possess a valid state drivers license at all times while employed by the Federal Rail Administration (FRA) in order to perform the duties of their positions.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD REQUIREMENT: 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.
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS: The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec. 31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb. 15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions 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.
To preview questions please click here.


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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 eligible for Full-time Telework:  An employee is not required to report to an FRA office during a pay period. 


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.
This vacancy is also announced under a FRA Only internal vacancy announcement. If an FRA Railroad Safety Inspector qualifies; a selection from this vacancy announcement will not be made.


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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 posting.
  • 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 closing date:
  • RESUME - showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting 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.
  • 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 Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy in the following locations:
Hartford, CT, USView Map
Portland, ME, USView Map
Boston, MA, USView Map
Manchester, NH, USView Map
Atlantic City, NJ, USView Map
Newark, NJ, USView Map
Albany, NY, USView Map
Buffalo, NY, USView Map
Islip, NY, USView Map
Newburgh, NY, USView Map
New York - New York, NY, USView Map
Poughkeepsie, NY, USView Map
Rochester, NY, USView Map
Syracuse, NY, USView Map
White Plains, NY, USView Map
Providence, RI, USView Map
Burlington, VT, USView Map

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