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Job Title:  Transportation Analyst (Project Mgr. High Speed Rail) - GS - 2101 - 14 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.RPD-2013-0034

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

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$103,169.00 to $137,740.00 / Per Year
Monday, September 16, 2013 to Friday, October 04, 2013
Full Time - - Term- (Not to exceed 4 years)
1 vacancy - Chicago, IL, US  View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.


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. 
The available position is in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) Office of Passenger and Freight Programs.  The position is located in Chicago, Illinois. S/he serves as a Project Manager, providing project management expertise to FRA and Department of Transportation (DOT) offices, States, railroads and other FRA stakeholders in the context of publicly sponsored programs to achieve the vision of a 21st-century rail network.

Among many other important duties, the prime focus of the position is providing project management guidance, oversight, training and technical assistance to FRA’s High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) grantees within major HSIPR corridors (i.e., Chicago-St. Louis and Chicago-Detroit.  The position will lead FRA’s coordination and oversight of construction, and should be knowledgeable on the project management life-cycle, including: efficient systems planning and development, satisfaction of environmental requirements, acceptable project design and engineering, construction oversight principles, and construction adherence to scope, schedule and budget.  The position will serve as a member of one of FRA’s multidisciplinary teams of technical experts responsible for supporting primarily state-based efforts to ensure successful delivery of FRA funded projects within a geographically based portfolio.
The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level professional who can function independently and demonstrate leadership in team environments. You should have experience in project management and construction oversight of transportation programs, ensuring adherence to scope, schedule and budget. You should also have strong analytical and communication skills, knowledge in the area of freight and intercity passenger rail transportation, and experience working on multi-disciplinary teams. 
This position is telework eligible and the selectee may be eligible for full-time, regular (at least 1 day per pay period, ad hoc (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) or emergency telework in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans. 


  • You 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 eligible for Telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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Below are examples of the type of responsibility the Transportation Analyst (Project Manager High Speed Rail) has.  This is not an exhaustive list.

  • Provides direct Federal oversight and monitoring of construction activities for assigned HSIPR corridor program(s) in accordance with FRA’s monitoring program
  • Uses project management methods and tools to ensure steady work flow, risk mitigation, maximum production, compliance with deadlines and Federal grant requirements, and overall efficiency of project delivery.
  • Participates on a multidisciplinary team of technical experts responsible for providing technical assistance, technical reviews, monitoring, evaluations and approvals to primarily state-based efforts to ensure successful delivery of assigned HSIPR corridor program(s).
  • Regularly and effectively communicates to FRA leadership and multidisciplinary regional team on project status, project issues and the benefits of completed projects within corridor program
  • Is responsible for carrying out delegated responsibilities for the technical and fiscal oversight/management of assigned HSIPR corridor program(s).
  • Advises on the quality of rail proposals and contributes to the development of a recommended position for FRA including understanding and applying the requirements of FRA guidelines, other applicable Federal guidelines, legislation and the Administration’s goals and objectives. 


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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 work performed at the GS-13 grade level for this occupation, which includes following:
  • Experience coordinating and providing construction oversight  of transportation projects.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance and reviews, evaluations, and approvals to support transportation projects.
  • Experience applying project management techniques to facilitate overall efficiency of transportation project life-cycles.
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.
  • GOVERNMEN 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.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  


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 non-veterans. 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. The definitions are as follows:
  • Full-time Telework: An employee is not required to report to an FRA office during a pay period. 
  • Regular Telework: An employee has a telework schedule and is required to report to an FRA office at least one day per pay period. 
  • Ad hoc Telework: An employee teleworks on an intermittent basis - no set schedule of regularly teleworking.
  • Emergency Telework:  An employee required to telework when the Federal government is closed for adverse weather conditions or other emergency situations.


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 closing 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 (falling in the Gold Category).
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. 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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