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Job Title:  Railroad Safety Specialist (S & TC) - GS - 2121 - 13/14 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.S-2014-0004

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 01, 2013 to Thursday, November 21, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
This job is also 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: FRA.S-2014-0003.


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.
This position is located in the Signal and Train Control (S&TC) Division, Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, Office of Railroad Safety, Federal Railroad Administration.  You will serve as a nationally recognized expert and consultant on the design, construction, maintenance, testing, and use of railroad signal and train control systems with responsibility for assuring the safety quality of existing installations nationwide are in compliance with Federal requirements.    
The ideal candidate is professional with extensive experience with Signal and Train control systems, highway-rail grade crossing systems, and positive train control systems. They should have experience applying their knowledge of electrical, electronic, and mechanical engineering, including high voltage power transmission systems and cathode protection systems.  They should have strong communication skills, and have the ability to foster relationships with organizations.

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.


  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date.
  • Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid.
  • Position is eligible for ad hoc telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
  • Announcement also advertised merit promotion: FRA.S-2014-0003.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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 The Railroad Safety Specialist (S &TC):

  • Provides expert advice to all segments of the agency, other agencies, industry signal engineering, officials, manufacturers of signal equipment, and labor organizations on the requirements of Federal rules and regulations.  Provides backup or assistance in a similar fashion as described below but which is related to highway-rail grade crossing, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Participates in the development of standards primarily associated with highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, and assists in similar fashion for standards related to automatic block signal systems; interlockings; traffic control systems; automatic train stop; train control and cab signal systems; positive train control systems; other signal arrangements; and other similar systems, methods or devices.
  • Communicates with high-level agency officials, railroad technical personnel, rail-labor representatives, and manufacture representatives on safety issues and concerns associated with the proper and intended functioning of highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements 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:
GRADE 13  
  • Experience with railroad safety operations, development, and trends in order to identify safety issues, and the implementation of highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Experience evaluating and determining deficiencies in highway-rail grade crossing active warning systems, railroad signal and train control systems, including new and novel technology and positive train control (PTC) systems.
  • Experience representing, communicating, and addressing a variety of industry and public stakeholder groups regarding safety issues and deficiencies in safety performance. 
  • Experience leading teams, task forces, and/or committees that includes industry officials, labor unions, the public and state and local governments to develop practical solutions and/or recommendations to problems pertaining to Railroad Signal & Train Control issues. 
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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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 Ad hoc Telework: An employee teleworks on an intermittent basis-- no set schedule of regularly teleworking.


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 preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at:
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: Noncompetitive  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 https:</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified 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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Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
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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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