Job Overview

Summary

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.  
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 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 executive-level position is located in the Office of Railroad Safety, Washington, DC. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Compliance and Program Implementation will share authority with the Associate Administrator for carrying out the mission and functions of the Office of Railroad Safety. The position does require the candidate to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance and is subject to pre employment and random drug testing. This is a career position in the Senior Executive Service (SES).
 
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Duties

The Deputy Associate Administrator for Safety Compliance and Program Implementation provides executive leadership and oversight to the assessment of the present status and quality of the various national railroad safety programs; the development, implementation and evaluation of assurance and enforcement programs; and the identification of safety needs and opportunities within the overall railroad industry and its ancillary components.  Responsibilities include:

  • Resolution of traditional or routine safety matters that impact a carrier’s operations and safety of its employees.
  • Serving as primary point of contact between the rail industry and FRA concerning shipment of explosives, hazardous materials, and other dangerous articles or commodities shipped on the national rail network.
  • Implementing safety improvement opportunities and programs through joint efforts with Technical Resolution Committees (TRC), the Railroad Safety Advisory Committees (RSAC), or other various partnerships groups. 
  • Directing the FRA technical investigation of serious railroad accidents, and developing appropriate guidelines and plans for coordination with top National Transportation Safety Board officials and their field investigators.
  • Establishing criteria and procedures for accomplishing the inspection, maintenance, correction, reporting, and certification (either by carriers themselves under FRA purview or by the field staff of States or the FRA Office of Railroad Safety) of all signal systems, hazardous materials, grade crossing, bridges and rail integrity, motive power and equipment, track, industrial hygiene, and Positive Train Control, subject to the rules and regulations issued by FRA.
  • Serving as the primary point of contact within the Office of Railroad Safety for matters relating to the broad spectrum of railroad labor, labor law, labor relations, labor unions, and labor negotiations.  Participates in FRA labor-management partnership activities. 
  • Collaborating on the identification of requirements for railroad safety research and development.  Participates in advance program planning for the ongoing intermodal expansion concepts and implementation. 
  • Providing executive direction to more than 600 employees located in the eight Regional Offices, the seven divisions in the Office of Safety Assurance and Compliance, and the Railroad System Oversight staff.  The majority of these employees are located in the field.