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. 

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 Regulatory and Legislative Operations 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).
 
Rail – Moving America Forward

Duties

The Deputy Associate Administrator for Regulatory and Legislative Operations provides executive leadership and oversight on railroad safety regulatory and legislative issues, and for translating technical findings into practical rail safety improvement programs and governmental action plans.  The executive will provide oversight and guidance in the development of standards and procedures, and formulate strategies to obtain industry compliance in order to improve and maintain safety of freight and passengers on the Nation’s railroads.  Responsibilities include:

  • Conceives, initiates and provides oversight of special studies that address potentially sensitive policy options or organizational issues.
  • Oversees and guides the development of standards and procedures, and formulates strategies to obtain industry compliance in order to improve and maintain the safety and effectiveness of freight and passengers. 
  • Manages the railroad safety regulatory program (including integration of technical drafting, economic assessments, requests for paperwork approval, and regulatory flexibility analyses) on matters pertaining to safety legislation. 
  • Develops new program initiatives (including emergency orders involving new standards) based on analysis of safety data.
  • Provides oversight of regulatory and legislative activities regarding occupational safety and health of railroad employees, hazardous materials, highway-rail grade crossing and railroad trespasser programs, and risk reduction programs. 
  • Represents FRA in public forums, including public hearings, negotiated rulemakings, and other outreach efforts.