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Job Title:  Supervisory Compliance Investigator, GS-1801-14 (Open to All U.S. Citizens) JAC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  PHMSA.HMHQ-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Friday, November 15, 2013 to Monday, November 25, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is 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: PHMSA.HMHQ-2014-0002.


The U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration's (PHMSA) mission is to protect people and the environment from the risk inherent in transportation of hazardous materials - by pipeline and other modes of transportation.  For more information about PHMSA, hazmat investigators and the safe transportation of hazardous materials, please visit is also on Twitter -

PHMSA's THRIVE core values are Trust, Honesty, Respect, Integrity, Valuing People, Effective Communication
Serves as Chief Investigator within the Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), Field Operations.  You are the first line supervisor of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) OHMS Field Operations, Field Services Division, Enforcement Branch.  You are responsible for national consistency of the investigative and enforcement processes utilized by Field Operations.  You are the primary advisor to the Director, Field Services Division and the Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations on enforcement policy matters.

This position is perfect for a senior level investigator/enforcement professional who is seeking a challenging assignment as the Chief Enforcement Officer, in PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), Field Operations, Field Services Division.  This position is responsible for national consistency of the investigative and enforcement process utilized by Field Operations.  The Chief Enforcement Officer will supervise staff on inspections, investigations, and various enforcement related programs and activities.  You will work as the primary advisor to the Director, Field Services Division and Deputy Associate Administrator for Field Operations on enforcement policy matters.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Relocation expenses may or may not be paid
  • Announcement also advertised to status applicants: PHMSA.HMHQ-2014-0002
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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The Supervisory Compliance Investigator:

  • Applies understanding of general transportation principles, compliance and enforcement concepts, operating principles, and chemical, physical properties of hazardous materials.
  • Applies knowledge of compressed gases, radioactive materials, explosives, intermodal shipments and hazardous waste, manufacturing and testing processes for all types of containers used to transport hazardous materials.
  • Oversees nationally based regional safety assistance, inspection, investigations, training, certification, and enforcement operations designed to evaluate compliance with the HMR and the Federal materials transportation law, recommends penalty actions as necessary, provides outreach to the regulated industry and ensure enforcement staff are adequately prepared to carry out the agency mission.
  • Interacts and coordinates with other operating administrations on a regional level concerning collaborative compliance and enforcement activities, and serves in a leadership role in establishing regional enforcement strategies, methods and policy consistent with PHMSA lead role within the Department in relation to the safe transportation of hazardous materials.


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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 following:
  • Experience applying hazardous materials regulations to inspection and investigation programs.
  • Experience applying and interpreting policies and procedures related to the transportation of hazardous materials by various modes.
  • Experience extending and refining existing investigative and enforcement techniques to develop new approaches to the compliance review and inspection activities.
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.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Supervisory Probationary Period: You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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.


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 telework eligible.


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 close 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.


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 into 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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