Job Overview

Summary

Our mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in hazardous materials transportation—by pipelines and other modes of transport.  

In this job, you will perform a wide variety of program and policy evaluations to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, implementation, performance, and results of PHMSA's safety programs; participate in the development and coordination of the agency's strategic plan and integrated performance budget; participate in the development of performance measures for the agency and performance agreements for key agency leaders; and help track and report on Agency progress/accomplishments in meeting strategic goals and objectives.

This position is perfect for a mid-level professional who has training or education at the graduate level in program evaluation methods, statistics, and economics; and some experience in designing and conducting a program evaluation and in quantitative analysis.  A Master's degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Public Affairs, or Applied Social Sciences would be preferred.

This is an Excepted Service Pathways Recent Graduate appointment. The Pathways program is designed to provide recent graduates with an entry-level, developmental experience desigened to lead to a civil service career.  For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:  http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/.
 
USDOT is conveniently located across from the Navy Yard Metro Station in the Department of Transportation building.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS VACANCY IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AND WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON THE CLOSING DATE OR AT MIDNINGHT ON THE DAY WE RECEIVE THE 100TH APPLICATION, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST.

Duties

The Program Analyst (Recent Graduate):

  • Conducts evaluations of agency programs, regulations, policies, and procedures to help ensure efficient and effective program operations.  These evaluations may be conducted independently or as part of an intra- or inter-agency effort.  Recommendations may affect the manner in which the basic mission of the PHMSA is carried out, the future direction of programs, and may have an impact on the agency's interrelationships with other Federal and State agencies.
  • Facilitates and coordinates, with other PHMSA program offices, the development of measures for use in evaluating program performance and in identifying and justifying resources.  Measures and monitors safety outcomes for the agency.  Assists in evaluating the effectiveness of the agency's measures in monitoring safety outcomes, recommending modification as necessary.
  • Helps to evaluate the design and implementation of PHMSA's safety programs, and the extent to which they carry out the statutory intent.  Develops program logic models to clarify the underlying assumptions about how the programs work, from inputs to activities, outputs, outcomes, and impacts.  Evaluates regulations, policies, procedures, systems, data collections, and operations to determine how these reflect and implement program design.  Identifies external factors that could affect program effectiveness and unintended effects from program design or implementation.  Recommends options for addressing weaknesses in program design or implementation.
  • Evaluates the effectiveness of PHMSA's safety programs—the extent to which the programs contribute to safety outcomes and/or lead to unintended effects.
  • Assists key agency leaders in the development of executive performance plans and agreements that are linked to agency plans, goals, objectives, and budget.  Helps track and periodically report on achievements.
  • Assists the Senior Policy Advisor in the development of the Agency's strategic and operational plans and provides input into the budget.  Monitors activities and evaluates accomplishments against established plans, goals, and objectives.  Helps prepare recurring and ad hoc reports regarding progress and results.