Job Overview

Summary

About the Agency


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 Deputy Chief Counsel provides executive-level direction of all legal work of the FRA.

  • Develops regulations and enforces the laws, rules, regulations, and orders administered by FRA.

  • Drafts FRA’s legislative program and advises on legislative proposals of others.

  • Provides advice on Amtrak matters.

  • Provides guidance on a wide-range of programs (procurements and grants; research and development; fiscal law; financial assistance program (including grants and loans); environmental and historic preservation law; railroad bankruptcies; railroad labor law; equal employment opportunity and civil rights; ethics; tort claims; Freedom of Information Act; Buy America Program; Privacy Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; and personnel related matters).

  • Provides advice to FRA officials on all legal issues confronting the agency;

  • Represents the Office of Chief Counsel and FRA at speaking engagements, meetings, negotiations, hearings, and other public events.

  • Prepares and administers the Office of Chief Counsel budget.

Duties


As the Deputy Chief Counsel you will provide guidance in addressing legal issues associated with the establishment and execution of policy, programs, and procedures of the FRA. The Deputy Chief Counsel:
 
 
Provides legal advice and support to:


  • FRA safety regulations, orders, interpretations, and enforcement of railroad safety laws, regulations, and orders including emergency orders and disqualification orders for safety violations that demonstrate an individual’s unfitness for safety-sensitive service. Directs the FRA program for assessing, compromising, and collecting civil penalties for violations of railroad safety laws, regulations, and orders.

  • The development and execution of FRA’s financial assistance programs, including the development of regulations, grants and loan documents, cooperative agreements, solicitations for funding applications, interpretations, environmental documents, and other legal documents.

  • Procurements and grants; research and development; fiscal law; financial assistance program (including grants and loans); environmental and historic preservation law; railroad bankruptcies; railroad labor law; equal employment opportunity and civil rights; ethics; tort claims; Freedom of Information Act; Buy America Program; Privacy Act; Americans with Disabilities Act; and personnel related matters.

  • Top level officials in FRA and inter-agency officials in respect to representation on the Amtrak Board of Directors, the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation Board of Directors, the Moynihan Station Development Corporation Board of Directors; the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Department of Homeland Security or the Mine Safety and Health Administration.


Develops the legislative program, which requires initiating, developing, coordinating, and expediting legislation to accomplish the policy objectives of the Administration for submission by the Secretary of Transportation to the Office of Management and Budget and to the Congress.
 
Prepares reports that set forth the Administration position or the views of the FRA on legislative proposals originating outside of FRA, which includes the preparation of statements and testimony for presentation at Congressional Committee hearings by the Administrator and other administration officials, and providing the Administrator (and other administration officials) with substantive advice and assistance on the legislative aspects of the policy, plans and programs of the Administration.
 
Represents FRA in formal and informal legal proceedings before courts, and legislative and administrative tribunals on railroad issues.
 
Maintains frequent contact with members of Congress, Department of Transportation officials, the public, and officials of other Federal agencies, States, and the rail industry.

Relocation Authorized

  • No