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Job Title:  Chief Medical Officer
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FMCSA.ST-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $167,000.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 24, 2014 to Monday, February 24, 2014
Full Time - Permanent Career
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified U.S. citizens

Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on February 3, 2014 and February 14, 2014. All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than 11:59 P.M. ET of the closing date.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

This is a Scientific and Professional (ST) Position.

The Chief Medical Officer position is located in the Office of Associate Administrator for Policy. This position is vital to the support of the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As FMCSA’s Chief Medical Officer, the candidate of this position will provide senior level advice on national medical certification/qualification regulations, standards and policies, the national registry programs, medical exemption and certifications programs, the development of medical standards and guidance, and relevant research to support the medical program.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • This position requires the candidate to obtain a security clearance.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment and random drug testing.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Active Physician license awarded by any state in the United States.


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The Chief Medical Officer for FMCSA is a recognized expert on medical standards for commercial motor vehicle drivers operation in interstate commerce. (See 49 CFR Part 391)

The Chief Medical Officer will be responsible for:

  • Serving as an advisor to the Administrator, Assistant Administrator, and Chief Safety Officer, and Associate Administrator for Policy and Program, and liaison to FMCSA’s Medical Review Board.
  • Providing advice on the development and determination of the national medical certification/qualification regulations, standards, policies and procedures for commercial motor vehicle drivers who operate in interstate commerce.
  • Providing advice on the implementation and oversight of the National Registry of certified examiners and on the designation and termination of registered medical examiners.
  • Providing advice on the Agency’s medical exemption programs.
  • Providing advice on relevant health and medical research.
  • Responding to public and other inquiries (e.g., Congressional) about commercial motor vehicle driver health and safety, including advice on implementation of standards.
  • Participating as an advisor in executive decisions, in formulating and presenting budget and program plans, and in developing and maintaining productive relationships with the public, the medical community, the motor carrier industry and other Government agencies.
  • Maintaining senior level liaison with other governmental agencies and private, professional and scientific organizations to improve commercial motor carrier vehicle health and safety.


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TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below are descriptions of the technical qualifications that must be clearly described in your resume. Your responses must explain how your experience supports each of the TQs.
Provide a narrative statement addressing each TQ separately from resume.

  1. Professional expertise in occupational medicine or another specialty related to assessing the physical qualifications of workers in safety-sensitive and/or transportation–related occupations.
  2. Knowledge of, and experience in, the administration of federal, state or local regulatory and enforcement program pertaining to occupational safety and health and/or transportation safety.
  3. Strong written and oral communication/briefing skills, including the ability to conceptualize, organize and draw inferences from incomplete data, present a cogent and compelling analytic picture, and identify, articulate, and document gaps of knowledge.
  4. Ability to correlate medical disease and their symptoms, physical conditions, treatment regimes and medication usage to medical fitness for safe driving.

Specialized experience for this position is experience in advising and consulting with senior level executives on medical qualifications, regulations, policy and certification programs, and the ability to correlate medical documentation and medication usage to medical fitness for safe driving.

To demonstrate knowledge of the specialized experience described above, all applicants must address the technical qualifications identified above. Applicants must address technical requirements in a separate “narrative” that explains how their experience, education, training, awards, and/or self-development activities
meet the competencies listed. The narrative must cover each of the technical qualifications listed. Please format your narrative so that each Technical Qualification is addressed individually. Your narrative should include a succinct description of representative examples of work assignments and projects, level of responsibilities/contacts, and the results of your actions. Typically competencies and capabilities of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-15 grade level or its equivalent in Federal service or with the state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations, and these experience should clearly demonstrate your overall ability to assume the duties of this  Scientific/Professional position.

Applicants must have Doctor of Medicine or  Doctor of Osteopathy degree from a United States or Canadian medical school approved by a recognized accrediting body for the year of the applicant’s graduation. A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree from a foreign medical school may be qualifying if the school’s curriculum provided education and medical knowledge substantially equivalent to that provided by accredited schools in the United States, and if the applicant was issued a permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) or a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country.
Graduate Training: Subsequent to obtaining a Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy degree, a candidate must have had at least 1 year of supervised experience providing direct service in a clinical setting, i.e., 1-year internship or the first year of residency program in an institution accredited for such training. This 1 year of supervised experience may be waived for research or an administrative position not directly involved in patient care. For purposes of this standard, graduate training programs include only those internship, residency, and fellowship programs that are approved by accrediting bodies recognized within the United States or Canada. Listings of accredited programs are published yearly in the Directory of Residency Training Programs and the Yearbook and Directory of Osteopathic Physicians.
Licensure: To be qualified for this position, candidates must have permanent, full, and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will not waive the licensure requirement.

In addition to meeting the Basic Requirements listed above, ALL applicants must have (3) years of specialized experience in or closely related to occupational health programs. At least one year of this experience must have been in planning and executing difficult programs of national significance or planning or executing specialized.


  • If selected for this position, you will be required to:
    Complete a one-year ST probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.


Your resume and responses to the TQs are an integral part of the process for determining your basic and specialized qualifications for the position. Responses to the qualification statements that are not supported by your resume and/or supporting documentation may eliminate you from highly or well-qualified status and/or result in non-referral. A rating and ranking panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. We recommend you preview the questions for this announcement before you start the application process.
To preview questions please click here.


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Veterans preference does not apply to Scientific and Professional (ST) positions.


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You must submit a complete online application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
  • 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, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET) at (202) 366-1298. You may also email us at


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME: Showing relevant experience and education. Please do not include pictures in your application package.
  • VERIFICATION OF AWARDS: Recognitions and publications that establishes you as an expert of national or international rank in the field of safety-critical systems.
  • SF-50: Current and former Federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade.)
  • Proof of your Medical Degree and Internship, Residency and/or Fellowship must be submitted by the closing date of this vacancy.
  • Technical Qualification Narrative Statement addressing each TQ seperately from resume.

Failure to do so may result in your application not receiving full consideration.Preference will be given to candidates with board certification in occupational medicine.
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Executive Agent
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive online confirmation that your application package has been received. Please Note: We will perform interim reviews of all applications received by midnight on February 3rd and February 14th. All applications will be reviewed after the announcement closing and timely notice of the status of your application will be e-mailed to you.

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