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Job Title:Community Planner (Capital Investment) - GS - 0020 -11-12 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) - BP

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.RPD-2014-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014




Full Time - - Permanent




1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC View Map


  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.RPD-2014-0013, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.


Q - Nonsensitive




About the Agency

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 position is located in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA’s) Office of the Associate Administrator for Railroad Policy and Development, Office of Policy and Planning, Passenger Rail Policy Division. The Passenger Rail Policy Division is responsible for assessing passenger rail and Amtrak service, financial performance, investments and policy issues, and supports railroads and other stakeholders in advancing high-performance passenger rail policy objectives and plans. You will be responsible for the reviewing and supporting the development of long-term and annual capital plans for investments in passenger rail assets for which Amtrak is responsible. You will also be responsible for supporting the Office of Program Delivery by assisting in the development and monitoring of Service Outcome Agreements associated with Agency investments in high-performance passenger rail.  

The IDEAL CANDIDATE for this position is an experienced professional who has experience in analyzing and reviewing passenger railroad infrastructure investment plans and making policy recommendations to government officials.

This position is telework eligible and the selectee may be eligible for full-time, regular (at least 1 day per pay period) or ad hoc (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis).


  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM ET on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position eligible for ad hoc/regular telework see Benefits & Other Info Tab
  • Announcement also advertised to U.S. Citizens: FRA.RPD-2014-0013.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Community Planner, you will be required to:

  • Assess plans, monitor performance, and recommend policies for passenger rail business line services operated by Amtrak related to capital investments.
  • Observe progress, review progress records, analyze and verify Amtrak capital plan’s conformance with Federal statutory and regulatory requirements under Buy America, Civil Rights (ADA, Title VI, EEO, DBE), Clean Air, federal procurement and claims, uniform real estate acquisition and relocations, and related laws and regulations.
  • Negotiate transportation planning issues including technical, financial, administrative and programmatic issues related to Amtrak.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


  • You must have completed a full 4-year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in community planning or a related field such as urban affairs, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, sociology, geography, economics, political science, or public administration that included at least 12 semester hours in the planning process, socioeconomic and
    physical elements of planning, urban and regional economic analysis, and development finance, from an accredited college or university.
  • Note: Applicants with degrees in related fields, such as those listed above, who do not have the 12 semester hours of specified course work must have had at least 1 year of work experience in community planning acquired under the supervision and guidance of a community planner. OR
  • You must have a combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in one
    of the above disciplines, or a combination of related courses totaling at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the above disciplines of which at least 12 semester hours were in the planning process, and socioeconomic and physical elements of planning, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

On Education, you must have a PHD degree OR equivalent graduate degree.

  • 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree.
  • LL.M., if related.
 On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience, it must include:
  • Experience in the transportation arena as it pertains to capital investments including, for example, investments in infrastructure and rolling stock; funding; marketing; and stakeholder outreach to state and local government.
  • Experience researching and applying theories, principles and practices of transportation planning to ensure compliance and further policies.
  • Experience presenting and communicating with senior management officials.
You can also qualify on a combination of higher level graduate education and matching experience. This experience and education must be fully documented in your resume. If using education to qualify, you must provide supporting graduate level transcripts.


On Experience, you must have at least one year of equal or equivalent experience, it must include:
  • Experience with intercity passenger rail or commuter rail as it pertains to capital investments including, for example, investments in infrastructure and rolling stock; funding; marketing; and stakeholder outreach to state and local government.
  • Experience analyzing, reviewing and applying theories, principles and practices of transportation planning to ensure compliance and further policies.
  • Experience negotiating, representing your organization, and providing presentations to senior management officials in federal, state, or local government.
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.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year 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.
  • TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F. 


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
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Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS:  The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited.


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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 closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS (FOR THE GS-11): If you are using experience and graduate level education you must submit a copy of your college transcript.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - Verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series OR an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. The transcripts need not be official.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant. An award SF-50 is not appropriate.
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • 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 (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
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 by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates 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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