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Job Title:  Grants Management Specialist, GS-1109-13 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) DB
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.CFO-2014-0001

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

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$89,924.00 to $116,901.00 / 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
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 Office of Financial Management, Office of Financial Management and Administration (RAD), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The Grants Management Specialist supports in the development, delivery and oversight of statutes, regulations, guidance procedures, policies and other financial management and administrative requirements related to the award of Federal grants and the accountability of programs provided for under assistance agreements.

FRA is the principal agency of the Federal government for the promulgation and enforcement of rail safety regulations. The agency administers financial assistance programs for certain railroads, conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and national rail transportation policy, manages the continuing responsibilities regarding the rehabilitation of northeast corridor rail passenger service, and consolidates government support of rail transportation activities. FRA is also the major source of federal grant funds that support the Nation's rail safety for the railroad industry and provision of intercity passenger rail services.

The ideal candidate has experience applying the theory, concepts, and practices of financial grant management and operations to assist in the financial review and reconciliation of grant applications.


  • 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 is eligible for telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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As a Grants Management Specialist, you will:

Ensure that FRA grant and cooperative agreements are consistent with relevant Federal grant and cash management regulations. Ensures that all statutory and administrative requirements and grant conditions have been met, both financially and administratively, during the closeout of grant programs.

Analyze and resolve complex issues related to the financial and administrative aspects of FRA grant programs. Ensures grantee expenditure of funds is in accordance with current Federal laws and regulations and DOT/FRA policies and practices.

Resolve grantee administrative and internal control deficiencies disclosed in external financial and compliance audits. Performs reviews of the financial and administrative operations of DOT/FRA grantees either on-site or through desk monitoring reviews, and offers technical assistance as needed.


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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.

LEVELTo qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
  • Experience managing multiple financial grants management activities across the typical grant life cycle: pre-award, award, post-award and close-out.
  • Experience working with automated grant management and financial management systems, as well as developing and facilitating training related to financial grants management activities, processes and systems.
  • Experience applying/interpreting Federal grants management laws, administrative rules, policies and regulations such as GAO requirements, OMB Circulars, and other grants management laws.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • 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.
    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. 
  • TELEWORK: This position is telework eligible and the selectee may be eligible for full-time, regular (at least 1 day per pay period, ad hoc (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) or emergency telework in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.


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.


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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.
  • 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.


DOT Automated Staffing
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE
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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