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Job Title:  Traffic Management Specialist
Department:  Department Of Veterans Affairs
Agency:  Department of Veterans Affairs - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  VY-14-FD-1119378-MP

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, June 03, 2014 to Monday, June 23, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Status Candidates (see "Area of Consideration" below)
Public Trust - Background Investigation


Our mission: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan," - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.

Candidates will be considered for hire at the GS-11, and GS-12, grade levels of the Federal Service. The salary range will depend on the level at which selected, as follows:

  • GS-11: $63,091 to $82,019 per year
  • GS-12: $75,621 to $98,305 per year


Every job at the VA impacts the Veterans that we serve. You can be part of that team, helping to make sure that our Veterans receive the top-quality care they deserve.

Location: This position is within the VA Office of Acquisition and Logistics, Office of Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Transportation and Relocation Services Division in Washington, DC.

Area of Consideration: To be eligible under Merit Promotion, you must have an eligibility listed below.

Competitive Merit Promotion:

  • Transfer or Reinstatement eligibles: current Federal or former employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service that hold, or have held a career or career-conditional position at a lower grade level as the position being announced. An SF-50 must show appointment in the competitive service.
  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.

Non-Competitive Merit Promotion:

  • ICTAP/CTAP eligibles
  • Disabled veterans receiving 30% or more disability compensation from the VA
  • Individuals with severe disabilities (eligible for Schedule A appointments)
  • Individuals eligible under other non-competitive appointment authorities such as: Military spouses under E.O. 13473; Certain former overseas employees; Present and former Peace Corps, Vista or Action volunteers; Former White House staff; Present and former Foreign Service officers and employees; Certain National Guard technicians.
  • Current and former Federal employees who meet the established criteria outlined in an Office of Personnel Management Interchange Agreement
  • Transfer or reinstatement eligibles that hold, or have previously held a career or career-conditional position at the same or higher grade level with the same or higher promotion potential as the position being announced.
  • Individuals eligible for a Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA).(

Note: This position is also being announced under VY-14-FD-1119384-DEU to all U.S. citizens. Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria are encouraged to apply under both announcements.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities (i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities) and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 1 to 5 nights per month


  • No


  • You must be a US citizen.
  • You must be eligible under the Area of Consideration.
  • You must submit your resume and supporting documents (See How to Apply).
  • Relocation expenses or recruitment incentives MAY be paid
  • This position requires travel up to 5 nights per month


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Major Duties:

The Traffic Management Specialist in this position provides administrative, technical, and operational support to Department-wide logistics and traffic management programs. Specifically, the Traffic Management Specialist:

  • Is responsible for supporting and assisting with maintaining, enhancing, developing, and implementing automation of a wide variety of routine transportation management functions. 
  • Provides (creates) specific designs for enhancing or developing transportation software tools and databases.
  • Provides (creates) specific designs for enhancing or developing worldwide web applications with transportation automation improvements
  • Uses transportation database and spreadsheet software to select, organize and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of transportation programs or carriers;
  • Creates modified or new report retrieval specifications for database reporting; 
  • Creates updated, modified or new MS Excel spreadsheet tools 
  • Reviews and maintains all rates and charges in several databases or spreadsheet rating tools 
  • Develops diagnostic reports and MS Excel pivot reports for large amounts of transportation data;
  • Maintains updated small package delivery services data for nationwide program 
  • Prepares and distributes monthly summary reports on VA's small package shipping; 
  • Maintains VATLC's intranet and internet web pages for freight program documentation, carrier qualification documents, small package program information, intranet page freight and small package cost calculators.
The duties above reflect the full performance level of the position. At the GS-11 level, the Traffic Management Specialist would perform some of these duties under the direction and supervision of a Traffic Manager or senior transportation specialist. At the GS-12 level, the Traffic Management Specialist would perform most of these duties independently under the general direction of a Traffic Manager or senior transportation specialist.


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Qualifications must be met by the Closing Date: You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by Monday, June 23, 2014.

To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level, you must have at least:

A) One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-9 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties such as: assisting with freight services or freight bill audits; negotiating freight rates and services; maintaining databases and records for a transportation program; providing advice and assistance on transportation issues; and/or performing analysis and monitoring transportation issues in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a freight transportation program.

-- OR --

B) Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years (54 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in accounting, business administration, business or commercial law, commerce, economics, engineering, finance, industrial management, statistics, traffic management, transportation, motor mechanics, or other fields related to the position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. You must submit a copy of your graduate transcripts with your application if using this option to qualify.

-- OR -- 

C) A combination of the specialized experience and graduate education described above. To compute the formula for qualifying under this combination, first determine the percentage of the specialized experience you possess; then determine the percentage of the education you possess (note: only graduate education in excess of the first two years or 36 semester hours of is creditable); then add the two percentages; they must equal to 100 percent to qualify. You must submit a copy of your graduate transcripts with your application if using this option to qualify.

To qualify for this position at the GS-12 level, you must have at least:

One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least the GS-11 level, or equivalent pay band in other pay systems in the Federal government. This experience may also have been obtained in the private sector, but must demonstrate that it is comparable to the GS grade indicated. Specialized experience may have been demonstrated by performing duties such as: conducting freight services and freight bill audits, negotiating freight rates and services with carriers, maintaining databases and records for a transportation program, providing advice and assistance on transportation issues, performing reviews of transportation issues to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of carriers, and drafting changes to transportation policies, procedures or guidelines. Note: There is no education substitution option for the specialized experience necessary to qualify at the GS-12 level.

For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the number of hours per week spent in such employment.

YOUR RESUME MUST HAVE COMPLETE INFORMATION: Please ensure your resume accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities for each position you have held with each employer. It is your responsibility to make sure your resume states complete information (beginning and ending dates of employment stated as MM/YYYY; duties performed; and total hours worked per week) for each job entry. If your resume does not provide enough information regarding your work history for us to make a creditable qualification determination, your application package may be rendered disqualified and you will no longer be considered for this position.   

Education: When there is a positive education requirement, or you are using education to qualify as a substitution for experience, transcripts (unofficial) are required at the time of application to verify that you meet the educational requirement or substitution.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: 

 Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


  • Background Investigation: You may need to successfully complete a background investigation before appointed into the position.
  • Probationary Period: You may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
  • Time in Grade (TIG): Current employees, Transfer and/or Reinstatement Eligibles must have a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade GS-grade level to be eligible under Merit Promotion. An SF-50 must be provided which shows your current pay plan/series/grade to verify time-in-grade requirements are met. Failure to provide an appropriate SF-50 will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses May or May Not be authorized for this position. 
  • Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level.


Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Your application will be evaluated based on your ability to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills and abilities/competencies: 

  • Knowledge of a wide range of traffic management policies, principles, and practices.
  • Skill in analyzing and resolving transportation problems or issues.
  • Knowledge of transportation industry accepted policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of carrier industry practices and operations, to include shipping requirements.
  • Skill and ability in using Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access, and transportation management databases such as Sesame General Freight.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


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VA professionals feel good about their careers and their ability to balance work and home life. VA offers generous paid time off and a variety of predictable and flexible scheduling opportunities. For more information on the VA, go to

Working for the VA offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.


Creditable Service for Annual Leave Accrual for Non-Federal Work Experience and Experience in the Uniformed Service: At the sole discretion of the Agency, newly appointed Federal employees may be given credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service toward the accrual of annual leave. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Well qualified applicants possess experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. This announcement may be used to fill similar vacancies that occur within the permitted timeframe of this announcement's validity.


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We strongly encourage you to apply on line; this process is easier, faster and provides more information as applications are processed. Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 23, 2014 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

  • Resume
  • Completed Occupational Questionnaire
  • Unofficial College Transcripts are required at the time of application to when education is used to meet the basic education requirement and/or when you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education as a substitution for experience. If selected you may be required to produce official transcripts before being appointed. Failure to provide transcripts will result in an ineligible rating.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation: DD-214 or Statement of Service which shows dates of service and character of service, and VA or Armed Forces Disability Letter if claiming 10-point preference.
  • Other documents – use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (to verify education), and/or documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is: 1119378.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 23, 2014 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Veteran's Preference: For more information and/or to determine if you are eligible for Veterans' Preference, please visit


Fauna De Lemos
Phone: (210)805-2403
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
VA Central Office HRS
Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your application and supporting documentation, you may be referred to the hiring official. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. To view the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.

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