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    As a Supervisory Attorney Advisor, you will serve as an Assistant Chief Counsel for the General Law Division, in the Federal Railroad Administration’s Office of Chief Counsel. Your primary role will be to provide oversight and guidance for activities involving all legal issues other than those of a safety nature including: (1) procurement matters; (2) Federal tort claims; (3) rail financial assistance programs; (4) railroad bankruptcies; (5) Surface Transportation Board (STB) proceedings (i.e., rail acquisitions, mergers, consolidations, abandonments, and the economic regulation of the rail industry); (6) Amtrak grants, performance, and all other non-safety Amtrak matters; (7) Freedom of Information Act responses to requests and appeals of request denials; (8) Administrative Hearing Officer review of Locomotive Engineer Review Board and Operating Crew Review Board decisions; (9) personnel matters and litigation and labor law; (10) environmental and historical preservation issues; (11) civil rights and Americans with Disabilities Act matters and litigation; (12) conflicts of interest and ethics matters; (13) fiscal and appropriations matters; and (14) any other general legal matters involved in the operation of FRA.

    The Ideal Candidate should have knowledge of and experience in a wide range of legal practice areas affecting the transportation industry and the Department of Transportation, including: financial assistance law; environmental law; ; labor and personnel law; regulatory development and drafting; administrative appeals and litigation; legislative drafting and analysis; handling litigation; and working collaboratively with attorneys and policy, research and development, and safety experts performing a wide variety of tasks in a governmental setting.

    This is an Excepted Service position. This position will be filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive service.


    • Copy of law school record transcript must be submitted. An unofficial transcript is acceptable; however, an official transcript must be provided if selected.
    • Copy or other evidence of bar membership must be submitted.

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    As a Supervisory Attorney Advisor (Transportation), you will:

    • Direct the legal review of and research on all FRA procurement issues,ethics, Freedom of Information Act, personnel, civil rights, and all other general law matters.
    • Supervise FRA’s legal defense of claims filed against FRA under the Federal Tort Claims Act..
    • Manage the Division’s workforce, which is comprised of attorneys and technical staff. Assign work and establish priorities and deadlines, provide technical guidance, and review work products. Recommend and implement improved work processes and business practices to ensure maximum productivity within employment ceilings and funding.
    • Direct legal services regarding Amtrak. This includes drafting the Amtrak grant agreements, drafting the Administration’s legislative proposals involving Amtrak, preparing briefing material for the representatives of the Secretary at Amtrak Board meetings, and providing legal advice on other Amtrak issues.
    • Supervise legal activities in the development and administration of railroad financial assistance programs, including financial assistance programs under (a) the Emergency Rail Service Act of 1970; (b) the Rail Passenger Service Act; and (c) section 5 of the Department of Transportation Act. Such activities include providing legal advice on the scope of these Acts, developing regulations to implement the Acts, negotiating and drafting financing agreements, and monitoring the activities of the recipients to ensure that the terms of these agreements are being followed and taking legal action, as appropriate, to protect the Government's interests.
    • Oversee the interpretation and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act, section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act for all FRA programs. Legal work in the environmental area includes determining when environmental assessments and environmental impact statements are needed; and drafting statements, memoranda and other necessary documents to comply with environmental and historic preservation litigation.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from:
    • Any U.S. Citizen
    Please note that this position is in the Excepted Service. For information on the Excepted Service, please visit: Excepted Service Appointing Authorities at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-authorities/excepted-service/.

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