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    Position Summary

    This position is located in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation.  If selected, you will serve as the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer and be responsible for planning, developing and administering an effective and comprehensive program to achieve safe, responsible, and effective programmatic safety practices and procedures within the railroad industry and its ancillary components.  

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    The Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer makes significant contributions to the development of national safety programs enforced by FRA.  These programs incorporate long and short term plans and initiatives affecting FRA relationships with top-level management of transportation-related businesses and with organized labor associated with the railroad industry and its components.  

    As the Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer, you will also be responsible for fostering outreach programs to a variety of organizations that are impacted safety programs promulgated by the Federal Government.  The Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer actively supports strategic initiatives that impact the railroad industry, railroad safety and safety aspects of intermodal organizations.  Utilizing a variety of formats, you will promote personal and organizational cooperation, internal and external dissemination of information, and other similar initiatives to develop an environment of partnership and mutual achievement. 

    The Associate Administrator for Railroad Safety/Chief Safety Officer

    • Serve as the principal programmatic advisor to the FRA Administrator and Deputy Administrator for all aspects of railroad safety, making significant contributions to the development of the national rail safety programs enforced by the agency.
    • Utilizing the services of a wide range of technical railroad safety subject matter experts, the Associate Administrator directs the investigation of railroad accidents in which there is a fatality, substantial property damage, a public interest, or the involvement of a passenger train.
    • Based upon a solid foundation in the principles of organizational and management techniques, directs the establishment of criteria and procedures for the inspection, maintenance, correction, reporting for locomotives, cars, appurtenances, signal systems, track, and other hardware or infrastructure subject to the rules and regulations issued by FRA.
    • Directs the review of proposed legislation to determine its impact on rail safety issues, including the oversight of cost benefit analyses. Implements regulations intended to reduce the frequency of accidents attributable to a lack of compliance with operating rules or to misinterpretation of such rules.
    • Monitors the established validation program for State rail safety inspectors that have been authorized to inspect under the railroad safety acts. The incumbent also monitors participating States' adherence to FRA policies and procedures and reviews the FRA's provision of advice, guidance, and technical training to ensure that the maximum benefit is achieved for the resources expended.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Requires occasional travel (less than 10%).

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0340 Program Management

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