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Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Chief Financial Officer
Open Period:
11/15/2019 - 12/16/2019


ES - 0505 00
USD $127,914 - USD $192,300
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Permanent
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Washington DC, DC, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
• Senior Executives
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to U.S. Citizens.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Marketing Statement:

The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is ranked #4 in the 2019 best places to work in the Federal Government!


This position is located within the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Chief Financial Officer (CFO) serves as the principal fiscal officer of FRA and directs, coordinates, controls, and ensures the adequacy of FRA fiscal plans, programs and policies.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

Relocation funds are authorized.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel is required.


The CFO provides executive direction and leadership to a comprehensive financial management program to ensure the effective operation of the budget process, proper utilization of and accounting for the FRA's resources, and up-to-date information on the status of program funds. As a strategic business partner who is vital to agency operations, the CFO provides financial advisory services to all levels of FRA management responsible for efficient and effective program delivery.

The ideal candidate for this position will bring a business perspective to the position to assist program managers in making sound decisions and to ensure FRA's mission is executed in accordance with its organizational performance plan. FRA is seeking an effective organizational leader who can balance the responsibilities of fiscal stewardship with programmatic partnership. The ideal candidate must be competent in risk management, problem solving, strategic planning and effective human capital development and management.

As the FRA CFO, you will:

  • Serve as FRA’s principal official for establishing and monitoring a system of internal controls, consistent with Departmental policy and OMB circular A-123.

  • Develop and apply Federal financial management policies and procedures in budgetary development, formulation, presentation, and execution.

  • Lead the development of complementary budget plans and the establishment of budgetary targets and ceilings to achieve policy and planning objectives.

  • Serve as the FRA principal representative with the Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the General Accounting Office (GAO), and key officials in all other agencies, State and local governments, and the general public.

  • Provide executive oversight for FRA's budget formulation and budget execution. Ensure that FRA's
    key policy objectives and legislative requirements are reflected in all budget justification and other supporting materials.

  • Function as FRA’s principal point of contact for all financial audit issues and findings. Work with the Inspector General, the GAO, and contracted auditors to address and resolve material weaknesses and reportable conditions.

  • Establish FRA budget, financial and accounting policies and procedures, and ensure adequate internal controls throughout the financial management process.

  • Participate in the development of long-range budget plans and establishment of budgetary levels. Allocate and administer fiscal and ceiling controls of personnel resources.

  • Provide executive leadership in the development and use of innovative transportation finance practices.

  • Lead the development of annual financial performance plans and reports covering FRA’s program activities. Participate in goal setting, performance measurement, and accountability.

Qualifications and Evaluations



  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: Complete a one-year SES probationary period (unless already completed).

  • FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: Complete a Public Financial Disclosure report, OGE-278. You will need to provide the information annually.

Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Education Requirements:
    An SES reviewing panel will evaluate your application based on the quality and extent of your total accomplishments, experience, and education. Applicants determined to be highly qualified may undergo an interview and a reference check. If you are contacted for a second-round interview, you may be asked to submit a written narrative statement addressing each of the ECQ areas (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, Building Coalitions). If selected, your written narrative statement addressing the ECQs must be certified by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB), unless you are a current SES executive or have successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program. You must receive certification before you can be appointed to the position.

    All applications must be completed and submitted electronically no later than midnight ET of the closing date. Final reviews will be performed after the announcement closing, and timely notice of the status of your application will be emailed to you. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging into your USAJOBS account and selecting Application Status.

    As a basic requirement for entry into the Senior Executive Service (SES), you must clearly articulate and describe within your resume evidence of progressively responsible supervisory, managerial, or professional experience which involved management of a program or organization of significant scope and complexity.  Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the duties of this position and meet the mandatory Technical Qualification(s) and Managerial Executive Core Qualifications listed below.

    TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (TQs): Below is the description of the mandatory technical qualifications for this position. Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet these technical qualifications. 

    1. Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with the CFO Act, the Government Performance and Results Act, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-11 and the end-to-end Federal Budgeting process, compliance with Federal Financial Management Improvement Act, Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act, OMB Circular A-123, and all federal financial practices and principles.

    2. Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with multiple fund types including various appropriations, working capital/revolving funds, credit/loan accounts, and in addressing and resolving complex budget formulation and budget execution issues and/or complex financial audit issues and findings.

    3. Extensive experience leading a staff responsible for a range of financial management functions to include budgeting, accounting, audits, and/or developing creative and innovative solutions to complex financial problems.

    4. Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with program management which supports effective partnering in achieving organizational goals and priorities.

    EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATIONS (ECQs)Below are descriptions of the mandatory ECQs that are required for all SES positions. Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.

    ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation, External Awareness, Flexibility, Resilience, Strategic Thinking, Vision
    ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management, Leveraging Diversity, Developing Others, Team Building
    ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. Leadership Competencies: Accountability, Customer, Decisiveness, Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving, Technical Credibility
    ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management, Human Capital Management, Technology Management
    ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. Leadership Competencies: Partnering, Political Savvy, Influencing/Negotiating
    FUNDAMENTAL COMPETENCIES: The following competencies are the foundation for success in each of the Executive Core Qualifications: Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

    Additional information about the SES and Executive Core Qualifications can be found on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) SES Website.

    You are strongly encouraged to review OPMs Guide to SES Qualifications for specific examples and guidance on writing effective ECQ narrative statements and executive resumes.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Our benefits package offers:
    Annual Leave (paid vacation), Sick Leave, and Holidays - You will earn 26 days of annual leave and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Federal Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year.
    Health Benefits - Employees and family members are eligible for health benefits at reasonable rates with no required medical examinations or restrictions because of age or physical condition. Flexible Spending Account (FSA) - You may choose to participate in the FSA Program. This program allows you to set aside money, on a pre-tax basis, for certain kinds of out of pocket medical expenses or dependent care costs of a child or parent
    Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program - You may elect to participate in the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program.
    Life Insurance - You may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance program. The program offers employees an opportunity to acquire life insurance protection at group rates with a government contribution toward the cost of basic insurance.
    For more details on the various health and life insurance benefits offered to most Federal Employees click here
    Other Information:

    Retirement/Pension Plan - You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system that provides benefits for both normal retirement (with as few as 5 years of civilian service) and for circumstances that might occur earlier, such involuntary retirement because of disability.

    Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) - You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. For more details, please visit the TSP website

    Employee Assistance - Employees and their immediate families can take advantage of free confidential counseling with health professionals as part of the Federal Employees Assistance Program.

    Transit Benefits - We subsidize up to $255 of mass transit commuting costs each month.

    Telework - Determined by agency policy. 

    Suitability - Information related to performance, suitability, and security will be verified. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    FRA Conflict of Interest Statute - The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights with or from a railroad 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. No waivers of this requirement will be granted. 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. 

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    The application process used to recruit for this position is RESUME ONLY. Your resume must provide information regarding your professional experience and accomplishments that demonstrate you meet the 5 ECQs.  Your resume must not exceed 5 pages; all other pages WILL NOT be considered.

    Application packages must be received online no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    If submitting a cover letter, it can only be one page in length; all other pages WILL NOT be considered.

    To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement posting.
    Create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

    • Upload your resume and supporting documents.

    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office during regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET, at

    Required Documents:

    The following documents must be provided by the closing date:

    • RESUME - You must submit a resume which cannot exceed five (5) pages. Any information submitted in excess of five (5) pages WILL NOT be considered. The resume must provide evidence (such as related professional experience and accomplishments) that demonstrate you possess the technical qualifications and the 5 ECQs. Include name on each page. No photos allowed.

    • COVER LETTER – You should submit a one-page cover letter highlighting key experience and interest in the position advertised.

    • SF-50 - Current & former federal employees should submit an SF-50 which shows your current (or most recent grade.)

      • Current Career Senior Executives and individuals with SES reinstatement eligibility must submit a copy of an SF-50 which shows career SES status

    • CANDIDATE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CERTIFICATE - individuals who have successfully completed an Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved SES Candidate Development Program, submit a copy of your OPM certificate.

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the announcement will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

    Next Steps:
    If you have opted to receive account status updates via USAJobs, you will receive online confirmation that your application package has been received. All applicants will receive a notification email of the final outcome regarding the hiring decision.