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Grade: 15

1 [344] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-15 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [3258] Select the response that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience with transportation safety program activities, laws, regulations, or standards as a regular and recurring part of your employment for at least one year. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a year of experience where I administered transportation safety regulations, standards and programs to promote governmental and public support. This experience is well described in my resume.
  • I have a year of experience where I conducted studies or performed other analytical work to identify safety issues and problems. This experience is well described in my resume.
  • I have a year of experience where I evaluated the effectiveness of transportation safety programs and methods. This experience is well described in my resume.
  • I have a year of experience where I evaluated transportation systems to improve safety or eliminate the factors that influence unsafe conditions. This experience is well described in my resume.
  • I have a year of experience where I provided organizations with technical assistance in planning, developing, and managing transportation safety program(s). This experience is well described in my resume.
  • I do not have experience with transportation safety program activities, laws, regulations, or standards as a regular and recurring part of my employment.
3 [55755] Select the statement that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience in program and project management techniques to develop, deliver and monitor transportation initiatives or projects for at least a year. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had a year of education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have had a year of experience where I performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have had a year of experience where I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience in performing this task and I am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
4 [56603] Select the response that best describes your highest level of equal or equivalent experience communicating with senior executives and stakeholders to include federal, state, and local officials; to provide guidance, advocate, and represent an organization for at least a year? This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had a year of education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have a year of experience performing this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have a year of experience performing this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have a year of experience in performing this task and am considered an expert. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
5 [56340] Select the statement that best describes at least one year of your highest level of equal or equivalent experience applying organizational requirements in order to effectively lead, motivate, supervise, and manage work teams. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had a year of education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have had a year of experience where I performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures.
  • I have had a year of experience where I performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have had a year of experience and I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or I am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise.
6 [2884] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience managing, directing and/or administering a transportation program and/or significant program segment. Answer to this question is required
  • Issue technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations, and program policies relating to the program.
  • Develop and recommend program policies, strategies, and goals.
  • Develop and approve program procedures and practices.
  • Promote program and provide expert advice to a variety of senior officials.
  • Develop program performance measures and track program progess against measures and milestones.
  • None of the above.
7 [29433] Select the statement(s) that describe your experience with the implementation of highway-rail grade crossing safety and trespass prevention programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have recommended new legislative or administrative provisions and regulations or legislation pertaining to highway-rail grade crossing safety and trespass prevention.
  • I have worked on highway-rail grade crossing safety and trespass prevention programs as a technical expert.
  • I have experience managing highway-rail grade crossing safety and trespass prevention programs.
  • I have evaluated highway or rail grade crossing and trespass prevention programs.
  • None of the above.
8 [15255] Select the item(s) related to highway-rail grade crossing warning systems with which you are familiar. Answer to this question is required
  • American Railway Engineering & Maintenance of Way's (AREMA) Recommended Practices for highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.
  • Federal Highway Administration's Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.
  • Railroad rules and standards.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Federal Regulations Governing Grade Crossing Signal System Safety, through my performing installations of highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Federal Regulations Governing Grade Crossing Signal System Safety, through my performing inspections, testing, and maintenance of highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Federal Regulations Governing Grade Crossing Signal System Safety, through my directing and managing the inspections, testing, and maintenance of highway-rail grade crossing warning systems.
  • None of the above.
9 [4289] Select the statement that best describes your experience with highway/rail crossing or trespasser prevention projects programs involving a State or local railroad and private sector. Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed at least two highway/rail crossing or trespasser prevention projects and/or programs involving a State or local highway project and the private sector.
  • I have managed at least one highway/rail crossing or trespasser prevention project and/or program involving a State or local highway project and the private sector.
  • I have not managed but have contributed to or assisted in at least one highway/rail crossing or trespasser prevention project and/or program involving a State or local highway project and the private sector.
  • None of the above
10 [60326] Select the response that best describes your experience planning and managing a regional safety program related to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety or trespass prevention programs involving a State or local government, a railroad, or private sector. Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed and implemented programs related to grade crossing safety or trespass prevention that required partnering with other safety groups, including government and the private sector.
  • I have worked as part of a team, task force, or group comprised of a variety of safety groups, including government and the private sector, to develop and implement programs related to highway-rail grade crossing safety or trespass prevention.
  • I have not managed or developed, but have worked as part of a team, task force, or group comprised of a variety of safety groups, including government and the private sector, to implement programs related to highway-rail grade crossing safety or trespass prevention.
  • None of the above.
11 [60331] Select the Federal regulation (s) related to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety which you have applied and used in the work environment. Answer to this question is required
  • 49 CFR Part 222, Use of Locomotive Horns at Public Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Subpart E, Emergency Notification Systems for Telephonic Reporting of Unsafe Conditions at Highway-Rail and Pathway Grade Crossings.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Subpart F, Highway-Rail and Pathway Crossing Inventory Reporting
  • None of the above.
12 [8249] Select the statement that best describes your experience with highway-rail crossing safety or trespass prevention programs involving a State or local government, a railroad, or the private sector. Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed at least two highway-rail grade crossing or trespass prevention projects and/or programs involving State or local government and the private sector.
  • I have managed at least one highway-rail grade crossing or trespass prevention projects and/or programs involving State or local government and the private sector.
  • I have not managed, but have contributed to or assisted in at least one highway-rail grade crossing or trespass prevention project and/or program involving a State or local government and the private sector.
  • None of the above.
13 [6647] Select the statement that best describes your experience in developing programs to implement quiet zones in accordance with the Train Horn Rule. Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently developed programs to implement quiet zones in accordance with the Train Horn Rule.
  • I have knowledge of the Train Horn Rule as it relates to quiet zones.
  • I have been a member of a team that has developed programs for the implementation of quiet zones in accordance with the Train Horn Rule.
  • None of the above.
14 [10537] Select the statement that best describes your experience in regards to the locomotive horn sounding requirements in accordance with the Train Horn Rule. Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently developed programs to monitor or enforce horn sounding requirements in accordance with the Train Horn Rule.
  • I have knowledge of the Train Horn Rule as it relates to horn sounding requirements.
  • I have been a member of a team that has developed programs to monitor or enforce horn sounding in accordance with the Train Horn Rule.
  • None of the above.
15 [20610] Select the statements that describe your experience with highway-rail grade crossings systems related research. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in reviewing and disseminating highway-rail grade crossings systems related research reports, papers, and technical bulletins.
  • I have experience with monitoring and managing highway-rail grade crossings systems related research program.
  • I have experience in using modern computer-based applications to effectively manage research projects and programs.
  • I have experience in promoting developed technologies, including the gathering of needed research, marketing available research products and tracking the implementation of those products related to railroad level crossings systems.
  • I do not have experience in highway-rail grade crossings systems related research.
16 [60328] Select the response that describes your experience in developing practical solutions to persistent Highway/Rail Grade Crossing problems. Answer to this question is required
  • I currently work with industry officials to develop solutions to highly complex issues; as well as, consistently provide guidance to prevent accidents and ensure compliance with Federal regulations.
  • I provide or have provided information that may be used to determine future practices, but does not consistently work with industry officials to resolve complex issues; as well as, provide relatively routine advice and guidance concerning highway/rail grade crossing regulations.
  • I have worked with industry officials to develop solutions to relatively complex issues; as well as, provided guidance to prevent accidents and ensure compliance with Federal regulations.
  • I have no experience in developing practical solutions to persistent highway/rail grade crossing problems.
17 [6650] Choose the statement(s) that best describe your experience managing programs to improve Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention. Answer to this question is required
  • I have issued technically authoritative interpretations and decisions regarding laws, regulations, and policies relating to Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention.
  • I have developed and recommended policies, strategies, and goals relating to Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention.
  • I have developed and approved program procedures and practices relating to Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention.
  • I have promoted programs and provided advice to a variety of senior officials relating to Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention.
  • I have led work a team in implementing polices, strategies, and goals relating to Highway-Rail Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention.
  • None of the above
18 [60327] Select the statement(s) below that apply to your experience interpreting and applying policies, guidelines and or methods pertaining to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have applied federal regulations and procedures that pertain to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing safety on my job.
  • I have held more than one position where I have been responsible for interpreting and enforcing FRA Highway/Rail Grade Crossing regulations, and procedures; as well as addressed a wide variety of Highway/Rail Grade Crossing safety issues as part of my required duties.
  • I have held positions where I have interpreted Highway/Rail Grade Crossing regulations and procedures pertaining to rail safety in accordance with FRA policy or railroad procedures as part of my duties.
  • I have enforced Highway/Rail Grade Crossing standards.
  • None of the above.
19 [20292] Choose the statement that best describes your work experience related to the application of engineering, operational and system analyses concepts/disciplines to the development, application and effectiveness evaluation of innovative solutions to address highway-rail grade crossings system safety challenges. Answer to this question is required
  • I have education and training in the application of engineering, operational and system analyses concepts/disciplines toward the development, application and effectiveness evaluation of innovative solutions to address highway-rail grade crossings system safety, but have not performed it on the job.
  • I have applied engineering, operational and system analyses concepts/disciplines to the development, application and effectiveness evaluation of innovative solutions to address highway-rail grade crossings system safety, usually under the direction of a supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have independently applied engineering, operational and system analyses concepts/disciplines to the development, application and effectiveness evaluation of innovative solutions to address highway-rail grade crossings system safety challenges while seeking help or advise only for complex issues or challenges.
  • I have applied the skills involved and managed a research or evaluation program requiring the application of engineering, operational and system analyses concepts/disciplines to the development, application and effectiveness evaluation of innovative solutions to address highway-rail grade crossings system safety challenges with little or no direct supervision
  • I have extensive work experience applying the skills involved and managing research or evaluation programs that require the application of engineering, operational and system analyses concepts/disciplines to the development, application and effectiveness evaluation of innovative solutions to address highway-rail grade crossings system safety challenges with little or no direct supervision.
  • None of the above
20 [56068] Select the Federal regulation(s) related to highway-rail grade crossings which you have applied and used in the work environment. Answer to this question is required
  • 49 CFR Part 222, Use of Locomotive Horns at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Subpart E, Systems for Telephonic Notification of Unsafe Conditions at Highway-Rail Grade Crossings.
  • 49 CFR Part 234, Subpart F, National Highway-Rail Crossing Inventory Reporting Requirements.
  • None of the above.
21 [1135] Select the statement that best describes your experience giving formal presentations about program issues. Answer to this question is required
  • I have limited experience giving presentations on program issues.
  • I have experience giving presentations on routine program issues to officials in my organization.
  • I have experience giving presentations on routine program issues with complex elements to officials in my organization.
  • I have experience giving presentations on routine, operational program issues of a practical or procedural nature to officials in my immediate organization, or to my peers external to my organization.
  • I have experience giving presentations on complex issues and programs of a controversial or sensitive nature to a wide range of individuals outside of the Agency.
  • None of the above
22 [60334] Select the response(s) that describe(s) your experience in dealing with the railroad industry, labor unions, the general public and state and local governments on matters relating to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety. Answer to this question is required
  • I have assisted in the development of training materials concerning Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety for industry officials.
  • My duties have included interacting with counterparts in the railroad industry to provide technical guidance or resolve technical issues to railroad officials concerning Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety.
  • I rarely interact with railroad industry, labor unions, the general public, local governments to provide guidance, resolve technical issues, respond to inquiries, or clarify regulatory guidance on matters relating to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing Safety.
  • I have developed and delivered training courses related to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing safety to industry employees on the rules and regulations governing railroad practices.
  • I have provided technical information to various individuals and groups on matters related to Highway/Rail Grade Crossing.
  • None of the above.
23 [8247] Select the one statement that best describes your experience developing and implementing programs and outreach efforts regarding highway-rail grade crossing safety and trespass prevention programs. Answer to this question is required
  • I have developed and implemented outreach initiatives related to highway-rail grade crossing safety or trespass prevention programs.
  • I have implemented outreach initiatives related to highway-rail grade crossing safety or trespass prevention programs.
  • I have assisted in the implementation of outreach initiatives related to highway-rail grade crossing safety or trespass prevention programs.
  • None of the above.
24 [4290] Select the statement that describes your experience developing and implementing outreach and public information activities to promote highway/rail grade crossing or trespasser prevention safety programs, technologies, and partnerships. Answer to this question is required
  • I have substantive work experience in an organization or government, which has significant dealings in highway/rail grade crossing or trespasser prevention safety programs, technologies, and/or partnerships.
  • I have work experience on task forces, work groups or studies in the area of highway/rail grade crossing or trespasser prevention safety programs, technologies, and/or partnerships and the development of implementing guidance at the State, or local level in related areas.
  • I have some professional and/or academic experience, which is clearly related to transportation and/or highway/rail grade crossing or trespasser safety programs, technologies, and/or partnerships.
  • None of the above.
25 [10538] Select the statement that best describes your experience in explaining to a public authority the regulatory requirements for establishing a quiet zone in accordance with the train horn rule. Answer to this question is required
  • I have independently explained to a public authority the regulatory requirements for establishing a quiet zone in accordance with the Train Horn Rule.
  • I have knowledge of the Train Horn Rule as it relates to the regulatory requirements for establishing a quiet zone.
  • I have been a member of a team that has explained to a public authority the regulatory requirements for establishing a quiet zone in accordance with the Train Horn Rule.
  • None of the above.
26 [15221]] Select the range which indicates the number of employees you have managed as a supervisor or team leader. Answer to this question is required
  • 1-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12
  • 13-15
  • 16-19
  • 20-24
  • 25-30
  • 30 and above
  • no staff
27 [59761] Select the statements that best describe your experience leading or supervising staff. This experience must be well documented in your resume. Failure to do so may cause your application to be removed from consideration. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience developing strategic vision and work plans for my staff.
  • I have experience reviewing and approving my staff’s technical work products for compliance and quality.
  • I have experience developing job performance for staff members and implementing improvements plans as appropriate.
  • I have experience identifying competency gaps and developing staff by coaching and offering and/or conducting training.
  • I have experience developing collaborative relationships and building consensus among staff members.
  • I have no experience in performing this task/competency.
28 [55069] Choose the statements that describe your experience in resource management including staff, budget, training, travel, or other parameters, to accomplish the mission of your workgroup. Answer to this question is required
  • Determining the annual operating budget and assignment of internal (staff) labor costs.
  • Developing future projections of annual operating budget and assignment of internal (staff) labor costs, based on anticipated program levels.
  • Determining the annual operational budget and assignment of external (contractor, other agency, consultant) labor costs.
  • Developing future projections of annual operational budget and assignment of external (contractor, other agency, consultant) labor costs.
  • Determining annual staff training budget, identification of training needs, acquisition of training courses, monitoring of training accomplished, etc.
  • Determining annual travel needs, travel budget, support and administration of travel activities for a workgroup.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
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2 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
5 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    5.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.