Program Analyst

Washington, DC, United States
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 17, 2023
Full Time

The mission of the Office of Commercial Space Transportation is to ensure protection of the public, property, and the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States during commercial launch or reentry activities, and to encourage, facilitate, and promote U.S. commercial space transportation. The Space Regulations and Standards Branch coordinates rulemaking efforts, advisory circular publication, standards development, and AST's Safety Management Systems (SMS).


Is a recognized subject matter expert in rulemaking and provides leadership for highly complex and challenging activities under the minimal direction of a manager or executive.

Applies expert technical knowledge on a wide range of projects from inception to completion.

Independently plans use of time and resources to accomplish complex objectives.

Ensures assigned projects and tasks are on track with the approved schedule.

Facilitates project team meetings by leading team members and providing guidance on the resolution of issues for ensuring team's objectives are met.

Prepares regulatory rulemaking packages for review and approval. Consults with the Office of General Counsel to ensure regulations are developed consistent with the legal framework and to obtain legal clearance.

Maintains ownership of the rulemaking documents during the drafting process to confirm accuracy while ensuring the documents are written clearly and meet all applicable format and content requirements.

Identifies stakeholder requirements and design plans to meet those needs.

Maintains effective professional relationships with various management groups and/or individuals that perform critical roles throughout the regulatory development process.

Presents briefings to obtain consensus/approval on rulemaking, policies, and guidance.

Serves as the initial interface for government and industry stakeholders.

Drafts and reviews technical documents, rulemaking documents, guidance, advisory circulars, and policies related to commercial space transportation, with emphasis on adequacy, proper grammar, clarity, and technical accuracy.

Researches, evaluates data, and provides technical expertise in developing policy, guidelines, procedures, and regulations.

Supports the development of regulatory requirements for new and existing technologies and concepts for commercial space transportation involving expendable and reusable launch vehicles.

Technical expertise allows the incumbent to work across functional and/or organizational lines, other FAA offices, and external organizations.

Proactively identifies and resolves complex, controversial, or programmatic issues and accurately interprets regulatory and policy issues related to statutes, regulations, and program requirements.

Produces written and oral communications that are well-organized, clear, and persuasive.

Adjusts communications to meet the audience expectations and level of understanding.

Represents as a principal point of contact to provide advice and guidance on the applications of policies and procedures.

Communicates results to all levels internally within an LOB/SO or across LOBs/SOs and externally.

Provides expert guidance and instruction both internally and externally to address diverse, complex issues which often cross multiple projects, programs, and/or functional areas.

Develops and recommends approaches to address current and anticipated problems and issues.

Works with senior management to identify and resolve problems.

Work typically is reviewed only at completion for success in achieving planned results.

Has broad discretion to ensure the alignment of organizational goals and policies and the requirements of the projects and/or other work activities.


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated or Random Drug Testing required.
  • This is a Level 2 (Non-Critical; Secret) position requires favorable adjudication of a Access National Agency Check and Inquiries (ANACI) background investigation prior to appointment, unless a waiver is obtained.


Candidates must have one year (52 weeks) of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to at least the next
lower grade level (FV-I or FG/GS-13) that is typically related to the line of work of the position
to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and
abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized
experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of
progression for the occupation in the organization.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE at the next lower level: (FV-I/GS-13):

--Experience converting white papers to guidance, rulemaking or policy documents. OR

--Experience writing, researching, planning and outlining, editing, and revising technical documents. AND

--Experience reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating commercial space policies and procedures. AND

--Experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the development and/or creation of technical documents, advisory circulars, regulatory guides, rulemaking documents, and policies.

Applicants must provide a writing sample from school or work to be considered for this vacancy. Failure to submit a writing sample will result in a not eligible determination.

You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.

Answer all questions to the best of your ability.


You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process.

Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.

**All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.**

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.

AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: If the selecting official decides to
interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration
for the position at that point in the process must be interviewed. If the selection list is
shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list
shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and
telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid
in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.
  • I understand I will be found not qualified if I don't submit a writing sample.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.



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Additional information

We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.
Position may be subject to a background investigation.
A one-year probationary period may be required.

The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation strives to ensure that equity, transparency, accountability, collaboration, and communication permeate all that we do for the betterment of the Department, the traveling public, and our nation. As such, DOT values a highly diverse workforce of persons who promote a culture of belonging by respecting the personal dignity and worth of each individual and fostering a positive environment where all feel safe and welcome. If these commitments coincide with your personal ideals and professional aspirations, please consider joining the DOT family.

This position is covered by the Department of Transportation's Drug and Alcohol Testing Program. Any applicant tentatively selected for this position will be subject to pre-employment or pre-appointment drug screening. Persons occupying a "testing designated position (TDP)" will be subject to random drug and/or alcohol testing.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the
FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you
are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in
your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the
response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and
clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to
validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and
experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a Human Resource Specialist as

This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation Plan. Additional information about core
compensation is available on the website:

This announcement is also being advertised under VA #AWA-AST-23-8414CM-84590. Please review both vacancy announcements before making application to determine your eligibility to apply.

This is a bargaining unit position. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 1653.

Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA


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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

IMPORTANT: Applicants may be rated on the extent and quality of experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position(s). All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated. Ensure that your application package/resume supports your responses.


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Required Documents

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

Only supplemental documentation (e.g., transcript, certifications, SF-50, and/or veterans' documentation) will be accepted in combination with your on-line application. These documents must be uploaded or faxed (202-267-7032) on or before the closing date of the announcement.
All submitted documents must reference the announcement number.

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Failure to submit all required documents by the closing date will result in a finding of ineligible. We are not responsible for incomplete, illegible or missing documents.

Please DO NOT email your application documents. We cannot accept documents received via the email system. Documents sent via email will NOT receive consideration.

All Veterans: If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit either a DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy or equivalent), or a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions. If you are claiming 10 point preference, you must also submit a completed SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, and supporting documents outlined on the SF-15. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

If you are claiming 10 point preference but fail to submit the supporting documents outlined on the SF-15, you will be tentatively assessed as a 5 point preference eligible provided your DD Form 214 reflects that you have the service required to qualify for preference. Documents must be uploaded or faxed to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office listed in this announcement and all documents must be received by the closing date of the announcement. If you fail to submit documentation, you will be assessed as a non-veteran.

Veterans currently on active duty claiming veterans' preference: You will be granted tentative preference if you submit a document from the armed forces certifying that within 120 days you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions and your application shows that you have the required service. Prior to being appointed, you must provide to the Servicing Human Resource Management Office a DD Form 214 documenting discharge/release and showing that the service was honorable or general. If you are on terminal leave, you must provide documentation certifying authorized terminal leave.

  • SF-15 : Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

How to Apply

You must apply online to receive consideration. Your application must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the Close Date for it to be accepted. If you are applying for positions associated with FAA registers, your application must be submitted at the time a referral list is created in order to receive consideration for positions associated with a register.


We strongly encourage applicants to utilize the USAJOBS resume builder in the creation of resumes.

Please ensure EACH work history includes ALL of the following information:
  • Job Title (include series and grade if Federal Job)
  • Duties (be specific in describing your duties)
  • Employer's name and address
  • Supervisor name and phone number
  • Start and end dates including month and year (e.g. June 2007 to April 2008)
  • Full-time or part-time status (include hours worked per week)
  • Salary

Determining length of General or Specialized Experience is dependent on the above information and failure to provide ALL of this information may result in a finding of ineligible.

You may upload completed documents to your USAJOBS Account. This will provide you the opportunity to utilize the uploaded information again when applying for future vacancies. Please see this guide, Document Upload Guide, for more information on uploading and re-using the documents in your applications.

Agency contact information

Christine Mcneil


1 (202) 267-3722


1 (202) 267-7032



Federal Aviation Administration
WA, Employment Services Division
800 Independence Ave, SW, Room 523
Washington, DC 20591

Next steps

Once we receive your complete application, the Human Resources Office will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications. Eligible and qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. You will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.

For instructions on how to check the status of your application, please go to: USAJOBS Help Guide.

Important - If you make any changes to your application, you must resubmit it. If you make changes to your application and do not resubmit it, your changes will not be considered part of your application package, and only your previously submitted application will be evaluated.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors. DOT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency contact listed in the Agency Contact Information section of this announcement or the hiring manager. An employee with a disability must notify the decision-maker of the accommodation request. Job applicants and employees are required to follow up oral requests in writing. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Additional information on reasonable accommodations procedures or on EEO Programs is available on Office of Civil Rights (ACR) or by contacting the local FAA Civil Rights Office.

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