Traffic Management Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 12, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
Full Time


Tour of Duty: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Position Description Title/PD#: Traffic Management Specialist/ PD# 44177-A
Compressed/Flexible Schedules: Is authorized
Telework: Authorized
Virtual Position: No

This recruitment is for one position with the Office of Procurement, Acquisition, and Logistics, located at 810 Vermont Ave NW Washington, DC 20420.
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Traffic Management Specialist / PD# 44177-A


The incumbent is a Senior Traffic Management Specialist responsible for a wide variety of complex transportation management functions in support of VA-wide logistics and transportation programs. The position is in the VA Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC), Office of Procurement, Acquisition, and Logistics (OPAL). OPAL is one of the largest acquisition and logistics organizations of the Federal Government with annual expenditures of more than $30.3 billion for supplies and services. The position is a Senior Traffic Management Specialist and is both an analytical position and an operations position, which provides substantive administrative, technical, and hands on support to Department-wide logistics and traffic management programs. It is instrumental in the co-management of two major VA transportation programs: (1) Next Generation Delivery Services (NGDS), an OMB initiative which consolidates domestic and international small package express and ground delivery services for all Federal Government agencies, totaling over 100 million dollars in services; and (2) the VA General Freight Transportation Program which receives and executes freight shipments for VHA, VBA, NCA, and all activities, transporting vehicles, construction equipment, furniture, station property, laboratory moves, office moves, medical records and medical supplies and equipment used in direct and indirect patient care to sites within the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and internationally to and from Guam, Manila, South Korea, Germany, and many other international origins or destinations.

Specific duties include:

Serves as the customer's staff expert for issues relating to all freight services, freight bill audits, Puerto Rico cargo consolidation, and off-shore shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands, Philippines, and other off-shore and foreign points. Responsible for arranging transportation for supply contracts ensuring supplies arrive in good condition and on time at the required place at the best possible transportation rates. Provides recommendations for software application and transportation improvements. Uses transportation database and spreadsheet software to select, organize and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of transportation and traffic programs. Reviews and maintains all rates and charges in several databases and develops diagnostic reports to create MS Excel pivot reports for large amounts of transportation data. Applies analytical methods to evaluate complex freight rate tenders to arrive at the lowest cost to the U.S. Government. Develops and recommends transportation policy as it relates to domestic, off-shore, and international shipping. Represents VA on various VA and interagency meetings, committees, and conferences, representing agency views and interests at various levels within and outside of the organization. Conducts special studies related to household goods, freight and other transportation and traffic programs. Reviews and maintains the VA General Freight Tender of Service for freight and household goods programs.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

You must be a US citizen to apply for this job.
Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
Position requires filing a Financial Disclosure Report.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: The work is primarily sedentary within an office environment. Common office equipment is used such as a desktop computer, fax machine, copier, and printers.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/13/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-13 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-12. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials.

Specialized Experience (GS-13):

Applicants must have One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-12 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Managing and operating a transport or traffic system to move commodities with accountability for operating costs; experience with domestic and international shipping rules and motor, ocean, and air carrier industry practices, freight forwarder and broker operations, tariffs and rules and regulations; plan, develop, implement, and manage large scale, complex projects, programs and operations for both foreign and domestic shipments; negotiating and approving competitive freight rates and services freight from carriers; resolving systemic transportation problems; auditing transportation activities, documents and actions; provide information, analyses, and guidance on transportation matters; participate in the solicitation and evaluation of contract offers to ensure that all necessary transportation factors, such as transportation costs, transit arrangements, time in transit, and port capabilities result in contracts that are advantageous to the organization; scrutinizes potential Transportation Service Providers (TSPs) and analyzes carrier submissions to identify the low cost (primary) carriers; effective working knowledge of Microsoft Software (including Excel and Word), Adobe, the United States Air Force (USAF) Cargo Movement Operations System (CMOS), or similar programs and transportation application databases.

There is no educational substitution at the GS-12 and above.

Additional information on the qualification requirements are outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on OPM's website at


APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: 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 (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). Therefore, applicants must report attendance and/or degrees from only these schools. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following websites: and .

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Additional information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified, you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified for this vacancy. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

You will be rated on the following competencies based on your application for this position:

Competency 1 - Transportation Policy

Competency 2 - Computer/Software (Microsoft and Transportation application database)

Competency 3 - Customer Service

Competency 4 - Oral Communication

Competency 5 - Written Communication

If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to: responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

The following documents are required:
  • Your Résumé (Must include series, grade, step, starting and ending dates of employment, month and year, and hours worked per week, and salary information).
  • If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must submit a copy of your last or most recent signed Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility. Applicants who fail to submit this form will be rated INELIGIBLE (SF-50 must be in PDF format; text format will not be accepted). Note:. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Award 50's do not provide sufficient information and will not be accepted for the purpose of verifying time-in-grade. Examples of appropriate SF-50's include:
    • Within grade increases at the highest grade held; or
    • Promotions with an effective date more than one year old; or
    • SF-50's at the highest grade held with an effective date more than one year old.
  • To receive consideration as a Veteran you must provide legible copies of your DD-214, member 4 copy or another copy that shows all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.) or a statement of service signed by the commander or you will be deemed INELIGIBLE. Note: More than one DD-214 may be needed to show all dates of service.
  • Copy of unofficial transcripts. Must show name of college to determine accreditation. If qualifying based on degree, or for positions requiring a degree, the transcript must show date the degree was conferred. If selected, you must provide official transcripts. NOTE: Transcripts should state degree conferred, and have a date.
  • Military Spouses must submit:
    • Spouse of service-member:
      • Copy of Marriage License, and
      • Copy of Service Member's Orders
    • Spouse of a former service-member with a 100% Service-Connected Disability
      • Copy of Marriage License, and
      • DD Form 214, and;
      • VA or DoD Documentation of 100% Service-Connected Disability
    • A widow/widower of a service-member who was killed while servicing on Active Duty
      • Copy of Marriage License
      • DD-214, documentation of deceased service-member's service-connected death, and
      • Statement Validating that the widow/widower is unmarried.
  • Please use this checklist to ensure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.

    Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

    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.

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