Transportation Policy Analyst (Safety) (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

Washington, D.C
Jan 27, 2022
Feb 03, 2022
Full Time

As a Transportation Policy Analyst, you will:
  • Serve as an expert in transportation safety. Work closely to develop the program planning and activities of the Office of the Secretary to ensure a comprehensive Secretarial perspective and develop policy positions program analyses for issues of interest to the U.S. transportation industry. To ensure that the impacts upon transportation users and State and local agencies are considered, obtain and interpret transportation data and review planning processes with the affected agencies and/or groups.
  • Serve as the OST Policy Office primary resource for assigned modal area planning and program evaluations, analyzing both the domestic and foreign transportation implications of policy developments directly impacting industry. Work with DOT Operating Administrations to develop policy positions and support documents that consider issues of interest for modal areas assigned. Acts to present the U.S. Government's position in these matters.
  • Obtain, evaluate, and interpret data to identify transportation trends and their potential impact on policies and programs for transportation planning and financing. Recommend changes that make the U.S. transportation system more competitive, more efficient, and safer consistent with goals established by the Administration aimed at improving the national transportation system.
  • Analyze and evaluate legislative and regulatory proposals for potential impact on transportation programs, recommend revisions, and prepare implementing guidance.
  • Serve as the industry point of contact and resource person for the Secretary's Office of Policy with other DOT offices and Federal agencies, State and local transportation planning organizations, academia, research organizations, and the private sector. Engage counterparts from other Federal agencies - both here and abroad, customers in state and local transportation agencies, and the private sector in developing operational analyses and business case justifications to support initiatives through implementation of USDOT policies.

The Ideal Candidate Statement: OST is looking for a seasoned, motivated and self-reliant professional willing to lead and share their expertise in transportation safety program analysis and policy development to implement national transportation programs and initiatives with other skilled professionals to promote the safety and fairness of the transportation industry.

PLEASE NOTE: Two vacancies will be filled from this announcement. The position is a remote work position and the official duty location will be identified at time of hire. The difference in the salary is determined by the locality pay in the duty location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at:


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
  • Experience analyzing the effects of existing or proposed regulatory/policy alternatives affecting transportation safety programs OR researching, identifying, and assessing the impact of transportation safety programs involving public policy issues AND preparing written analytical reports that address the consequences of adopting them.

To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:
  • Experience planning and conducting transportation safety studies or assessing the impact of transportation safety programs on existing/proposed transportation projects affecting public policy issues. Alternatively, experience preparing and presenting safety transportation legislative or policy proposals AND developing program guidance to implement safety transportation programs or initiatives.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Technical Competence - Transportation Safety Programs - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, practices, and methods to identify, control, mitigate, and eliminate transportation safety problems in the movement of people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including transportation systems and performance.
  • Planning and Evaluating - Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Organizational Performance Analysis - Knowledge of the methods, techniques, and tools used to analyze program, organizational, and mission performance; includes methods that deliver key performance information (for example, comparative, trend, diagnostic, root cause, predictive) used to inform decisions, actions, communications, and accountability systems.
  • Strategic Thinking - Formulates effective strategies consistent with the business and competitive strategy of the organization in a global economy. Examines policy issues and strategic planning with a long-term perspective. Determines objectives and sets priorities; anticipates potential threats or opportunities.
  • Communications - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately; and writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner using correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling in a succinct and organized manner for the intended audience.

  • For all types of consideration, 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.

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    Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Additional information

    PLEASE NOTE: This is a Bargaining unit position represented by AFGE American Federation of Government Employees Local 33131, 1133.

    COVID VACCINATION: As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject only to exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.

    This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

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