Transportation Industry Analyst
Department Of Transportation - Washington, DC

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The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is a small independent Federal agency (created by the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995) with broad regulatory authority over railroads and more limited regulatory responsibilities over certain water carriers, non-energy pipelines, trucking companies, and intercity bus companies.

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The Transportation Industry Analyst position is located in the Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance (OPAGAC), Section of Public Assistance and Compliance. The purpose of this position is to provide expert advice on the creation, publishing and critical revision of transportation tariffs under the authority of the STB. Professional tariff knowledge and experience is needed in (1) non -contiguous marine carrier tariff filings (2) motor carrier tariffs, (3) household goods carrier tariffs, (3) US railroad tariffs and (4) railroad transportation contract summaries that are submitted to the STB. In addition, the incumbent will respond to public requests for assistance with tariff disputes between regulated carriers and their shippers, and monitor interstate rail service. An important part of the assignment requires previous experience in the critical review of tariff construction, along with processing and administration of all tariffs filed with the Board. The incumbent must also have a background in and understanding of STB regulations pertaining to these tariffs and be able to explain these regulations to the public.
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DUTIES: The person hired for this position is expected to provide expert professional advice and critical review of tariffs and contract summaries filed with the STB. He/she will be responsible for a wide range of analytical and technical duties to include critical review of filed tariffs/documents, along with responsibility for the correct processing and administration of tariffs and other pricing documents submitted by regulated carriers. This person will work closely with a team of employees engaged in the analysis of nationwide rail, non-contiguous water carrier, and household goods carrier operations and practices. They will also be responsible for conducting analysis on the causes of persistent service problems and helping to formulate recommendations to the OPAGAC Director and senior staff for ways to resolve those problems.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Specialized Experience:

Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service. This experience must have equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Examples of qualifying experience include: professional experience in the design, creation, arrangement and correction of carrier transportation tariffs and contracts, particularly applying and interpreting marine and/or household goods (HHG) carrier rate tariffs, railroad tariffs or contracts, as well as other carrier pricing documents, carrier policies and procedures. Experience would also include writing, critiquing and revising transporation tariffs by utilizing knowledge of STB regulations in reference to water carrer tariffs, HHG carrier tariffs, railroad tariffs, and railroad contract summaries.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, Qualified

Application of Veterans' Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans' preference above non-veterans within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements, and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the highest quality category (Best Qualified), except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 level or higher.

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:

BENEFITS: You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info: .

Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement. More info:

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More info:

You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

You will earn sick leave. More info:

You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

Tele-work / telecommuting may be made available after you have come on board. More info:

Alternative work schedule options are available.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional information on how this program is run.

You can use Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts for expenses that are tax-deductible, but not reimbursed by any other source, including out-of-pocket expenses and non-covered benefits under their FEHB plans. More Info:

OTHER INFORMATION: If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the Highly Qualified Category or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: Copy of the agency notice; Copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and Copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement.

Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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