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Compliance Investigator

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Department Of Transportation Kansas City , MO 64126

Posted 5 months ago

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This position serves as a Compliance Investigator in the Central Region, Office of Hazardous Material Safety Field Operations, Office for Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

PHMSA's mission is to protect people and the environment by advancing the safe transportation of energy and other hazardous materials that are essential to our daily lives.

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As a Compliance Investigator, you will:

  • Be responsible for the receipt, review, and proper disposition of all reports involving noncompliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) from all sources.

  • Be responsible for planning, coordinating, and conducting field surveillance and investigation of packaging manufacturers, re-testers, repairers, rebuilders, special permit and approval holders, shippers, and re-conditioners in the region to enhance public safety in the transportation of hazardous materials by air, rail, highway and water.

  • Be be responsible for participating in PHMSA outreach activities for Federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as regulated industries.

  • Maintain a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the Hazardous Materials Regulation (HMR), including new and pending changes to assure performance of duties involving investigations, inspections, analyses, and enforcement activities, as well as dealing with the public.

  • Perform field investigations, conducts in-depth incident and accident investigations, and prepares enforcement reports relating to packaging manufacturers, reconditioners, rebuilders, retesters, sellers, special permit and approval holders, shippers, and shipments subject to the HMR in 49 Code of Federal Regulations.

  • Investigate hazardous materials transportation accidents to determine whether noncompliance with the regulations present of if appropriate regulatory action should be taken, and submits recommendations to the (SI or Region) Supervisor.

  • Conduct enforcement activities in conjunction with other modal administrations and assures that coverage of all aspects of hazardous materials transportation are properly maintained.

  • Provide assistance to state enforcement agencies.

This position is perfect for an individual seeking a challenging, exciting career opportunity working at the cutting-edge of transportation safety issues. As a Compliance Investigator with PHMSA, you will perform research, inspection, investigative, and enforcement duties related to the hazardous materials enforcement program.

Travel Required
50% or less - Some travel is required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

  • Job family (Series)
    1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be ICTAP/CTAP eligible & meet specialized experience

  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date


  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess a valid state driver's license at all times while employed by PHMSA in order to perform the duties of the position.
  • DRUG TESTING: This position has been determined to be a critical safety/security position as defined in the Department of Transportation (DOT) Order, DOT 3910.1D entitled "Drug and Alcohol-Free Departmental Workplace." Therefore, if selected for the position you will be required to submit to a pre-employment/pre-appointment drug test, you will also be subject to Random Drug Testing.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


  • The selectee may be eligible to work remotely at the hiring manager's discretion.

  • Your salary may vary if your duty station is in another locality pay area.

PHMSA employees are subject to government-wide ethical standards of conduct, conflict of interest statutes and regulations, and post-employment prohibitions, which applicants may review at If selected, you may be required to file a financial disclosure report to determine if a conflict or appearance of a conflict of interest exists between your financial interests and your position with the agency. You may be prohibited by the conflict of interest statutes and regulations from holding certain financial interests.


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

To qualify for the GS-09 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-07, which includes:

  • Experience assisting senior members of a team analyze information to identify safety concerns through research, data collection, interviews, and report development.

  • Experience interpreting, explaining, and applying technical requirements and specifications to compliance problems encountered in field inspections or investigations.

To qualify for the GS-09 on Education alone, you must have:

  • At least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.

  • You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, which includes:

  • Experience applying transportation principles; compliance and enforcement concepts; operating principles; as well as chemical and physical properties of hazardous materials.

  • Experience in hazardous materials transportation safety, such as the transportation of compressed gases, explosives, radioactive materials, inter-modal shipments, and the manufacturing and testing processes for various industry operations.

To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:

  • 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

  • You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

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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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.

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


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Compliance Investigator

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Department Of Transportation