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Pathways/Recent Graduates - Motor Carrier Safety Specialist- Safety Investigator

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Department Of Transportation Baltimore , MD 21203

Posted 2 months ago

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This is an advanced trainee position located in a FMCSA Division office. The assignments are designated to expose the trainee to a wide range of program functions and to refine program knowledge, inspection, and investigative skills to allow performance of higher level duties. At the same time, the duties provide technical support to higher grade employees conducting onsite safety and hazardous materials compliance reviews and enforcement investigations.

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As a Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Safety Investigator), you will:

  • Plan and carry out a schedule of safety, economic, security, and hazardous materials investigations of carrier and shipper operations; through personal interviews, examination of various records, and comparison with other known facts, determines whether the company is in compliance or whether the violations found indicate deliberate and conscious disregard of applicable regulations; makes a preliminary determination whether prosecution is warranted and evidence is sufficient to support enforcement action.

  • Conduct investigations into alleged violations either as follow up to an investigation or in response to complaints; upon advice and approval by the supervisor, initiates enforcement investigations to develop supportive evidence of the kinds and volume needed to sustain criminal or civil forfeiture actions, cease and desist orders, or other proceedings.

  • Plan and conduct unannounced roadside inspections of interstate commercial motor vehicles and driver's documentation to determine carrier or driver compliance with applicable regulations; notes deficiencies and declares out-of-service any vehicle or driver in accordance with the established Out of Service Criteria.

Travel Required
50% or less - Overnight travel, ranging from approximately 1 to 3 weeks per month, away from the official duty station is required in order to complete training assignments and perform official business. You may also be required to travel to a foreign country; e.g., Mexico or Canada, to carry out work assignments.

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    2123 Motor Carrier Safety

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet Pathways Recent Graduate requirement.

  • 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


  • Selected participants are on an excepted service appointment under the Recent Graduates Program and required to serve a one year trial period, and will be evaluated for conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service at the end of one year.

  • Successful completion of the FMCSA Safety Investigator Academy, including any pre- and/or post-Academy training requirements; and,

  • Must satisfactorily maintain Investigator certification in accordance with FMCSA policy.

  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for the Recent Graduate Program.

  • Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.

  • Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.

  • Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.

  • Recent Graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

  • Applicants must provide documentation of completion within the previous 2 years of a qualifying, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution*.

  • Applicants must meet grade qualifications by start date.

  • Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

  • TRAINING: You must successfully complete a residential 10-week formal training course. Travel to and from this residential training will be paid as allowed by government travel regulations. Individuals who do not successfully complete the training academy will be separated from employment with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

  • PASSPORT REQUIREMENT: Must be able to obtain and maintain an official government passport and to keep the status of that Passport valid for work related travel.

  • TRAVEL: This position requires frequent travel, including travel into a foreign country (i.e. Mexico, Canada) is required. Mode of travel will be through commercial airlines, government vehicles, privately owned vehicles or rental vehicles. Mode of travel is based on management needs.

  • 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 either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

Individual Occupational Requirement for GS-2123:

If qualifying solely based on education, your major of study must be accounting, business administration, business of commercial law, commerce, economics, engineering, finance, industrial management, statistics, traffic management, transportation, motor mechanics or other fields related to the position.

To qualify for the GS-07 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-05, it must include:

  • Experience in applying Federal and/or State safety regulations.

To qualify for the GS-07 on Education alone, you must have at least:

  • 1 year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement.

  • You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate level education and experience.

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

  • Experience applying safety regulations concerning trucks and buses.

  • Experience reviewing, collecting, and analyzing data to prepare written summaries and reports.

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

  • At least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree

  • Master's degree or have been awarded a master's or equivalent graduate degree.

  • LL.B. or J.D., if related

  • You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate education and experience.

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.


  • Applicants must have obtained a qualifying associates, bachelors, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years unless military service interfered with a veterans eligibility to apply during that two year time frame. Veterans meeting the above exclusion may apply within 2 years of discharge or 6 years from the date of receipt of the degree whichever comes first.

You must provide a copy of ALL of your college/vocational/technical transcript(s). See "Required Documents" section for additional information.

Applicants may refer to the U.S.Department of Education's Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/program is accredited:

Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM's General Policies ( for information on crediting education.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:

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


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Pathways/Recent Graduates - Motor Carrier Safety Specialist- Safety Investigator

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