Compliance Investigator GS-1801-12/13 (Open to US Citizens) AB
Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Atlanta, Georgia
No longer open

Permanent - Full Time -

  • Posting Dates
    Open: April 15, 2016 ()
    Close: April 25, 2016 ()
  • Position Properties
    General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series
    Internal Job Number: PHMSA.HMRG-2016-0008
  • Organization Details
    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
    Department Of Transportation
  • Salary Information
    $74,260.00 - $114,802.00 Per Year
    5% above average

    Pay Band: GS-1801-12/13
  • Who Can Apply?
    Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen. This job is also being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration. Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: PHMSA.HMRG-2016-0007
Position Summary

This position is located within the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administrations (PHMSA) mission is to protect people, property, and the environment from risk inherent in transportation of hazardous materials-by pipeline and other modes of transportation. This position serves as a Compliance Investigator in (Field Services Support, Eastern, Central, Western, Southwest, and Southern Regional Offices), Office of Hazardous Materials Safety Field Operations, Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), Department of Transportation (DOT). IDEAL CANDIDATE: This position is perfect for a Mid-Career Investigator/Enforcement Professional who is seeking a challenging assignment as a Compliance Investigator with in the Office of Hazardous Materials Enforcement's Atlanta regional office. A sample of the duties includes performing research, analytical, administrative, inspection, investigative, and enforcement duties related to the hazardous materials enforcement program. The Investigator will provide advice, both oral and written on inquiries from the general public, manufacturers, shippers, carriers, trade associations, inspection bureaus, professional and scientific societies, and other government departments and agencies regarding compliance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations.


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

To qualify on experience for the GS-12, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

  • Experience in hazardous materials regulations related to inspections, investigations, and enforcement activities.
  • Experience in manufacturing processes, methods, equipment and production factors involved in the hazardous materials industry.
To qualify on experience for the GS-13, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

In addition to the GS-12 experience you will need:
  • Experience performing field inspections and/or investigations and preparing enforcement reports relating to packaging manufacturers, reconditioners, rebuildes retesters, sellers, exemption and approval holders, shippers, and shipments subject to the Hazardous Materials Regulations in 49 CFR.
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 meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to receive and maintain a Government issued travel card to be used for official business.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • This position involves frequent travel.
Relocation Authorized
  • No

As a Compliance Investigator, you will:

  • Perform research, analytical, administrative and enforcement duties related to hazardous materials enforcement program, including field inspections, incident investigations, and accident investigations.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (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 prepare enforcement reports relating to packaging manufactures.
  • Conduct enforcement activities in conjunction with other modal administrations and assures that coverage of all aspects of hazardous materials transportation is properly maintained.
  • Represent the Department in meetings with officials of Federal, State and local government departments and agencies, manufacturers, shippers, carriers, trade associations, inspections bureaus, law firms, and professional and scientific societies.
  • Participate as a trainer in training activities, seminars, and courses concerning compliance with the enforcement of HMR. Participates in PHMSA outreach activities with other DOT modal administrations, other federal agencies, state and local agencies, regulated industry, and the general public.


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