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Rotation Opportunity at the USDOT/PHMSA in DC

The PHMSA, a USDOT agency, is looking for a Program Analyst/Economist

Position Overview:

PHMSA’s mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in the transportation of hazardous materials by all modes of transportation. This position is located in PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) Program Development Division. Within the Division, the Risk, Data, and Program Management Branch performs integrated planning, project management, data analysis, and program evaluations and serves as the focal point for information and analysis on hazardous materials transportation safety.

The position engages a broad range of analytical skills, with the incumbent expected to exercise basic economic and mathematical reasoning alongside research activities, reviewing data quality for manipulation and presentation, and oral and written communication. The incumbent will be part of a team dedicated to continuous improvement of OHMS’s activities as well as short-term project work supporting the Office’s long-term programs.

Duties:

  • Regulatory evaluation: Performing cost-benefit analysis, valuing alternatives, explaining uncertainty
  • Policy development and interpretation: Reviewing petitions for rule-making and other external directives to determine the most practical responses
  • Data qualification and assessment: Using databases to review, aggregate, and assess historical trends and incident characteristics.
  • Risk analysis and planning: Incorporating information from multiple sources to determine future needs for Office and Division resource deployment, as well as evaluation of current activities.

Qualifications:

  • The incumbent should have a degree in a social or data science such as economics, statistics, public policy, or environmental science, or adequate experience (>5 years) in a related field.
  • Direct experience with hazardous materials safety is not necessary; however applicants should have some familiarity with one or more transportation modes (road, rail, air, and vessel).

Position Overview:

PHMSA’s mission is to protect people and the environment from the risks inherent in the transportation of hazardous materials by all modes of transportation. This position is located in PHMSA’s Office of Hazardous Materials Safety (OHMS) Program Development Division. Within the Division, the Risk, Data, and Program Management Branch performs integrated planning, project management, data analysis, and program evaluations and serves as the focal point for information and analysis on hazardous materials transportation safety.

The position engages a broad range of analytical skills, with the incumbent expected to exercise basic economic and mathematical reasoning alongside research activities, reviewing data quality for manipulation and presentation, and oral and written communication. The incumbent will be part of a team dedicated to continuous improvement of OHMS’s activities as well as short-term project work supporting the Office’s long-term programs.

Duties:

  • Regulatory evaluation: Performing cost-benefit analysis, valuing alternatives, explaining uncertainty
  • Policy development and interpretation: Reviewing petitions for rule-making and other external directives to determine the most practical responses
  • Data qualification and assessment: Using databases to review, aggregate, and assess historical trends and incident characteristics.
  • Risk analysis and planning: Incorporating information from multiple sources to determine future needs for Office and Division resource deployment, as well as evaluation of current activities.

Qualifications:

  • The incumbent should have a degree in a social or data science such as economics, statistics, public policy, or environmental science, or adequate experience (>5 years) in a related field.
  • Direct experience with hazardous materials safety is not necessary; however applicants should have some familiarity with one or more transportation modes (road, rail, air, and vessel).

Additional Info:

  • Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter describing their interest in the position. Candidates may also submit additional supporting documentation.
  • This position is telework eligible.

Details:

  • Point of Contact: Patricia Jackson (patricia.jackson@dot.gov), Chief, Risk, Data, and Program Management Branch. 202-366-1074.
  • Developmental Assignment Info
    • Grade/series: GS-12 to -14
    • Agency: USDOT/PHMSA
    • Location: DOT Headquarters (Washington D.C.)
  • Length of Assignment: Up to 180 days
  • Time frame: April 1 to September 30, 2013
  • Closing Date: Open until filled

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