Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Safety Investigator)- Pathways

Department of Transportation-Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

About the organization

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. FMCSA is headquartered in Washington, DC. We employ more than 1,000 individuals, in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, dedicated to improving bus and truck safety and saving lives.

This is an ideal position for a person who wants to do meaningful work to make travel on our nation’s highways safer by promoting and enforcing compliance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Programs. The ideal candidate will have excellent inter-personal and analytical skills with experience in influencing and relationship building to advance FMCSA’s safety-first culture. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated ability to relate to all types of personalities in challenging and sometimes contentious, circumstances.


•Analyze compliance review, enforcement, and inspection results, accident and incident reports, complaints, and other information to identify safety and compliance problems or trends among the motor carriers and shippers in the assigned State; assist in developing an annual area work planning guide consistent with national, regional, and division goals.
•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.


Experience in applying safety regulations.
• Experience collecting and reviewing data.
To qualify for the GS-5: On Education, you must have:
• bachelor's degree

Experience in applying Federal and/or State safety regulations.
• Experience collecting and reviewing data.
To qualify for the GS-7: On Education, you must have:
• One full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.


$33,949 - $54,670

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Please submit the following:

-Noncompetitive Eligibility Letter

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