Safety Investigator

United States Department of Transportation - Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

About the organization

FMCSA is the USDOT agency responsible for regulatory oversight of the highway transportation industry (trucking & bus companies). The Administration seeks to reduce highway crashes by establishing and enforcing safety regulations.

Work for an agency that has a mission. FMCSA investigators save lives through investigating, discovering violations, and enforcing safety regulations.


The job of a Safety Investigator (SI) with the FMCSA is to enforce safety regulations. As an SI, you will receive assignments, make appointments, and conduct investigations on transportation companies to determine if they are operating in compliance with the federal regulations. When violations are found, you will document violations and prepare enforcement reports to support large monetary fines that will be levied. Penalties issued can also include placing unsafe companies out-of-service.

Your assignments are generated from an advanced data evaluation system that targets transportation companies engaged in unsafe behaviors. The knowledge that your investigations and findings contribute to prohibiting unsafe companies from operating on highways provides a rewarding and stimulating career.

Why work for the FMCSA?

There are many reasons. To begin, the job is complex and very challenging which keeps work exciting and interesting. Additionally, the work we do makes a difference. Ending your day knowing that you changed unsafe behaviors is rewarding.

The FMCSA has incredible long-term career/advancement opportunities. The Federal Government (FMCSA included) is experiencing turnover due to retirements which will provide many opportunities for those looking to reach their full potential. FMCSA has a national presence offering opportunities in WA and throughout the country.


Essential skills of Safety Investigators are:
• Analytical
• Problem solving
• Communication
• Writing
• Math
• Computers/technical

Top candidates will possess:
• College education
• High energy
• Mentality to set the pace


GS-7 (annual, non-competitive promotion potential to GS-12)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Interested applicants: please send a cover letter, detailed resume, college transcripts, and Peace Corps non-competitive eligibility letter to Jeffrey James at 724 Columbia St NW, Suite 200, Olympia, WA, 98501.

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