Consumer Safety Officer District Case Specialist - Beltsville, MD

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$51,630.00 to $113,007.00


03 to 04





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Job Title: Consumer Safety Officer (District Case Specialist)

Department: Department Of Agriculture

Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number: FSIS-MCE-2010-0116


Salary Range:

51,630.00 - 113,007.00 USD /year

Series & Grade:


Promotion Potential:


Open Period:

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 to Monday, February 22, 2010

Position Information:

Full-time Permanent

Duty Locations:

1 vacancy - Beltsville, MD

Who May Be Considered:

This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to all current U.S. citizens. Previous or current Federal Service is not required.

Applicants with status who wish to apply to this position under merit promotion procedures should apply to announcement number FSIS-MMP-2010-0503.

APPLICANTS: Both FSIS employees and other applicants will need to
submit proof of education for this announcement. See documents
required section of this announcement to avoid losing consideration
for the position.

Job Summary:
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is a public health
regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our
mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial
supply of meat*, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate
commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and
correctly labeled and packaged.

* The "Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008," also referred to as the "2008 Farm Bill," was signed into Law on June 18, 2008. The Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.


This position is covered by the Public Health Human Resources (PHHRS) Demonstration Project.

Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay
Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-
bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path,
occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional
General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service. The AP-03 pay
band is equivalent to GS 9/11 and AP-04 pay band is equivalent to

PHHRS will offer flexibility to offer exceptional candidates higher
salaries than most other Federal agencies. Additionally, employees
will be eligible to receive an annual pay increase based upon

For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay
tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit the
PHHRS website

Key Requirements:


Major Duties:
This position is located in a Food Safety and Inspection Service
Regulatory Operations district office. In this position, you will
serve as the Consumer Safety Officer District Case Specialist,
assisting the District Manager in ensuring that administrative and
civil enforcement actions pertaining to commercial establishment
operating under a grant of Federal inspection are uniform, taken in
accordance with the Agency's Rules of Practice, and consistent with
overall enforcement policies, practices, and procedures.

As the District Case Specialist, you will serve as the expert in the
development and documentation of administrative enforcement cases.

You will take a lead role in advising the District to determine
enforcement strategies, and to ensure the strategy is effectively
carried out as the case is developed, documented, and moves through
the enforcement process.

You will serve as a coach to facilitate program initiatives and to
review, analyze, and provide advice and guidance to other Consumer
Safety Officers in case development.

You will serve as a focal point and Food Safety liaison between
employees, state, local, federal, industry, and judicial authorities
on consumer safety matters.  

As the District expert in consumer safety officer matters, you will
apply technical/scientific knowledge, expertise in the regulations
and statutory framework for these regulations, knowledge of
regulated industry, and expertise in legal principles associated
with enforcement, to ensure that the agency approach taken ties back
to our public health mandate as articulated in our statues.

You will maintain and review investigative information and reports
provided to the District Office concerning a wide range of alleged
or apparent irregularities related to the safety of meat, poultry,
and egg products produced at official establishments.

You will also assist the Front line Supervisor and inspection team
in preparing plans to verify that an establishment's corrective
action pertaining to a suspension held in abeyance and/or deferral
of enforcement is effective.

Additionally, the Case Specialist works with the District Analyst to
ensure that cases are defensible from a technical/scientific

2. Specialized experience:

AP Band 3:

A bachelor's degree that included 30 semester hours of
related science coursework (i.e. animal science, chemistry, food
science and nutrition, public health science, microbiology, zoology
etc.), AND 52 weeks or more of  *specialized experience at the next
lower grade level (e.g., generally, the GS-8 level) or band level.   
This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band
system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience that
totals 52 weeks or more.


In the absence of a degree, 30 semester hours of related science
coursework as specified above, AND 52 weeks or more one year of  
*specialized experience at the next lower grade level (e.g.,
generally, the GS-8 level) or band level. This experience may be
gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination
of GS, pay band, or other experience that totals 52 weeks or more.


A master's degree or two full years of progressively higher level
graduate education in a related field of study, as specified above.

Education above high school that included 30 semester hours of
related science coursework (i.e. animal science, chemistry, food
science and nutrition, public health science, microbiology, zoology
etc.), AND 52 weeks or more of  *specialized experience at the next
lower grade level (e.g, GS-9 or GS-10) or band level. This
experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system,
or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience that totals
52 weeks or more.


A Ph.D. or three full years of progressively higher level graduate
education in a related field of study.

Specialized experience AP Band 4:

Education, above high school, that included 30 semester hours of
related science coursework (i.e. animal science, chemistry, food
science and nutrition, public health science, microbiology, zoology
etc.), AND at least 52 weeks of  *specialized experience at the next
lower grade level (GS-11 or 12 level) or band level. This experience
may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any
combination of GS, pay band, or other experience that totals 52
weeks or more.

Please carefully review the specialized experience for this
position. Education alone or combinations of education and
experience may qualify for this position, and the specialized
experience may be gained in GS, PHHRS, another pay band, other or
any combination, but in any event, qualifying specailzed work
experience must meet the following definition: Regular
responsibility for verification of food safety systems, including
application of the methodology for verifying Hazard Analysis and
Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating
Procedures (SSOPs), E-coli procedures, and interactions of these
systems. It also includes working with enforcement actions, applying
investigative methodology, documenting case files, administrative
enforcement, recall activity, consumer complaint monitoring, and
responsibility for assessing and verifying the adequacy of food
safety systems. Slaughter experience is NOT considered specialized
For this position, there are two basic components that together
define the qualifications. These components are:

1. Education
2. Specialized Experience

1.) Education:
All applicants need to meet minimum education requirements for this
position. The minimum education requirements are education, above
high school, that includes 30 semester hours of related science
coursework (i.e. animal science, chemistry, food science and
nutrition, public health science, microbiology, zoology etc.).

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining
Procedures. An automated rating system, based on the online
assessment and application process is used. Before any certificate
can be issued to the selecting official, the resume is reviewed
carefully by an HR Specialist to assure that (a) minimum
qualification requirements are met, (b) the resume supports the
answers provided to the job-specific questions, and (c) that your
resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position.

Your answers will be verified against information provided in your
online resume and application. Be sure that your resume clearly
supports your responses to all the questions addressing experience
and education relevant to this position.To preview questions please click here.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to
its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs visit:

Other Information:
- Relocation expenses will not be paid.

-A background investigation is a requirement for this position.  
Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion
of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure
to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action
proceedings, including possible termination.

- Applicants from outside FSIS will be required to complete a
Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed
to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a
background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume
or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for
disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

- This position has a training program requirement as a condition of
employment. If selected, you must successfully complete a 4 week
off-the-job training program at a designated location which may
require travel outside the duty location for an extended period of
time. The Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officer (EIAO)
Work Methods training is necessary to perform the duties and
responsibilities of an EIAO. You must begin the training within 90
days of the effective date of your selection, and you must
successfully complete it within 12 months of the effective date of
your selection. Failure to successfully complete the training may
result in returning you to your former position, or a like position
at the same or lower grade (depending on availability and the needs
of the Agency) or removal from Federal Service.

- All applicants tentatively selected for this position (except
current FSIS employees who have successfully completed a pre-
employment medical exam) will be required to complete a self-
certification medical statement regarding their physical ability to
perform the duties of the position.

-Multiple selections may be made from this announcement.

STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment
eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA)
and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work
authorization. E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants
or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the
choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. If you have
concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or
you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process
based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the
Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515).
For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464-

- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination
in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color,
national origin, age, disability and where applicable, sex, marital
status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual
orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or
because all or part of an individual's income is derived from any
public assistance program.  (Not all prohibited bases apply to all
programs.)  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means
for communication of program information (Braille, large print,
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-
720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination,
write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence
Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C.  20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272
(voice) or 800-877-8339 (Relay service).  USDA is an equal
opportunity provider and employer.  

This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with
disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part
of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency.  
Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-
case basis.

How To Apply:
You must begin the application process online at USAJobs. Submitting
a USAJobs resume, responses to the basic qualifications and online
vacancy questions.

Completed applications include:

1.  Answers to all core questions (completed when registering on-
line in USA JOBS and as part of the initial application process).

2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each

3. Your online resume. Resumes are entered into USA JOBS. Resumes
can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your
application from other word processing documents at any time prior
to the closing date.  

4.  Any supplemental documents needed. Current FSIS employees and
other applicants need to submit proof of the necessary education for
this announcement.

Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and
who do not submit supporting resumes will be rated ineligible.

Required Documents:
All applicants must submit copies of official transcripts and/or course slips or contact us before the closing date to discuss alternatives. Transcripts and/or course slips must include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the qualification process. However if selected, you will need to provide a copy of your official transcripts as described above prior to appointment.

**Please Note: FSIS applicants who are currently classified in the 0696 series do not need to provide a copies of their transcripts.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be
well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special
priority selection. To be well-qualified and exercise selection
priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated
at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For those
instances where the best qualified lists include applicants with
scores less than 85, the well-qualified score becomes the lowest
score on the best qualified list. CTAP and ICTAP eligible's must
submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special
selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel
Action" (SF-50) or equivalent that documents separation; an agency
certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation
has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability
annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National
Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337
(h) or 8456. Click here: for more

Veteran preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated
from the armed forces under honorable conditions after at least
three consecutive years of active duty may also be considered. A DD-
214 that includes beginning and ending dates of service and
character of discharge (Member Copy 4) MUST BE submitted to verify

are required to submit a copy of your retirement DD-214 or a copy of
your retirement letter AND a copy of your terminal leave request.

are required to submit a copy of your most recent DD-214 and/or a
copy of your most recent active duty orders AND a copy of your
terminal leave request (if applicable). Click here: for more information.

Supporting documentation should be sent using the fax imaging
instructions after you have applied for the vacancy announcement.  

Faxing Supporting Documentation:

The next step of the application process is to fax all the required
supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section
of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your
supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the
online portion of the application process.  Please carefully follow
the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are
properly faxed and received. All required documents must be
received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy

***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only
submit documents needed to complete your application package. For
example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be
submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for
appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and
former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment


1.  If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status
of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to
resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are
submitting an updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it
replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document
is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are
adding to, rather than replacing, a previous submission, you must
fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be
accessible to HR.)  

2.  You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of
supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose
the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the
appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.

3.  Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop up
containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the cover
(s).  NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the
cover sheets. Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.

4.  Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any
required fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward
in the application process.

5.  Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document
is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary.
Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents
with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will
not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be
used for qualification or verification purposes.

6.  Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and
fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number
specified on the cover sheet. NOTE:  If you are faxing documents
from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must
submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE
MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT
are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and other
education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-
50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50,
fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)

7.  Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-
fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a
unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your
document is processed correctly.

8.  You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been
successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e-
mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as
proof of submission.

Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE
FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as
specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern
Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Contact Information:

Brian Fleming
Phone: 612-659-8563
Fax: 612-370-2376
TDD: 800-877-8339

Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2376

What To Expect Next:
To check your status, you would go to USAJOBS.  Applications are
reviewed after the announcement closing date the best qualified
candidates are referred to the selecting official.<

EEO Policy Statement:

Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:

Veterans Information:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

Control Number: 1801146


Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.




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