Food Inspector Imports Job in DETROIT, MI

Vacancy No.



Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service


$41,364.00 to $65,776.00


07 to 09





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Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:

Food Inspector (Imports) GS-1863-7/8/9
Salary Range: 41,364.00 - 65,776.00 USD per year
Open Period: Friday, February 06, 2009
to Friday, February 27, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-1863-07/09
Position Information: Full-time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 09
Duty Locations: 2 vacancies - Detroit, MI
Who May Be Considered:

Current FSIS Employees Nationwide and USDA Career Transition

Eligibles (CTAP).

Job Summary:

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking

a greater challenge and responsibility in a position directly

involved in protecting public health. Here's what to expect:


This position is located in the Office of International Affairs,

Import Inspection Division.  The import facility is Santemp, I-425

which is the HQ facility for the patrol assignment.  The patrol

assignment covers Mirab USA, I-27373 in Taylor, MI, which is

approximately 20 miles from I-425, and Freezer & Dry Storage (I-

602), also in Taylor, which is one mile from Mirab USA (21 miles

from I-425).  This assignment also covers Arctic Cold Storage (I-

90,) in Canton, MI, which is approximately 15 miles from the two

plants in Taylor MI.  (Approximately 30 miles from the HQ facility

in Detroit (I-425).

Key Requirements:

  • Please register with USAJOBS! FSIS is integrated with the USAJOBS system.
  • FSIS utilizes E-VERIFY to verify identity and employment eligibility.

Major Duties:

As a Food Inspector (Imports), here are some of the duties you will

be assigned to do:


Major Duties:                        

               You will be responsible for assuring that products approved

for import are in full compliance with all applicable Federal

regulations governing the importation of meat and poultry products.


               You will be responsible for verifying the accuracy of labels

and foreign health certificates and examining products and

containers to determine if the product is sound, wholesome,

unadulterated, and meets U.S. requirements.


               You will have the authority to refuse entry of any meat or

poultry or meat or poultry products which in your judgment violates

any of the requirements for admission into this country, and also to

authorize entry of all products considered to comply with Federal



               You will issue notification to customs, brokers, imports,

etc., if products that are refused for entry and you will assure

that such products are controlled and properly secure


               You will be responsible for applying heightened observation

skills to increase scrutiny for evidence of unusual activity related

to food safety/security in the event of a declared or perceived

threat to the homeland security.


               You may perform domestic inspection on cross utilization

basis with the Office of Field Operations (OFO).  As such, you will

verify regulatory compliance with the full range of Sanitation

Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP) and Hazard Analysis Critical

Control Point (HACCP) food safety and other inspection requirements

involving slaughter and/or processed products depending upon the

specific plant(s) in the assignment.


For the Food Inspector (Imports) positions, there are two

basic components of your experience that together define the

qualifications. These components are:


Time-in-Grade and

Specialized Experience



In order to meet time-in-grade, you will need to have

completed 52 weeks at the next lower grade level within 30 days of

the closing date of this announcement.


Specialized Experience: 

In order to meet the specialized experience

requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of

progressively responsible specialized experience at the next lower

grade level within 30 days after the closing date of this

announcement.  Specialized experience is experience working with the

Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to

inspect meat, poultry and egg products. This experience also

includes working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices

in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities, performing

basic mathematic and elementary statistical concepts and methods to

perform testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching

and interpreting conclusions.



How You Will Be Evaluated:


There are several parts of the application process that affect the

overall evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment

questions, the core questions and your resume. This automated

application system simplifies the application process by replacing

the former KSA job-element questions with the on-line applicant

assessment questions.  Your resume is an integral part of the

processfor determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the

position and whether you are found to be best qualified. It is

therefore important to explain what you did and how you did it,

rather than just listing your current and former employers.


Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Merit Staffing

procedures which govern Status candidates.  All are rated on the

extent and quality of experience, education and training relevant to

the duties of the position.  An automated scoring system based on

the on-line 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.

To preview questions please click here.


You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits

program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:


Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:


New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees

Retirement System (FERS). If you are transferring from another

agency and covered by CSRS, you may continue in this program. More



You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:


You will earn sick leave. More info:


You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your

regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:

Other Information:

Condition of Employment:  This position requires a National Security

clearance.  Therefore, as a condition of continued employment, the

incumbent must successfully complete a background investigation with

a favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these

requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including

possible termination.


NOTE:  Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be

determined in accordance with the provisions outlined

in FSIS Directive 3820.2.



Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill

additional, like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty



If selection is made below GS-9, promotion to that level may be made

without further competition.


The law prohibits political recommendation for employment or other

personnel actions (including promotion, reassignment, detail, etc.)

in the competitive service.  Federal agencies may not accept or

consider such recommendations (either oral or written) from members

of Congress, elected State and local government officials, political

party officials, or others based on political affiliation.


Salaries in some locations may be higher than the salary listed in

this announcement due to locality pay.  For a listing of locality

pay areas, pay tables and counties within the

locality pay areas:




The USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and 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



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.


To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director,

Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC

20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD).




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-


How To Apply:



Registration with USAJOBS, including answering any questions and

submitting an on-line resume with USAJOBS.


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


Answers to core questions the first time you apply to our upgraded



Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and

who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.


Applicants can check their general status, as it is updated by going

to USAJOBS.  Because of these capabilities, the Human Resources

Division will no longer send email or hardcopy notifications ("non-

select letters") to applicants regarding the outcome of on-line FSJO

vacancy announcements.


Completed applications for this vacancy must be received no later

than midnight, U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing date. If

applying on line poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact

person listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help

you apply or provide alternative methods. Applicants may contact the

servicing human resources office during core business hours(8:00

a.m. to 3:30 p.m. central time) prior to the closing date.

Required Documents:




DOCUMENTS FOR THIS VACANCY. (such as SF-50, Transcripts, Performance

Appraisals, DD214)


If you claim CTAP eligibility, please provide a copy of your

most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful"

 or equivalent) and proof of eligibility, i.e., a RIF separation

notice or Certification of Expected Separation and a SF-50 noting

current position, grade level and duty location. 


If hard copy documents are being submitted by you for career

transition assistance, the documents must be received via fax during

the USAJOBS registration process.


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, 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 both of them 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 coversheet

(s).  NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to

print the coversheets.  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



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



Transcripts 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


Contact Information:

Keith McFarlin
Phone: 800-370-3747
Fax: 612-370-2377
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2377

What To Expect Next:

After the position closes, qualifications are evaluated. The best

qualified and non-competitive candidates are referred to the

selecitng official for consideration.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Send Mail to:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West
, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2377
For questions about this job:
Keith McFarlin
Phone: 800-370-3747
Fax: 612-370-2377
TDD: 800-877-8339

Control Number: 1468553


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




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