Senior Food Defense Analyst – Washington, DC
Department: Department Of Agriculture
Agency: Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency: Food
Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number: W-ODIFP-2010-0002
74,872.00 - 136,771.00 USD /year
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 to Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Full Time Permanent
1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Washington
DC Metro Area, DC
This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE)
and is open to US Citizens.
The vacancy is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP)
procedures for status candidates under announcement W-ODIFP-2010-
0001. Candidates who wish to be considered under both DE and MP
procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements.
* The "Food Conservation and Energy Act of 2008",
also referred to
as the "2008 Farm Bill", was signed into Law on June 18, 2008.
Farm Bill amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to include
Catfish as an amenable species under the Act.
This position is in the Office of Data Integration and Food
Protection (ODIFP). The mission of the ODIFP is to coordinate the
agency's homeland security and emergency preparedness/response
activities. These activities include preparing for, preventing and
coordinating the FSIS response to unintentional and intentional
incidents, threats, and hazards affecting the nation's meat,
poultry, and egg products. The ODIFP is comprised of the Office of
the Assistant Administrator (OAA) and three component staff offices,
the Emergency Response Staff (ERS), the Food Defense Assessment
Staff (FDAS), and the Data Integration and Assessment Group (DAIG).
This position exists at the FDAS. The FDAS is responsible for
coordinating the development and implementation of strategies to
prevent, and respond to actual or suspected deliberate contamination
of FSIS-regulated products. In pursuit of such strategies, FDAS
performs and/or updates vulnerability assessments relating to meat,
poultry, and egg products. These assessments help identify threat
agents of concern, as well as those commodities and nodes in the
production, transportation, and distribution system most vulnerable
to attack. Based on the results of these assessments, FDAS
collaborates with other federal, state, and local government
agencies involved in food safety and food defense, including the
federal intelligence community and emergency management agencies,
such as the Department of Homeland Security in the development of
strategies to mitigate vulnerabilities of critical production and
processing nodes, enhance screening for domestic and imported
products and enhance the response and recovery procedures. FDAS also
works with meat, poultry, and egg products industries to develop
and implement food defense intervention strategies and guidance
materials to further enhance the defense of these products.
JOIN A GREAT FSIS TEAM!!
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, catfish and egg products moving in
interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe and
correctly labeled and packaged. We offer opportunities for future
merit-based promotion, career enhancement and professional
development; flexible work schedules; and transit subsidies in some
locations. For more information about the agency, visit FSIS.
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to fill one or more vacancies.
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clearance is required.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen to
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Duty Location Info:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC
position may be filled as a AP-04 or AP-05 multi-grade ladder.
At the AP-04 level, assignments will be of a more limited scope,
performed with less independence, and may reflect limited complexity
and personal contacts. At the AP 04 level, the incumbent will be
acquiring the background necessary to function at the full
As the Senior Food Defense Analyst, you will support the FDAS
Director. Your duties will include:
*Providing scientific analyses and technical support to the FDAS
Director in the development and implementation of strategies to
prevent, and respond to incidents and threats of intentional
contamination of FSIS regulated products; the activities will
include the design and execution of projects on vulnerability
assessments and the development of strategies that will reduce the
likelihood of success of an attack on the food supply and enhance
the response and recovery in the event of an actual attack as well
as planning and evaluating all aspects of the program.
*Serving as the project leader/lead technical advisor to the
Director in the development of USDA-FSIS sections in assigned
projects related to national food defense initiatives; such
initiatives include development of sector-specific inputs and
implementation strategies to the Homeland Security Presidential
*Participating in and helping to maintain collaborative networks in
order to acquire and exchange information concerning food defense
issues, current threats to the food supply, and the food defense
concerns of others organizations.
*Developing and maintaining on-going relationships with officials
who represent other Federal agencies.
*Exchanging information with organizations concerning current food
*Providing information concerning FSIS/USDA regulations, policies,
import/export programs, etc. that related to food defense.
*Representing ODIFP with other Federal agencies or as a member of
interagency work groups involved with food defense and interagency
cooperation and representing ODIFP at intelligence briefings, at ad
hoc interagency meetings and conferences, and with various
agricultural trade associations or similar groups who have an
interest in food safety and defense.
*Developing and maintaining relationships with other USDA
components, e.g. USDA Homeland Security Office, APHIS, the OIG, and
FSIS's compliance and operation components in order to exchange
information on food defense issues and to coordinate USDA efforts to
mitigate identified vulnerabilities of the food production,
processing, marketing, and transport systems.
*Developing and giving informational presentations on food defense
threats, defense measures, and similar issues to various audiences,
e.g. trade associations and designing informational material in
various formats and for various forums, e.g. for conferences,
training sessions, briefing sessions, etc.
*Assessing and disseminating information concerning the food
defense/threats/issues developed through these information networks
and ensuring that it is integrated in ODIFP's vulnerability
assessments and other work activities.
*Formulating specific approaches and methods that will mitigate the
identified vulnerabilities, risks, and threats to the food supply
and developing implementation strategies.
*Implementing the mitigation strategies.
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qualify at the AP-04 level (equivalent to the GS-12/13 in the
Federal Service), you must have one year of specialized
experience equivalent to the AP-03 level in the Federal Service.
To qualify at the AP-05 level (equivalent to the GS-14 level in the
Federal Service), you must have one year of specialized experience
equivalent to the AP-04 level in the Federal Service.
Specialized experience is that which has demonstrated knowledge of
the management principles and practices associated with food or
other sector defense (including food vulnerability and risk
assessment) and of the related governing administrative laws,
policies, regulations and precedents in order to development and
implement food security intervention strategies and guidance
materials; knowledge of one or more scientific disciplines in the
fields of microbiology, risk assessment and public health.
The successful applicant will have strong leadership skills
necessary to direct, motivate, coordinate and integrate the work of
others; to keep initiatives focused; to asses the effectiveness of
efforts and programs; and to adjust programs and priorities
accordingly. You must also be skilled in establishing and
maintaining effective working relationships with individuals and
groups interested in or affected by the program for which FDAS is
responsible as well as skilled in responding to challenges in
understanding and supporting those challenging program policies or
All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the
closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the
qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications
Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. Click here: for more information.
All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be
submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the
WILL BE EVALUATED:
are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining
Procedures. All are rated on the extent and quality of experience,
education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. An
automated ranking system based on the on-line application process is
used. Before a certificate of names 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.
The highest ranking eligible applicants will receive a numerical
rating, including additional points for Veteran's preference.
Veteran's preference WILL NOT BE granted without proof as described
under the "required documents" section of this announcement.
highest scoring, qualified applicants will be referred to the
Your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the applicant
assessment questions. High self-assessment in the applicant
questions that is not supported by information in your resume may
eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to
the selecting official. Please note that "see resume" or a
unspecific response to a vacancy question may disqualify you from
There are several parts of the application process that affect the
overall evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment
questions, the core questions, supplemental documentation submitted,
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 process for determining if you
meet the basic qualifications of the position, and whether you are
found to be best qualified. Therefore, it is important to
thoroughly explain what you did and how you did it, rather than just
listing your current and former employers.
In order to ensure your resume contains the required information,
please see the Office Of Personnel Management's Optional Forms 510
(Applying for a Federal Job) and 612 (Optional Application for
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NOTE: If your position involves the performance of more than one
type of work, it is essential that approximate percentages of time
be identified in your application for those specific duties you feel
describe experience which will qualify you for this position as
required by the specialized experience described in this
announcement. Failure to provide approximate percentages could
impact your qualifications determination for this position.
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Benefits and Other Info
for FSIS offers a comprehensive benefits package that
includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life
insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal
Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided
for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most
Federal employees. To find out more visit: Benefit Information.
LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED
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 (202) 720-6382 (TDD). 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-
Employees new to the federal government or the agency will be
required to complete a 'Declaration of Federal Employment,' (OF-
306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for
Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can
jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to
disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
This position is covered by the Public Health Human Resource System
(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-04 pay
band is equivalent to the GS-12/13 grade levels and the AP-05 pay
band is equivalent to the GS-14 grade level.
PHHRS will allow FSIS the 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 performance.
For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay
tables and how it will benefit employees, please visit
A background investigation including fingerprints will be required
for new Federal employees. The results of the background
investigation could impact your initial employment or affect your
Selectees may be subject to a probationary period.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must be registered
with the Selective Service System before they can be employed by an
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Before hiring, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy
of the information in your application. False statements can
jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to
disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
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How To Apply
read the instructions carefully before calling with
questions. Thank you!
You must begin the application process online at USAJobs. You will be required
to submit a resume, respond to core questions, and to the online
Completed applications include:
1. Your on-line resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS. Resumes
can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your
application from other word processing documents at any time prior
to 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the vacancy
2. Answers to all core questions (completed when registering on-line
in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process).
3. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (completed for each
4. Via fax imaging, providing any supplemental documents needed.
Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and
who do not submit supporting resumes will be rated ineligible.
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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) noting current position (or position at separation),
grade level, and duty location or equivalent that documents
separation; a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at
least "fully successful" or equivalent); 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.
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If you are eligible for veterans preference, you MUST submit proof
of your eligibility (member 4 copy of your DD 214, SF 15, and a
letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating the
percentage of your disability, as applicable). Copies of your DD-214
may be requested by calling 800-827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or
online at click
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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.
Future Military Separatees WHO ARE CURRENTLY ON TERMINAL LEAVE: You
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).
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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 on-line 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 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the
***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you and you
may not have to submit ANY documents; only submit documents needed
to complete your application package.
Sharon Monahan, SPHR
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Butler Square West, Sutie 420C
100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
your complete application is received we will conduct an
evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The
most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring
manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect
to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this
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