Consumer Safety Officer Food LACF HACCP Seafood - ROANOKE, VA

Vacancy No.



Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


$80,402.00 to $104,525.00


13 to 13





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Department: Department Of Health And Human Services Agency: Food and Drug Administration Job Announcement Number:

Consumer Safety Officer (FOOD/LACF/HACCP/SEAFOOD)
Salary Range: 80,402.00 - 104,525.00 USD /year
Open Period: Thursday, June 11, 2009
to Monday, July 13, 2009
Series & Grade: GS-0696-13/13
Position Information: Full Time Permanent
Promotion Potential: 13
Duty Locations: 1 vacancy - Roanoke, VA
Who May Be Considered:

This vacancy is open FDA-Wide to current career/career conditional

employees including title 42 employees with status and individuals

eligible under CTAP only.


PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties

of this position should also apply online in order to receive



Salary range listed includes locality pay.


Position Details:


Tenure:Career/Career Conditional Appointment

Bargaining Unit Position:Yes

Merit Promotion Position:Yes        

Recruitment Bonus: No

Relocation Paid:Yes


Salary range listed includes locality pay

Job Summary:

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every

American! At the Department of Health and Human Services you can

give back to your community, state, and country by making a

difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. Join HHS and help

to make our world healthier, safer and better for all Americans.


This position is located in FDA, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA),

Roanoke, VA.


Certain positions within FDA are subject to strict restrictions on

financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings). To determine

whether this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek

additional information during the interview process from the Ethics

and Integrity Staff, Office of Management Programs, Office of

Management at (301) 827-5511 prior to accepting such a position.


A valid driver's license is required.

Key Requirements:

  • US Citizenship
  • Travel Required: 50%

Major Duties:

If selected for this position, you will:


Plan, conduct and direct highly technical, complex and multi-faceted

inspections and in-depth investigations related to the production,

control and testing of acidified and low-acid canned (LACF) and food

products, is highly skilled in interview techniques as well as

criminal investigation techniques and routinely make recommendations

to regional and district management officials as to whether or not a

firm/individual involved in food products is in compliance regarding

Current Good Manufacturing Practices(CGMP) issues and acidified and

LACF issues.


As a principal source of expertise within a geographical area provide

extensive advisory, liaison and consultative services for acidified

and (LACF)programs to regulated industries, State agencies, other

Federal agencies and Agency management.


Manage the review of previously approved products to determine

whether they should continue to be permitted in light of current

scientific safety criteria. 


Research and prepare final background and decision papers for the

signature of the Director.  Prepare memoranda, briefings, and other

background material concerning substantive issues, findings,

conclusions and proposed solutions to keep the Director and

appropriate staff involved at key decision points.


Assignment covers the largest manufacturers in the District and some

smaller firms where new or unusual features are present.  The

investigator may conduct inspections and investigations of facilities

where only limited guidance documents are available.


Independently performs investigations involving complaints of injury

or death attributable to products regulated by the FDA.


Serve as a principal advisor or team leader in a field of regulatory

and compliance expertise acidified and LACF foods.


For the GS-13 grade level, applicants must have one year of

specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal


The position of Consumer Safety Officer requires that you possess a

degree which includes at least 30 semester hours in one or a

combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry,

pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical

science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical sciences or

related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to

consumer safety officer work.  The 30 semester hours can include up

to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the

principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer





Combination of education and experience courses consisting of at

least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above,

plus appropriate experience or additional education.


All requirements including time-in-grade, must be met within 30 days

of the closing date of this announcement.

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment job questions are

an integral part of the process for determining your basic and

specialized qualifications for the position.  Therefore, it is

important to support your responses to the applicant assessment

questions by providing examples of past and present experience

when requested.


There are several parts of the application process that affect the

overall evaluation of your application:


1.            Your resume which is part of your USAJOBS profile

2.            Your responses to the core questions

3.            Your responses to the self-assessment job-specific questions

4.            Your supporting documents


High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported

by information in your resume, essay responses, and/or supporting

documents will eliminate you from best-qualified status or result in

a lowered score.


Additional details on the application process can be found at

the "How to Apply" section  of this announcement.


Please be sure to allow yourself adequate time to apply for this

vacancy. We recommend that you preview the questions for this

announcement before you start the application process using the

"click here" link below.

To preview questions please click here.


You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits

program, with costs shared with your employer. 


Life insurance coverage is provided.

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Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your


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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.

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You will earn annual vacation leave.

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You will earn sick leave.

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You will be paid for Federal holidays that fall within your

regularly scheduled tour of duty.

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Alternative work schedule options are available.


If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs

may be subsidized. Our human resources office can provide additional

information on how this program is run.

Other Information:

(Status applicants, persons who have a career or career-conditional

appointment in the Competitive service or have reinstatement

eligibility or who are currently in the Commissioned Corps, are

eligible to apply.) Veterans' Employment Opportunities Act --

Preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated from

the armed forces under honorable conditions after substantially

completing 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.







Background Investigation:


If selected for this position, you may be subject to a background



More Employment Information:

1. Veterans Information


2. Former Federal employee reinstatement eligibility


3. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Surplus or displaced
CTAP criteria.


4. Displaced Federal employees ICTAP criteria.

How To Apply:

Please read the ENTIRE vacancy announcement to ensure that you

comply with the application procedures.  Your application will be

regarded as incomplete, if the Rockville Human Resources Center

(RHRC) does not receive your application and all required

supplemental documentation, as specified in the "Supporting

documents" section of this vacancy announcement, by 11:59 PM Eastern

Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.


Your application and all required supplemental documents must be

submitted in the manner specified in this section.  Applications and

supplemental documents that are submitted in any other manner

without prior approval from the agency point of contact will be

handled as incomplete and will not be considered.


You must complete the following three steps described below in order

to apply for this position online.


STEP ONE - (Online Resume - USAJOBS)


You must create a user account and at least one Federal resume at

USAJOBS. Information you provide in USAJOBS is general information

completed by all applicants. The information you provide and your

Federal resume will become part of your application and will

automatically be transferred to the HHS Careers system when you

apply on-line.  After you finish submitting your resume from

USAJOBS, you will automatically be taken to HHS Careers where you

will be asked to complete the next step of the application process. 

You may edit your resume up until 11:59 PM EST of the announcement

close date.


STEP TWO - (Vacancy Specific Questions - HHS Careers)


In HHS Careers, you will answer vacancy specific questions necessary

to evaluate your qualifications for the specific job to which you

are applying. When completed, the information you provided at

USAJOBS and the answers to the HHS Careers questions will become

your application. You may edit your answers by 11:59 PM EST of the

announcement close date.  


STEP THREE - (Submit Supporting Documents - HHS Careers)


After you have completed the vacancy specific question and selected

the "FINISH" button, a list of fax cover sheets will appear with

instructions.  A complete listing of the material that must be

submitted to the HR office is provided in the "Supporting documents"

section of this announcement.  Review this section for which

documents are applicable to you and how to submit.  Most of these

documents will be requested upon completion of the Vacancy

Questionnaire.  All applicable supplemental application material

must be received at the appropriate fax number, shown on the fax

cover sheet, by 11:59 Eastern Time on the closing date.


For additional Information:

Rockville Center HelpDesk

Telephone 888-478-4340

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 5:00PM EST

TTY/TDD 800-877-8339



Reasonable Accommodation:

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 contact the Rockville

Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340, TTY/TDD (800)-877-8339;

email The decision on granting reasonable

accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


If applying online poses a hardship to you, the Rockville Center

HelpDesk listed on the announcement will provide assistance to

ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. 

You must contact the Rockville Center HelpDesk prior to the closing

date of this announcement to receive assistance.  Hours of

operation: Monday through Friday 7:30AM to 5:00PM EST

Required Documents:

Supporting Documentation

Your application will be considered INCOMPLETE if you do not FAX all

required supporting documentation by 11:59 PM EST on the closing

date of this vacancy announcement. Our Fax number is 571-258-4052.


During the online application process, you will encounter a webpage

which lists the available fax coversheets. There will be several

options available.  However, you only need to print and submit the

fax coversheets that are applicable to you as an applicant.  You

must submit a coversheet for each type of supporting documentation.

Only the fax coversheet will ensure the proper receipt of your

materials(s) and the coversheet MUST be page one (1) of the

corresponding supporting documents.  All supporting documents must

be faxed before 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the vacancy. You

will receive an email confirming receipt of your faxed supporting

documents within 24 hours. 


PLEASE NOTE:  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



Below is a list of supporting documents for this announcement.  This

is not an all-inclusive list of supporting documents.  Please only

submit the documents that are APPLICABLE to you as an individual




A Status Applicant is a current career or career-conditional Federal

employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement

eligibility.  As a status applicant, you must fax a copy of your

Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50, or equivalent showing

your full performance level or career ladder. The SF-50

MUST verify current grade, promotion potential, reinstatement

eligibility or highest federal civilian grade.  Please DO NOT

send Awards or Pay Adjustment SF-50s. 


You may obtain a copy of your SF- 50 from your Human Resources

Office or HHS employees may download a copy from here

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Electronic Personnel Folder


If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may

obtain a copy of your SF-50 via:

Federal Records Center National, Archives and Records Administration

111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or 




You must fax copies of your college transcripts if using education

to qualify or if the position requires positive education.

UNOFFICIAL COPIES ARE ACCEPTABLE at the application phase; however,

you will be required to provide official transcripts upon entry on

duty.  (See paragraph under education if you are currently in series


All foreign degrees must be evaluated by a nationally recognized

Accrediting Agency.  You must submit proof of such evaluation and/or

conversion.  see the National Association of Credential Evaluation

Services website. 

This list, which may not be all inclusive, is for informational

purposes only and does not imply any endorsement of any specific




If you are applying under the Career Transition

Assistance Program (CTAP) or under the Interagency Career Transition

Assistance Program (ICTAP), please FAX a copy of your SF-50 and RIF

Notice dated within one year.


Information regarding the CTAP can be found by clicking


Information regarding the ICTAP can be found by clicking



If you are a veteran, please FAX a copy of your DD214, which states

the type of discharge received.   If you are a disabled veteran,

please FAX a copy of your DD214, SF-15, and a copy

of your VA Disability Letter issued after 1991 or later documenting

a service-related disability. 


Information regarding the eligibility requirements for 5-point and

10-point veterans' preference can be found by clicking



If you encounter technical difficulties during the faxing process

please call the Rockville Center HelpDesk at 1-888-478-4340 Monday

through Friday, 7:30AM to 5:00PM EST (excluding Federal holidays).

Contact Information:

Rockville Center HelpDesk
Phone: 888-478-4340
Fax: 301-827-4139
Or write:
Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville HR Center
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17-38
Rockville, MD 20857
Fax: 301-827-4139

What To Expect Next:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an

acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Once the

announcement closes, we will review applications to identify the

best qualified candidates. Due to a high volume of phone calls

and emails, please use MYUSAJOBS WEBSITE to check the status of your

application. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to

the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

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.



Control Number: 81459764


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




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