Compliance Investigator Phhrs Madison, WI

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$49,118.00 to $110,115.00


03 to 04





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

Job Title: Compliance Investigator in Madison, WI - PHHRS
Salary Range: 49,118.00 - 110,115.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:  AP-1801-03/04
Promotion Potential: 04
Open Period:
Friday, August 07, 2009
to Friday, August 28, 2009
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Dallas, TX
Who May Be Considered:

This vacancy is open to all U.S. citizens.


Officers on active duty in the Public Health Service (PHS)

Commissioned Corps are encouraged to apply. (See the "How to Apply"

portion of this announcement.)


If you are a current of former Federal Government employee with

status then you should apply to vacancy announcment number



Please carefully review information on specialized experience


Job Summary:

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking greater



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 package.


*The "Food Conservation and Engery 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 the GS-9/11 levels, and the AP-04 pay band is

equivalent to GS-12/13.


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:



This position being announced is located in the Compliance and

Investigations Division (CID), Office of Program Evaluation,

Enforcement, and Review (OPEER). CID investigates violations of the

inspection laws; controls violative products thru detentions, civil

seizures, and voluntary recalls; and helps ensure that appropriate

criminal, administrative and civil sanctions are carried out. CID

has a key role in FSIS' homeland security mission area including

preparation, detection, prevention, protection and responses to bio-

security threats in the United States.


The incumbent serves as a Compliance Investigator and as such you

will play a major role in assuring the safety of our nation's meat

and poultry supply.

Key Requirements:

  • All applicants need to submit supplemental documention if required.
  • E-mailed resumes and/or supplemental documents cannot be accepted.
  • Please fax supplemental documentation to the fax # on the fax cover sheet.
  • Check your status throughout the hiring process@
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

Major Duties:

As an OPEER, CID Compliance Investigator here are some of the duties

you will be assigned to do:


1. Plan and conduct random and planned compliance reviews in a

multitude of commercial operations.


2. Detect, plan and develop criminal, bio-security, illness

outbreak investigations and other enforcement activities involving

surveillance activities, collection and analysis of records, control

of adulterated/misbranded product performance of undercover work,

and joint OIG/FSIS investigations.


3. Coordinate with District Offices and other Agency components on

response to violations related to criminal investigations, bio-

security threats, food borne illness outbreaks, and other activities.


4. Participate in the development and review of local policies,

procedures and programs for CID investigators and related personnel

and recommends improvements.


5. Plan or conduct investigations in cases of alleged or apparent

violations of the laws administered by FSIS.


6. Prepare investigative reports when violations are found and

assures that all agency required documentation is accurate,

thorough, concise, understandable, brief, legible, and timely.


7. Respond to appeals and complaints from industry.


8. Maintain liaison with appropriate Federal, State, local

authorities, and industry officials necessary for conducting an

effective enforcement program and assuring homeland security.


9. Apply, adhere to and promote Agency equal opportunity and civil

rights policies.


For this position, there are two basic components that together

define the qualifications. These components are:


1. Time In Grade

2. Specialized Experience


1. Time In Grade: In order to meet time-in-grade requirements, you

will need to have completed 52 weeks at the next lower grade level.


2. Specialized Experience: AP-3, GS-9/11 equivalent:

Specialized experience at this level is defined as having a

knowledge of meat, poultry and egg inspection laws and regulations;

the ability to monitor and verify compliance with inspection laws

and regulations; ability to analyze official records to assure they

are in compliance, appear to be true, correct, and unaltered;

ability to recognize, resolve, or determine if further investigation

is needed when there is a violation of the Meat Inspection Act,

Poultry Products Inspection Act, and/or Egg Products Inspection

Act. The ability to gather facts, analyze data, identify trends;

and document findings.




Education may be substituted for specialized experience at AP-3,

GS-9/11 level, if the education that you have received is closely

related to the position. The following shows the amounts of

education required to qualify for the position at this level.

If qualifying based on education, your education must meet one of

the following:


1. Master's or equivalent graduate degree

2. 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education

leading to such a degree

3. LL.B. or J.D., if related

4. 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education

5. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college





A combination of education and experience that meet the

qualifications for AP Band 3.


Specialized experience for AP-4, GS-12/13 equivalent:

Specialized experience for this level is defined as enforcement

and investigative work rather than inspection activities. It

includes working with enforcement actions, applying investigative

methodology, documenting case files, administrative enforcement

recall activities, preparing case investigation files, and working

with and understanding the enforcement process. This experience

must demonstrate a knowledge of meat and poultry inspection laws and

regulations; the ability to monitor food product and maintain chain

of custody, collect and evaluate evidence, recognize and resolve

violations of the Meat Inspection Act, Federal Poultry Products

Inspection Act, and/or Egg Products Inspection Act; and the ability

to gather facts, analyze data and develop written reports.


Education may not be substituted for experience at this band level.


NOTE: Specialized experience for this position at this band level

may be met in several ways, but must be equivalent to the

specialized experience cited above. Specialized experience may have

been gained in the following ways:


At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next

lower GS grade level (GS-11)


At least 52 weeks equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g.

Band 3) level in the federal service


At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next

lower comparable pay band in another pay system.


At least 52 weeks of equivalent specialized experience gained in

non-Federal or a combination of non-Federal and Federal work



At least 52 weeks of a combination of pay band and GS experience

that meets the specialized experience requirements


Your application and resume must provide detail that fully supports

that you meet the specialized experience requirements in order to

meet the basic requirements for this position.


Applicants must meet the time-in-grade and specialized experience

requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this



Specialized Experience: To meet the specialized experience

requirement, you will need to have completed at least 52 weeks of

progressively responsible specialized experience equivalent to the

next lower grade level within 30 days of the closing date of this


How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining

Procedures. An automated rating system, based on the on-line

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

on-line 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 be well qualified, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must receive a rating of

at least 85 out of 100.


Your answers will be verified against information provided in your

on-line 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. The following Web addresses are provided for your

reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal



Flexible Spending Accounts - The Federal Flexible Spending Accounts

Program (FSAFeds) allows you to pay for certain health and dependent

care expenses with pre-tax dollars. For information visit:


Health Insurance - The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program

offers over 100 optional plans. For information visit:


Leave - Most Federal employees earn both annual and sick leave. For

additional information visit:


Life Insurance - The Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance Program

(FEGLI) offers: Basic Life Insurance plus three types of optional

insurance, for additional information visit:


Long Term Care Insurance - The Federal Long Term Care Insurance

Program (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance for Federal

employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses,

and adult children. For additional information visit:


Retirement Program - Almost all new employees are automatically

covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). FERS is a

three-tiered retirement plan. The three tiers are: Social Security

Benefits, Basic Benefit Plan, Thrift Savings Plan. For additional

information visit:

Other Information:


This position requires a National Security/Critical-Sensitive

clearance (with access to secret information). 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 a possible termination.




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-











Varies, up to 50% in some locations. There will be some overnight

travel. Applicant must have a valid driver's license.


This position has promotion potential to AP Band 4 (GS-12/13

equivalent.). Future promotion is not guaranteed and depends on

demonstrated performance and ability to assume additional

responsibility. The selectee will not be required to reapply or

compete again for promotion to the full performance level of this





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-

2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination, write

to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,

W.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or

(202)720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and





This Agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with

disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part

of the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the

closing date. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will

be on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply:

1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering on-line

in USA JOBS as part of the initial application process)


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


3. Your on-line 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(supporting)documents needed.


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

who do not submit a supporting on-line resume will be rated





Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Officers, current

applicants to the Commissioned Corps and members of the PHS Inactive

Reserve should send hard copy applications (i.e. Curriculum Vitae

and cover letter) and supporting documents to the HR contact address

listed in this announcement. Applicants to the PHS Commissioned

Corps should also submit a copy of the Commissioned Corps

application. Officers and Corps applicants should NOT apply online

through the automated system. Officers and Corps applicants are

strongly encouraged to submit the materials requested here (or their

equivalent) in order to be competitive, however this is not a



For general information on employment as a Commissioned Corps

Officer at FSIS, please contact CDR Lou Ann Rector at 202-720-7208

or via email at Lou However,

applications and supporting documents for this particular

announcement should be sent to the HR contact listed in this


Required Documents:

If your eligibility is based on education, please submit a copy of

your official transcripts and/or course slips. These items should

include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade,

and number of credits.


If you claim CTAP/ICTAP 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 you are claiming eligibility for consideration under a

noncompetitive special hiring authority, you will need to provide

the appropriate supporting documentation to verify eligibility.


Reinstatement eligible's and Federal government employees, that are

not current FSIS employees, must submit their SF-50 in order for

their status to be verified.


If you claim Veterans Preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-

214 showing an honorable discharge. For veterans receiving

compensation please provide SF-15 and supporting documentation from

the VA along with your DD-214.


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



***NOTE! Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you;

only submit documents needed to complete YOUR application package.

This announcement is opened to a variety of applicants.


DD Form 214 (Military Discharge Papers and Separation Documents) The

Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the

veteran's condition of discharge - honorable, general, other than

honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct. (This document is needed if

claiming veteran's preference when applying for announcements that

is opened to "All US Citizens," or applying under VEOA or VRA.

Current FSIS employees must also provide this documentation when

applying to announcements opened to "All U.S. Citizens." For more

information go to


SF-15 (Application for 10 Veterans Preference) the information on

this form, along with any accompanying required documents, will be

used to determine whether you are entitled to 10-point veterans'



VA Ltr (An official statement from the Department of Veterans

Affairs certifying to the present existence of the veterans service-

connected disability.)


SF-50 - (Notification of Personnel Action) Current or former Federal

employees must submit a copy of most recent SF-50, "Notification of

Personnel Action", reflecting grade, title, series, and annual pay.

Current FSIS employees do not need to provide these documents in

order to be considered for vacancy announcements.


College Transcripts - Transcripts are required only if applying to

positions with a positive education requirement. Please look at

the "Qualifications" portion of the vacancy announcement to see if

education is required. If education is required, your transcripts

and or course slip must include course title, school name/location,

date completed, grade, and number of credits.


Schedule A Certification - If applying for the position under a

Schedule A appointment, applicants must provide proof of their

disability by submitting documentation. For more information go to


ICTAP/CTAP - Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Interagency

Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). If you claim CTAP/ICTAP

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. Click here: for more information or go to


Performance Appraisal: A performance Appraisal is not needed if you

are a current FSIS employee or if you are a non-federal government





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 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




SHEET. (i.e., 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:
Shannon R. Sarbo
Phone: 612-659-8564
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:

Please check your status at Applications are

reviewed after the announcement closing date and the best qualified

candidates are referred to the selection official.


Control Number: 82727881


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


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