Supvsry Compliance Investigator Phhrs - Little Rock, AR

Vacancy No.



Food Safety and Inspection Service


$80,402.00 to $123,519.00


05 to 05





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

Job Title: Supvsry Compliance Investigator - Little Rock, AR - PHHRS
Salary Range: 80,402.00 - 123,519.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:  AP-1801-05/05
Promotion Potential: 05
Open Period:
Friday, August 07, 2009
to Friday, August 28, 2009
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Little Rock, AR
Who May Be Considered:

Current Federal employees with status, reinstatement eligibles, CTAP

eligibles, ICTAP eligibles, VEOA Eligibles, 30% or more disabled

veterans, Former Action Volunteers (Peace Corps, VISTA, etc.);

Individuals with disabilities who are eligible under special

appointing authorities.


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 not eligible to apply under this announcement, please see

announcement number FSIS-MCE-2009-0178 that is open to the public.


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 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 the GS-9/11 levels, the AP-04 pay band is

equivalent to GS-12/13 and AP-5S is equivalent to GS-13/14.


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:



As a Supervisory Compliance Investigator with Office of Program

Evaluation, Enforcement and Review (OPEER), Compliance and

Investigations Division you will play a major role in assuring the

safety of our nation's meat and poultry supply.


Your Division will investigate violations of the inspection

laws; controlling violative products through detentions, civil

seizures, and voluntary recalls; and help ensure that appropriate

criminal, administrative, and civil sanctions are carried out.


Your Division will also provide regulatory control over a

multitude of businesses engaged in transporting, storing and

distributing meat, poultry and egg products after they leave

Federally inspected establishments.

Key Requirements:

  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Please check your online status throughout the hiring process at usajobs
  • Fax supplemental documents to fax number on the fax cover sheet!
  • Current FSIS employees need not submit DD214, SF-50 or Performce Appraisal

Major Duties:

As Supervisory Compliance Investigator you will exercise complete

responsibility and authority for supervision of investigators who

perform a full range of public health regulatory, food defense, and

other consumer protection program activities. You will assure

Compliance with Federal laws and regulations governing the safety,

wholesomeness, and proper labeling of meat, poultry and egg products.


As Supervisory Investigator in OPEER here are some of your duties:


1.  Maintain a close working relationship and liaison with

appropriate Agency Staff, other government food safety and food

defense agencies; state, local, national and international level

officials; OIG and other regulated industry.


2.  Play a key role in planning and implementing Agency goals and

priorities as they relate to food safety, food defense, regulatory

enforcement and public health.


3.  You will participate in the review and assessment of both state

and foreign compliance activities.


4.  You will serve as a supervisor with responsibility for the

direction and control of all functions of the Division within a

large metropolitan area having a greater concentration of operations

and a more competitive industry character.


5. You will be required to prepare investigative reports that result

in letters of warning, placement of firms on record keeping

requirements, or which are referred for criminal prosecution.


6.  Determine resource needs of the sub-region in terms of funding,

personnel, materials, and facilities.  Determine ways to optimize

utilization of personnel and other resources, particularly when

presented with unexpected event or new demands.


7. Applies, adheres to and promotes Agency equal opportunity and

civil rights policies.


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 for AP-5S, GS-13/14 equivalent:

Specialized experience at 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



There are two basic components of your experience that together

define the qualification requirements.  These components are:


1) Time in grade AND

2) Specialized experience

How You Will Be Evaluated:

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 ranking system, based

on the on-line application process is used.  Before a 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.


Please note that 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.


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 explain

what you did and how you did it, rather than just listing your

current and former employers.

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 USAJOBS 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 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 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


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: 800-370-3747
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:

You may 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: 82728275


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





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