Senior Food Defense Analyst - Washington, DC

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Food Safety and Inspection Service


$73,100.00 to $133,543.00


04 to 05





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Department Of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sub Agency:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Senior Food Defense Analyst
Salary Range:
73,100.00 - 133,543.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Monday, August 24, 2009
to Sunday, September 27, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Permanent
Duty Locations:
2 vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered:

This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures

and is open to US Citizens.


The vacancy is also being advertised under Merit Promotion (MP)

procedures for status candidates under announcement W-ODIFP-2009-

0001. Candidates who wish to be considered under both DE and MP

procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements.

Job Summary:



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.


* 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 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.

Key Requirements:

  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Maintaining a SECRET security clearance is required.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job.

Major Duties:

This 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

performance level.


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

defense issues.


*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.


To 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

professional opinions.


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


How You Will Be Evaluated:

Applicants 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.  The

highest scoring, qualified applicants will be referred to the

selecting official.


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 similarly

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

Federal Employment), at Forms.


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.

To preview questions please click here.

Working 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.

Other Information:



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-

case basis.


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 PHHRS.


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

Executive Agency of the Federal Government.  Click here: for more information.


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.

How To Apply:

Please 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

vacancy questions.


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.


Questions - click here Common Q & A's About Applying For Federal Jobs on USAJobs.

Required Documents:

Individuals 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.

Click here for more information.


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 here.



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.



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).


For more information regarding veterans click here.


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

vacancy announcement.


***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.

Contact Information:
Sharon Monahan, SPHR
Phone: 612-659-8602
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Butler Square West, Sutie 420C
100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 000-000-0000
What To Expect Next:

Once 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





During this process, WE WILL UPDATE YOUR status FOR EACH VACANCY ON

THE USAJOBS WEB-SITE.  To view your status, login to My USAJOBS (Tab

on USAJOBS Web-Site).  Please do not contact for status.

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

Control Number: 82998477


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



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