Consumer Safety Officer Food Lacf HACCP Seafood - Rockville, MD

Vacancy No.



Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


$83,523.00 to $108,582.00


13 to 13





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Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

Department Of Health And Human Services
Food and Drug Administration
Sub Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Job Announcement Number:
Job Title:
Consumer Safety Officer (Food-LACF/HACCP/Seafood
Salary Range:
83,523.00 - 108,582.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
to Thursday, October 08, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Cincinnati, Ohio
Who May Be Considered:

This vacancy is open to current permanent Title 5 FDA-WIDE

employees and individuals eligible under CTAP

only.  Title 42 employees are not eligible.


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

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 at the U.S. Department of Health & Human

Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory

Affairs (ORA), Central Region, Cincinnati District Office,

Investigations Branch in Cincinnati, Ohio


Position Details:

Tenure: Career/Career Conditional

Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

Relocation Paid: Yes


Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

Key Requirements:

  • You must meet time-in-grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen by the closing date to qualify.
  • Travel Required: 50%
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.

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 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.


As a principal source of expertise within a geographical area

provides extensive advisory, liaison and consultative services for

food programs to regulated industries, State agencies, other

Federal agencies and Agency management.


Manages the review of previously approved products to determine

whether they should continue to be permitted in light of current

scientific safety criteria. 


Researches and prepares 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.


Serves on task forces and study groups charged with considering

problems or directions in the area of food programs.


Serves as an expert witness in area of expertise in court cases

dealing with regulated products.


Is a member of the international inspection cadre and conducts

inspections of both domestic and international food establishments.


Assignments cover the largest manufacturers in the District and some

smaller firms where new or unusual features are present.  The

investigator may conducts inspections and investigations of

facilities where only limited guidance documents are available.


The investigator conducts the more complex, technical investigations

and inspections of establishments in the area of assigned

responsibility and prepares proposed or final EIR endorsements.


Independently performs investigations involving complaints of injury

or death attributable to products regulated by the FDA.


Develops and implements formal training programs for Agency

personnel, industry, and state/local officials, and provides

technical expertise to industry representatives.


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

and compliance expertise.


Specialized Experience:

In addition to meeting the qualification requirements for the

position, you must also possess experience that has equipped you with

the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform

successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or

related to the work of the position. To be creditable, the

specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least one year

at the GS-12 grade level.

Education Statement - Individual Occupation Requirement:



This position has an education requirement. You must submit a copy

of your transcripts (or a list of your courses including titles,

credit hours completed and grades) to document that you have met the

education requirement. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in

the application package. Official transcripts will be required prior

to beginning employment. Most colleges and universities offer

unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to

obtain a copy quickly.


If you have Federal status and have never been on an appointment in

this occupational series, you must submit your transcripts as

indicated above. If you have Federal status and are currently or

were previously on an appointment in this occupational series, you

do not need to submit transcripts at the time of application.

Instead, you should submit an SF-50 showing that you were on an

appointment in this occupational series.


Foreign Degree Note:  All foreign degrees must be evaluated by a

nationally recognized Accrediting Agency.  You must submit proof of

such evaluation and/or conversion.  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



Applicants must have successfully completed one of the following (A

or B):


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 science, or

related scientific fields that provide 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 includes

principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer





B.  Combination of education and experience   courses consisting of

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

plus appropriate experience or additional education.  The quality of

the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to

demonstrate possession of knowledge directly related to consumer

safety officer work and is comparable to that normally acquired

through the successful completion of a full four year course of study

with a major in the appropriate fields.


You must meet citizenship and all other qualification requirements

by the closing date of this announcement.  All other requirements

(including Time-in-Grade) must be met no later than 30 days from the

closing date of this announcement.


All male citizens of the United States born after December 31, 1959,

must be registered for the Selective Service to be eligible for

Federal employment. For more information about registering with the

Selective Service visit:


This position is subject to a background investigation.

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.

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



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 may 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.

Federal Employees Health Benefits.

More Info


Life insurance.More Info


Long-Term Care Insurance.More Info


Almost all 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. More Info


Annual leave.More Info


Sick leave.More Info


Information on Federal holidays that fall within your

regularly scheduled tour of duty.More Info


Alternative work schedule options may be 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:

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equality is held as one of the most important values here at HHS.

Selection for this - and any other - position will be based solely

on merit. HHS does not discriminate on the premises of race, color,

religion, sex, national origin, politics, marital status, sexual

orientation, physical or mental disability, age or membership or non-

membership in an employee organization.


Special Consideration:

Certain veterans, displaced federal employees, and the disabled may

be eligible for special consideration. Please refer to the following

links for additional information and documentation requirements.


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

Time (ET) 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 ET 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 ET of the

announcement close date.  


When completing the online questionnaire, please do not inflate your

qualifications or underestimate your previous experience. You will

receive a rating based on your responses to the questionnaire.


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 PM 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 ET

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 ET

Required Documents:

Supporting Documentation

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

required supporting documentation before 11:59 PM ET 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 ET on the closing date of the vacancy. You

will receive an email confirming receipt of your faxed supporting

documents within 24 hours. 


Each online application generates fax cover sheets that contain a

unique Barcode.  You must use the cover sheets generated by this

online application when submitting your supporting documents.  DO

NOT use fax cover sheets generated by a different online application.



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 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



Foreign Degree Note:  All foreign degrees must be evaluated by a

nationally recognized Accrediting Agency.  You must submit proof of

such evaluation and/or conversion.  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), please FAX a copy of your SF-50 and RIF Notice dated within

one year.


Information regarding the CTAP can be found by clicking CTAP INFO


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 ET (excluding Federal holidays).

Contact Information:
Rockville Center HelpDesk
Phone: 888-478-4340
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Department of Health and Human Services
Rockville HR Center
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Fax: 571-258-4052
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.

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

Control Number: 83264082




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