Consumer Safety Inspector Job -
Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service
$45,040.00 to $64,482.00
09 to 10
Who may apply
Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Current FSIS Employees Nationwide and USDA Career
Transition Eligibles (CTAP).
This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking
a greater challenge and responsibility in a position directly
involved in protecting public health. Here's what to expect:
SPECIFIC VACANCY INFORMATION: CSI, GS-1862-9/10, SJ-519
5666, Windsor Quality Food Company located in
Work Schedule: This is a Relief position.
Species: Poultry/Meat Processing.
As a CSI, you will ensure that regulated establishments produce a
safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining
noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting noncompliance
and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.
As a CSI, you will ensure that regulated establishments produce a
safe product by executing appropriate inspection methods, determining
noncompliance with regulatory requirements, documenting
noncompliance and initiating enforcement action, where warranted.
In your position as a CSI, you will verify that meat and poultry
slaughter and/or processing establishments' Sanitation Standard
Operating Procedures (SSOP)and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control
Point (HACCP) Plans meet regulatory requirements and are being
executed effectively to prevent unsanitary conditions and
adulteration of product.
You will review records, observe plant operations and conduct hands-
on verification to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements.
You will prepare detailed documentation (Non-Compliance Records)of
noncompliance with regulatory requirements. You will determine
when regulatory control action is necessary. You will assess
whether the plant's corrective or preventative actions are
acceptable and effective, if there are trends in noncompliance, or
if enforcement action is warranted.
You will conduct regulatory oversight activities inside plants in
matters relating to other consumer protections (e.g., economic
adulteration and misbranding).
As a Consumer Safety Inspector, you will have contact with plant
managers, owners and others to explain legal and regulatory
requirements, discuss operation of the plants' SSOP, HACCP plan and
other food safety programs. You will communicate on and defend
determinations on noncompliance issues and discuss plans for
addressing non-compliance. You will also work with a variety of
individuals to resolve problems, clarify differences of
interpretation concerning HACCP and other food safety or consumer
protection requirements and you will advise other Agency inspectors,
supervisors and officers on inspection and enforcement matters for
which you are involved.
In addition, you may conduct various samplings, surveys and tests
to obtain pertinent data on potential problem areas, industry
trends, or other issues of current interest to the Agency. You may
be involved in performing health and safety verification sampling
and tests for detection of specific microbes (e.g., salmonella,
listeria, etc.), residues or contaminants. You may also perform
direct, structured sampling involving Protein Fat Free (PFF),
undeclared species, undeclared ingredients or suspected economic
violations involving net weight or labeling.
For the Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) positions, there are two
basic components of your experience that together define the
qualifications. These components are:
In order to meet time-in-grade, you will need to have
completed 52 weeks at the next lower grade level within 30 days of
the closing date of this announcement.
In order to meet the specialized experience
requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of
progressively responsible specialized experience at the next lower
grade level within 30 days after the closing date of this
announcement. Specialized experience is experience working with the
Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Acts in order to
inspect meat, poultry and egg products. This experience also
includes working with basic SSOP and HACCP principles and practices
in order to verify plant HACCP and SSOP responsibilities, performing
basic mathematic and elementary statistical concepts and methods to
perform testing and sampling procedures and experience in reaching
and interpreting conclusions.
If you currently hold or have previously held a permanent federal
position at the GS-10 or higher, you are considered a "non-
competitive" eligible and may apply on-line to this announcement
and/or be considered by applying to the Voluntary Reassignment
To receive consideration for this position, under the Voluntary
Reassignment System,. Form 4335-3 must be submitted for
noncompetitive consideration (reassignment, change to lower grade,
or noncompetitive re-promotion). Noncompetitive applicants submit
a hard copy Form 4335-3, Employee Request for Reassignment within
Field Operations. Completed forms should be submitted to: USDA,
HRFO Internal Placement Systems Section,
HOW WILL MY TOTAL APPLICATION BE EVALUATED?
There are several parts of the application process that affect the
overall evaluation of your application: the applicant assessment
questions, the core questions 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
for determining if you meet the basic qualifications of the position
and whether you are found to be best qualified. It is therefore
important to explain what you did and how you did it, rather than
just listing your current and former employers.
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 scoring system based on
the on-line 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.
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You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits
program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:
Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:
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
You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:
You will earn sick leave. More info:
You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your
regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:
Condition of Employment:
This position has a training program requirement as a condition of
employment. If selected, you must successfully complete a 2-3 week
training program at a designated location which may require travel
outside the duty location for an extended period. The training you
will attend is called the Food Safety Regulatory Essentials (FSRE).
The type of class you will attend will be based on your assignment.
For example, if your assignment covers raw products, you will attend
the two week course for raw products. If your assignment covers not
shelf stable, ready-to-eat/not ready-to-eat products, you will
attend the three week course. You must begin the training within 90
days of the effective date of your selection, and you must
successfully complete it within 12 months of the effective
date of your selection. Failure to successfully complete the
training may result in returning you to your former position, or
like position at the same or lower grade (depending on availability
and the needs of the Agency) or removal from Federal Service.
Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill
additional, like vacancies should any occur in the announced duty
Salaries in some locations may be higher than the salary listed in
this announcement due to locality pay. For a listing of locality
pay areas, pay tables and counties within the
locality pay areas: http://www.opm.gov/index.asp
The law prohibits political recommendation for employment or other
personnel actions (including promotion, reassignment, detail, etc.)
in the competitive service. Federal agencies may not accept or
consider such recommendations (either oral or written) from members
of Congress, elected State and local government officials, political
party officials, or others based on political affiliation.
FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED
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 USDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and 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
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.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director,
of Civil Rights,
20250-9410 or call (800)795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD).
COMPLETED ON-LINE APPLICATION INCLUDES:
Registration with USAJOBS, including answering any questions and
submitting an on-line resume with USAJOBS.
Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each job).
Answers to core questions the first time you apply to our upgraded
Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and
who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.
Applicants can check their general status, as it is updated by going
to USAJOBS. Because of these capabilities, the Human Resources
Division will no longer send email or hardcopy notifications ("non-
select letters") to applicants regarding the outcome of on-line FSJO
Completed applications for this vacancy must be received no later
than midnight, U.S. Eastern time zone, on the closing date. If
applying on line poses a hardship to any applicant, the contact
person listed on the announcement will provide assistance to help
you apply or provide alternative methods. Applicants may contact the
servicing human resources office during core business hours(8:00
to 3:30 p.m. central time) prior to the closing date.
WHAT OTHER DOCUMENTS ARE NEEDED?
CURRENT FSIS EMPLOYEES DO NOT NEED TO FAX or MAIL ADDITIONAL
DOCUMENTS (i.e., SF-50, Transcripts, Performance Appraisals or
If you claim CTAP eligibility, please provide a copy of your
most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful"
or equivalent) and proof of eligibility,
notice or Certification of Expected Separation and a SF-50 noting
current position, grade level and duty location.
If hard copy documents are being submitted by you for career
transition assistance, the documents must be received via fax during
the USAJOBS registration process.
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
***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only
submit documents needed to complete your application package. For
example, 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
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 both of them to
be accessible to HR.)
2. You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of
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
DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding
cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS UNDER ONE COVER 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
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
After the position closes, qualifications are evaluated. The best
qualified and non-competitive candidates are referred to the
selecitng official for consideration.
Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.
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