Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer Eiao - Dallas, TX

Vacancy No.



Food Safety and Inspection Service


$84,703.00 to $130,125.00


05 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:
Supervisory Consumer Safety Officer (EIAO)
Salary Range:
84,703.00 - 130,125.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 to Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Dallas, TX
Who May Be Considered:

1. Current FSIS employees nationwide

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

Commissioned Corps, PHS Inactive Reserve Officers, and current

applicants to the PHS. (See how to apply; do not apply on-line.)

3. Career Transition & Interagency Career Transition Eligibles.

Job Summary:

You will be supervising several Consumer Safety Officers who work

independently to inspect, instruct, and report information on

privately owned Meat and Poultry establishments' food safety and

process control systems.  You will play a major role in assuring the

safety of our nation's meat and poultry supply!




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 packaged.


* 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-5S pay

band is equivalent to the GS-13/14 levels.


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:

Key Requirements:


Major Duties:

Here's what you will be assigned to do:


1.  Supervise several Consumer Safety Officers (Band 4) who perform

investigations and analysis regarding administrative of civil

enforcement matters pertaining to commercial establishments

operating under a grant of Federal inspection, including managing

the collection of information pertaining to recall activities,

consumer complaints, or other public health concerns. 


2.  Participates with the District Manager and Deputies in the

formulation of operational policies, procedures and programs

including long-range goals and priorities for program verification

activities within the district.  Determines the adequacy and

accessibility of resources and information to enable direct reports

to function together as part of a cohesive food safety team. 

Adjusts work activities and schedules of direct reports' changing



3.  Supervises and coordinates assessment of the plant's design of

their control systems and overall food safety assessment (FSA) of

product considering all food safety aspects from farm to table.

Schedules assessments in a manner that accomplishes the agency goal

to perform a comprehensive assessment at each plant within the 4-

year cycle. Provides guidance and recommendations to subordinates on

advanced methods and tools used during assessments.


4.  Makes recommendations to help the District Office overall in

improving the quality of FSA reviews, by assuring assessments are

comprehensive, contain a thorough analysis of the facts, and are

completed in a manner consistent with the Advanced EIAO Methodology



5.  Analyzes and reviews reports and data in order to evaluate

compliance with HACCP and other regulatory requirements, ensuring

that inspection resources are appropriately focused on food safety

priorities.  Oversees the evaluation of data used to identify trends

in noncompliance and/or the need to focus additional attention on

problem areas. 


6.  Supervises complex inquiries associated with in-plant

administrative or civil enforcement matters related to the safety of

meat, poultry and egg products.  Reviews evidence and develops

testimony to support Agency enforcement actions assuring that

evidence is admissible in formal administrative or civil

proceedings.  Reviews reports of investigative findings and makes

final recommendations to the District Office regarding

determinations and what type of enforcement actions are necessary.


7.  Supervises and manages the collection of information and records

regarding potential adulterated or misbranded products at issue and

prepares Agency's official response.  Assures that accurate and

timely information is provided to the District Office and the recall

staff.  As a member of the recall committee, contributes

authoritative expertise in determining the necessity of recall

proceedings and the appropriate recall classification.  Determines

the number of effectiveness checks needed during a recall; conducts

said effectiveness checks and prepares report of findings.




For this position, there are three basic components that together

define the qualifications.  These components are:


1. Education

2. Time in Grade/Time in Band

3. Specialized Experience



All applicants need to meet minimum education requirements for this

position by the closing date of this announcement. The minimun

eduction requirements are education above high school that included

30 semester hours of related science coursework (i.e. animal

science, chemistry, food science and nutrition, public health

science, microbiology, zoology etc.).


Important information regarding your educational requirements: If

you are a candidate from outside of the Food Safety and Inspection

Service (either public or private sector) you must submit course

transcripts with your application to verify that you meet the

educational requirements. If you are currently working in the Food

Safety and Inspection Service and have a letter generated from the

Human Resources Office confirming that you meet the educational

requirements, or if you are certain that your transcripts are on

file in your Official Personnel Folder, you do not have to resubmit

transcripts. If you are uncertain of whether your transcripts are

filed in the Human Resources Office or you do not have a letter

confirming that you meet the educational requirements, please submit

them with this announcement in order to avoid losing consideration.

Applicants within the Food Safety and Inspection Service that are

currently working in the 0696 or 0701 job series do not need to

submit transcripts, as the educational requirement would have been

met upon entry into either of those series.


Time in Grade/Time in Band: 

In order to meet time-in-grade/time-in-band requirements, you will

need to have completed 52 weeks at or equivalent to the next lower

level in the Federal Service within 30 days of the closing date of

this announcement.


Specialized experience definition for this position: * Regular

responsibility for verification of food safety systems, including

application of the methodology for verifying Hazard Analysis and

Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating

Procedures (SSOPs), E-coli procedures, and interactions of these

systems. Additionally, it includes working with enforcement actions,

applying investigative methodology, documenting case files,

administrative enforcement, recall activity, consumer complaint

monitoring, and responsibility for assessing and verifying the

adequacy of food safety systems. It also includes experience in

effectively communicating with industry officials and their

representatives, interacting with scientific and technical experts

regarding food safety concerns, making recommendations to management

officials on appropriate actions, collecting, and preparing written

reports of findings to support administrative enforcement

recommendations, and communicating findings orally to industry and

government officials. Slaughter experience is NOT considered

specialized experience.


Specialized experience may be gained in a number of ways, but must

meet the definition above in any case. Specialized experience may be

met by:


At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12

level in the federal service.


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

Band 4) level in the federal service.


At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next

lower comparable pay band in another pay system.


A combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the

specialized experience requirements.


At least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next

lower level of the following: Non-Federal (private sector) or a

combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience

that meets the definition of the specialized experience



Your resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the

number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations

of work that clearly show that you meet the 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 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 and (b) the RESUME SUPPORTS the

answers provided to the job-specific questions.


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. For an overview of all the benefits programs visit:

Benefit Information.

Other Information:

- Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be

determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS

Directive 3820.2.


-If you are selected for this position, you will be required to

serve a supervisory probationary period if you have not previously

served one.





-A background investigation is a requirement for this position. 

Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion

of a background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure

to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action

proceedings, including possible termination.


- The full performance level of this position is AP-5S.  If

selection is made below the AP-5S level, promotion may be made

to the AP-5S level without further competition.  This is dependent

upon the incumbent's demonstrated performance, ability to assume

additional responsibility, and ability to perform successfully at

the next higher level.


- Applicants from outside FSIS will be required to complete a

Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed

to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a

background investigation.  False statements or responses on a resume

or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for

disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.


- This position has a training program requirement as a condition of

employment.  If you are selected and you have not previously

completed this training, you must successfully complete a 4 week

off-the-job training program at a designated location which may

require travel outside the duty location for an extended period of

time.  The Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officer (EIAO)

Work Methods training is necessary to perform the duties and

responsibilities of an EIAO.  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 a like position

at the same or lower grade (depending on availability and the needs

of the Agency) or removal from Federal Service.


- All applicants tentatively selected for this position (except

current FSIS employees who have successfully completed a pre-

employment medical exam) will be required to complete a self-

certification medical statement regarding their physical ability to

perform the duties of the position.




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.

How To Apply:

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  However,

applications and supporting documents for this particular

announcement should be sent to the HR contact listed in this





You must begin the application process online at USAJobs. Submitting

a USAJobs resume, responses to the basic qualifications, on-line

vacancy questions and any supporting documents required to complete

your application.


Completed applications include:


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

line in USAJOBS and 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 documents needed for your application, such as

transcripts or a SF-50.


Announcement closes on midnight eastern time of the closing date.


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

who do not submit supporting resumes or supporting documents will be

rated ineligible.

Required Documents:

If you are not a current FSIS employee with transcripts on file, you

must submit your transcripts and/or course slips.  These items must

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. Applicants are considered

well qualified if they receive a score of 85 OR a score at or above

the minimum score referred.

Click here: for more



Status applicants who are not FSIS employees need to provide a

legible copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action

(SF-50) to verify status.


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. 


Veteran preference eligibles or veterans who have been separated

from the armed forces under honorable conditions after at least

three consecutive years of active duty military service may also be

considered. A DD-214 that includes beginning and ending dates of

service and character of discharge (Member Copy 4) must be submitted

to verify eligibility. 


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

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, 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





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:
Thomas Mack
Phone: 612-659-8552
Fax: 612-370-2377
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resource Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2377
What To Expect Next:

To check your application status, you would go to USAJOBS. 

Applications are reviewed after the announcement closing date the

best qualified candidates are referred to the selecting official.

EEO Policy Statement:
Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement:
Veterans Information:
Legal and Regulatory Guidance:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1693891

Control Number: 83687870


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





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