Veterinary Medicine Offcr Consumer Safety Offcr Program Auditor - Omaha, NE

Vacancy No.



Food Safety and Inspection Service


$46,625.00 to $104,525.00


03 to 04





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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:
Veterinary Med Offcr/Consumer Safety Offcr (Program Auditor)
Salary Range:
46,625.00 - 104,525.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 to Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Position Information:
Full-time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Omaha, NE
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.); and

Individuals with disabilities who are eligible under special

appointing authorities.

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 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-03 pay

band is equivalent to the GS-09/11 grade level and the AP-04 pay

band is equivalent to the GS-12/13 grade levels.


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


Key Requirements:

  • Current FSIS employees do not need to submit DD214, or performance apprsls.
  • Supplemental Documents cannot be e-mailed.
  • Documents should be faxed to the fax # on the fax cover sheets.
  • Check your on-line status throughout the hiring process at
  • Multiple selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Major Duties:

This position is located in the Office of Program Evaluation,

Enforcement and Review (OPEER), Internal Control and Audit Division,

(ICAD), Federal/State Audit Branch (FSAB).


This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking a greater

challenge and responsibility in a position directly involved in a

state and domestic review program essential to protecting public

health. This is an interdisciplinary position.  Either as a Consumer

Safety Officer (Program Auditor) or as a Veterinary Medical Officer

(Program Auditor) for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS),

Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement & Review (OPEER), here's

what to expect:


- You will participate with the Chief of the Federal/State Audit

Branch in the planning, preparing, and scheduling of inspection

location reviews which will obtain data used to assess the Agency's

achievement of its basic program goals and objectives.


- Using your expert knowledge of veterinary medicine and/or food

science, and the laws and regulations of the Meat, Poultry and Egg

Products Inspection Program, you will prepare for and conduct (as a

team member and, at times, as a team leader) audits of domestic and

state meat, poultry, and egg products, inspection systems and their

activities, including on-site audits of facilities, equipment, and

sanitation, and evaluation of communications required to effectively

carry out the Agency's mission.


- You will evaluate reviews and make recommendations to senior

Agency officials such as FSIS Assistant Administrators, FSIS

District Managers, and State Directors.


In addition to meeting the basic qualifications for one of the two

job series, you must also meet the time-in-grade/time-in-band

requirements. In order to meet time-in-grade/time-in-band

requirements for this position, you will need to have completed 52

weeks at the next lower band level, grade level, or a combination of

the two that equals 52 weeks within 30 days of the closing date of

this announcement. For example, if you are applying for the AP-4

level, you will need to have completed 52 weeks at the AP-3, AI-4,

AS-4, or GS-11 level within 30 days after the closing date of this





SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Candidates must have 1 year of

specialized experience at the next lower grade level which is equal

to what would have been gained if employed in Federal service.


SPECIALIZED Experience is defined as: 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. It also

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.

Qualifying experience typically includes compliance work in the

1801 series, processed products inspection or the supervision

of processed product inspection. Slaughter experience is not

considered specialized experience.


*For additional accepted specialties and more information about the

qualification standards please review the VMO, 0701 qualification





There is no specialized experience requirement if you are applying

to the AP-3 band level. However, you must meet the educational and

time-in-band/time-in-grade requirements as previously stated.

Applicants to the AP-696, Consumer Safety Officer, series:


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Education above high school which

includes at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in the basic

biological and physical sciences (e.g., Animal Science, Chemistry,

Food Science, Nutrition, Public Health, Zoology, etc.) by the

closing date of this announcement.


Applicants to the AP-701, Veterinary Medical Officer, series:


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS:  Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or

equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained

at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the

American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA).

The AVMA web site,, has a listing of all AVMA-

accredited veterinary medical schools. 




Graduates of foreign veterinary medical schools that are not

accredited by the AVMA Council on Education (Refer to AVMA web site, for information about schools in this category) must

meet one of the following requirements:


A.) Proof of certification of their final transcript by the

Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG)


B.) Possession of a permanent, full, and unrestricted license to

practice veterinary medicine in a State, District of Columbia, the

Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States

that includes successful completion of the North American Veterinary

Licensing Examination (NAVLE) or its predecessors, the National

Board Examination (NBE) and the Clinical Competency Test (CCT).


C.) Proof that the education obtained in a foreign veterinary

medical program is equivalent to that gained in a veterinary medical

program that is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical

Association Council on Education. Under this provision, equivalency

is established only if an AVMA-accredited veterinary medical school

or college in the United States accepts the graduate's final

transcript from the foreign veterinary medical school at full value

for placement into an advanced degree, postgraduate educational

program, or training program (e.g. residency or graduate program).


Graduates of foreign veterinary medical programs must also provide

proof of proficiency in the English language by successfully

completing one of the nationally and internationally recognized

examinations that incorporate assessments of reading, writing,

listening, and speaking skills. Examples of examinations that assess

mastery of the English language are shown below:


(1) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Minimum scores

for the TOEFL are 560 for the paper-based version; 220 for the

computer-based version; or overall score of 83 for the internet-

based version (including 26 or higher in speaking, 26 or higher in

listening, and 17 or higher in writing). For the computer-based and

paper-based test versions, applicants must also complete the Test of

Spoken English (TSE) and the Test of Written English (TWE). Minimum

required scores are 55 for the TSE and 5.5 for the TWE;


(2) Academic tests (listening, writing, and speaking) offered by the

International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants

must achieve a minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 7.0

in speaking, 6.5 in listening, and 6.0 in writing;



(3) Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL). Applicants

must achieve a minimum overall band score of 70, with at least 60 in

speaking, 60 in listening, and 50 in writing.


For more information about the qualifications for the GS-701 series

please review the VMO, 0701 qualification standard.


**Please Note: Employees currently classified in the 0701 series, DO

NOT have to meet the English proficiency requirement. These

candidates are covered under the In-service Placement Provisions if

they meet the minimum educational and experience requirements.


Applicants can also substitute education for specialized experience

at AP-4 level by meeting one of the educational requirements shown

below IN ADDITION to having a DVM or equivalent degree.


1. Successfully attained a Ph.D. degree in any of the specialties *

(i.e., veterinary toxicology, laboratory animal medicine, poultry

veterinary medicine, etc.) or related sciences related to the work

of a veterinary medical officer position.


2. Successfully completed two years of a postgraduate internship,

residency program or fellowship training program in a discipline

related to this position.


3. Successfully completed all requirements for Diplomate status in

an ABVS-recognized veterinary specialty *(i.e., veterinary

toxicology, laboratory animal medicine, poultry veterinary medicine,

etc.) organization.


4. Successfully attained a Master's degree in an area of

specialization *(i.e., veterinary toxicology, laboratory animal

medicine, poultry veterinary medicine, etc.) or sciences related to

the work of a veterinary medical officer position.


5. Successfully completed two years of an internship, residency

program, or fellowship training program in a discipline related to

the position.


At the AP-696-3 level, applicants may substitute education in the

place of specialized experience by meeting one of the following



I.             2 years of progressively higher level graduate education

leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate



II.            3 years of progressively higher level graduate education

leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

*Please note: if you are qualifying based on education you must

submit a copy of your official transcripts.


Multiple selections may be made from this vacancy announcement.


The Veterinary Medical Officer/Consumer Safety Officer (Program

Auditor) position is an interdisciplinary position.  This job may be

filled by one of two different job series and they are Consumer

Safety Officer (GS-0696) or Veterinary Medical Officer (GS-0701).

Therefore, you must meet both the education and the experience

requirements for at least one of the series in order to be



The three basic components of your experience that together define

the qualifications are:


1.            Education

2.            Specialized experience

3.            Time-in-grade

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 ensure that (a) minimum

qualification requirements are met and (b) the resume supports the

answers provided to the job-specific questions. 


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 (please note that "see resume" or a similar unspecific

response as an answer to a vacancy question may disqualify you from

further consideration), 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 essential 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.

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:


Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be

determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS

DIRECTIVE 3820.2.  It has been determined that relocation expenses

will be paid.





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.


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



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.




You may be in a travel status approximately fifty (50%) of the time.




This is a Public Trust (PT) Moderate Risk, NO ACCESS position which

requires a Background Investigation (MBI). Incumbent will be subject

to the successful completion of a background investigation and

favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these

requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including

possible termination.

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:

Official transcripts from an accredited college are required for

consideration for this position.  These items must include course

title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of




Status applicants who are not FSIS employees MUST provide a legible

copy of their latest promotion or within-in-grade Notification of

Personnel Action (SF-50), which also indicates competitive status

Tenure 1 or 2 (block 24) and position occupied 1 (block 34). For

more information regarding reinstatement eligibility click here.


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



VETERANS PREFERENCE:   If you are applying based on eligibility for

a special employment program/authority such as Severely Disabled 30%

or more compensable disabled veteran, you MUST submit supporting

documentation (e.g., DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge

From Active Duty {Member 4 copy} SF 15, and a letter from the

Department of Veterans Affairs stating the percentage of your

disability).  Copies of your DD-214 may be requested by calling 800-

827-1000 or TDD# 800-829-4833 or online at click




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.


If you are eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act

of 1998 (VEOA), you MUST submit documentation (DD-214) and SF-15

Claim for Veteran's Preference) to establish eligibility under this

program.  You must provide your DD-214 which indicates the nature of

your discharge. For more information regarding VEOA click here.


For more information regarding disabled veterans click here.


For more information regarding Peace Corps click here.


For more information regarding Vista click here.


For more information regarding Schedule A 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.




Please read the instructions carefully before calling with

questions.  Thank you!


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 purposes.


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


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 11:59 PM Eastern

Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Contact Information:
Shannon Sarbo
Phone: 612-659-8564
Fax: 000-000-0000
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: 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:
USAJOBS Control Number: 1720006

Control Number: 84252160


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