Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian Phhrs - Augusta, GA

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:
Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian -PHHRS
Salary Range:
46,625.00 - 104,525.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Thursday, November 19, 2009 to Friday, December 04, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Permanent
Duty Locations:
1 vacancy - Augusta, GA
Who May Be Considered:

1. All Federal employees with Status, including employees of USDA's

FSIS that are seeking promotion, reassignment, or change to lower

grade and former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility.


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 if applying under this

category; do not apply on-line.)


3. Career Transition and Interagency Career Transition Eligibles

will be considered.


4. Non-competitive applicants.


5. Qualified VEOA eligibles may be considered under this and a

Delegated Examining announcement.

Job Summary:

This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking

a greater leadership role and responsibility in Public Health

Veterinary Science!




Establishment# 332M: FPL Food

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday Relief Varies

Species: Red Meat

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 package.


*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-03 pay

band is equivalent to GS 9/11 and AP-04 pay band is equivalent to



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 click this link.


You will have a dynamic, multifaceted role protecting consumers as a

Public Health Veterinarian. Your duties will encompass closely

planning, organizing, coordinating and adapting the full range of

meat and poultry inspection operations in privately owned

establishments. As a Public Health Veterinarian, you will ensure

that plants meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard

Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations, as well as

overseeing other consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such

as proper labeling.


Applicants must have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) or

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

school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American

Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). For more

information please see the "Qualifications and Evaluations" section

of this announcement.


As a federal agency, FSIS offers a wide variety of benefits,

including excellent health care benefits, group life insurance, and

a top-notch retirement savings plan.

Key Requirements:


Major Duties:

As a Public Health Veterinarian, you will ensure that plants

meet requirements of the Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis and

Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations, as well as overseeing

other consumer protection, non-food safety concerns such as proper



You will utilize communication skills by regularly conferring with

plant management to ensure regulatory requirements are met. In

addition, you may supervise other FSIS employees such as one or more

food inspectors and/or consumer safety inspectors.


You will be directing ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection of

livestock and/or poultry to detect, identify and diagnose conditions

that may render food products unfit for human consumption. You will

also be responsible for overseeing the humane handling and slaughter

of livestock, and providing veterinary medical expertise on the

proper disposition of animals and/or carcasses.




In order to meet time-in-grade requirements, you will need to have

completed 52 weeks at the next lower level in the Federal Service

within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. For time-in-

band, this means that you need to have completed at least 52 weeks

at the lowest level of the next lower band within 30 days of the

closing date of this announcement.




A.) There is no specialized experience requirement if you are

applying to the AP3 band level. However, you must meet the

educational and time-in-band/time-in-grade requirements as

previously stated.


In order to meet specialized experience requirements for the AP-4

level, you must have completed 52 weeks or more of post D.V.M.

progressively responsible professional veterinary work experience

equivalent to the AP-3 band level (GS-11) in the Federal service.

This requirement must be met within 30 days of the closing date of

the announcement.


B.) 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



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.


*For additional accepted specialties and more information about the

qualification standards please review the VMO, 0701 qualification standard.


For the Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) position, three basic

components that together define the qualifications for this

position. These components are:


I. Education Requirements

II. Time-in-Grade/Time-in-Band

III. Specialized Experience (Only required for the AP-4 band level)




*Please note that current FSIS Public Health Veterinarians do not

need to submit any educational qualification documentation.


A. 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 (AVMA) Council on Education. The AVMA web site,, has a listing of all

AVMA accredited veterinary medical schools.




B. 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



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

Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG).

2.) 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).

3.) 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 qualification standards 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.

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 a 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.


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, 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 explain

what you did and how you did it, rather than just listing your

current and former employers.

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:

Conditions of Employment:


This position has a training program requirement as a condition of

employment. If selected, you must successfully complete a 9-week

training program. The Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) methods

training is necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of

a PHV to further the mission of the Office of Field Operations

and FSIS. 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. If you

are a new hire with FSIS and you fail to successfully complete the

training, you will be terminated from Federal Employment. If you are

not a new hire to FSIS and have moved into a Public Health

Veterinarian position from another type of position in FSIS, you

will either be removed from Federal service; returned to your former

position (depending on availability and the needs of the Agency); or

if qualified, be offered another position at the same or lower grade

than the position held immediately before accepting the covered



If selection is made below AP-4 level, promotion may be made to that

level without further competition.


If you are selected for this position, you will need to serve a

supervisory/managerial probationary period unless you have

previously completed one.


Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be determined

in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS Directive 3820.2


Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill

additional, like vacancies should any occur in the commuting area.


If you are selected, you will need 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.


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 meeting these requirements could lead to adverse

action proceedings including possible termination. (Current

employees of the Food Safety and Inspection service may already have

the required background investigation.)



This position requires a pre-employment physical. Applicants must

be physically and mentally able to efficiently perform the job

functions, without hazard to themselves or others. These positions

require good vision (including color vision), hearing, touch and eye-

hand coordination. Applicants who use a prosthesis or mechanical aid

that satisfactorily compensates for an impaired function will be

considered. (Current employees of the Food Safety and Inspection

service may already have a pre-employment physical)




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 accommodations to applicants with

disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part

of the application process, please notify the Agency prior to the

closing date. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will

be on a case-by-case basis.

How To Apply:

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


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

who do not submit a supporting resume will be rated ineligible.


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

Commissioned Corps, PHS Inactive Reserve Corps Officers,

and applicants to the PHS Commissioned Corps do not apply on-line.


These applicants should send hard copy applications (i.e. curriculum

vitae) to the HR contact listed in this announcement. Applicants to

the PHS Commissioned Corps should also submit a copy of their

Commissioned Corps application. Officers and Corps applicants are

strongly encouraged to submit all the materials requested here (or

their equivalent) in order to be competitive. For general

information on employment as a Commissioned Corps Officer at FSIS,

please contact CDR LouAnn Rector at (202) 720-7208 or email

Required Documents:

Current employees of the Food Safety and Inspection service do not

need to submit educational transcripts, SF-50, or copies of their

performance appraisal.


Non-FSIS federal employees and reinstatement eligibles must provide

a copy of their most recent SF-50 in addition to copies of their



Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) 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 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) or equivalent that documents separation; 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 claim eligibility for consideration via a variety of non-

competitive special hiring authorities, supporting documentation

should be provided before the closing date of this 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 cover


NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to

print the cover sheets. 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 FAX ALL


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:
Dianne Kaldun
Phone: 612-659-8609
Fax: 612-370-2062
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Human Resources Operations
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Fax: 612-370-2062
What To Expect Next:

You may check your status on USAJOBS. Applications are reviewed

after the announcement closing date and 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: 1737871

Control Number: 84674025


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




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