Supervisor Mathematician Statistician Branch Chief - Washington, DC

Vacancy No.



Food Safety and Inspection Service


$102,721.00 to $133,543.00


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:
Supv Mathematician-Statistician (Branch Chief)
Salary Range:
102,721.00 - 133,543.00 USD /year
Series & Grade:
Promotion Potential:
Open Period:
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 to Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Position Information:
Full Time Permanent
Duty Locations:
2 vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC
Who May Be Considered:

1.  Current Federal employees serving on a career-conditional or

career appointment in the local commuting area.


2.  Former Federal employees who served on a career-conditional or

career appointment who have reinstatement eligibility or those

eligible for other non-competitive hiring sources in the local

commuting area.


3.  Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles.  


4.  CTAP/ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area.

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 located in the Office of Data Integration and Food

Protection. The mission of the Office of Data Integration and Food

Protection is to coordinate the agency's homeland security and

emergency preparedness/response activities.  The Office of Data

Integration and Food Protection is also responsible for coordinating

food safety and food defense data and data analysis across FSIS and

conducting sophisticated data analyses.  Office of Data Integration

and Food Protection is comprised of the Office of the Assistant

Administrator (OAA) and three component divisions, the Emergency

Response Staff (ERS), the Food Defense Technical Staff (FDTS), and

the Data Analysis and Integration Group (DAIG).


The DAIG is responsible for: 1) evaluating individual data streams

and integrating data analyses across FSIS program offices; 2)

ensuring data analyses are relevant to program offices' business

processes and the agency mission; 3) ensuring data analyses are

consistent and of high quality; 4) conducting data analyses to

inform agency decisions; 5) conducting analyses to identify data

gaps/needs within and across program offices; and 6) ensuring data

analysis is consistent with FSIS policies and OMB guidelines.  The

DAIG conducts analyses of the Agency's food safety and food defense

data to meet agency policy needs, to identify trends, to enhance

situational awareness to identify early indicators of threats or

attacks to the food supply, and to focus research initiatives.


The DAIG consists of the following three branches: 1) Analytic

Design, 2) Applied Analysis, and 3) Field Operations Analysis. 


The Analytical Design Branch develops novel statistical

methodologies that can be used to inform FSIS initiatives. The

branch conducts sophisticated data analyses to support agency

programs and to respond to stakeholder requests for information. 

This branch is charged with developing risk-based approaches to FSIS

inspection activities and is responsible for the development of the

predictive analytic component of the Agency's new Public Health

Information System.   


The Applied Analysis Branch provides data retrieval and data

analysis support to FSIS program areas.  The branch evaluates FSIS

data streams and integrates data analyses across FSIS program

offices, helping to ensure that data analyses are relevant to

program offices' business processes and the agency mission. 

Analysts conduct routine and non-routine data analyses to meet

agency policy needs, identify trends, and focus research



The Field Operations Analysis Branch provides analytical support to

one or more District Offices and OFO Headquarters by extracting,

reviewing and analyzing data related to inspection activities,

sampling, AssuranceNet and other relevant data. There are 15

districts within the Office of Field Operations (OFO).  A district

may cover one very large state or 2 -9 smaller states, include a

population of fewer than ten million to tens of millions of people,

and range in size from tens of thousands to many hundreds of

thousands of square miles.  Districts provide inspection services

and carry out enforcement activities over a few hundred or many

hundreds of meat, poultry, and egg products plants, including

slaughter, processing, and combination plants; and they provide

regulatory enforcement activities at hundreds or thousands of

commercial businesses, including at warehouses, in transportation,

and at retail levels. 


This position serves as Branch Chief of one of the three DAIG



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-05 pay

band is equivalent to the GS-14 grade level. 


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 PHHRS.

Key Requirements:

  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Major Duties:

You would serve as a Branch Chief in the Data Integration Analysis

Group responsible for managing, directing, supervising, staffing,

coordinating, and evaluating subordinate operations that include one

of the following:  Field Operations Analysis Branch, Applied

Analysis Branch, or Analytical Design Branch.  Operations of these

branches significantly impact a wide range of Agency mission

oriented operations.


Your responsibilities would include:


*Developing, coordinating, and recommending: a) internal and

external program/policy issues that affect overall Branch

operations; b) short and long term (i.e. 5 years) program missions,

goals, objectives, schedules, and functional or operational

initiatives to meet new or  changing programs, legislation and/or

funding requirements; operating program initiations and/or

eliminations; organization structure changes, operating program cost

reductions and improved operational efficiencies and effectiveness;

budget resource allocations; and operating program policies,

procedures or regulations.


*Providing technical and administrative first line supervision to

non-supervisory subordinate mission oriented positions assigned to

the Branch to ensure that all related operational duties, functions,

and responsibilities are appropriately established and carried out.


*Acting as Director of DAIG in his/her absence.


*Serving as Branch Chief and as such being responsible for assisting

the Director in the overall guidance and direction of all branch

activities and functions.  Specifically, you would be expected to

lead and direct members of the staff in performing the following



Branch Staff Duties


a. Providing data retrieval and data analysis support to FSIS

program areas. 


b.  Conducting data analysis and reporting to support agency

initiatives, and responds to stakeholder requests for data analysis.


c.  Evaluating individual data streams and integrating data analyses

across FSIS program offices, helping to ensure that data analyses

are relevant to program offices' business processes and the agency



d.  Conducting routine and non-routine data analyses to assist the

agency with fulfilling its mission.


e.  Conducting analyses to identify data gaps/needs within and

across program areas. 


f.  Conducting analyses of the Agency's food safety data to meet

agency policy needs, identifying trends, and focusing research



g.  Leading the intra-agency coordinating committee, the Data

Coordinating Committee (DCC), serving as the liaison between Office

of Data Integration and Food Protection and the other program areas

on program specific data analysis and needs.  


h.  Characterizing and cataloging all data sources and data analyses

within the agency to ensure appropriate and credible data is

collected for the intended purpose of the data system. 


i. Creating and modifying structured query language (SQL) programs

to extract data from the FSIS data warehouse to complete data



j. Conducting data analysis and integration studies as needed to

support new initiatives such as policy development and public health



k. Assisting in gathering data, and/or providing analytical support

in response to Congressional inquires, OIG Audits, time sensitive

data requests, and other special requests.


l. Analyzing problems and determining computer program requirements

by designing, coding and testing programs.


m. Reviewing, analyzing, monitoring and interpreting food safety and

food defense data.


n. Verifying and validating analyses results.


o.  Actively participating in the planning, development, research

and evaluation of a broad range of food safety and food defense data

and data analyses.


p. Developing innovative approaches and methods of assessing and

analyzing data.


q. Interpreting analyses results, identifying early trend

indicators, and assessing the potential significance and

consequences of identified trends.


r. Using standard software applications (e.g. Statistical Analysis

Software (SAS), Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS),

Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel) to develop specialized reports;

conduct analyses of program data; develop flow charts, tables,

graphs, and other visual data displays.


s. Identifying additional data that must be collected to enhance the

credibility of the analyses results.


t. Participating in initiatives to determine and use appropriate

statistical/ mathematical formulas/methods to ensure and test the

validity and reliability of study design and collected data.


u. Presenting analytical results to technical and non-technical

audiences including senior management officials.


To qualify at the AP-05 level, you must have one year of specialized

experience equivalent to the AP-04 level (or GS-13 or equivalent in

another pay system) in the Federal Service AND if you are a current

Federal employee, you must have 52 weeks or more at the AP-04 level

(or GS-13 or higher in another pay system) in the Federal Service to

meet the time-in-grade/band requirement.


Specialized experience is that which has included applying broad

areas of mathematics, statistics, operations research, or computer

science. Your experience must include data analysis (integrating

analyses, design and use of analytics in identifying trends and data

gaps, data limitations and uncertainties and assessing data quality

to complete assignments that involve analysis, interpretation,

verification and validation of data and results of analyses).


Additionally, the successful applicant will have knowledge of SQL

programming to include working experience with relational databases

and knowledge of data structures and data management; the ability to

use Statistical Analysis Software (SAS), Statistical Package for the

Social Sciences (SPSS) or other statistical software; working

experience using Microsoft Access, Excel, Word and PowerPoint and

possess strong analytical and logistical skills along with

management skills sufficient to lead staff employees; be skilled in

interpersonal and negotiation skills and skilled in oral and written



Supervisory Qualification Requirements:


Your application (resume', question responses, etc.,) should

describe work experience and/or training which demonstrates that you

possess, OR have the potential to develop the qualities of

successful supervision,  Specific supervisory experience is NOT

required, provided that you have the essential supervisory or

managerial aptitudes.  Click here for more information about the



All qualification requirements must be met within 30 days after the

closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the

qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications

Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. Click here: for more information.

BASIC REQUIREMENT:  The individual occupational requirements provide

two methods for applicants to meet the basic requirements covered by

this standard:


A.  Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an

accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher

degree in mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science OR


B.  Appropriate combination of education and experience.  The

quality of the combination of education and experience must be

sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the

knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the

occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the

successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major

in mathematics, statistics, or actuarial science.  In addition to

courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree

would have included courses that involved analysis, writing,

critical thinking, research, etc.  These courses would have provided

an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform

progressively more responsible work in the occupation.  Therefore,

creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate

skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.


Report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by

accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of

Education. Refer to the Office of Personnel and the U.S. Department

of Education websites. Click here for more information.


All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be

submitted by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the



TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED unless you are a current FSIS employee

with transcripts on file. Unofficial copies of transcripts are

acceptable at this time; however, you will be required to provide

official transcripts (if selected) upon entry on duty.

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.


NOTE: If you are changing series and/or your position involves the

performance of more than one type of work, it is essential that

approximate percentages of time be identified in your application

for those specific duties you feel describe experience which will

qualify you for this position as required by the specialized

experience described in this announcement. Failure to provide

approximate percentages could impact your qualifications

determination for this position.

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:



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.



PERIOD (if one has not previously been served and completed).


Current Federal Employees must meet the time-in-grade/band 

requirement as specified in 5 CFR 300.604.

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.

Required Documents:

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.


TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED. Unofficial copies of transcripts are

acceptable at this time; however, you will be required to provide

official transcripts (if selected) upon entry on duty.


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 information.


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 here.



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:
Sharon Monahan, SPHR
Phone: 612-659-8602
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Or write:
Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North Sixth Street
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: 1753825

Control Number: 85013570


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




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