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Job Title:Compliance Investigation Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Marketing & Regulatory Programs

Job Announcement Number:24IE-2012-0002

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Thursday, February 16, 2012 to Monday, February 27, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




2 vacancies - Riverdale, MD, US


This announcement is open to all United States citizens. (Current and Former Federal employees may also apply with a separate application to Merit Promotion vacancy announcement #6IE-2012-0003. For information on viewing Merit Promotion announcements, click Locating a Status Position on USAJOBS.)


 Relocation expenses will not be paid.


The incumbent performs a variety of staff functions in Riverdale, MD, critical to the design and execution of a national program to ensure uniform compliance with Federal laws and regulations governing the interstate movement of plant materials, livestock, and poultry; the humane care and handling of animals; the movement of plant materials, animals and poultry in international trade; and the manufacture and distribution of veterinary biologics.  

Provides expert advice to top management in formulating broad Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) policies and in planning the overall APHIS program as it relates to the enforcement of Federal laws and regulation.


You can make a difference! The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Marketing and Regulatory Programs (MRP) needs bright, energetic and committed professionals to facilitate the domestic and international marketing of U.S. agricultural products and to protect the health and care of animals and plants in the United States. MRP offers an array of occupations and is committed to diversity in the workplace. We operate in domestic and global markets. Be part of an organization that protects the health and agriculture of the American people. Join our team! APHIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with APHIS. For details click: APHIS Emergency Response


  • U.S. Citizenship


 The duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Develops and coordinates the implementation of operating policies and procedures involved in the enforcement of laws and regulations to the interstate and international movement of agricultural commodities, animal welfare, horse protection, veterinary biologics and emerging APHIS responsibilities related to biotechnology.
  • Participates in the development of animal and plant quarantine, animal welfare, horse protection, and veterinary biologics regulations by technically evaluating proposed regulations in terms of their enforceability.
  • Determines the appropriate sanctions which should be sought by APHIS in prosecuting alleged violations of Federal laws and regulations.
  • Provides technical guidance to Area Managers and Investigators, Program Regional Directors, Area Veterinarians in Charge, and Officers-in-Charge; Animal Care and Biologics Specialists, and Headquarters program staff personnel on such matters as interpretation of the provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, proper methods of preserving and handling material evidence, procedures for dealing with unique and unusual situations not covered by published instructions, and the resolution of conflicts between State and Federal regulations.
  • Conducts periodic in-depth on-site reviews of field enforcement activities to assure adherence to APHIS policies and procedures.
  • Prepares comprehensive reports on findings, recommends actions to correct deficiencies, and maintains follow-up to ensure that deficiencies are corrected.
  • Participates in the development and conduct of training programs designed to acquaint program field personnel with provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations and their roles in working with the regulated industries, State cooperators, and others in obtaining compliance.
  • Represents the Regulatory Enforcement program in meeting with other APHIS activities, industry groups, and State cooperators to address issues related to the enforcement of regulations.


To qualify, you MUST meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Applicants can qualify by meeting the experience requirements specified below. 


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE AT THE GS-13 GRADE LEVEL Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in level of difficulty and responsibility to the next lower level in the Federal Service. This experience may have been obtained in the private or public (local, county, state, Federal) sectors. 


Examples of qualifying experience include, but are not limited to:

  • Make recommendations to amend regulatory provisions to promote compliance and enforcement, advance legal arguments that lead to new case law decisions, or influence the development and modification of significant policies, procedures and program practices.
  • Provide expert technical advice, guidance, and recommendations to agency management, investigators, and team members on enforcement decisions and work flow procedures.
  • Research, coordinate, prepare and manage written referrals involving multiple entities and violations for administrative hearing.
  • Collect and analyze large volumes of evidence from investigated cases, identify needs for additional evidence or information, and communicate effectively with investigators and program officials to resolve deficiencies.
  • Effectively coordinate communications and logistics of witnesses, program staff, and attorneys for administrative hearing processes.


Special Conditions:

  • Light travel will be required.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • DD214 (Member 4 copy) or other veterans' documents required to receive veterans' preference.
  • As a condition of employment, a background investigation may be required for this position.
  • Subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary period.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Critical-Sensitive (CS), Top Secret National Security Clearance due to investigative duties involving access to top secret classified information. A Background Investigation (BI) is required.

    • Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your resume must support that you meet the specialized experience requirements described above and are proficient in the following skills or competencies below. Please note you are not required to provide specific narrative responses to the skills and competencies described in this section.
      • Ability to perform entry and developmental level compliance, investigation or enforcement work.
      • Knowledge of federal and state laws, regulations, program audits, quality assurance and policy.
      • Knowledge of investigative techniques, rules of evidence, administrative law and related legal analysis methods and procedures.
      • Ability to communicate verbally in order to conduct enforcement actions, develop contacts and networks, gain cooperation, deliver training, and make formal presentations.
      • Ability to analyze and prepare written communications in order to document and present enforcement determinations, document complex cases, prepare evidence for use in court cases, and draft policy documents.
      • Abiltiy to prepare, analyze, and evaluate enforcement determinations and technical reports for use in penalties, hearings, and program evaluations.
      • Abiltiy to manage case loads and represent the organization in special projects.
      • Leadership and supervisory ability.
  • Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates. The following quality categories will be used: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. Within each quality category, veterans' preference eligibles will receive selection priority over non-veterans.
  • Your final category placement will be based on your responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please ensure your resume provides enough detail to support your responses.
  • If, after reviewing your resume and / or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can / will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you.

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    Eligibility for employee benefits depends on your type of appointment and your tour of duty (work schedule). Generally, you must be hired on a permanent basis and have a regular full or part-time work schedule. For more information on potential benefits, go to: Federal Employee Benefits


  • For information regarding CTAP eligibility for displaced Federal employees click: Career Transition Assistance Programs
  • More than one selection may be made if another vacancy occurs within 90 days of the issuance of the certification of eligibles.
  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).
  • For information on filing a complaint of discrimination, click: Filing a Complaint


    A complete on-line application will require the submission of the following:

    • Resume
    • Responses to the vacancy specific questions
    • Supporting Documentation which may be required (See links under Required Documents for more information)

    For instructions on using the on-line system click: APPLYING ON-LINE For instructions on submitting documents click: SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION


    Click on the following links to see if the supporting documentation is applicable to you:


    Critical Submission Requirements and Reminders

    • Help in applying online is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Central Time at the number listed in the Contact information section.
    • All application materials and supplemental documentation will be accepted until midnight Eastern Time on the closing date.
    • Application and supporting documentation will not be accepted via e-mail.
    • Due to the high volume of applicants, we are unable to confirm receipt of supporting documentation. If faxing, you should retain confirmation of a successful fax transmission including the number of pages successfully transmitted as proof of submission.
    • 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 and/or upload both the old document and the new document.
    • Applicants who cannot apply on-line must request a hard copy application packet from the Agency Contact listed in the vacancy announcement. Resumes and/or supporting documentation alone will not be considered without the inclusion of a hard copy application packet.


    Phone: 612-336-3425
    Fax: 612-336-3560
    Agency Information:
    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
    100 N 6th Street, Butler Sq Bldg, 510C
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 612-336-3560


    You may check the status of your application on-line 24 hours a day through USAJOBS. Status updates will be available after 2-3 weeks. For instructions on checking your application status click : Checking My Application Status No additional correspondence will be sent.

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