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Job Title:Consumer Safety Officer, GS-696-11/13

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Food and Drug Administration

Job Announcement Number:HHS-FDA-CFSAN-DE-13-750697

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 03, 2012 to Friday, November 02, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location:
College Park, MD United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American! At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere. It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens. Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

This position is located in the Produce Safety Staff, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. As a Consumer Safety Officer you will develop policy, regulations, papers, guidelines, compliance strategies, and collect, interpret data regarding the microbial safety, defense and quality of fresh produce.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-CFSAN-MP-12-751831 under merit promotion procedures. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • U.S Citizenship
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • May be required to serve a one-year probationary period


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  • Develop and implement policies and programs, as affected by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), involving the most complex and highest priority scientific matters affecting the regulations, policies and programs related to the safety of fresh produce;
  • Provide policy and program advice to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in response to evolving policy, food borne illness outbreaks, regulatory follow-up investigations, education/outreach programs, and risk based research needs, for the safety of fresh produce;
  • Maintain channels of communication (e.g. talks, informal discussions, letters, etc.) with industry, state, federal, and local public health officials on policy, scientific and technical issues related to the safety of fresh produce, as affected by FSMA;
  • Advise other offices on procedures and methods for implementing new regulations and revising existing regulations, and on the legal sufficiency and procedural adequacy of proposed policy statements and initiatives for the safety of fresh produce;
  • Attend high level meetings with FDA staff as a food safety expert representative on fresh produce safety;
  • Prepare and present informal remarks at briefings, training sessions, consumer industry workshops, etc, on fresh produce safety.


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      Basic Qualification Requirement:

      In order to qualify for Consumer Safety Officer, GS-0696-11/13, you must meet the following:

      A.  A degree that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming; OR

      B.  A combination of education and experience -- courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

      Additional Qualification Requirement:

      In addition to meeting the Basic Qualification Requirement described above, you must also meet the following:


      A. Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service, assisting in developing policy and programs on issues related to safety of fresh produce; assisting in developing, collecting, and interpreting data regarding the safety, defense, and quality of fresh produce; assisting in providing standard and non-complex policy and program advice to fresh produce stakeholders on evolving policy, food borne illness outbreaks, follow-up investigations, education/outreach programs, and risk based research needs for the safety of fresh produce; preparing correspondence to fresh produce stakeholders on food safety issues, etc;OR

      B. Have three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the fields of study described under the Basic Qualification Requirements above. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one year of full-time study. If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered an academic year of graduate study;OR

      C. Have a combination of experience as described in "A" above and graduate education as described in "B" above. When combining education with experience, first determine the applicant's total qualifying education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; then determine the applicant's experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; finally, add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. 


      Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service, providing substantive input, developing complex organizational policy, position papers, guidelines, compliance strategies, and advisory opinions on issues related to the microbial safety of fresh produce; participating in developing, collecting, and interpreting data regarding the safety, defense, and quality of fresh produce; providing  highly complex policy and program advice to fresh produce stakeholders on evolving policy, food borne illness outbreaks, follow-up investigations, education/outreach programs, and risk based research needs for the safety of fresh produce; etc,


      Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level in Federal service, developing complex policy, regulations, position papers, regulatory guidelines, compliance strategies, and advisory opinions on issues related to the microbial safety of fresh produce; developing, collecting, and interpreting data regarding the safety, defense, and quality of fresh produce; providing policy and program advice to fresh produce stakeholders on evolving policy, food borne illness outbreaks, follow-up investigations, education/outreach programs, and risk based research needs for the safety of fresh produce; representing organization at high level meetings/conferences on issues related to food safety of fresh produce.

      You must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned.  Degree requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this job announcement and your  transcript(s) submitted must reflect this.

      Foreign Education:  If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education

      All qualification requirements must be met by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

      Conditions of Employment:

      1. Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action.


      2. E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.


      3. Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.


      4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.


      5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.


      6. One-year probationary period may be required.


      7. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: No


      8. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes  


      9. Drug Screening Required: No


      10. Recruitment incentives may be authorized: Yes


      11. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No


      12. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No

      13. Travel required: 10%


      Once the job opportunity announcement closes, a review of your résumé and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job.


      If, after reviewing your résumé and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your responses when compared to your background information, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your skills and abilities.  Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


      Qualified candidates will be assigned to the following quality categories:


      Best Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and excels in most requirements of the position.


      Well Qualified - Meets the minimum qualification requirements and meets most requirements of the position.


      Qualified - Meet the minimum qualification requirements, but does not possess the relevant competencies to a substantive degree. 


      The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the required competencies listed below for this position.

      • Technical Competence
      • Planning and Evaluating
      • Oral Communication
      • Writing

      Application of Veterans' Preference:  Under Category Rating procedures, veteran preference eligibles will receive selection consideration before non-preference eligibles within each quality category.


      To preview the assessment questionnaire, click the following link:View Assessment Questions


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      Veterans' Preference: If you are a veteran claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or an official statement (including Character of Service) from your command if currently on active duty. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must also submit a Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference) and the required supporting documents listed on that form.  For more information on veterans' preference see 


      Career Transition Program:  This program applies to Federal workers whose positions have been deemed 'surplus' or no longer needed, or an employee has been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service.  To receive selection priority for this position, you must be rated 'well-qualified.  Well-qualified means eligible applicants whose knowledge, skills, and abilities clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements of the position.

      For information on how to apply and what documents to submit as a CTAP/ICTAP eligible, go to:

      Selective Service:  The Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that all male applicants born after 12/31/59 who are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, be registered or they are not eligible for appointment to this position.  For further information concerning Selective Service requirements, please visit


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      Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the on-line assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


      Note: To return to your saved application materials, log in at: and click on 750697.


      If you cannot apply online, you will need to:

      1) Print the instructions and questionnaire by clicking View Occupational Questionnaire.

      2) Print the 1203FX form to record your responses to the questionnaire.

      3) Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages but do not include a Cover Page for this document) to:  1-478-757-3144.

      4) Print the Fax Cover Page and include with any supporting documents you fax (e.g., résumé, transcripts, veterans documentation, etc.) to the same fax number above.


      Please do not complete steps 1-4 above if you are applying on-line.


      • Your Résumé - You are encouraged to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you use your own résumé, curriculum vitae, or any other written form you choose then you must describe your job-related qualifications that include beginning and ending dates for paid and non-paid work experience, hours worked per week, month and year of employment for each job title listed.
      • Responses to the Assessment Questionnaire
      • College transcripts

      Other Supporting Documents: (Only submit if applicable to you.)

      • Veterans' Preference documentation (i.e. SF-15, DD-214, Statement of Service, Service Connected Disability Letter, etc. ) 
      • CTAP/ICTAP documentation


      For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


      Phone: (404)331-4541
      Email: ATLANTA@OPM.GOV
      Agency Information:
      HHS OPM
      Office of Personnel Management
      75 Spring Street SW Suite 1000
      Atlanta, GA


      You will be notified of your status when the list of candidates has been referred to the hiring manager for employment consideration.  

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