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Job Title:  Security Specialist
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Food Safety and Inspection Service
Job Announcement Number:  W-OM-ASD-2013-0007

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 to Monday, December 10, 2012
Full time - Permanent
2 vacancies - Beltsville, MD, US  View Map

Open to all U.S. Citizens

Applicants who wish to apply under Merit Promotion procedures should apply to W-OM-ASD-2013-0005



The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency in 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 packaged.

This position may be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.

As of July 19, 2009 this position (non-bargaining unit) is covered by the Public Health Human Resource System (PHHRS) Demonstration Project. The AP-3 Pay Band is equivalent to the GS-9/11 grade levels. The AP-4 Pay Band is equivalent to the GS-12/13 grade levels. Why PHHRS? How does it benefit employees? 


  • Relocation Expenses will not be paid
  • FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment eligibility
  • U.S. Citizenship is a requirement
  • Occasional travel required


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The Administrative Services Division provides property and space management; physical security; information management; fleet management; procurement; and printing support services to Agency employees. The Property Management Branch is responsible for planning, directing, and administering overall Agency Personal Property, vehicle management, tort claims, supply management, and related activities.

This position provides agency-wide physical security status, analysis of FSIS occupied facilities, and the development of physical security policies, procedures, and safeguard mechanisms necessary to ensure efficient and effective protection for FSIS employees, property, and assets. Provides guidance to FSIS program offices, OM Divisions towards development and adaptation of related physical security processes. Conducts physical security surveys and compliance reviews at FSIS mission critical sites in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, Presidential Directives, Executive Orders, interagency directives, and agency policies. Provides input and support to related security functions within FSIS where staff responsibilities overlap other security disciplines i.e., personnel security, information system security, emergency preparedness, and domestic counter-terrorism. Establishes and maintains direct interface and liaison with agency officials and representatives of other offices, agencies, and contractors. Utilizes these resources to provide professional advice, recommend policy, procedures, and corrective actions to ensure USDA, FSIS, and OM physical security goals and objectives are accomplished. Works with the Departmental Administration in providing input to department physical security regulations and policies to ensure FSIS compliance.


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There is one basic component of your experience that defines the qualifications. These components are:

1. Specialized experience

To qualify at the AP-3 level (equivalent to the GS-9/11 in the Federal Service), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the AP/AO-2 level in the Federal Service AND IF you are a current Federal employee, you must have 52 weeks or more at the AP/AO-2 level or higher in the Federal Service to meet the time-in-grade/band requirement (the AP/AO-2 level is equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal Service).

Specialized experience: Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of creditable specialized experience include:

Specialized experience is experience that is closely related or in the line of work of the position to be filled, Examples of work experience at this level include Conducting research, compiling data, assisting in analysis, assisting in developing policies and procedures, and safeguard mechanisms. Providing guidance to internal and external customers. Collaborating with staff in conducting surveys and compliance reviews in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and agency policies. Providing input and support to related functions within agency where staff responsibilities overlap other disciplines.  When appointed, serving as a liaison with other offices, agencies, and contractors. Providing professional advice, recommend policy, procedures, and corrective actions to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished, and adhering to regulations and policies. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. Click here for more information.

To qualify at the AP-4 level (equivalent to the GS-12/13 in the Federal Service), you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the AP-3 level in the Federal Service AND IF you are a current Federal employee, you must have 52 weeks or more at the AP-3 level or higher in the Federal Service to meet the time-in - grade/band requirement (the AP-3 level is equivalent to the GS-11 level in the Federal Service).

Specialized experience is experience that is closely related or in the line of work of the position to be filled, Examples of work experience at this level include developing new methods, approaches, and procedures in data gathering and analysis techniques; devising strategies on how to overcome significant problems; providing advisory and/or specialized services and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations and laws; assessing and evaluating the impact of various studies, tests, and investigations in their respective specialty area that may have an impact on public health, safety and security; and interpreting complex laws and regulations. It also includes independently conducting security assessments and reviews in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, directives, and policies. Providing professional advice, recommending policy, procedures, and corrective actions to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished and providing advisory services to customers at multiple levels related to a variety of security issues. Competencies include: interpersonal skills, writing ability, analytical skills, and project management. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. Click here for more information.

All supporting documents in the "How to Apply" section must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of the announcement.


Applicants are evaluated in accordance with Delegated Examining Procedures using category rating.  All applicants 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 online 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, (c) the resume addresses experience and education relevant to this position, and (d) copies of any required documents are submitted.

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.

If you are found to be one of the top quality candidates or are eligible for special hiring authorities and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.

The automated system will place applicants in categories based on their responses to the online job related assessment questions, which are based on the duties and competencies required of the position. Competencies for this position include: language, mathematics, information processing, analytical, communication, leadership, personal characteristics (i.e. integrity and professional development), technical skills and knowledge, government laws/regulations, information technology fluency, and industry awareness. The categories are qualified, well qualified, and best qualified. Best qualified is the top category. Veterans who meet qualification requirements and have adjudicated veterans preference will be placed at the top of the category they fall into based on their answers to the assessment questions; this could be one of several categories, however, non-veterans cannot be selected over veterans that are in the same category. Only candidates in the top category are referred to the selecting official, unless categories are merged. Adjudicated veterans are those who meet the requirements for preference and submit legible documentation by the closing date of the announcement. A member 4 copy of the DD-214 must be submitted, or a letter from the Veterans Administration specifying eligibility as a disabled veteran, and in either case, documents must specify an honorable discharge. For disabled veterans, the SF-15 is requested; in the absence of an SF-15, the VA letter specifying eligibility for preference and an honorable discharge is sufficient, assuming all requirements for preference are met.

To preview questions please click here.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For an overview, please visit: Benefits of Working for the Federal Government


We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program.

The majority of the work is performed in a normal office setting.  The work is mostly sedentary; however, some walking, bending, lifting is required to perform some tasks. 

FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED 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 1-888-464-4218.



Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings, including possible termination. Applicants from outside FSIS will be required 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.

Multiple selections: This announcement may be used to fill additional, like vacancies should any occur.



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Please read the entire announcement carefully and take note of any education, qualification, rating factors, and job-related questions or specific duties that are listed. Are you new to the Government application process? Are you a Current or Former Federal Employee with questions? An applicant who is eligible to apply under a Special Hiring Authority? We want to make certain all of you have an opportunity to be considered so please review the following link in order to make sure you have submitted your application properly! USAJobs Info Center. Go to Create a resume in the USAJOBS site. Follow the online instructions. Extensive help is available online from the USAJOBS site. Our application system is integrated with USAJOBS. Completed applications include:

1. Answers to all core questions (completed when registering online in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process).

2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each job)

3. Your online 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. Your resume must include the number of hours that you worked per week, the start date (MM/YY) and end date (MM/YY) of the position(s) you held, job title, name of employer, and a description of the duties that you performed for all positions listed in your resume. This information is needed in order to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

4. Any supplemental documents needed.

Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and who do not submit supporting resumes will be rated ineligible.


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  a copy of your most recent performance appraisal (at least "fully successful" or equivalent) and 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; 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.

Veteran preference eligible’s or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after at least three consecutive years of active duty military service may also be considered. A DD-214 that includes beginning and ending dates of service and character of discharge (Member Copy 4) must be submitted to verify eligibility. Click here: for more information.

If you are claiming eligibility for consideration under a noncompetitive special hiring authority, you will need to provide the appropriate supporting documentation to verify eligibility.

TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS, FOLLOW THIS LINK: Upload Information. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may still fax your documents. FAX INSTRUCTIONS: 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 sheet(s). 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 DOCUMENTS TYPES UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. (i.e., Transcripts 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 Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Kevin Bjork
Phone: 612-659-8647
Fax: 612-370-2376
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
100 North Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 612-370-2376


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. PLEASE READ: Applicants are expected to check the status of their application through this method: To view your status, go to USAJobs and login to your account by clicking on "My Account" and in the drop down box click on "Application Status" (upper left-hand corner on web-site). If under the column "Application Status" you have a link to click for further information, then that means your status has become public. If there is nothing to click on, then the status has not been changed.

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