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Job Title:Compliance Investigator

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-MCE-2013-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$48,408.00 to $108,521.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 03, 2012 to Friday, December 07, 2012




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Richmond, VA, USView Map


This vacancy is advertised under Delegated Examining (DE) procedures and is open to US Citizens.

This position was also announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number FSIS-MMP-2013-0094. 


This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking greater responsibility!!!


This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to join the next generation of leaders in a position directly involved in Compliance Investigation.

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.

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-3 pay band is equivalent to the GS-9/11 grade levels and the AP-4 pay band is equivalent to the GS-12/13 grade levels. 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. PHHRS Website.

This position is located in the Compliance and Investigations Division (CID), Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement, and Review (OPEER). CID investigates violations of the inspection laws; controls violative products thru detentions, civil seizures, and voluntary recalls; and helps ensure that appropriate criminal, administrative and civil sanctions are carried out. CID has a key role in FSIS' homeland security mission area including preparation, detection, prevention, protection and responses to bio-security threats in the United States. The incumbent serves as a Compliance Investigator and as such you will play a major role in assuring the safety of our nation's meat and poultry supply.


  • Current FSIS employees do not need to submit DD214, SF50 or perf appraisals
  • E-mailed resumes and/or supplemental documents cannot be accepted.
  • Please fax supplemental documentation to the fax # on the fax cover sheet.
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  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.


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CID implements a nationwide compliance and investigations program in support of the FSIS public health mission. Investigations are often a collaborative effort conducted by individuals or teams across the United States. To protect the nation's food supply, CID investigators carry out critical activities including:

- Conducting surveillance of in-commerce facilities focused on food safety, food defense, court order verification,, and other consumer protection activities;

- Investigating violations of law to support criminal, civil, and administrative actions, including prosecutions;

- Sampling product for pathogens, species, economic adulteration, and foreign ingredients;

- Educating businesses and officials about food safety and food defense; 

- Serve as a liaison with other federal, state, and local public health agencies and law enforcement officials.

Investigators also play a crucial role in FSIS' homeland security activities, including detecting, preventing, and responding to food tampering incidents, food smuggling, national disasters, and other threats to the food supply. CID has a substantive role in foodborne illness outbreaks by performing investigations in cooperation with other federal, state, and local public health partners. Investigators identify the vehicles of the outbreak and determine the location of suspect product. These activities may result in recalls, detentions, and/or seizures which provide for the removal of suspected product from the market place to prevent further illness and save lives.

Enforcement covers a range of criminal, civil, and administrative sanctions in which: - CID initiates enforcement through referrals to the USDA Office of General Counsel and/or OIG for prosecution, injunction, or product seizure actions by DOJ.

- CID verifies compliance with settlement agreements and other case outcomes on behalf of FSIS and assists with coordination of legal actions.


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Qualification Requirements:

You must meet the Specialized experience requirement for this position.


For the Band 3 (GS-9/11 equivalent) is defined as having a knowledge of meat, poultry and egg inspection laws and regulations; the ability to monitor and verify compliance with inspection laws and regulations; ability to analyze official records to assure they are in compliance, appear to be true, correct, and unaltered; ability to recognize, resolve, or determine if further investigation is needed when there is a violation of the Meat Inspection Act, Poultry Products Inspection Act, and/or Egg Products Inspection Act. The ability to gather facts, analyze data, identify trends; and document findings.

For Band 04 (GS-12/13 equivalent) is defined as enforcement and investigative work rather than inspection activities. It includes working with enforcement actions, applying investigative methodology, documenting case files, administrative enforcement recall activities, preparing case investigation files, and working with and understanding the enforcement process. This experience must demonstrate a knowledge of meat and poultry inspection laws and regulations; the ability to monitor food product and maintain chain of custody, collect and evaluate evidence, recognize and resolve violations of the Meat Inspection Act, Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act, and/or Egg Products Inspection Act; and the ability to gather facts, analyze data and develop written reports.

EDUCATION: Education can be substituted for experience at Band 3 level. Candidates may qualify based on the successful completion of following:

1. Master's or equivalent graduate degree or

2. Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or 3. LL.B. or J.D., if related or 4. Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 5. Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or 6. LL.M., if related.

See Qualification Requirements.


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.

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For an overview of all the benefits programs please click this link.


  • Entitlement to the payment of relocation expenses will be determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS Directive 3820.2.
  • TRAVEL REQUIRED MAY VARY DEPENDING ON GEOGRAPHICAL ASSIGNMENT-UP TO 50% - How much travel is required? Varies, up to 50% in some locations. There will be some overnight travel. Applicant must have a valid driver's license.
  • This position requires a National Security/Critical-Sensitive clearance (with access to secret information). Therefore, as a condition of continued employment, the incumbent must successfully complete a background investigation with a favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including a possible termination.
  • The full performance level of this position is AP-4. If selection is made below the AP-4 level, promotion may be made to the AP-4 level without further competition. This is dependent upon the incumbent's demonstrated performance, ability to assume additional responsibility, and ability to perform successfully at the next higher level.
  • 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.
  • All applicants tentatively selected for this position (except current FSIS employees who have successfully completed a pre-employment medical exam) will be required to complete a self- certification medical statement regarding their physical ability to perform the duties of the position.
  • 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.
  • We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit the Department of Education's website

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

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  • Reasonable Accommodation Statement 


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    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 electronic applications (i.e. curriculum vitae) to CAPT Lou Ann Rector at

    Applicants to the PHS Commissioned Corps should also submit a copy of their Commissioned Corps application. Officers and Corps applicants must 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 CAPT Lou Ann Rector at (301) 344-0757 or email

    ALL OTHER ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: You must begin the application process online at USAJobs. Submitting a USAJobs resume, responses to the basic qualifications, on-line vacancy questions and any supporting documents required to complete your application. 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. Via fax imaging or uploading, providing any supplemental documents needed. Announcement closes on midnight eastern time of the closing date. Applicants who do not respond to the on-line vacancy questions and who do not submit supporting resumes or supporting documents will be rated ineligible.



    If you are qualifying based on education you must submit your transcripts and/or course slips. These items must include course title, school name/location, date completed, grade, and number of credits.


    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 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.


    Status applicants must provide a legible copy of their most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) to verify status. 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.


    Veteran preference eligibles 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.

    Supporting Documentation: Supporting documentation should be sent using the fax imaging/uploading instructions after you have applied for the vacancy announcement.


    Uploading/Faxing Supporting Documentation: The next step of the application process is to upload or 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 uploaded/faxed and received. All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. ***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 status. For information on uploading your documents, click 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 midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


    Shannon Sarbo
    Phone: 800-370-3747
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    TDD: 800-877-8339
    Agency Information:
    Human Resources Field Office
    Butler Square West, Suite 420C
    100 North 6th Street
    Minneapolis, MN
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    Applicants are expected to check the status of their application through this method. No other correspondence will be sent. During this process, WE WILL UPDATE YOUR STATUS FOR EACH VACANCY ON THE USAJobs web-site. 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 continue to review your online status!

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