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Job Title:Custodial Worker

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Defense Commissary Agency

Job Announcement Number:DECA-13-835401-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$16.35 to $19.08 / Per Hour


Friday, February 01, 2013 to Sunday, February 10, 2013




Part Time 48 hours - Permanent


2 vacancies in the following location:
Fort Meade, MD United StatesView Map


Preference eligible veterans


The foundation for success of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) mission is our people. It is DeCA’s goal to have a workforce that is representative of the nation’s diverse cultures and backgrounds.  We strive for a work environment of world-class enterprise leaders and an engaged, highly motivated, and capable workforce with a results oriented performance culture.

Organization Statement:

The DeCA operates a worldwide commissary system that provides quality grocery products at cost to active duty military personnel and retirees, members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their families. The agency employs about 18,000 people and its annual sales exceed $5 billion.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Application materials must be received by 11:59PM EST on the closing date.


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• Sweeps, mops, strips, scrubs, waxes, and polishes floors using heavy industrial powered equipment. 
• Removes stains from a variety of surfaces such as rugs, drapes, walls, floors, and fixtures by use of chemicals and cleaning solutions.  Washes and cleans windows inside and outside of building.
• Performs special tasks such as the following: cuts grass, pulls weeds, and trims bushes. Picks up litter from immediate area outside of the building.
• Removes ice and snow from sidewalks, entrance ways, and other public pedestrian areas in and around the commissary.
• Assists in special preparations for displays, customer appreciation sales, holiday sales, or other promotion activities in the commissary.


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Per OPM Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations,, the applicant's experience, education and training must show enough knowledge, skills and abilities to demonstrate the potential to successfully perform the duties of the position. Under this system, how applicants gained their skill and knowledge, or the length of time they have spent in a line of work, are not as important as the fact that they have the required ability or potential to do the job.  This job has one critical element, called the screen-out element (SOE). Applicants who clearly fail to meet the lowest acceptable requirements in the SOE will be rated ineligible without further review of their application.

Examples of qualifying experience include:
• Working as a janitor in a retail, office, or warehouse environment.  
• Uses machines (floor scrubber, power washers, and floor buffers) along with other tools (e.g. buckets, mops, cleaning cloths;  cleaning solutions, squeegees) to do the job.

Conditions of Employment: 
• Work Schedule: Part Time not to exceed 48 hours biweekly
• Tour of Duty: Irregular Schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays
• Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Costs: ARE NOT Authorized
• Position Sensitivity: Non-Sensitive
• Security Requirements: Not Applicable
• Overtime: Occasional
• Temporary Duty (TDY) Travel: Occasionally
• Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-Exempt
• Bargaining Unit Position: Yes
• Drug Testing: Not Required
• Physical Requirement:  Must be able to lift and move objects weighing up to 40 pounds regularly and, occasionally objects weighing 50 pounds or more. • Selective Service Requirement: All male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the selective service system or exempt from Selective Service.   Please visit for more information.
• Obligated Position: No
Other Notes:
• Applicants without veteran preference may submit an application; however, applicants with veteran preference will be considered before applicants without veteran preference.
• Applicants selected from this announcement may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.
• Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement upon its closing for up to 90 days.
Deliberate attempts to falsify your application information, such as copying portions of this job announcement into your resume, may result in being removed from consideration for this position.


Specifically you will be evaluated on the following job elements:
• Ability to do the work of a Custodial Worker without more than normal supervision (SOE).
• Work practices.
• Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
• Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.
• Dexterity and safety.

To determine if you meet the qualifications, requirements, and quality of experience required for this position, we review your resume, supporting documents and responses to the questionnaire. The score you receive is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the competencies required. If, after this review, we determine that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience we can and will adjust your score to more accurately reflect your qualifications for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully as errors or omissions may affect your rating.
Based on the results of the evaluation process, we place those who apply under delegated examining procedures in one of the following quality categories:
Best-Qualified: Candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the position minimum qualifications, including all selective placement factors and appropriate quality ranking factor(s).
Highly-Qualified: Candidates who posses the type and quality of experience that exceeds the position minimum qualifications.
Qualified: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications and are proficient in some but not all of the position requirements.
We send candidates in the Best-Qualified category to the hiring manger for employment consideration first.  We send candidates in other categories to the hiring manager based on category rating procedures.
Veterans in the Best-Qualified category who (1) provide all applicable and required documents (see the Required Documents section for more information) and (2) meet all the position's requirements are referred before non-veteran candidates.  If there are no veterans in the Best-Qualified category meeting these criteria, we refer non-veteran candidates for employment considerations.



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Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt.  Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses.  A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official.  All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter.  The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision.

To check the status of your application, please refer to Application Manager at


REGARDING INTERVIEWS: Interviews may be required for this position.  Accommodations may be made to conduct telephonic interviews to preclude travel hardships for applicants. 

RE-EMPLOYED ANNUITANT:  A former federal employee who has retired under either the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or re-determined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at This position DOES NOT meet the Department of Defense (DOD) criteria for hiring Reemployed Annuitants.  Therefore, reemployed annuitants will not be considered for this position.



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For convenient and timely processing, please use the Application Manager. This allows you to track your progress to a complete application package using the “My Application Packages” checklist and status displays. Your application package status must be complete by Sunday, February 10, 2013.
To begin, choose one of the following options (To return to “Application Manager” at any time, please select
Option A: Application Manager (preferred method)
1. If your résumé is from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, begin by selecting “Apply Online”. Upon selecting “Apply Online”, your résumé will only be attached to the current application package you have completed and submitted. You will need to submit separate applications to each announcement in which you wish to apply.
2. If your résumé is prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, select this link to begin: Online Questionnaire.
Option B: Fax
If you are unable to use the Application Manager (or you do not have access to the internet), you may use the following steps to complete your application:
1. Print a copy of this job announcement to view the qualifications offline. Also select View Occupational Questionnaireto view and print the questionnaire.
2. Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. To obtain the form you may use the link (, call us at (614)692-7835 or e-mail us at DHRC-DDECAHR@DLA.MIL.
3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX (hard copy questionnaire), resume, and/or any supporting documents by fax.
• If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing.
• If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet – -- and be sure it is completed in its entirety and clearly legible. The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.
4. In accordance with 5 CFR 2635.704, applications will not be accepted in a postage paid government envelope.


 Application packages should include the following documents:
• Resume: Required. To ensure full consideration of your experience and education we encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to prepare your resume or to guide you in preparing your resume.  See  for more information.  For qualifications determinations determinations your resume must contain a description of your duties, the number of hours worked per week and the beginning and ending dates (month/year) for each position.  Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
• Questionnaire: Required
• Transcripts: Not Applicable
• Applicants claiming veteran preference ( should indicate on their resume the type of preference being claimed AND submit the following, as applicable:
    • Claiming 5-point veteran preference: You must submit a copy of your DD Form 214, Member 4 copy.
    • Claiming 10-point veteran preference:  You must submit (1) a copy of your DD Form 214, Member 4 copy, (2) a completed SF-15 and (3) the documentary proof required by the SF-15.  See  for more information regarding the SF-15 and required proof.
   .• Active duty military personnel:  You must submit (1) a statement of service from your unit which includes the date you entered active duty, the date you are separating or retiring from activity duty, and the campaign medals you have received and (2) a copy of your terminal leave request. 
• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  Indicate on your resume that you are applying as ICTAP eligible.  To exercise selection priority for this vacancy you must be well-qualified for this position, and provide (1) a copy of the agency notice, (2) a copy of your most recent performance rating and (3) a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, showing your current position, grade level and duty location.  For more information on ICTAP see
• Additional required supporting documentation:  Required documents vary based on the authority under which you are applying (i.e. current permanent Federal employee, military spouse, Schedule A, Etc.)  See for more information.



DECA EAST Applicant Help
Phone: (614)692-7835
Agency Information:
Defense Commissary Agency
3990 E Broad Street
Building 306
Columbus, OH


Once you successfully complete the application process, you will receive a notification of receipt. Your application package will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and qualifications requirements, and you will receive a notification. A review will be made of your online questionnaire and the documentation you submitted to support your responses. A list of qualified applicants will be created and sent to the selecting official. All applicants reviewed and/or referred will receive a notification letter. The selecting official may choose to conduct interviews, and once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. To check the status of your application, please refer to Application Manager at

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