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Job Title:  Consumer Safety Officer (National Standardization Officer)
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-0RA-MP-13-852022

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$96,690.00 to $132,995.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Friday, April 26, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map


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.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is only open to current HHS, Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Southeast Region employees with competitive status.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment. 

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 .  If you have never served  in the GS-696, Consumer Safety Officer Series, you must also submit a transcript.


FDA ORA PHS Commissioned Corps Officers in the Southeast region interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred to (CC) personnel and not as candidates for  career or career conditional appointments.This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services(DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Regional Office, State Cooperative Programs Branch,  Atlanta, GA.   The actual duty location will be determined at time of selection based on current duty station of selectee.


Salary range listed includes locality pay for all duty stations located within the Southeast Region.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.



  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Travel Required: Domestic and International - 50% combined
  • Valid driver's license is required
  • Must submit an SF-50
  • Transcripts are required if never served in the GS-696 series
  • Mobility Agreement required


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The position of Consumer Safety Officer (National Standardization Officer) is located in the State Cooperative Programs Branch of the FDA ORA Southeast Regional Office.  The incumbent serves as:


   - FDA/ORA expert to the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference (ISSC) on compliance, policy  and other issues related to Shellfish Plant Sanitation and Shellfish Processing and Shipping under FDA's National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP); and as 

   - Regional Shellfish Specialist for the Southeast Region, the senior level program specialist responsible for implementation, evaluation and coordination of the NSSP within the Southeast Region.


ISSC representative duties include:

       - Applying knowledge and expertise relating to food safety and shellfish industry nationally and internationally to maintain and expand abilities to standardize field personnel and foreign officials on auditing plant sanitation elements; providing interpretations and recommendations to FDA senior management, regional, state and foreign control authorities and others on matters of policy, criteria, procedures, practices and implementation related to the production, commerce and consumption of safe molluscan shellfish; providing guidance on technical inquiries and identifying needs in development of new programs and initiatives affecting seafood and shellfish industries, plant sanitation, disease outbreaks, illegal harvesting and related program issues; and maintaining contact with cooperating federal, state, local and foreign regulatory agencies, trade, academia and cooperative organizations and the industry in an effort to achieve and maintain uniform and effective approaches to the resolution of problems in the shellfish and seafood industries.


Evaluates foreign Shellfish Sanitation programs as assigned and conducts or assists in conducting other projects and emergency response activities as may be assigned.













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To qualify for the GS-14 grade level, applicants must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 or above in the Federal service.  Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position.  Examples of specialized experience may include experience in the field of  molluscan shellfish safety related to microbiological hazards; mastery of inspectional and investigative techniques associated with oversight and monitoring of state regulatory activities of the shellfish and seafood industry; comprehensive knowledge of a variety of regulatory food controls, good manufacturing practices and laws, regulations and policies of various Federal agencies, states and U.S. territories related to  shellfish and seafood industries; and skill in evaluating available scientific data related to program needs.
Applicant must have one year of time in grade at the GS-13 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-14.


 Basic Qualifications requirement for Professional and Scientific positions in the GS-0696 series:

A. Degree: that includes at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological science, 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.

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


 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; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information, visit:


Conditions of Employment:


1. Additional Security and Background Requirements:  May be referred depending on the position being filled.  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. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. 

3. Financial disclosure statement may be required. 

4. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: NO 

5. Bargaining Unit Position: YES 

6. Drug Screening Required: NO 

7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized:  NO 

8. Mobility agreement required:  YES 

9. Research position: NO 

10. Valid driver's license required:  YES 

11. Supervisory position: NO 

12. Time in grade (TIG) must be by the closing date of the announcement.


Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume 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 resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.


Your qualifications will be evaluated and rated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

 1.  Knowledge of pertinent laws, regulations, policies, precedents, program goals and objectives in the field of seafood and shellfish. 

2.  Ability to plan, organize, lead, and oversee major initiatives, progress and programmatic results. 

3.  Ability to apply laws, guidance, consultation and interpretation of polices.

4.  Skill in written communication.

5.  Ability to communicate orally. 



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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at


Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see


For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit


Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP):  For information on how to apply as a CTAP eligible see  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85.0 or above on the rating criteria for this position.


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

Note:  To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 852022.  Fax your documents to



If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire and
  3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.
  4. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Bethesda Center HelpDesk Telephone (888)-478-4340; TTY/TDD: (866)-539-4484; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. 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.

  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire

  3. Other supporting documents:

  4.      - SF-50 (if you are a federal employee or have reinstatement rights as a federal employee)

         - PHS Commissioned Corps Officer must submit a copy of latest personnel order

         - College Transcripts (if the position has a positive education requirement)

Note:  You may submit an unofficial transcript or a list of college courses completed indicating course titles, credit hours, and grades received.  An official transcript from an accredited educational institution is required if you are selected for the position.


For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, April 26, 2013.


FDA Helpdesk
Phone: (888)478-4340
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
HHS FDA Center
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD
20993 Fax: (478)757-3144


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 45 days of the closing date of this announcement.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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