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Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-867076

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 18, 2013 to Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD 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.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing FDA Product Centers by inspecting regulated products and manufacturers, conducting sample analysis on regulated products, and reviewing imported products offered for entry into the United States.  ORA also develops FDA-wide policy on compliance and enforcement.

WHO MAY APPLY:  This vacancy is open to current permanent (career/career-conditional appointments) employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ONLY.  Current FDA employees serving under a Schedule-A appointment are eligible for consideration. Title 42 employees not eligible for reinstatement will not be considered. 

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action)

Current FDA Commissioned Officers 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 conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.  

LOCATION:  This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office Of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Policy and Risk Management, Immediate Office located in Rockville, Maryland.

The salary listed in the vacancy announcement includes the locality pay.  

TYPE OF POSITION:  This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis.
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  This is not a career-ladder position; GS-13 is the full performance level.  

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Please carefully read and follow the instructions for HOW TO APPLY.
  • Must meet time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date.


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This position is located in the immediate office of the Office of Policy and Risk Management, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy. The Testimony Specialist is a key member of the Office’s management team and assists the Senior Testimony Specialist, the Office Director and other management officials in carrying out the diverse responsibilities related to the mission of the Office.  Major duties include:

·     Serves as an FDA/ORA expert in policy and procedures for handling testimonial requests, Department of Justice (DOJ) litigation holds, processing legal demands, subpoenas, and court orders imposed on the Agency arising from various legislative acts (e.g. Federal Tort Claims Act), Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), and private and public litigation matters within the purview of the Agency. 

·     Works with the Senior Testimony Specialist on the management and coordination of requests from agency components for authorization by the Director, Office of Policy and Risk Management, or his/her designee, to disclose information to federal and state government agencies. 

·     Performs extensive and thorough research on and review of legal demands, subpoenas, and court orders from persons outside of the Agency including private attorneys, law firms, federal and state government officials, state legislative committees, foreign governments and judicial representatives for the purpose of evaluating the merits and authorizing the expenditure of agency resources in complying with the orders.

·     Researches relevant regulations and precedents and determines if documents or portions of them exist to provide the testimony sought in lieu of personal testimony.

·     Identifies specific types of records maintained which would be relevant to providing the testimony request.

·     Contacts the Office of Chief Council (OCC) to request their assistance in filing either a motion to quash a subpoena or request their presence at a deposition to protect the interest of the Agency in the event a deposition or personal testimony is authorized.

·     Interviews potential witnesses for information to assist in the preparation of the official authorization for personal or deposition testimony.

·     Provides expert information and consultation to individuals, other federal agencies, private industry, OCC, and foreign governments on the witness capabilities and responsibilities of FDA employees.

·     Responsible for the preparation and submittal of the annual report on Agency testimony requests received and processed to the Office of the Commissioner and General Counsel.

·     Responds to telephone inquiries from federal, state and private attorneys seeking information on the procedures for obtaining FDA testimony for both criminal and civil legal cases.  Advises attorneys on the proper procedures and suggests means for how the testimony request may be handled other than by request for FDA witnesses, i.e., FOI, certification of records, etc.

·     Serves as a technical expert and authority on policy and procedures for the development and clearance of Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) between FDA and other parties, including but not limited to federal, State and international regulatory counterparts. 


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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this vacancy announcement:
GS-13: one year of specialized experience at least equivalent to the GS-12 level.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:   Experience directly related to the position to be filled which has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled which includes knowledge  of the principles and practices of litigation and court procedure; program and data management, in-depth experience in analyzing statistical data and conducting research studies in order to evaluate program and regulatory activities.   

Documenting experience:  In accordance with Office of Personnel Management policy, federal employees are assumed to have gained experience by performing duties and responsibilities appropriate for their official series and grade level as described in their position description.  Experience that would not normally be part of the employee's position is creditable, however, when documented by satisfactory evidence, such as a signed memorandum from the employee's supervisor or an SF-50 or SF-52 documenting an official detail or other official assignment. The documentation must indicate whether the duties were performed full time or, if part time, the percentage of times the other duties were performed. It is expected that this documentation is included in the employee's official personnel record. In order to receive credit for experience in your resume that is not within the official series and grade level of your official position, you must provide a copy of the appropriate documentation of such experience as indicated above.

TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENT: In addition to the specialized experience requirement, applicants must meet the following time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 or higher. 


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 not be paid 
5.  Bargaining Unit Position: No
6.  Drug Screening Required: No 
7.  Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: No
8.  Travel:  No
9.  Certain positions within the FDA are subject to strict restrictions on financial holdings (FDA regulated financial holdings).   To determine whether this position is affected, applicants are advised to seek additional information during the interview process from the Ethics and Integrity Staff, Office of Operations at (301)827-5511 prior to accepting such a position.


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 the principles and practices of litigation and court procedure.
  2. Knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Federal Rules of Evidence.
  3. Knowledge of FDA regulatory activities, the manner in which cases are developed, the records required and active enforcement matters and regulatory efforts.
  4. Ability to communicate in writing.  
  5. Ability to communicate verbally.


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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 867076.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

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. 

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
  •  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 Wednesday, May 08, 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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