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Job Title:  Consumer Safety Officer-GS-0696-9/11/12
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-881006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$48,895.00 to $93,470.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 25, 2013 to Thursday, June 06, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
3 vacancies in the following location(s):
Atlanta, GA United StatesView Map
Raleigh, NC United StatesView Map
Current FDA employees with career or career conditional appointments


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 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employees with competitive status.  Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.


FDA/PHS Commissioned Corps Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps may apply online to this announcement.  Candidates will be referred as (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


You must submit your SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to document status.


This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southeast Region,  Atlanta District Office, with following duty stations: 

                     Atlanta, GA (1 position)

                     Raleigh, NC (2 positions)


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


These positions have growth potential to the GS-12. Positions may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11 or GS-12 grade levels.  You must indicate which grade level you are considering.




  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Valid driver's license required
  • Travel required: up to 50% Domestic
  • Mobility agreement is required.


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At the full performance level, the incumbent's assignments involve a combination of scientific and regulatory responsibilities which usually call for a number of atypical inspection or investigative approaches to be applied to a wide variety of regulatory functions or intensive scientific evaluations.  These may include the most difficult and complex sample collections, establishment inspections, unusual or novel special investigations, objective surveys and emergency activities within the assigned area of responsibility. The work involves developing advanced or specialized program concepts, determining accepted or recognized standards, or providing expertise in scientific regulatory programs.  Assignments cover the largest manufacturers in the District and some smaller firms where new or unusual features are present. As an import, domestic or foreign investigator, the Consumer Safety Officer has demonstrated and is recognized for a high level of competence in the full range of commodities regulated within the boundaries of an FDA District; or in a broad program area such as foods, drugs, etc; or in a narrow specialty within a program area. Independently performs investigations involving complaints and trace back investigations of injury or death attributable to products regulated by the FDA.  Mature judgment must be used to make field decisions on the nature and extent of follow-up investigations. Trains lower level investigators, designs agendas and participates as instructor in training programs for district and industry personnel. 


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BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT for Professional and Scientific Positions in the GS-696 Consumer Safety Officer series. 

To qualify, applicants must have successfully completed one of the following: 

 A.  Degree: that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, 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 hours in the fields of study described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.





In addition to meeting the above basic education qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education:


For GS-09 Level:


A.  Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service, which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience analyzing information and making recommendations; and researching established laws, regulations, and guidelines to assist or prepare documentation such as reports and option papers. 




B.  Have 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s degree or equivalent graduate degree. 



C.  Have a combination of the required education and experience described above. 


For GS-11 Level:


A.  Have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service, which is directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position, to include experience analyzing information and formulating conclusions; and using established laws, regulations, and guidelines to assist or prepare documentation such as reports and option papers. 



B.  Have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. 


C. Have a combination of the required education and experience described above. 


For GS-12 Level:


Have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service, independently conducting field exams and sampling of FDA regulated products while in import status; planning and conducting regulatory inspections and in-depth investigations of various industry establishments; gathering and performing complex analyses of scientific data and preparing final reports on scientific/technical study findings. 




GS-9 - Applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-07 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-09 grade level.

GS-11-Applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-09 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-11 grade level.GS-12-Applicant must have 52 weeks at the GS-11 grade level to meet eligibility at the GS-12 grade level.


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.

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: MAY BE PAID 

5. Bargaining Unit Position: YES 

6. Drug Screening Required: NO 

7. Recruitment Bonus may be authorized: NO 

8. Research position: NO 

9. Supervisory position: N0 

10. Time in grade (TIG) must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. 

11. Travel required:  YES - 50% Domestic


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. Merit Promotion Procedures for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates.  The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position.  Qualified candidates will be ranked into one of two categories:  Best Qualified or Qualified. 


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

1. Knowledge of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act laws and regulations. 

2. Knowledge of investigative methods and negotiating techniques. 

3. Ability to communicate in writing. 

4. Ability to communicate orally.




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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 06, 2013 to receive consideration.

  • To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
  • Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 
  • To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.


All applicants are required to submit the following supporting document type(s):

Applicants may also submit the following supporting document type(s),which may not be required for all applicants:
   ·Cover Letter
   ·Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
   ·Other Veterans Document

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE:  If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 881006.

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

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, June 06, 2013  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

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 Customer HelpDesk at (888) 478-4340; TTY/TDD: (800) 877-8339; or by email  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

For Résumé and Application Tips visit:


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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