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Job Title:  Intelligence Research Specialist
Department:  Department Of Health And Human Services
Agency:  Food and Drug Administration
Job Announcement Number:  HHS-FDA-ORA-MP-13-877775

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 to Monday, May 20, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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:  Federal employees with career or career-conditional appointments in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility based on previous career or career-conditional appointments; displaced Federal employees requesting special priority selection consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP); veterans who are preference eligibles or who have been separated under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service; individuals eligible for VRA appointments; Military Spouses; and individuals with disabilities serving under a Schedule A appointment.

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 to the selecting official as Commissioned Corps (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.


This position is located in the FDA, Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), Headquarters located in Rockville, MD.

The OCI is responsible for investigating alleged or suspected violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and related violations of Title 21 and 18 of the U.S. Code.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

Salary range listed above includes the geographical locality pay.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • You must meet all the requirements by the closing date of this announcement
  • Travel: Occasional travel required.
  • Carefully read and follow the instructions under HOW TO APPLY.
  • Current Federal employees must meet Time-in-Grade requirements.
  • Must meet internet technology requirement for this position.


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The incumbent will provide support to FDA criminal investigators engaged in complex cases involving alleged violations of the Food, 
Drug and Cosmetic Act. Provide real time investigative intelligence analytical services including research and analysis of all sources
of information. Conduct searches and analyze data using open source, commercial, financial, and law enforcement databases and
social media. Research or request Domain Registration information for websites and conduct IP Address Tracing.  Prepare factual
chronological summaries of collected evidence and data on subjects, acts, events and documentary material used to interpret
and project and fill in gaps in information. Develop and project data, draw conclusions, and estimate probabilities.
Utilize special software programs to gather, summarize, and analyze statistical data on investigative activities,
and prepare written, narrative, statistical reports and trend analysis on criminal activities. Prepare and present briefings to
supervisor, management, and high level officials on complex investigations and of situations, trends, mission accomplishments,
and impact on investigative activities.


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To qualify, applicants must meet all the qualification requirements, by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

  • To qualify for the GS-11, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level of the Federal service; OR
  • You may substitute a doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent degree) or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in any field, or L.L.M. if related for experience at the GS-11 grade level. Such education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. Check with your school to determine how many credit hours comprise three years of graduate study. If that information is not available, use 54 semester or 81 quarter hours; OR
  • If you do not qualify based on experience or education alone, you may be able to qualify based on a combination of your experience and education.
  • To qualify for the GS-12, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level of the Federal service. 
  • To qualify for the GS-13, applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level of the Federal service. 

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular 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 to be filled. Examples of specialized experience are: experience using the internet, open source/commercial/financial/law enforcement databases, social media, and Microsoft Office products to gather, summarize and analyze statistical data and prepare link charts, written reports and trend analysis; developing and projecting data, drawing conclusions, and estimating probabilities; preparing and presenting briefings to management; coordinating investigative intelligence gathering 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, current Federal employees must meet the following time-in-grade requirement within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

GS-11: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-9 grade level or higher in the Federal service. 
GS-12: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-11 grade level or higher in the Federal service. 
GS-13: Applicants must have 52 weeks at the GS-12 grade level or higher in the Federal service.


If you are using your education to qualify for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript(s) to document that you have met the education requirement.  Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package.  Official transcripts will be required prior to beginning employment.  Most colleges and universities offer unofficial transcripts online - please check your school website to obtain a copy quickly.

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. Security and Background Requirements:  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. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 

3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing. 

4. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement. 

5. Financial disclosure statement may be required.  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 Staff, Division Management Programs at (301) 796-8435 prior to accepting such a position. 

6. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid: Yes

7. Bargaining Unit Position: No 

8. Drug Screening Required: No 

9.  Recruitment bonus may be authorized:  No 

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

  • To qualify for the GS-11, applicant must have 52 weeks in a non-temporary appointment at the GS-9 grade level of the Federal service.
  • To qualify for the GS-12, applicant must have 52 weeks in a non-temporary appointment at the GS-11 grade level of the Federal service.
  • To qualify for the GS-13, applicant must have 52 weeks in a non-temporary appointment at the GS-12 grade level of the Federal service.

11.  Must meet internet technology requirement for this position.



Once the application process is complete, a review of 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 on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):  

1. Knowledge of and experience with databases, investigative techniques and operations utilized in a law enforcement environment (criminal).

2. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

3. Ability to advise law enforcement management on strategic criminal activities.

4. Ability to gather, evaluate and analyze complex intelligence data; plan and organize complex projects.



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If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.  For more information on veterans’ preference see

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

For information on "People with Disabilities" please visit 

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP 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 877775.  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.
  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 Atlanta Customer HelpDesk (770) 488-1725; TTY/TDD: (866) 539-4484; or by email HRCS@CDC.GOV.  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.      - DD-214, Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

         - 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 Monday, May 20, 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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