Job Overview

Summary

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 leadership on imports, inspections and enforcement policy.  ORA supports 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: 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; Military Spouses; individuals eligible for SCH-A appointment; and individuals eligible for VRA appointment (at the GS-11 and below grade levels).
YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) and/or Form DD-214 OR YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE.
Current 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. 

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

LOCATION: This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Operations, Office of Food and Feed Operations, Division of Food Defense Targeting in Herndon Virginia.

TYPE OF POSITION:  This position is being filled on a full-time, permanent basis.

This vacancy is for employees to be assigned to the 3:00pm to 11:00pm shift but incumbent must be willing to work overtime and rotating shifts if necessary.  
Incumbents assess and evaluate sensitive information related to national security that requires obtaining and maintaining a Top Secret Security Clearance.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  This is a career-ladder position; GS-13 is the full performance level.  

Additional selections may be made from this announcement.

Duties

This position is located in the Division of Food Defense Targeting [DFDT formally known as the Prior Notice Center (PNC)], Office of Food and Feed Operations, Office of Operations, Office or Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration and represents the advanced trainee level for professional investigators.  As part of planned career development, the incumbent works with and assist senior consumer safety officers in the performance of a wide range of investigative assignments requisite to carrying out the mission and functional responsibilities of the DFDT.

GS-07: 

Receives advanced training, through classroom and on-the-job instruction, to provide a more thorough understanding of an exposure to FDA laws and regulations, administrative policies, Public health Security and Bioterrorism, Preparedness and Response Act of 2002 (the Act), and the various methods employed in the development of regulations mandating prior notifications to FDA of food, including animal feed, which is imported or offered for import into the US.

GS-09: 

Reviews and evaluates data submitted to determine the lack of compliance with the prior notice of imported food (PN) regulations.  Incumbent is required to research, analyze, and evaluate the information provided to determine if the commodity being imported or offered for import poses a terrorist threat or significant health risk to the American people.  They must determine, within a specified time period, whether that product should enter the country, be refused entry, be held up for sampling and/or examination, or be moved to a secure location.  They must determine if further legal action is warranted and must prepare the appropriate recommendation with supporting evidence to their supervisor. 

GS-11: 

Independently reviews and evaluates data submitted to determine the lack of compliance with the PN regulations.  Incumbent is required to research, analyze, and evaluate the information provided to determine if the commodity being imported or offered for import poses a terrorist threat or significant health risk to the American people.  They must determine, within a specified time period, whether that product should enter the country, be refused entry, be held up for sampling and/or examination, or be moved to a secure location.  They must determine if further legal action is warranted and must prepare the appropriate recommendation with supporting evidence to their supervisor.

GS-12:

Reviews and evaluates the more complex data submitted to determine the lack of compliance with the PN regulations,  incumbent is required to research, analyze, and evaluate the information where only limited guidance is provided to determine if the commodity being imported or offered for import poses a terrorist threat or significant health risk to the American people.  They must determine, within a specified time period, whether that product should enter the country, be refused entry, be held up for sampling and/or examination, or be moved to a secure location,  They must determine if further legal action is warranted and must prepare the appropriate recommendation with supporting evidence to their supervisor.

GS-13:

Reviews and evaluates the most highly technical, complex and multi-faceted data submitted to determine the lack of compliance with the PN regulations  Incumbent is required to research, analyze, and evaluate the information provided to determine if the commodity being imported or offered for import poses a terrorist threat or significant health risk to the American people.  They must determine, within a specified time period, whether that product should enter the country, be refused entry, be held up for sampling and/or examination, or be moved to a secure location.  They must determine if further legal action is warranted and must prepare the appropriate recommendation with supporting evidence to their supervisor.