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Job Title:Supervisory IT Specialist (Business Application Division)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Food Safety and Inspection Service

Job Announcement Number:FSIS-MCE-2013-0054

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Thursday, May 23, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US


United States Citizens 



The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health regulatory agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Our mission is to protect consumers by ensuring that the commercial supply of  meat, poultry, and egg products moving in interstate commerce or exported to other countries is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

Effective July 19, 2009, FSIS began operating under the PHHRS, a Pay Banding and Pay for Performance Demonstration Project, in which non-bargaining unit positions will be classified by career path, occupational series, and pay bands rather than the traditional General Schedule (GS) grades in the Federal Service. The AP-6S pay band is equivalent to the GS-15 grade level. PHHRS will allow FSIS the flexibility to offer exceptional candidates higher salaries than most other Federal agencies. Additionally, employees will be eligible to receive an annual pay increase based upon performance. For more information on PHHRS, including information on its pay tables and how it will benefit employees, please click this link. If you are found to be one of the best qualified candidates or a non-competitive referral and will be referred to the selecting official for job consideration, you may be asked to develop a written response to narrative/essay type questions in the second round of the application process. If this applies to you, you will be contacted by an agency representative. You may also be asked to submit a writing sample as part of the application process. Please keep your records updated with your current email address.

This position may be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.


  • FSIS is an emergency response agency. (See additional information.)
  • This is a Public Trust position and requires a background investigation.
  • This announcement may be used to fill more than one vacancy.
  • Resumes and supplemental documentation cannot be e-mailed or mailed.


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This position is located in the Office of the Administrator, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Business Applications Division (BAD). The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is responsible for providing a broad range of services in support of the Agency mission. OCIO provides information technology planning and design, application development, systems administration, telecommunications, security, information management, and IT customer support services for FSIS.

You will serve as a Supervisory IT Specialist in the Business Application Division. As a Supervisory IT Specialist here are just some of your duties:

Directs a program segment that performs technical, administrative, protective, investigative, or professional work. The program segment and work directed typically have coverage which encompasses the entire mission space of the agency. Provides complex administrative or technical or professional services directly affecting the entire agency. Activities, functions, or services accomplished directly and significantly impact a wide range of agency activities, the work of the Department, or the operations of outside interests, or the general public. At the field activity level (involving large, complex, multi-mission organizations and/or very large serviced populations) the work directly involves or substantially impacts the provision of essential support operations to numerous, varied, and complex technical, professional, and administrative functions. Work consists of establishing, implementing, and interpreting the requirements for agency compliance with higher level policy directives and executive orders governing infrastructure operations. Supervise the Application Design and Development and Business Intelligence Branches. Participate in the management of the IT budget with the Chief Information Officer (CIO), CTO, Deputy CIO (DCIO) and the OCIO ACIO's. Provide leadership and guidance to Agency programs for the development of IT long range plans and performance plans. Supervise the management of contracts to support Agency IT initiatives and provide oversight of operational service delivery. Develop, coordinate, and institute Agency wide IT and Technical Architecture strategy, policies, long range plans and directives for an integrated system environment. Documents, presents, gains approval for and promotes IT strategies throughout the Agency. Provides leadership for developing IT initiatives, recommends priorities and advises the CIO on impact of initiatives. Oversees the development of FSIS budget projections regarding information technology. Manages IT workforce planning. Gauges long and short-term resource management.

The majority of the work is performed in a normal office setting.  The work is mostly sedentary; however, some walking, bending, lifting is required to perform some tasks. 


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For this Supervisory IT Specialist position, there is one basic component of your experience that define the qualifications. This component is: Specialized experience.

1. Specialized Experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience at the next lower grade level within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement. Specialized experience for this position at AP-06S (GS-15 equivalent) is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes Directing the implementation of higher-level Information Technology requirements such as those resulting from new laws, regulations, or Presidential directives; Developing long-range plans to improve Software Development operations that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks while improving mission operations; Problem Solving: Providing oversight of work methods, practices, and procedures; including the selection and application of appropriate problem solving methods and techniques; Oral Communication: Ensuring that an IT organization's strategic plan, mission, vision and values are communicated to subordinates and are integrated into the team's strategies, goals, objectives, work plans and work products and services; Customer Service: Exercising significant authority in dealing with officials of other units/organizations and advising management officials of higher rank on operational issues while marketing an IT organization as a trusted partner for mission/technology convergence; Attention to Detail: Directing, coordinating and overseeing work through subordinate supervisors or team leaders. In addition, all applicants qualifying based on experience must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. Applicants must demonstrate possession of these competencies in their resumes. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.

NOTE: A one year supervisory probationary period will be required if you have not previously been a supervisor in the Federal Service.

There is no educational requirements for this position.

See Qualification Requirements: Qualifications


Category rating procedures will be used to rank and select eligible candidates.  Applicants who meet basic minimum qualifications will be placed in one of the following quality categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified and Qualified.  Placement into these categories will be based on an evaluation tool tied to specific competencies relevant to this position. 

Veterans' Preference eligible's will receive rating and selection priority over non-preference eligible candidates within each category.  Veterans who provide proof of a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category.

Regardless of quality category, all requirements for this position must be met, including a complete application package that supports your answers to the Assessment Questionnaire.  You are strongly encouraged to ensure that your work history thoroughly documents the duties, responsibilities, and accomplishments that are directly related to this position. 

If the Human Resources Office is not able to verify specialized experience based on what you provide you may miss consideration for one or more vacancies. 

The Human Resources Office will not conduct up front reviews and will not request missing documentation.

If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education or that your application is incomplete, you may be assigned an "ineligible" rating. 

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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. For an overview of all the benefit programs visit: Benefit Information.

We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information on the Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program, please visit: PSLF Program.


The entitlement to relocation expenses will be determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS Directive 3820.2.

FSIS is an emergency response agency. This means that all Agency employees may be asked or assigned to participate in rotating temporary duty assignments to support emergency programs at some time during their careers with FSIS. It is difficult to predict the frequency with which such emergency situations may occur - and could range from several emergencies in a year to none over the course of many years. In the event that you are called upon to support an emergency program, this may require irregular working hours, including overtime, and may include duties other than those specified in your official position description. While some emergency program support assignments may be able to be performed at the employee's current duty station, in other cases employees may be asked to go on-site to a temporary duty station location. In addition, it may be necessary for employees to participate in multiple rotations to an emergency program assignment. Attempts will be made to keep disruption to the employee to a minimum.

This is a Public Trust position and requires a background investigation. The incumbent will be subject to the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meeting these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination. FEDERAL LAW REQUIRES ALL EMPLOYERS TO VERIFY THE IDENTITY AND EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY OF ALL PERSONS HIRED TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. FSIS utilizes E-Verify to verify identity and employment eligibility by providing to the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) information from each new employee's Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. E-Verify cannot be used to pre-screen job applicants or to re-verify current employees and may not limit or influence the choice of documents presented for use on the Form I-9. If you have concern that there has been a violation of the E-Verify program or you feel you have been discriminated during the verification process based on your national origin or citizenship status, contact the Office of Special Counsel at 1-800-255-7688 (TDD: 1-800-237-2515). For more information on E-Verify you may contact DHS at 1-888-464-4218 or visit the E-Verify website.

Applicants from outside FSIS will be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.



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You must begin the application process online at USAJobs. You will be required to submit a resume, respond to core questions, and to the online vacancy questions. Applicants who cannot complete the online application process and need reasonable accommodation must notify the point of contact listed on the email before midnight Eastern Time on the day of the closing date. Completed applications include:

1. Answers to all core questions (Completed when registering online in USAJOBS and as part of the initial application process).

2. Answers to all vacancy-specific questions (Completed for each job).

3. Your online resume. Resumes are entered into USAJOBS. Resumes can be copied and pasted into the personal information area of your application from other word processing documents at any time prior to the closing date. Your resume must include the number of hours that you worked per week, the start date (MM/YY) and end date (MM/YY) of the position(s) you held, job title, name of employer, and a description of the duties that you preformed for all positions listed in your resume. This information is needed in order to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

4. Via fax imaging or uploading, providing any supplemental documents needed.

Applicants who do not respond to the online vacancy questions and who do not submit supporting resumes and documentation will be rated ineligible.


Veteran preference eligible's or veterans who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after at least three consecutive years of active duty military service may also be considered. A DD-214 that includes beginning and ending dates of service and character of discharge (Member Copy 4) must be submitted to verify eligibility. Click here: for more information. If you are claiming eligibility for consideration under a noncompetitive special hiring authority, you will need to provide the appropriate supporting documentation to verify eligibility. Uploading/Faxing Supporting Documentation: The next step of the application process is to upload or fax all the required supporting documentation specified in the Required Documents section of this vacancy announcement. You do not need to have all of your supporting documentation submitted in order to continue with the online portion of the application process. Please carefully follow the instructions below to ensure your supporting documents are properly uploaded/faxed and received. All required documents must be received by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. ***Not all of the document types listed will pertain to you; only submit documents needed to complete your application package. For example, the Schedule A Certification document must only be submitted by individuals applying based on eligibility for appointment due to a disability. The SF-50 is a form current and former Federal employees submit to document their Federal employment status. TO UPLOAD DOCUMENTS, FOLLOW THIS LINK::Upload Information. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may still fax your documents. FAX INSTRUCTIONS:

1. If you have previously faxed supporting documentation the status of those documents will indicate Received. There is no need to resubmit documents which show a status of received unless you are submitting an updated copy. (If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the human resources office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing, a previous submission, you must fax both the old document and the new document for them both to be accessible to HR.)

2. You must use a separate cover sheet for each category of supporting documentation (i.e., transcripts, SF-50, DD-214). Choose the document cover sheet(s) you would like to print by selecting the appropriate check boxes in the Selected Documents column.

3. Click the [Print Cover Sheets] button. A window will pop-up containing the fax cover sheet(s) you selected. Print the cover sheet(s). NOTE: You must be connected to a printer in order to print the cover sheets. Additionally, you must allow pop-ups.

4. Once you have reviewed the list of documents and printed any required fax cover sheets click on [Done]. You will be moved forward in the application process.

5. Before faxing your document(s), take care to ensure the document is legible and all information is complete and signed, if necessary. Fax only documents which are clear and legible. Original documents with light or faded print and/or dark or patterned backgrounds will not be legible upon receipt. Illegible faxed documents cannot be used for qualification or verification purposes.

6. Place the corresponding cover sheet on top of the document and fax the cover sheet and document together to the fax number specified on the cover sheet. NOTE: If you are faxing documents from more than one category of supporting documentation, you must submit them with the appropriate cover sheet. EACH DOCUMENT TYPE MUST BE FAXED SEPARATELY under its corresponding cover sheet. DO NOT FAX ALL DOCUMENTS TYPES UNDER ONE COVER SHEET. (i.e., Transcripts are one type of document; fax all pages of your transcript and other education-related documents under the transcript cover sheet; the SF-50 is another document type, if you are faxing more than one SF-50, fax them all under the SF-50 cover sheet.)

7. Be sure to save these cover sheets in the event you need to re-fax your supporting documents. Each fax transmission includes a unique identification number and bar code, which ensures your document is processed correctly.

8. You will receive an e-mail confirming the fax has been successfully received by Human Resources. You should retain your e-mail confirmation and confirmation of your fax transmittal report as proof of submission. Your application will be considered incomplete and YOU WILL BE FOUND INELIGIBLE if you fail to submit the required documentation as specified under the required documents section by midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


Kevin Bjork
Phone: 612-659-8544
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 800-877-8339
Agency Information:
Human Resources Field Office
Butler Square West, Suite 420C
100 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. During this process, we will update your status for each vacancy on the USAJobs website. To view your status, login to your account on the USAJOBS web-site.

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