Job Overview


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; Military Spouses; PHS Commissioned Corps Officers; individuals eligible for VRA appointments (at the GS-11 and below grade levels); and individuals with disabilities.

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.

LOCATION:  This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Southwest Region,  Southwest Import District Office.  Positions may be filled in any of the following duty locations:

San Diego (Otay Mesa), CA; Pharr, TX; Laredo, TX, Calexico, CA, Dallas, TX


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.

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:  GS-12 is the full performance level.  

Salary range listed includes locality pay. 


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.