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.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activities as well as providing 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:  This vacancy is open to current permanent (career/career-conditional appointments) employees of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) ONLY.  Current ORA employees serving under a SCHA A appointment are eligible for consideration. Title 42 employees not eligible for reinstatement will not be considered. 


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

The salary listed in the vacancy announcement is at the base level.  The geographical locality pay will be determined at the time of selection. 

This position is located in the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Office of Operations, Office of Food and Feed Program Operations, Inspection Food and Feed Inspection Branch.  Duty station and locality pay will be determined upon selection.  

THIS IS A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT NOT-TO-EXCEED ONE (1) YEAR, BUT MAY be extended or BECOME  permanent without further competition.

**Bonus information: Current GS-13 employees or those who receive a promotion to a GS-13; who have been in a grade for one year and successfully complete organizational goals may receive cash awards at regular intervals up to a total of $10,000 per year.** 

If the employee applies and is selected for a one year extension, the incentive will be renewed at the beginning of the extension period.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area within FDA-wide.


The incumbent will serve as an expert in foods inspections as well as inspectional and investigative techniques of the following major functional food manufacturers areas ;  Low Acid Canned Food   Operations, Seafood Processors, Acidified Foods, Diary/Cheese, Farms/Produces processors, Dietary Supplements and the evaluation of the good manufacturing practices (GMP's).  Major Duties include:

  • Carry out inspectional/investigational assignments within the area of expertise in the international areas. Such assignments are of such complexity to require the incumbent to be thoroughly knowledgeable in all food program areas.   
  • Carry out outbreaks/foodborne illness investigations including samples collections.  
  • Perform as a trouble shooter in a specialized area of expertise and is frequently called upon to resolve problems of a national and international scope.  
  • Conduct and instruct training in specialized areas to Food and Drug Administration Investigators as well as Investigators from Foreign Governments.  
  • Interact with Foreign Governments in a coordinating role, and is often consulted on and participates in the formulation and developing of inspectional and investigational procedures and techniques pertaining to problems within his/her area of expertise.