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.


This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), Northeast Regional Laboratory located in Jamaica, NY.

The FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs is the lead office for all FDA Field activites 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.  

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement HHS-FDA-ORA-DE-13-923877 under competitive procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under competitive procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


As a Sample Custodian, the incumbent will maintain the operation of the sample room including receipt, dispensing, and proper destruction of regulatory samples in the laboratory. 

      .         Organizes food, drug, cosmetics, medical devices and potentially hazardous substances in their proper locations according to agency guidelines.

·          Tracks and records samples collected for accountability records.

·          Disposes of samples using special handling of hazardous substances.

·          Conducts inventory using automated systems to input and retrieve data.

.          Performs and maintains inventory of laboratory equipment and consumables.

.          Performs other duties as assigned.