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.

This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Regulations, Rockville, Maryland. 

Join HHS/FDA/Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) and help make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.  CTP is the newest arm of the FDA.  CTP is the principal Federal Agency charged to establish tobacco regulations in order to decrease the tremendous toll of diseases, disability and death caused by tobacco use in the United States.

Who May Apply:  This vacancy is open to current FDA, Center for Tobacco Products eligibles with competitive status and CTAP employees in the local commuting area only. Competitive status refers to employees who are serving on a career or career conditional appointment.

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 (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 and CTAP documentation.

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


  • Develop policies and programs involving matters affecting the regulation of tobacco.
  • Draft or review proposals for regulations and guidance documents that affect regulatory activities.
  • Conduct legal research to establish the legal basis for drafting proposed regulations, guidance documents, and other regulatory documents.
  • Review, summarize, and draft responses to public comments received on proposed regulations.
  • Prepare replies to correspondence from the regulated community and other interested persons on issues that affect one or more portions of the regulated industry.
  • Carry out programmatic operations and responsibilities of the position in support of the enforcement of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act.
  • Participate in the implementation of new laws and regulations that impact the mission of the Center.
  • Lead rule or guidance-specific work groups to gather information and policies that inform rule-making or guidance document development.
  • Consult with staff at all levels of the Agency to identify areas of disagreement within the Center or between the Center and other units of FDA, to resolve disagreements through the use of decision memoranda or through meetings, and to articulate any policy consensus reached through this process.