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 (DHHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Office of Global Regulatory Operations and Policy (OGROP), Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA).  

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

Salary Range indicated above reflects only the General Salary (GS) base rate table.  Assigned Duty location will determine the proper GS locality table once Duty Station is assigned.

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; 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 to the selecting official as Commissioned Corps (CC) personnel and not as candidates for conversion to a permanent career or career-conditional appointment.
This announcement may be used to fill multiple positions in multiple locations.


This position is located in an FDA District Office or Resident Post, and represents the highest level of expertise in a district for the inspection of firms engaged in the manufacture, processing, and control of human or veterinary pharmaceutical products, for compliance with FDA laws and regulations. Assignments will involve inspections/investigations across District lines. As a Program Manager, is a primary source of expertise in an assigned geographical area who resolves the most difficult, controversial and complex inspectional problems which involve a combination of scientific and regulatory responsibilities. Major duties includes: 

  • Serves as a principal source of expertise within a geographical area provides extensive advisory, liaison and consultative services for drug programs to regulated industries, State agencies, other Federal agencies and Agency management.
  • Advises on new advances in technology related to drug products, new programs, laws and regulations, significant court decisions, and any new trends or scientific findings involving drug products.
  • Meets with hostile or uncooperative industry representatives to exchange information and to provide advice and guidance regarding those aspects of the application, notice, amendment, supplement or report which fall within area of review with emphasis on deficiencies. Interactions require considerable tact and firmness to obtain needed information regarding submissions.
  • Develops, monitors, coordinates, and implements FDA Agency policy and initiatives in relation to human or veterinary pharmaceutical products ensuring compliance with FDA laws and regulations.
  • Conduct quality assurance inspections of domestic and international manufacturing processes and write establishment inspection reports and recommendations for classifications. 
  • Plan, conduct and direct highly technical, complex inspections related to production, control, testing and processing human or veterinary pharmaceutical products.
  • Perform investigations involving complaints or injury/death. 
  • Conduct complex and in-depth investigations, determine required course of action and level of investigative efforts required.
  • Document inspection findings in prescribed written format according to FDA policies and guidelines.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and awareness of the Current Good Manufacturing Practices objectives and exercise analytical judgment to anticipate potential problems.

Travel Required

  • Not Required