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    This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Administrator (ODA), Livestock, Poultry, and Seed (LPS) Program, Agricultural Marketing Service, in Washington, DC. ODA is responsible for formulating and administering policies for marketing services and regulatory activities related to: commodity grading and certification for livestock, meat, eggs, and poultry; purchase specifications and requirements for meat, eggs, poultry, and fish procured for Federal food and nutrition programs; market news reporting for livestock, meat, eggs, poultry, wool, and grain products; standardization services for wool, mohair, livestock, meat, eggs, poultry and related products; oversight of research and promotion boards for beef, pork, eggs, soybeans, sorghum, and lamb; monitoring and analyzing scientific research and information; and seed regulatory and testing activities.

    Salary Information:  First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lowest rate of the salary range for the grade selected.

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    The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity.

    The duties may include, but are not limited to:

    • The incumbent is responsible for developing and editing regulations, notices to trade, letters and memoranda, background/briefing papers, news releases, internal newsletters, and preparing other written material for the Program and senior agency leadership as required.  Incumbent often works under extreme time constraints and must be able to process information quickly and accurately, relying less on associates for information and instead will draw upon prior knowledge and experience of Program procedures and previous activities.  Incumbent’s duties also include creating documents from source materials (such as written statements and interviews with managers).  
    • From brief notes or oral discussions with the Deputy Administrator, Division Directors, Chief of Staff, or technical and administrative employees, incumbent reviews and ensures all regulatory language is in compliance with Federal Register and Government Printing Office (GPO) requirements, develops replies to incoming correspondence or initiates outgoing letters, memoranda, and articles regarding the various Division activities of the Program, and writes internal instructions, notices, and procedures applicable to all phases of the Program’s operations. The incumbent is responsible for developing and maintaining standard operating procedures for the handling and processing documents requiring ODA approval or signatures within LPS. 
    • For the purpose of “polishing” written materials prepared by other employees of the Program, incumbent reviews such material and makes editorial changes when necessary to clarify vague or misleading statements; rearrange portions to achieve more effective presentation; corrects errors in grammar, spelling punctuation, and GPO style rules; confirms that data are adequate and correct; and assures that Program procedures are followed.  In some cases, the incumbent draws upon knowledge and experience to create a more complete draft. 
    • The incumbent will use knowledge of subject and program areas to make suggestions regarding content of documents, as well as make directive decisions about the nature and appropriateness of the document. 
    • The subject matter of the material prepared or reviewed by the incumbent is technical in nature.  The terminology used must be exact in its meaning, and the proper terms applicable to the subject must be consistent in all instances.  Incumbent prepares and submits a draft of the material proposed to the technical employee concerned.  Occasionally, conferences are necessary to satisfactorily determine interpretations and to arrive at the proper descriptive terminology applicable to livestock, poultry, shell egg, meat, meat products, wool, and seeds. 
    • Adheres to Equal Employment and Civil Rights policies, goals, and objectives in performing the duties of this position.  Assures that written and oral communications are bias-free and that differences of other employees and clients are respected and valued.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel for training and work assignments may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Permanent AMS agency employees in the local commuting area of Washington DC; CTAP/RPL eligibles.


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