The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
All Consumer Safety Officers may be detailed anywhere in the Atlanta District to conduct Food Safety Assessments.
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This position may be filled as a GS-11/12 multi-grade career ladder. If the position is filled at a developmental grade level, assignments will be limited in scope, performed with less independence, and may reflect limited complexity and personal contacts. At developmental levels, selectee will be acquiring the background necessary to function at the full performance level. Below are some of the duties you may perform:
Conduct on site consumer protection assessments to verify the design and proper functioning of a plant's food safety and process control systems.
Apply your knowledge of microbiology, food science, biology, chemistry, and/or agriculture to assess the scientific adequacy of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), microbiological verification sampling protocols, or other process control measures implemented by regulated establishments.
Perform investigative work related to food processing and/or slaughter systems to obtain information, gather evidence, or verify facts in support of administrative or civil enforcement matters. You will make recommendations regarding the type of enforcement action that is necessary, and assist in the preparation of enforcement related documentation such as notices of intended enforcement, suspension letters, deferral letters, and letters of warning.
Collect necessary information pertaining to product recall activities, consumer complaints, or other public health concerns. Determine the relevance of data and documentation inplant records, laboratory test data, and observed activities for compliance with provisions of laws and Agency regulations.
Assist inspection personnel, as needed, in the consistent nationwide implementation of significant new inspection procedures designed to verify that official establishments meet regulatory requirements for food safety and other consumer protection.
50% or less - Overnight Travel-some weekends and holidays
Job family (Series)
0696 Consumer Safety
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
Self-certification medical statement
Successful completion of Training as a Condition of Employment (TCOE)
May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.
If you are selected, you may need to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) prior to being appointed to determine suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on a resume or application can jeopardize employment and may be grounds for disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.
Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
If you are newly hired, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" system. Federal law requires the use of E-VERIFY to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
Selectee must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Failure to successfully meet these requirements could lead to adverse action proceedings including possible termination.
CONFIDENTIAL FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE REPORT: If selected, you will be required to submit Form OGE-450 within 30 days of your initial appointment date, and annually thereafter in accordance with 5 CFR, Part 2635, Sub part E regarding business or personal transactions with applicants, borrowers, or business contacts who have or who are seeking business with this Agency.
Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, education and specialized experience, as defined below.
Time in grade: Applicants must meet one year at the next lower grade to be considered for the next higher grade (e.g. one year at the GS-09 grade level for consideration for the GS-11 grade level.)
This position has a minimum education requirement to qualify at either of the advertised grades. All applicants need to meet the minimum education requirements for this position. The minimum education requirement is:
A bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in quality assurance or a related degree that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: consumer laws, biological sciences, food science, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, legal investigations, law enforcement, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours may include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming.
A combination of education and experience--courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
Specialized experience: In order to meet the specialized experience requirement, you will need to have completed 52 weeks of progressively responsible specialized experience at or equivalent to the next lower grade level. This experience may be gained under GS, PHHRS, another pay band system, or any combination of GS, pay band, or other experience.
To qualify for the GS-11: 52 weeks or more of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (generally, the GS-9 level). Education can be used in-lieu of specialized experience as defined below:
Specialized experience is defined as under supervision and/or guidance from senior personnel, verify safety systems for the production of products intended for consumption (e.g., food, pharmaceuticals, drinking water, biological specimens, etc.). This may include verifying of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans, Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOPs), Sanitation Performance Standards (SPS), Sanitation, pathogen reduction verification procedures, food security verification procedures, and other consumer protection activities (e.g., economic adulteration and misbranding, E. coli or Salmonella reduction procedures, etc.), or any interactions of these systems. This may also include experience working with federal or state regulatory requirements and enforcement actions, applying investigative methodology, documenting case files for administrative or civil enforcement actions including the collection of evidence and testimonies, implementing or monitoring recall activities and/or consumer complaints, assessing the comprehensive design and/or implementation of food safety systems, assessing microbiological sampling and testing programs, and/or monitoring quality control procedures within a food safety environment. Slaughter experience is NOT considered specialized experience.
To qualify for the GS-12: 52 weeks or more of specialized experience at the next lower grade level (generally, the GS-11 level). Specialized experience is defined as independent and regular responsibility for verifying safety systems for the production of products intended for consumption (e.g. food, pharmaceuticals, drinking water, biological specimens, etc.). In addition to meeting the specialized experience (as stated for the GS-11), your experience for the GS-12 may come from food processing, manufacturing practices, statistical process control, microbiological testing, laboratory analytical procedures, and/or other technical areas that might affect food safety.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
See above. You can also review the OPM Qualifications Standards here Consumer Safety Series, 0696.
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