Food Safety and Inspection Service Veterinary Medical Officer/Consumer Safety Officer in Washington, District Of Columbia

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This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the job series/position titles listed. In addition to the specialized experience requirements, applicants must submit proof that they meet the educational requirements for at least one of the series described in the announcement. Applicants may only be appointed to job series/position titles for which they meet all experience and educational requirements.

The 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.

This position exists in the International Audit Branch (IAB), Management Control and Audit Division (MCAD), Office of Investigations, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

IAB is responsible for verifying the ongoing equivalence of foreign food safety inspection systems previously approved to export meat, poultry, or egg products to the U.S. are maintaining inspection programs that provide food safety protection at a level equivalent to that in the U.S., and actively participates in the planning and conducting of initial and reinstating equivalence of foreign food safety inspection systems audits in countries seeking approval to ship to the U.S.

The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday. However, occasionally working different hours may be required. Selectee may be required to work occasional weekends or holidays. Telework may be available.

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This is an interdisciplinary position and the selectee will service as either as a Consumer Safety Officer or Veterinary Medical Officer.

Here's what to expect:

  • The incumbent provides professional leadership and direction for a broad, coordinated program that focuses on critical mission-related activities and issues.

  • The incumbent will plan, implement, manage, and evaluate all aspects of the program as the Senior Program Auditor.

  • With the Director, the incumbent formulates long-range goals and priorities for program verification activities, and assesses the adequacy and accessibility of resources and information to enable IAB staff to function successfully.

  • As a recognized authority in assessing and auditing foreign food safety inspection systems, the incumbent analyzes auditing practices and procedures and makes recommendations to FSIS and outside officials to improve the quality of equivalence audits by ensuring that audits are comprehensive and contains thorough assessment, verification and analysis of the facts.

  • The incumbent must clearly and concisely convey information orally and in writing via presentations and audit reports to individuals or groups to ensure they understand the information.

Additionally, you will:

  • Oversee the initial and on-going equivalence audits of foreign countries food safety systems, ensuring that their systems are maintained in an equivalent status that complies with U.S. laws, regulations and policies.

  • Actively participates in key decision making sessions conducted by FSIS executives.

  • Identify and recommend methods for securing the type and level of resources necessary to effectively manage the program.

  • Coordinate the work of and provide conceptual and professional/technical leadership and direction to other employees throughout FSIS who perform work in support of the program.

  • Prepare presentations and write reports that succinctly communicate audit results.

Travel Required

50% or less - 50% or less is required for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Permanent Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) agency employees; CTAP/RPL/ICTAP eligibles; reinstatement eligibles; 30% or more disabled veterans; Individuals with Disabilities; former Peace Corps or VISTA volunteers; and those eligible for other Special Hiring Authorities.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

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0701 Veterinary Medical Science

0696 Consumer Safety

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Conditions of Employment
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • A 1-year probationary period is required.
  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

  • 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 Public Trust Background Investigation. 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, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

The Veterinary Medical Officer/Consumer Safety Officer position is an interdisciplinary position. This job may be filled by one of two different job series and they are Consumer Safety Officer (GS-0696) or Public Health Veterinarian (GS-0701). Therefore, you must meet both the education and the experience requirements for at least one of the series in order to be considered.

The three basic components of experience that define qualifications of this position are:

* Time in Grade * * Specialized experience* * Education (See Education Requirement)*

  • Provides professional and technical proficiency in the review and assessment of food safety programs; coordinating and conducting evaluations, audits, program verification or assurance functions of critical mission food safety regulatory operations, activities, and issues; performing onsite inspections of meat, poultry, and egg products facilities; and writing analytical reports that clearly define the results identified during audits or assessments.

  • Extensive experience in conducting food safety inspection, verification and enforcement, or related activities is preferred. Applies knowledge of regulatory and food safety systems, regulatory entities or industry practices, and auditing/inspecting/evaluating to independently plan and conduct audits/reviews of the design and execution of food safety regulatory systems.

  • Serves as an authoritative resource in conducting or evaluating the food safety inspection, verification and enforcement activities.

  • Demonstrates a broad knowledge of regulatory and food safety inspection systems, and the ability to apply such knowledge to evaluate food safety and public health regulatory issues and objectives, and writing reports that clearly define the results identified during detailed audits or assessments.

  • Displays expertise in adapting and applying audit concepts and techniques, conducting audits, writing audit reports, and organizing, analyzing, and evaluating food safety programs and food safety inspection system data.

  • Extensive experience in conducting food safety inspection, verification and enforcement, or related activities is preferred. Exercises professional discretion and independent judgment; assesses, develops and implements auditing policies and procedures; design food safety and other consumer protection verification activities, guidelines and procedures for evaluating inspection activities and food safety regulatory programs.

  • Serves as an expert resource in conducting and evaluating the food safety inspection, verification, and enforcement activities.

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-14 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level.)

For the GS-14 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-13 level).

For the GS-13 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience (equivalent to the GS-12 level) .

For more information on the qualifications for this position, click here:

Veterinary Medical Science Series, 0701

Consumer Safety Series, 0696

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.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: * In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the *GS-0696/Consumer Safety Series, you will need to have completed education which includes at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) in the basic biological and physical sciences (e.g., Animal Science, Chemistry, Food Science, Nutrition, Public Health, Zoology, etc.) by the closing date of this announcement.

Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) qualifications standards for the 0696 education qualifications.

In order to meet the basic educational requirements for the GS-0701/Veterinary Medical Science Series, you will need to have completed a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree or equivalent degree, i.e., Veterinary Medical Doctor (VMD), obtained at a school or college of veterinary medicine accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA). The AVMA website has a listing of all AVMA-accredited veterinary medical schools. OR

Graduates of foreign Veterinary Medical Schools that are not accredited by the AVMA Council on Education must meet the following requirements: click here.

Please reference the specific Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards for the 0701 standards.

Additional information
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployed Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applications must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100.

  • This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies.

  • Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc) should contact: USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

  • This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. Employee participation is at the discretion of the supervisor.

  • It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. To see more information visit CHCO Council.

  • More information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses and Schedule A Disabled may be found on the USAJOBS website.

  • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the education, experience, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Knowledge of Food Safety Inspection Systems (i.e., HAACP, SSOP, etc.)
  • Laws and regulations under which the Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection Program operates
  • Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of auditing and evaluation
  • Written and oral Communication
  • Problem solving and analytical thinking
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Non-Competitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

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Required Documents
  • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisors phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications.

  • College Transcripts: If education is required or you are using education to meet qualification requirement, you must submit a legible copy of your college transcripts. The transcript must include your name, the name of the college, and the date a degree was awarded. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

**You must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:

  • Current and Former Federal Employees: * 1.* Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND * 2.* Most recently completed performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan. [Note: FSIS bargaining unit employees are exempted from this requirement.] For more information click Competitive Hiring.

  • Veteran Hiring Authorities: VEOA, VRA and 30% Disabled Veterans: DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. Disabled veterans must include VA letter & SF-15 if claiming 10 pt. preference. Current active duty members must submit certification that they are expected to be discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions no later than 120 days after date the certification is submitted. Veterans Preference Information.

  • Schedule A, Persons with Disabilities Appointment: Sch A letter from a physician, local, state or federal rehabilitation office citing eligibility under 5 CFR 213.3102 (u). See eCFR Part 213.

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP Priority: Proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

  • Peace Corps Volunteers/Personnel: Documentation of no less than 36 months of continuous service without a break of 3 days or more and separated within the last 3 years.

  • Other Special Hiring Authorities: If claiming eligibility under a Special Hiring Authority not listed above submit appropriate supporting documentation. See Hiring Authorities.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at: Benefits For Federal Employees.

We are a qualifying employer of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. For more information please visit:Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply


How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship please contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

If you do not have access to the Internet, you are strongly encouraged to visit your library, state employment office, or another establishment that provides internet service to complete online application and the assessment questionnaire. If this is not an option, refer to the Alternative Methods for Applying section below for specific instructions.

*Alternative Methods for Applying: * If you are unable to apply using the internet, please fax your request for an application package along with your name and mailing address to: 612-370-2060.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

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Agency contact information
Lashanda L. Burke








USDA, FSIS, HROD 100 N 6th Street, Suite 420C Minneapolis, MN, USA

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log into your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/17/2018 to 05/31/2018

Salary: $96,970 to $148,967 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13 - 14

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent