Compliance Investigator

Food Safety and Inspection Service | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 5/04/2021
Description This position is located in the Compliance and Investigations Division (CID), Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA). CID investigates violations of food safety, food defense, and other consumer protection statutory requirements; controls unsafe or violative products through detentions, civil seizures, and voluntary recalls; and develops cases through surveillance and investigation activity to ensure that appropriate criminal, administrative, and civil sanctions are carried out.Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement, including specialized experience and/or education, as defined below.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: To be considered minimally qualified for this position, you must demonstrate that you have the required specialized experience and/or education for the respective grade level in which you are applying:

Specialized Experience: You must have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service performing duties which include:
  • Developing strategies, practicing different techniques to gauge appropriateness, and learning a body of precedents regarding compliance reviews;
  • Consulting legislation such as the Meat Inspection Act, Poultry Products Inspection Act, and Egg Products Inspection Act, as well as regulations and statements of policy in the form of directives or notices; and
  • Handling cases pertaining to problems where established compliance regulations, practices, and procedures are applicable.
Education: You must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree. This education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be determined from the school, 54 semester hours should be considered as equivalent to 3 years of full-time study. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.)
Combination: You must have an appropriate combination of successfully completed graduate level education and experience. To determine your combination, first compute your experience as a percentage of the experience listed above; then determine your education as a percentage of the education listed above; then add the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent. Only graduate education in excess of two full years (36 semester hours) may be used to qualify. (You must submit a copy of your transcripts for verification.)

Specialized Experience: You must have at least one year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service performing duties which include:
  • Planning and conducting surveillance activities in commercial operations, such as retail stores, 3D/4D operators, transporters, cold-storage warehouses, distributors, salvage operators, renderers, brokers, animal food manufacturers, and other handlers/processors of meat and poultry products;
  • Detecting, planning, and developing criminal, bio-security, and illness outbreak investigations, and other enforcement activities involving surveillance activities, collection and analysis of records, and control of adulterated/misbranded product performance of undercover work;
  • Coordinating on responses to violations related to criminal investigations, bio-security threats, foodborne illness outbreaks, and other activities; and
  • Participating in the formulation of policies, procedures, and programs, including establishment of goals and priorities for program activities.
Education cannot be substituted for experience to qualify for the GS-12 grade level.

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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

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