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Supervisory Compliance Investigator

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$89,506.00 to $116,358.00

Pittsburgh, PA
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$89,506 to $116,358 per year

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1 vacancy in the following location:

Pittsburgh, PA

Pittsburgh, PA

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Entitlement to payment of relocation expenses will be determined in accordance with the provisions outlined in FSIS Directive 3820.2.

This job is open to

Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.


Individuals with disabilities

Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista

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Current federal employees of this agency.

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The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (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.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 was signed into law on February 7, 2014. This Act amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) to provide that all fish of the order Siluriformes, including catfish, basa, tra, and swai, or other species of the order Siluriformes are determined to be amenable species under the FMIA. FSIS

The Supervisory Compliance Investigator position is located in Pittsburgh, PA at the Compliance and Investigations Division (CID), Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit (OIEA), **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (FSIS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

*This position is for the Pittsburgh Sub-area which encompasses four offices (Pittsburgh, PA; Rochester, NY; Waltham, MA; Pickerington, OH).

The applicant selected for this position may work out of any of the aforementioned office locations.

Salary Range:

GS-13: $89,506.00 to $116,358.00 per year.

Regular Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday. Occasional weekends and holidays may be required.

This position may be eligible for telework and/or other flexible work arrangements.

The majority of the work is performed in a normal office setting.

The work is mostly sedentary; however, some walking, bending, lifting is required to perform some tasks.

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This position is located in the Compliance and Investigations Division (CID), Office of Investigation, Enforcement, and Audit (OIEA), **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (FSIS).

CID investigates violations of the 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 according to Agency laws, regulations, and directives.

The Supervisory Compliance Specialist carry out critical activities including:

Supervising first response to food borne illness outbreak investigations, food defense investigations, and alleged sales of adulterated, unwholesome, or falsely labeled products in consumer channels.

Directing the activities of investigators in conducting complex investigations, and in planning, scheduling, and conducting ongoing surveillance of industry operations.

Monitoring reports and documentation of surveillance and investigative management controls to assure the Agency strategic goal “enhance inspection and enforcement systems and operations to protect public health” is obtained.

Directing the performance of risk-based surveillance activities, adhering to Agency policy in a multitude of commercial operations dealing with handlers/processors of meat, poultry, and egg products.

Directing and supervising a workforce whose activities include: the surveillance of in-commerce businesses that slaughter livestock and poultry and/or process meat, poultry, and egg products; buy, sell, transport, and store meat, poultry and egg products; monitoring of dead, dying, diseased, and disabled livestock and the products produced from them; collection of ground beef samples at retail for E.coli testing; documentation of administrative enforcement actions; control of violative products through detentions, seizures, and voluntary recalls; and investigation of consumer complaints.

Application and promotion of Agency equal opportunity and civil rights policies.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - The incumbent may be required to travel up to 25% of the time. Travel may be on short notice due to emergency situations or special investigative requirements. Due to the time sensitivity of investigations, the incumbent will usually be expected to use the fastest mode(s) of transportation available. Therefore, air travel and driving for periods of several hours are essential requirements of the position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Permanent Food Safety Inspection Services (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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1801 General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, And Compliance Series



Conditions of Employment

US Citizenship is required.

Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check required.

A 1-year supervisory probationary period may be required.

Public Financial Disclosure Required (OGE Form450)

A valid driver license is 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 Secret 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, specialized experience and/or education, 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-12 grade level for consideration for the GS-13 grade level.)

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

Specialized experience at this level is defined as enforcement and investigative work rather than inspection activities. It includes working with enforcement actions, applying investigative methodology, documenting case files, preparing case investigation files, and working with and understanding of the enforcement process.

This experience must demonstrate a knowledge of meat and poultry inspection laws and regulations; the ability to monitor food product and maintain chain of custody, collect and evaluate evidence, recognize and resolve violations of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act, and/or Egg Products Inspection Act; and the ability to gather facts, analyze data, and develop written reports.

Experience should also demonstrate knowledge in the following areas: meat and poultry inspection laws and regulations; the ability to monitor food product and maintain chain of custody, collect and evaluate evidence, recognize and resolve violations of the Meat Inspection Act, Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act, and/or Egg Products Inspection Act; and the ability to gather facts, analyze data and develop written reports.

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

General Inspection, Investigation, Enforcement, and Compliance Series 1801

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.


There is no education substitution for this position.

Additional information

• Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployed Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible see Career Transition

. 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 applicants 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 **** (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

• Special Hiring Authorities Information: See Feds Hire Vets

for more information regarding applying under the Veteran’s Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, and Schedule A Disabled.

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:

Serves as a technical and program expert to provide advice, direction, and guidance to agency investigative, enforcement, and inspection personnel on varied and complex matters involving execution of regulatory and legal authorities under the Federal Meat, Poultry, Egg Products, and Humane Slaughter statutes.

Serves as technical and program expert on unusually complex, atypical, or precedent-setting issues involving alleged violations of, interpretation of, or execution of Agency statutes, regulations, and authorities to achieve the Agency food safety enforcement mission, goals, and program objectives.

Serves as a liaison to and carry out joint activities with the Office of General Counsel, Inspector General, Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Attorneys, and others outside the agency, as well as with program areas and experts across the agency, to obtain enforcement dispositions and other program outcomes that achieve FSIS food safety goals.

Representing the agency in case dispositions, negotiations, and settlements, at administrative hearings, and in other regulatory, enforcement, and program matters to ensure outcomes achieve Agency public health goals.

Participating, as an expert, in intra- and inter-agency program and policy initiatives and work groups, develop and present training and informational materials, and serve a mentor to other staff.

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

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 for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university. Foreign education must be evaluated by an approved organization. For additional information, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website at U.S. Dept. of Education

. All transcripts must be in English or include 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 in accordance with the Labor Management Agreement.] For more information click Competitive Hiring.

• Current Permanent FSA County Employees: Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50/equivalent) showing highest grade or promotion potential held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade AND most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) per above.

• 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.

• 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.



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 ****.

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 ****







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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 (click here)

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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Legal and Regulatory Guidance: Click here

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

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