Consumer Safety Officer

Washington D.C.
Jul 05, 2017
Jul 19, 2017
Full Time

Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for implementing the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This law gives FDA authority over tobacco products by adding a new chapter to the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The Tobacco Control Act gives FDA the authority to regulate tobacco products and manufacturers based on the best available science and CTP is responsible for both assessing and fostering that science-base. CTP's actions have significant public health and consumer protection impact, and are among the most important issues faced by the Agency in its long and distinguished history.


This position is located in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Center for Tobacco Products (CTP), Office of Compliance and Enforcement (OCE), Silver Spring, Maryland. 

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-CTP-17-MP-1982739CH under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.

  • 25% or Greater
  • Domestic travel is required up to 25% of the time.

  • No

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Only experience gained by closing date announcement will be considered.
  • One year probationary period may be required.
  • In order to qualify for the Consumer Safety Officer, GS-0696-07, you must meet the following:

    Basic Requirements:

    Degree: that included at least 30 semester hours in one or a combination of the following: biological sciences, chemistry, pharmacy, physical sciences, food technology, nutrition, medical science, engineering, epidemiology, veterinary medical science, or related scientific fields that provided knowledge directly related to consumer safety officer work. The 30 semester hours can include up to 8 semester hours in statistics, or course work that included the principles, theory, or practical application of computers or computer programming.


    Combination of education and experience -- courses consisting of at least 30 semester hours in the fields of study described in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    Minimum  Qualifications:

    GS-07: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience that is equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service, public or private sectors to include interpreting food and drug laws and regulations, assisting with inspections of retailers and plants, and preparing reports that detail the inspection results.


    One year of graduate level education or meet the requirements under the superior academic achievement provision. 


    A combination of the education and experience required for this grade in which your percentage of specialized experience and education totals to 100%. 

    If you are claiming education as any part of your qualifications for this position, you must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list including courses, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program.  For further information, click on foreign education.


    Conditions of Employment: 
    1. Security and Background Requirements:  If not previously completed, a background security investigation will be required for all appointees.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action.  In addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be required at a later time.  Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications is subject to investigation.  False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection and/or appropriate disciplinary action. 
    2. E-Verify:  If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-Verify" System.  Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify employment eligibility of all new hires, and as a condition of continued employment obligates the new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant. 
    3. Direct Deposit:  All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.  
    4. Pre-employment physical required: No
    5. Drug testing required: No

    6. License required: No
    7. Mobility agreement required: No

    8. Moving expenses authorized: No
    9. Immunization required: No
    10.Relocation Incentive authorized: No
    11. Recruitment Incentive authorized: No

    12. A background investigation may be required.
    13. Student loan repayment incentive authorized: No
    14. Annual leave for non-federal service authorized: No
    15. Bargaining Unit Position: Yes

    16. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing of the announcement.

    17. Financial disclosure statement required: No

    Q - Nonsensitive


    • Researches and interprets Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act regulations that deal with compliance issues and provides compliance information to industries/individuals.
    • Formulates recommendations based on background and understanding of policies, regulations, procedures, and compliance information.
    • Advises individuals on new information related to new compliance programs, laws, and regulations, significant court decisions, and any new findings.
    • Collects samples of foods, drugs, cosmetics, hazardous substances, and tobacco products.
    • Makes recommendations as to whether or not a firm/individual is in compliance with regulatory procedures.

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