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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Position Title:
Open Period:
03/06/2014 - 03/19/2014
GS - 1801a 07/09/11
$39179.00 - $75376.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
  • 1 Vacancy in Las Vegas, NV, US
For More Info:
HR Specialist


Who May Apply:
DELEGATED EXAMINING UNIT (DEU) VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT ALL UNITED STATES CITIZENS MAY APPLY. This includes applicants who have never worked for the Federal Government; all current and former Federal employees; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointments under Special Hiring Authorities; veterans who are a preference eligible or have appointment eligibility under VRA; and Federal displaced employees in the commuting area (ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles).
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Duration Appointment:
Marketing Statement:
Incumbent must reside within a 50 mile radius of Las Vegas, NV. Make a Career Connection! We are looking for individuals who would like to come to work for a small, independent regulatory agency dedicated to saving lives. We work very hard to protect the public from the unreasonable risk of injury and death from consumer products. Every U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) employee is proud to be a part of a team that works together to assure that the products you use every day are safe. Consider a position at the CPSC as your career choice.
The Division of Field Investigations is responsible for carrying out investigative, compliance, consumer information and public affairs activities. We encourage voluntary industry compliance with the laws and regulations administered by the Commission, identify product related incidents, investigate selected injuries or deaths associated with consumer products, and implement wide-ranging public information and education programs designed to reduce consumer product injuries. We also provide support and maintain liaisons with all components of the Commission and appropriate Federal, State, and local government offices. The Division is primarily comprised of Product Safety Investigators and support staff that are required to telework full-time from home at duty locations across the country. Our goal as an agency is to assure consumer products distributed to the public are safe. Investigators serve as the Commissions front-line to the public and have a crucial role in protecting Americas families from unsafe consumer products. You have an important job.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Ocassional travel may be required

Key Requirements:



You will be responsible for: Conducting inspections of manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, and retailers who produce, assemble, distribute and sell consumer products. Traveling to on-site locations such as production plants, company offices, distribution facilities, etc. Examining production methods, product specifications, manufacturer's testing and quality control procedures, product certification and labeling. Identifying & evaluating products for potential, substantial, and imminent hazards. Determining compliance with the organization's regulations, laws, and product standards. Conducting investigations by interviewing consumers, fire and police officials, as well as other knowledgeable officials and witnesses on product related injuries and deaths. Conducting interviews of responsible management personnel. Obtaining affidavits and documents & preparing concise, factual reports. Conducting media interviews and responding to inquiries from the local media. Conducting information and education campaigns that promote consumer safety. Maintaining contact with local Congressional offices, coroners, and medical examiners. Equally as important as the responsibilities outlined above, are values such as honesty, loyalty, patience, integrity and the ability to support and respect your management, peers and subordinates.

Qualifications and Evaluations

GS-7: Applicants must have 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level.

GS-9: Applicants must have a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level.

GS-11: Applicants must have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level.

Candidates who do not meet the specialized experience requirement and qualify based on education MUST submit college transcript(s) or a list of college courses that includes hours and grades in order to qualify.
Candidates must possess the Selective Placement Factor to receive consideration for this position.

Applicants must have experience and/or education in conducting product safety investigations, fire investigations, civil/criminal investigations or death investigations.

Position requires that the incumbent telework full-time from their residence. Telework is a condition of employment. Selectee will be required to reside in or relocate to the area in which the vacancy is listed. Area must have high-speed internet access capability.

Selectee must possess a valid State motor vehicle operator's license. Use of a privately owned motor vehicle may be required. Moderate physical exertion is required such as lifting and carrying (15-50 lbs) as well as intermittent strenuous activity such as climbing ladders, crawling, kneeling and bending.

Frequent travel is required, inside and outside the geographic area of responsibility and Region.
After the vacancy closes, we will review your application package to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your responses to the questionnaire, resume and supporting documentation will then be reviewed.  You will be placed in one of the three pre-defined categories.

Your responses to the questionnaire will serve as the basis for your initial rating in one of three pre-defined catagories: "best", "better", and "good". Within each category, those eligible through veterans preference will be listed at the top of the category.

Your resume must support your answers to the questionnaire, or your category may be changed. The candidates in the highest category will be certified for referral to the selecting official and may be invited to an interview.

ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a catagory rating of "better".
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:Applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service (time-in-grade). Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Applicants must meet the time-in-grade requirements of the position within thirty (30) days of the closing date of this announcement.
Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:GS-7: the knowledge, skills, and abilities to identifies problems; investigate complaints; collects samples; evaluates quality controls; interviews witnesses; and gathers data for reports.

GS-9: the knowledge, skills, and abilities to identifies hazards; collect legal evidence; conducts inspections; evaluates quality controls; conducts interviews; investigates accidents and situations related; prepares concise reports and conducts oral presentations.

GS-11: the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully conduct complex investigations, analyzes problems to identify hazards; conducts inspections and collect evidence; investigate accidents; gathers pertinent data, performs field testing; conducts interviews; prepares concise reports and conducts oral presentations.

Benefits and Other Info

CPSC offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: paid vacation, sick leave, 10 paid holidays per year, life and health insurance, Long Term Care insurance, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending account program, and retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan).  

CPSC also offers a broad array of work-life flexibilities and services to employees such as, flexible work schedules, teleworking, transit subsidies, fitness center, and employee assistance and wellness programs. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To learn more, please click here:
Other Information:
CPSC provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in this vacancy announcement.

If you are a male born after December 31, 1959 you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Please see for more information.

This position requires a one year probationary period.

Payment of relocation expenses is NOT authorized.

All the information you provide will be verified by a review of the work experience and/or education as shown on your application, by checking reference and through other means, such as the interview process.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for not hiring you or for firing you after you begin work.

Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

How to Apply

How to Apply:
This vacancy announcement is being advertised simultaneously with Vacancy Announcement 8470CFIWE-2014-0006 (Merit Promotion).

Applicants who wish to be considered under both announcements must apply separately to each vacancy.A complete application package includes the following: your resume; your answers to the vacancy specific questions; AND the supporting documentation required (click on Required Documents).  Your package must be complete and submitted in the manner specified in this section.  Packages that are submitted in any other manner without prior approval from the agency point of contact will not be considered. You MUST apply on-line through

Your application must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. Uploaded resumes must include the following: applicant contact information and educational and professional background information including dates of employment and education, salary (and Federal grade level, if appropriate), and work schedule (i.e., FT/PT). Incomplete applications will not be considered and you will not be contacted to provide any missing information.

To begin the application process, select the "Apply On-line" button to the right on this screen.  Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at The help desk is available Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.
Required Documents:
In addition to your resume, the documents needed for this position are subject to how you apply. List of supplemental material that may be applicable:All current/reinstatement eligible Federal employees with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2) must submit: 1) a copy of their most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility; and 2) their most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a Veteran claiming 5-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other proof of eligibility.  If you are a Veteran claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, you must submit a SF-15, Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference, plus the proof required by that form.  You can find additional information about Veterans' Preference at

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree or qualifying based on education, you must submit your college transcripts (official or unofficial).

ICTAP eligibles must submit proof of eligibility. You must annotate your questionnaire to reflect that you are applying as an ICTAP eligible.  

All supplemental documents must be submitted electronically before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:
1.  Download from your USAJOBS account; or

2.  Upload your file(s); or

3.  Fax using the online Fax Cover Sheet.
What to Expect Next:
After all packages have been received, your package will be reviewed to determine if you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Best qualified candidates will be forwarded to the selecting official for consideration and may be interviewed.

You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBS and selecting "Application Status."