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Grade: 03
1.PHHRS AP Band 3 (GS-9/11 equivalent): Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-7 or 8)
  2. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 2) level in the federal service
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system
  4. I have a closely related 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.
  5. I have a combination of education and experience that meet the qualifications for AP Band 3 (GS-9) Ex: An applicant has 9 mos. of specialized experience equivalent to GS-7 and less than 2 years, but 1 1/2 or more years of creditable graduate education (closely related to the position). The 1/2 year of graduate education beyond the first year needed to qualify for GS-7 and the 9 months of specialized experience together meet or exceed the total requirement.
  6. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  7. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  8. None of the above for this band (AP Band 3, GS-9/11 equivalent).


2.Please select the answer that reflects your basic qualifications for this position. This is used together with your answers in the previous question.
  1. My specialized experience meets the specialized experience requirement that is cited in the vacancy announcement text and/or below. By selecting this option, I am acknowledging that I have read the text in the vacancy announcement or below which outlines specialized experience, and to the best of my knowledge, I meet this requirement. I understand that my resume and application must provide detail to fully support this claim.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


Grade: 04
1.PHHRS AP Band 4 (GS-12/13 equivalent): Please select the statement(s) that reflect your basic qualifications for this position:
  1. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS grade level (GS-11)
  2. I have at least 52 weeks equivalent to the next lower PHHRS pay band (e.g. Band 3) level in the federal service
  3. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower comparable pay band in another pay system
  4. I have a combination of pay band and GS experience that meets the specialized experience requirements
  5. I have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower level of the following: I have Non-Federal (private sector) or a combination of Non-Federal and Federal (GS or pay band) experience that meets the specialized experience requirements. I understand that my resume must clearly reflect this experience, including the number of months of full-time work or percentages for combinations of work that clearly show that I meet the specialized experience requirements.
  6. None of the above for this band (AP Band 4, GS-12/13 equivalent).


2.Please select the answer that reflects your basic qualifications for this position. This is used together with your answers in the previous question.
  1. My specialized experience meets the specialized experience requirement that is cited in the vacancy announcement text and/or below. By selecting this option, I am acknowledging that I have read the text in the vacancy announcement or below which outlines specialized experience, and to the best of my knowledge, I meet this requirement. I understand that my resume and application must provide detail to fully support this claim.
  2. I do not meet the requirement as stated above.


Grade: All Grades
As a basic requirement for the Compliance Investigator position, applicants must provide evidence of progressively responsible leadership experience that is directly related to the skills and abilities outlined in this announcement. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at or above the GS-7 or AP-BAND-2 grade level in the federal service or its equivalent in the private sector. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the competencies outlined in the announcement. We recommend that your resume emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of the programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. Please answer all of the questions listed in this announcement. Errors or omissions may affect your consideration for employment. Remember that your experience is subject to verification. Your responses to these statements will be scored and the score you receive will be used as a measure of the degree to which your background matches the qualifications and competencies required for this job. In responding to these questions, you should carefully consider each of these statements and choose the response that best matches your experience level. Again, your resume must support your self-ratings. PLEASE NOTE: Your self-ratings will be reviewed. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

If applicable, in your resume, please provide the degree or certificate name, the date received, and the university/college granting. If no degree/certificate was received, yet, coursework was completed, please list the courses with approximate dates and name of university/college where taken.

* 1.Choose the answer that best describes your highest level of education:
  1. Completed a food science related graduate degree (Master of Science, Master of Arts), in addition to a bachelor's degree.
  2. Completed additional relevant graduate level coursework (e.g., food science, health science, public health, business administration) beyond a bachelor's degree.
  3. Received a bachelor of science degree in food science or science related field (e.g., animal science, meat science, food technology, agriculture, microbiology, biology, or chemistry).
  4. Received a bachelor degree (art or science) in non-food science non-science related field (e.g., Liberal Arts, Education).
  5. Received associate of arts or science degree from an accredited college or university.
  6. Received certificate in food science (or, 30 hours of food-science related coursework) from an accredited college or university.
  7. Received certificate or vocational degree in non-food science related coursework from an accredited college or university.
  8. Completed coursework at an accredited college or university with some classes in food science or science.
  9. Completed some coursework at an accredited college or university with courses in subjects other than food science or science.
  10. Completed high school degree or equivalent.
  11. Completed less than high school degree or equivalent


* 2.Choose the answer that best describes your highest level of education:
  1. Completed criminal justice graduate course work beyond a bachelor's degree.
  2. Received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice
  3. Received a certificate in criminal justice or related subject matter (e.g., law, judicial process).
  4. Completed criminal justice courses or related subject matter (e.g., law, judicial process) at an accredited college or university.
  5. None of the above


* 3.Please check all that apply. I have successfully completed a training course with the primary emphasis of the training devoted to the topic of:
  1. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  2. Sanitation Standardized Operating Procedures (SSOP)
  3. Statistical Analysis
  4. Toxicology
  5. Microbiology
  6. Epidemiology
  7. Pathology
  8. Chemistry
  9. Ante and Post Mortem Practices
  10. Good Manufacturing Practices
  11. None of the above


* 4.Please check all that apply. I have successfully completed a training course with the primary emphasis of the training devoted to the topic of:
  1. Prosecution Procedures
  2. Evidence Handling
  3. Depositions
  4. Investigative Procedures
  5. None of the above


* 5.Please check all that apply. I have successfully completed a training course with the primary emphasis of the training devoted to the topic of:
  1. Communication Skills
  2. Conflict Resolution Training
  3. Negotiation Skills
  4. Interviewing Skills
  5. Report Writing
  6. None of the above


* 6.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. My years of work experience in the meat science, animal science and/or food science fields are:
  1. More than ten (10)
  2. More than five (5) but less than ten (10)
  3. Three (3) to five (5)
  4. Less than three (3)
  5. No experience in the meat or food science fields


* 7.Please check all that apply. I have experience working in:
  1. Slaughter plants - poultry
  2. Slaughter plants - red meat
  3. Processing plants - poultry
  4. Processing plants - red meat
  5. Processing plants - egg products
  6. Processing plants - thermal processing (e.g., canning)
  7. Other food processing plants
  8. Import Facilities (facility)
  9. I do not have experience working in any of the above environments.


* 8.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility for the position was to inspect a plant's or multiple plants' operations and verify the execution of the plant's (or plants') food safety program. My years of experience where this was my primary duty was:
  1. More than 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 9.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility was to develop an administrative case file compiling evidence related to the failure to comply with food safety, sanitation or economic regulations. My years of experience where this was primary responsibility was:
  1. More than 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 10.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility was observing animals ante- and post- mortem inspection of animals to determine adequacy for human consumption. My years of experience where this was my primary responsibility was:
  1. More than 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 11.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility was working on a manufacturing line inspecting meat and/or food products in a slaughter or processing plant. My years of experience where this was my primary responsibility was:
  1. More than 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 12.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility for the position was to review the design of plants' operations and determine the adequacy of scientific evidence to support the design. My years of experience where this was my primary duty was:
  1. More than 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 13.Please check the answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility for the position was to review establishment design for security vulnerabilities and make recommendations to correct. My years of experience where this was my primary duty was:
  1. More than 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No work experience where this was my primary responsibility.


* 14.Please check all that apply. During my career, I have:
  1. Disseminated new or revised regulations, policies and procedures.
  2. Answered questions regarding regulations, policies and procedures.
  3. Resolved disputes regarding regulations, policies and procedures.
  4. None of the above


* 15.Please check all that apply. During my career, I have:
  1. Written technical reports relevant to food science, food safety, food security or agency policy of 10 or more pages or more in length.
  2. Written technical reports relevant to food science, food safety, food security or agency policy of 5-9 pages in length.
  3. Written technical reports relevant to food science, food safety, food security or agency policy of 1-4 pages in length
  4. I have not written technical reports relevant to food science, food safety, food security or agency policy.


* 16.Please check all that apply. During my career, I have:
  1. Worked with an investigative officer to collect evidence from an establishment.
  2. Collected evidence in a case that was forwarded for prosecution.
  3. Served in a principal role for a case for prosecution (e.g., civil, criminal, investigative, administrative).
  4. Testified or served as an expert on agency policy in a hearing (e.g., civil, criminal, Congressional, or administrative).
  5. None of the above


* 17.Please check all that apply. I investigated a/an:
  1. Enforcement Action(s)
  2. Hotline Complaint(s)
  3. Consumer Complaint(s)
  4. Food Recall Incident(s)
  5. Product Seizure(s)
  6. Food Borne Illness Outbreak(s)
  7. Quarantine Incident(s)
  8. Eradication Measure(s) to contain an epidemic
  9. None of the above


* 18.Please check all that apply. I have direct working experience applying the following laws:
  1. Meat Inspection Act
  2. Poultry Inspection Act
  3. Egg Inspection Act
  4. Humane Slaughter Act (9 CFR 313)
  5. Rules of Practice (9 CFR 500)
  6. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA)
  7. State laws as relevant to food safety
  8. None of the above


* 19.Check all that apply. I have regular and recurring experience verifying the following:
  1. Sampling plans and sampling techniques (e.g., meeting criteria for random sample)
  2. e. Coli monitoring and charting test results
  3. HACCP plans
  4. SSOPs
  5. Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)
  6. Sanitation plans
  7. None of the above


* 20.Check all that apply. I have regular and recurring experience in:
  1. Collecting samples for adulterant tests (e.g., microbiological, chemical, or physical adulterants)
  2. Receiving pathogen test results
  3. Making recommendations based on adulterant test results
  4. None of the above


* 21.Check all that apply. I have regular and recurring experience in:
  1. Verifying or enforcing corrective actions in establishments
  2. Documenting non-compliance
  3. Documenting a trend of non-compliance
  4. None of the above


* 22.Please check all that apply. I have experience in:
  1. Performing import functions related to products (e.g., meat)
  2. Performing export functions related to products (e.g., meat)
  3. None of the above


* 23.Please check all that apply. I have experience in:
  1. Inspecting a non-federally regulated facility or establishment
  2. Tracing a product through several production or distribution sites as part of an investigation
  3. Collecting testimony including signed statements following procedures for admission to Federal Court
  4. Reviewing organizational (e.g., Agency) programs and making a recommendation for improvement
  5. Acting as team leader in investigations
  6. Coordinating the collection of evidence by working with other inspectors
  7. None of the above


* 24.Please check all that apply. During my work career, I have been a member of a committee, team, or task force that included:
  1. Law enforcement personnel
  2. Attorneys
  3. State government officials
  4. Federal government officials outside of FSIS
  5. Foreign government officials
  6. None of the above


* 25.Provide technical guidance to field inspection personnel on the procedures, laws, and regulations governing meat, poultry, and egg product safety.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 26.Identify trends in noncompliance and/or the need to focus additional attention on particular establishments.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 27.Formulate local and national policies, procedures and programs, including the establishment of long range goals and priorities for maintaining food safety and security.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 28.Conduct surveys, including but not limited to food security surveys, to determine the nature and extent of industry trends or to obtain pertinent background data on potential problem areas.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 29.Develop intelligence data on individuals and companies in the meat, poultry, and egg product industries by collecting information through various sources.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision by a supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor, manager or senior employee.
  5. This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed it myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 30.Do you have experience identifying a need for, and conducting an in-depth investigation, including any covert intelligence gathering?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 31.Please rate your experience level in this area?
  1. No experience.
  2. Novice - I have less than three years of experience identifying and conducting in-depth investigations.
  3. Intermediate - I have between three and four years of experience identifying and conducting in-depth investigations.
  4. Advanced - I have four or more years of experience identifying and conducting in-depth investigations.
  5. Expert - I have four or more years of experience managing a staff and have mentored, provided guidance or trained less experienced staff in this area.


If you have indicated that you have experience in this area, your resume should briefly describe your experience and where the experience was gained.

* 32.Do you have experience working with others outside of your work group where you needed to share information and coordinate activities?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 33.Rate your experience level in this area?
  1. No experience.
  2. Novice - I have less than three years of experience.
  3. Intermediate - I have between three and four years of experience.
  4. Advanced - I have four or more years of experience.
  5. Expert - I have four or more years of experience managing a staff and have mentored, provided guidance or trained less experienced staff in this area.


If you have indicated that you have experience in this area, your resume should briefly describe your experience and where the experience was gained.

* 34.Do you have experience evaluating (e.g., inspecting, auditing, grading) someone/something where the party being evaluated was not very receptive?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 35.Rate your experience level in this area?
  1. No experience.
  2. Novice - I have less than three years of experience.
  3. Intermediate - I have between three and four years of experience.
  4. Advanced - I have four or more years of experience.
  5. Expert - I have four or more years of experience managing a staff and have mentored, provided guidance or trained less experienced staff in this area.


If you have indicated that you have experience in this area, your resume should briefly describe your experience and where the experience was gained.





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