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Grade: 04
1.AP-4: Please select the response that best describes your qualifications for this band level.
  1. AP-401: I meet the education requirements as described above and in the vacancy announcement for the AP-0401. I also have at least 1 year of specialized experience equal to at least the AP-3 level (GS-11 or equivalent level in another federal pay system), or for applicants with no Federal experience, experience equivalent to the experience that would have been gained if working in this position at the next lower level in the Federal service, as described in the vacancy announcement.
  2. AP-401: I have a combination of education and experience; college coursework that is equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position AND have at least 1 year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the next lower level (AP-3, GS-11, etc.) in the Federal service, as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  3. AP-630: I meet the education requirements as described above and in the vacancy announcement for the AP-0630. I also have at least 1 year of specialized experience equal to at least the AP-3 level (GS-11 or equivalent level in another federal pay system), or for applicants with no Federal experience, experience equivalent to the experience that would have been gained if working in this position at the next lower level in the Federal service, as described in the vacancy announcement.
  4. AP-1382: I meet the education requirements as described above and in the vacancy announcement for the AP-1382. I also have at least 1 year of specialized experience equal to at least the AP-3 level (GS-11 or equivalent level in another federal pay system), or for applicants with no Federal experience, experience equivalent to the experience that would have been gained if working in this position at the next lower level in the Federal service, as described in the vacancy announcement.
  5. AP-1382: I have a qualifying combination of education and experience. My college coursework is equivalent to a major, including the course work specified above, in one of the related fields as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. I also have at least 1 year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the next lower level (AP-3, GS-11, etc.) level in the Federal service, as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  6. AP-1320: I meet the education requirements as described above and in the vacancy announcement for the AP-1320. I also have at least 1 year of specialized experience equal to at least the AP-3 level (GS-11 or equivalent level in another federal pay system), or for applicants with no Federal experience, experience equivalent to the experience that would have been gained if working in this position at the next lower level in the Federal service, as described in the vacancy announcement.
  7. AP-1320: I have college coursework that is equivalent to a major in one of the related disciplines shown above. My coursework includes 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education. I also have at least 1 year of specialized experience that is equivalent to the next lower level (AP-3, GS-11, etc.) in the Federal service, as defined in the vacancy announcement.
  8. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.Prepare professional technical reports substantiated by objective data and scientific knowledge to summarize findings from research, audit, assessments, or inspection.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


2.Please check all that apply. I have experience in the following areas:
  1. Providing guidance on new agency issuances and initiatives.
  2. Conducting in-depth analysis of data and looking for trends and patterns.
  3. Making recommendations to managers based on trends and patterns.
  4. Creating and providing reports and analyses that are used for evaluating food processing or production systems.
  5. Providing analytical support, technical advice and assistance relating to audits, reviews, or other studies being conducted.
  6. Identifying findings or observations that require more in-depth technical/scientific analysis to assess public health impact or the effect on market conditions and ensure appropriate action is taken.
  7. None of the above.


3.Analyzes data and reports, noting trends, problem plants, or emerging issues involving food safety and other consumer protection issues and either take appropriate action or make recommendation action to managers.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


4.My most recent supervisor would say my ability to develop good working relationships is:
  1. Excellent
  2. Very Good
  3. Good
  4. Fair
  5. Needs Improvement


5.My most recent supervisor would say my ability to explain scientific knowledge in easy to understand terms is:
  1. Excellent
  2. Very Good
  3. Good
  4. Fair
  5. Needs Improvement


6.Participates in a team or collaborate projects with representatives from a variety of 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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


7.Check all that apply. I have knowledge of and/or experience working with the following laws and regulations
  1. Federal Meat Inspection Act
  2. Poultry Products Inspection Act
  3. Egg Products Inspection Act
  4. 9 CFR 300- End
  5. Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA)
  6. None of the above.


8.Check all that apply. I have experience reviewing or implementing the following:
  1. Meat, poultry, or egg products labels
  2. Pathogen testing for process control verification
  3. HACCP plans
  4. Animal production systems
  5. Food processing protocols
  6. Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)
  7. Manufacturing records
  8. None of the above


9.Evaluate the effectiveness of food safety systems or other consumer protection requirements and practices by applying federal regulations and laws to determine compliance.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


10.Perform research, analysis, or evaluative work related to food processing (food safety or other consumer protections) systems to obtain information, verify facts, and decide on a course of action.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


11.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. I do not have experience working in any of the above environments.


12.Choose the one answer that most closely describes your experience. I have work experience where my primary responsibility for the position was to inspect a plants or multiple plants operations and verify the execution of the plants (or plants) food safety program and other consumer protection controls. My years of experience where this was my primary duty are:
  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.Using scientific knowledge, determine the processing and/or slaughter activity effectiveness in maintaining a safe and truthfully labeled product.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


14.Evaluate the manufacturing, processing or slaughter food safety systems and other consumer protection programs to ensure they are implemented as designed.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


15.Determine work schedule and manage time to complete tasks within allotted timeframe.
  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 from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


16.Please check all that apply. I have participated as a subject matter expert and team member or team leader to interact with one or more of the following for the purpose of making and communicating broad judgments on the regulatory requirements applied to food processing, animal production, or other consumer protections.
  1. Manufacturers
  2. Special interest groups
  3. FSIS Work or Task Groups
  4. Others from private industry
  5. Public health communities
  6. Universities and/or academia
  7. Government agencies
  8. Product producers (meat, poultry, food or other)
  9. None of the above


17.I keep abreast of scientific and technical developments affecting meat, poultry, and egg product production, inspection standards, and requirements.
  1. Very frequently (active research several times per week)
  2. Often (active research an average of once a week)
  3. Occasionally (passive in research, but aware of major developments)
  4. Never


18.Choose the one 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 5
  2. 3 to 5
  3. More than 1 but less than 3
  4. Less than one
  5. No experience in the meat or food science fields.


19.Please check all that apply. I have successfully completed an educational course(s) or training class(es) with the primary emphasis of the learning devoted to the topic of:
  1. Food Technology
  2. Microbiology
  3. Epidemiology
  4. Chemistry
  5. Food Labeling Laws or Regulations
  6. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)
  7. Sanitation Standardized Operating Procedures
  8. Statistical Process Control
  9. Statistical Analysis
  10. Good Manufacturing Practices
  11. None of the above


20.Please check all that apply. I have experience writing:
  1. Reports
  2. Proposals
  3. Policies
  4. Training content
  5. Workshop material
  6. Scientific papers or journal articles
  7. Research findings
  8. Material to address or explain complex topics
  9. None of the above.






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