Policy Analyst Food and Agriculture Security Program Manager

Policy Analyst (Food and Agriculture Security Program Manager)
Homeland Security Staff
Department of Agriculture
Washington, District of Columbia

Job: Policy Analyst (Food and Agriculture Security Program Manager) Homeland Security Staff Department of Agriculture Washington, District of Columbia.

This position is located in the National Security Division (NSD) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of Homeland Security (OHS). The incumbent serves as the Food and Farm Safety Program Manager and is the Team Leader for the Food and Farm Division. Additionally, incumbents play a key role in supporting leaders/providing redundancy for other NSD programs, including recovery and mitigation, counterintelligence, and insider threats.

Policy Analyst Requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. citizen.
  • Males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered or exempt from the military service registry.
  • Subject to satisfactory assessment of background check and/or fingerprint check.
  • A one-year supervisor/manager probation period applies unless the previous service is credible. New USDA supervisors must successfully complete all components of the required training program by the end of the trial period.
  • Direct Deposit: Public Law 104-134 requires all federal employees to make federal payments to their financial institutions through direct deposit.
  • Successfully passed E-Verify Employment Verification. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and obligations, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • The incumbent is considered critical and may therefore need to return to his/her designated office outside of normal business hours to assist USDA policymakers, especially in times of crisis.
  • The position is said to be particularly sensitive and those selected must have or be able to obtain a top-secret Special Sector Information Clearance (SCI).
  • Those selected must undergo a urinalysis prior to their appointment to investigate illicit drug use, followed by random testing. Permanent cessation and continued employment depend on adverse illicit drug use outcomes.
  • Since liquidity is a factor in this job, you need to sign a liquidity agreement. Depending on the needs of the service, you may be moved to a new location during your career.

Policy Analyst Qualifications:

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions and specialized experience, as defined below.

Time in grade:

Current federal employees applying for a promotion opportunity must meet the time-in-grade (TIG) requirement of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

Specialized Experience:

GS-14 includes one year of specialized experience directly related to the work of this position. Specialized experience is coordinating organizational efforts concerning emergency management and national security issues as they relate to the food and agriculture sector. Experience includes volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.


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