Status: Full-time position
Location: Washington DC,DC
Job Summary: The incumbent serves as a technical expert who provides oversight of the enforcement process, including supervision of the Compliance and Enforcement Assistants, to ensure complete, accurate, and supportable evidentiary materials appropriately to sustain the enforcement actions against violators of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937
Qualifications: Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including the following specialized experience and/or education, as identified by grade level.Applicants can qualify by meeting the education requirements specified below and/or the Specialized experience requirements. Education GS-9: Successful completion of a master's or equivalent graduate degree in law, public administration, justice administration or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.GS-11: Successful completion of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. Accepted degree fields include: Public Administration, Industrial Relations, Political Science, Business Administration, Law Enforcement, or other related degree. TRANSCRIPTS are required if:
You are qualifying for the position based on education.
You are qualifying for this position based on a combination of experience and education. This education must have been successfully completed and obtained from an accredited school, college, or university.
Duties: The duties described are for the full-performance level. At developmental grade levels, assignments will be of more limited scope, performed with less independence and limited complexity. The duties may include, but are not limited to:
The incumbent is responsible for carrying out a variety of analytical assignments related to marketing order and agreement program compliance and enforcement, Section 8e import requirements, the Export Fruit Acts, and the peanut standards program.
Recommends and leads the development of procedures, review criteria and regulatory approaches for use in administering enforcement activities for section 8e import requirements. This includes: (1) consultation with the inspection service, the Foreign Agricultural Service and the U.S. Customs Service, drafting procedures governing the enforcement of import requirements for fruits and vegetables under Section 8e of the AMAA; (2) collecting, tabulating, and preparing for presentation statistical information on Section 8e imports such as inspection and import data to evaluate the effectiveness of the program; and (3) coordinating overall Section 8e compliance activities, including the review of compliance cases, determining the need for and obtaining additional information and/or investigations, preparing necessary documents to initiate administrative and legal actions; and serving as liaison with the Office of the General Counsel.
Recommends and leads the preparation of a comprehensive manual for 8e compliance activities which will: (1) identify procedures, methods, documentation to be reviewed and contacts; (2) describe liaison activities with 8e compliance contacts (Customs, port officials, importers, brokers, foreign embassies, etc.); (3) develop commodity specific compliance procedures; (4) determine coordinator/liaison responsibilities with the OGC, AMS Compliance and Analysis; Office of Inspector General, and U.S. Attorneys to have investigation conducted; and (5) explain how to prepare and trace compliance cases for submission for prosecution and/or adjudication.
Attends and makes presentations at conferences and seminars sponsored by various groups such as Customs Brokers, importers, and inspection services, to promote awareness and understanding of section 8e regulations by importers, Customs Brokers, shippers, receivers, inspection and other government agencies.
Conducts audits (either on-site or by mail) of importers of section 8e commodities to monitor compliance with section 8e requirements.
In conjunction with the Compliance and Enforcement Branch Chief, Compliance and Enforcement Program, analyzes and evaluates Division compliance activities, identifying areas in need of improvement, and in establishing, implementing and monitoring compliance policies, goals and objectives as they relate to section 8e and marketing order compliance.
Leads activities related to, and conducts, program reviews of marketing order committees’ compliance activities and programs to identify problem areas and makes recommendations for improvement.
Provides training to headquarters, marketing field offices, and marketing order program staffs in various areas of compliance on a regular basis in order to promote understanding and application of compliance in all marketing orders under the AMAA.
Reviews reports and correspondence prepared by the Branch specialists for technical accuracy, proper interpretation/communication of policy, responsiveness and tone.