Human Resources and Security Specialists should use this tool to determine the correct investigation level for any covered position within the U.S. Federal Government.
Department of Agriculture
Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study -- any field that included 9 semester hours or the equivalent in agriculture, botany, crop production, agronomy, product processing, food chemistry, technology, quality control, or other related subjects.
General Experience: Experience that provided familiarity with the standard methods or practices related to the product's processing, storage, transportation, quality control techniques, or marketing in terms of the effects such factors have on product quality. This experience may have been gained in work such as:
Specialized Experience: Experience that demonstrated all of the following:
Positions at GS-9 and above require "hands on" grading and/or inspection experience of grain and/or grain products.
For positions at GS-9, competency examinations in grading and weighing grains/grain products and work-related within-house tests may be required as directed by the Administrator of the Federal Grain Inspection Service, under statutory authority of the U.S. Grain Standards Act of 1976 and as amended.
Use the Group Coverage Qualification Standard for Administrative and Management Positions for this series in conjunction with the Individual Occupational Requirements described below.