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Salary: $139 395 - 181 216 per year
City: Rockville
Published at: Feb 15 2024
Employment Type: Full-time
Join the team! This position is located in the Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction (EXHR), Directorate for Laboratory Sciences (LS). LS conducts product testing, maintains lab wide safety systems, and critical equipment related to safe lab operations, and property management activities. 


The Lab Accreditation Program Specialist serves as the Senior Agency Official covering the full range of CPSC third party lab accreditation activities as established by 16CFR1112 and related regulations, directives and procedures. He/she is required to use broad based knowledge and expertise in third party laboratory conformity assessment programs, including the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperative (ILAC), the capabilities of Accrediting Bodies throughout the world, and the development and use of related accreditation program standards such as ISO-17025-2017. The incumbent is knowledgeable in the development and changes to such standards and how they apply towards recognizing applicant laboratories for approval as CPSC third party laboratories that can issue conformance reports for products that meet children’s products safety standards. The Lab Accreditation Program Specialist is required to use persuasive abilities to motivate the appropriate internal and external organizations to initiate and support the development, maintenance and updating of the CPSC Lab Accreditation IT Systems. The cooperation and respect of the officials in these organizations for the incumbent is a key factor in the Commission's operating and maintaining a high quality, accurate lab accreditation system to ensure manufacturers and others have access to identifying and using qualified labs to certify Childrens Products to ensure CPSC standards are met.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background Investigation Required.


All applicants must have 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped the candidate with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. Qualifying specialized experience must demonstrate the following:   1) Demonstrated experience in managing, monitoring and assessing the effectiveness of an extensive testing laboratory accreditation program; 2) knowledge and understanding of International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperative (ILAC), mutual recognition agreements (MRAs), ISO 17025, ISO 17065, ISO 17011; 3) knowledge of testing laboratories and accrediting accreditation bodies and their roles in the accreditation process; and 4) knowledge of laboratory accreditation assessments. A bachelor’s degree in engineering or a physical science (such as chemistry, biology, etc....) is highly desirable. Completion of formal training courses in ISO-17025 and/or ISO-17011 is highly desirable. Evidence of the above specialized experience must be supported by detailed documentation of duties performed in positions held.  Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience or based on job titles alone.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Applicants must meet the qualifications for this position by the closing date of this announcement.


This position does not have a mandatory education requirement.

There is no substitution for specialized experience at this grade level.


  • Address CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Human Resources Management Room 523 4330 East West Highway Bethesda, Maryland 20814 United States
  • Name: HR Specialist
  • Phone: 301-504-7925
  • Email: [email protected]


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