Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Student Trainee (Appeals Officer) USDA, National Appeals Division

The National Appeals Division is an independent office within the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that reports directly to the Secretary of Agriculture.

The mission of the National Appeals Division is to conduct impartial administrative appeals hearings and reviews of adverse program decisions made by officers, employees or committees of designated agencies of USDA.

This position serves as a Student Trainee signed to the appeals staff and/or regional office. Under the direct supervision of the Supervisory Appeals Officer (SAO) and the Deputy Regional Director (DRD).

The salary shown in this announcement reflects the base rate of pay for the Federal government. The salaries for each location are: Alexandria, VA ($53,435 - $69,460) 1 vacancy) and Cordova, TN ($48,968 - $63,654) (2 vacancies).

For more information visit the National Appeals Division Homepage at
One or more positions may be filled using this Job Opportunity Announcement.


The Pathways Student Trainee (Appeals Officer) GS-09 position will provide assistance in a variety of functional areas, including, but not limited to, review Director review requests filed by parties and preparing review determinations for the Director, and reviewing Administrative Judge determinations. Such duties involve:
Examining first level National Appeals Division (NAD) decisions regarding direct and guaranteed rural housing loans and serving, commodity programs, deficiency payments, commodity loans, crop disaster programs, livestock programs, conservation programs, payment eligibility, and price support program which come before NAD;
Participating in examining evidentiary hearings in which one or both sides may be represented by an advocate or attorney;
Preparing memoranda in support of determinations for review by an experienced staff member and signature by the Director on regulatory issues;
Evaluating first level decisions to assess whether decisions are consistent with laws and regulations and their general applicable interpretations;
Performing administrative duties such as: gathers and reviews a variety of narrative and/or statistical data to prepare reports;
Conducting analyses of data to support conclusions or recommendations for action.

For more information and to apply, visit the site.