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AnnouncementJanuary 22, 2014

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is currently recruiting for an organic compliance officer.

We also published additional information on the streamlined sunset review and renewal process and sent the NOSB a memo regarding the sunset review timeline.

Recruiting an Organic Compliance Officer

AMS is currently recruiting for a "Compliance Officer" to work in the NOP's Compliance and Enforcement Division.

The successful applicant for this position will review and analyze complaint case files, including:

  • Evaluating facts
  • Identifying potential violations
  • Determining the elements needed to prove or disprove the allegations
  • Recommending a course of action

The incumbent will conduct investigations and develop case file materials and related documentation. He or she will also conduct follow-up monitoring to ensure operations remain in compliance after initial corrective actions are taken.

This position is based in Washington D.C. and is a GS-9/11 position.

Learn More and Apply
Deadline: Friday, January 31, 2014

Sunset Review + Renewal Process

On September 16, 2013, we announced a transparent and streamlined sunset review and renewal process.

While many members of the organic community have been very supportive of these process changes, we wanted to provide additional information on the revised sunset process.

Additional Info: Sunset Review + Renewal Process

Sunset Review Timeline

AMS has asked the NOSB to review substances currently on the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances per the timeline linked below.

This would cover review activities through 2017 (and address substances with sunset dates through 2019). The memo:

  • Identifies which two meetings the NOSB should use to address each substance, depending on its sunset date.
  • Establishes deadlines for the NOSB to request third party technical reports on an individual substance to assess its impact on the environment, human health, and other OFPA criteria.
  • Provides a list of substances scheduled for NOSB review in 2014 through 2017 (addresses sunset dates through 2019).

View Memo: Sunset Review Timeline

We thank the NOSB for its review of allowed and prohibited substances and ongoing work to protect the integrity of organic products.

About the Agricultural Marketing Service

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) facilitates the competitive and efficient marketing of agricultural products. Through its National Organic Program, AMS facilitates trade and ensures the integrity of organic agricultural products by consistently implementing organic standards and enforcing compliance with the regulations throughout the world. Learn more.

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