This Position Is No Longer Available

Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Job Announcement Number:  DAL-OAQ-575339-DH-WM

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 to Thursday, December 13, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
few vacancies - Washington DC Metro Area, DC United States
United States Citizens - DIRECT HIRE


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact:join DHS.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the principal investigative area of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government.  Created in 2003 through merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization, ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 47 foreign countries around the world.  ICE is a key component of the DHS layered defense approach to protecting our nation.  For additional information about ICE and career opportunities go to




The Office of Acquisition Management (OAQ) is highly professional, customer-focused organization with an enterprise-wide, strategic approach to procurement.  OAQ operates as a full business partner with internal and external organizations and serves as a strategic asset dedicated to improving the agency's overall business performance.  OAQ's mission is to create quality business solutions that accomplish Immigration and Customs Enforcement's mission goals. 


Organizational Location:  This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Acquisition Management in Washington, DC.


Relocation Expenses:  Relocation expenses will not be paid.


Note:  One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy announcement.


This is a Public Notice (DIRECT HIRE) Announcement which will be used to establish an inventory of applicants interested in a career as a Contract Specialist.  This inventory of applicants will be used to fill vacancies within the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Acquisition Management.  Offers may be made at any time throughout the open period of this notice. 



  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to pass Background Investigation and Drug Screen for Fed employment
  • Relevant Experience and Education (see Qualifications & Education Tab)
  • Complete Application Package (see How To Apply Tab)
  • Selective Service registration for males born after 12/31/1959.


As a Contract Specialist, your duties will include:


*      Responsibility for solicitation, administration, close-out and termination of purchase orders and contracts;

*   Responsibility of acquiring a wide variety of commodities including but not limited to furniture, telecommunication equipment, ammunition, and surveillance equipment;

 Purchasing and/or managing a variety of service contracts including IT support services, financial management services, detention management services, and guard services;

*  Serving as a business advisor to a wide range of customers, advising customers of the pertinent program data required to successfully procure professional services and/or equipment.


You will be assigned to support a designated contracting section within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Acquisition Management (OAQ). We are seeking competent, experienced and mission focused Contract Specialists for dynamic acquisition assignments in the following areas:


  • Information  Technologies Software and Services;
  • Information Technology Hardware;
  • Mission Support (Commercial supplies and services);
  • Simplified Acquisitions/Contractor Payment;
  • Professional Support Services;
  • Detainee Compliance and Removal Activities;
  • Transportation Services; and
  • Detention Management Support (Large contracts for detention facilities, health services, furniture and/or support services). 



You qualify at the GS-13 level if you meet the basic educational requirements and possess one (1) year of specialized experience performing duties such as:


  • Performing a range of contract specializations such as negotiation, cost and price analysis, and administration.
  • Demonstrated experience in contract principles, techniques, and a knowledge of variety of contract types.
  • Experience in soliciting, awarding, and administering contracts with multiple instances.



Basic Requirements:


In addition to meeting the specialized experience, you must meet one of the following qualifications to qualify for the GS-13 position:


(A) You must complete all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency and possess 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions.  At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position.  This experience must have equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties.




(B) A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields:  accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.


(C) Exception:  Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000.  This also applies to positions at the same grade in the same agency or other agencies if the specialized experience requirements are met.  However, they will have to meet the basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.


(D) Waiver:    When filling a specific vacant position, the senior procurement executive of the selecting agency, at his or her discretion, may waive any or all of the requirements of Paragraphs A and B above if the senior procurement executive certifies that the applicant possesses significant potential for advancement to levels of greater responsibility and authority, based on demonstrated analytical and decision making capabilities, job performance, and qualifying experience.



Selective Placement Factor:  In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following selective placement factor:


  • You must have either DAWIA II or FAC-C Level II certification.



NOTE:  You must provide this certification with your application package.  Failure to do so may result in you not being considered for a position.


Selective placement factors are applied in the same manner as minimum qualification requirements.  Relevant selective placement factor experience must be well documented in your resume.  Failure to meet a selective placement factor will result in you not receiving further consideration.



Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.  Qualification claims will be subject to verification.



Requirements by Closing Date: Unless otherwise noted, you must meet all requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 


Probationary Period: This is a full-time permanent position (Career/Career-Conditional appointment). Upon appointment to this position, you may be required to serve a one-year probationary period.


Proof of Education:  You must submit TRANSCRIPTS or list of college courses, with credit hours, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. (Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.) This education must be from an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  Applications received without the transcripts will not receive further consideration.


We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using an Assessment Questionnaire.  The questions are related to fundamental competencies (or Knowledge, Skills, and abilities) which are; knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and related acquisition regulatory or statutory guidance, skill in planning, developing, and implementing contracts and multi-year contracts, ability to utilize analysis techniques to evaluate and/or negotiate contractor proposals; required for the job for which you are applying.


Based on your responses, you will receive a score from the Assessment Questionnaire between 70 and 100.  Those applicants who score the highest will be referred to the hiring manager and may be called for an interview. 


ICTAP/CTAP Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility is on the OPM's Career Transition Resources website at  To be considered well qualified under ICTAP/CTAP you must earn a score of 85 or above on the rating criteria developed for this position. 


DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including:  health, dental, vision, life and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays.  Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health wellness programs; and fitness centers.  DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities.  For more information, go to and select "benefits".


Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:


1.  Your Résumé

2.  A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3.  Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, December 13, 2012.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.


Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page  using the following Vacancy ID 575339. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire,

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire , and

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.



  • Resume showing relevant experience (education, training, and/or work experience; work experience should include job title, duties, employer's name, daytime telephone number and address, starting and ending dates, hours worked per week, and indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.)
  • List of college courses, with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average or class ranking, name and address of institution, (example TRANSCRIPTS.)  Prior to appointment, an official college transcript may be required.
  • SF-50 if you are a current or former Federal employee
  • Proof of eligibility if applying for consideration under a priority selection program (e.g. ICTAP) or a special appointing authority.


Applications and supporting documentation will not be accepted by mail or email.  If you need further assistance, contact the Human Resources Office representative listed on this announcement at least one day prior to the  Thursday, December 13, 2012 for further instructions. 


You must submit all required information with your application package. If materials are not received, your application will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible.  Also, if you do not provide an email address, you may not be notified of the outcome of your application.


Wanda R. Martin
Phone: (214)905-8706
Agency Information:
ICE Dallas Service Center
7701 N Stemmons Freeway
6th Floor
Dallas, TX


Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews.  We will notify you by email the outcome after each of these steps has been completed.  Your status will also be updated on your USAJobs and Application Manager accounts throughout the process. We expect to make a final job offer within 90 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

Control Number: 305066300
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