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Job Title:Contract Specialist - SV-1102-J

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Transportation Security Administration

Job Announcement Number:HQ-ACQ-12-535296

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$86,914.00 to $134,714.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to Wednesday, October 17, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Atlantic City, NJ, USView Map


Open to all U.S. Citizens. 

Salary range listed includes Locality Pay of 21.79%.

This position is located in Atlantic City, NJ.


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.                     

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  • You must possess United States Citizenship or be a U.S. National.
  • You must complete a favorable Background Information Investigation (BI).
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance.
  • You must comply with education and training requirements for this position.
  • Disclosure of your financial information is required.


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This Contract Specialist position is located within the Office of Acquisition, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS). If you are selected for this position, you will serve as a senior level Contract Specialist for highly complex acquisition programs. You will provide oversight and team leadership for broad contracting activities affecting key Office of Acquisition strategic program objectives. Typical assignments include:

  • Providing overall strategic planning for major acquisitions and ensuring that program/projects meet business needs for timeliness, functionality, and overall program efficiency and effectiveness. Providing recommendations to senior leadership on short term and long range acquisition program activities, including problems encountered from compliance reviews and proposing solutions that may include training to reduce knowledge gaps for other contracting staff and to improve overall COTR performance.
  • Planning and carrying out broad contracting functions characterized by large funding levels extending over a long period of time for highly critical and visible programs having agency-wide impact.
  • Directing the full range of contract administration actions required for the acquisition program, including issuing contract modifications, negotiating contract changes, exercising contract options, investigating and resolving contractor delays, conducting contractor performance appraisals, subcontractor surveillance, disposition of claims, and similar matters.
  • Serving as principal contract adviser to program offices and represents TSA or DHS program's contractual authority at conferences and meetings.
  • Serving as subject matter expert and principal point of contact on interpreting complex policies and developing new approaches in solving difficult contracting issues.
  • Exercising leadership by providing guidance to less-experienced specialists, professional, managers, or administrative support staff, leading large project/program teams. Defining and developing internal policies and procedures and recommending solutions to complex contracting issues.
  • Serving as the principal technical expert and point of contact for Contracting Officers on implementing broad contracting and acquisitions policies, directives, and procedures. Providing expert guidance and policy interpretations regarding contract administration issues.
  • Reviewing internal processes and acquisitions program activities to ensure transparency and accountability and leading teams that conduct ongoing assessments and evaluations of contract administration program activities to ensure compliance with broad contracting and acquisition policies, procedures, and requirements as well as overall strategic goals and objectives.
  • Providing expert consultative advice, guidance and instruction, both within TSA and as part of Homeland Security or inter-agency task forces or groups on highly complex contracting issues which often cross multiple projects/programs or functional areas. Interpreting broad policies and objectives and developing new policies, procedures and approaches consistent with TSA operating requirements and strategic objectives.


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Completion of all mandatory training (listed below) prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to higher Band level contracting positions, including at least four years of experience in contracting or related positions.


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.

DOCUMENTATION: You must submit copies of your transcripts from an accredited college or university (for each school attended). You must also provide transcripts or certificates of the training required for this position. Failure to do so will remove you from consideration.

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS: In addition to the education and experience requirements listed above, you must complete all Level I, II, and III training prescribed by the Department for progression to Pay Band J. DHS training requirements are further defined in DHS, OCPO Interim Policy on Professional (GS-1102) Career Information and the Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) Program. This information may be found at the Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Workforce website:

DHS training requirements are:

Level I
Defense Acquisition University: CON-100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 110 Mission Support Planning (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 120 Mission-Focused Contracting (or equivalent)
Targeted Elective - 16 hours*

Level II
Defense Acquisition University: CON 214 - Business Decisions for Contracting (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 215 - Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 216 - Legal Considerations in Contracting (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 217 - Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques (or equivalent)
Defense Acquisition University: CON 218 - Advanced Contracting for Mission Support (or equivalent)
2 Targeted Electives - 16 hours each (For transfers, CON PRC should be completed as continuous learning.)*

Level III
Defense Acquisition University: CON 353 - Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (or equivalent)
2 Targeted Electives - 16 hours each (For transfers, CON PRC should be completed as continuous learning.)*

*Note: Experience or on-the-job training may not be used to satisfy requirements for a training elective.

The Department may obtain an Individual Training Waiver for an individual who does not meet the DHS Training Requirements so that applicants who do meet the above education and specialized experience requirements, but do not meet the above listed DHS Training Requirements, are encouraged to apply.

C. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is defined as experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of the position. For the SV-J Pay Band (equivalent to GS-14), you must have completed all mandatory training listed above prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to SV-J or GS-14 equivalent or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least one year of that experience must have been specialized experience equivalent to at least the SV-I Band or GS-13 grade level in the Federal service or equivalent in the private sector. Such experience includes:

  • Applying contracting laws, regulations, principles, and procedures to plan and carry out contracting and procurement activities;
  • Performing contract management activities related to requirement definition, source selection, contract execution, and contract management in pre and post award phases on large scale contracting actions;
  • Applying project management principles and techniques to lead teams in complex acquisition program activities; and
  • Utilizing automated systems to maintain information regarding contracting program activities. 

NOTE:  Credit for experience is given based on a 40-hour workweek.  Part-time experience is credited on a part-time ratio, i.e., working 20 hours per week for two months equals one month of experience.  No additional credit is given for overtime.  

You must meet the qualification requirements for this position no later than the closing date of the vacancy announcement.


You will be evaluated based on a comparison of the position requirements against the quality and extent of the experience and/or related education as reflected in your resume and supporting documentation.  You are encouraged to ensure work experiences clearly show possession of the competencies required for this position.  We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and any supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your category placement may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.

When completing the assessment questionnaire for this position, you will be prompted to elect if you wish for your application to be considered as External (where Veterans' Preference applies), as Status (current or former Federal Employees), and/or Internal to TSA as a current permanent or competitive temporary employee.  At that time, please select the answer(s) that apply to you and your application to this position.
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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 and 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."


Eligibility to apply for other Federal positions: TSA is an Excepted Service agency exempt from most of Title 5 United States Code, including regulations which apply to displaced Federal employees (CTAP/ICTAP) of other agencies, and employment with TSA does not confer "Competitive Status" that generally results from selection and service in Competitive Service agencies.  The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has established an Interchange Agreement, which allows most permanent TSA employees to apply and be considered for vacancies in Competitive Service agencies.  Information from OPM on this or other Interchange Agreements is available at:

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy.  To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation as a condition of placement into this position.  

TSA employees who are absent for the purpose of performing military duty may apply for any vacancies announced in their absence.

Payment of relocation expenses (Permanent Change of Station) is not authorized. Qualified non-competitive eligible candidates may be referred for consideration on a separate, unranked list. More than one position may be filled from this announcement.


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Please Note: All of the following must be received in our office by 11:59 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date of this announcement. This includes both online and mailed application materials. If we do not receive all required information by the closing date, your application may not be considered.

Your application must include:

1. Resume
2. Self Assessment Questionnaire for this position
3. Applicable supporting documents (see Required Documents Section)

Click the "Apply Online" button below and follow the prompts to apply.  If you are unable to access the automated application system, we may need to reset your password.  Please call the TSA HR Access Help Desk at 1-877-872-7990 between the hours of: 7:00AM - 8:00PM ET Monday - Friday, 10:00AM - 3:00PM ET Saturday, or 11:00AM - 4:00PM ET Sunday.  

If you are unable to apply online, please call the Help Desk at the number listed above for a printed Employment Packet which will be sent to you for completion and return to this office.


In addition to a resume and the assessment questions, you must submit copies of any of the following documents if you are applying based on current or former Federal Government Status (if you are not a current TSA employee), Veterans' Preference, or education or a combination of education and experience:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action - Current TSA employees are not required to submit an SF-50 to support eligibility for internal/status consideration.

If you are not a current TSA employee: you must submit your most recent personnel action SF-50
(or equivalent document) to support your eligibility for Status consideration.  If you elect Status for the consideration of your application without submitting an SF-50 demonstrating your current or previous permanent Federal employment status, and you are not a current TSA employee, your application may not receive Status consideration.

DD-214 - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, provide a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other appropriate documentation to prove your entitlement and to provide verification of an Honorable Discharge. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 5-point preference.

SF-15 and VA Letter - If you are claiming Veterans' Preference based upon a Compensable Disability, Widow or Spouse Entitlement, or as a Purple Heart recipient, you must submit your DD-214 or other proof of entitlement; an SF-15, and the required proof of disability, i.e., Department of Veterans Affairs letter dated 1991 or later. Failure to provide this documentation will result in your application not receiving 10-point preference.

Transcripts - If you wish to qualify for this position based on your education, submit copies of your transcript(s) from accredited colleges or universities for each school attended.


HR Help Desk
Phone: 877-872-7990
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 877-872-7992
Agency Information:
DHS/Transportation Security Administration
Shared Service Center
2650 Park Tower Drive
Suite 201
Merrifield, VA
Fax: 571-258-4052


The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We will notify you of the outcome of these steps when they have been completed. You may also check your application status by visiting the Candidate Dashboard.

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