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Job Title:Contract Specialist GS-1102-13/14

Department:Department Of Homeland Security

Agency:Federal Emergency Management Agency

Job Announcement Number:MG2012-7930-JMS-802724DE

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 $136,771.00 / Per Year


Friday, December 7, 2012 to Friday, December 14, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

  • All U.S. Citizens
  • For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please click here
  • This position opportunity is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Procedures and at the GS-13/14 grade levels. Please see vacancy announcement numbers MG2012-7930-JMS-802728MP for additional information.


This position is ideal for an expert Contract Specialist professional looking for an opportunity to serve in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Mission Support Bureau, Office of Chief Procurement Officer.  In this position you will serve as a Contract Specialist within the Acquisition Operations Division (AOD) and as such, will be responsible for soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, awarding, administering, analyzing, advising on, and/or terminating contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for the Agency. This position starts at a salary of $89,033(GS-13).  Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Office of the Chief Procurement Officer (OCPO).


EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT:  For all nonbargaining unit positions, the following applies:  Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites.  All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must be able to obtain a (Public Trust/HR) security clearance.
  • You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.
  • This position may require occasional non-emergency travel.
  • Direct Deposit is mandatory.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.


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In this position, you will be responsible for soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, awarding, administering, analyzing, advising on, and/or terminating contracts for the procurement of supplies and services for the Agency. 

Typical work assignments include:


  • Uses complex methods to plan and carry out long-term pre-award and post-award procurement actions.
  • Advises executive management and senior-level staff on all procurement actions for assigned organizations and determines the types of procurement instruments to be issued and which best meet the needs of the Agency for all serviced functions/offices.
  • Uses contract methods and types that include cost reimbursement, cost-plus-fixed-fee, firm-fixed price, incentive, etc., to procure large highly complex, and significant equipment systems, programs, services, or construction where little or no contractual precedent exists.
  • Perform work related to the contract pre-award process in compliance with Federal Acquisition Regulations and Agency policy and manages all contractual aspects of a major program involving coordination of a number of contracts including long-range planning, program knowledge, scheduling and coordination with other programs, and skill in interpreting policies.
  • Use of contract types such as simplified acquisitions, interagency agreements under the Economy Act, interagency agreements under specific authorities.
  • Performs work related to the contract post-award process, and analyzes or evaluates aspects of procurement policies and programs to develop policies and procedures.
  • Conducts policy research, analysis, interpretation and/or review of contract actions for compliance with applicable policies and procedures.



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You qualify for this position at the GS-14 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. 


Specialized experience include:  I have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. My experience includes writing and implementing policy on operational acquisition activities such as FAR, financial management, budgeting, and procurement professionalism.




Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) or Level III Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification.


You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience.  Specialized experience that equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. 


Specialized experience include: Responsibility for a variety of contracts requiring special handling provisions; demonstrated and extensive experience developing sophisticated acquisition plans, source selection plans, pricing arrangements and unique and innovative contractual terms and conditions.


Completed all of the following mandatory training requirements for progression (i.e., GS 13 or higher level) to a senior level contracting position with the Department of Homeland Security:


Level II Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C) or Level II Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) certification with the completion of the following:


·         CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements

·         CON 110 Mission Support Planning

·         CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution

·         CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment

·         CON 120 Mission Focused Contracting

·         1 Elective (minimum 16 Continuous Learning Points)

        ·         CON 214 Business Decisions for Contracting (online)

·         CON 215 Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support

·         CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting (online)

·         CON 217 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques

·         CON 218 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support

·         2 electives (minimum 16 Continuous Learning Points each)

        ·         CON 353 Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (classroom)

·         2 electives (minimum 16 Continuous Learning Points each

 Information on DAU equivalent providers may be found at


Time-in-Grade Requirements:  Status applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the Federal service.  To be creditable, one (1) year is required at the GS-12 level for the GS-13 and GS-13 for the GS-14..


All qualifications and grade equivalency requirements must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement. 


In addition to the above qualifications you must meet both A and B:


A.  Additionally, at least 4-years experience in contracting or related position.  At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of this position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


B.  A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was supplemented by at least 24 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. Exceptions: 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. 


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.  With respect to each waiver granted under this Paragraph D, the senior procurement executive must document for the record of the basis of the waiver.  If an individual is placed in a position in an agency on the basis of a waiver, the agency may later reassign that individual to another position at the same grade within that agency without additional waiver action.


Time-in-Grade Requirements for Federal employees:  Current Federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the Federal service. The time-in-grade requirement must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

This position has a positive education requirement.  Proof of successful completion of required course work MUST be provided to determine if you meet the basic qualification requirements for the position.  Without this proof, your application will be rated ineligible.  You must provide a copy of your school/college transcripts or a list of courses including course title, credit hours, grades and the required Defense Acquisition University transcript or certificates.

Background Investigation: 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 for Public Trust/High Risk as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.


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 a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:


  1. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles of acquisition planning sufficient to develop and implement plans to procure a program.
  2. Comprehensive knowledge of pricing/cost analysis techniques to negotiate and act on a variety of pricing and special agreements, including final overhead rate agreements which have a financial impact on a large number of contractual actions.
  3. Experience and skill in approving a variety of contract types including cost and incentive contracting.
  4. Knowledge of the regulations and techniques of source selection sufficient to conduct a competitive selection.; plan, develop, and establish contractual strategy for an acquisition including assisting in the requirements, developing the pre-negotiation position, and determining the contract type.
  5. Ability to serve as an advisor to program officials at procurement planning meetings with subject-matter experts, professional and other specialized staff.


Under Delegated Examining (All U.S. Citizens), we will use your job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.

2. Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.

3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:  View Assessment Questions 

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking here to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well Qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

Veterans: Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. For information on veterans’ preference, please click here.

Certain veterans are eligible to apply as a status candidate under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). For more information, please click here.


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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.”


This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.


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Your application must be received by 11:59PM EST on Friday, December 21, 2012. 

To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your résumé, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Your responses to the job questionnaire View Assessment Questions
  3. Are you qualifying based on education?  Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Those with foreign education, click this link
  4. Are you a veteran?  Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty). Those applying for 10-point preference must fill out the SF-15 (click here for the form) and provide the required documentation listed on the back of the form. Click here for more veterans’ information.
  5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)?  You must submit:
      • a copy of your agency notice, and
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.


Johnny Smith
Phone: (202)646-4075
TDD: (800) 877-8339
Agency Information:
DHS FEMA HCD Talent Acquisition and Processing
1201 Maryland Avenue Portals III
Mail Stop 3715
Washington, DC


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 after each of these steps has been completed. Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process. To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.” We expect to make a final job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

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