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Job Title:  Contract Specialist
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Job Announcement Number:  FS-796588-AK13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$42,209.00 to $54,875.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Friday, December 28, 2012
Full Time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Bethesda, MD United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Uniformed Service University of The Health Science

This Position is located in the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine, Office of the Vice President for Resources Management, Directorate of Contracting. The Contact specialist performs developmental and/or recurring transactions are developmental assignments designed to increase the employee's skill and knowledge.  The specialist procures supplies or services primarily through formal advertising, or through formal advertising, or through limited use of negotiation techniques.

Full Performance Level is GS 11


  • U. S. Citizenship is required.


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  • Perform basic price analyses, using available price lists and historical procurement records.
  • Procure supplies or services through formal advertising, or through negotiation techniques.
  • Review acquisitions to verify proper specifications and purchase descriptions are included in solicitation.
  • Determine financial responsibility of supplier by evaluating contract performance on previous contracts.


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BASIC QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT:  To meet the Basic Qualifications for the 1102 Contract Specialist series, applicants must have one of the following:

A bachelor's degree from a accredited educational institution in any field of study.


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. (This requirement  can be obtained within the degree or in addition to the degree)


EXCEPTIONS- Employees who occupy the GS-1102 positions or contracting positions with authority to award or administer contracts above the simplified acquisition threshold in DOD on or before September 30, 2000 are considered to be exempt from meeting the basic education qualifications for this series. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50)

NOTE: Employees are subjected to meet the specialized experience requirements for positions at the GS-7 grade level or above. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12, and when seeking another position.

In additional to the basic qualification listed above, you must also MEET one of the following additional requirements for the GS-07 grade level.

A. Have successful completion of a bachelor's degree and meet one of the following superior academic achievement provisions: 1) a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for all completed undergraduate coursework or for all courses completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 2) a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all courses in the major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two full years of undergraduate work; 3) ranking in the upper one-third of your college, university, or major subdivision; or 4) membership in a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies.


B. One full year of graduate level study, or I possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., etc.  The field of study for at least one year of graduate education must be in one or a combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.  One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school you attended has determined to represent one year of study. If this information cannot be obtained from your school, we will consider 18 semester/27 quarter hours to be equal to one year of full-time study. (YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS)


C. One year of specialized experience performing work of the type listed in the following examples: developing, preparing, and presenting terms and conditions in bids or proposals related to the award of contracts; or negotiating and awarding contracts, contract modifications, and subcontracts; or in legal practice involving the analysis of procurement policies and procedures; or administering the terms and conditions of contracts, including such aspects as preparing contract modifications, evaluation of performance under the contract, and contract termination; or analyzing proposed prices or costs, including such aspects as evaluating technical and audit reports, forecasting price trends, evaluating economic factors, estimating production efficiencies, and evaluating methods of allocating costs through various types of overhead and general administrative expense.


D. A combination of graduate level education as described in “B” above and specialized experience as described in “C” above. To combine education and experience, first take the number of semester hours or equivalent earned towards a graduate degree, in excess of 18 semester hours, and divide by 18 semester hours or equivalent. Then take the number of months of experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify.

NOTE: This is an individual, single agency qualification standards for Department of Defense. The standard implements requirements contained in title 10, United States code, section 1723 through 1733, that were effective October 1, 2000.

Education: For any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descript courses listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research"), please indicate through your resume or attachment memorandum from an academic professor how each course fulfills the specific education requirement, i.e., state number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned.

NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement). All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE.

Special Instructions For Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, click HERE.



A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.


Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category, and veterans with a service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:


  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceed the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job; and
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


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If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the SF15. If you don’t have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the National Archives at


If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.


If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or Mother or Spouse of a Disabled or Deceased Veteran, you must submit all additional proof required by the SF15, and if applicable, a completed SF15. If you don’t have your Department of Veterans Affairs letter establishing proof of disability, you may request it at or call 1-800-827-1000. 

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


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

  1. Your Résumé and other supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section below.
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire.

A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Friday, December 28, 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 assessment questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:


To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 796588.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment 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.


The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

  1. Your Résumé
  2. A complete Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Other Supporting Documents (No Photos Please): 
      • Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable.
      • College transcripts, (official or unofficial transcripts)
      • Documentation that you meet any selective factors or screen outs, if applicable.
      • If qualifying based on Exception-(YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50)

If you are a displaced Federal employee within in the local commute area of this announcement, you must include ALL the following documents to receive  Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan consideration for this vacancy:

1. Proof you are a displaced Federal employee under 5 CFR 330.702, e.g., one of the following: RIF Separation Notice; Notice of Proposed Removal for Declining a Transfer of Function; Agency certification of inability to place after termination of work-related disability compensation; OPM Notice of Termination of Disability Annuity; or certification of a Military Reserve Technician or National Guard Technician special disability retirement annuity.

2. SF-50s (Notification of Personnel Action) sufficient to show all of the following: 1) that you held career/career-conditional competitive status in your position of record; 2) the promotional potential of your position of record; and 3) the duty location of your position of record. NOTE: You may need to submit more than one SF-50.
3. Most Recent Performance Appraisal. This requirement does not apply if you qualify for ICTAP due to injury compensation or disability annuity.

Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (I/CTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above (or rated at 85 or above under merit promotion procedures) on the rating criteria for this position.  For further information about the I/CTAP programs, click HERE.


Amadu Koroma
Phone: (415)281-7077
Agency Information:
USOPM San Francisco Services Branch
San Francisco Federal Building
90 Seventh Street Suite 13-300
San Francisco, CA


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. You will receive notice via email or by mail once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

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