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Job Title:Contract Specialist

Department:General Services Administration

Agency:Federal Acquisition Service

Job Announcement Number:1307011KBDE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$72,733.00 to $94,551.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, December 18, 2012 to Wednesday, January 02, 2013




Full-time - Permanent




FEW vacancies in the following location:
Fort Worth, TX, USView Map


All United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island).


You may have heard GSA called 'the government's landlord', but GSA is about more than just buildings...We're a vehicle management and acquisition service...a real estate IT solutions provider...a global supply chain manager...and more!  GSA provides innovative solutions for Federal agencies that include products, services, workspace, and expertise to build a more high-performing, efficient, sustainable, and transparent government for the American people.  And, since our jobs are as diverse as the services we provide, GSA is a great place to start, build, and expand your career.

This vacancy is also being announced under Merit Promotion procedures as Vacancy Announcement Number 1307010KBMP. Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration. NOTE: You must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered under both procedures.


As a Contract Specialist, you will be responsible for large-scale, national in scope, centralized acquisition of services or supplies under the acquisition programs. GSA offers its employees a wide range of benefits including:

  • Federal health insurance plans (choose from a wide range of plans)
  • Life insurance coverage with several options to choose from
  • Leave policies to help you take care of your personal, recreational, and health care needs
  • Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k) plan)
  • Flexible work schedules and Announcement
  • Transit and child care subsidies
  • Training and development
At this time we are filling two vacancies, however additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This position is located in the Federal Acquisition Service, Greater Southwest Acqusition Center. This office handles the contracting for a wide variety of commercial products and services.



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  • Determines current and future industry capability to meet the consolidated requirements for the assigned product line (s) or services.
  • Conducts acquisition planning based on analysis of results of industry analysis, market research and other considerations.
  • Stimulates interest in bidding or locating new sources of supply.
  • Determines quantities or extent of services to be procured, identifies exceptions or changes needed in contract provisions, determines appropriate contract type, coordinates socioeconomic factors with appropriate activities and makes determinations concerning minimum or maximum order limitations, method of award, origin/destination pricing, guarantees, preaward samples, transportation and delivery considerations and other special provisions unique to the Government's requirements.
  • Conducts Pre and Post-Award of contracts.


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    The GS-12 salary starts at 72,733.00 per year, if you meet the following qualifications. You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. Basic requirement for an 1102: A. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field. OR B. 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. Exceptions: On January 1, 2000, employees who have held, on a continuous basis, a GS-1102 position will be considered to have met the standard for this position. Employees who occupy GS-1102 positions at grades 5 through 12 will be considered to meet the basic requirements for other GS-1102 positions up to and including those classified at GS-12. This includes positions at other agencies and promotions up through grade 12. However, employees must meet specialized experience requirements when seeking another position. OR You must possess at least 52 weeks of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience is: contracting or related work that provided the specific knowledge, skills & abilities to perform the work. Examples: developing, preparing, & presenting terms & conditions in bids or proposals related to the award of contracts; negotiating & awarding contracts, modifications, &/or subcontracts; contract administration; cost & price analysis; procurement management reviews; contract clearance; developing position on claims & protests related to contracts.

    Basic Requirements for GS-5 through GS-12

    1. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major in any field;


    2. At least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following fields: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitativemethods, or organization and management.

    If selected, you must meet the following conditions:

    • Serve a one year probationary period (unless you have previously satisfied this requirement).
    • Be able to make a direct deposit of your salary check to a financial organization.
    • Males born after December 31, 1959 must have registered with the Selective Service.
    • Complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment" (OF-306) to determine suitability for Federal employment.
    • Undergo a background security investigation and receive a favorable adjudication.
    • If you are not a current GSA employee, you must complete the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 to determine identity and employment (work status) eligibility.  GSA will verify the information through the DHS e-Verify automated system.  Any identified discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
    • Complete an OGE Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, and obtain approval that no conflict or an appearance of conflict exists between your financial interest and this position.
    • Complete a one year supervisory or managerial probationary period, unless this has been previously fulfilled.


     You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities: Contract Specialist. A variety of assessments/assessment tools may be used to evaluate candidates for specific vacancies covered by this announcement. Candidates will be notified when further assessments are implemented and provided with instructions on how to access and complete the assessment(s).  Be sure to APPLY EARLY as most assessments must be completed fully and submitted before the announcement closing.

    If you are an Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan eligible or a GSA Career Transition Assistance eligible, you must be considered well qualified (minimum score of 85) to receive priority.  ICTAP/CTAP


    If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self-assessment vacancy questions will be used to assign a numerical score. If your responses to the vacancy questions are not supported by your resume then your score may be adjusted lower by the Human Resources Specialist. Scores are not augmented by Veteran's preference points for this type of announcement (Merit Promotion). You will be evaluated on the vacancy related questions that were designed to assess your overall possession of the following competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities: Knowledge of contracting principles and procedures, contracts and provisions, and methods of contracting applicable to the centralized acquisition of product line and/or service requirements; knowledge of assigned product lines or services and the industry sufficient to identify sources of supply, recent developments and trends, economic factors affecting procurements, and anticipated requirements of Federal agencies both annually and seasonally; knowledge of cost and price techniques sufficient to perform a variety of computations relative to item costs, packing, packaging, specification requirements, and delivery points sufficient to determine the best buy for the Government; Knowledge of negotiation techniques sufficient to negotiate prices, terms and conditions, contract modifications, and settlements; ability to communicate orally and in writing.


    The Category Rating procedure is being used to rate candidates.  If you are found qualified for the position, your responses to the self assessment vacancy questions will be used to place you in one of the following categories:  Qualified, Well Qualified, Best Qualified.  Your responses to the vacancy questions must be supported by your resume or the Human Resources Specialist may adjust your responses lower.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Appropriate documentation must be received to adjudicate veterans' preference.
    To preview questions please click here.


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    GSA offers a comprehensive benefits package. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, see Benefits.


    Bargaining Unit status: AFGE


    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for this position. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the successful applicant.


    Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed. This vacancy announcement does not preclude filling this position by other means. Management also has the right not to fill the position.


    Thank you for your interest in working for U.S. General Services Administration!


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    You must submit a complete application including any required documents prior to 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of the Announcement.  Errors or omissions may result in your not being considered for this vacancy.  For information on applying for a GSA vacancy, please visit Applying for a GSA Job

    We will only consider applications submitted through the online process listed below unless an exception has been approved by a representative of the HR Office listed on this announcement.  A description of the online process is provided below:
    1. Select the "Apply Online" button.  Log on to OPM's USAJOBS to access your existing resume or to create a new one.
    2. From your account, select which resume you wish to submit.  You also have the option of attaching any required documents saved in your USAJOBS account.  Click "Apply for this Position Now!"
    3. You will be redirected to GSA's automated system, GSAjobs.  First time users will be asked to respond to "Account Creation" questions.  If you are a return GSAjobs user, click the links on the left to review and update any necessary profile information before continuing on with the application process.
    4. You will be prompted to respond to "Eligibility Questions" which will be used to determine your eligibility to apply for various types of vacancies.  If you are a return user, these fields will pre-populate with your previous responses.  Please review and make any necessary changes before proceeding.
    5. Next, you will be asked to respond to vacancy specific questions regarding your qualifications and the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or other competencies required to successfully perform this position.
    6. Submit any required documents (see below).  A "Vacancy Documents" page is automatically displayed by the GSAjobs system.  Most documents become part of your permanent electronic file and you need to submit them only once unless you wish to update.  You can view the Description column next to each form to determine if a previously submitted document is on file.  For each document you must submit, select one of the following options in the "Action" column:
      • "Upload" - Using the Document Manager, upload  document (.gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc format only) directly from your computer;
      • "USAJOBS" - Using the Document Manager, download a document you previously attached from your USAJOBS account for this vacancy.
      • "FAX" - Print the Fax Cover Sheet, then fax cover sheet and document(s) to the listed phone number.  We strongly recommend you read the "Fax Instructions" provided on the Document Manager page prior to printing the Fax Cover Sheet and faxing your information.  
    7. At this point, if you are determined to be qualified for the position based upon your previous responses, additional assessment questions may be presented.  
    8. Finally, you'll receive an Application Review Page which allows you to review the information that will be submitted.  You can save a copy of your application by selecting the 'Save PDF' button.  Then, YOU MUST CLICK THE 'FINISH' BUTTON to submit your application.
    Note:  If you cannot complete any part of the application process listed above, contact the Human Resources Office/representative listed on the announcement prior to the announcement deadline for instructions on how to proceed.  Be sure to receive prior HR approval to deviate from these instructions so that your application will be considered.


    Please review the following to determine which documents you must submit in order to complete your application. ICTAP/CTAP: Submit proof of eligibility (e.g., agency notice, most recent performance rating,and SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action (or similar agency form).Veterans: Submit proof of preference claim (DD214 & SF-15 if applicable; or submit official statement of service if on active duty). Current Federal Employees Or Reinstatement Eligibles: A copy of your latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or similar agency form which shows current position, title, series, grade, and career tenure. Note: GSA employees (except for OIG employees) are not required to submit a SF-50. People With Disabilities: Submit proof of eligibility & certification of job readiness. Select the link People With Disabilities" for information on eligibility and documentation required. Applicants Applying Under Other Appointment Authorities: Submit proof of your eligibility under the appropriate appointment authority. See USAJOBS's Info Center for more information. College Transcripts: Submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s) if the qualifications for this announcement have an education requirement, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. If selected, an official/sealed transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, submit a valid foreign credential evaluation. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education.


    GSA Mandatory Training: Submit either each course certificate or a list of completed courses detailing official course title, course number, training provider, training hours completed, and the date completed. Submit under document type "GS-1102 Training Documentation". YOU MUST SUBMIT THIS REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION OR YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS VACANCY.


    Proof of Contracting Certification: If you have received FAC-C or DAWIA Level II or higher certification, submit copy of certificate.Eligible


    Kim Barnes
    Phone: 817-978-3190
    Fax: 000-000-0000
    Agency Information:
    GSA, Federal Acquisition Service
    Human Resources (CPI)
    819 Taylor St. Room 9A00
    Fort Worth, TX
    Fax: 000-000-0000


    If your application is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will further evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies required of the position. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.


    QUESTIONS: Contact Kim Barnes with the Human Resources Office for questions on the vacancy and the application process.

    GSA, Human Resources

    819 Taylor St

    Fort Worth, TX 76102

    Phone: 817-978-3190



    Need assistance with your USAJOBS username and/or password? Use the "Forgot your Username and/or Password?" feature on My USAJOBS webpage. The GSA Human Resources Office does not have access to username and/or password information.

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