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Job Title:  Contract Specialist - GS - 1102 - 09 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) - BP
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Federal Railroad Administration
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.AD-2013-0008

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$51,630.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map
  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.AD-2013-0009, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.


The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

This position is located in the Office of Financial Management and Administration, Office of Acquisition Services in Washington, D.C.  This is an entry level Contract Specialist position.  Through training you will progressively gain knowledge regarding all aspects of the acquisition cycle to include (pre & post award) for federal government contracts, inter-agency agreements, contact administration and contract close out.  The FRA procurement department procures a variety of commodities and or services, such as, but not limited to:  information technology supplies and services, research and development services, professional services, and other operational supplies and services.  

This position has promotion potential to the GS-12 grade level.  Work assignments are designed to introduce and progress the incumbent to the full range of duties and responsibilities required at the full performance level.  As experience and knowledge in the position are gained and competency is demonstrated, you will be relied upon to make more independent judgments and decisions.  You may be non-competitively promoted up to the GS-12 level provided the work at the higher grade continues to exist, management certifies you have sufficiently demonstrated the ability to perform at the higher level, and the time in grade and all other regulatory requirements are met. You will receive training and supervision that will enable advancement to the full performance grade of GS-1102-12. 

The ideal candidate for this position has experience working in an office environment and demonstrated a career desire for analytical work.  Be detail oriented and possess excellent reading comprehension and communication skills.  An intuitive knowledge and understanding of common business process would be a plus.


  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Position is telework eligible.
  • Announcement also advertised to U.S. Citizens: FRA.AD-2013-0009.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.


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The Contract Specialist duties include:


Serving as contract specialist operationally processing federal procurement actions which may include pre and post award functions and administration for a variety of supply and service, contracts. 


Preaward Functions:

  • Assisting in the development of Statement of Work/Objectives (SOW/O).  Formulate acquisition plans that best satisfy requirements.
  • Advertising procurements, assisting in ensuring that Request for Proposals/Quotes are properly structured, preparing solicitations, performing market research, participating in vendor conferences, analyzing financial and technical documentation, and preparing contracts for award. 

Postaward Functions:

  • Monitoring contractor performance in relation to the completion schedule required by the contract, insuring timely submission of technical progress reports, making periodic visits to the contractor’s facility or work site, detecting and correcting labor standards violations, taking appropriate action to expedite delivery or performance when required by mission changes, monitoring the contractor’s use of Government-furnished property inventories, and issuing change orders occasioned by changes in mission requirements, defective specifications, changed site conditions, or changes in Government-furnished property. Negotiating settlements for such changes, approving contract payments, assessing liquidated or actual damages for nonperformance, issuing show cause or cure notices, terminating contracts for default or convenience and negotiating settlements, preparing replies to other involved agencies, appeal boards, or Congressional inquiries.


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must (1) meet the Education Requirement for the series, (2) provide a copy of transcripts for verification, AND (3) meet either the education or specialized experience qualifications.

LEVEL To qualify on Education, you must have: To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 09 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree OR master's or equivalent graduate degree or LL.B or J.D.
  • Experience analyzing and organizing the work of the office and providing advisory services to staff members on administrative and procedural guidance, operations, and practices.    
  • Experience communicating with a wide variety of individuals both inside and outside of the organization.    
  You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.




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.

Applicants who meet the criteria for Superior Academic Achievement qualify for positions at the GS-9 level.

Graduate Education. To qualify for GS-1102 positions on the basis of graduate education, graduate education in one or a combination of the following fields is required: accounting, business, finance, law, contracts, purchasing, economics, industrial management, marketing, quantitative methods, or organization and management.

Note - For positions at GS-9 through GS-12, applicants who are qualifying based on experience must possess at least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level, that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position, in addition to meeting the basic requirements in paragraph A or B, above.

C. Exceptions: Employees in GS-1102 positions will be considered to have met the standard for positions they occupy on January 1, 2000. 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.



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.


The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
To preview questions please click here.


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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.


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You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant.
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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