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Job Title:  Contract Specialist
Agency:  Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Job Announcement Number:  FRTIB-13-MP-025-830198

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
Monday, January 28, 2013 to Friday, February 01, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is widely considered to be one of the best retirement plans in the world and a model for defined contribution plans.  We are seeking a champion for its continual improvement.

Voted as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” as ranked by the Partnership for Public Service in its 2012 Very Small Agencies Best Places to Work Rankings, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) is an independent Federal Agency with a single mission: To administer the Thrift Savings Plan solely in the interest of its participants and beneficiaries.  We help Federal employees and members of the Uniformed Services retire with dignity by providing benefits similar to private sector 401(k) plans.  The TSP manages over $300 billion for 4.6 million participants located in every time zone around the world. 

The FRTIB is looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual to serve as a contract specialist for the Agency responsible for performing the full range of procurement and contract duties and responsibilities. 

Alternate work schedule options are available.

Telework may be available after you have come on board.

If you use public transportation, part of your transportation costs may be subsidized.



  • U.S. Citizen
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Male born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Relevant experience (see Qualifications below)


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  • Soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, and awarding contracts for furnishing products, services, or research and development to the Federal Government;
  • Administering contracts by assuring compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts, including resolution of problems concerning the obligations of the parties;
  • Terminating contracts by analyzing, negotiating, and settling claims and proposals;
  • Analyzing and evaluating cost or price proposals and accounting systems data;
  • Planning, establishing, or reviewing contracts, programs, policies, or procedures; and
  • Developing acquisition strategies and directing or managing procurements.



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Applicants must meet the training and experience described below to qualify for this position.

Mandatory Training
GS-13 - Completed all mandatory Level I and Level II training prescribed by the agency to progress to GS-13 level contracting positions.  This information can be found at

GS-14 - Completed all mandatory Level I, Level II, and Level III training prescribed by the agency to progress to GS-14 level contracting positions.  This information can be found at



GS-13 - Four years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience includes specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that includes procuring supplies and services; advising technical personnel on the development of statements of work; formulating contracting approach; securing supplies and services through use of both formally advertised and negotiated procurements; administering contracts; planning and conducting detailed contract price/cost analyses; and reviewing procurement actions to determine cost effectiveness and compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.

GS-14 - Four years of experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience includes specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service that includes planning, negotiating, leading, and/or administering complex procurements of goods, systems or services, using a wide variety of cost and fixed-price contracts, multi-year contracts and extensive use of subcontractors; developing complex contractual pricing arrangements and incentives; auditing or reviewing major acquisitions, presenting findings, recommending corrective actions and policy or procedure improvements; and advising and developing agency-wide procurement processes and systems, procedures and policies.



A bachelor's degree that includes or is 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.

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. However, they will have to meet the mandatory training and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade


You must provide your transcripts to support your educational claims.  Transcripts may be unofficial copies, but they must come from an accredited college or university, and they also must include the courses' names and number of credit hours.  To search the database of accredited institutions visit:


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 U.S. accredited college or university.  For further information visit:

Time-in-Grade: Applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements for merit promotion consideration.





We will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet the mandatory training and minimum qualification requirements.  Applicants meeting these qualifications will further be evaluated on information provided in the Questionnaire.  The questionnaire collects information on your education, training, and experience related to the following competencies: Acquisition Planning, Acquisition Management, Contracting Financial Management, and Contract Negotiation and Source Selection. 


If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.


To preview this questionnaire, click on the following link View Assessment Questions.


If your final rating places you among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review. 




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Working for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Retirement System.  The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board also has agency specific benefits which include student loan repayment and flexible work schedules.



Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).   The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified means, you must meet all the minimum qualification standards listed above and be assessed and assigned the rating of at least Well-Qualified to receive special selection priority.


You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at


Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  See

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming  veterans’ preference, you must submit documentation described in the "Required Documents" section.  For more information regarding veteran's preference please go to



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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 occupational questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit my Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the More Information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 830198.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
2. Print 1203FX form to provide your response to the 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 complete application package must be submitted by Friday, February 01, 2013.


NOTE: If all required documents are not received by the closing date, you will be rated ineligible, and your application will not move forward to the selection official.



 The following documents are required:
1. Resume
2. Transcripts (If applicable)
3. Proof of Mandatory Training
4. SF-50 (Reflecting current series and grade)
5. Responses to questionnaire

6. Completed OF-306 (



FRTIB Personnel
Phone: (202)942-1600
Agency Information:
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
77 K Street NE
Suite 1000
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may be referred to the hiring official.  If your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by the office for a possible interview.

You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided during the application process, once this process is completed (generally 4-6 weeks).

Background Suitability Investigation: Employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance.

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