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Job Title:  Supervisory Contract Specialist, GS-1102-14 (Open to DOT Employees ONLY) ARC
Department:  Department Of Transportation
Agency:  Department of Transportation - Agency Wide
Job Announcement Number:  FRA.AD-2013-0011

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 12, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full Time - - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington, DC, US  View Map
Current DOT employees with status.


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 and Grant Services, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Washington, D.C.  You will serve as a Supervisory Contract Specialist and Contracting Officer with unlimited signatory authority for all pre-award and post award phases of the acquisition process via the use of contracts and multiple award schedules that are necessary to fulfill FRA’s mission requirements.  As a Supervisory Contracting Officer with an unlimited warrant, you will have complete responsibility for overseeing subordinates complete all phases of the acquisition cycle (cradle to grave) that include, but are not limited to: acquisition planning, requirements definitions, development and implementation of the solicitation, negotiation, cost and price analysis, contract administration, contract closeout, and contract terminations.

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience performing the full range of acquisitions functions (pre-award and post-award) from simplified to complex contracts, delivery and/or purchase order, and Inter and Intra-agency agreements.  The ideal candidate has issued solicitations, evaluated proposals, performed cost and price analysis, monitored contractor performance, negotiated contract modifications, and closeout contracts.


  • Must be current DOT employee with status 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 may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days


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As a Supervisory Contract Specialist, you will:

  • With unlimited signatory authority, have complete authority for all contractual actions and phases of assigned programs, including initial planning, requirements definition, advance and engineering development, testing, information technology systems support.
  • Provide guidance and interpret acquisitions, regulations and policies to insure that pre- or post-award actions contemplated are regulatory and programmatically sound and in the best interest of the FRA.
  • Support or serve as Program/Project Manager for such FRA programs as PRISM, Government Purchase Card or other ongoing FRA programs.
  • Utilize information technology tools such as Microsoft or Corel Office Suites, electronic contract (PRISM) systems as well as other web based information technology tools.
  • Conduct cost and pricing analysis for procurements lacking precedents and historical cost data and develop innovative contracting approaches to achieve an equitable price.
  • Provide expert technical advice and guidance, staff coordination and consultation to staff members both within the office and representatives from client organizations.
  • Represent the FRA on agency-wide task forces, workgroups and committees and at conferences and meetings.
  • Responsible for revising and updating FRA acquisition policies and guidance such as, but not limited to, FRA orders and directives, policy memoranda, the Acquisition Handbook, Credit Card Users Handbook and other Agency policy guidance. 
  • Supervise, coordinate, and oversee assignments of a staff of Contract Specialist. 


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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:


  • Experience leading, planning and coordinating negotiation strategies with contractors in order to develop contract prices, terms and awards.
  • Experience as a team lead in planning, directing, and administering strategies for acquisition project assignments that require the  application of procurement and contracting principles, program requirements and techniques.
  • Experience executing pre-award or post-award procurement actions and modifying standard contract procedures and terms to satisfy contract requirements (e.g. analyzing contracting issues and identify alterative courses of action or modifying standard contract procedures and terms).
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Basic Requirements for GS 13 and above:

  1. Completion of all mandatory training prescribed by the head of the agency for progression to GS-13 or higher level contracting positions, including at least 4-years experience in contracting or related positions. At least 1 year of that experience must have been specialized experience at or equivalent to work at the next lower level of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position.


  2. A 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree, that included or was 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.

  3. 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 basic requirements and specialized experience requirements in order to qualify for promotion to a higher grade, unless granted a waiver under Paragraph D.

  4. 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 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.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year supervisory probationary period (unless already completed).
  • 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 CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition. 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.


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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 close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • TRANSCRIPTS - verifying that you meet the stated education requirements for the series.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant.
  • 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. 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: 570-258-4052
Agency Information:
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
Fax: 570-258-4052


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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