Job Title: CONTRACT SPECIALISTJob Announcement Number: OIG-847153-13-13-JR
Department: Department Of The Interior
Agency: Office of the Inspector General
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/ Per Year
Thursday, February 21, 2013 to
Friday, March 01, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Full Time -
1 vacancy in the following location:
Reston, VA United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General Employees Only (with Competitive Status)
The Department of Interior, Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office within the Department of Interior (DOI) whose mission is to promote excellence, integrity, and accountability throughout DOI. The OIG conducts investigations, evaluations, and audits in order to enhance effectiveness and efficiency and to prevent and detect waste, fraud, and mismanagement in DOI programs and operations.
This position is located in the Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Office of the Assistant Inspector General for Management (AIG-OM), and Contracts and Procurement Division (CPD). The AIG-OM is the principal advisor to the Inspector General (IG) on management and policy issues, including the responsibility for planning, developing and directing OIG programs and activities related to budget and financial management, human resources management, information technology management, procurement, facilities and space management, logistics management, records management, directives management, security, travel, office services, and other administrative management programs.
- U.S. Citizenship is required
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for the Selective Service
- Successful completion of a background investigation
- Subject to initial and random drug testing
- Relocation expenses are NOT authorized
DUTIES:Back to top
This position requires Level II FAC-C Certification, with signature authority for the acquisition of a wide variety of contracts involving the full range of the contract life-cycle, from cradle to grave (pre-awards, post-awards and close-out). The work includes a range of contract specializations, such as negotiation, cost and price analysis, and administration. The incumbent is responsible for all phases of the contract life cycle within the dollar limitations of the Certificate of Authority (COA):
- Prepares and issues solicitation documents. Selects appropriate clauses for inclusion in the solicitation document and ensures that the specifications or Statements of Work are clear and complete.
- Serves as the central point of contact on OIG acquisitions. The incumbent has the authority to purchase supplies and services on the open market for each OIG account, within the dollar limitations of the COA. Delivery orders against Federal Supply Schedule contracts can be placed up to the maximum order limitation.Establishes delivery orders against Federal Supply Schedules, establishes open market purchase orders, negotiates contracts, and enters into inter- and intra-agency agreements up to the maximum limit of the COA.
- Develops acquisition plans by reviewing previous history, market conditions, and specifications or technical data packages. Determines what procurement method is most cost effective to the Government, based on specific situations.
- Performs special projects involving sensitive issues for the OIG. Develops implementation plans for action by management. Refers to laws, precedents, Comptroller General Decisions, etc., to carry out procurement.
- As necessary, works with OIG staff to develop and prepare written justifications and solicitations for the purchase of equipment and services.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level which provided you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position. Qualifying experience must demonstrate the following: Experience as a Contract Specialist responsible for analyzing availability of potential suppliers or developing new sources of supply and to assess market impact of large Government contracts, procuring complex supplies, services, support; writing operating procedures to implement policy issuances; interpreting regulations and policies for operational specialists and analyzing impact on local procedures for local organization.
To be considered for this position, all applicants must have one of following:
- At least 4 years of experience in contracting or related positions AND at least 1 full year of this experience is specialized and equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service AND have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in an accredited college or university included or supplemented by 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. OR
- Have continuously occupied a position, which is classified in the GS-1102 series, since January 1, 2000 AND have one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement.
In addition to the basic qualification requirement above, applicants must have completed the coursework for the FAC-C level one and two certifications. Specific requirements for the certification includes: CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements, CON 110 or FCN 110 Mission Support Planning, CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution, CON 112 or FCN 112 Mission Performance Assessment, CON 120 Mission Focused Contracting, CON 200 Business Decisions for Contracting or CON 214 Business Decisions for Contracting, CON 215 Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support, CON 216 Legal Considerations in Contracting, CON 217 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques, CON 218 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support and 3 elected courses in related fields.
Time-In-Grade Requirement: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5CFR 300, Subpart F.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience (paid and unpaid), education, awards, and training and self-development as it relates to the position. If you are a current or former Federal employee, you must indicate the GS or pay band level for each position that you held. If your resume includes non-government service, including contractors, please include the salaries for each position held. All work experience should specify the length of time spent in the position and tour of duty (full or part time to include number of hours). One year of general or specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are pro-rated. Your responses to the questionnaire and/or competency statements will be evaluated to determine the degree to which your skills match this position. Your responses to the self-assessment questionnaire will be validated against your resume to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for this position. NOTE: If a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Candidates are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAs in an online job questionnaire. The KSAs are:
- Knowledge of procurement regulations and contracting principles, including the latest procedures and techniques, e.g., sophisticated pricing arrangements; and mastery of cost accounting and life cycles, to plan, develop, implement and maintain all aspects of a systems acquisition program; to develop innovative contract language, terms and conditions suitable to the unique requirements of the OIG; and to serve as a program contractual authority and advisor on the acceptability and applicability of contractual matters related to acquisition.
- Knowledge of negotiation techniques, business strategy and program requirements, to conduct contract negotiations, and to perform in-depth evaluations of the financial and technical capabilities of the contractor.
- Skill in following, the guidelines set forth by the FAR, the DOI Acquisition Regulations (DIAR), DOI Acquisition Policy Release (DIAPR), DOI Purchase Card Rules and Regulations, Federal Information Resources Management Regulation (FIRMR) for Information Technology and Telecommunications purchasing, and Comptroller General decisions, as appropriate, in order to serve as an expert advisor, and to perform special projects and studies.
- Skill in completing the preparation of various types of procurement-related documentation, to ensure that acquisitions are in compliance with regulations, and that there is adequate justification for procurement, in order to avoid fraud, waste, abuse and/or mismanagement.
BENEFITS:Back to top
The Department of the Interior offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance; health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement system. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.opm.gov/Insure/health/enrollment/new_employees.asp
- Selected applicants must undergo and successfully obtain and maintain a background investigation for a (Secret, or Top Secret) clearance. Failure to maintain a clearance is grounds for removal.
- You must meet initial and periodic suitability determinations based on favorable background investigations and updates. Failure to maintain a favorable suitability determination is grounds for removal.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log into your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.opm.gov and click on My Applications. Click on the position, title, and then select Apply Online to continue.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, narrative responses, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print out a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire (click here to view the assessment questionnaire)View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
- Resume your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the basic/specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying.
- SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action- documenting proof of competitive status, tenure, position, grade level and step.
- Performance Appraisal: All current Federal employees and reinstatement eligible applicants must submit a copy of the most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last year and includes the final rating.
- ICTAP/CTAP such as a RIF separation notice, certificate of expected separation, SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action stating you were separated by RIF, OR a letter from your agency documenting your priority consideration status.
- Transcripts - you MUST provide transcripts to verify required education. Unofficial transcripts on college letter head are acceptable
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the closing date of the announcement, we will review your resume to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. You will be notified of your rating and/or referral of your resume to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. You will be informed of the outcome via e-mail. We expect to make a selection within 45 to 60 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.