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Job Title:Supervisory Contract Specialist

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:OS/OAM-2013-0006

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

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$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 22, 2013 to Friday, March 29, 2013




Full-time - Full time Term appointment not to exceed 13 months maybe extended up to 4 years.




Few vacancies in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


All qualified United States citizens.


The Bureau Procurement Official (BPO) for the Commerce Acquisition Solutions Division serves as one of the five BPOs in Commerce.   This position is responsible for the functional leadership, management and oversight of the Division’s procurement programs, including the acquisition of major systems, supplies and services, planning, and competitive sourcing activities and management of the Office of the Secretary’s purchase card program. 

This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit assignment procedures for status candidates (those currently serving on a career/career-conditional appointment, reinstatement eligibles, or those eligible under special appointing authorities)under announcement #OS/OAM-2013-0005.

If you are experienced in contracting/procurement and are interested in a career with the Department of Commerce (DOC), this is the job for you! The historic mission of the Department of Commerce is "to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce" of the United States. This has evolved, as a result of legislative and administrative additions, to encompass broadly the responsibility to foster, serve, and promote the Nation's economic development and technological advancement. Recently, the creation of FirstNet was incorporated into this mission. 

Subtitle B, Title VI of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-60) defines the governance of public safety spectrum and creates FirstNet, which is responsible for establishing a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network.  FirstNet is an independent authority within NTIA, and led by a Board of Directors. The Secretary of Commerce appointed the Board in August 2012 with assistance from NTIA. The Board is responsible for taking all necessary actions to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide public safety broadband network. 

To start-up and maintain FirstNet, the Board is seeking services from a supervisory contract specialist to serve as a Deputy Director of Procurement for FirstNet.  The position is located in the Office of Acquisition Management, Commerce Acquisition Solutions Division in Washington, DC, and is responsible for leading and overseeing a division that procures goods and services that significantly contribute to FirstNet’s’ mission, goals and objectives. You will act as a business consultant to program managers, advising them on critical decisions in planning for and acquiring goods and services needed by FirstNet. You will be instrumental in ensuring the United States Government establishes and maintains FirstNet through prudent contract awards and the monitoring of contract performance to ensure satisfactory progress and compliance with the terms and conditions of contracts. FirstNet will be acquiring in excess of $300 Million in wireless communications services, end user devices, and public safety applications, and other equipment and services. Acquisition is a major focus for FirstNet, since the federal government has few if any resources that will be needed for establishment and maintenance of the FirstNet network.

This position serves as the Deputy Director of FirstNet Procurement, Commerce Acquisition Solutions Division in the Office of Acquisition Management, in Washington, D.C. This position is being advertised at the band ZA-V. The band V is equivalent to grade GS-15. We would use your talents in our Department, Office of Acquisition Management, Office of Commerce Acquisition Solutions (CAS) where you would play a vital role in partnering with clients to execute successful acquisition solutions and financial assistance investments to advance the DOC mission.


  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (;
  • Suitable for Federal employment;
  • Relocation expenses will not be paid;
  • U.S. citizen.


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The incumbent serves as the Bureau Procurement Official in the Commerce Acquisition Solutions Division providing support to the Office of the Secretary offices within Commerce. 

The incumbent is responsible for development and mentoring of professional staff including management of professional education and certification. 

The incumbent manages procurement and purchase card programs. In this capacity, the incumbent is responsible for planning, budgeting, scheduling, establishing priorities, evaluating policy issues, diagnosing organizational problems, introducing change, and other traditional management duties.  The incumbent ensures that, from a business perspective, DOC is properly managing its fiduciary responsibility to the tax-payers for these programs which are vital to the economic health of our nation.

The incumbent provides leadership, management, oversight and direct supervision of staff. 

The incumbent provides functional management and oversight to Memorandums of Understanding and Interagency Agreements that relate to Division acquisitions in accordance with applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and the Federal Acquisition Regulations. 

The incumbent stays abreast of changes in laws, regulations, such as the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR) and OMB Circular A-76 (Revised), and Federal Acquisition Regulations.

The incumbent promotes efforts within the Department to further acquisition streamlining, strategic sourcing, acquisition savings, data quality and reporting, open communications and partnering with industry. 

The incumbent manages a career development program that will result in a highly qualified, well managed professional procurement work force; assesses and seeks ways to enhance the applicability and suitability of available training and advises staff accordingly.

The incumbent ensures, reinforces and assures the accountability of sound and ethical procurement practices and integrity in Division procurement processes 


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All applicants are required to meet the qualification requirements listed in the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions (which is available for review in any Federal Personnel Office or online at Those requirements are summarized below: A. 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 grade level (GS-14 OR equivalent pay band in the Federal Service) of the position, and must have provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the work of the position. Specialized experience is defined as experience managing and performing the acquisition processes involved in the procurement of supplies, services, construction, information technology and research & development using formal advertising, negotiation, evaluation of contract price proposals, contract administration and contract close out. This position requires knowledge of statutory and regulatory contracting requirements, methods of contracting, business and industry practices leading formal source selection panels, and participate as a subject matter expert (SME) on high level department wide acquisitions projects. Mandatory training requirements for the 1102 series include the following: MANDATORY COURSES: CON 100 Shaping Smart Business Arrangements CON 110 Mission Support Planning CON 111 Mission Strategy Execution CON 112 Mission Performance Assessment CON 120 Mission Focused Contracting CON 214 Business Decisions for Contracting CON 215 Intermediate Contracting for Mission Support CON 216 Legal Considerations for Contracting CON 217 Cost Analysis and Negotiation Techniques CON 218 Advanced Contracting for Mission Support CON 353 Advanced Business Solutions for Mission Support (or equivalent/ predecessors of the mandatory courses listed above) AND B. 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. 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.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 EASTERN TIME ZONE (ETZ) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best-qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Experience applying Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), and agency policies and procedures in order to plan, solicit, evaluate, negotiate, award and administer contracts for a wide range of goods and services.

2. Experience as a Supervisory Contract Specialist managing multiple contracting professionals responsible for planning, soliciting, evaluating, negotiating, awarding, and administering contract actions within a contracting operation organization;

3. Experience determining the most appropriate contracting methods, contract types, and acquisition strategy for various goods and services;

4. Experience analyzing contracting issues, identifying problems, evaluating alternatives, making recommendations, and implementing effective solutions;

5. Experience communicating with high-level Political Appointees, senior executives and multiple stakeholders inside and outside your organization; and

6. Experience building and leading high-performance organizations, implementing process improvements and streamlining business processes.

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CTAP and ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about CTAP and ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: CTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; a Certificate of Expected Separation (CES); or certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice). 2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential. ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents: 1. A copy of your RIF separation notice; notice of proposed removal for failure to relocate; notice of disability annuity termination; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for disability retirement. 2. A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", documenting your RIF separation, noting your positions, grade level, and duty location, and/or Agency certification of inability to place you through RPL, etc.; 3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and 4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.


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Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Sherry Cox, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-4278 or email at


A complete application consists of the following: •Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire. • Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) documentation, if applicable. For more information, please go to • A copy of your SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action", noting current position, grade level, and duty location; • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see other information). • Education. All applicants must submit a legible copy of unofficial college transcripts, and proof of completion of mandatory training requirements by submitting a copy of their Certification Certificate or individual class training certificates listed in the Qualification section of this vacancy announcement. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.


Sherry Cox
Phone: 202-482-4278
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are: 1. Application Received or Application Incomplete; 2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met; 3. Eligible(Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and 4. Selected or Not Selected By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

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